Ravens C Birk Wins Appeal Of $5,000 Fine

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The NFL has overturned the $5,000 fine that Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk received for removing a microphone he was wearing in a game against the New York Jets.

Birk’s agent, Joe Linta, confirmed Tuesday that the six-time Pro Bowl selection won his appeal of the fine.

NFL rules now require centers or guards to wear microphones on their pads, but Birk indicated that the listening device was uncomfortable to wear because it was touching his neck. So he took it off, and was fined.

The rule was passed this year as part of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Birk said he was unaware that he was not supposed to remove the microphone, even under those conditions.

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  • Alicia

    Bruce, I apcrepiate and commend you and others like you for the battle you have waged on behalf of retired players, especially older players. It has been hard for me to relate to todays players, although there are some who care about the state of older players. I have not done my part, for that I am ashamed. I left the game, not happy with our owner and organization(Houston Oilers), and wanted nothing more to do with professional football. Through the mercy of our creator I am still around, making a living in the construction indusrty @ the age of 71 years. It has became painfully obvious that I have suffered spine and head injuries as a result of my football career. Thankfully the rules have changed over the years to allow offensive linemen a little more use of their hands which resulted in less use of the head in blocking. I went to a clinic here and discovered that I have a lot of crushed discs in my neck and back and arthritis in these joints has become a major problem. The headaches and backaches have become more pronounced and are making it hard to physically work and concentrate. I’m not complaining, there are lot of guys who didn’t make it this far. Here in Tampa, Gay Culverhouse is taking up the plight of health of retired players aside from the league owners. She is trying, as I understand, to get players diagnosed to determine the extent of injuries. I hope that todays players and owners will take note and do what’s right. Thank you for all your efforts in bringing the plight of older players to the forefront. Please let me know what I can do to help. Sincerely yours, Ervin Sonny Bishop Dallas Texans 1962 Oakland Raiders 1963 Houston Oilers 1964-69

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