Bernard Berrian was so much more likable versus the Arizona Cardinals. Those flashy penalty flag looking yellow shoes provided style and 9 receptions for 89 yards on vastly improved chemistry with Brett Favre provided substance. But the NFL has again proved that they hate the Vikings (Ray Edwards words, not mine) by fining Berrian $5000.
Before we complain too much about this, the NFL does have a rule that teams must report to the league what color uniform and shoes they will wear and that individual players are not allowed to deviate from that color. Remember when Peyton Manning wanted to wear black high-tops with white laces to honor Johnny Unitas? Well Peyton tried to get a waiver, NFL said no and later fined Peyton after he decided to wear the high-tops anyway.
And that’s just the way it goes in a league that “requires players to dress to the highest levels of professionalism.” I say if (and this is a big if) Berrian keeps up this level of performance versus the Chicago Bears, we all throw in to help him pay his fine. I’m good for a twenty.
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