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NFL, NFLPA Name Derrick Brooks Appeals Officer

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced today that 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Derrick Brooks will serve as an appeals officer beginning this season.

Brooks will hear player appeals of on-field discipline and replaces MATT BIRK, who was named NFL Director of Football Development earlier this month.

Brooks spent 1995-2008 as a linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, playing in every game during his 14 seasons with the club, earning Pro Bowl honors 11 times and helping Tampa Bay to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

A longtime fixture in the Tampa Bay community, Brooks has served as the president of the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League since 2011.

Derrick views this game with a very unique understanding as both a player and a team president, said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT. His review of appeals will be informed by experience as a player and as an executive.

Brooks will join former NFL player and coach TED COTTRELL as the appeals officers for 2014.

Derrick was jointly selected by the Players and the NFL and we expect he will bring expertise and professionalism to his role as an arbitration officer, said NFLPA Senior Director of Player Affairs and Development JASON BELSER. We look forward to working with him."

Brooks and Cottrell are jointly appointed and jointly compensated by the NFL and NFLPA. As per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the fine schedule is provided to the NFLPA prior to training camp for its review and approval.

The 2014 fine schedule is below:

VIOLATION

FIRST OFFENSE

SECOND OFFENSE

Offense Against Game Official

Physical Contact with Official

$27,562

$55,125

Verbal or other Non-Physical Offense Against Official

$22,050

$44,100

Player Safety Rules and/or Flagrant Personal

Suspension or fine; severity to be

Foul(including, without limitation):

determined by degree of violation

(FINES LISTED ARE MINIMUMS).

Striking/Kicking/Kneeing

$8,268

$16,537

Horse Collar Tackle

$16,537

$33,075

Face Mask

$8,268

$16,537

Leg Whip

$16,537

$33,075

Late Hit

$8,268

$16,537

Spearing

$22,050

$44,100

Impermissible Use of the Helmet (including illegal

launching)

$22,050

$44,100

Hit on Defenseless Player

$22,050

$44,100

Blindside Block

$22,050

$44,100

Roughing the Passer

$16,537

$33,075

Low Block

$8,268

$16,537

Chop Block

$8,268

$16,537

Fighting

Fighting

$27,562

$55,125

Unnecessarily Entering Fight Area

(active involvement)

$5,512

$11,025

Unnecessarily Entering Fight Area

(no active involvement)

$2,756

$8,268

Sportsmanship

Excessive Profanity; other Unsportsmanlike Conduct

(e.g., toward opponent(s), game personnel, fans, etc.)

$11,025

$22,050

Taunting

$8,268

$11,025

Football Into Stands

$5,512

$11,025

Uniform

Foreign Substances on Body/Uniform

$8,268

$16,537

Chin Straps

$8,268

$11,025

Personal Messages

$5,512

$11,025

(Additional fines may be imposed on team management and coaching staffs for condoning,

permitting, etc., violations in this area)

Other Uniform/Equipment Violations

$5,512

$11,025

On Field Commercial Logo Violation

Considered violation of official League

licensing agreements; suspension or fine;

severity to be determined by degree of

violation.

Gang Signing

Considered conduct detrimental to the

League; suspension or fine; severity to be

determined in accordance with provisions of

the Personal Conduct Policy.

Source: NFL Media



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