It's difficult to read about the NFL now without coming across some information regarding the bounty program that the New Orleans Saints had been using under defensive coordinator Greg Williams and head coach Sean Payton. But this is certainly not the first time a bounty scandal has been uncovered in the NFL. Indeed, as reported by the Packer Forum, the Green Bay Packers had a bounty program in 1986.
Chicago Attorney Eldon Ham has practiced sports law since the 1970's and recently contributed a New York Times Op-Ed regarding NFL hit lists. Ham provided the following quote:
"In 1986 the Green Bay Packers targeted players by marking numbers on their sideline towels. One number marked was 9, that of the Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon: he was slammed to the turf by defensive end Charles Martin of the Packers, damaging an already injured shoulder. Mr. McMahon decided not to sue or press charges — I was one of his lawyers at the time — even though Mr. Martin’s hit was blatantly premeditated."
McMahon missed the rest of the season due to the injury inflicted on his shoulder by Charles Martin. Video of the hit is below. Hopefully, this will be the last we hear of bounty programs in the NFL.