Packers' Big Hits Earned Cash, Courtesy Of All-pro Reggie White

Posted: January 13, 1996

Packers defensive end Reggie White acknowledged yesterday that he doled out his entire paycheck to his teammates following last week's playoff victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

``I gave them money for big hits,'' White said.

The smash-for-cash program depleted White's $13,000 game check in $500 increments, according to a report in Friday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

White, the 34-year-old all-pro and former Eagle, said his incentive program would continue for tomorrow's NFC championship game against the Dallas Cowboys.

More than 10 players received $500, including linebacker Wayne Simmons, who was rewarded for the fumble he forced that was returned for the game's first touchdown by teammate Craig Newsome, White said.

White awarded himself $500 for a hard hit on 49ers quarterback Steve Young.

``I don't know if the money is any more motivation, but I know I paid out a lot,'' White said.

Giving cash bonuses for big plays and hits has been going on in Green Bay since the 1994 season, the Journal Sentinel's story said.

About 75 percent of the players contributed money this year to a fund for that purpose, but the pot had run dry by the final weeks of the regular season. White and defensive end Sean Jones then kicked in money to keep it operating.

Greg Aiello, an NFL spokesman, said there was nothing wrong with what White did, likening it to a quarterback buying gifts for his offensive linemen.

STEELERS. He's Yogi Berra in Steelers black and gold, this Bill Cowher.

He is regarded as one of the savvy young coaches in the NFL, but he has also developed a reputation among Pittsburgh reporters as ``Mr. Malaprop.''

Cowher's distortions of the English language, while not yet as renowned as Berra's, have become a daily ritual. Many times he doesn't seem aware of what he's just said even as his audience starts snickering. His faux pas often occur after he has nearly lulled reporters to sleep with bland comments, typical coach-speak.

This week, two Cowher malapropisms in three days were fairly typical.

Talking about cornerback Rod Woodson's right knee injury, Cowher prefaced his remarks by saying, ``I don't want to get into a long distortation.''

Dissertation, maybe?

Two days later, Cowher was asked about the Steelers' mid-season turnaround and the numerous changes he made leading up to it.

Said Cowher: ``We tried to uncover every stone.''

Here are some others from the long season.

* On how the Steelers could rebound from last season's AFC championship loss to San Diego: ``We have to recapture a new chemistry.''

* On the stamina of linebacker Jerry Olsavsky: ``He's like the Eveready Bunny. He just keeps on ticking.''

* On a lackluster 21-7 win over Houston in early December: ``It was no Mozart.''

Cowher's most famous malapropism to date occurred last summer in training camp, when he tried to describe the Oakland Raiders' famous disdain for NFL policies and procedures. Said Cowher: ``They're trying to circumcise the rules.''

SAINTS. Jim Mora, who overcame an 0-5 start and speculation nearly all season that he would be fired, will return for his 11th year as coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Team owner Tom Benson said he would honor the final year of Mora's contract and promoted Bill Kuharich to general manager. The commitment to both is only for the 1996 season.

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