“Players put up bounties all the time,? said [Adriano] Belli, a 10-year CFL veteran who retired last May.
“We all got per diem when we travelled, you’d get a couple of hundred bucks
or even more depending on your contract for spending money on road trips.
“I’ve seen guys before the game put $100 a pop into a pot and go into the locker-room and say,
‘OK, first sack or the first guy to knock the quarterback out of the game gets the pot.’
That’s fairly normal.?
Now here is some classic Belli bravado.
“I remember in university (at Houston) we were playing against a hotshot running back in the SEC,
not sure if it was Tennessee or Alabama, and he used to wear a gold chain,? Belli said.
“Our defensive line coach said, ‘The first SOB who gets me that gold chain,
I’ll have my wife cook him dinner.’ “Even before the game started, I went and ripped his chain off.?