|More on White's 'Smash for Cash' Program|
by The Associated Press of PackerReport.com, October 19, 2012 at 1:02 am ET
Green Bay Packers Profile
Packer Report note: This is from an Associated Press story dated Jan. 13, 1996. Pro Football Talk found this piece, so all credit to PFT's Michael David Smith.
Green Bay 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, 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.