The Steelers and Bengals played in another AFC North division matchup in Cincinnati yesterday. It was an exciting game that saw the Steelers win 28-21 on a last minute touchdown to Antonio Brown. That’s not what people are talking about after the game, however. They’re talking about the cheap shots that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict tried to deliver to Steelers players.
Here is Burfict delivering an elbow to Antonio Brown’s upper body:
This is the latest in a long line of vicious hits, fines and suspensions for Burfict. He missed the first four games of this season due to a PED violation. In 2017, he was suspended for the first three games due to this hit on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman:
In August 2017, Burfict started a brawl in training camp by tackling running back Gio Bernard at the knees. Bernard was coming off knee surgery.
He was fined $12,154 for lunging his feet at Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix:
He was suspended the first three games of the 2016 season for ‘repeated violation of player safety rules’.
On October 16, 2016, Burfict was fined $75,000 for stomping on New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount:
Video: From coaches film (courtesy NFL), watch Vontaze Burfict (55) deliberately step on Blount's leg after TD. pic.twitter.com/wtTPqy3XHP
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 17, 2016
On November 1, 2015 in a game against the Steelers, Burfict made a tackle on Le’Veon Bell that forced him to have season-ending knee surgery. He was accused of celebrating the injury.
On December 15, 2015, Ben Roethlisberger accused Burfict of intentionally targeting his ankle on this play:
In the AFC Wild Card Round game against the Steelers, Burfict took a shot to Antonio Brown’s head, knocking him out of the rest of the playoffs:
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) October 14, 2018
On October 10, 2014, Burfict was fined for intentionally trying to injure Greg Olsen and Cam Newton by twisting their ankles:
In 2013, he was fined $31,000 in a Week 3 game against the Packers where he hit a defenseless receiver and intentionally struck an opponent in the groin. Later in 2013, he was fined $21,000 for spearing New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill with his helmet.
At Arizona State University, he amassed 22 personal fouls in 37 games. In high school, it appeared he went after quarterback Matt Barkley’s knees:
How many times does this need to happen? How many players does he have to intentionally injure? Many players have stated that he has tried to intentionally injure them. Burfict needs to be suspended not just five games, but be banned from the NFL altogether. How can the NFLPA stand to allow one of its members to intentionally injure its other members?
— Zach Brunner (@FantasyFlurry) October 17, 2018