Le’Veon Bell is everything that’s right about the National Football League. He’s the top running back in the land; his hesitation move, immaculate. Vontaze Burfict, on the other hand, is one of the more problematic players in the league. Every year, he does a few things that shock you, and not in a good way.
Bell took to Twitter after Burfict launched a two-footed missile kick at Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix’s head over the weekend.
man dude gotta go man…that’s not football AT ALL!! https://t.co/IFbNZPZtWR
— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) October 23, 2017
2nd play of the game. Vontaze Burfict everyone pic.twitter.com/Ji1LHTag5v
— Wise (@MikeWiz39) October 22, 2017
It’s one thing for fans at home to complain about dirty hits from the comfort of a couch, but when it’s a player, and a star player, no less, you know that there’s something wrong.
Football is a bang-bang sport and everything looks worse on instant replay and in slow motion. But Vontaze Burfict consistently does things — like two-foot kick people in the head — that other players don’t do. He’s been flagged for 17 personal fouls in his career, and he’s only been in the league since 2012.
His rap sheet is damning. In 2013, he was fined for hitting a defenseless receiver and striking an opponent in the groin. Two separate incidents.
In 2014, he was fined for intentionally twisting the ankles of two Carolina Panthers: tight end Greg Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton.
In 2015, he was fined for intentionally targeting Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s ankle. There’s a pattern of behavior here, and it’s not a good one.
Burfict was suspended for the first three games of last season and for the first three games of this season, and he should be looking at another suspension for this incident. His flagrant disregard for the rules and acute lack of common sense aren’t a good look for the league.
Football is a gritty, physical endeavor. But there’s no excuse for the way that Burfict plays. Like Bell said, that’s not football at all.