Goldson felt like 'a convict,' during suspension, vows to lower his target
Safety Dashon Goldson said he 'felt like a convict,' while serving a one-game suspension that prevented him from being at the Bucs' training facility or having any contact with players, coaches or trainers until Monday.
Appearing on his weekly radio show Tuesday night, Goldson vowed to work hard on lowering his target after being suspended for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons receiver Roddy White Nov. 17. Goldson has been fined nearly $400,000 this season for personal fouls resulting from illegal hits to defenseless receivers.
"I couldn't be around the building and that was the thing, man. It was kind of rough,'' Goldson said on 620 WDAE. "The news, breaking it down, you felt like a convict, man. I couldn't be around. This is what I love, this is what I like doing. This what I do. This is my daily operation. They took that from me.
"They explained it to me. We all know this is what the league is coming to as far as they're coming down on these helmet-to-helmet hits. It is what it is. It happens. It's football. There's consequences and I had to face them and now it's over with. I'm here now getting ready to get to work tomorrow, I'm excited about that. Get back on the football field, get with my teammates and put together this win this weekend.''
How much have the fines and suspension changed the way Goldson plays?
"You know, I haven't see much change, man,'' Goldson said. "I'm trying. I'm trying because, for the simple fact that I don't want to hurt my team with these suspensions. I don't want to hurt the organization with these suspensions. So definitely I've got to work really hard on lowering my target and things like that. But I can't change my game too much, that's the reason I got here. I'm the Hawk, baby. So I've got to do what I've got to do, get guys on the ground and help our team win. Get our defense off the field, get our offense out there and put points on the board.''
Despite Goldson's suspension and losing cornrerback Darrelle Revis to a groin strain just before halftime, the Bucs used four interceptions, a fumble recovery and a block punt to beat the Detroit Lions 24-21 Sunday for their third straight victory.
"It was tough, man. Not being able to help your team, at war,'' Goldson said. "You know what I mean? It sucks. But it hard but it was good to see them out ther having fun and doing it. Doing it and doing it well.
"That was good to see, man. That game was a nail-biter. It was a good game, the team played hard, they played well together. They did some good things. They got (five) turnovers on defense. Some guys stepped up, big-time. They did what they had to do and that was good to see.''
Goldson said he met with coaches upon returning to work Monday an is anxious to play against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday.
"The first thing, I went to hollar at my coaches,'' Goldson said. Monday, yesterday was my first day, I came in, came straight to the building just to say what's up, show my face to the coaches. I missed those guys, man. I missed the team. Some of the players were in the building on their day off. Exciting to see, they were gettingt their bodies back and working in the weight room. It was a good atmosphere. Everybody was into it and excited about the win and the challenge coming up this weekend.''