Former Gator Jon Bostic fined $21,000 by NFL for illegal hit
Former Florida LB Jon Bostic, now a rookie with the Chicago Bears, was fined $21,00 by the NFL for his hit on Mike Willie in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers last week.
The fine reportedly is because NFL officials believe Bostic lowered his head against a defenseless player, which is a rule violation.
Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, who coached Bostic during his tenure with the Gators, said Wednesday he wasn't sure it wasn't clean.
“I think that was such a bang-bang play," Durkin said. "Obviously I don’t think he was intending to do anything with it. I just texted him a little bit ago - he got fined 21 grand or something like that - and I said, ‘The good news is, you have the money now that you can go pay that. The bad news is you just got fined that.’ We’re really proud of Jon and how he’s playing thus far in the preseason. We know he’s gonna have a great career.”
Durkin said the video of the hit was popular around the UF coaches' offices.
“The clip of that hit? It was pretty popular," Durkin said. "Coaches, players alike - everyone looked at it. Obviously we’re all really proud of him. You can’t find a better guy than Jon Bostic to represent our program. All the guys feel strongly about that, so everyone was talking about it.”
Check out Bostic's hit and decide for yourself.