Richard Sherman defends Vontaze Burfict's 'old school' hit vs. Colts


Richard Sherman defends Vontaze Burfict's 'old school' hit vs. Colts

Vontaze Burfict went head-hunting Sunday, hammering Jack Doyle with a helmet-to-helmet hit after the Colts tight end already had been whistled dead.

The Raiders middle linebacker was ejected from the game, and subsequently suspended for the rest of the season. He is appealing the suspension.

The outrage over Burfict's hit on Doyle, as well as the one Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones laid on Bills quarterback Josh Allen, was tantamount to a tidal wave. Jones was flagged for his hit, but was not ejected and did not receive further punishment.

While most people took issue with both hits, former Rams, Patriots and Eagles defensive end Chris Long and 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman disagreed with the outrage. In fact, Sherman blamed the current state of society for Burfict being ejected from the game.

For his part, Doyle said he didn't believe the hit was dirty. Colts coach Frank Reich, however, had a different view of the decision, telling the media he was glad Burfict was banned Monday. 

Sherman's critique, of course, comes from the mind of a defensive player who sees the current rule changes going a little too far. But Burfict's hit, regardless of intent, was dangerous and his long history over dirty hits and physical play deem he should get some punishment. The ejection, however, might have been good enough. 

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The Raiders will have to find a way to adjust with Burfict, their defensive leader, now out until his appeal can be heard.

Sherman's 49ers, meanwhile, will look to stay undefeated when they host the Cleveland Browns on "Monday Night Football" in Week 5.

49ers' Jerry Rice rookie card sells for over $31K, a record, at auction

49ers' Jerry Rice rookie card sells for over $31K, a record, at auction

They don't call him the GOAT for nothing.

A Jerry Rice rookie card from his first season with the 49ers in 1986 broke a record after selling for over $29,000 on Thursday. As the Action Network's Darren Rovell posted on Sunday, another Rice card quickly broke that record.

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Rice is universally considered one of, if not the greatest NFL player of all time. Over 16 seasons with San Francisco, Rice accumulated 19,247 receiving yards and 176 touchdowns.

It's only fitting that Rice's rookie card now is among the most valuable trading cards on the market.

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Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

49ers fans love to hate Russell Wilson, and he gave them another reason to give him grief Sunday.

A few hours before Tiger Woods teamed up with Peyton Manning to take on Phil Mickelson and Bay Area native Tom Brady in "The Match: Champions for Charity," Wilson took a Twitter shot at Brady.

When Brady got off to an awful start to "The Match," Wilson went at Brady again.

There are a few problems with Wilson's jabs at Brady.

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First, Wilson lost to Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Instead, Seattle's quarterback should have been trolling Manning, whom the Seahawks beat in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Second, Brady redeemed himself and made Wilson look silly when he sank an incredible birdie on hole No. 7.

Yes, Brady is out of his element on the golf course, but Wilson should have known who he was messing with.

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49ers fans certainly won't miss the chance to let Wilson hear about this.