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49ers' Goldson earning new label for hard hits

  • San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) celebrates his hit on Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The 49ers won 24-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

SANTA CLARA — Dashon Goldson has a stack of manila envelopes in his locker, filing away the paperwork every time the NFL has fined the San Francisco 49ers safety.

While he has heard from the league office more than a dozen times in his six-year career, the letters often had little to do with his hard-hitting ways until this season.

Goldson estimates he has been fined $70,000 for socks, pants and other uniform violations — about $5,000 for each offense. He said his latest letter from the NFL, however, notified him of a $21,000 fine for an illegal hit Sunday night on Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, which Goldson plans to appeal.

All the crackdowns have earned the 49ers' franchise-tagged player a new league label: multiple offender. The Hawk, as teammates call Goldson for swooping in for shots on receivers, said the fines still won't change the way he plays when the 49ers (10-3-1) face the Seahawks (9-5) on Sunday night in Seattle with a chance to clinch the NFC West title.

"I don't have time to sit there and dictate in the timespan I have as a football player when I'm on the football field to dictate what's a clean and what's a not-so-clean hit," Goldson said. "I'm not a dirty player. And that's just that."

Goldson, playing on a one-year contract of $6.2 million, has had multiple fines for his play. Among them:

$7,875 for a late hit on sliding Rams quarterback Sam Bradford on Dec. 2.

$7,875 for taunting — unsportsmanlike conduct — after tackling Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch in October.

$25,000 for punching Arizona receiver Early Doucet in November 2011 (Doucet was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness for striking Goldson in the helmet area).

$5,000 for a late hit on Raiders receiver Louis Murphy in October 2010.


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