Schmidt Fined – 1962


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The Lions Hall of Famer and eventual coach Joe Schmidt and several Lion players were fined $2000 by Pete Rozelle for betting $50 on the 1962 championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants.

To put this in proportion remember that the Sporting News in 1999 voted Schmidt among the 100 greatest NFL players of all time.  Joe had a history of toughness and no nonsense and was voted defensive player of the year 4 times.  Yet despite all his accolades the leaders of the NFL decided to fine him for a bet of $50 on the NFL Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.

How powerful can this curse be to allow the NFL find out about a $50 dollar bet?