Off the Field : Cortland Finnegan

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I have to say that before this E:60 feature, I had a very negative opinion of Cortland Finnegan.

That’s what E:60 does to you. It makes you cry over players you thought you wanted thrown out of the league.

Cortland Finnegan is a well-known troublemaker. He has a reputation for being a dirty player, and you can’t say he hasn’t earned it. In 2010 alone, he threw Steve Smith to the ground by his helmet, hit Chris Kuper after his helmet came off, and got into a now notorious on-field fist fight with Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson. But what really gets under players’ skin is the way he’s incessantly there  – with constant commentary, late jabs that go unseen and uncalled, any physical or mental provocation that can instigate a mistake in the player he’s covering.

And it works. Just ask Josh Morgan.

But there’s more to Finnegan than meets the eye. There must be, since he recently signed a 5 year deal to play for the Rams, recruited by and reunited with his former head coach Jeff Fisher.

E:60, as always, does a great job of showcasing just what that more is:

People, if you didn’t get misty-eyed when Cortland pushed Kelsey through the 5k, your heart might be made of stone. What a genuine gesture of support! I may not agree with his on the field tactics (I saw what he did to Jordy just then!), but off the field? I can get on board with that Cortland Finnegan.

Such a good reminder that there is always more than meets the eye.

Author: Beka