Anthony Armstrong's sock fine
Last weekend, Anthony Armstrong achieved dual professional milestones.
"Sunday will always be special to me: First NFL touchdown AND first NFL fine! Ouch!" Armstrong wrote on Twitter. "They said u had too much white, but I pulled em down and I played like that in Philly."
This meant I could take a break from writing about football pants in favor of writing about something completely different: football socks!
Essentially, Armstrong's white socks were pulled up too high, leaving not enough burgundy visible. He apparently pulled the white socks down in the middle of the game, as seen below; this image from the Eagles game approximates how much white was shown at the beginning of the Packers game.
"I made sure I pulled them down when we were back in [the locker room] right before the game started," Armstrong told a crowd of reporters on Wednesday. "Nobody ever told me that they were still [too] high, so I kept on playing."
He said the offending socks were at "mid-calf," but he was still hit with a fine, which he said he'd appeal. Matt Terl wisely asked how one goes about appealing a sock fine.
"I don't know," Armstrong admitted. "I'm gonna tell them that I wore it in previous weeks, and I pulled them down and nobody informed me the second time that they were still too high. They were supposed to inform me again, and I never got a second [notice]."
He said the fines would be deducted straight from his paycheck, so he won't have to write out a check to Roger Goodell. He also acknowledged that his touchdown probably helped both him and his socks get noticed, but he said "they're watching the wrong stuff."
"Still, I want my money back," Armstrong said, and all of this was in a joking fashion, if you can't tell. "We're gonna appeal it, and hopefully I get my money back. Mr. Goodell, please give me my money back. Thank you."
(Armstrong also addressed his rise from minor leaguer to unknown practice squader to no. 2 offensive option.
"I can't say I'm surprised, because it's kind of what I've been striving to do," he said. "I feel like I've worked hard, and I knew that if I kept working hard and making plays, things would come my way. I'm just taking it in stride, not really forcing anything, just letting it happen. It feels great, it feels great to show that hard work does pay off, and [that] being dedicated and persevering and all that stuff really does work.")
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