Before the NFL shifts its focus to this week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis, there’s still one final matter to address from Super Bowl XLIII.
Let history show that Steelers WR Santonio Holmes‘ 6-yard, game-winning touchdown catch cost him $10,000.
Within the past few days, Holmes received notification from the NFL that it was fining him $10,000 for using the ball as a prop, a league source said Wednesday.
Moments after Holmes reeled in the pass, dragged his feet and scored the decisive touchdown during a 27-23 Steelers victory, the wide receiver impersonated LeBron James and tossed the football in the air the way the basketball player does chalk dust.
Though Holmes’ violation did not draw a 15-yard penalty that could have been crucial for the Cardinals, the league admitted it was reviewing the wide receiver’s transgression. And once it did, it found that Holmes had violated the rule for using the ball as a prop.
When replays of Holmes’ catch are shown in the decades to come, it also should be noted that officials missed a call that cost the Steelers’ wide receiver $10,000 and the Cardinals 15 yards that they could have used on a final drive that fell short.