FILE PHOTO: Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) celebrates his sack during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
(Reuters) – New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden is $1 million richer thanks to a review of the Giants-Washington Redskins game.
Golden was originally credited with a half sack in the NFL game, but a second look at game video resulted in the first-year Giants player getting credit for 10 sacks for the season. That made him eligible under a clause in his contract that would net him $1 million if he reached double figures in sacks this season.
“It’s a status thing,” Golden, 28, told ESPN. “9.5 is a big difference than 10. It feels good to get it down.”
Golden also became the first Giants linebacker to reach 10 sacks since All-Pro Lawrence Taylor had 10.5 in 1990.
Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Leslie Adler