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New faces, old names mark NFL season

New faces, old names mark NFL season

The 2012 NFL season started under the cloud of a lockout and replacement referees but ended with new stars shining and established players reaching new heights.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International
Player bounty suspensions vacated

Player bounty suspensions vacated

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Suspensions slapped on four New Orleans Saints players in the team's bounty scandal have been vacated, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Tuesday.

Reports: Hurricane affects Saints hearing

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The approach of Hurricane Sandy has forced the postponement of a key NFL hearing in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, multiple reports indicated Saturday.

Union wants Tagliabue off bounty case

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The NFL players' union announced Wednesday it was seeking to remove former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue from any involvement in the New Orleans bounty case.

Former commissioner to hear bounty appeals

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The National Football League announced Friday former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue would hear an appeal from four players in the New Orleans bounty case.
Saints' Vilma expects to return soon

Saints' Vilma expects to return soon

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma Monday asked a federal judge to overturn his NFL ban, saying he'll return to practice this week.
Saints bounty punishment confirmed

Saints bounty punishment confirmed

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday tweaked his punishment of three of the four players caught in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

NFL players 'bounty' suspension overturned

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- An appeals panel has overturned suspensions of four players but the NFL says it will make an "expedited" decision on its own discipline in the "bounty" scandal.
Goodell: 'There is no place for bounties'

Goodell: 'There is no place for bounties'

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- NFL chief Roger Goodell said Friday the league is putting renewed emphasis on enforcing a ban on bounties -- "No exceptions. No excuses."

Vilma restraining order request denied

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A federal judge denied suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's request for a restraining order that would allow him to return to the team.

Report: No settlement in bounty lawsuit

NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- An out-of-court settlement was unlikely this week in a lawsuit stemming from the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, sources told ESPN Wednesday.

NFL reveals Saints 'bounty' evidence

NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- The NFL Monday revealed some of the evidence it has compiled that the New Orleans Saints conducted a "bounty" program against opposing players.
Arbitrator finds for NFL in bounty case

Arbitrator finds for NFL in bounty case

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- Another arbitrator has ruled in favor of the NFL over players' union complaints regarding the bounty system once used by the New Orleans Saints.
Arbitrator finds for NFL in bounty case

Arbitrator finds for NFL in bounty case

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- NFL officials had the legal right to suspend players involved in what the league called a bounty program, an arbitrator ruled Monday.
Saints' Vilma sues NFL commissioner

Saints' Vilma sues NFL commissioner

NEW ORLEANS, May 17 (UPI) -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, alleging Goodell defamed him by linking him to a bounty program.
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller (7) is pressured by New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) and throws an incomplete pass in the first quarter on September 16, 2007 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. (UPI Photo/ Mark Goldman)
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Jonathan Polynice Vilma (born April 16, 1982 in Coral Gables, Florida) is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the New York Jets 12th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.

Vilma attended Coral Gables High School where he was a teammate of Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore. During his dominant reign in high school, Vilma was offered scholarships to the University of Miami, Florida State, Florida, Pittsburgh and Iowa. He eventually chose the University of Miami.

In 2000, Vilma played in all 11 games as a reserve middle linebacker and compiled 38 tackles (29 solo) and a pass deflection.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jonathan Vilma."
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