Dashon Goldson has a stack of manila envelopes in his locker, filing away the paperwork every time the NFL has fined the 49ers safety.
While he has heard from the league office more than a dozen times in his six-year career, the letters often had little to do with his hard-hitting ways until this season.
Goldson estimates he has been fined $70,000 for socks, pants and other uniform violations — about $5,000 for each offense. He said his latest letter from the NFL, however, notified him of a $21,000 fine for an illegal hit Sunday night on Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, which Goldson plans to appeal.
All the crackdowns have earned the 49ers’ franchise-tagged player a new league label: multiple offender. The Hawk, as teammates call Goldson for swooping in for shots on receivers, said the fines still won’t change the way he plays when the 49ers (10-3-1) face the Seahawks (9-5) on Sunday night in Seattle with a chance to clinch the NFC West title.
“I don’t have time to sit there and dictate in the timespan I have as a football player when I’m on the football field to dictate what’s a clean and what’s a not-so-clean hit,” Goldson said. “I’m not a dirty player. And that’s just that.”
Goldson, playing on a one-year contract of $6.2 million, has had multiple fines for his play.
In his latest offense, officials whistled Goldson for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he barreled into Hernandez as the tight end was still in the air and turning to make a catch in the third quarter of San Francisco’s 41-34 victory in Foxborough.
NOTES: DT Justin Smith did not practice for the second straight day with an elbow injury Thursday, as his status for Sunday appears to be in serioius doubt.