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Old 11-06-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Dirtiest NFL player: Steelers' Ward


By Richard Deitsch, SI.com
Posted: Wednesday November 4, 2009 1:01PM; Updated: Wednesday November 4, 2009 3:25PM



Hines Ward is the dirtiest player in the NFL, according to a Sports Illustrated poll of 296 players released this week.

The Steelers' wide receiver, long considered the league's best blocking wide receiver, received 11.6 percent of the vote. He was followed by Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (6.0), Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter (6.0), Bengals safety Roy Williams (5.1) and Titans center Kevin Mawae (4.6). Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan (4.2), Rams guard Richie Incognito (3.7), Falcons guard Harvey Dahl (3.7), Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (3.7) and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (3.2) rounded out the top 10.


Ward, 33, has a long history of physical play. Last October, he was fined $15,000 for hits in back-to-back weeks that weren't penalized during the game. Later that month, Ward broke the jaw of Bengals rookie linebacker Keith Rivers with a surprise downfield block. The hit, which ended Rivers' season, did not draw a flag. "That's what he's known for," Bengals safety Chinedum Ndukwe said. "He's a blind-side guy."

Discussing his reputation with SI last year, Ward said, "It's hard to sit there and tell everybody it's a violent sport but tone it down a little. When I go across the middle, those guys aren't going to tackle me softly and lay me down to the ground. That's not football. I find it ironic that now you see a receiver delivering blows, and it's an issue. But I haven't changed. I've been doing it this way for 11 years."

The poll was conducted in September and included some well-known names in the top 20: Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (3.2 percent), Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman (2.3 percent) and Jets linebacker Bart Scott (2.3 percent). Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who retired last summer, received three votes.

The Broncos' Brandon Marshall, the only other receiver listed in the poll, received one vote. No running backs were selected, but one quarterback did get a vote: the Titans' Vince Young.


1.) Hines Ward 11.6
2.) Albert Haynesworth (6.0)
3.) Joey Porter (6.0)
4.) Roy Williams (5.1)
5.) Kevin Mawae (4.6)
6.) Cortland Finnegan (4.2)
7.) Richie Incognito (3.7)
8.) Harvey Dahl (3.7)
9.) Troy Polamalu (3.7)
10.) Jared Allen (3.2)

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Old 11-06-2009, 10:02 AM   #2
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Richard Seymor deserves a vote
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What about the Dirty Sanchez?
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:13 AM   #6
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....and Vince Wilfork.....heck the entire Patriots' d-line. Heck, their o-line, too....remember the Logan Mankins nut-punch in the 2005 regular season game in Denver? He was a rookie, too.....I guess they teach them to be dirty right from the get-go in New England.
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OMG! Bronco Rob didnt bump the same topic from a few days ago! You think maybe he didnt see it and doesnt know about the search engine? NO! He made that thread also! What a attention whore. If there was ANY new material, couldnt you just put it in your own thread from a few days ago? Clutter crap like this makes good topics leave the front page quicker than it should. Good job. Bronco Warrior is even shaking his head in amazement.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:49 AM   #10
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i don't buy it that Ward is a dirty player, he just plays hard and physical. he plays a lot like Rod Smith did. downfield blocking, great leader for his team.

honestly if tomorrow he became available as a FA i would want us to bring him in
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Hines Ward is a cherry picking sucker puncher.
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this was a great line by him


When I go across the middle, those guys aren't going to tackle me softly and lay me down to the ground. That's not football. I find it ironic that now you see a receiver delivering blows, and it's an issue
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A mouthy cherry picking sucker puncher.
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I'm shocked and saddened that no Broncos are featured on this list. Makes me long for the old days . . .
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Looks like Antonio Cromartie was one of the players.
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Looks like Antonio Cromartie was one of the players.


Ward plays like you want any WR to play. Screw the pussies that voted him for being a blindside guy. Last time I checked that was legal?
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When I go across the middle, those guys aren't going to tackle me softly and lay me down to the ground. That's not football. I find it ironic that now you see a receiver delivering blows, and it's an issue
That line stuck out to me the most. LBs are trying to kill him when he goes over the middle, and they're pissed because he has the balls to fire back? That type of blocking help's the running game a lot. Not only is he taking defenders out of the play by knocking them down, but even when he doesn't get a great block the defenders have to look out for him. If they're looking out for a blocking WR, they're not looking at the ball carrier.
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