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fordfixer
09-24-2009, 12:42 AM
Ward says he won't hit opponents low

By Mark Kaboly, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, September 24, 2009
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 44700.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_644700.html)

Hines Ward laid such a vicious hit on Cincinnati's Keith Rivers last year that the rookie linebacker was lost for the season with a broken jaw. It also prompted the NFL to put in rule making blindside blocks targeted at the head illegal. Ward said Wednesday that he would do it again if the only alternative was taking out his knees. "If I get another opportunity to hit somebody, I am going to take it," Ward said. "I am not going to go low on anybody. To me, that is an unwritten rule or kind of code of things you don't do around the league, especially when they aren't watching." Ward referenced an illegal crack back block that Brett Favre put on Houston's Eugene Wilson during a preseason game that cost Favre $10,000. "The Brett Favre incident when he went low ... I wouldn't never try to do that," Ward said.

There are only seven players on the 53-man roster who played with receiver Plaxico Burress when he was with the Steelers. His former teammates, though, felt bad for Burress after learning of his 24-month sentence on gun charges brought down on him Monday. "I have given him my support and prayers," said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who played with Burress for one year. "It is a shame that this had to happen. I wish him all of the best, if there is such a thing where he is going."

The NFL made a couple of scoring changes in last week's game against the Bears. Safety Tyrone Carter was credited with a sack late in the first half when Jay Cutler scrambled and was tackled before the line of scrimmage. It originally was ruled a run. Also, Willie Parker was charged with a fumble late in the first quarter in which he recovered.

The team moved its practice ahead one hour Thursday as a concession to the G-20 summit.

Not practicing for the Steelers were DE Aaron Smith, S Troy Polamalu, Ward and Carter. WR Limas Sweed (foot) and LB Lawrence Timmons (ankle) were limited.

Digits

49 - Sacks the Steelers allowed last year

9 - Sacks by the Bengals in two games this year

5 - Sacks Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom had last week against Green Bay

0 - Sacks by Cincinnati in two games last year against the Steelers

JTP53609
09-24-2009, 07:33 AM
as long as he plays like Hines Ward, he is not a cheap shot artist, i mean it is okay for a linebacker to crush a receiver over the middle and stand over top the guy and pound his chest, but when a 6 ft 195 pound receiver hits a linebacker CLEANLY, oh my, that is illegal...

papillon
09-24-2009, 09:26 AM
Aaron Smith didn't practice? Any news on this?

Pappy

steelsnis
09-24-2009, 10:20 AM
I think Tomlin gives vets like Ward and Smith Wednesday's off.

stlrz d
09-24-2009, 11:07 AM
I think Tomlin gives vets like Ward and Smith Wednesday's off.

Yup. Just like doctors, they have Weds off...except they don't get to play golf. :D

Chachi
09-24-2009, 11:47 AM
The NFL has quite the racket going with these "excessive" hits.

A hit is deemed "excessive"? Give us money.

Oh, BTW, we are going to include your hit on our next "Moment Of Impact" DVD going out next year showing the hardest hits in the league. We gonna make more money!

Oh, in case you may be wondering if by releasing said DVD including your "excessive" hit which was fined to discourage them in the future that we are actually encouraging them so we can make more money.....

You'd be mistaken.....because we cay so.

Quite a racket indeed.

Jom112
09-24-2009, 09:24 PM
"I am not going to go low on anybody. To me, that is an unwritten rule or kind of code of things you don't do around the league, especially when they aren't watching."

What I find interesting is that Ward keeps talking about how he would never hit anyone low. And Harrison is talking about how he's going to hit people low to keep $ in his pocket.

Anyone else notice that?

steelsnis
09-24-2009, 10:30 PM
There's a difference between tackling someone low and blocking someone low. Blocking someone low is cheap and potentially career-threatening (see Favre, Brett). Tackling someone low is the textbook way to bring down someone larger than yourself.

frankthetank1
09-25-2009, 07:09 AM
im glad hines isnt going to change the way he blocks or tone it down at all. i was wondering if he would with the new gay rules that are in affect. they were talking about hines on pti saying he shouldnt say this publicly and it makes him a target. haha he has been a target for quite some time now. i'd love to see hines smash river's face again on the first drive

JTP53609
09-25-2009, 07:29 AM
just watched tony kornhole on bspn and he was taking shots at ward saying how he does not undestand why ward is saying this and he says that ward must think it is okay to break someones face but not go low....ITS FOOTBALL, the media asked a question he answered it, i guess they want players to lie when asked, kornhole must think it is flag football and only linebackers can hit hard...

frankthetank1
09-25-2009, 09:38 AM
just watched tony kornhole on bspn and he was taking shots at ward saying how he does not undestand why ward is saying this and he says that ward must think it is okay to break someones face but not go low....ITS FOOTBALL, the media asked a question he answered it, i guess they want players to lie when asked, kornhole must think it is flag football and only linebackers can hit hard...

i thought his point was why say you are going to do something illegal and why say it right before the bengals game. i agree with you though and kornhole really doesnt know much about football

JTP53609
09-25-2009, 10:13 AM
just watched tony kornhole on bspn and he was taking shots at ward saying how he does not undestand why ward is saying this and he says that ward must think it is okay to break someones face but not go low....ITS FOOTBALL, the media asked a question he answered it, i guess they want players to lie when asked, kornhole must think it is flag football and only linebackers can hit hard...

i thought his point was why say you are going to do something illegal and why say it right before the bengals game. i agree with you though and kornhole really doesnt know much about football


yea i see that too, i just thought they are making a mountain out of nothing...hines will probably hit someone that comes, the media asked him, he wont lie and say no he wont, now the bengals know to keep their second eye on 86 even when he does not have the ball...

Discipline of Steel
09-26-2009, 08:13 AM
Yeah, Tony Kornhole and Joe Theismann have certainly adopted the roles of Football Etiquette Experts. They overly (disgustingly) glorify star players and then knit their eyebrows when they play rough. Footballs biggest sissies. You cant break a play down frame by frame and criticize the minutiae of the contact. Theismann is worse because he played in the NFL. Along with Goodell, I think their whole movement to pussify the game misses the mark of public opinion.