If Hines Is Dirty Then Black Is White

Rich HeckmanContributor INovember 4, 2009

DETROIT , MI - OCTOBER 11:  Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after scoring a quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions on October 11, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Enraged at the recently published Sports Illustrated article that players voted Hines Ward the dirtiest player in the NFL, I cannot in good faith keep my thoughts to myself. Not only did the pole of 296 NFL players 159 of whom voted Hines the games dirtiest player, but in the rest of the top five I see only players that play hard, and if playing hard is playing dirty then I guess Hines wins.

I get total enjoyment in watching Hines play, and I'm amazed at the way he gets up from what I consider a bone crushing hit with that dazzling smile on his face. That is whether taking a hit or dishing one out, and a lot of the hits he takes are much worse than those he dishes out. The man's blocking is ferocious with one particular block that managed to get a rule change, but did not garner a penalty during the game, bringing a lot of undeserved attention his way. Hines didn't apologize for that hit nor do I think he should have.

Heart, body, and soul are what Hines brings to every down he plays, how many professional athletes can you say that about? So mister 159 supposedly professional football players; if you don't like the way Mr. Ward plays the game. Get out of his way!