Hines Ward, Hines Ward. Everyone Is Talking About Hines Ward!

Justin ZuckerCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2008

Troy Polamalu said that the NFL is turning football into a pansy game.  We can argue that point all day so let me move on.

What I am really amazed at is the amount of attention Hines Ward is receiving.  Who would have thought that a wide receiver could attract so much attention with their blocking and hard hitting ability?

Hines was fined $5,000 by the league for "unnecessary roughness" for a play against Baltimore in which he was not penalized.  He was fined $10,000 for a "blow to the head" against Jacksonville on another play in which he was not penalized.

Last Sunday, Hines leveled Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers with a legal block and Rivers broke his jaw.  He is out for the season.  A few of the Bengals called it a dirty play, however the league deemed it a legal hit and he would not be fined.  Chad Johnson, perhaps the only honest one in that sad bunch, said if given the opportunity he would have laid that block as well.

Yesterday, Terrell Suggs, of the Baltimore Ravens, was quoted on a radio show as saying that there was a "bounty" on Rashard Mendenhall and Hines Ward during their last game with Pittsburgh.  He stated that they were not able to get at Ward between the whistles.  He also said that after Ray Lewis tackled Mendenhall, and subsequently broke Mendenhall's shoulder, he jumped up screaming "he's done".  Mendenhall was in fact done for the year.

The NFL is going to investigate this bounty talk.

I find this amazing.  Not that Ray Lewis got up screaming about his perfectly legal tackle.  I absolutely expect that from him. 

Not that Terrell Suggs talked about it on a radio show.  I have never confused him with a potential rocket scientist.

I am amazed that Hines Ward, of all the people in this league, is the target of such ire.  He is widely recognized as one of the best blockers at his position.  He is also a hard nosed, to the whistle type player that any coach would love to have.  In that way, he is much like Rodney Harrison of the Patriots.  Someone you can't stand playing against, but someone you want on your team.

The Ravens "have something" for Ward the next time they play, Suggs said.

Bengals safety, Chinedum Ndukwe, said "too bad he can't hit someone face up.  That's alright.  We play them again". 

Are they kidding?  It seems to me that the Ravens and Bengals need to concentrate on trying to win.

I think that these defensive players are just embarrassed.  They are getting leveled, legally, by a wide receiver.  A wide receiver is tougher than they are.

They aren't used to it. 

They are ashamed.

And rightfully so.

Man up, and shut up.  You are embarrassing yourselves and your team. 

He is just better and tougher than you are. 

Deal with it.