NFL's Top 10 Biggest Bone-Crushing Hits of the Last Decade

David SmithContributor IIIJune 13, 2011

NFL's Top 10 Biggest Bone-Crushing Hits of the Last Decade

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    None of us wants to admit the reason we watch NFL highlight reels is because of those bone-crushing hits—hits that bring families together, young and old, fan or not.

    Is it wrong to find joy in the pain of another? Let's hope not, or we are all in trouble.

    So without further ado, I bring you the top NFL hits of the past decade. Enjoy.

No. 10: Maurice Jones-Drew Blows Up Shawne Merriman

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    Coming in at No. 10, we have MJD laying the wood on Merriman.

    It isn't often the little man gets the big hit, so I had to give him his due.

No. 9: Ed Reed Introduces Knowshon Moreno to the NFL

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    There is a lesson all NFL rookies have to learn at one time or another: Duck!

No. 8: Adrian Peterson Levels William Gay

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    Anyone who has squared up against Peterson knows he is a force to be reckoned with.

    Around, over and yes, even through—one way or another, Adrian Peterson is going to get his.

No. 7: Ray Lewis vs. Dustin Keller

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    What would a big hit collection be without Ray Lewis?

    You don't have to look far to find a clip of him causing anyone foolish enough to come over the middle to involuntarily leave their feet.

No. 6: Bart Scott Demolishes "Big Ben" Roethlisberger

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    What more can be said other than "Ouch!" Bart Scott of the Ravens just unloads on Roethlisberger.

    Are you staring to notice a Ravens theme developing? It wasn't intentional, but you can't deny the physical nature of that defense.

No. 5: Tanard Jackson vs. Dallas Clark

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    When you see a grown man writhing around in pain like Dallas Clark is here, you know that had to hurt.

No. 4: David Barrett De-Cleats T.J. Houshmandzadeh

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    I don't think "Hoosh" ever saw this hit coming. This is the kind of hit that can end a career.

No. 3: Hines Ward vs. Ed Reed

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    Ed Reed makes a second appearance on the list, but not for the reason he would hope for.

    In what has become a trademark of his playing style, Hines Ward drops the hammer on Reed. 

No. 2: Ryan Clark Rearranges Willis McGahee

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    The No. 2 collision leaves multiple bodies on the ground.

    The best part is the reaction from the crowd at the moment of impact. It makes you think of the old gladiator arena and their lust for carnage.

No. 1: Reggie Bush vs. Sheldon Brown

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    The No. 1 spot is reserved for the hit laid on the Saints' Reggie Bush by the Eagles' Sheldon Brown. Not only did it take a while to get up, but he immediately went back down. The hit not only fired up the Eagles, but it also tops my list of the biggest bone-crushing hits of the last decade.

    But this is just this writer's opinion. Drop a comment down below and let me know yours; as always, thanks for posting.