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Steelers vs. Ravens: Top 5 Players Who Define the NFL's Most Physical Rivalry
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NFL opening weekend sees a great fight scheduled as the Pittsburgh Steelers get ready for a physical scrap with the Baltimore Ravens to kick off the new season. Does it get any better?

Arguably the greatest modern NFL rivalry, the Steelers and Ravens are unmistakably each other's greatest nemesis.  

In a duel between two franchises that likely feel most quarterbacks should wear skirts, Ben Roethlisberger, complete with his battered body and broken nose, illustrated last season that he is the exception. Like Big Ben, every player on the field must be unrelenting, as games between the Steelers and Ravens require an awareness of the physical sacrifices necessary to win.

Each game is a new chapter of the rivalry that sets the clear precedent for modern ballgame battery. Their style of football comes as close as it gets to that which your grandfather can remember from back in "his day."

Gritty.

Mean.

Dirty.

Defensive.

Passionate.

Throwback.

Period.

In a series that showcases physicality between two championship-caliber football teams, which players have best exemplified what it is to be a member of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry?

This countdown honors the tough guy, the "tougher than woodpecker lips" (thanks for the comparison, Tunch!) contributors to the at least twice annual "Battle of Bruises."

One thing is for sure: To make this list, the player has to know the ire that burns bird feathers or melts steel!

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