I think there is a lot of confusion out there about what constitutes someone as a "dirty player," or maybe it's just denial.
I think it's pretty simple really and I've decided to compile a few signs that might help you figure out if you're a dirty player or not.
Here is a list of things that should set off a light that says, "I might be a dirty player." Enjoy.
One of the first signs that you're a dirty player could be that you're seeing flags on the field.
This could be vague at first and it happens to everyone from time to time, but if it becomes a regular occurrence, you could be a dirty player.
Have you ever seen anyone do something so bad that they were attacked by the entire team?
If so, you could have just witnessed a "dirty" play.
Anything so bad as to spark an attack by the entire team might lead one to think you're a dirty player.
We've all seen this one.
Two players get into a scuffle and things get so out of hand that one player ends up holding a helmet that doesn't belong to him.
If you're a player that has ever done this, you definitely lost your temper.
If you've done it more than once, you might be a dirty player.
The DNA thing certainly goes both ways. You never want to have another player's DNA on your cleats, but you don't want yours on them either.
No, I'm not talking sweat or dead skin here, I'm talking about saliva.
You don't see it as much as you used to, but some players used to spit on other players out of anger, frustration or just plain stupidity.
Whatever the reason, it's just downright disgusting and one of those things you just don't do to another player.
You've seen the yellow, you've been attacked and you've realized you're holding a helmet that doesn't belong to you, but that just didn't do it.
That wasn't enough to realize you'd done something wrong and then you're ejected from the game.
If you find yourself walking to the locker room early, you might be a dirty player.
I'm sure every player has visited Goodell's office at some point or another for both good reasons and bad.
However, if you've visited often enough that you know who every person is in every one of his pictures, what his favorite pen is, or if he's running low on paper, then you've definitely been a bad boy.
Stay out of the office.
Some people are hard to reach otherwise, but touch a man's pocketbook and he just might realize that you mean business.
He might also realize that he's done something very wrong and he needs to change his ways.
This is a very good sign that you need to change your style of play.
Let's face it, if you're sitting at home watching your team play on Sunday, you've definitely done something very bad.
If you've committed an act so bad that you're watching your team play instead of helping them win (or lose), you might be a dirty player.
Every player loves to make the highlight reel, but if you're watching yourself stomp a player over and over and then walk to the locker room early, you might be a dirty player.
Let's face it folks: When you get down to it, if people have to ask this question, then you're probably guilty of something.
If you, as a player, find yourself being analyzed and talked about every week with the question "Is this player dirty?" involved, you just might be a dirty player.
If you're guilty of 10 out of 11 on this list, then you're definitely a dirty player and need to adjust your style of play.
Sorry, if you're reading this and thinking, hey, this guy is talking about me or my favorite player, but the proof is in the pudding—wait, there was pudding?
Anyways, if you're sitting at home on Sunday wondering why you're short in the pocketbook while washing the blood off your cleats and watching yourself on NFL Network, you're definitely a dirty player.
Here's your sign and no soup for you.