Steelers WR Hines Ward Named NFL’s Dirtiest Player
The NFL’s best blocking wide receiver has gotten another title from his peers: league’s dirtiest player.
Ward was fined $15,000 in October 2008 for hits in consecutive games that didn’t draw flags. Later that month, he broke the jaw of Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers with a block Rivers never saw coming. The hit prompted the NFL to outlaw high, blind-side hits, with the so-called Hines Ward Rule carrying a 15-yard flag.
Ward told Sports Illustrated last year he knows only one way to play.
“It’s hard to sit there and tell everybody it’s a violent sport but tone it down a little,” he said. “When I go across the middle, those guys aren’t going to tackle me softly and lay me down to the ground. That’s not football. I find it ironic that now you see a receiver delivering blows, and it’s an issue. But I haven’t changed. I’ve been doing it this way for 11 years.”