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Shocking News: Harrison Named Most Violent, Dangerous Player In Poll Of Peers


This news will certainly not be as big of a shocker as the Pittsburgh Steelers firing special teams coach Al Everest on Thursday evening.

Pro Football Talk reports on Friday that linebacker James Harrison was the runaway winner in an ESPN poll of NFL players that asked, “Who is the most violent, dangerous player in the NFL?”

The site reports that Harrison received 67.5 percent of the vote with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis coming in second place with 10 percent of the vote.

There is no word where Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh finished in the voting, or more importantly, how many NFL players took part in the poll. Are we talking 15, 150, or 1,500 players polled here? I am willing to bet there weren\'t any Steelers players that voted in this poll.

It is well documented that Harrison has received multiple fines over the last few seasons and he was hit with a one game suspension last year for his hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last year in addition. His perception around the league easily made him the winner in this poll. Due to all of the media attention that the hits have received over the years, it would have been shocking had he not received the heaviest amount of votes.

If you think Harrison cares about this, you are wrong. He plays the game the way he was taught to play it. While he might be forced to lower his target now for fear of being suspended again, he will remain under heavy scrutiny should he tear up an opposing players\' knee like he almost did last year in the AFC Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos.

For the rest of his playing career Harrison is in a no-win situation when it comes to every hit he makes moving forward, as each and every one will be highly scrutinized.

He won a poll of NFL players and all I can say is, big deal. Does he get any money or a trophy for it? If anyone ask him about it winning this poll, don\'t be surprised if that is his answer as well.

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  • http://twitter.com/412Remix 4-12

    I guess 30s the new 20

  • SteelSpine

    Harrison speared more people with the crown of his helmet than anyone I’ve seen in modern-day NFL. The vote was for “most dangerous”, & spearing with crown of helmet is indeed dangerous. Spearing is also a cheapshot diving onto pile leading with crown of helmet into a guy’s back), that’s why NFL banned spearing with crown of helmet long-before Harrison got suspended for continuing to spear/lead with crown of helmet.

  • Intropy

    He probably cares a little. Being so recognized by your peers is an honor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stan.wasik Stan Wasik

    Seems hypocritical saying that while having Jack Splatt as your post picture. I have no problem with the way Harrison plays just as I loved the way Lambert played. Dont tell me you hated the way Joe Green played or Ernie Holmes or Dwight mad dog White played. Your post makes no sense

  • Brendon Glad

    Whatever. U must not have played football. When a player crouches to tackle someone it is nearly physically impossible to make the helmet NOT be the first part of ones body to make contact unless the head is thrown to one side or another…and with players moving at 25-30 MPH AT each other that can be difficult. Both McCoy and massequoi ducked into him. The Young hit was dirty, the Fitzpatrick hit was questionable. And look up spearing. Prettysure u are wrong on that. I’ve never heard of a spearing call that didn’t involve diving head first into a player already on the ground. Unless they changed the wording recently

  • Brendon Glad

    Look up “spearing” in an NFL Rulebook. The crown of an NFL helmet CAN HIT PLAYERS!!!! If they duck into it, to where their helmet is hit with the helmet then that becomes a judgement call. Buteven THAT is not “spearing” unless you know something new that I’m not aware of.

  • Brendon Glad

    My deal is this…for ON-FIELD incidents it should NOT be a running tally.Rasheed Wallace would have played about 10nba games a year if the NBA had such stupid rules where histechnical fouls carried over. I understand for off-field stuff cuz that tarnishes the brand…but the fact thatevery”fineable ” hit will just increase his suspensions is infuriating. I’m disgusted with the players union for signing off on that crap, and proud that the Steelers voted against that stupid deal. Don’t come shining to be now DREW BREES…u made all those players beds so lie in it.Steelers are only team with a right to whine in my book

  • Brendon Glad

    “Don’t come crying to me now”…damn phone

  • Brendon Glad

    It sure doesn’t. Almost physically impossible to do what the NFL is asking them to do. Run two bodies at each otherat 25-30 MPH…have one player see and react…then tackler in crouched position needs to make his helmet not hit the other Guy’s head…just YOU WATCH!… a player or 2 will get paralyzed this year trying to avoid punishment…then how will the NFL feel about their mission when they have acouple quadrapalegics per year laying in bed forever directly because of their “concussion panic”

  • Brendon Glad

    I thunk 99% of NFL players would take “being a little loopy later on” over that

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not shocking in the least…and I bet that any team would love to have Deebo on their squad as well.

  • SteelSpine

    You dont know the rules changed after the days of Lambert & Green. Welcome to 5 years ago. Spearing with crown of helmet has been banned since then. Not that those players of the 70s speared or that they speared to become great.

  • SteelSpine

    Diving onto a pile using crown of helmet to spear a guy in the back, the player didnt crouch to make that happen. Harrison did that alot, he has a reputation from other teams about that, & I saw it.

  • SteelSpine

    I wouldnt call Mike Webster’s death “concussion panic.” As to crouching offensive players I agree, that is a dilmma for defenders. Bottom line is there are plenty of good defensive players who learned the new rules which were taught to every team’s training camp years ago, vs Harrison claimed to be a slow learner. That cost our team, in the form of suspension of a starter.

  • walter mason

    I dont recall Harrison ever being suspended for “diving onto pile leading with crown of helmet into a guy’s back.” .

  • SteelSpine

    I was pointing out fact that Harrison did that too often onto piles because it was stated in oppenent (offensive lineman) interview on TV & because I had noticed him doing that too often.

  • SteelSpine

    Only because you said there you didnt know what football players are taught: In football all the way from young age on, to tackle with helmet-up, =face=up, = see who you are tackling. That’s so ya dont run around with head down using crown of helmet as a spear.

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