Hard Hat Award (Super Bowl, vs.
Stillers LB James Harrison and LB LeMarr Woodley are the co-winners of the weekly Hard Hat Award, given to the Stiller player who best embodies the iron-tough, hard-as-steel attitude of the steel workers inside the blast furnace of a still mill.
Each of these ferocious LBs contributed mightily to the championship victory.
Woodley was an absolute beast, continually tooling and manhandling Levi Brown and harassing Warner on just about every other play. He constantly pressured Warner, and had the huge strip and forced-fumble with 5 secs left in the game to seal the win. He also had a bullrush sack late in the 2Q. Woodley also hustled downfield on the Harrison INT return and helped pave the way.
Others receiving consideration by The Committee were QB Ben Roethlisberger, who constantly hung tough in the pocket and made one clutch play after another; LB Lawrence Timmons, who delivered several crisp tackles and helped on both special teams as well as Harrison�s long INT return; FB Carey Davis, who had a good lead block on the Russell TD and also broke up the batted pass near the GL in the 3Q; and TE Heath Miller, who caught all but 1 pass thrown to him and had a good pancake block on Parker�s 15-yard run in the 3Q. It bears repeating that there is almost always -- if not always -- a strong correlation between the number of players in consideration for the Hard Hat, and if the team won or lost. Simply put, Hard Hat kind of football leads to victory; pansy football (a term used here long before Troy Pola popularized it) leads to defeat.
Kudos to Harrison and Woodley for winning the Hard Hat Award. Wear the Hard Hat proudly, Gents!
Previous 2008-09 Hard Hat Winners:
Week 1, vs.
Week 2, @ Clev: Keyaron Fox and Jamie Harrison
Week 3, @ Phil:
Week 4, vs. Balt: Jamie Harrison and LeMarr Woodley
Week 5, @ Jax: Ben Roethlisberger
Week 6, @ Cinci: Mewelde Moore
Week 7, vs. NY Giants: Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel
Week 8, @ Skins: Byron Leftwich and Jared Retkofsky
Week 9, vs. Colts: Jamie Harrison
Week 10, vs. Chargers: Jamie Harrison and Gary Russell
Week 11, vs. Bengals: Aaron Smith
Week 12, @ NE Pats: Jamie Harrison
Week 13, vs.
Week 14, @ Ravens: Hines Ward
Week 15, @ Titans: No one
Week 16, vs. Clev: Gary Russell
AFC Div Playoffs, vs. SD: Willie Parker and Brett Keisel
AFC Championship, vs. Ravens: