Hard Hat Award (Game #11, @ Balt.)
Stillers QB Dennis Dixon is the winner 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.
In yet another gutless, heartless performance by the Stillers in their loss to the Ravens,
Precious few others were in consideration after this grinding slopfest. Brett Keisel drew some consideration, as did LG Ramon Foster, who made his 1st NFL start. Rashard Mendenhall also deserves props for having to run into the teeth of a voracious defense that was stacked to stop the run�and Mendy got dozens of tough, hard-earned yards en route to a 95-yard rushing effort.
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. Given the poor effort and lack of toughness this past Sunday -- especially on the defense -- it should come as no surprise that the Stillers got beaten.
Previous 2009 Hard Hat Winners:
Game #1, vs.
Game #2, @
Game #3, @ Cinci: Mike Wallace (honorable mention to Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric)
Game #4, vs.
Game #5, @
Game #6, vs.
Game #7, vs.
Game #8, @
Game #9, vs. Cinci: No one
Game #10, @ KC: Rashard Mendenhall