A. Smith Wins Weekly Hard Hat Award (Game #3, vs. Cinci)
Stiller DE Aaron Smith is the winner of my 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.
The 3rd-year DE from Northern Colorado had 3 solos and 3 assists, as well as a sack, in the Stillers win over the Bungals.� Of course, raw numeric production alone does not win a player the Hard Hat Award; rather, it�s the iron-tough, hard-as-steel attitude and on-field demeanor that ultimately wins a player the coveted Hard Hat.� Smitty showed just that versus the Bengals, creating havoc in both the running and passing game.�� I was especially impressed with Smitter�s play against the run.�� At the point of attack, Smitty was stout and stingy, and facing a versatile cutback runner like Dillon, Smith was very smart and sensible -� as well as tenacious -� in sealing off Dillon�s cutback lanes.� Smitty�s 1-handed sack of Kitna was as impressive as Levon Kirkland�s somewhat similar sack in Super Bowl 30, and it showed tremendous desire and guile on behalf of Smitty.
Others in contention were Jerome Bettis, Chad Scott, and Earl Holmes.�
Kudos to Aaron for winning the weekly Hard Hat Award.� Wear the Hard Hat proudly, Aaron !!
Week 1, @ Jax:� Joey Porter
Week 2, @ Buff:� Hines Ward