Hard Hat Award (Game #7, @
Stiller LB Larry Timmons 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.
Timmons led the way on defense with 11 solos in a very strong, stellar effort. He played strong sideline-to-sideline linebacker, helping to bottle the run and making plays on passes. He has multiple good open field tackles after short dumpoffs to receivers in space.
Just a few weeks after being held to a paltry 14 yards of receiving against the PoeBirds, Ward had his best all-around game of the season, grabbing 7 passes for 131 yards. His TD was simply an outstanding Hard Hat effort, as he ducked under a tackle on an out, then eluded a tackler at the 4 and then twisted into the EZ. Hines had an incredible grab on a seamer late in the 2Q, in which he plucked a pass away from the DB in amazing fashion for a 26-yard gain. He also had a key 4Q blitz pickup.
There were only a couple other players in consideration by The Committee. Mo Pouncey had a stellar game at center. James Harrison had a high-revving, hard-nosed effort. As is typical in a losing effort, no other Stillers were even in consideration by The Committee. It�s a rather sad situation when so few players gave the kind of effort expected for the Hard Hat against the defending champs. The defense was soft n� cheesy, and the offense played grabass the entire game. 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 Timmons for winning the Hard Hat Award. Wear the Hard Hat proudly, Timmy !
Previous 2010 Hard Hat Winners:
Game #1, vs.
Game #2, @
Game #3, @
Game #4, vs. Balt: Dan Sepulveda
Game #5, vs. Clev: Jamie Harrison
Game #6, @