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Hard Hat Award (Game #14, @ Balt.)

December 17, 2008 by Still Mill


Hard Hat Award (Game #14, @ Balt.) 

Stillers WR Hines Ward 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.


Ward entered the game as a supposed �marked man� by the vaunted Raven defense.  Ever since the first meeting back in week 4, the Ravens had talked brazenly about how they were gonna get revenge, blah blah blah.  Some receivers would have shirked and wilted at the thought of facing a bloodthirsty mob like the Poebirds.  Not Ward, who responded with perhaps his best all-around effort of the season, making one clutch catch after another in the middle of the field, en route to an 8 catch, 108 yard performance to spark a moribund offense to victory. 


Most of his yardage was off RAC, as Ward churned, spun, and plowed for extra yardage.  The entire Raven defense was given ample opportunity to punish Ward, but they never were able to knock him out of the game.  Ward got the final drive going with 2 consecutive 13-yard grabs, and his spinning, 3rd-effort RAC set up the late goal-to-go at the 4.  For all the talk about how the Ravens were getting �up� to face Ward and so on, Ward never wavered or backed down an inch, as he continually made fearless catches over the middle.


In the 2nd half, near the end of a Spike Roethlisberger scramble, Ward had LB Bart Scott lined up for a huge blast.  Scott spied Ward at the last second, and like a pansy Bartholomew ducked rather than taking a hit from a man 50 pounds lighter. 


Other player receiving consideration from The Committee were Larry Timmons, who stripped Jacco of the ball in the 4Q to force a punt and also nearly forced an INT with a huge hit; spec teamer Pat Bailey; and DE Aaron Smith, who had a stout game. 


Kudos to Ward for winning the Hard Hat Award.  Wear the Hard Hat proudly, Hines! 


Previous 2008 Hard Hat Winners:


Week 1, vs. Houston: Willie Parker and LeMarr Woodley                                   

Week 2, @ Clev: Keyaron Fox and Jamie Harrison

Week 3, @ Phil: Troy Polamalu

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. Dallas:  Troy Polamalu and Jamie Harrison


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