Hard Hat Award (Game #8, @ Wash.)
Stillers QB Byron Leftwich and longsnapper Jared Retkofsky 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.
Leftwich was pressed into action after halftime when Ben was unable to make a go of it. Thrown stone cold into a tight game on the road, Lefty never flinched, calmly standing in the pocket amidst heavy pressure and hitting one key pass after another. When the dust had settled, Byron had led the heretofore struggling offense to 2 lengthy TD marches en route to a 23-6 win over the Skins. All around the NFL, teams are struggling because of timid play by their backup QB, but Lefty showed that he�s got the mental toughness and fortitude to come in stone cold and lead the offense.
Retkofsky was signed the week leading up to the game due to a season-ending injury to
Other players receiving consideration from The Committee were Willie Parker, Jamie Harrison, James Farrior, Andre Frazier, Troy Pola, and LeMarr Woodley. 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 Leftwich and Retkofsky for winning the Hard Hat Award. Wear the Hard Hat proudly, fellas!
Previous 2008 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