Rodney Harrison knows all about being named the NFL’s dirtiest player. And he doesn’t agree that Hines Ward deserves to “win” the honor.
Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, he called Ward “an offensive Rodney Harrison.” (That may not help Ward’s case to most listeners.) “He plays the game the way it needs to be played,” Harrison said.
Harrison listened to the list of names on the list and said one stuck out.
“Kevin Mawae is dirty. He’s a dirty dude.”
Harrison went on to say the Titans, as a team, are the dirtiest in the league. Harrison still isn’t happy about with the Titans because of a play on New Year’s Eve in 2006 when receiver Bobby Wade took out Harrison’s knees, injuring him for New England’s playoff run. Harrison says the Titans sideline was laughing, and even coach Jeff Fisher had a smile on his face.
Harrison said he didn’t consider himself a dirty player because he never intended to hurt anyone and he never went at a player’s knees. Of course, he did like to go at a player’s mouth.
Asked if that was allowed, Harrison said: “The rules say I’m not . . . but I mean I have to do what I have to do to separate him and the football. That’s all part of football.”