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Cortland Finnegan aspires to be the NFL's dirtiest player

Last year a poll of NFL players ranked Steelers receiver Hines Ward as the dirtiest player in the league, and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan as the sixth-dirtiest.

Finnegan, who will meet Ward on the field on Sunday when the Steelers visit Tennessee, says he aspires to be a dirtier player than Ward.

“He was voted the league’s dirtiest player, so you’ve got to give it up for him,” Finnegan said, per Terry McCormick of Titan Insider. “I’m number [six] right now, but I’m aspiring to one day hopefully be No. 1. So, I appreciate it.”

From Ward’s perspective, one dirty player can appreciate another.

“He has a little nastiness, a little dog in him. I like that,” Ward said. “Every time I watch him, I kind of smile. We are still competitors. We are going to go out there and compete and at the end of the game shake hands and wish each other good luck and go on about our business. I love everything about Cortland.”

We’ll see on Sunday whether Finnegan and Ward take a few extra shots at each other in an attempt to secure a place atop the dirtiest player rankings.

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53 Responses to “Cortland Finnegan aspires to be the NFL's dirtiest player”
  1. PED'S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says: Sep 16, 2010 1:22 PM

    I love Hines Ward. I dont think hes dirty, I think hes smart. Those LB’s and safeties are trying to kill him, so hey, if he gets a de-cleater here and there, great for him. I could be wrong, but I dont remember him as being flagged or fined, and if so its rare, so what he does appears to be within the rules. Its already working to his advantage, because its not even game day, and they are already worried about getting knocked out by him.

  2. jj jones says: Sep 16, 2010 1:22 PM

    Last year a poll of NFL players ranked former Steelers running back Najeh Davenport as the crappiest player in the league

  3. Citizen Strange says: Sep 16, 2010 1:23 PM

    The reason Bart Scott ran away from the Ravens to the Jets was that he was too afraid of Hines Ward cleaning his clock twice (and sometimes three times) a year.
    GO STEELERS!

  4. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Sep 16, 2010 1:29 PM

    Dirty players are great when they play on your team. Finnegan would look good in Raven purple.

  5. Omega says: Sep 16, 2010 1:30 PM

    Maybe thay can cheap shot each other on the same play and knock each other out for the season.

  6. East Of Eden 6 says: Sep 16, 2010 1:33 PM

    He’s already top 3 in overrated corners.
    He hasnt made any noise since 08.

  7. GoTitans says: Sep 16, 2010 1:40 PM

    Can’t wait for another win in Titan Town come Sunday. #31 will bring it all day, as I am certain Hines Ward will too. It just won’t be enough. Not this time. Not this Sunday! Go Titans!!

  8. FinFan68 says: Sep 16, 2010 1:58 PM

    The fact that one aspires to be the dirtiest player in the league, in and of itself, warrants a fine.

  9. Saintsarebest says: Sep 16, 2010 1:59 PM

    and the dirtiest team in the league?????
    packers!

  10. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 16, 2010 2:09 PM

    Dumb article…not newsworthy

  11. rbais2 says: Sep 16, 2010 2:11 PM

    Could he be the league’s dumbest player???
    I mean, how can you be dirty when you contributed to the Patriots launching of 6 touchdowns????
    They kicked your ass, Court-LAND!!!!!

  12. Phuq Ewe says: Sep 16, 2010 2:15 PM

    Wonder if Ward will be smiling when someone takes out his knees?

  13. bvan says: Sep 16, 2010 2:33 PM

    # Saintsarebest says: September 16, 2010 1:59 PM
    and the dirtiest team in the league?????
    packers!
    ***********************************
    Examples ?

  14. Joe says: Sep 16, 2010 2:34 PM

    Hines aint dirty…he an OG in da game!
    haters mad cuz he plays offense with the aggression of a defender.

  15. JoeSchmoe says: Sep 16, 2010 2:37 PM

    What award does Brett Favre win?

  16. Jack Burton says: Sep 16, 2010 2:39 PM

    If “Old Number 86″ came to your team you’d be thanking the football gods, get a life you Steeler haters.

  17. Maddog says: Sep 16, 2010 2:42 PM

    I think Mark Sanchez is the dirtier.

  18. DB26 says: Sep 16, 2010 2:48 PM

    @Joe:
    Speak English you idiot.
    If your comment wasn’t bleeding with ignorance & ebonics, you would have made a nice comment (that coming from a Browns fan). Too bad that your dumb.

  19. favre uses allens mullet as handlebars says: Sep 16, 2010 2:49 PM

    rbais2 says:
    September 16, 2010 2:11 PM
    Could he be the league’s dumbest player???
    I mean, how can you be dirty when you contributed to the Patriots launching of 6 touchdowns????
    They kicked your ass, Court-LAND!!!!!
    ————————————————-
    Finnegan didnt play in that 59-0 beatdown last year. That could be the reason why they got 6 TDs was there was two rookies Mouton and McCourty in at CB. Shmuck!

  20. Saintsarebest says: Sep 16, 2010 2:54 PM

    bvan
    child please. well know fact. change your name to mossy cade or randy woodfield.

  21. shaggeez says: Sep 16, 2010 2:57 PM

    He’s already top 3 in overrated corners.
    He hasnt made any noise since 08.
    ___________________________________
    You act as if it was a decade ago dude.
    Cortland was banged up at the beginning of last year and he still ended up with 5 ints I think. Not eye-popping numbers with that but definitely tolerable. Also, he’s pretty damn good in run support and tackling in general.
    You’ve probably never even seen him play.

  22. Kevin DuBrow says: Sep 16, 2010 2:58 PM

    when heinz ward isnt stealing money from business partners or crying after a game, he’s looking around for guys with their head turned so he can cheap shot them. classless. perfect “steeler”

  23. NFLJunkie says: Sep 16, 2010 2:59 PM

    rbais2 says:
    Could he be the league’s dumbest player???
    I mean, how can you be dirty when you contributed to the Patriots launching of 6 touchdowns????
    They kicked your ass, Court-LAND!!!!!

    Yep, the Titans sure did get their asses kicked that day.
    Of course, this would’ve been a much better slam by you if Finnegan had actually played that day (or Harper or Fuller for that matter, the other starting corner and the starting nickel).
    They were all out due to injury.

  24. Heywood Jablowme says: Sep 16, 2010 3:06 PM

    I guess it’s good to have goals, right?
    Also,
    DB26 says:
    September 16, 2010 2:48 PM
    @Joe:
    Speak English you idiot.
    If your comment wasn’t bleeding with ignorance & ebonics, you would have made a nice comment (that coming from a Browns fan). Too bad that your dumb.
    ————————————————-
    Dude, you can’t call somebody dumb and then use “your” instead of “you’re.” Way to go stupid.

  25. PED'S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says: Sep 16, 2010 3:08 PM

    favre uses allens mullet as handlebars says:
    September 16, 2010 2:49 PM
    rbais2 says:
    September 16, 2010 2:11 PM
    Could he be the league’s dumbest player???
    I mean, how can you be dirty when you contributed to the Patriots launching of 6 touchdowns????
    They kicked your ass, Court-LAND!!!!!
    ——————– ——————– ———
    Finnegan didnt play in that 59-0 beatdown last year. That could be the reason why they got 6 TDs was there was two rookies Mouton and McCourty in at CB. Shmuck!
    I dont know if this is true. If so….OUCH.

  26. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Sep 16, 2010 3:24 PM

    2 Jets references in an article that has nothing to do with them.
    Yes, let the butthurt flow through you.

  27. Terrell Blowens says: Sep 16, 2010 3:29 PM

    @heywood jablowme
    took the words right outta my mouth

  28. tk1966 says: Sep 16, 2010 3:29 PM

    If Hines was a linebacker or DB, and made the same hits, he’d be praised for being a tough-nosed hard hitting player. Since he’s a WR (often looked at as a “soft” position) he’s called dirty.

  29. robert ethen says: Sep 16, 2010 3:34 PM

    That’s what happens when you cross an Irishman with an African American. They should have known better.

  30. mama tried says: Sep 16, 2010 3:35 PM

    Whines Hard

  31. urworstnitemare says: Sep 16, 2010 3:37 PM

    So if Hines drills someone with a legal block than thats called dirty, but if a DB drills a defenseless receiver than its called a good hit. It sounds like these whiners have a double standard going on here just because Ward gives them back what they dish out.

  32. Maddog says: Sep 16, 2010 3:39 PM

    Kevin DuBrow says:
    September 16, 2010 2:58 PM
    when heinz ward isnt stealing money from business partners or crying after a game, he’s looking around for guys with their head turned so he can cheap shot them. classless. perfect “steeler”
    ———————————————–
    Why is it okay for a defensive player to do that, and not an offensive player? WR’s running across the middle know they better keep their heads on a swivel, or they’ll be leveled. LB’s and DB’s playing the Steelers need to follow those same rules. You think these guys aren’t trying to take out Ward any chance they get?

  33. zoinks says: Sep 16, 2010 3:42 PM

    Hines Ward is the dirtiest player in the NFL, according to a Sports Illustrated poll of 296 players released this week.
    The Steelers’ wide receiver, long considered the league’s best blocking wide receiver, received 11.6 percent of the vote. He was followed by Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (6.0), Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter (6.0), Bengals safety Roy Williams (5.1) and Titans center Kevin Mawae (4.6). Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan (4.2), Rams guard Richie Incognito (3.7), Falcons guard Harvey Dahl (3.7), Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (3.7) and Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (3.2) rounded out the top 10.

    Dirtiest players in the league? Perhaps. But I’ll tell you one thing…..those so-called “dirty” players have gone to an awful lot of Pro Bowls.
    My guess is, other players are calling these guys dirty because it’s easier than admitting to themselves that that the guys on the “dirty” list are just straight-up better football players.

  34. ntea6 says: Sep 16, 2010 3:45 PM

    “Every time I watch him, I kind of smile.”
    Isn’t Hines Ward ALWAYS smiling? He seems to be smiling even when he’s mad, getting penalized, etc. so it doesn’t really say much.

  35. WhoDey_Man says: Sep 16, 2010 3:47 PM

    *J* *E* *T* *S*
    Suck!
    Suck!
    Suck!

  36. cronn100 says: Sep 16, 2010 3:50 PM

    Just take his knees out and finish his career.

  37. CushingKicksAss says: Sep 16, 2010 3:58 PM

    Hines Ward is a beast! Courtland Finnegan is a whiney little girl. I’m out!

  38. Baller says: Sep 16, 2010 3:59 PM

    Yo, Heywood:
    You took a shot at DB26 as follows: “Dude, you can’t call somebody dumb and then use “your” instead of “you’re.” Way to go stupid.”
    The last sentence should actually be constructed as such: Way to go, stupid.
    The vicious circle of ignorance just goes on and on and on, huh?

  39. NYJRavens2.0 says: Sep 16, 2010 4:34 PM

    DB26 says:
    September 16, 2010 2:48 PM
    @Joe:
    Speak English you idiot.
    If your comment wasn’t bleeding with ignorance & ebonics, you would have made a nice comment (that coming from a Browns fan). Too bad that your dumb.
    ——————–
    “Too bad that YOUR dumb.” DB26, the appropriate phrase is YOU ARE, also known as, “YOU’RE dumb.” Also, it should be “This coming from a Browns fan” rather than “that” since you had just mentioned the statement. At least Joe isn’t faking his command of the English language.

  40. 345Rule says: Sep 16, 2010 4:35 PM

    go suck it crapland firstdownagain

  41. GoTitans says: Sep 16, 2010 4:37 PM

    Finnegan did not play vs. the Pats. Fact.
    What is the line on this game? Seems someone thinks the Titans will win.
    Sunday cannot come soon enough! Go Titans!

  42. Heywood Jablowme says: Sep 16, 2010 4:50 PM

    Baller says:
    September 16, 2010 3:59 PM
    Yo, Heywood:
    You took a shot at DB26 as follows: “Dude, you can’t call somebody dumb and then use “your” instead of “you’re.” Way to go stupid.”
    The last sentence should actually be constructed as such: Way to go, stupid.
    The vicious circle of ignorance just goes on and on and on, huh?
    ————————————————-
    Thanks, Baller, but, the, comma, is, not, necessary, in, that, sentence. Rah,-tard. You, are, a, knucklehead.

  43. Schatt Maub says: Sep 16, 2010 5:30 PM

    Why do you guys continually point out the lack of newsworthiness of a particular item? This isn’t a news site.

  44. Baller says: Sep 16, 2010 5:34 PM

    Sorry, blowme, but the comma actually IS necessary since you are referring to him as stupid. Go to grammar.com or some other website designed for morons like yourself who have nothing better to do than to attack posters for their grammar and punctuation, in spite of the fact that you yourself are a friggin’ F’tard.
    Douche…

  45. DonnyBoy says: Sep 16, 2010 6:02 PM

    Whines Hard – I like it.
    He fits well with the Squeelers and their fans.
    Always ready and happy to take advantage of someone who’s not in a position to defend themselves.

  46. 3octaveFart says: Sep 16, 2010 6:20 PM

    DB26 says: September 16, 2010 2:48 PM
    “@Joe:
    Speak English you idiot….Too bad that your dumb”
    Uhm, it’s “you’re” Einstein.
    Just saying.
    Oh the irony.
    / chuckle

  47. ICEWALKER says: Sep 16, 2010 6:55 PM

    Saintsarebest says:
    September 16, 2010 2:54 PM
    bvan
    child please. well know fact. change your name to mossy cade or randy woodfield.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Did some research on Wikipedia……
    RANDY WOODFIELD-
    Three arrests in the early 1970s for petty crimes such as vandalism and public indecency did not prevent Woodfield from being drafted in the 1974 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers as a wide receiver, in the 17th round (428th pick), but he was DISMISSED FROM THE TEAM that same year after more than a dozen arrests for indecent exposure.
    MOSSY CADE-
    Cade was convicted in 1987 of two counts of second degree sexual assault on a woman he was related to through marriage. [1] He was acquitted of a third count, and served 15 months in jail.[2] This incident earned him the nickname “The Aunteater”. (HA HA!!)
    Upon release, he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings (!!) but was quickly released after public outcry over his signing. [3]
    Holy crap……both those dudes are total losers.
    (Let the comments begin!)

  48. Djaehne says: Sep 16, 2010 7:21 PM

    Titans suck. The Oilers were great in the day, but now the Tennessee Turds are nothing but a bunch of steamers.

  49. Black-n-Gold D = Black-n-Blue says: Sep 16, 2010 7:26 PM

    I find it interesting that several individuals on this post do not know how to spell “win.” They continue to spell it “whine.” Clearly when referring to a team with the only distinction of having won more Superbowls than any other team, they are attempting to show an appropriate level of respect and honor. I just wish they would take the time to spell “win” correctly.

  50. DonnyBoy says: Sep 16, 2010 9:48 PM

    I know how to spell rapist.

  51. Wick says: Sep 17, 2010 1:35 AM

    It bugs me when many say Ward only lights up DBs and LBs … and then, only via blindside shots.
    You kiddin’ me? You EFFING kidding me???
    Ever watch any meaningful stretch of play of Ward’s? Ward has brought down the house face up on d-ends and interior DLs … ask Baltimore, Cincy and Cleveland about that. Ask Denver. Ask Oakland.
    People who don’t appreciate who Ward is and what he does are not true football fans. Polamalu would be disgusted with any of ya.

  52. i'm president charlie! says: Sep 17, 2010 8:38 AM

    judging by the comments everyone wants only “clean” players in the league? Sounds like a lot of fun to watch..herp de derp derp derp

  53. badthing says: Sep 18, 2010 7:23 PM

    Ward only lights up DBs and LBs.. and then, only via blindside shots.

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