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Nick Fairley: “I play the game the way it should be played”

Auburn Tigers head coach Gene Chizik and Nick Fairley kiss the championship trophy after defeating the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Glendale, Arizona

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley had a lot of buzz as a potential No. 1 overall pick after his effort in the BCS title game.

As the draft process has continued, it seems like Fairley go anywhere in the top seven.  He has the talent to go first overall, but some teams may prefer the consistency of Marcel Dareus at defensive tackle.

“He’s a great player, I’m a great player. So there’s no comparison,” Dareus said Sunday after starting his Combine experience a bit late.

Fairley has also faced some questions about taking plays off and his propensity to play after the whistle.

“Basically how I address it is everybody is entitled to their opinion. I play the game the way it should be played. I hit a light switch when I hit the field and it doesn’t turn off until after I leave,” Fairley said.

And then he really turns it off.  Fairley was one of the most affable players to hit the podium in Indianapolis, with a wide smile plastered on his face throughout.   Fairley said he isn’t concerned what pick he is taken — “That’s a trick question,” he joked.  He dispelled any rumors about medical problems when he said he would do all activities in Indianapolis.

Fairley lost weight before the Combine and was down to 291 pounds, which may be a little lighter than teams want.

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21 Responses to “Nick Fairley: “I play the game the way it should be played””
  1. roscoepcoaltrain86 says: Feb 28, 2011 8:54 AM

    “he’s a great player and I’m a great player, there’s no comparison.” Uh, isn’t that a comparison? These are college kids??

  2. jameswestphal says: Feb 28, 2011 8:58 AM

    He can put on 10-15 no problem if he hires a nutritionist. 291 is a bit too light for the way he plays.

  3. zoxitic says: Feb 28, 2011 9:11 AM

    Nobody is going to be playing the game the way it should be played in September.

  4. jw731 says: Feb 28, 2011 9:18 AM

    After i finish trying to decipher Eqyptian hieroglyphics, after i crack the DaVinci code, after i find the true meaning of life. I’m going to try and comprehend how someone who went to a major university, is degreed in a particular field, and writes maybe 200 t0 300 word articles, in the career he has chosen, can’t seem to put what is basically a post it note of an article together without either a grammatical error, or incoherent ramblings disguised as sentences, it’s uncanny how it happens every time….Are you typing these blurbs on an etch a sketch?

  5. crabboil says: Feb 28, 2011 9:18 AM

    Rosenfels is such a sh****y writer. his entries are easily identifiable.

  6. lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 9:24 AM

    I personally like the way he plays. Hitting up to the whistle and occaisionally immediately right after it is an old school approach. He is a throwback in that regards. His hustle and energy remind me a bit of Warren Sapp coming out.

  7. nps6724 says: Feb 28, 2011 9:53 AM

    “lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 9:24 AM

    I personally like the way he plays. Hitting up to the whistle and occaisionally immediately right after it is an old school approach. He is a throwback in that regards. His hustle and energy remind me a bit of Warren Sapp coming out.”

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    All that is fine and should be encouraged. It’s when he hits 5 seconds after the whistle that’s the problem.

  8. biggerballz says: Feb 28, 2011 10:18 AM

    No fat boy suh plays the game as it should be played.

  9. lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 10:18 AM

    I feel 5 seconds is a little bit dramatic. But for the sake of arguement, one play of 5 seconds is worth the inimidation/getting into a players head, on top of making big plays throughout. He plays full speed. Most of the time, he will make great plays, a few other times he won’t. I will take the good with the bad until the bad starts to outweigh the good.

  10. nps6724 says: Feb 28, 2011 10:40 AM

    lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 10:18 AM

    I feel 5 seconds is a little bit dramatic. But for the sake of arguement, one play of 5 seconds is worth the inimidation/getting into a players head, on top of making big plays throughout. He plays full speed. Most of the time, he will make great plays, a few other times he won’t. I will take the good with the bad until the bad starts to outweigh the good.

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    Whether it’s “worth the intimidation/getting into a player’s head” or not, it’s still poor sportsmanship and dirty play. Anyone can do that; it doesn’t make him a good player nor does it mean he “plays the game the way it should be played”. You can intimidate the opponent without resorting to cheapshots.

  11. lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 11:13 AM

    True, but he is a very good player, and he does play the game the way it should be played in my opinion. Let’s not forget that he also gets his licks against him too by cheapshotting offensive lineman. Anyone who has ever played offensive and defensive line knows that goes both ways. I would agree that his alleged 5 second cheap shot is poor sportsmanship. But the other plays within the whistle or slightly after it are fine. Keep in mind these guys are playing a game of collisions with full pads on. This is not a game for the weak. This is a game that separates the men from the boys. I rather have a player making plays and being aggressive than being the player (or fans of the players) who complain that he is too rough. Besides, if he has such a reputation for being a “dirty” player, then more offensive players should keep their head on a swivel and protect themselves better instead of stopping (many times) before the whistle ends. And as far as the few cheapshots that happen after the whistle.. well that’s why the refs are there.

  12. nps6724 says: Feb 28, 2011 11:28 AM

    “lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 11:13 AM

    True, but he is a very good player, and he does play the game the way it should be played in my opinion. Let’s not forget that he also gets his licks against him too by cheapshotting offensive lineman. Anyone who has ever played offensive and defensive line knows that goes both ways. I would agree that his alleged 5 second cheap shot is poor sportsmanship. But the other plays within the whistle or slightly after it are fine. Keep in mind these guys are playing a game of collisions with full pads on. This is not a game for the weak. This is a game that separates the men from the boys. I rather have a player making plays and being aggressive than being the player (or fans of the players) who complain that he is too rough. Besides, if he has such a reputation for being a “dirty” player, then more offensive players should keep their head on a swivel and protect themselves better instead of stopping (many times) before the whistle ends. And as far as the few cheapshots that happen after the whistle.. well that’s why the refs are there.”

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    I’ve never once said he wasn’t a good player. I’m just not into excusing away a player’s propensity to cheapshot opponents, whether it’s because “They do it to him too!!” or “How about all the times he doesn’t do it??” He’s a good player who routinely breaks the rules in situations that could easily cause significant injury.

    And it’s not “aggression”; it’s dirty. Aggression is a step late on a QB hit or slamming someone to the ground during a tackle. It’s not a blindside shot several seconds after the whistle.

    The game isn’t for the weak, but having to resort to cheapshots as often as Fairley has makes FAIRLEY weak. I too would rather have an overly aggressive player than a guy who says the other guy is too rough, but that’s not the case here so that statement is pointless. No one is complaining that he’s too rough. People complain because he’s dirty.

    Again, any player can hit someone from behind several seconds past the whistle. It doesn’t make them a good player or tough. Most of the time Fairley plays the game right and is a very good player. But too often he plays the game like a punk.

  13. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 28, 2011 11:42 AM

    “I play the game the way it should be played”

    So does James Harrison, but when he says it, that makes him a dirty player.

  14. lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 12:24 PM

    Well, so what the few times he hits a player late out of the hundreds of plays he played this year makes him a dirty player? Its a weak arguement at best. I think you need to differentiate between being a dirty player and a hard nosed player who occaisionally breaks the rules. He is not purposely trying to hurt anyone. Cheap shots don’t always translate into “dirty” plays.

  15. hobartbaker says: Feb 28, 2011 12:41 PM

    Kids in school called him Nick “Un” Fairley.

  16. nps6724 says: Feb 28, 2011 1:11 PM

    lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 12:24 PM

    Well, so what the few times he hits a player late out of the hundreds of plays he played this year makes him a dirty player? Its a weak arguement at best. I think you need to differentiate between being a dirty player and a hard nosed player who occaisionally breaks the rules. He is not purposely trying to hurt anyone. Cheap shots don’t always translate into “dirty” plays.

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    That’s ridiculous. Even the poster boys for dirty players (Rodney Harrison, Cortland Finnegan, James Harrison) will only have a few plays out of hundreds in a given season that are dirty. It’s telling that Fairley was singled out so often for it.

    If he wasn’t purposefully trying to injure people, why is he intentionally putting his helmet into a QB’s knee? Or taking 2 steps after the ball’s been released to put his helmet in the QB’s back? Or lowering his helmet so he can put it in the QB’s chest? There’s more than enough evidence in his lone season at Auburn to call him dirty.
    It’s not a coincidence that nearly every single (on-field) incident like this directly involved him. He almost caused a brawl against UGA for his repeated dirty play.

    Nick Fairley. Great player. Dirty player.

  17. lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 1:26 PM

    Did you see the play where is helmet almost hit the QB in the knee? He was pushed from behind by the offensive lineman he just beat! And again, he was also being cheap shotted in that UGA game. But your right, I am sure it was just that which almost caused a brawl. It couldn’t possibly be because they are heated rivals and UGA was trying to show they belonged against the top team in the country. Next, he also lowered his helmet to most likely avoid a helmet to helmet hit. Besides when is a helmet to the chest a dirty play? Finally, I could show you hundreds of examples in both college and the NFL game where players lead with their helmets into quarterbacks. And sorry, but Fairly has not even touched the tip of the iceberg known as Rodney Harrison or courtland Finnegan. James Harrison had some helmet to helmet shots, but he also was singled out some too and had some questionable calls against him. Needless to say, your desire to take the extreme examples of the NFL and compare it to Fairley is a HUGE stretch. But hey, whatever helps you justify your absurd statement that he is a “Dirty” Player.

  18. lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 1:27 PM

    By the way, did you give yourself a thumbs up? You seemed to have an immediate approval once your statement posted. Not that I expect you to admit it… it is actually pretty obvious you did. Just think its funny is all.

  19. nps6724 says: Feb 28, 2011 2:34 PM

    lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 1:26 PM

    Did you see the play where is helmet almost hit the QB in the knee? He was pushed from behind by the offensive lineman he just beat! And again, he was also being cheap shotted in that UGA game. But your right, I am sure it was just that which almost caused a brawl. It couldn’t possibly be because they are heated rivals and UGA was trying to show they belonged against the top team in the country. Next, he also lowered his helmet to most likely avoid a helmet to helmet hit. Besides when is a helmet to the chest a dirty play? Finally, I could show you hundreds of examples in both college and the NFL game where players lead with their helmets into quarterbacks. And sorry, but Fairly has not even touched the tip of the iceberg known as Rodney Harrison or courtland Finnegan. James Harrison had some helmet to helmet shots, but he also was singled out some too and had some questionable calls against him. Needless to say, your desire to take the extreme examples of the NFL and compare it to Fairley is a HUGE stretch. But hey, whatever helps you justify your absurd statement that he is a “Dirty” Player.

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    I saw him beat the OL, the OL push him in one direction, then Fairley change directions and magically land his helmet on the QB’s knee. The angle of the replay shows it perfectly.

    UGA and AU don’t have near-brawls every year. Throw in Fairley and suddenly they have one. And he just so happens to have taken at least 2 cheap shots at UGA’s QB. Hmm…

    You can try to explain away each and every incident Fairley is involved in but it only hurts your case. When you must make excuses at every turn, that says it all.

    Any play where you lead with your helmet is immediately a cheap shot. Doing so when you have a few steps before you reach your (stationary) target makes it dirty.

    You’re not very bright if you thought I was comparing Fairley to Harrison, Harrison, or Finnegan. If you could read properly, you’d see it says that those 3 (who happen to be the epitome of dirty players) have only a handful of dirty plays in any given season so your assertion that Fairley’s few dirty plays are okay is, well, ridiculous. If they can be called dirty for a few plays a year, so can Fairley.

    lucky5927 says: Feb 28, 2011 1:27 PM

    By the way, did you give yourself a thumbs up? You seemed to have an immediate approval once your statement posted. Not that I expect you to admit it… it is actually pretty obvious you did. Just think its funny is all.

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    You can thumb your own posts?

    What makes it funnier is you would have to be sitting here constantly hitting F5 awaiting my reply to know when the thumb showed up.

  20. rcali says: Feb 28, 2011 4:27 PM

    He better save his bonus money for fines from the commish then.

  21. aious says: Mar 1, 2011 7:42 PM

    It is obvious that Fairley is a bit miffed at just about everyone calling him a dirty, chea-shotting artist in college

    He was despicable at times hitting QB’s late, going for knees, etc…

    He deserves getting his knee rolled over

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