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Ed Reed to Hines Ward: You’re a dirty player

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With heavy indications that Monday will be the day the lockout officially dies, we can finally look forward to football battles being held on the field by men in uniforms instead of by guys wearing suits in the courtroom or conference room.

One of the things we’re looking forward to the most is the resumption of hostilities between the Ravens and Steelers. Their games in recent years — both regular season and playoffs — have been hard fought and entertaining. Off the field, they’ve made sure to cultivate a healthy amount of animosity that has only made the buildup to their games that much more enjoyable.

The lockout did nothing to cool off any bad feelings. Ray Rice and Ryan Clark spent some time stoking the fires in recent weeks and now Ravens safety Ed Reed has joined the fray. Reed isn’t the first to share the opinion that Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is a dirty player, but he is one of the first to tell the world that he’s said as much directly to Ward.

“I love Hines as a player and I told him that,” Reed said. “But I told him also for a long time, ‘You’re a dirty player because I know how you play.'”

This isn’t the first time Reed has leveled these kinds of accusations in Ward’s direction. In the last regular season game between the teams in December, Reed felt that Ward tried to “cheap-shot” him by blocking him with the crown of his helmet. Ward was not penalized or fined for the play in question.

Reed also said that he tries to play the game in a different way than Ward because he doesn’t try to hurt people. The NFL hasn’t always agreed with Reed’s magnanimous ways, including a $10,000 fine for a hit to Drew Brees’s head late last season.

The lines of this particular debate have been drawn for some time now and there aren’t likely to be many people changing their own opinion about Ward based on Reed’s comments. It is just a little more fodder for the first 2011 meeting of the teams which is, happily enough, scheduled for the first weekend of the season.

With the overnight developments in the labor situation, that day feels a lot closer than it looks on the calender.

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103 Responses to “Ed Reed to Hines Ward: You’re a dirty player”
  1. jw731 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:35 AM

    This is like when my uncles argue over who makes the best BBQ……No one really cares, but them….

  2. bcgreg says: Jul 25, 2011 10:35 AM

    “I love Hines as a player and I told him that,” Reed said. “But I told him also for a long time, ‘You’re a dirty player because I know how you play.’”

    Soooooo, Ed Reed loves that Hines Ward plays dirty? I’m confused.

  3. dbick says: Jul 25, 2011 10:37 AM

    Ward is the classic if he’s on you’re team you love him and don’t think he plays dirty kind of guy. But if he’s not on your squad, you hate him and think he’s a dirty player.

  4. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:38 AM

    Awww….poor Ed Reed doesn’t know football is a contact sport. Was this hit dirty Ed??? Did he hit you when you weren’t looking!? Shut up and play football. Hines obviously knows how.

  5. flakazoid says: Jul 25, 2011 10:45 AM

    Hines is so deep into Ed’s head it’s laughable. Reed’s always got one eye out for Hines that’s why he never shows up in the Steeler/Ravens games. Check the stats, Reed might as well stay home when the Ravens & Steelers play.

  6. stairwayto7 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:45 AM

    A “U” player calling someone dirty? Reed must be SOFT!

  7. zackhjenkins says: Jul 25, 2011 10:47 AM

    Who’s Josh Alper?

  8. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 10:48 AM

    Have you heard about the Lindbergh baby?

  9. freedomispopular says: Jul 25, 2011 10:48 AM

    This has gotta currently be the best rivalry in football.

  10. ocho says: Jul 25, 2011 10:48 AM

    You know to be such a “tough” team, the Ravens have a really pathetic culture of crying…if it wasnt Bart Scott (when he was there) it was Ray Lewis, if it wasnt Lewis it was Suggs, if it isnt Suggs it is Mason, if it isnt Mason its Reed, if it isnt Reed its Flacco, if it isnt Flacco its Harbaugh, if it isnt Harbaugh its Steve Bisciotti…the NFL is clearly out to get this franchise

  11. hobartbaker says: Jul 25, 2011 10:50 AM

    Called out, Hines slapped leather, whipped out his long barreled Colt and plugged the varmit. Right thar on the dusty street. Tipped his Stetson to the ladies, and rode off into the sunset.

  12. boknowsvt says: Jul 25, 2011 10:52 AM

    Oh Ed,
    You really don’t have to fear Ward on the field, you need only be worried if you’re driving in front of him after he finished tying one on.

  13. marty2019 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:53 AM

    I remember one game when the Steelers were playing the Jaguars, and on one key play in the end zone, Hines Ward grabbed the Jag defensive back’s hand and acted out pass interference. The ref had a bad angle and threw the flag, but replay showed clearly what Ward had done.

    He does a lot of cheap stuff like that.

  14. joelvis72 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:54 AM

    Hines is a dirty dancer, too.

  15. bcgreg says: Jul 25, 2011 10:55 AM

    @ aldashex86

    Actually, this could be contrued as an illegal hit because Ward ducks his head and the first contact is to Reed’s chin with the top of his helmet. He then follows through high with his arms (hands to the face?). Plus, in a 35-7 game, you would think that a veteran would have some respect for his union brother because, ya know, of the safety concerns they all have for each other.

    I’m no fan of either team, but this is a borderline hit. The one hit I think Ward gets unduly criticized for is the hit on the Cincy LB (Rivers). That to me was a legal hit. Keep your head on a swivel dude!

  16. mikeypanic says: Jul 25, 2011 10:56 AM

    sorry for playing football.

  17. lebrack27 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:56 AM

    Hines is absolutely the dirtiest player in the NFL, after seeing all the retire players not even able to walk or having serious memory losses, seeing someone like Ward deliberately trying to hurt people is just low. I understand it’s a physical game, but even a 5 year old kid could hurt you by hitting you when you’re not looking. He is the master of cheap shots. No place for that, that’s not what the NFL is about. Not to pick on the Steelers, but Kemoeatu is anoter dirty cheap shot Sob, I hate what he does after the whistle

  18. rayvenmad says: Jul 25, 2011 10:57 AM

    “Steelers WR Hines Ward was voted the NFL’s dirtiest player in a poll of his peers by Sports Illustrated. The magazine surveyed 296 players, and Ward drew 11.6% of the vote.”

    Ed Reed’s not the only one who thinks this! UPTHEHINES Ward is a cheap shot artist and one day he’ll get his pay back…….hopefully the first week of the season, if he’s not in court then for his DUI!!!!

  19. phinheads says: Jul 25, 2011 10:58 AM

    Best rivalry no doubt. However, I’m partial to the Ravens simply because of that fat piece of crap QB Pitt has and Heinze Wards annoying smile.

  20. dickroy says: Jul 25, 2011 10:59 AM

    A lot of people see Hines as a dirty player, which he is not. I think its just that wide receivers are generally divas and they are not used to seeing one block and hit as he does.

  21. Deb says: Jul 25, 2011 11:00 AM

    Kudos on giving us such a provocative headline only to tell us Ed loves Hines. What opposing defenders don’t love is that Hines hits back. Receivers aren’t supposed to do that … kind of like safeties who catch more balls than the receiving corps ;)

    As a Steelers fan, Hines is my guy, but I love both of them.

  22. daburgher says: Jul 25, 2011 11:02 AM

    I love it when defensive guys cry when they get hit.. can’t wait til Hines knocks him again. Ed Reed fears a wide receiver… thats right a wide receiver

  23. 52crabcakes says: Jul 25, 2011 11:03 AM

    Ed is only saying what everyone knows!

  24. Slim Charles says: Jul 25, 2011 11:03 AM

    Reed is washed up, talking smack is all he’s able to do now with his gimpy neck.

  25. RayLewisIsGod says: Jul 25, 2011 11:03 AM

    Hines is now best at taking Cheap Shots on the field — AS WELL AS – taking Cheap Shots of Booze and getting behind the wheel — yeah, he’s a real upstanding guy.

  26. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:05 AM

    Any kid named Hines would have to grow up playing that way.

  27. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:07 AM

    Ed Reed SOFT???? what a moron… the man has been playing with a neck impingement for years that could end his career with one wrong hit and he STILL knocks the crap out of ballcarriers… Hines is dirty… and all you Squealer fans that defend him are just as dirty and idiotic as he is… i have personally watched from lower level 50yd line in Baltimore AND Pittsburgh and have seen first hand the damage he can do COMPLETEY AWAY FROM THE BALL… they even made a RULE named after him… WHAT OTHER PROOF DO YOU NEED?!?!?! he is single handedly the dirtiest player in the NFL and he also gets away with the most! FORGET YOU HINES! and FORGET YOU people who defend him… fans like you are the REASON people get into fights… CUZ YOU DON’T THINK

  28. daburgher says: Jul 25, 2011 11:08 AM

    @RayLewisISGod
    you should change your name to RayLewisIsAMurderer

  29. lucky5934 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:11 AM

    Hines Ward to Ed Reed: Hey Mr. I missed 10 games in the last two seasons, you have to actually play more than a few games before making that comment.

  30. ncoolong says: Jul 25, 2011 11:13 AM

    What’s Reed whining about? Ward got the penalty on their typical early-game scrum when it clearly should have been thrown on both players.

    It’s the kind of battle you’d love to see both of them talking about on NFL Films 10 years from now. I have a world of respect for Ed Reed, so does Ward, that’s why he goes after him. It’s good, hard football between the two of them.

  31. philyeagles5 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:16 AM

    its funny how Goodell doesnt penalize Hines for his cheap shots on defensive players.

  32. gregjennings85 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:17 AM

    Without helmet-to-helmet cheap shots, Hines Ward has no business even playing football. The guy has made a career out of being an absolute goon, and any Steelers fan is lying to themselves if they say that they would like him were he a not a Steeler.

    Overrated and cheap. That will be how I will always remember Hines Ward.

    I also very much enjoyed watching the Packers beat he and his teammates on the biggest stage.

    Packers: 1, Hines Ward: 0.

    ______________________________

    Meanwhile, Ed Reed is one of the most talented safeties to ever play football, and he did that through God-given talent, not by being cheap.

  33. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:18 AM

    @raven4life21

    Is this Cee-Lo Green. Forget Youuuu. OOO OO OOO.

  34. scoops1 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:18 AM

    Hines Ward to Ed Reed: ” I have to 2 SB Rings…You have NONE”

  35. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:20 AM

    ncoolong…. DID YOU NOT SEE HINES jack Ed ILLEGALLY before he retaliated??? fines don’t go to both players because of that… they go to the player that initially made the illegal deed… go watch again

  36. halftermguv says: Jul 25, 2011 11:21 AM

    What’s up with Ed Reed? He has been relatively silent in comparison to his teamates. I guess 0 and 3 in the playoffs against the Steelers makes him grumpy.

  37. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:21 AM

    daburgher says:
    Jul 25, 2011 11:08 AM
    @RayLewisISGod
    you should change your name to RayLewisIsAMurderer

    …and you should change your name to Doesn’tknowcrapabouttheRayLewisCaseButILoveBeingaHaterAnyway…

  38. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:22 AM

    @raven4life21

    I seen Hines make a LEGAL pancake block and Ed Reed get mad and grab Hine’s facemask and Hines grab his back….what did I miss?

  39. gregjennings85 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:23 AM

    Let’s face it:

    1.) Santonio Holmes other foot still hasn’t touched down.

    2.) James Harrison was the clear-cut MVP of the Steeler’s last Super Bowl win.

    3.) Without their linebackers and Polamalu, the Steelers would be the Chargers, minus the offensive prowess.

  40. harmcityhomer says: Jul 25, 2011 11:25 AM

    Ward is a dirty player, and he has been fined a lot more times than Ed has.

    The 10K fine Ed got last year was not a cheap shot on Brees at all, he just touched his helmet while going for a strip sack. This year that would not likely even be a penalty.

    Ward is constantly looking to hit guys with the crown of his helmet while they are not looking. The NFL changed the rules because of Hines Ward’s cheap shots.

  41. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:26 AM

    @raven4life21

    I seen Hines make a LEGAL pancake block and Ed Reed get mad and grab Hine’s facemask and Hines grab his back….what did I miss? Look it up on you tube. Hines Ward Ed Reed fight. Hines puts ed on his back (as usual) Ed Reed grabs his facemask, Hines pushes his, 3 Ravens have to pull Hines off of Ed.

  42. njhitman says: Jul 25, 2011 11:28 AM

    marty2019 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 10:53 AM
    I remember one game when the Steelers were playing the Jaguars, and on one key play in the end zone, Hines Ward grabbed the Jag defensive back’s hand and acted out pass interference. The ref had a bad angle and threw the flag, but replay showed clearly what Ward had done.

    He does a lot of cheap stuff like that.

    ——————————————–
    Hey Marty2019 did you every watch a football game every WR does that its part of the game live and learn before talking

  43. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:29 AM

    @gregjennings85

    Why are you bitter when you won? Santonio had one of the best catches in SB history and every angle shows his feet were BOTH down.

    If you take away any teams star players then they would be a worse team so….what’s your point?

  44. semperfi24 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:31 AM

    dickroy says: Jul 25, 2011 10:59 AM

    A lot of people see Hines as a dirty player, which he is not. I think its just that wide receivers are generally divas and they are not used to seeing one block and hit as he does.
    ____________________________________

    This is the argument I simply do not understand. I love seeing a big hit in football. But the reason Hines is considered dirty by everyone that doesnt root for Pittsburgh (and some that do root for Pittsburgh) isnt because he hits hard from a position not known for having hard hitters, its because he never uses his shoulder to deliver a knock out hit. The youtube video that was posted above, if you ask me, yes that is dirty. Hines could have used his shoulder to blow up Reed, but he chose to use the top of his helmet into Reed’s facemask. The hit on Rivers (Cinci) was also mentioned above, again I say, Ward had the option of using his shoulder, but instead put the top of his helmet into Rivers’ jaw. No one thinks Ward is dirty because he lights guys up, hell I think everyone can appreciate a receiver playing the game that way. People say Hines is dirty because of the tactics he employs. When given the choice of A) lowering his shoulder into an opponents chest, or B) putting his helmet underneath an opponents face mask, Ward chooses helmet to chin every time, that is dirty football. And the intent behind those hits is to injure. Maybe that is taught in Pittsburgh, since he isnt the only Steelers player to have that reputation

  45. hanifmiller says: Jul 25, 2011 11:32 AM

    I hate the Steelers and Ward but hopefully Reed isnt basing his “dirty player” opinion on that particular play (on the video). It looks like Reed just got blown up–point blank end of story. And memo to the Ravens –stop crying and making excuses and just beat the Steelers.

  46. theravenlives2 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:33 AM

    Slim Charles says:
    Jul 25, 2011 11:03 AM
    Reed is washed up, talking smack is all he’s able to do now with his gimpy neck.

    ================================

    ummm…he led the league in interceptions LAST YEAR after only playing in a little more than HALF of his teams games. I bet all of the other teams in the NFL would want a “washed up” safety like that…

    Shouldn’t you go back to needlepoint, or some other hobby you’re good at?

  47. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 25, 2011 11:36 AM

    Call Hines Ward dirty is like calling the sky blue.

    That is if the sky was a weepy alcoholic korean boy anyhow.

  48. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:37 AM

    THANK YOU Semperfi24! i couldn’t have put it better myself

  49. ravens26 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:38 AM

    Hines Ward does a cheap shot or two…or three, Bur he is one tough SOB and can play for me any day!!!

  50. liquid4012 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:40 AM

    I wonder if Reed was ever compensated by his teammates for injuring another player. Bounties are par for the course in Baltimore, where it’s almost impossible to find someone working for that organization who doesn’t whine and complain at every opportunity. Starting with their head coach.

    Reed has taken plenty of cheap shots in his career. He’s just pissed that he has to absorb hits from the offensive guys.

  51. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 25, 2011 11:42 AM

    hobartbaker says:
    Jul 25, 2011 10:50 AM
    Called out, Hines slapped leather, whipped out his long barreled Colt and plugged the varmit. Right thar on the dusty street. Tipped his Stetson to the ladies, and rode off into the sunset.

    – and was promptly arrested by sheriff Colt McCoy for RUI (riding under the influence) and was never to be heard from again.

  52. holeinone09 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:43 AM

    I don’t know about any of you, but I would much rather have this type of talk and get ready for the big opening game match up between these 2 huge rivals, than to read and hear about the lock out! It’s FINALLY football season!! I’ll take Hines on my team any day. WOOO HOOO!!

    GO STEELERS!!

  53. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:43 AM

    Us here in Baltimore… or should i say “Bawmer”? lol… do not call players dirty because they hit hard…. cuz guess what? The Ravens will hit you even harder! it’s not about the hard hitting… it’s about HOW you are hitting… illegal elbows to the head… using the crown of your helmet to inflict pain instead of doing it the right way… in NO WAY do ANY of the Ravens fear Hines… but they DO however have to keep an eye on their blindside for an illegal hit that for some crazy reason the Refs never see (but when do they EVER get stuff right to begin with, i think both sides can agree to that one) so bottom line… Hard Hitting??? BRING IT! Hines Ward… FORGET YOUUUU!

  54. tinytim4115 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:47 AM

    A Baltimore Raven saying that a Pittsburgh Steeler is a dirty player….

    in other news, water is wet.

  55. wannabeqb says: Jul 25, 2011 11:53 AM

    Ward is probably a dirty player. He looks to block players who won’t see him coming, with the intent to take them out. I don’t really have a problem with that but he does lead with the helmet most of the time and if its illegal defenders to tackle receivers that way, it should be illegal for receivers to block a defenders in the same manner

  56. 3octaveFart says: Jul 25, 2011 11:57 AM

    Translation: Hines Ward owns my head.

    / speaking of which, aren’t we about due for another pointless t-shirt from Suggs?

  57. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 12:05 PM

    @ravens4life

    Don’t like the ravens but, I love me some Cee-lo.

    “If the judge knew bettah, they woulda convicted ya…..Ray did that shhh…Ray did that shhh..”

    hahaha Week 1 Bmore vs Pburgh “CAN’T WAIT!!”

  58. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 12:09 PM

    Hines “Cheap Shot while I Dance with The Stars while I’m Drunk then Drive Down the Street Smiling” Ward

  59. flakazoid says: Jul 25, 2011 12:13 PM

    gregjennings85 says:Jul 25, 2011 11:23 AM
    3.) Without their linebackers and Polamalu, the Steelers would be the Chargers, minus the offensive prowess.

    ———————————————————-

    And without Aaron Rodgers and his receivers the Packers would’ve been 6-10.

    You’re a ding-dong!

  60. hedleykow says: Jul 25, 2011 12:16 PM

    “Mommy, Hines hit me”

    How pathetic is that?

  61. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 12:17 PM

    I LOVE the fact that many Squealer fans look at “Bawmer” Ravens as dirty players… hahaha… should i compare fines last year? no i won’t because I don’t agree with Harrisons fines as it is because you can’t defy the laws of gravity just like the fine on Jameel McClain when Heath Miller dropped his head at the last second… if any of you would actually do your research on the Ravens and watch some Sound FX or NFL Films presentations… the Ravens are FAR FROM DIRTY… they just get a bad rap because of whiny Squealer fans… you can call the Ravens “dirty” if you want but they are a class act if you take away your yellow and black blinders that is… No organization has taken the amount of egos the Ravens have and turned the Team into a phenominal and well respected football team… the Steelers and Ravens organizations are 2 of the best in all of sports… every team has it’s problems with out of whack players… but the Ravens do the BEST at keeping them out of trouble while under contract… I’m sure Ben and Hines can teach the “drive to survive” classes together hahaha

  62. dexterismyhero says: Jul 25, 2011 12:18 PM

    @hobartbaker says:
    Jul 25, 2011 10:50 AM
    Called out, Hines slapped leather, whipped out his long barreled Colt and plugged the varmit. Right thar on the dusty street. Took a couple of sips of Whisky (Probably whiskey sours) Tipped his Stetson to the ladies, and rode off into the sunset.
    =================================

    Then into a curb!!!!

    Then that thar sheriff took him to the pokey.

  63. goinghamonit128 says: Jul 25, 2011 12:29 PM

    @gregjennings85

    If it hadn’t been for the Packers winning the Super Bowl last year, all of you “cheeseheads” would still be crying over Brett Favre and worshiping Holmgren like he was Lombardi. Santonio Holmes was down, Harrison made one of if not maybe the most exciting play in the history of the Super Bowl. And if I can remember correctly, it was Roethlisberger and the offense that drove down the field and put up 6 to win the game, not the linebackers and Polamalu.

    Watch football. Or did you just start because your team just won the SB?

  64. imopen7 says: Jul 25, 2011 12:29 PM

    Hines’ response: “I have two rings and an SB MVP, aren’t you that guy I run over 2-3 times a year?”

  65. bradentonbuc says: Jul 25, 2011 12:31 PM

    Well at least now they can settle it on the field.

  66. steelersmichele says: Jul 25, 2011 12:32 PM

    boknowsvt says: Oh Ed, You really don’t have to fear Ward on the field, you need only be worried if you’re driving in front of him after he finished tying one on.

    Ed Reed should only be worried if he’s walking across the street and his teammate, Stallworth, is driving drunk.

    Or if his assistant coach, Andy Moeller, is driving drunk.

  67. bigsterboski says: Jul 25, 2011 12:36 PM

    If you can’t beat him……… name call.

  68. gbeltonjr55 says: Jul 25, 2011 12:42 PM

    Typical cry baby Ravens comment….whole lot of talk off the field for a team that has been the Steelers step child for 10 years.

  69. Deb says: Jul 25, 2011 12:53 PM

    aldashex86 says:

    @gregjennings85

    Why are you bitter when you won? Santonio had one of the best catches in SB history and every angle shows his feet were BOTH down.

    If you take away any teams star players then they would be a worse team so….what’s your point?

    ************************************
    gregjennings85 trolls every Steelers thread posting bitter diatribes about the team that lost to his in the Super Bowl. I’ve congratulated his team and posted positive comments about their players–just like I posted something positive here about Ed Reed as well as Hines. But he rips me every chance he gets because that’s how he gets off. He doesn’t understand that you can love your team and still behave decently toward an opponent. He’s a rotten sport and can’t even celebrate the Packers win because he’s too busy spewing hate all over the Steelers and their fans. You just have to feel sorry for him. He’s a complete head case.

  70. ccoolahan14 says: Jul 25, 2011 12:53 PM

    ccoolahan14 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:46 AM

    flakazoid says: Jul 25, 2011 10:45 AM

    Hines is so deep into Ed’s head it’s laughable. Reed’s always got one eye out for Hines that’s why he never shows up in the Steeler/Ravens games. Check the stats, Reed might as well stay home when the Ravens & Steelers play.

    ———————

    You’re (and every other Steelers “fan”) football knowledge is laughable. I can guarantee you Heath Miller wishes Reed would “stay home”(@ the 0:05 mark of the vid, Reed-200 lbs, hits Miller-250 lbs, at the 10 yard line…Miller ends up on his back at the FIVE yard line hahaha. Also, notice Ward get LEVELED by Bart Scott right after the INT lol). I bet the Steelers’ RBs/WRs wish Reed would “stay home” (@1:05 mark in vid, Reed recovers fumble and returns it 35 yards. Reed recovered Holmes fumble in 08 as well). Oh, and I bet Ben Roethlisberger wishes Reed would “stay home” as well! (@1:25 mark. Also, watch Hines Ward’s attempt at tackling Reed hahahahaha he doesn’t even TOUCH him. Seems he’s not so tough when people can see him!)

  71. bucks12965 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:08 PM

    How can Reed be an NFL safety, and not try to hurt people?

    I suppose Reen has never made contact with the crown of his helmet…..or hit an offensive player when they weren’t looking at him.

  72. axespray says: Jul 25, 2011 1:18 PM

    daburgher says:Jul 25, 2011 11:08 AM
    @RayLewisISGod
    you should change your name to RayLewisIsAMurderer

    ^ only if steeler fans change their names to BigBenIsARapist! Ka-Durrh!? I’m Original!

  73. mr4thand1 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:22 PM

    Ed Reed is one of those guys who really needs to get BRUT SLAPPED! Yeah, I said it………………
    BRUT. SLAPPED.

    “Because at the end of the day, Ed Reed just needs to be slapped, BRUT!”

    “Here we go STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!!!”

  74. voiceofrealism says: Jul 25, 2011 1:26 PM

    daburgher says:
    Jul 25, 2011 11:08 AM
    @RayLewisISGod
    you should change your name to RayLewisIsAMurderer

    …and you should change your name to Doesn’tknowcrapabouttheRayLewisCaseButILoveBeingaHaterAnyway…
    ————————–
    That would be difficult to type.

  75. bebopa says: Jul 25, 2011 1:31 PM

    Hines”ketchup”Ward, one of the reasons I hate the Stoolers so much. Lets play football!!

  76. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:37 PM

    bucks12965…

    actually NO he hasn’t… check out his hit film on youtube… they man is pretty darn good at hitting LEGALLY… i’ve NEVER seen Ed Reed LEAD with the crown of his helmet EVER… i should know the man is my favorite player of all time… just don’t tell Ray Lewis i said that ;)

  77. gregjennings85 says: Jul 25, 2011 1:44 PM

    Deb/Steelers faithful:

    What I’m doing, is ensuring that the rest of the NFL’s fans know exactly how full of themselves you Steelers fans are.

    You people have always acted in such a biased fashion towards your Steelers it’s sickening.

    I’m a fan of the Green Bay Packers, but I don’t believe we’re greater than any team ever, because, you see, I’m not on the team, football players are. I root for them, yes, but I don’t hold them to some infallible status-level, wherein they would NEVER drink-and-drive, commit sexual assault, or do wrong in any sense of the word.

    Your bias runs so deeply, as I insinuated above, were a player of yours, say, James Harrison, as a Cleveland Brown, for example, to level Steelers WR Mike Wallace, the way he did a defensless Mohammad Massoquoi last year, you would want him kicked out of the league, or at the very least, horribly penalized.

    Further, football is a sport. Sports are about competition, not hitting a player with a cheap shot when he is not looking, or when he is unable to defend himself.

    Playing on a professional sports team in Pittsburgh is no different than playing on a professional sports team in any other city.

    You see, I realize the PEOPLE I root for, are just that, people, and further, I realize that the success garnered by these people in the realm of their sport does not, and will never, make the community that calls them their team any better because of it.

    In other words, hop off your proverbial high horse, and get over yourselves, because the rest of the country is so damn sick of your city’s constant, everpresent self-righteousness.

    Also, Deb is awful. Thanks for your time.

  78. steelcurtainn says: Jul 25, 2011 2:10 PM

    I see your Still Bitter about Hines Ward Laying you on your ass “huh” Ed Reed.
    Man up and take it like a man you little sissy. Didnt expect that coming from a defensive player like reed. You dont see Troy Polamalu crying about things of this nature. Hines plays the game the way its supposed to be played. Physical.

  79. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:16 PM

    If Hines is deep in Ed Reeds head…. then Ed Reed is in EVERY OFFENSIVE PLAYERS HEAD PERIOD! as well as Ray Lewis… case in point… the Top 100 List voted by the only people that matter THE PLAYERS… When you are on offense, who are the two defenders you DO NOT wanna go against the most that are on the same team… you guessed it… Ray Lewis and Ed Reeeeed… eat it up Squealers….

    ::Cue the “We got 6 SB rings” comeback in 3.. 2… 1…::

  80. raven4life21 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    I LOVE YOU GregJennings85! thank you for stating the obvious to many of us “normal fans” because no matter how much you tell them… their heads are so thick and stuck up their teams butts the rest of us have had ENOUGH… My favorite NFC is the Packers because they are great fans that have many similar perspectives like you do… Thank you for saying that better than I ever could

  81. Deb says: Jul 25, 2011 2:26 PM

    @gregjennings85 …

    Well, I’m just sure the rest of the league appreciates you explaining Steelers fans to them because they’re incapable of deciding to hate us on their own :roll:

    As for your hatred of me … that’s total bull. I posted condemnation of Harrison’s hit on Massaquoi, condemned his disrespectful comments of the league, and called for him to be suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. I condemned Hines for driving under the influence, and if players were typically suspended for that, I’d have called for a suspension. I’ve written repeatedly that Roethlisberger is a dog and a jerk. However, the woman in Nevada texted that she couldn’t wait to see him again before waiting a year and suing him and others for $3 million. And the woman in Georgia had a medical exam showing the vaginal intercourse she alleged never happened. I can’t condemn the man for assaults the evidence clearly shows didn’t occur. However, I publicly supported his suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. I’ve called out Ryan Clark for taking head shots and Mendenhall for exercising poor judgment then not taking the consequences like an adult.

    I’ve never made excuses for the Steelers’ bad behavior. Nor have I ever trolled other teams’ sites the way you do, posting garbage about all their players and trying to pretend bad behavior or homerism is exclusive to any one club.

    You’re welcome to think I’m awful. It’s obvious from the way I posts that I don’t worry about winning pals on the football blogs. But don’t lie about your reasons and paint me to be the hypocrite and bad sport you are. And as for self-righteousness …. oooh, honey, you’d better work on that beam in your own eye.

  82. tinytim4115 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:34 PM

    @ baltimore fans everywhere:

    scoreboard

  83. Deb says: Jul 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    @raven4life21 ….

    You mean you don’t like the Steelers?? You agree with the guy slamming the Steelers?? Oh my gosh, you are kidding??

    Sigh … we’re disliked by Ravens fans. And you guys are so objective, too. Oh dear oh dear. Next they’re going tell us Browns fans hate us … and Bengals. Oh my. :cry:

  84. Steeler's Will says: Jul 25, 2011 2:45 PM

    52crabcakes says:
    Jul 25, 2011 11:03 AM
    Ed is only saying what everyone knows!
    ——————–
    Talk is cheap. Maybe this year Reed can do something about that mean ol’ WR who jacks him up so bad?

  85. Steeler's Will says: Jul 25, 2011 2:48 PM

    raven4life21 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 2:23 PM
    I LOVE YOU GregJennings85! thank you for stating the obvious to many of us “normal fans” because no matter how much you tell them… their heads are so thick and stuck up their teams butts the rest of us have had ENOUGH… My favorite NFC is the Packers because they are great fans that have many similar perspectives like you do… Thank you for saying that better than I ever could
    ——————
    How…romantic.

  86. Steeler's Will says: Jul 25, 2011 2:55 PM

    ccoolahan14 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 12:53 PM

    “You’re (and every other Steelers “fan”) football knowledge is laughable. I can guarantee you Heath Miller wishes Reed would “stay home”(@ the 0:05 mark of the vid, Reed-200 lbs, hits Miller-250 lbs, at the 10 yard line…Miller ends up on his back at the FIVE yard line hahaha. Also, notice Ward get LEVELED by Bart Scott right after the INT lol). I bet the Steelers’ RBs/WRs wish Reed would “stay home” (@1:05 mark in vid, Reed recovers fumble and returns it 35 yards. Reed recovered Holmes fumble in 08 as well). Oh, and I bet Ben Roethlisberger wishes Reed would “stay home” as well! (@1:25 mark. Also, watch Hines Ward’s attempt at tackling Reed hahahahaha he doesn’t even TOUCH him. Seems he’s not so tough when people can see him!)”
    —————————
    Unfortunately this 25 seconds of footage makes up about half of your “Greatest Moments in Ravens/Steelers Rivalry” collection.

  87. ccoolahan14 says: Jul 25, 2011 3:05 PM

    Steeler’s Will says: Jul 25, 2011 2:55 PM

    Unfortunately this 25 seconds of footage makes up about half of your “Greatest Moments in Ravens/Steelers Rivalry” collection.

    —————

    And the ENTIRE “greatest moments in Ravens/Steelers Rivalry” collection for Steelers fans consists of refs throwing flags on the Ravens. Annually, the most rigged game in sports. ONE time in the last FIVE years the Steelers have “beaten” the Ravens when their WASNT controversy about the refs. There has NEVER been controversy about the refs when the Ravens beat (no asterisk, no quotation marks) the Stealers. What does that tell you??? Hmmmmmm…

  88. mr4thand1 says: Jul 25, 2011 3:08 PM

    “Can’t we all just GET ALONG?!?!???”

  89. Steeler's Will says: Jul 25, 2011 3:28 PM

    ccoolahan14 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 3:05 PM

    “And the ENTIRE “greatest moments in Ravens/Steelers Rivalry” collection for Steelers fans consists of refs throwing flags on the Ravens. Annually, the most rigged game in sports. ONE time in the last FIVE years the Steelers have “beaten” the Ravens when their WASNT controversy about the refs. There has NEVER been controversy about the refs when the Ravens beat (no asterisk, no quotation marks) the Stealers. What does that tell you??? Hmmmmmm…”
    ————————–
    It tells me that you spend a lot of time creating controversy to explain away a loss.

  90. Steeler's Will says: Jul 25, 2011 3:35 PM

    In ccoolahan14’s world winning by a touchdown or less is controversial.

  91. tk1966 says: Jul 25, 2011 3:42 PM

    This is perhaps the best current rivalry in the NFL – but the trash talking between the teams is getting old and tiresome. “You suck – no you do – you’re weak – you’re dirty – blah – blah -blah”

  92. qball59 says: Jul 25, 2011 3:42 PM

    semperfi24 wrote:

    This is the argument I simply do not understand. I love seeing a big hit in football. But the reason Hines is considered dirty by everyone that doesnt root for Pittsburgh (and some that do root for Pittsburgh) isnt because he hits hard from a position not known for having hard hitters, its because he never uses his shoulder to deliver a knock out hit. The youtube video that was posted above, if you ask me, yes that is dirty. Hines could have used his shoulder to blow up Reed, but he chose to use the top of his helmet into Reed’s facemask. The hit on Rivers (Cinci) was also mentioned above, again I say, Ward had the option of using his shoulder, but instead put the top of his helmet into Rivers’ jaw. No one thinks Ward is dirty because he lights guys up, hell I think everyone can appreciate a receiver playing the game that way. People say Hines is dirty because of the tactics he employs. When given the choice of A) lowering his shoulder into an opponents chest, or B) putting his helmet underneath an opponents face mask, Ward chooses helmet to chin every time, that is dirty football. And the intent behind those hits is to injure. Maybe that is taught in Pittsburgh, since he isnt the only Steelers player to have that reputation.

    ———————–
    Semperfi24: Hines Ward was using what is known as the hands technique of blocking, which entails getting your hands on the core of the defender’s body and then exploding/driving through him, which is EXACTLY what Ward did on the play in the video. It is also EXACTLY what offensive linemen do hundreds of times per game.

    Furthermore, in no way, shape or form did Hines Ward use the crown, or top, of his helmet in blocking Ed Reed; rather, he led with the top of his FACEMASK, and his hands, which is sound fundamental blocking technique.

    Finally, Hines Ward came STRAIGHT AT Ed Reed, who had plenty of opportunity to see him coming and protect himself or evade the block accordingly. He didn’t and got laid out as a result. So, as much as this was a good play by Ward, it was also a bad one by Reed.

  93. Steeler's Will says: Jul 25, 2011 3:55 PM

    tk1966 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 3:42 PM
    This is perhaps the best current rivalry in the NFL – but the trash talking between the teams is getting old and tiresome. “You suck – no you do – you’re weak – you’re dirty – blah – blah -blah”
    —————————
    I think the players themselves are total professionals and only do this to give the bottom feeding media something to write about. It’s only internet fans that like to run their keyboards nonstop and talk about payback and bounties. Why? Because on the internet we’re all safe from having to pay the price for voicing outlandish opinions.

  94. latrobe21 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:01 PM

    Hines needs to hit Reed a little lower next time to shut his big mouth. Also, Harrison was at Big Ben’s wedding on Saturday. Steelers’ solidarity, crybabies !!!!

  95. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:06 PM

    All these Ravens fans make me laugh. The steelers are SOOOO afraid of Ed Reed because he has picked Ben off how many times?? Come on man.

    Tell him to show up for the big games in his big boy pants and play football. Quit whining!! The only Ravens I respect are Suggs, Haloti, and Zibz cuz they back up their talk by hitting. Let’s get this bloodbath goin tomorrow!!

  96. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 4:48 PM

    Just watched a “Ed Reed big hits” video on youtube and the only big hit came at about 13 secs and was on a defensless colts WR. As a matter of fact it looked alot like the Massaquoi hit. But, I’m sure the ravens fans would disagree. I think the hit was fine but, I’m not one to whine about cheapshots like Ed Reed.

    The rest of the video is filled with Ed Reed getting tipped ints and fumbling alot. So watching past the hit is pointless. Must be nice to become a pro bowler by just catching a ball that gets tipped in the air by your teammates great defensive play. Ed Reed is a glorified punt returner. Hines Ward is a football player.

  97. stuartscottslefteye says: Jul 25, 2011 5:04 PM

    Deb said…
    What opposing defenders don’t love is that Hines hits back. Receivers aren’t supposed to do that…
    ————————————————–
    Although that’s true, I’ve seen him unnecessarily level opposing players while they’re looking the other way – and 30 yards away from the ball. I’ve also seen him pull-up like a school girl when a defender was ready for it. Watch him closely, he’s smart, and although admirably physical, he knows what battles to pick. He knows what he can get away with, and only succeeds due to the element of surprise -usually on a player totally irrelevant to the outcome of the play .

  98. aldashex86 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:28 PM

    @ ccoolahan14:

    Are you kidding me!? What controversial call? The Santonio TD where sportscience (or something else) proved he scored? And No asterics huh?? How bout the fact that your last 2 wins came vs. our 3rd string QB!!! Charlie was 3rd string last year and the year before Dixon was our 3rd stringer. But, let me not make too many excuses or I will start to sound like a Raven’s fan.

  99. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 26, 2011 1:39 AM

    Come on Steeler and Raven fans, quit fighting over what happened in the past. I’m sure both teams have had some great highlights etc. What you need to worry about is the future. There you will both see that the Browns should be your main concern. Both of your teams WERE great in the past, but with the age of your stars injurys, off field issues etc. both franchises have seen better days. Be prepared for your linebackers, secondary players being Trucked by Peyton Hillis, Monterrio Hardesty and Greg Little on the regular for years to come. By the way the only Ward you need to be concerned about is TJ “the Boss” Ward not that sissy dancer guy named Hines, that wears the piss yellow and black uniform. He will be laying the wood to your WR’s TE’s and Rb’s in the near future. GO Browns!

  100. dirtyharry1971 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:32 AM

    Ive been saying this for years, Ward is easily the dirtiest player in the league and has been for years. Id love nothing more then to see someone knock his head off as he goes across the middle before he gets the ball, thats what the old Raiders would have done and that would have taken care of that idiot. steelers have been the dirtiest team since the 70’s, end of story!! Steelers wont be going anywhere this year once again, cant wait to see big ben get pounded in the pocket this year over and over

  101. grant444 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:08 PM

    Poor Poor Eddie – how dare a wideout try to throw a block at YOU. Bro, you can go spit on Hines’ Hall of Fame (soon 1000+ catches, 12k+ yds, SB MVP) bust some day!!!

  102. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:44 PM

    SteelerNation to Ed Reed: You are a crybaby

  103. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jul 28, 2011 8:44 PM

    SteelerNation to Ed Reed: You are a crybaby. Pad up and play, or put on a shirt and tie and become a commentator.

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