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Incognito sees “dirtiest player” label as “badge of honor”

Richie Incognito AP

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito came in second place in a recent polls asking NFL player to name the dirtiest player in the league. He’s happy about that.

Incognito, who had a lighthearted reaction when we last noted that fellow players called him dirty, said he thinks that if opposing players think of him as a guy they have to watch out for on the field, that means he’s doing his job.

“I play the game the right way; I play a physical brand of football. I get after people, and there’s a fine line between dirty and physical,” Incognito told the Sun-Sentinel. “So it’s a badge of honor for an offenseive lineman to be up that high on the list. It definitely plays on defenders’ minds that this guy is going to get after you for four quarters.”

Incognito said he was surprised that he moved up from sixth place in last year’s “dirtiest player” poll to second place this year, but he joked on Twitter that he owes it all to his parents.

“I’m having fun with it. I threw a thing out on Twitter [Thursday] night just thanking my parents,” Incognito said.

Opposing players have accused Incognito of being dirty often enough that there’s probably some fire with all that smoke. But Incognito is also correct that if opposing players hate playing against him, he’s probably doing something right.

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41 Responses to “Incognito sees “dirtiest player” label as “badge of honor””
  1. eyeh8goodell says: Nov 10, 2012 11:38 AM

    Haha love it. Anybody who voted anonymously should be put into the running for the Most Cowardly Player vote.

  2. bathroomben7 says: Nov 10, 2012 11:41 AM

    This is why kids should never be encouraged to idolize athletes. Most are marginal types are more often bad examples than good.

  3. jstorm6 says: Nov 10, 2012 11:46 AM

    This Incognito is a football player. He kind of reminds me of a young Josie Wales on the offensive line. He’s just isn’t afraid to leave a trail of bodies wherever he’s been.

  4. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:01 PM

    You don’t want to find yourself in a pile with that guy…though I suppose being in a pile with any guys is a bit questionable.

  5. hedleykow says: Nov 10, 2012 12:03 PM

    Dirty play makes for proud parents and a pretty good glass of wine by the looks of things.

    Nice work, Incognito!

  6. gsb333 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:07 PM

    He said it. The way the game is supposed to be played. Too many whining players today.. too concerned with “making that paper”. Keep hitting it hard Incognito.

  7. gdeli says: Nov 10, 2012 12:16 PM

    Denial!

  8. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:17 PM

    Homer? Who’s homer? My name is Guy Incognito.

  9. annes22 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:24 PM

    Good for Ritchie, we love you if others don’t. Just keep doing what you are doing.

  10. ezwriter69 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:28 PM

    You can laugh, but that well earned reputation will stay with you for life… when you’re eighty, the ONLY thing people remember about you is that you were dirty, that you on countless occasions deliberately injured and attempted to injure others. Hope you saved all your money, because nobody’s going to hire you for any job other than maybe as a leg-breaker for a bookie…

  11. libertynchurch says: Nov 10, 2012 12:28 PM

    How can someone be proud of gnawing at an your opponents achilles?! Must have leraned that move from the family dogs in the backyard, cause they sure as hell dont teach that in Pop Warner.

  12. billhicks666 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:31 PM

    Yeah, great, you idiot. When Antonio Smith accused you of playing dirty, you denied it and said you weren’t a dirty player. Now, after the results of this survey, not only do you see yourself as a dirty player but you see it as a “badge of honor”. Make up your mind, you phony.

  13. yourignorancespreads says: Nov 10, 2012 12:39 PM

    I sure hope all those who felt the need to say good job incognito and keep it up. Were not part of the same people who talk crap about a bounty system. Because dirty and bountys are among the same line. Now I for one believe in rough tough play so I say good job incognito and keep it up.

  14. Slackmo says: Nov 10, 2012 12:41 PM

    Ritchie is also in the running for the Turnstile of the Year award for offensive lineman.

  15. djmcba says: Nov 10, 2012 12:45 PM

    Looks like his brother got the short end of the size gene… Regardless of how you feel about Incognito you have to admit the twitter response is hilarious and awesome.

  16. mrbigass says: Nov 10, 2012 12:49 PM

    Oh goody, let’s reward someone for dirty play and tryin’ to injure someone on the field.

    Badge of Honor? How about Badge of Shame because you’re apparently not good enough to play within the rules……..

  17. joewilliesshnoz says: Nov 10, 2012 12:58 PM

    It’s a dirty game, as long as the ref’s don’t see it .

  18. bearsbuiltnfl says: Nov 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    Twisting people’s ankles in the pile or biting another guy in the foot is NOT tough, physical play, it’s douche-baggery. Would you give your buddy props for winning a fight if the entire time he had a grip on the other dude’s hair like some chick?? Is punching people in the back of the head manly? This guy’s a meathead punk and his philosophy of “I can beat you up” has absolutely no business in the NFL. Just wait till someone goes Last Boyscout out there, they’ll be looking for Richie.

  19. cleminem757 says: Nov 10, 2012 1:10 PM

    The game is meant to be played between the whistles. This guy is on something like his 4th or 5th team?? Sounds like he has a little trouble playing the game the way it should be played.

  20. drainbameged says: Nov 10, 2012 1:12 PM

    so when the jets say their going to try to injure reggie onpurpise you clowns are quiet…when incognito gets voted 2nd dirtiest player, hes out to injure opponents? In the old days before facemasks an olineman would try to break your nose…get over it or go watch syncronized swimmi.g

  21. commentmcface says: Nov 10, 2012 1:19 PM

    The top two dirtiest players in the NFL are former Cornhuskers. This makes me sad.

  22. 8drinkminimum says: Nov 10, 2012 1:35 PM

    If he has such a reputation as a dirty player and he has been in the league for several years it begs the question.

    Why does he never lead the league in penalties and why is he not fined or suspended by the NFL other than I believe two fines in his entire career?

  23. ninefingers9 says: Nov 10, 2012 1:44 PM

    This guy should win the Best Player Nobody Has Ever Heard Of award!

  24. thingamajig says: Nov 10, 2012 1:55 PM

    Hey at least he has a sense of humor. Everybody is way too up tight these days.

  25. getoffmysac says: Nov 10, 2012 2:10 PM

    He has to play dirty hes the worst o lineman in the nfl

  26. sfm073 says: Nov 10, 2012 2:43 PM

    The problem is he can’t control his own anger and is constantly hurting his own team with personal fouls.

  27. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 10, 2012 2:43 PM

    Thats my boy.

  28. rayguyreturns says: Nov 10, 2012 3:08 PM

    Line him up next to Conrad Dobler. What an O-line that would be.

  29. dolphins512 says: Nov 10, 2012 3:15 PM

    I thought this was a pretty good article.

    Incognito is a tough player, and contrary to some of the comments above, has done a great job for the Phins and has behaved himself on the field. I don’t think he has any more or fewer penalties than our other lineman in Miami.

    His reputation as “dirty” started in his early years in the league and will stay with him throughout his career, however after watching him for the last 3 years (thank you Direct TV), he isn’t close to what I would consider a dirty player.

  30. bigguy54 says: Nov 10, 2012 4:21 PM

    Seahawks really miss him in St Louis, he was always good for a couple PF’s, a game. Being hard nosed is one thing, letting the D get to you, and doing something dumb, is well stupid. He has stupid written all over him.

    I am not certain what he has done in Miami, but he certainly hurt the Rams when he played the Hawks.

  31. keepingitrealdumb says: Nov 10, 2012 4:26 PM

    But Incognito is also correct that if opposing players hate playing against him, he’s probably doing something right.
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    FTFY: if opposing players hate playing against him, he’s probably doing something _dirty_.

  32. dangernearing says: Nov 10, 2012 4:55 PM

    Its funny Finnegan & Suh get called dirty and its a sin. But the majority of you praise this guy. SMH

  33. 69finfan says: Nov 10, 2012 4:56 PM

    Richie is so fine he really blows my mind. Hey haters, Richie has 0 PF penalties this year. For those of you that can’t comprehend modern math that’s none, nada, zip, zilch, zero!! If he was so dirty don’t you think he would have at least 1 PF penalty? Or is he a super sleuth private eye as well and he can make himself invisible? Haters gonna hate and Rickie as well as us fans don’t care. Finsup.

  34. jwreck says: Nov 10, 2012 5:48 PM

    Does the picture of Incognito standing next to his parents make anybody else wonder how big their mailman was?

  35. waldman79 says: Nov 10, 2012 6:27 PM

    Nothing wrong with how he plays, that BS with Smith-just watch it on YouTube. Ritchie did hold his leg to keep Smith away from the fumble. Smith got punished for the kicks to the head. Ritchie didn’t twist Smith’s leg. Ritchie was a hot head early in his career & paid for it but has turned it around. He plays all out on every play to the echo of the whistle as it should be. And if anybody thinks that dirty play isn’t taught or bounties aren’t issued in Pop Warner I can tell you different. I have 4 sons who dominate the line due to their size & strength & have seen opposing coaches take time outs to point at them & other key players only to see knees get cut & at that age that mentality is far worse than anything Incognito has done. As a matter of fact my biggest son plays guard nasty & I’d love to see him play like Ritchie, at least the version that’s with the Dolphins now.

  36. 1uniquename says: Nov 10, 2012 6:53 PM

    Lol i saw a comment up there about how his brother got the short end of the size gene pool, what the pic doesn’t tell you is the kid in the pic is 11. Haha I made a funny, I don’t know how old that dude really is but you have to imagine my funny being mentioned immediately after his comment. Thumbs up, woot!!!

  37. exsquidao says: Nov 10, 2012 7:22 PM

    bearsbuiltnfl says:Nov 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    Twisting people’s ankles in the pile or biting another guy in the foot is NOT tough, physical play, it’s douche-baggery. Would you give your buddy props for winning a fight if the entire time he had a grip on the other dude’s hair like some chick?? Is punching people in the back of the head manly? This guy’s a meathead punk and his philosophy of “I can beat you up” has absolutely no business in the NFL. Just wait till someone goes Last Boyscout out there, they’ll be looking for Richie.

    You have obviously never been in an actual fight.

  38. therealjr says: Nov 10, 2012 11:36 PM

    Dang, Richie. Tell your dad to keep me in mind if he ever needs a pinch hitter.

  39. joetoronto says: Nov 11, 2012 5:29 AM

    “Gnawing at an your opponents achilles”

    That’s friggin funny, lol.

  40. neikodog says: Nov 11, 2012 5:48 AM

    And the baddest man in the NFL goes to SUUUUUUUUHHHHH!!!!!!! Go watch tennis if you don’t like the violence of the NFL. These guys play the game the way “real men” of the old NFL played and are still remembered today as being the best in the game. If you don’t like it turn the freakin’ channel.

  41. cidman2001 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:59 AM

    I think they ought to give out a trophy for this award. The Ben Davidson Dirtiest Player Trophy…..who needs a Lombardi Trophy when you got one of those babies on your mantle! :)

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