NFL  > General NFL  > Will the NFL wait until James Harrison paralyzes a players before they stop his head hunting
December 10, 2011, 01:05 AM
James Harrison has once again pushed the envelope when it comes to head hunting, once again he took a shot at a Cleveland Browns player, this time was Colt McCoy.

Once again the NFL has been slow to hand out a penalty , this time rather than the reported 50,000 dollars in 2010 for hits to the head of Cleveland Browns players , they should give Mr. Harrison a season ending suspension.

The alternative would be to wait until he puts someone in a wheelchair or worse yet kill someone.
Here is an article I wrote for the Bleacher Report in 2010, nothing has changed:

PITTSBURG STEELERS: WILL THE NFL STOP HEAD HUNTING
By
al asifyouknow
(Senior Analyst) on October 18, 2010

I guess someone has to get seriously hurt or killed before the NFL puts a stop to ???head hunting??? trend in this league.

There wasn't a better example than James Harrison???s hits on Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker pounded on both of the Cleveland Browns offensive players and took them out of the game.

Was that the intended consequence, it could have been, they are two of the best offensive players on the Browns roster.

We can sit around and call Mr. Harrison a dirty player, but lets be honest, that???s the culture of the game, even at the high school level the ???knock out??? hit is a big ???badge of honor??? for the deliverer.

Can we agree on that ?

Maybe Mike Ditka has the right idea- NO FACE MASK- maybe that way the pretty boys won???t use their heads as a weapon.

Just saying.


You see, I guess nothing has changed, Mr. Harrison keeps on challenging the NFL, here is a quote after last years fine:

"I'm going to sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach (Wednesday) and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective," Harrison told Fox. "If not, I may have to give up playing football."

To take a quote from the famous movie Gone with the Wind "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn" maybe Mr. Harrison should just retire.
Enough said.
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December 10, 2011  02:53 AM ET

There are lots of people that feel they can't play by the rules, the US has thousands of these people sitting in jails. For Harrison to come out and all but admit that he has been consciously breaking the rules and has been purposefully trying to cause bodily harm to someone tells me this guy should be banned from football. I'm sure a person with that type of mentality will go on thinking he is above the rules and the laws of society.

December 10, 2011  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

There are lots of people that feel they can't play by the rules, the US has thousands of these people sitting in jails. For Harrison to come out and all but admit that he has been consciously breaking the rules and has been purposefully trying to cause bodily harm to someone tells me this guy should be banned from football. I'm sure a person with that type of mentality will go on thinking he is above the rules and the laws of society.

I have never heard him say that but is clear to me that he does go for the head...

December 10, 2011  10:16 AM ET

In my neighborhood (Northern Central PA; when we were kids), it was understood....."If you can't play with the big-boys....STAY HOME."

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"It may not factor into Goodell's decision, but the Steelers are among the most heavily fined teams in the league this season. Safeties Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu have both been fined twice this season, including Clark's $40,000 fine for his Nov. 6 hit on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_771327 .html

December 10, 2011  10:19 AM ET

Yep, I agree a suspension is in order here. Clearly the fines are ineffective and if he thinks he will be ineffective by playing in the rules then maybe he should leave.

I could be very effective at LB if I played with a sawed off shotgun....is that within the rules? Can I play? NO clearly not. Rules is rules.....he needs to abide by them.

December 10, 2011  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I could be very effective at LB if I played with a sawed off shotgun....

Maybe you should trade your dress, for one.

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"The rest of the NFC is a free-for-all, with Dallas (7-5)...."

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/12/08/late.season. surprises/index.html?sct=nfl_t11_a2

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 10, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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Maybe you should trade your dress, for one.*"The rest of the NFC is a free-for-all, with Dallas (7-5)...."http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/12/08/la te.season. surprises/index.html?sct=nfl_t11_a2LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Lord, what is in people's coffee this morning? I agreed with Asif that a suspension would be the next step. Harrison implied that playing outside the rules would make him ineffective not me. I used the shotgun as an analogy to make a point. The shotgun being "outside" the rules similar to leading with the helmet, tackling by the face-mask, horse-collar, holding and two forward passes on one play etc etc...the rules are designed to make the game interesting and fair.

Not sure why you would say I wear a dress?

Why would you say that?

Are you Don Banks that you want me to go read your article again from last week? Why so fussy this morning?

December 10, 2011  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Good Lord, what is in people's coffee this morning? I agreed with Asif that a suspension would be the next step. Harrison implied that playing outside the rules would make him ineffective not me. I used the shotgun as an analogy to make a point. The shotgun being "outside" the rules similar to leading with the helmet, tackling by the face-mask, horse-collar, holding and two forward passes on one play etc etc...the rules are designed to make the game interesting and fair. Not sure why you would say I wear a dress? Why would you say that? Are you Don Banks that you want me to go read your article again from last week? Why so fussy this morning?

It must be that time of month.

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December 10, 2011  04:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

+40,You made valid points about,dealing with blind siding and cheap shots and others after the whistle has blown.

Hey EZ,
I like my football in December to look like it did in early September.....that means with all the starters. Who would be interested to see GB march into the playoffs with Rogers on the bench? Heinz Field went deathly quiet when Ben limped into the locker room at half time. For the NFL to be interesting for all fans and all games the starters need to stay on the field. Gooddell knows this, owners know this and most players know this. There is no room in football with the time and $$ invested for head-hunters. It is possible to tackle and try and avoid making helmet to helmet contact or spearing. All the players know this, just like they discovered they could use the crown of the helmet as a weapon to injure or dislodge the ball then can ALSO learn to AVOID that technique.

When I drive down the road and there is a coke can or paper-cup I can just as easily hit it or miss it.....it's my choice. Getting my tires to go over the can or cup is no great accomplishment, it is a choice. Sure the can might move a bit, I may only clip the cup but I have control over the situation.
A player chooses to either lead or hit with his helmet, yes the game is fast but so is the human mind and body. Harrison CONTINUES to try and prove his point, he can try again to the tune of maybe $100K or a couple of paychecks. He's being stupid and stubborn and only hurting his team and his bank account. I have contempt for stupidity, particularly when it affects others around you.

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December 10, 2011  06:25 PM ET
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Season-ending suspension?Once again you prove you're an idiot.To anybody who thinks Harrison should be fined, or suspended .. it turns out he shouldn't have even been penalized.When the QB tucks the ball and makes a step out of the pocket? He's a RUNNER! And helmet-to-helmet contact is OK - whether you like it or not.Hint: Runners (or those determined to have become runners) don't have the same protection under the rules as passers or receivers.That means no suspensions, no penalties and no fines."Well, uhh .... since the guy plays the QB position, he can run all over the field and because uhh .. he ... you know ... might at some time decide to pass while running with the ball don't touch him!"Sorry ... that doesn't work according to the rules no matter how badly people might wish it did.

As I always say , there is no crime in being an idiot..facts are Mr. Harrison has proven ion the last few years that he cares less about the rules in the NFL..last year he threaten to quit if they don't let him play the way he does..HEAD HUINTING..There are lots of great LB who play in the NFL who don't have that hitting... in the head problem...and by the way Harrison is not even a top 10 LB in the NFL...my opinion..I'm a Browns fans,,disclosure of course...just being fair and balanced...lol

December 10, 2011  06:35 PM ET

The NFL is a form of modern day gladiators in my humble opinion. So is UFC/MMA.
The NFL has more rules, nonetheless the men playing are bigger, stronger, and faster than the days of old. It is a violent contact sport (NFL) and coupled with today's performance enhancing drugs, we have men who stand well above 6' tall, and over 240lbs running 40 yard dashes in less than 5 seconds. There are a lot of variables that factor in to the psyche of each player, like demographics, and family/ or lack thereof. Without getting too technical, in the NFL, there are men amongst boys.

The game itself has been watered down, to protect players, but it still is a violent game.

I propose a 2nd league... one made up of castaways, of repeat offenders that play outside the rules, and thugs who do not wish to play within the rules. Kind of like Rollerball meets NFL, meets the running man. The NFL format, without all the player safety rules, and no weapons except ones self.
Everything comes full circle...the days of gladiators fighting to the death may be right around the corner.

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December 10, 2011  07:29 PM ET

Fines really don't deter these players from head hunting. The only way to send a message is by suspending these players.

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