Hines Ward Has No Plans To Comply
Despite being the catalyst for an NFL rule change, courtesy of the play in the lead video, Hines Ward has no need for your stinking rules. Because the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, one of the bigger topics of discussion had to with the hit Ward laid on Keith Rivers last season. The hit was so violent, Rivers missed the rest of the season with a broken jaw. Whether or not the play was dirty — it does look like Ward led with his helmet — is not the issue here. The fact is, the NFL outlawed these types of plays, courtesy of Ward’s hit on Rivers.
And now that these two teams are having the first of their yearly double-dip, everybody’s asking about the hit, to which Ward replied:
“I’ll still hit him. I’ll just get fined. There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s either that or try to hurt somebody. So are you going to fine me, or do you want me to end someone’s career? I’d rather take a fine than try to end somebody’s career, so I’m not going to change.”
Ward goes on to say his only options are to hit the player high, going for the same area he used to crush Rivers, or go for his knees. Evidently, the anatomy classes at Georgia aren’t quite as comprehensive as other schools.
I’m curious: If you violate a rule that’s been named for you and the play leading this post, is the subsequent fine going to be more than it normally would? What, exactly, happens if Murphy violates Murphy’s Law?