Originally Posted by Redhook
I think you're a very intelligent person and a wonderful poster on Redszone. I usually agree with you 100%. That being said, everything you wrote in the above post I disagree with. I strongly believe there was intent to hurt with his actions. I saw nothing in the hit where he was trying to lay off or hit him properly. He's a 240-pound wrecking ball smashing into someone's head with a lot of speed. Without pads, Shipley might be dead. I just don't see how anyone can think this hit wasn't that bad.
I kinda agree with both the two of you.
First of all it was a busch league hit. No two ways about it. It was a cheap shot and Ward was attempting to knock on Shipley. That said that is the nature of football. Shipley knows when he steps on the field that it is a dangerous game. He knows that there is a risk of injury, concussion, and even paralysis that can come from playing the game of football. If your afraid to take a hit, especially as a slot receiver, you career will in all likelihood will be short.
When defenders step onto the field they want to "hurt" their opponent. They want to hit them so bad they don't want to go over the middle. They want to hit them so bad they don't want to come back into the game. When you step in between the lines it is a violent game in which both sides will do whatever they can to get an advantage. IMO nothing that happens within the confines of the game should be considered illegal. Unless someone takes off his helmet and uses it as a weapon or someone starts to attack an player who is knocked out I don't see anything illegal in the nature of a unnecessary roughness play, especially a play in which the offender was not ejected from the game.
It is up to the NFL, and the NFL has begun to do a good job of protecting its players. Ward should be fined heavily and probably should be made an example and serve a suspension. That was a tough hit, but a hit not unlike one you would see from the Jack Tatum highlights or Ray Lewis on a given day.