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The Dirty Dozen
Michael Silver
October 26, 1998
The 12 players who would least likely make their way onto the pages of Emily Post's Etiquette.
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October 26, 1998

The Dirty Dozen

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The 12 players who would least likely make their way onto the pages of Emily Post's Etiquette.

Kevin Gogan, G, 49ers
Claim to shame: goes off at wholly inappropriate moments. Will spice up practice by mauling teammates. "He'll dive over the pile to hit you, even after the play," says Seahawks linebacker Darrin Smith. "If you're anywhere near the pile, watch out."

Bill Romanowski, LB, Broncos
Claim to shame: makes little effort to hide transgressions. Spit on 49ers wideout J.J. Stokes in a Monday night game. Broke then Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins's jaw on a helmet-to-head hit in the '97 preseason, for which he was fined $20,000. "He goes for the kill shot every time," says one NFC quarterback.

Ralph Tamm, C, Chiefs
Claim to shame: vast repertoire of techniques mastered over eleven seasons (box, page 68). Signature moment came during a Monday night game with Denver in '95, when he punched Raider Chester McGlockton in the groin.

Corey Fuller, CB, Vikings
Claim to shame: filthy mouth. Known for spitting at opponents and spewing trash talk while trolling for cheap shots. Says one NFC Central quarterback, "He's always bragging about how he's going to hurt you. Then he comes in late and hits up high with his helmet."

Mark Carrier, S, Lions
Claim to shame: likes to tackle with his helmet. Has been cited by the NFL for such plays three times in the past two seasons and five times in the last seven. The latest, a blow in a Sept. 28 game that sidelined Bucs wideout Brice Hunter, was an expensive one. Carrier drew a one-game suspension without pay ($27,941).

Dave Widell, C, Falcons
Claim to shame: compensates for lack of ability by hitting players late or away from the ball. Seahawks guard Brian Habib, who played with Widell in Denver, says, "At the end of a play, he'll come up behind a guy and give him a shot."

Frank Winters, C, Packers
Claim to shame: cheap shots near the pile after the whistle blows. "I love Frank Winters," says 49ers coach Steve Mariucci, a former Green Bay assistant. "He's a teddy bear off the field, but he'll wait until the tackle is made, then come in high and spear players standing around the ball. Then he'll go back to the huddle laughing."

Erik Williams, T, Cowboys
Claim to shame: will do anything to avoid getting beat. Likes to head-slap and dole out shots to the face of opponents. In a '95 playoff victory over the Packers, felled defensive tackle John Jurkovic with lunging—albeit legal—cut block, blowing out Jurkovic's knee. Says one 49er, "He'll look you in the eye, then try to take your knee out. He'll club you on the back, kick you, trip you, whatever."

Eric Swann, DT, Cardinals
Claim to shame: can easily be provoked into losing his cool. In a preseason game against Seattle, rookie guard Chris Brymer blocked Swann onto his back; Swann retaliated later by pushing and kicking Brymer, and was ejected. Swann was also booted from Arizona's '98 season opener after tangling with Williams. "If you block him, he punches you," says Seattle's Habib.

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