With a tight grip on Hines Ward's chin and shoulder, Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan wrestled the Steelers wide receiver to the ground during the fourth quarter of the two teams' season opener in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10. Despite the awkward positions of his neck, left knee and left ankle as he fell, Ward was not hurt on the play. He caught eight passes for 103 yards that evening as the Steelers won 13-10 in overtime.
"A PLAY LIKE THIS OCCURS A FEW TIMES A GAME. THIS IS WHERE THE TRUE BRUTALITY OF FOOTBALL IS REVEALED: GROTESQUELY BENT ANKLES AND KNEES, WRENCHED NECKS. IT'S AMAZING THESE PLAYERS GET UP OFF THE GROUND AS OFTEN AS THEY DO."