Uruguay’s Luis Suarez made soccer a little bit more interesting on Tuesday by (allegedly) biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini (who himself has a reputation for faking injuries – even more than most soccer players!) during their match at the World Cup.
That, of course, made me think about some of the most outrageous on-field attacks for the other football.
Oct. 1, 2006 – Washington Redskins defensive Tackle Albert Haynesworth, following a touchdown by the rival Dallas Cowboys, removed the helmet of guard Andre Gurode, who was on the turf, and stomped on his head. Haynesworth was suspended for five games.
Nov. 5, 1995 – Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski kicks Arizona Cardinals fullback Larry Centers in the head. Five times! Romo was kicked out of the game and fined $4500 (they couldn’t even make it a grand per kick, could they?).
Aug. 24, 2003 – Yeah, it’s Romonowski again. This time, it was against one of his own teammates. During a practice session, he slugged tight end Marcus Williams in the face, leaving such damage to his vision and balance that it ended his NFL career. Williams was awarded $340,000 following a court battle.
Aug. 12, 1978 – In a pre-season game, Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum leaves New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley a quadriplegic after a violent hit. Stingley instinctively lowered his head just before the impact, which caused irreversible damage to his spinal cord. While the tackle was clean, Tatum never apologized for the event or expressed any guilt (publicly, at least).
Nov. 22, 2012 – On Thanksgiving day, when there should be more goodwill toward men, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh put his cleat in the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. A $30,000 fine followed. And hopefully new cleats.
Nov. 11, 1974 - St. Louis Cardinals guard Conrad Dobler, often considered the dirtiest player in NFL history, saw the finger of defensive tackle Doug Sutherland come through his facemask. So he bit it. Hard. Honestly, I could have listed the time Dobler punched Mean Joe Greene or the time he kicked Merlin Olsen in the head. But since biting started this thread, why not compare apples to apples?
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