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Came across this little piece in the Denver Post and had to laugh. I sometimes wonder if we are even playing football anymore with the rules about touching QB's, the "horse collar" rule and every other new rule limiting contact in football. This isn't tiddly-winks, people. This is the NFL, the hardest hitting and most physically taxing sport on the planet, and that's why we love it.

Anyway, back to the Denver whine:

In the final seconds of the Pro Bowl last Sunday, Williams came in late after a play and hammered Smith, who was on the turf after failing to catch a pass. The ball was out of the play and Smith was not in a position to protect himself. Yet, Williams slammed into Smith's back. Smith's helmet was twisted and he received a nasty welt under his eye that required stitches. After the game, Smith didn't even know who hit him.

Still, many couldn't understand why Williams would make such a play, especially in the Pro Bowl. He has a reputation as an overly aggressive player; this won't help it.

When Roy started to make his play on Smith, the ball was still active. It's not Roy's job to decide whether Smith might catch it on a tip or some other way, it's his job to finish the play.

And what's up with this statement: Still, many couldn't understand why Williams would make such a play, especially in the Pro Bowl. Is he suggesting that Roy shouldn't have made the play, even in a real game? If that wasn't the intention then the statement should have read: Still, many couldn't understand why Williams would make such a play in the Pro Bowl. Using the qualifier, especially in the Pro Bowl, suggests the writer thinks the play was questionable even in the regular season. If that's the writer's contention, then he should be covering golf tournaments, not tackle football.

By the way, the irony of the Broncos complaining about cheap shots when their line is the king of chop blocks and have hurt numerous defensive linemen, is too rich to even mention. Ooops, I just mentioned it.