Jul 3rd 2008 1:30PM by Stephanie Stradley (author feed)
Filed under: Patriots, Raiders, Texans, Houston, ESPN
Mike Sando of ESPN recently wrote about a survey of the league’s dirtiest players and analyzed which teams received the most personal fouls. The Patriots’ Rodney Harrison got the most votes for dirty play, and the Raiders received the most personal fouls.
The Houston Texans received the least personal fouls, but Sando got it completely wrong as it related to Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson:
Former Patriots receiver Deion Branch drew a line between Harrison’s hard-nosed play and the approach Houston Texans defensive lineman Travis Johnson took after knocking out then-Miami Dolphins quarterback Trent Green with a legal hit last season. Johnson stood over the fallen Green and taunted him.
“[Harrison] is not that type of dude, I promise you,” Branch said. “He’s not going to go into a game and try to hurt someone.
Uh, I’m guessing that Sando didn’t actually see that play or maybe he just got his actives and passive mixed up writing about it. It was Trent Green who knocked himself out after Green intentionally blocked Johnson with a low but legal hit. If anyone was dirty in that play, it was Green who admitted he dove low, smashing Johnson’s knee with his helmet, causing Johnson to somersault into the air and land on his head.
I’d put up some real speed video of this, but it no longer exists because the NFL pulled it. This slo-mo YouTube version above is all that exists.Continue Reading