Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was voted the NFL’s dirtiest defensive player in a Sports Illustrated poll of 296 players.
Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward “won” the balloting with 11.6 percent of the vote. Haynesworth was next with six percent, tied with Miami linebacker Joey Porter. Cincinnati safety Roy Williams and Tennessee center Kevin Mawae rounded out the top five.
Those Steelers-Titans games in 2002, 2003 and 2005 in which Ward, Haynesworth and Porter all took part must have been doozies.
In 2002, Tennessee won 31-23 and repeated that triumph with a 34-31 overtime victory. The Titans crushed the Steelers 30-13 in 2003. Pittsburgh returned the favor, 34-7 in 2005.
— David Elfin