The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 12:07PM

That was a heck of a hit laid on Willis McGahee last night by Ryan Clark, the former Washington Redskins safety who’s found a home in the defensive backfield of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Here’s the video, if you haven’t seen it:

The good news, according to our pals at Pro Football Talk, is that McGahee is “OK” and just has a concussion.


PFT’s Mike Florio, by the way, wrote that “Clark should be suspended for the Super Bowl. Period.”

David Elfin talked to Clark after the game last night for his story (read it here) and said the safety seemed a little woozy himself after the game (and that he didn’t remember much after the hit).

Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden described the hit as a “valedictory, a blow that surely reverberated across the continent to Arizona.”

More on the hit and the fallout from:

- The Baltimore Sun

- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

And finally, for those who haven’t seen him in person, Ryan Clark is not a big guy; he’s less than 6 feet tall and according to his Steelers bio weighs 205 pounds. But he’s always been able to pack a punch, as David Elfin wrote back in 2005 when he was with the Redskins.

The best line from that story is when Clark says of himself: “I might be a small hammer, not a sledgehammer.”

- John Taylor