Hard Hat Award (Game # 16, @ Clev)
Stillers DE Brett Keisel and WR/kick returner Antonio Brown are the co-winner of the weekly Hard Hat Award, given to the Stiller player who best embodies the iron-tough, hard-as-steel attitude of the steel workers inside the blast furnace of a still mill.
Keisel had yet another stellar effort in the win over the lowly Brownies. He helped stop Hillis for no gain in the 3Q. He wrapped up Hillis for a 1-yard gain late in the 3Q. He batted a pass in the 4Q. On the very next play, he stopped Hillis on a swing pass out in the flat on 3d & 5 (which was a superb play for a DE to make), and then he ripped the ball loose, although it fell OOB. A strong overall game by a DE who most assuredly deserved a spot in the Blo Bowl, which is a total farce of a game and nomination in the first place.
Brown, who was voted as the team MVP just 3 days prior to the game, single-handedly led the way on offense, with 6 grabs for 90 yards. Most of his catches were enormously difficult. Brown made an amazing, over-the-shoulder catch amidst windy conditions late in the 2Q, good for 40 yards. On this play, he became the first player in NFL history to gain 1,000 yards in receiving and 1,000 yards in kick returns in a single season. Clutch grab on 3d & 5, good for 11, in the 3Q. Superb catch despite being draped by Haden on a slant in the 3Q, gaining 11. Made a sterling, sliding catch on a low back-shoulder pass in the 4Q, good for 13 yards on 2d & 13. On this play, Brown managed to cradle the ball against his hip, just an inch or 2 off the ground. This was Hard Hat football at its best.
A few other Stillers were in consideration for the coveted weekly award. SS Troy Polamalu had a very strong, very stellar game, with a huge INT in the 3Q. Timmons had a strong effort. Ike was solid in coverage.
Kudos to Keisel and Brown for winning the Hard Hat Award. Wear the Hard Hat proudly, fellas!
Previous 2011 Hard Hat Winners:
Game # 15, vs. St. Louis: Rashard Mendenhall and Antonio Brown
Game # 14, @ San Fran: No One
Game #13, vs. Clev: Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison
Game #12, vs. Cinci: Antonio Brown and Curtis Brown
Game #11, @ KC: Jason Worilds
Game #10, @ Cinci: William Gay
Game #9, vs. Balt: James Harrison and Max Starks
Game #8, vs. N.E.: Heath Miller and Ike Taylor
Game #7, @ Ariz: Antonio Brown
Game #6, vs. Jax: Troy Polamalu
Game #5, vs. Tenn: Ben Roethlisberger and Max Starks
Game #4, @ Houston: James Harrison and Troy Polamalu
Game #3, @ Indy: James Harrison and Troy Polamalu
Game #2, vs. Seattle: Mike Wallace and Troy Polamalu
Game #1, @ Balt: No One