Hard Hat Award (Game #1, @ Denver)
Stiller ILB Larry Foote is the 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.
In the season-opening game stinker of a loss against the Doncos, Foote played like a demon possessed, particularly in the first half. Foote led all Stiller defenders with 8 solos. Foote had a fluky but effective backhanded slap that forced a rare Steeler FF and turnover. He also had a very rare -- for this passive defense -- pass bustup in the 1Q.
With a feeble, meek team effort, very, very few other players were in consideration for the coveted award. Sanders took some big hits and kept coming back, and warranted some light consideration. That was about it.
It�s a rather sad situation when so few players gave the kind of effort expected for the Hard Hat. The defense was soft n� cheesy and got run over like a freight train over a bump. It bears repeating that there is almost always -- if not always -- a strong correlation between the number of players in consideration for the Hard Hat, and if the team won or lost. Simply put, Hard Hat kind of football leads to victory; pansy football (a term used here long before Troy Pola popularized it) leads to defeat.
Kudos to Foote for winning the Hard Hat Award. Wear the Hard Hat proudly, Larry!