Originally Posted by mr. wally
i believe ronnie lott played safety after tatum. his hits are legendary
Hence why I used the qualifier "arguably". I just didn't want to diverge into a 49ers discussion without good cause. But, the point stands.
I suspect if you were to ask players, Lott beats Harrison, but not by as much as you'd think. Rodney Harrison has the disadvantage of playing on some pretty mediocre and/or awful San Diego teams. So people forget how good he was in his prime.
Also, I'll offer that Lott played back when you still line up and kill a receiver (ah, those NFL Films of Don Beebe's neck being snapped ... good times).
It's hard to compare certain things after a big rules changes. Harrison deserves a lot of credit for timing it takes to deliver killer hits in the two-hand touch era of pro football. Also, I think most coaches would take Harrison as their eighth man in the box over Lott.
Originally Posted by GrouchoDude
Football players get hurt and discarded like used tissue. It's a pretty disturbing double standard when you think about it.
You know, one of the things that has always upset me about pro football is the way the players are treated. The truth is, an NFL player runs a very realistic risk of being permanently unable to make money ever again while at the same time not making enough cash to make it to old age.
If a guy makes the league minimum and survives the average career (4.5 years), he has to pray he survives in good enough condition to leverage his Comm degr -- oh, wait... most of these guys are screwed no matter what.