Because pictures say a thousand words, I figured I'd recap some of the more memorable moments this season. Let me know if there's any other moments (which I am no doubt forgetting) you feel should be added!
I'm not sure there was a better moment this year than Whitworth plowing the Earth with Terrel Suggs while simultaneously ripping his helmet off. This was Whitworth's way of telling the probowl voters who snubbed him how he felt about them. The caveat was Suggs cowardly retaliating on 195 lb Jerome Simpson to show his true self.
Because if there's one player we love seeing get hit.... This would be one of the many blows Ben took during his personal beatdown, courtesy of the Bengals defense.
TJ Houshmandzadeh's zero-reception return to Cincinnati (this one didn't come until the second matchup). No soup for you!
Almost as impressive as his manhood-stealing block on Suggs, the most awesome TD of the season. Vintage Muñoz, anyone?
As expressed by our own, Mike Zimmer, in regards to his former boss, Petrino: "He is a coward. Put that in quotes. He ruined a bunch of people’s lives, a bunch of people’s families, kids, because he didn’t have enough nuts to stay there and finish the job. That’s the truth." Pull no punches, Mike, tell it how it is.
The emergence of Dunlap, along with our other pass-rushing rookie phenom lineman, Atkins. Welcome to the NFL, Colt.
Speaking of emerging players.... Jerome Simpson. I love this shot of Pacman too. I've made myself known as the cynic on this site, but I've gained a lot of respect for Pacman and didn't want the unfortunate incident of him sitting on the sidewalk in handcuffs to be the lasting image of him from this season.
No TOcho, no problem....
The return of (bigger) Chase Coffman. Very refreshing to see Chase return and showing flashes again of his once promising talent. With some added muscle now, it looks like we might have two legitimate TEs. I believe about two seconds later on this play, Chase bulldozes a Baltimore player.
The only thing most probably remember about this play is Peko blowing up 205 lb Polamalu in the endzone. But more impressive (and important) to me was seeing that other guy to the right (yes, that's Andre Smith) driving back Pittsburgh's first rounder, 300 lb Ziggy Hood. If there's one play that would arguably validate Andre Smith, it is this. And I hope to see more of it.
Because a picture wouldn't do this amazing play by Shipley justice...