Originally Posted by tony hipchest
clarks hit was boarderline bush league but its his job to instill fear in the ball cather/carrier.
if a runner falls to the ground, a defender can legally touch him down or spear him in the back of the head/neck with all his might.
the player showing sportsmanship will simply conserve energy (and reduce possible self inflicted injury) and simply tag the runner down.
Yes, I agree that Clark is a hitter and he rides the line. As a Steeler fan I can try and defend that hit, but as an objective football fan...I can honestly say that was a penalty.
As for other calls like Wallace getting mugged on that goal line route or Ike getting flagged because Maclin grabbed him...........the replacement refs might not have got those wrong.