Years ago NFL Films used to do a series about the games hardest hitters. Randy White and Cliff Harris always made the list of top 10 hard hitters and I was always proud of that. I believe Cliff Harris when he said TO wouldn't have got up if he had knocked him off the star. Captain Crash could bring the lumber. I've had the good fortume to meet a lot of guys who played the game over the years. If you ask a guy who played if he was nervous before a game, most will tell you that they were until the first hit. I have no idea why, but it's true. Once you hit someone, or get hit, you settle down. I've always enjoyed the hitting part of the game. Even at my age right now, when Summer is ending I get the urge to hit someone or get hit. There's nothing quite like the crack of shoulder pads with a good hit. The hardest I ever got hit was in a game against the Mayfield Trojans. I don't know the name of the kid who hit me, but I remember he wore #57. I was running along the sidelines when he nailed me and I did my impersonation of a bird. I bet he knocked me 12 to 15 yards out bounds and it seemed like I slid another 4 or 5 yards. I remember I didn't want him to know I was hurt so I jumped up and slapped him on the shoulders and yelled "good hit, good hit." When I got to the huddle I begged them to not give me the ball because I was dead. He rang my bell. I got hit harder than that in college practices, but I never made it into a game before I got hurt, so it doesn't feel the same. I can only imagine how much harder they hit in the actual games and then in the NFL. Emmitt Smith once described getting hit as "like being in a car wreck." Multiply that by how many times these guys get hit and you can understand why their careers are short. I have to admit, one of the attractions of the game for me are the big hits. It's why I loved Randy White and Cliff Harris and why I like Roy Williams so much. There have been some hitters outside of the Cowboys I really enjoyed too. Chuck Cecil could de-cleat people he hit so hard. The NFL kind of went after him and I always found that hypocritical of them since they made money off some of the hits he delivered that they put on their videos. Ronnie Lott was a devestating hitter that I say ruined a lot of defensive players. Lott could simply knock a guy senseless and it was always on ESPN. IMO too many guys tried to knock guys out like Lott instead of simply tackling them. 99.9% of them just couldn't do it like he could and shouldn't have tried. Many of us remember certain big hits. One of the most famous is Quentin Coryatt of Texas A & M doing his impression of a brick wall. Him standing over that guy after train wrecking him still gives me chills. I like listening to some of the big hitters too. One of the best quotes I ever heard in football was from Marvin "Shade Tree" Jones when he was at Florida State. He gave a list of his top 5 hits delivered and left off #1 because "it hasn't happened yet." The interviewer asked him how we'd know it had happened. Marvin replied, "when you see that trauma helicopter landing on the field." Classic. Most of us (me included) are too young to remember what is regarded as the hardest hit of all time. In 1960, Eagles LB Chuck Bednarik hit Giants RB Frank Gifford so hard that Gifford not only doesn't remember the entire game he played that day, he also he missed the entire 1961 season trying to recover from the hit. One thing to remember, this hit was in Yankee Stadium on a guy who was considered nearly a deity by Giants fans. Here's an excerpt from Bednarik about the hit... Here's the picture he refers to. It still gives me chills. The game is about impact. That includes the impact it has on our lives as fans. I love this game.