James Harrison is out of action as he recovers from a broken orbital bone, but his significant body of work with the Pittsburgh Steelers was enough to earn him the honor of being voted the NFL’s meanest player in a poll of players conducted by SI.com.
Harrison, who also happens to be Roger Goodell’s most-often-fined player, got 35 percent of votes cast by a small pool of 287 players. Two members of the Baltimore Ravens cracked the top 10, with Ray Lewis finishing second with 15 percent of votes and Terrell Suggs coming in at No. 6.
Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions was third (five percent) and Richard Seymour of the Oakland Raiders was fourth (four percent).
LaRon Landry of the Redskins was the ninth-meanest, which is so far down the list that it probably means that three people voted for him.
There was a different winner, with different voters, in a poll on Facebook.
Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions was No. 1 with 40 percent of those votes, ahead of Lewis (31 percent) and Harrison (23 percent).
Because this is nothing if not a yin and yang kind of thing, SI polled NFL players to ask who is the nicest and a Steeler, Troy Polamalu, won that little contest, too.
None of the Redskins finished in the voting for nicest player, by the way.
What’s your take on the lists? Is someone far more deserving than Harrison? Or Polamalu, for that matter?