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What was the biggest hit of your football career (given or received)?


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001

"This year I had a third and 1 vs. Chicago, and I hit Curtis Enis just right and stopped him for a loss, and in the collision I lost a contact and had to come out and get another contact on the sidelines. That had to be one of the hardest hits." -- Keith Newman, LB, Bills

"In high school I busted a dude's spleen when I was in the 10th grade. He was a tight end, I was playing safety, and he ran a tight end seam (pattern), and the quarterback led him a little too much, and, well, I was waiting there. They had to take him up out of there." -- Anthony Poindexter, S, Ravens

"It was actually one that I took in high school. I was in my junior year, playing tight end, and this guy that was all-state put a good lick on me. He hit me so hard, I think I blacked out. It was a night game, and I remember looking up and seeing all the stars. That was probably the hardest hit I've ever been involved in. Everybody was going, "Oooooooh.' " -- Jamie Duncan, LB, Buccaneers

"It was in college (at Rice), and it was kind of a bittersweet situation. We're playing Houston, when they had Andre Ware, the year he won the Heisman (Trophy, in 1989), and we're losing like 68-0. Their running back, Chuck Weatherspoon, catches a flare pass, and I read it perfect and knock him 5 yards back. He fell on the back of his head. But like I said, we were down 68-0, so it was bittersweet." -- O.J. Brigance, LB, Ravens

"Probably in college, in the Sugar Bowl my freshman year (Jan. 1, 1990). We were playing Alabama for the national championship (Miami won 33-25), and their receiver, I think his name was Marco Battle, he caught a 5-yard out, and I laid him out. That probably was the hardest hit I've put on someone. We won the national championship that year and it was my first start in college. It was a memorable game." -- Ryan McNeil, CB, Cowboys

"I had one (in college for Penn State) against Michigan in 1995, in the snow game. It was a swing pass, and he had just turned around, and I hit him square in the chest. I think it was Chris Floyd, their running back. It was a mutual thing. We were both a bit woozy." -- Kim Herring, S, Ravens

- Compiled by Pete Young

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