Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 9/5/12
There isn’t a player today in the National Football League or in the past that didn’t have his detractors. Whether those fans find criticism in a particular players’ style, ability, or decision to even keep playing or not the fact is all players receive criticism. Even a guy like Barry Sanders had detractors. Pittsburgh Steelers’ Free Safety Ryan Clark is not unique to this. He has earned his share of criticism over his career which now spans more than 10 years, but he has also earned some deserved praise as well. We can talk at length about how great Troy Polamalu is and certainly he is one of the all-time great strong safeties, but much of what he is able and allowed to do is because of Clark. No other game illustrated the problems the Steelers’ secondary has with Clark out than the Wild-Card loss in Denver. The final, game-ending play was of course the perfect example of why Clark is so important to the defense. First of all, the defense on that play reeked of arrogance as the St...
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