Ben Davidson Dies

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  1. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

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    Growing up as a little kid in KC watching the Chiefs, I remember him terrorizing our O. He played the game the way it was meant to be played......."I will show them no quarter." He was a giant amongst players of his day.......6'8" 175 pounds. RIP, Ben.


     
  2. steelbtexan

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    6'8 175 Lbs = tapeworm hard at work. LOL

    Rip Big Ben you were a true legend.

    The world lost 2 great people/legends today. Ben Davidson and Andy Griffith.
     
  3. CloakNNNdagger

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    This will give you a flavor of the "Fear Factor" that Davidson cultivated.

    Ben Davidson
     
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    Now that's how football is supposed to be played.

    Not this panzy brand of football that God'ell is currently forcing down the throats of the fans. You cany really hit the QB's or Wr's in todays game. Could you imagine the defenseless WR rule in the days of Tatum and Atkinson? LOL
     
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    ...not to mention the Steelers Steel Curtain. People forget (or not) what a nasty/dirty secondary they had (Mel Blount), let alone the celebrated front seven. Whew! The bastards.
     
  6. CloakNNNdagger

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    In that day, QBs not only had to be skilled, they had to be able to accept the fact that they would routinely be pummeled and have to survive and get up in order to even show their skills. Peyton Manning would not have to be worrying about rehabbing his neck, it would have been torn off like a chicken long time ago. I doubt that all but a handfull of today's QBs, including Schaub, would have been able to survive the attack of THE D's of the day...........for a game, let alone for a season........or even more unthinkable, for a long career.

    BTW, QBs in those days could have worn those pink tutus we talk about today........and no one would have dared comment on it to them.

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    QB's have some added protection now but I think the old days are being a bit romanticized. The players are different. Randy White was a Hall of Fame DT at 250 lbs. That's Cushing playing DT and we have complaints the 53 lb heavier Cody needs to be replaced with someone 25+ lbs bigger. Ed "Too Tall" Jones went 270 lbs and was considered a giant freak. Cliff "Captain Crash" Harris, the enforcer who transformed the free safety position and the middle of the field went 175 lbs. Form tackling right to the middle of the body used to be more common as well. Jack Lambert went 220 lbs at MLB. Now we have a WR who would truck him.

    QB's today didn't pick the rules which have been put in place. I think it is unfair to them and unrealistic to think they are a bunch of pansies. Having an extra hundred pounds land on you makes a difference.
     
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    I was a big fan of his when I was a kid.
     


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    I might more readily make the comparison that the puny street fighter in a world without rules could lay a great deal of hurt on opponents twice his size.
     
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    Doesn't compare to Ben Davidson, Lyle Alzado, John Matusak, Jack Tatum, George Atkinson, Otis Sistrunk, and gang.
     
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    Also, football is more prevalent than it was way back when. You have players who played in Pee Wee football leagues all the way to college and then the NFL. Guys know a lot more about football than they did in the past and now we have access to nutrition information as well as training programs that weren't available or around back in the days.

    E.g.) Brian Orakpo started off at UT at 210-lbs bean pole and by the time he left he was a 260-lbs beast. Probably, all due to nutrition and training techniques.
     
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    Yep. "Nutrition & Training Techniques." :fingergun:
     
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    And just exactly what are you saying here Mr. Neck? :spy:
     
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    I'm not saying anything **COUGH**VITAMIN T**COUGH**VITAMIN H**COUGH***.

    Sorry, just had some sort of reaction. I'm going to need some corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation.
     
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    RIP Mr. Davidson.

    Mustache Hall of Fame!
     

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