Posted May 24, 2013

Former Broncos center Tom Nalen admits trying to intentionally injure player

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Former Broncos center Tom Nalen said he tried to intentionally hurt a player. (B. Bahr/Getty Images)

Former Broncos center Tom Nalen said he tried to intentionally hurt a player. (B. Bahr/Getty Images)

Former Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen said that he intentionally tried to hurt a player, according to the team’s website.

He made the admission during a press conference to introduce him as a member of the Broncos Ring of Fame.

Nalen said that in 2006, he attempted to injure San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky.

On the play Nalen is referring to, the Broncos lined up to spike the ball and stop the clock, causing players on both teams to stand up. Instead, Nalen dove into Olshansky’s knee and Olshansky then threw two punches at Nalen and was ejected from the game.

“I wouldn’t consider myself a dirty player,” Nalen said. “I know people will bring up the Igor Olshansky play in 2006, but if people would look at the play before that and realize why I did what I did — and even on that play I missed the cut — so you know definitely, I wanted to blow his knee out on that play because of what happened the play before. But that, you know, is that dirty? I don’t know. It’s revenge, kind of, so.”

Nalen was fined $25,000 for the play and Olshansky was fined $10,000 for retaliating.


24 comments
coronadotriton
coronadotriton

This is typical of the Bronco's mentality that has always existed and still exists today.

David50
David50

most players are trying to injure other players every play

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

He played with Romanowski, for bleeps sake... and every team in the league despised Denver for the vicious cut blocking that Shanahan forced them to use, the guys who were doing it hated doing it, but if they didn't Shanny would cut them, his strategy was to hurt people and make them play in fear from the relentless gutless cut blocking, it's what the Broncs were ALWAYS known and hated for. Show some cojones to admit itl.

stashu
stashu

The Broncos always play dirty.

ptbnl
ptbnl

What's the big deal about rehashing one more time?  Just another publicity stunt!

BudkisMandel
BudkisMandel

So this guy in Burnt Orange Durango cut me on at a red light and slammed on his breaks causing me to almost rear end him. 

At the next red light, I pulled up along side him and took out a gun and intentionally tried to kill him, his wife, his retarded daughter and the dog that was in his car too.

Was that dirty? I mean, if you look at the previous red light camera, you will see he cut me off and tried to cause me to crash.. so I guess a little dirty and retaliation makes everything okie dokie.. Thanks

Axel
Axel

Not sure what makes this D Bag more of an idiot. The fact that he actually tried to intentionally injure another player or the fact he's dumb enough to admit it. Only thing that out does his lack of class is his stupidity.

JonathanD
JonathanD

I know this happens a lot (I played college ball), but seriously, anyone who tries to injure another player should be suspended for a season.  That doesn't just mess with the game, but it messes with a person's life.  I'm only 33, and my knees are already debilitated because of my football injuries.

BrosephVanSlyke
BrosephVanSlyke

Those Broncos teams were as dirty as you get. They tried to injure plenty of players. I remember being a few feet away from George Foster as he dove in Paul Spicer's leg and snapped it in a week two game and ended his season. No place for that in the NFL.

cyber92sax
cyber92sax

Yes, Mr. Nalen. It is dirty. You can look up that word, and the word "psychopath" for your homework tonight.

goingaways
goingaways

Makes perfect sense Tom man just ask that idiot Nalen I'm sure he will agree also

FuzzyManPeach
FuzzyManPeach

@Axel That's Hall of Fame d-bag to you, pal. Probably in the top 3 centers of all time in the NFL.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@Axel not sure who's more of an idiot, a guy who thinks this is anything even remotely out of the norm in the NFL or one who is shocked when someone admits it. 

HarlanNash
HarlanNash

@JonathanD This is why these sorts of things (fines/suspensions) should be decided only by guys who have played football at a high level.  You have perspective and honesty about the situation.   As, I think, Nalen does now.   

lazzzlo
lazzzlo

@BrosephVanSlyke 


All teams play dirty (the cut block)...it's just not really talked about a lot.  Forward motion can put an opposing player into an awkward stance where another player can do some serious damage.

FuzzyManPeach
FuzzyManPeach

@cyber92sax And, of course, the offensive and defensive lines are where the cleanest, most properly mannered and respectful acts take place on the football field!

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@cyber92sax Forget about knees I think he was hit in the head a few too many times if he doesn't think that's dirty.

JRock
JRock

@FuzzyManPeach Top 3 of all time? That's a reach.....Mike Webster, Jim Otto, and Jim Ringo are probably the top three. Not sure Nalen is even in the top 10. Demontti Dawson and Dwight Stevenson were great as well and were better than Nalen.

Axel
Axel

@ITATTRACTS @Axel I think I know who the biggest idiot of all is. The person who actually tries defend this a-hole.

FuzzyManPeach
FuzzyManPeach

@JRock @FuzzyManPeach Of course, I should've mentioned "in the modern era".  I mean, we can drudge up any player from 60 years ago as a hypothetical, when D lineman were tipping the scales at 220 pounds...