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Brandon Marshall Calls Harrison Smith the Hardest Hitting Safety

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COMMENTARY | When thinking of the hardest hitting safety in the NFL, most fans would be quick to point out players like Bernard Pollard, Kam Chancellor, Laron Landry, or even Dashon Goldson. But the Minnesota Vikings have an up-and-coming safety of their own.

Minnesota Vikings' second-year player Harrison Smith is the hardest hitting safety in the NFL, according to Chicago Bears' wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

On Monday afternoon, Marshall responded to a tweet from former NFL safety Hamza Abdullah (Hamza's brother, Husian Aduballah, played four years with the Vikings). Hamza posed the question "Who's the hardest hitting safety in the NFL?" via Twitter. Marshall was quick to respond with "Minnesota's 22."

Of course, Harrison Smith wears the number 22 for the purple and gold.

Here is what the full conversation looked like:

Abdullah: "Who's the hardest hitting safey in the NFL?"

Marshall: "Minnesota's 22"

Adbullah: "Harrison Smith hitting like that?!?!"

Marshall: "Every play"

Yes, Brandon Marshall believes Harrison Smith is the hardest hitting safety in the NFL right now. Of course, he may be a little biased as he did just play Harrison and the Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday, but Smith has made his fair share of bone-crunching hits.

There is no question Harrison Smith is stud in the making. Last season, he recorded 104 tackles and three interceptions. So far this season, Smith has already recorded 18 tackles and intercepted Jay Cutler on a pass intended for none other than Brandon Marshall. Smith is a very underrated player and will likely be in the Pro Bowl sooner than later.

In a league that seems to give out fines almost every week due to hard and illegal hits, Harrison Smith has had his wallet open a few times. Smith was fined $21k back in the preseason of the 2012 season for a hit on a defenseless receiver. He was also fined for a horse-collar tackle on Washington Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III that same year. So far in the 2013 season, through two games, Harrison has kept his wallet closed and his play clean.

As for Marshall, he won't have to face the Vikings and Smith until Week 13 of the regular season. The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30 in their Week 2 matchup.

Dennis Parsons is a Minnesota-area sportswriter covering the Minnesota Vikings for Vikings Central. He previously covered all Minnesota professional sports teams for Minnesota Sports News Nightly . You can email him at or follow him on twitter @Parsons_VC.

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