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Former Bronco Nalen admits to trying to hurt another player

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Former Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen said that he intentionally tried to injure a player in 2006.

Nalen made the admission while being introduced at a press conference Thursday as the newest member of the Broncos Ring of Fame.

Nalen said he purposely tried to hurt San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky.

"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."

The Broncos were lined up to spike the ball and stop the clock, but Nalen dove into Olshansky's knees. Olshansky threw two punches at Nalen and was ejected from the game. Nalen was fined $25,000 for the play and Olshansky was fined $10,000 for retaliating.
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