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Thursday, January 29, 2009
AFC East fields rank among NFL's worst


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The NFL Players Association released the results of its annual poll of field surfaces.

Players were asked to vote for the best and worst fields around the league, meaning a stadium can appear on both lists based on volume of opinion.

Of the 18 grass fields, Dolphin Stadium was voted the third-worst, but also the ninth-best grass field.

The reason for that discrepancy is for the first half of the season Dolphin Stadium has the Florida Marlins' baseball diamond on it. Players who played there early in the season certainly weren't thrilled with infield dirt.

Reviews had to have improved as the season wore on. This year, because the BCS Championship Game took place in Dolphin Stadium, extra care was given to the turf. Conditions actually got better late in the season.

The other AFC East fields are among the league's 13 artificial surfaces. The players voted Giants Stadium third-worst and ninth-best.

Ralph Wilson Stadium rated fifth-worst and 12th-best.

Gillette Stadium received the division's best feedback. It ranked seventh-best and eighth-worst.