NFL's best and worst surfaces
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
TAMPA, Fla. -- The NFLPA held a meeting this week at the site of the Super Bowl and revealed the best and worst playing surfaces during the 2008 season.
|AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar|
|NFL players voted the natural grass at Heinz Field to be the worst in the league.|
A survey of 1,565 active players was completed. It was broken down into 18 grass fields and 13 stadiums with artificial turf. The New York Giants and Jets share a stadium, so there are only 31 NFL surfaces.
The players voted the natural grass at Heinz Field to be the worst in the league. This is not a surprise as many players have complained about Pittsburgh's muddy field for years, especially late in the season when the Steelers are sharing the field with high school championships and bad weather kicks in. The University of Pittsburgh also plays in Heinz Field.
Here were the worst grass surfaces, according to NFL players:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Oakland Raiders
3. Miami Dolphins
4. Chicago Bears
5. Green Bay Packers
8. Cleveland Browns
The survey also asked players to vote for the best artificial surfaces. Out of 13 teams, the Baltimore Ravens had the third-best surface and the Cincinnati Bengals came in at No. 10.