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AngryAsian
01-22-2009, 07:15 AM
Below is an article from Steelers.com. Subject: Melwelde Moore. This is the proto-typical "Steeler Guy." Another reason we have attained the level of success we've had.





Thursday, January 22, 2009
My Super Bowl Journey: Mewelde Moore

As the Steelers prepare to take on the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, several players shared their ďSuper Bowl JourneyĒ with Teresa Varley. The journey as to how they came to Pittsburgh, how they made it on the roster varies from player to player, but the ultimate dream remains the same Ė winning a Super Bowl Championship.

Running back Mewelde Moore signed with the team in the offseason, one of the few free agent signings that took place this year. Moore came from Minnesota, where he was familiar with Mike Tomlin, who had served as the defensive coordinator there. He came in not knowing what his role would be for sure, but willing to take on whatever was asked of him. Moore stepped in to start at running back when Willie Parker was injured and the running game didnít miss a beat. Below Moore shares in his own words what brought him to Pittsburgh and what the journey to Super Bowl XLIII has been like for him.

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When I left Minnesota I felt I was leaving, moving somewhere bigger and better and then I also felt I wasnít wanted when I was there in Minnesota. I wasnít wanted the first year the new coaching staff came in. I wasnít wanted the second year when Adrian Peterson came in. I am just so happy that I have no regrets. I do my job. I shut up and do my job. Iím a blue-collar worker. I punch the clock. Any of those clichťs of somebody that works hard and is a consummate pro, Iím that guy.

I love this game. I love playing this game. At the end of the day, even if you are treated wrong or treated bad, you never say anything about it. You donít complain about it. You just continuously work, stay focused, talk to those who care about you and love you and youíll pull through. I was blessed to be able to pull through that. Now I am here and wanted and happy as ever.

I think the first thing that brought me here was the comfort of knowing who Coach Tomlin was, being around him, being able to work with him. It was definitely the first thing that came to mind and then Ben (Roethlisberger), knowing Ben from the combine. These are two genuine people, Coach Tomlin and Ben. To be able to get that has some comfort to it, some stability and some consistency there. I really appreciated it that.

When I came, I was introduced to the five Super Bowl trophies and when I saw those, those definitely were the seal of the deal. I had a lot of offers and I was close to signing to with Tampa, but that was before Pittsburgh called. When they called me, thatís when I was like this is my trip to Tampa. This is how Iím going to get to Tampa by going to Pittsburgh not going to Tampa. I am just so happy that the good Lord blessed me to be able to come here and play and play well and now we have a chance to go to Tampa.

As the season started to end and we were winning and Tampa was losing, in my mind itís just all about in due time. When my time comes, be ready for it. I am just so blessed to able to step up in situations when called upon, being ready at all times. I knew in due time I was going to get my opportunity and you canít take it for granted. I am just so happy that my whole life Iíve been working hard and never taking any thing for granted because now itís paying off.

The way I train with my brother Jerry is to be ready at all times for anything. That is just what I enjoy. I love being able to step in at a minutes notice and step up. That is what I enjoy. If II have to play running back, if I have to do a punt return, if I have to do any of the return game that I can step in and do those jobs and do those jobs well. I dream about those things everyday because thatís just who I am. Some people call it a jack of all trades but I call it a master of all trades. I enjoy doing that, playing well, whatever it is that I am doing.

From the time I got to Pittsburgh I have never been around a group of guys who pull together so much and have fun together. I think it was when we were in training camp that I realized there was something special here. It wasnít even about the season. It was just in training camp the camaraderie, the fun, guys pulling together. When we were chanting for a day off together, we were doing it together. I think thatís the beauty of this team. Whatever we do, we do it together.

I donít want that day off now, though. We are happy to be working right now. Iím a kid. Iím a big kid. I donít want to grow up. This is a great time for me and Iím going to enjoy every minute of it.

The AFC Championship game was an absolute battle. It was ďbattle royal.Ē It was hit or be hit out there. I definitely was mentally prepared. It wasnít a tough game mentally for me because I had stressed myself out the entire week on studying, like I was studying for a final exam. So I was prepared mentally, but physically it was an exhausting game. It took it right out of you.

When you win it all you donít feel tired anymore. You donít feel so tired. That is kind of what happed. We won and everything else doesnít matter anymore. At this point in time you realize where youíre going and where youíve been. Weíre going to the Super Bowl. Where Iíve been, Iíve been working my butt off. Iíve been training since I was five years old and I have a chance to live out a dream to play and win a Super Bowl. Those are the type of things that go through your head when you win an AFC Championship and that is what has happened with me.

This is a dream. When I was four and five years old, six years old, I can remember going out there with my brother and dad and my two cousins and we use to play two on one football in the backyard. I always had a knack to catch the ball. It was just natural. I always caught it. It was just fun. Someone throwing the football to me was just fun. Itís free. I feel like Iím free when Iím playing catch. We used to play games all the time. It would two on one and I would be guarding both of them or they would both be guarding me. My brother throws the ball up in the air Iím going to catch it. He throws it in the bushes and Iím going to catch it. We are playing to win. One guy is stretching me out and one guy is playing underneath game. It was fun. Thatís where it all started for me.

The game started fun for me and itís still fun. Iím 21 years from that day and itís still fun for me. I enjoy it just like Iím out there with them and I always remember that time because it always takes me back there.


My Super Bowl dream simply is to win it and everything else will fall in place from there. Itís like anything. To be successful you have to prepare to be successful. You have to be ready to be successful. You have to do the things that require success like hard work, dedication, determination, focus, and discipline. Those things help you become successful and if youíre preparing that way then good things tend to happen to good people. Iím really excited because preparing that way and giving yourself that chance gives you a good chance to win it. Itís a 50-50 chance of winning the Super Bowl and I like our chances.

frankthetank1
01-22-2009, 08:41 AM
moore is one of the best fa signings the steelers have made and he is a huge reason why the steelers are in the super bowl. last season they had no depth at rb and they didnt have a rb that could catch passes. with moore they filled that void and for little money

flippy
01-22-2009, 09:27 AM
our back ups are better than many teams starters.

tomlin has really built something special.

costanza2k1
01-22-2009, 04:58 PM
We really have a lot of classy players on our team. I just love it. Most owners/coaches in the NFL seem to forget that you need some class in a player to build chemistry it's not always about dropping $$$ into the team. What was the noise before the season started? We aren't getting the players we need to in FA... I say BS, we did just fine.

AngryAsian
01-22-2009, 05:22 PM
Back on the Trib, I'd see so many posters bashing the organization for their lack of commitment to improving this team via a more active role in acquiring talent from FA. Farrior, Clark, Moore... We may not be extremely active, but how can you deny the results of the character-individuals we now have in the fold. Talk about embodiment of the words work ethic, team work, selflessness... This is why I love this team and organization. Class Act from top to bottom.

hellbanger
01-22-2009, 06:30 PM
Great post! Moores story is a perfect example of the Steelers and their success. Put 53 men together with that kind of character and you have a real team. Real Teams win the Super Bowl. The 2008 Steelers team is as real as it gets.

RuthlessBurgher
01-23-2009, 12:14 AM
Back on the Trib, I'd see so many posters bashing the organization for their lack of commitment to improving this team via a more active role in acquiring talent from FA. Farrior, Clark, Moore... We may not be extremely active, but how can you deny the results of the character-individuals we now have in the fold. Talk about embodiment of the words work ethic, team work, selflessness... This is why I love this team and organization. Class Act from top to bottom.

Just this past offseason...three under-the-radar signings like Mewelde Moore, Justin Hartwig, and Keyaron Fox all made a HUGE impact on this team this year. Many props to Colbert and the front office.