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fordfixer
01-19-2011, 02:10 AM
Super Bowl ring would cap career for 'The Hotel'
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 18785.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_718785.html)



For a man who would be nicknamed "The Hotel" because of his immense size, Flozell Adams seemed a perfect fit for the football field.

But not in his mind.

Rather than filling his nights studying blocking schemes, Adams concentrated on English, science and Renaissance and Medieval history -- standard stuff for your typical 6-foot-5, 265-pound high school sophomore.

Now he is close to making history of his own -- earning his first Super Bowl ring in a career filled with accolades. As he's done all year, Adams will start at right tackle for the Steelers when they host the New York Jets on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

And he is just one win away from returning to Dallas, where he spent the first 12 seasons of his NFL career.

"It would be cool," Adams said of playing in the Super Bowl on the Cowboys' home field, "but that's not a major focus of mine. I don't care if it was in Europe, as long as I win the Super Bowl."

Adams started 178 games at left tackle for the Cowboys and made five Pro Bowls before getting released last April.

He didn't sign with the Steelers until late July after starting right tackle Willie Colon was lost for the year to an Achilles injury.

And he didn't fully commit to right tackle until Adams saw quarterback Byron Leftwich get flattened by a defensive lineman he was supposed to block.

That came in the Steelers' first preseason game against the Detroit Lions. The play only validated questions about whether Adams could make the transition from the left to the right side of the offensive line.

"Once I got to the sideline, I was thinking to myself, 'I've got some real work to do, and I'm going to definitely do it, and I'm going to make myself play right tackle the best I can,' " the 6-7, 338-pound Adams said. "I (made) the conscious decision that I'm going to work harder because I wanted to do it."

Adams might have never played football had Proviso West High coach David Glover not spotted him in the school's field house near the end of his sophomore year.

Adams hadn't played sports growing up outside of Chicago, and when Glover asked him about going out for the football team in the fall, Adams said he would think about it.

Glover pulled an end-around that summer, talking to Adams' mother. She, in turn, informed Adams that he would be playing football that season.

"She drove me up to training camp at the high school the first two days just to make sure I got on the field," Adams says. "At first I hated it. I was kind of getting beat up out there, and (Glover) kind of pulled me to the side one day and he told me that I needed to pick it up."

He did, eventually getting recruited by a host of Big Ten schools before signing with Michigan State. In East Lansing, Mich., Adams earned Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors -- and picked up his aforementioned moniker.

After a lengthy career in Dallas, he essentially started over after signing with the Steelers -- and not just because Adams didn't really know anyone when he arrived at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler has likened the switch Adams made to someone writing with their left hand for years, then having to do so with their right hand.

Adams went along with the position change. But he didn't embrace it until Leftwich got sacked by Lions defensive end Cliff Avril.

"He just went the wrong way," Leftwich said. "That's what preseason games are for, and we just laughed about it and went on to the next play. We knew there would be some things like that happen, but as you can see he's been playing his butt off at right tackle."

He has gone to extremes just to get on the field.

Take last Saturday.

Having left the AFC divisional playoff game because of flu-like symptoms and vomiting, Adams tried to stagger back onto the field in the fourth quarter after Jonathan Scott, who had moved from left tackle to replace him, went down with an injury.

Adams could barely stand, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made sure he didn't re-enter the game.

"That was an ugly scene, but a beautiful one at the same time," Tomlin said. "We appreciate his intentions. His intentions are very pure. This guy wants to win. He wants to be a part of a winner."

Adams, 35, has another year left on his contract, and he said he is not considering retirement.

He wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh and will do so at right tackle, if that is what the Steelers want.

"I'm happy where I am. I'm not just saying that," Adams said. "Wherever I can go, just to participate with this organization, right tackle, left tackle, anything I can do I'm going to do."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on ...

The Jets' inability to seize momentum early in games:

"Neither have we, to be quite honest with you. The great thing about football, and particularly playoff football, is you guys can do all you want to try to write the script of how this game could potentially unfold all week. The reality is that nobody knows. That's why it's going to be awesome to be in the stadium at 6:30 on Sunday. Probably a week ago no one anticipated our score being 31-24 against the Ravens, but it was."

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward saying after a Dec. 19 game that he could have been thrown to more often while Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was covering him:

"I've been in the league 10 years. I haven't been around a receiver who didn't think he wasn't open."

Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who caught eight passes for 100 yards against the Steelers earlier this season:

"Braylon Edwards is playing really well. It kind of takes me back to the year that he had with Derek Anderson (for the Browns) my first year in the AFC North. He was a Pro Bowler. He made about every difficult catch that came his way. He was a big guy. He played to his personality. He made plays down the field. He is doing the same thing for the New York Jets this year."

What it means to be a Steeler:

"Win."

Whether he has grown since his first playoff game:

"If you're not getting better, I don't care what business you're in, you're a dead man. I try to look critically at the mistakes that I make and try to learn from them, like our team does. I like to think that I am."



Steelers-Jets matchup

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor professes a desire to cover the opponent's top receiver, and Santonio Holmes fits the bill for the New York Jets. Holmes, MVP of Super Bowl XLIII for the Steelers, had six receptions for 40 yards in the 22-17 victory over the Steelers on Dec. 19 at Heinz Field, but only two catches for 20 yards against Taylor. Holmes and Taylor's statistics this season:

Holmes

Receptions: 52

Receiving yards: 746

Yards per catch: 14.3

Touchdowns: 6

Taylor

Tackles: 66

Solo: 52

Forced fumbles: 1

Interceptions: 2

Passes defensed: 11


Eight is enough?

Injuries have forced the Steelers to start eight different players along the offensive line this season. Here is a breakdown of the games started by those players:

Lineman -- Starts -- Position(s)

Flozell Adams -- 17 -- RT

Maurkice Pouncey -- 17 -- C

Chris Kemoeatu -- 16 -- LG

Jonathan Scott -- 10 -- LT

Ramon Foster -- 9 -- RG-LG

Max Starks -- 7 -- LT

Trai Essex -- 5 -- RG

Doug Legursky -- 4 -- RG

SanAntonioSteelerFan
01-19-2011, 02:22 AM
Super Bowl ring would cap career for 'The Hotel'
By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 18785.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_718785.html)

...

Steelers-Jets matchup

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor professes a desire to cover the opponent's top receiver, and Santonio Holmes fits the bill for the New York Jets. Holmes, MVP of Super Bowl XLIII for the Steelers, had six receptions for 40 yards in the 22-17 victory over the Steelers on Dec. 19 at Heinz Field, but only two catches for 20 yards against Taylor. Holmes and Taylor's statistics this season:

Holmes

Receptions: 52

Receiving yards: 746

Yards per catch: 14.3

Touchdowns: 6

Taylor

Tackles: 66

Solo: 52

Forced fumbles: 1

Interceptions: 2

Passes defensed: 11

...

Ike-Stonio ... should be great!

sentinel33
01-19-2011, 02:32 AM
man. completely forgot about how long Flozell has been in the league and not even sniffed the superbowl. just the fact that he was trying to get back in the game and could barely walk says mouthfulls. i expect a real solid game outta him on sunday night.

JAR
01-19-2011, 10:14 AM
Flozell is the new Bus. Ride him all the way to #7!

Oviedo
01-19-2011, 10:18 AM
Flozell is the new Bus. Ride him all the way to #7!

Adams is a warrior and a class act. I'd love to see the Steelers win one this year and him finally get one.

Starlifter
01-19-2011, 10:26 AM
you heard about all the baggage he had at Dallas, yet we really haven't seen anything like that this year. Flozell has been a very good pickup and has done a great job at RT. He had a reputation for false starts and holding but I really don't think we've heard his number called much this year. I also love a 15 year vet finally getting an opportunity to play in the big dance. You just know he will be a force in the locker room this sunday!

I hope he retires as a steeler too. Clearly we need depth at tackle, and even if he doesn't start - limited playing for the next 2-3 years could provide us the backup we need.

ikestops85
01-19-2011, 10:41 AM
I wasn't thrilled when we signed 'The Hotel'. After all, he was a Dallas Cowboy. He sure has grown on me. I can't imagine what it would be like to play one position for all those years and then switch to the other side. I know he had to have put in a lot of work to re-train himself and he has been fun to watch. Especially in the run game. When he gets that body moving downfield I sure wouldn't want to be in his way. I think he has been our best lineman behind Pouncey this year.


Thanks Flozell!! Glad to have you on the Stairway to Seven!! :tt2 :tt2

JAR
01-19-2011, 10:54 AM
and, imagine the major pain on Cowpoke fans if not only the Steelers, but Flozell come out of Dallas with a ring? :) Funny stuff here...

http://www.truebluefanclub.com/socialne ... 25df305e67 (http://www.truebluefanclub.com/socialnet/forums.cfm?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a24d8e8bc-b132-4a6f-81fa-ab728a950ed1Forum%3a09a695a9-ed25-4842-bbb0-09eead87e5b0Discussion%3afd0e9858-8a4c-4519-94f5-ff25df305e67)

JAR
01-19-2011, 11:08 AM
and, imagine the major pain on Cowpoke fans if not only the Steelers, but Flozell come out of Dallas with a ring? :) Funny stuff here...

http://www.truebluefanclub.com/socialne ... 25df305e67 (http://www.truebluefanclub.com/socialnet/forums.cfm?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a24d8e8bc-b132-4a6f-81fa-ab728a950ed1Forum%3a09a695a9-ed25-4842-bbb0-09eead87e5b0Discussion%3afd0e9858-8a4c-4519-94f5-ff25df305e67)



I don't know if I can continue watching football if I see the squeelers win the sb in big D. That would be the worst thing possible. That would make this truly the most miserable year for our cowboys. Please God help the jets beat the steelers. I hate the steelers so much. There is nothing on this planet that I hate more than the steelers and their dumb a s s fans! If the jets play like they did today, they should beat the steelers considering that the steelers o line is beat up and ben is hurt as well. It could turn into a sack fest for the jets. Here's to the squeelers losing to the jets and stopping my worst nightmare from happening. Any fellow cowboys fans think that the jets will beat the squeelers?

:lol: :lol: :tt2

aggiebones
01-19-2011, 04:45 PM
I've been concerned about our ability to draft a real good T. SOOO many go in the first round that the leftovers really are WAY over valued when its out turn to pick. Part of the reason I wanted Bulaga is that we never get to pick that high and he looked good.
That said, and considering we have made it pretty far with this makeshift OL, I'd be overjoyed to have Hotel man the RT, Colon play G and Starks play LT.
Then we could draft another DL preferably a top NT to help replace the big fellas in their now. We could survive another couple years with the OL participants that we have now and help our aging DL in the short term. Then if we have another bad season over the next couple, draft an OT at that point.

NJ-STEELER
01-20-2011, 03:26 AM
he's had some penalties this year but no where near the amount he had with the cowboys.

when we signed him , i read on a cowgirls blog that he had a hearing loss in his RT ear. the ear closest to the QB when he played left tackle and someone there thought it contributed a lot to his false starts.

now on the right side, he has his 'good ear' closest to the QB