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SteelCrazy
07-31-2011, 07:26 PM
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LATROBE, Pa. -- For practice Sunday, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wore an oversized jersey No. 78 in tribute for former Steelers OT Max Starks.

Starks was released last week just before the start of camp. He started 68 games the past seven seasons with Pittsburgh. He made seven starts last season before being sidelined in early November by a neck injury.

"We were the last two of our draft class (2004), and Max's locker was next to mine for seven-eight years now. So I saw (his jersey), I grabbed it and wore it in honor of Max," said Roethlisberger, who usually wears No. 7.

Starks played for the Steelers at 6-8, 345 pounds.

"It's his practice jersey. It's little big. It kept riding on my neck,'' said Roethlisberger.

Starks was a salary cap casualty. There is still the possibility he could be brought back.

"First and foremost, he was a very good friend," said Roethlisberger. "Like I said, our lockers were next to each other. So we spent a lot of time together, everything from hearing him snore (during naps) to us complaining about things to just all the things we've gone through.

"So very good friend, good teammate and I'm not going to (rule) out the possibility that he might come back. Who knows?"

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hawaiiansteel
07-31-2011, 11:46 PM
Roethlisberger wears #78 in practice to honor released teammate

By Doug Farrar
Sun Jul 31

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You'll see some odd things in practices punters running routes to make up for roster holes, players with no idea where they're supposed to be at any given time, and collisions in all the wrong places -- but it isn't often that you see a Super Bowl quarterback wearing a jersey with a number in the high 70s. That did happen for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, though, when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took the field at the Steelers' practice facility in Latrobe, Pa.

In honor of recently released offensive tackle Max Starks, who was cut on July 27 to free up over $5 million in cap space, Roethlisberger came out wearing one of Starks' old #78 jerseys that he had found in Starks' locker. Starks and Roethlisberger were the last two players left on the team from the Steelers' 2004 draft class Roethlisberger was taken in the first round and Starks in the third and the quarterback felt the loss of his veteran friend.

Max's locker was next to mine for seven-eight years now," he said. "So I saw (his jersey), I grabbed it and wore it in honor of Max."

As Starks stands 6-foot-8 and has weighed about 350 pounds through most his career, the jersey didn't quite fit. "It's his practice jersey. It's little big. It kept riding on my neck."

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"Our lockers were next to each other. So we spent a lot of time together, everything from hearing him snore [during naps] to us complaining about things to just all the things we've gone through. [A] very good friend, good teammate and I'm not going to [rule] out the possibility that he might come back. Who knows?"

The Steelers selected Florida tackle Marcus Gilbert in the second round, and there's a possibility that Gilbert sees serious time in his rookie year. Or, the Steelers might bring Starks back at a lower cap number. Starks is also trying to drum up interest from the Arizona Cardinals, where he'd be familiar with former Steelers line coach and current Cards assistant head coach Russ Grimm.

However, before any of that happens, Starks may want to hit the elliptical pretty hard according to veteran Steelers beat reporter Ed Bouchette, Starks is teetering in the high 300s, weight-wise.

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