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hawaiiansteel
08-04-2011, 04:22 PM
At 36, Farrior still leader for Steelers

Aug 4
Associated Press

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LATROBE, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley had reporters crowded around him in the middle of the sidewalk on the way into the dining hall at St. Vincent College on Wednesday morning.

Veteran linebacker James Farrior had to sidestep his way around the group, walking into lunch largely unnoticed.

Woodley is the Steelers' franchise player going by the contract tag placed on him by the team.

But the man who lines up next to Woodley has been a part of Pittsburgh's run of dominant defense longer than anyone.

Two-time Pro Bowler Farrior is going on his 10th season as a mainstay on what has been the league's consistently best defense in that span.

Since Farrior signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent from the New York Jets in 2002, several other linebackers have gotten the name recognition and star power.

But while players such as Jason Gildon and Joey Porter fade away, Farrior is still going strong at age 36.

"Man, by the time I'm 36, I'll be home watching TV," Woodley said, shaking his head and marveling at the team leader they affectionately call "Potsie."

"It shows what he's doing in the offseason. He continues to work hard and continues to keep his body right so that when he comes in here, he's ready to play football."

Farrior had 109 tackles last season, second on the team. His six sacks ranked third for a unit that led the NFL in scoring defense.

Since Farrior arrived, Pittsburgh has led the league in total defense and/or scoring defense four times in a season. Only once have they not been among the top five in total defense and never lower than ninth.

James Harrison, Casey Hampton, Troy Polamalu and Porter have made it to more Pro Bowls since Farrior joined the Steelers, but they've all looked up to Farrior.

Sure, he's the group's oldest player now. But he's been a team defensive captain since 2004.

"He's not only the vocal leader but the one who will go out there and play and show it," Woodley said. "With his experience and the way he plays and being that he's so vocal, everybody will rally around a guy like that because this is year (15) for him and he's still playing at a high level. You have to have respect for a guy like that."

The 6-foot-2, 243-pound Farrior has led the Steelers in tackles in six of the past eight seasons, finishing second the other two times. He's known as the quarterback of the defense, making the calls and ensuring everyone is lined up in the appropriate spot.

In terms of work ethic and how to conduct yourself, early on every season, Steelers veterans give the rookies a mantra: Follow Farrior.

"I take pride in that," Farrior said. "I know the guys have a lot of respect for me and a lot of the younger guys look up to me, so it always keeps me in line to know that I've got eyes watching me. I know I've always got to be doing the right thing."

Pittsburgh's defense certainly had flashier players who are more ubiquitous in national television commercials (Polamalu) or who are much more talkative (Porter).

Despite Farrior's easygoing demeanor and relatively soft-spoken voice, the Steelers turn to him in the huddle and in the locker room.

"I just love how before the game, he makes it feels like a battle," linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. "He gets the troops all geeked up."

"His calming presence in times of adversity, we know 'Pot-Dog' gives us that when we need it," cornerback Ike Taylor said. "He's consistent year-in and year-out."

Since the days of Hall of Famers Jack Ham and Jack Lambert, the Steelers have been known for their linebackers. Fifty times in the past 40 years, a Pittsburgh linebacker has been selected to the Pro Bowl.

It's difficult to compare players across eras, but the current linebacker group of Farrior, Harrison, Timmons and Woodley is among the franchise's best.

"Whenever you've got an opportunity to play for an organization like Pittsburgh, who's always historically been known for great linebackers, you definitely love to be a part of that," Farrior said. "It's something that I definitely take pride in and our group as a whole definitely takes pride in. Looking back on the older guys who have paved the way, we definitely don't want to let those guys down."

Having missed only two games over the past eight seasons, Farrior is there for the Steelers. Avoiding major injuries has played a factor in his longevity. Only Ray Lewis of the rival Baltimore Ravens is older than Farrior among active linebackers.

"I never even dreamed of playing this long," Farrior said. "It's definitely a blessing.

"I think I've gotten a lot smarter, and I think that's helped me keep up with the younger, faster guys. The league gets faster and stronger every year, so you've got to try to do other things as you get older, try to supplement those things that you can't do as good as you used to with your mind."

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hawaiiansteel
08-05-2011, 03:48 PM
Steelers giddy about appearance in 'The Dark Knight Rises'

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, August 5, 2011


Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is as excited about his plans for Saturday as he is about the $61.5 million contract he signed today.

Woodley, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and inside linebacker James Farrior are among the Steelers who will make cameo appearances in "The Dark Knight Rises" when filming shifts to Heinz Field tomorrow.

Naturally, they're playing football players.

"I can`t wait," said Woodley, a big Batman fan while growing up. "I don`t care if they showed me for half a second because I`m going to the movie and now I can look at myself."

There is a Steelers connection beyond the fact that filming for the latest Batman movie is taking place in Pittsburgh. Thomas Tull is the CEO and president of Legendary Pictures, which is making the movie. He also is a part owner of the Steelers.

"I can tell somebody I was in Batman," Farrior said. "That`s going to be awesome."

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RuthlessBurgher
08-05-2011, 03:58 PM
Someone tell part-owner Thomas Tull that he had months-and-months of lockout emptiness to schedule filming our players at Heinz Field for the Batman movie. He had to wait until camp is finally in full swing to pull this off?

Slapstick
08-05-2011, 04:43 PM
Someone tell part-owner Thomas Tull that he had months-and-months of lockout emptiness to schedule filming our players at Heinz Field for the Batman movie. He had to wait until camp is finally in full swing to pull this off?

The players couldn't be at the field during the lockout...

ColumbusSteelerFan
08-05-2011, 05:25 PM
Someone tell part-owner Thomas Tull that he had months-and-months of lockout emptiness to schedule filming our players at Heinz Field for the Batman movie. He had to wait until camp is finally in full swing to pull this off?

The players couldn't be at the field during the lockout...

I actually registered to be an extra at Heinz Field tomorrow about a month ago. They've had the date scheduled for a while, but I don't know if the lockout had anything to do with the delay in the filming. Unfortunately, schedules didn't work out and I had to cancel my reservation to be there, so no go to be in Batman unfortunately. And NOW I hear who will be there tomorrow, man, that would've been cool to see. Oh well.

calmkiller
08-05-2011, 08:58 PM
Someone tell part-owner Thomas Tull that he had months-and-months of lockout emptiness to schedule filming our players at Heinz Field for the Batman movie. He had to wait until camp is finally in full swing to pull this off?

The players couldn't be at the field during the lockout...

I actually registered to be an extra at Heinz Field tomorrow about a month ago. They've had the date scheduled for a while, but I don't know if the lockout had anything to do with the delay in the filming. Unfortunately, schedules didn't work out and I had to cancel my reservation to be there, so no go to be in Batman unfortunately. And NOW I hear who will be there tomorrow, man, that would've been cool to see. Oh well.


I am in the exact same boat. I have to work tomorrow.

NorthCoast
08-06-2011, 08:49 AM
Glad to see Farrior is ready for another season. Only missed two games in the last eight seasons??? For an ILB, that is truly amazing. We need Farrior's leadership and experience to help with all these young LBs coming in. I hope they can give him some plays off this season to extend his career and phase in the young talent.
I would say the only part of Farrior's game that has noticeably slipped is in pass coverage. Of course, when you are comparing him with someone like Timmons in pass coverage, most LBs in the league would look old.