Linebacker LaMarr Woodley joined Fox Sports Radio to talk about the Steelersí tumultuous this offseason. Sports Radio Interviews, whose content frequently appears on SportingNews.com, transcribed the interview. To listen to the entire interview, SportsRadioInterviews.com.
On the Steelers trading wide receiver Santonio Holmes to the Jets:
Woodley: The thing with Santonio was shocking to me too. I got a text at about 12 in the morning saying Santonio was traded to the Jets. At first I couldnít believe it, but I guess it was a business decision at the end of the day by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The thing with Ben [Roethlisberger], I just wish the best for him in that situation. As a player, thereís nothing you can really do but hope he gets through that situation. But luckily he did and was able to move on and is now with the team.
On whether Roethlisberger has Ďlostí the locker room:
Woodley: I really canít say. I canít speak for everybody. I canít say Benís lost the locker room. He hasnít lost any respect from me at all. Benís a great guy, heís a great football player, and you know, sometimes things happen off the field. Things happen -- guys into this, get into that -- and that doesnít change how I think about a person at all.
On how the Rooney family is handling the Roethlisberger situation:
Woodley: Theyíre supposed to be a straight-forward organization, because of the history and the type of players that they bring in, and the respect that they have around the league. So the Rooneyís donít tolerate a lot of things just because of the respect that they have. Thatís just the way it is.
On how much the Steelersí 2009 season disappointed him:
Woodley: Oh man, it burns you a lot because we went out there last season and lost games that we should have won. We lost games we had opportunities to win. We had leads of at least 10 or 14 points going into the fourth quarter, and the defense didnít close out the game.
So this of-season, Iíve just been working so hard. Every time on the treadmill, doing a workout, Iím thinking about going in there and getting to somebodyís quarterback. So thatís the only thing on my mind: going out there and getting better individually. So when we come together as a team, I can go out and help my team win.