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    Back in the flow

    Back in the flow

    By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com

    Posted Jun 6, 2010

    http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/ ... 5e4cf974c6

    As the OTA session ended, the majority of players made their way into the weight room, ready for cardio before finishing their day.

    But Aaron Smith led a group of defensive linemen to the blocking sleds, looking to get just a little more work in before packing it in.

    He was the first guy walking over there, said fellow defensive end Brett Keisel. He is our leader.

    A leader who was sorely missed last year, sidelined after the fifth game of the season with a torn rotator cuff. But Smith is back, getting on the field earlier than many thought and taking part in the OTAs.

    I still have a ways to go but I am starting to get back in the flow of things, getting back into football, said Smith.

    For veterans OTAs are normally a necessary evil, a warm-up for training camp when things really get down to business. But for Smith its a whole different ball game this year.

    Its fun, Smith admitted. You really appreciate things when things are taken away from you and you dont have the opportunity to do them. I really am enjoying this, coming out here and running around, being able to compete and have fun with the guys.

    Smith is taking advantage of the pace at OTAs, which are in shorts, no pads, no hitting, to work his way back into the swing of things before training camp rolls around.

    Its an opportunity for me to get my skills back to where I want them to be and to get back to being comfortable out there on the field, said Smith. I consider it a rehab, re-learning process right now. It will be nice because when I get to camp I will have already gone through all of this and be ready to go. Its nicer right now to be doing this because everybody is not trying to kill one another. You get a chance to test it out when you want to test it out and you can protect it when you want.

    Smith wasted no time getting on the road to recovery, starting on his rehab the minute he was given the green light by the teams athletic training staff. But what was tougher was the mental part of it.

    Its hard to watch your teammates go out there and play games and you not be able to contribute and help out in any way, said Smith. Its hard to do and hard to watch. Its more mental than physical. The physical part you can work through. The mental part is where you have to fight. That was the hardest part. You dont want to get too down, or too upset. You have to fight all of those bad thoughts in your head.

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    Re: Back in the flow

    It's gonna be a sad day when he retires. We need him to stay healthy all season long.

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    Re: Back in the flow

    talk about unsung...he is the definition of an unsung player, he does all the right things, on top of being a great teammate, yet he is overlooked because there are other players in the nfl who have 5 more sacks then him in a year, those players get millions of dollars and play one year then refuse to go to offseason workouts while Aaron Smith wants a 3rd TEAM championship. but yea, those other Defensiv ends are outstanding.. ....I dont like the media

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    Re: Back in the flow

    Has there ever been a better 3-4 DE in the history of the game? Think about it. Most DE's that pop into your head immediately all played in the 4-3. What other names can you come up with that are even in the same league as a 3-4 DE? Richard Seymour is his only contemporary. Perhaps someone like Leonard Marshall back in the 80's. Haloti Ngata has the ability to possibly get there in the future. What it boils down to, is that Aaron Smith is the prototype for everything that a 3-4 DE should be.

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    Re: Back in the flow

    Quote Originally Posted by JTP53609
    talk about unsung...he is the definition of an unsung player, he does all the right things, on top of being a great teammate, yet he is overlooked because there are other players in the nfl who have 5 more sacks then him in a year, those players get millions of dollars and play one year then refuse to go to offseason workouts while Aaron Smith wants a 3rd TEAM championship. but yea, those other Defensiv ends are outstanding.. ....I dont like the media
    I've been arguing for years that Smitty's better than Richard Seymore. I wish some major media outlet would take up that cause for me.

    I've also have Smitty in my top 10 all time Steelers. Aaron Smith is to the 3-4 what Joe Greene was to the 4-3.

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    Re: Back in the flow

    I always think of Ray Seals when I think of my ideal DE in a 34
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    Re: Back in the flow

    Quote Originally Posted by flippy
    Quote Originally Posted by JTP53609
    talk about unsung...he is the definition of an unsung player, he does all the right things, on top of being a great teammate, yet he is overlooked because there are other players in the nfl who have 5 more sacks then him in a year, those players get millions of dollars and play one year then refuse to go to offseason workouts while Aaron Smith wants a 3rd TEAM championship. but yea, those other Defensiv ends are outstanding.. ....I dont like the media
    I've been arguing for years that Smitty's better than Richard Seymore. I wish some major media outlet would take up that cause for me.

    I've also have Smitty in my top 10 all time Steelers. Aaron Smith is to the 3-4 what Joe Greene was to the 4-3.

    i agree with that, perhaps I would definitely say top 20, I dont know about top 10, but like you said the media outlet needs to do their job and recognize players that are elite, and time and time again, Aaron Smith is passed on, people are enamored by stats and sacks, this guy had 12 sacks compared to that guys 6, so obviously the guy with 12 is much better...I am begining to think that the media and "experts" just look at stats and that is the determining factor for how well a player is according to them. it is ridiculous...

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