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devilsdancefloor
01-28-2009, 11:20 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/peter_king/01/23/morey/index.html

Three years ago, on a Super Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit, special-teams standout Sean Morey of the champion Steelers found himself with one of his best friends, defensive end Brett Keisel. Morey was getting out of the shower, while Keisel stood at the sink, shaving off his playoff beard with a huge cigar in his mouth.

"Zsa-Zsa,'' Keisel called out, using the diminutive Morey's nickname, "we just reached the pinnacle of our careers.''

You can bet that's never been said since at Ford Field. But that's another story. This story is about the affection Morey, the hard-trying Steve Tasker of the Steelers from 2004 to '06 and of the Cardinals for the past two seasons, has for his three years in Pittsburgh. He's not alone. Even though coach Ken Whisenhunt and assistant head coach Russ Grimm have hurt feelings after being passed over for the Steelers coaching job 24 months ago, they also carry deep memories from their days in Pittsburgh, as do former Steelers quarterback Brian St. Pierre and linebacker Clark Haggans.

Morey grew up around Boston, so he knows sports passion. He went to Brown, so he's smart. In fact, in a 45-minute interview this week, he quoted American civil-rights activist William Edward DuBois. Of his three Steelers years, Morey, 32, said: "The time I spent in Pittsburgh was probably the greatest three years of my life.''

From the old-fashioned training camp in Latrobe, to the black-and-gold neighborhoods he rented homes in, to the drive into the stadium on football Sundays, to the intensity of Steelers games, to the kindness of owner Dan Rooney, Morey said he'll never forget the times he had in Pittsburgh. "On some teams, you graduate from special teams into an offensive or defensive starting position, so it's kind of like you pay your dues and then move on,'' he said. "In Pittsburgh, there was this mentality I hadn't seen in the NFL -- that every snap in the game, whether it was on special teams or offense or defense, was so important. James Harrison was right next to me in kickoff coverage. He played everything. A beast. Nobody wanted to block him. Nobody could block him. To see what a great player he was, and how dedicated he was to every play was really something.

"The thing I'll also remember -- I'll always remember -- is that after every single game, win or lose, Mr. Rooney would walk around the locker room, and, one by one, shake the hand of every player on the team. I remember playing for that. As players, you want to know that regardless of how much money you make, your effort is appreciated, and that gesture by Mr. Rooney meant more than anything.

"When I left Pittsburgh, I was worried that I was never going to duplicate the feeling I had playing football there -- just going to the games, how important it felt. But now, this year, the identity of the Cardinals is really starting to build. There's a long way to go, but our mentality has been fostered by the attitude Coach Wiz and Coach Grimm brought from Pittsburgh.''

Interesting. Rarely do you hear a player so affectionate for a team he left --especially one he's going to have to play in the biggest game of the year. It's a measure of the bedrock respect the Steelers have built under the Rooney family over the past 40 years. It's where so many franchises, such as the one in Arizona, want to get to.

NEPAsteeler
01-28-2009, 11:34 AM
That just shows the mentality players get when they play for the Black and Gold. :tt02:

MDSteel15
01-28-2009, 11:43 AM
The one player the Cards have of ours I wish was still in the B&G....

Steelcitygal87
01-28-2009, 11:51 AM
Great read! Thank you for posting. :tt03::tt03:


"The thing I'll also remember -- I'll always remember -- is that after every single game, win or lose, Mr. Rooney would walk around the locker room, and, one by one, shake the hand of every player on the team. I remember playing for that. As players, you want to know that regardless of how much money you make, your effort is appreciated, and that gesture by Mr. Rooney meant more than anything.

What a beautiful memory to have. :tt02:

CanadianSteel
01-28-2009, 01:21 PM
Nice read thanks.... Morey is married to a Canadian girl I believe and has been seen in this neck of the woods in the off season. Nice to see most if not all former players speak so highly of teh organization we all love...

Hapa
01-28-2009, 02:02 PM
Remember when he blocked the punt against Dallas in OT?

stlrtruck
01-28-2009, 02:13 PM
Another one of those people that I'm sad to say that I'll be rooting against you come Sunday!!!

KeiselPower99
01-28-2009, 02:40 PM
Nice article.

Ishkabibble
01-28-2009, 04:03 PM
1,2,3....a total of 8 posts expressing respect and appreciation and for a kid that grew up in the Boston area. What if Morey owns a hooded sweatshirt? Or, by some freak occurrence, he bangs a Brazilian supermodel some night? What then?
You guys are getting soft.

Seriously, nice article about the kind of kid we should all root for. The Patriots have a similar blue-collar guy from Pittsburgh on their roster, Ray Ventrone. They've played him at about three different positions (none all that well) but the evil Hoodie still keeps him around because he works so damn hard.
BTW, how many Super Bowls and/or Conference Championship Games is this for Morey now? Pgh., Philly, now the Cards, and I know he was with NE at some point before the Steelers.

steelersfanman92
01-28-2009, 04:18 PM
Good read

steelerdave1969
01-28-2009, 05:48 PM
1,2,3....a total of 8 posts expressing respect and appreciation and for a kid that grew up in the Boston area. What if Morey owns a hooded sweatshirt? Or, by some freak occurrence, he bangs a Brazilian supermodel some night? What then?
You guys are getting soft.

Seriously, nice article about the kind of kid we should all root for. The Patriots have a similar blue-collar guy from Pittsburgh on their roster, Ray Ventrone. They've played him at about three different positions (none all that well) but the evil Hoodie still keeps him around because he works so damn hard.
BTW, how many Super Bowls and/or Conference Championship Games is this for Morey now? Pgh., Philly, now the Cards, and I know he was with NE at some point before the Steelers.

Huh? I dont think the Steelers are that soft at all, and I know us fans are not. We just have respect for people who deserve respect, and that is not the Patriots for sure. I loved Morey when he was with the Steelers and I wouldnt mind at all him being back in the black n gold..

Ishkabibble
01-30-2009, 12:04 PM
Jeez, lighten up dave.