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Bigsteve332310
03-11-2009, 02:21 PM
Willie Parker of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers chats live on Wednesday, March 11 at 5 p.m. ET. Submit your questions now.

http://chat.nfl.com/front/index/156

XxKnightxX
03-11-2009, 05:12 PM
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Hey everyone. I'm back. Let's roll.

samuel e pugh, fairfield, alabama 05:28 PM ET
what made u get #39 and is that special to you?

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Actually, it wasn't by choice. I came in as an undrafted free agent, and I didn't have much choice. They gave it to me, and I rolled with it. Now I'm trying to make it famous!

Linda Loritts, Conover, NC 05:29 PM ET
Did you keep this Super Bow ring this time?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Heck yeah! It was an easy decision.

Jason, Pittsburgh 05:29 PM ET
Which of your 2 Superbowl wins means more to you?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The second one. The first one I shared duties with Jerome Bettis. This one, I was in the backfield by myself, making my own decisions. The fact I got to contribute a little more, made it a lot more special.

Austin, inwood 05:31 PM ET
Who is your favorite steeler player of all time?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
My favorite Steeler of all-time would be Jerome Bettis. I got to know him so well, and he became off the field. I knew him as a friend. He became like a coach on the field, and he helped my career prosper.

Sigling, Sweden 05:32 PM ET
Hi Willie! First congrats for the Sixth! I've heard something about you training with pitbulls as a kid, to gain speed. Is it true?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
It wasn't really as a kid. Really, in my high school years, when I used to just try things to test my speed, I kind of knew I couldn't out-run an animal. But to try and race something on four legs, I thought that might be kind of cool. It was my brother's dog, and I knew he had real control of his dog. He stood on one end, about 100 yards away, and he had the dog run to him ... so I thought I'd race him.

It made my 40 time jump from like a 4.5 to about a 4.3. And I stayed that fast after that.

Jamie, England 05:35 PM ET
Have you ever wanted to race Chris Johnson to see who truly is the fastest?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The thing is, I'm going to wait until he gets a few hits under his belt. When he gets hit a few more times, then I'll race him. Right now, that boy is blazing. LOL.


Dude1981, Idaho 05:36 PM ET
Hey what's up Willie? Who in your opinion is individually the most intimidating guy to face on defense?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The most intimidating guy to face on any defense, is our entire defense -- the Pittsburgh Steelers (Troy Polamalu, for instance, LOL).


daniel, Chesapeake 05:37 PM ET
who is faster, you or polamalu?

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
I'm faster than Troy. But, the thing about it, is he has game speed. He has something that a lot of people don't have, and that's heart. He doesn't care how fast I am. If I was on offense, and he was on defense, he'll try to take my speed away by taking out my legs.


Mario T, New Kensington, PA 05:38 PM ET
I saw you throw out the first pitch at a Pirate game some time ago. Man, for how ripped your arms are you sure throw out some candy. Whats the deal?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
LOL Mario. Now that was hilarious.

I practiced that pitch for about two weeks. Then, when it was time to shine, I got shook. I was scared. Baseball is not what I would do ... I almost threw my arm out on that pitch. I wasn't embarassed, though. I thought it was funny.

Evan Walker, Savannah, GA 05:40 PM ET
Who was the one football player that caused you to get chills down your spine when he got the ball or made a big hit, when you were just a teenage kid watchin the game on a sunday afternoon? -Evan
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Hi Evan. Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith. I used to love watching those guys play, week in and week out, because I knew what they were going to bring to the table. They were going to give it their all.


bobbyg , pittsburgh 05:42 PM ET
are there any superstitions that you have before a game.
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
I have to get a good night's rest before the game, and go over the playbook, and read some Bible scriptures. That's pretty much it. That's my routine.


Denny Wranich Jr., Houston, Texas 05:43 PM ET
Can you ever see yourself playing for another team other then the Steelers? Or does it mean more to you playing for them because they are the team that gave you a chance.
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
It means so much to me that they're the team that gave me my chance. First and foremost, I want to be a Steeler for life because of that. When I was in college, UNC did me so wrong, but just the fact that it was my team growing up, I stuck it out and didn't want to play anywhere else. And that's how I feel about the Steelers. I don't want to play anywhere else.


Browns Backer, Brooklyn 05:45 PM ET
You have made the transition from a college unknown to an NFL star. Was the journey hard?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The thing about it, I wouldn't say it was hard, because I never gave up, and I always believed in myself. It was more easy than hard, because when I came to the Steelers, the players, the team chemistry, they were willing to teach me to become a professional. They made it easier.


Brendan, Ontario, Canada 05:47 PM ET
Hey Willie, Whats the highlight of your NFL career so far?

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The highlight of my career was playing my first NFL game. I came out of the tunnel, and just seeing the lights and all those people. I just felt like I had arrived. That was def the hightlight of my career.


Bradley Ulisky, San Diego, Calif 05:48 PM ET
What is the biggest difference from Coach Cowher and Coach Tomlin?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Coach Cowher is more smash-mouth, beat a team down type coach. Coach Tomlin is more in favor of doing whatever is working at the time in order to win a game.


bryant, pennsylvania 05:50 PM ET
Hey Willie! I gotta say, I love watching you play. Even though I'm not that big of a Steelers fan. I just want to know what your goals or expectations are for yourself next year?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
My goals next year, well, my main goal is to stay healthy. Everything after that, I know I can accomplish all my goals next season if I'm healthy. I have personal goals, but I like to keep those to myself. I def have to bounce back from this season, though.


Maeder, Seattle 05:53 PM ET
What was the atmosphere like in the huddle on the last drive of the Super Bowl? What was it like after they confirmed the TD?

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The atmosphere was crazy. Not knowing what to expect, or who was going to make a play. And then, for Santonio to make that great catch, it was crazy. All we said, because we've been in that situation during the year, was just that "we believe." It was pretty intense.


Craig Hindes, Austin, TX 05:55 PM ET
Hey Willie, great job by you guys this season. Having already been a part of two Super Bowl champions, leading the league in rushing in '07 before going down against St Loius, and 3 extremely productive seasons before some injury trouble this year, yet people still seem to question your ability at times. Do you sense that, and if so how do you handle it, and does it drive you?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The thing about it is, the way I came in as an undrafted free agent, people will keep doubting me until I retire. I use that as my motivation, and to keep the fuel on my fire. That's what drives me to this day. People dont' think I'm one of the top running backs year in and year out. And that's what I'm trying to prove.

Rosa Lomeli, SO CAL 05:57 PM ET
Person you would want most next to you in a dark alley? [
B]Willie Parker[/B], Pittsburgh Steelers
The person I would want next to me in a dark alley is Joey Porter. I know that if anything goes down, he has my back, no matter what. That was a crazy question Rosa!

Sergei, Israel 05:59 PM ET
Hi, Congratulations on the Superbowl thing! Lucky 7 next year? I would like to know, how are your injuries effecting your preparation for next season?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
My body is almost fully healed right now. I'm taking some time off. But I'm going to get back at it in a couple months. I'm going to go really hard, so it's not going to affect anything.

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Hey Steelers Nation, thanks for all the love and support, and for all the FWP fans out there, thank you for your support as well. I'll be back at it next season, FWP will be back in action and back healthy, so watch out!

FWP

XxKnightxX
03-11-2009, 05:14 PM
It was an alright chat, I had a hell of a lot better questions than that regarding to mendenhall and the locker room and steeler nation and I knew it wont get posted, what the future holds of him after his contract expires, but oh well leave it for another time, I think we steeler fans are too much business instead of just talking to him as a regular fan lol

Fire Haley
03-11-2009, 05:17 PM
I sent in my wish for Willie to tell us who's on the Steelers Big Board for the draft. No answer.

I figured it was worth a chance.

XxKnightxX
03-11-2009, 05:20 PM
I sent in my wish for Willie to tell us who's on the Steelers Big Board for the draft. No answer.

I figured it was worth a chance.

Same thing, I bet thousands of people were asking the same, kinda funny but we think team first then ok yeah willie great season and stuff lol WHO ARE WE DRAFTING TELLLLL MEEEE NOWWWW :helmet::helmet::helmet:

Hapa
03-11-2009, 05:22 PM
Haha he wants Joey Porter if he went into a dark alley.

tony hipchest
03-11-2009, 05:44 PM
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
It means so much to me that they're the team that gave me my chance. First and foremost, I want to be a Steeler for life because of that. When I was in college, UNC did me so wrong, but just the fact that it was my team growing up, I stuck it out and didn't want to play anywhere else. And that's how I feel about the Steelers. I don't want to play anywhere else.


i really dont think this is lip service. if anyone will follow in the footsteps of jerome, i believe its willie.

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
The highlight of my career was playing my first NFL game. I came out of the tunnel, and just seeing the lights and all those people. I just felt like I had arrived. That was def the hightlight of my career.

wow. sb record. 2 rings. smashing the browns for 200+ yards before getting pulled in the 4th, following through on his desire to put up LT type numbers and then leading the league in rushing....

wow. the dude sweats "humble".

Preacher
03-11-2009, 05:48 PM
i really dont think this is lip service. if anyone will follow in the footsteps of jerome, i believe its willie.



wow. sb record. 2 rings. smashing the browns for 200+ yards before getting pulled in the 4th, following through on his desire to put up LT type numbers and then leading the league in rushing....

wow. the dude sweats "humble".


The guy's a bum! We need a Bettis type back! Get rid of him!


:chuckle:

BlastFurnace
03-11-2009, 06:24 PM
The guy's a bum! We need a Bettis type back! Get rid of him!


:chuckle:

Sadly, depending on his contract demands and having someone like Mendenhall waiting in the wings...what you wrote above....and I realize it was a joke...may be said quite a bit after next season. Just insert Mendenhall for Bettis.

AllD
03-11-2009, 06:39 PM
Maybe FWP can become Mendenhall's mentor in an evolved role similar to Bettis'.

Preacher
03-11-2009, 06:46 PM
Sadly, depending on his contract demands and having someone like Mendenhall waiting in the wings...what you wrote above....and I realize it was a joke...may be said quite a bit after next season. Just insert Mendenhall for Bettis.


Its already being said... was all year this year.

Personally, I REALLY want us to move away from the featured back system and into utilizing both backs much more consistently. I think Willie will take a home town discount, based on what he stated in the chat, though we should pay him decently.

I also recognize that with his age, he should get about a 3 year deal, and we should draft another young fast RB in about 2 years to take his spot as he ages out.

Dino 6 Rings
03-11-2009, 07:32 PM
The guy's a bum! We need a Bettis type back! Get rid of him!


:chuckle:

this made me snort out loud at my computer Preach...:rofl:

DoubleSh0t
03-11-2009, 08:03 PM
It means so much to me that they're the team that gave me my chance. First and foremost, I want to be a Steeler for life because of that. When I was in college, UNC did me so wrong, but just the fact that it was my team growing up, I stuck it out and didn't want to play anywhere else. And that's how I feel about the Steelers. I don't want to play anywhere else.


Very cool. If we can keep him and Mendenhall, I think it's for the best. You have the speed with Parker and the raw power with Mendenhall. You can't ask for much more.

lilyoder6
03-11-2009, 08:36 PM
those ?'s were horrible...

basically revolved around 1 thing... i give this chat an F

Fire Haley
03-11-2009, 08:39 PM
Blame it on the mods there screening the questions. Jackbooted thugs.

stlrtruck
03-12-2009, 06:50 AM
After reading the injury question, I think Parker should head out west to Southern Cali with Troy to train during the off-season!

steelballs
03-12-2009, 06:59 AM
I like Willie, but I can't wait to see Mendy next season.
He's a much more physical style runner with good speed to back it up.

I watched a replay of the rats @ Steelers when Mendy broke his shoulder and before the injury, Rashard was running very well.

Willie will mentor Rashard as Jerome did for him, of this I have no doubt. Willie has consistently shown that he's a humble, team guy and will pass on what was learned from those before him.

Don't get me wrong, I look forward to seeing Willie next year too, but Rashard is still basically an "unknown" and from the brief look we got last year...I can't wait to see what the two of them bring to the table next season.

SteelersMongol
03-12-2009, 07:11 AM
I'd say the questions were interesting enough. Thanks 4 sharing.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-12-2009, 10:26 AM
The guy's a bum! We need a Bettis type back! Get rid of him!


:chuckle:

Exactly........you know, even as an interviewee he is feast or famine.

Take away his long answers and he's really just an average interview. :wink: Couldnt they find a big back to interview? :noidea:

CanadianSteel
03-12-2009, 10:27 AM
I thought this questions and response from Williew was friggin hilarious...

I saw you throw out the first pitch at a Pirate game some time ago. Man, for how ripped your arms are you sure throw out some candy. Whats the deal?
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers
LOL Mario. Now that was hilarious.

I practiced that pitch for about two weeks. Then, when it was time to shine, I got shook. I was scared. Baseball is not what I would do ... I almost threw my arm out on that pitch. I wasn't embarassed, though. I thought it was funny.

Blitzburgh_Fever
03-12-2009, 11:39 AM
Exactly........you know, even as an interviewee he is feast or famine.

Take away his long answers and he's really just an average interview. :wink: Couldnt they find a big back to interview? :noidea:

Haha you always crack me up Gonzo :laughing:

He did point out the perception on him from being an UDFA. If he had been a sixth round pick I guarantee people would be nuts over him.

Steelman16
03-12-2009, 02:02 PM
Exactly........you know, even as an interviewee he is feast or famine.

Take away his long answers and he's really just an average interview. :wink: Couldnt they find a big back to interview? :noidea:

:toofunny:


Willie seems like a pretty funny guy.

iceman000123
03-13-2009, 10:26 AM
those ?'s were horrible...

basically revolved around 1 thing... i give this chat an F

I wouldn't rate it a F but it sure as hell wouldn't rate those an A. I'd say some of those questions are just above the line of mental retardation
:rofl: