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Stlrs4Life
08-03-2009, 08:11 AM
Woodley wants to make history
Monday, August 03, 2009
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The last sack was the best, Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley was saying before lunch yesterday at Saint Vincent College. Better than his 11 1/2 sacks in his break-out regular season. Better even than his brutal sack of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the playoffs, which resulted in a $10,000 fine from the NFL but still seems like money well-spent.

The last sack was the best, Woodley said, because of what was at stake. The Steelers led the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23, with 15 seconds left in Super Bowl XLIII when Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner lined his team up at the Steelers' 44 for one final, desperation play.

"So many times in football you see 'em throw the ball up and crazy stuff happens," Woodley said. He mentioned the Kordell Stewart pass that beat his alma mater, Michigan, for Colorado in 1994. Of course, he mentioned the Doug Flutie pass that beat Miami for Boston College in '84.

So Woodley gathered himself one final time on what had been an exhausting evening. He found the strength to shrug off tackle Levi Brown, somehow keeping his balance as he kept his eye on Warner's arm and the football.

"At the last second, I stretched out and got the ball," Woodley said. "When I saw us recover it, I knew it was over."

The Steelers were world champions.

Woodley's life has been one wild ride ever since.

"The parade through the city was huge for me. That really got me going," he said. "Looking up at the windows, seeing all of the people hanging out ... That probably was bigger to me than getting the ring because everybody came out and was a part of it."
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Later, there was an appearance on the Black Entertainment Television network with teammate Willie Parker, a little modeling at BET's "Rip The Runway" show in New York, appearances at ESPN The Weekend in Orlando and the ESPYs in Los Angeles, a television commercial for EA Sports with Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Parker, a meet-and-greet with mixed-martial arts legend Kimbo Slice at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 100 in Las Vegas and -- this might have been the topper -- a trip to Tempe, Ariz., for the premiere of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Perhaps you saw the pictures of Hugh Jackman -- the movie's star -- admiring the huge tattoo of a wolverine on Woodley's enormous right bicep.

"That was my first red-carpet experience. I kind of felt like a kid," Woodley said, fairly giggling. "Man, I've always loved X-Men."

I asked Woodley if he found any time to get ready for this season.

Hey, it seemed like a fair question.

"I never lose focus on football," Woodley said, serious now. "Football is what I do. Everything else is secondary."

Woodley plans on being better this season than last, hard as that is to imagine. Opposing teams weren't sure what he could do as a first-year starter in '08 and devoted much of their attention to NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison on the other side. Before they knew what had hit their quarterback, Woodley had accumulated all of those sacks.

"I think I earned their respect. Maybe they'll have to worry about LaMarr Woodley a little bit now," he said. "They'll still have to worry about James, of course. Maybe that'll open things up for an Aaron Smith or a Brett Keisel. Or maybe it will lead to Troy [Polamalu] getting an interception and taking it to the house. Or Deshea [Townsend] getting an interception and taking it to the house. That's what makes our defense so good, the way we fit in so well together and work together."

Woodley's two favorite regular-season plays from '08 might surprise you. Neither involved one of his sacks. "I've been hitting quarterbacks all my life. That's nothing new to me," he said, shrugging. His top play was his interception against the Houston Texans in the opener. "First interception of my life. I never even got one in touch football," he said. No. 2 was his fumble recovery and touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field after Harrison sacked quarterback Joe Flacco. "That was big because it came at such a crucial time in the game," he said.

Woodley was huge in the Steelers' run to the Super Bowl, getting two sacks in each of their wins against the Chargers, Ravens and Cardinals. He is the first player in NFL history to get at least two sacks in four consecutive postseason games, going back to the Steelers' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in '07, his rookie season. "They say big-time players show up in big games and make big-time plays," he said.

Woodley remembers his second sack of Rivers almost as fondly as the Warner sack. It set up a touchdown that gave the Steelers a 28-10 lead. But that isn't the only reason.

"After I got him the first time, he talked a little trash," Woodley said of Rivers. "I did my little celebration kick and he said, 'Just shut up and get back in the huddle.'

"Then, I got him the second time. You could tell he was a little woozy getting up. That's when I told him, 'See what happens when you run your mouth?' "

Not even the mention of that big fine from the league office -- no penalty was called on the play -- can ruin Woodley's memory of the sack. Maybe that's because money doesn't figure to be a problem for him any time soon. He is signed through the 2010 season and almost certainly will be a long-term priority for the Steelers. Don't think that he didn't notice that the team gave Harrison a six-year, $51.175 million contract in April, including a $10 million signing bonus.

"The money will be there," Woodley said. "Money isn't the world, anyway. Ain't no price tag on winning. Winning and making history is something you can't buy. Me? I'm a guy who loves history. When I'm 60 or 70, I don't want to be remembered for the money I made. I want to be in the history books."

For a string of seasons with double-digit sacks, sure.

For multiple sacks in postseason games, absolutely.

For the occasional interception and touchdown, you bet.

But most of all?

For winning multiple Super Bowls.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09215...#ixzz0N7f6paC8 (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09215/988268-87.stm#ixzz0N7f6paC8)

1st&Goal
08-03-2009, 08:46 AM
I love a motivated player......... Thanks for posting ! :jammin:

KeiselPower99
08-03-2009, 08:52 AM
Cant wait to see how he tears it up this year. Screw Merriman we have the next big thing!!

Steel Head
08-03-2009, 09:07 AM
Woodley is so freakin clutch!

In 4 career playoff games, Woodley has 8 total sacks!

Sharkissle29
08-03-2009, 09:24 AM
"The money will be there," Woodley said. "Money isn't the world, anyway. Ain't no price tag on winning. Winning and making history is something you can't buy. Me? I'm a guy who loves history. When I'm 60 or 70, I don't want to be remembered for the money I made. I want to be in the history books."

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09215...#ixzz0N7f6paC8 (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09215/988268-87.stm#ixzz0N7f6paC8)

What an unbelievable attitude. He is gonna be a steeler for a LONG time

mmalone
08-03-2009, 09:28 AM
Woodley and harrison are great together....

Hood and Timmons should get some nice
hits while three guys are on 56 and 92

then nfl.com posted this today, just to make you think even more...

In rookie Keenan Lewis, it appears the Steelers have found another defensive back with a nose for the ball.

i cant take it...... whens kickoff.....

mulldog24
08-03-2009, 09:28 AM
I hope he is remembered for winning multiple SB's with the STEELERS of course!!!!!

Hammer Of The GODS
08-03-2009, 09:32 AM
Best part of the article............

"Then, I got him the second time. You could tell he was a little woozy getting up. That's when I told him, 'See what happens when you run your mouth?' "



It's going to be another great season!

Edman
08-03-2009, 10:21 AM
What Woodley said of Rivers was funny. It was known that Rivers was a bit of a douche. Slamming his butt to the turf was thing of beauty.

SteelersinCA
08-03-2009, 10:39 AM
Woodley is a beast. I can't wait to watch him play this year. Such an exciting player.

MDSteel15
08-03-2009, 11:03 AM
You all go back and look! I told you guys he was the best pick we had... God I love this kid!!!

T Bradshaw
08-03-2009, 11:48 AM
Woodley remembers his second sack of Rivers almost as fondly as the Warner sack. It set up a touchdown that gave the Steelers a 28-10 lead. But that isn't the only reason.

"After I got him the first time, he talked a little trash," Woodley said of Rivers. "I did my little celebration kick and he said, 'Just shut up and get back in the huddle.'

"Then, I got him the second time. You could tell he was a little woozy getting up. That's when I told him, 'See what happens when you run your mouth?' "


:applaudit:

El-Gonzo Jackson
08-03-2009, 11:54 AM
You all go back and look! I told you guys he was the best pick we had... God I love this kid!!!

Yeah...he was a top 20 pick his senior year until he had a bad combine workout. But, anybody that watched him play his 4 years at Michigan knew he was gonna be productive.

I can still remember the U of Minnesota head coach being quoted as saying something like "Lamaar Woodley is athletic as all get out......it seems like he has been at Michigan forever"

MasterOfPuppets
08-03-2009, 12:01 PM
You all go back and look! I told you guys he was the best pick we had... God I love this kid!!!
i couldn't find it ....:wtf:

CanadianSteel
08-03-2009, 09:14 PM
I am friggin amped for the season to start after reading that...... woodely is the real deal... and hopefully a Steeler for a long time..

pancake
08-04-2009, 04:32 AM
This was a great read! I remember a lot of mock drafts had Pitt taking Woodley in the first round, but we still got our man with Timmons to boot. Timmons will also be big this year!

Galax Steeler
08-04-2009, 04:53 AM
I love to watch Woodley play. He gives it a 100 and 10 percent on every play and if you watch him close he brings good pressure on every play.

SteelMember
08-04-2009, 08:02 AM
This is a great article, but I think it's already a thread in the training camp section. :noidea:

MDSteel15
08-04-2009, 10:52 AM
i couldn't find it ....:wtf:

In mocks I had us taking him in the first and people laughed... :thumbsup:

jjpro11
08-04-2009, 12:14 PM
i cannot believe they referred to Kimbo Slice as an MMA legend. :rofl:

revefsreleets
08-04-2009, 02:59 PM
In mocks I had us taking him in the first and people laughed... :thumbsup:

Not me...I watched him tear it up in the Big Ten, and, more importantly, against the Bucks, year after year. The bigger the game, the higher the level he played at, and it seemed like all he ever did was make big plays.