View Full Version : Steelers' Farrior hasn't slowed down after performance against Bills

08-30-2009, 06:35 PM
Steelers' Farrior hasn't slowed down after performance against Bills
August 30, 12:48 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers Examiner
Daniel Flickinger

Is anyone still concerned about James Farrior’s age and the Steelers “old” defense?

All he did last night was return an interception for a touchdown, force a fumble, and registered a sack on Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards despite only playing a little over a half of football.

Yes it’s only the preseason and the true test for older players is to see if their bodies can hold up during an entire season. But after leading the Steelers to a 17-0 shutout of the Bills Saturday, how can you bet against him?

KDKA-TV camera’s got a great angle of the interception and it was simply raw, athletic ability.

Farrior was moving to his right but saw Edwards looking to Farrior’s left so he quickly stopped and sprinted in the other direction to intercept the pass and take it 22 yards to the house.

You’re not supposed to have agility like that when your 34-years-old.

“I have to show these guys I’m not getting old”, Farrior told the Post Gazette following the win.

"I think we did pretty good. There are some things that we can improve on. We can improve on our blitz timing and a couple other things."

Head Coach Mike Tomlin wanted to see how the defense would respond starting the second half and Farrior nearly had another sack when he hit Edwards arm as it was moving forward. The ball fell harmlessly to the turf.

It was another three-and-out for the Bills, and another drive in which a Steelers opponent didn’t score a touchdown against them. That puts the preseason total at zero.

If Farrior can keep playing like this, that number won’t go up much higher in the regular season either.


- Signed a contract extension with the team in August of 2008 worth 18.25 million over five years.

- 2008 was the first year Farrior didn't have an interception since coming to the team in 2002 from the Jets. He was still chosen for the AFC Pro Bowl team for the second time in his career.

- Played against his now Head Coach Mike Tomlin while at the University of Virginia. Tomlin was a receiver for William and Mary.

08-30-2009, 06:38 PM
Great read on Potts! :drink: :applaudit:

I think Farrior is like a fine wine - he only gets better with age. He may be 34 chronologically, but plays like he's still in his mid-20's! :tt03: Me loves my Potsie! :heart:

08-30-2009, 08:12 PM
The real test is how he does later in the season. Looks good, plays smart.

08-30-2009, 08:54 PM
The real test is how he does later in the season. Looks good, plays smart.

As long as he doesn't get hit with an injury he'll be fine.

08-30-2009, 10:41 PM
Hmmm, maybe winning super bowls acts like a fountain of youth for Potts. I'm sure playing for a winner helps a lot.

08-31-2009, 12:08 AM
I was in Virginia last weekend visiting my daughter, and on the occasions I stopped for gas, whatever, I'd see lots of people wearing UVa football hats/shirts, etc.. I'd always make a point to let them know I was from Pittsburgh and that we loved the school for producing Farrior and Heath Miller. :)

To a man, they all said they've followed their careers with the Steelers and that Pittsburgh was their 2nd favorite team (the Redskins are still the team in Virginia, for the most part.)

James Farrior has been one of my favorite players for years.

08-31-2009, 12:22 AM
I actually think it is hilarious that he played against his own coach~~~~

Galax Steeler
08-31-2009, 06:18 AM
Farrior had a great game against the Bills. I hope that was a sign of things to come this year. I hope we have another solid defense this year.

09-01-2009, 01:44 AM
Farrior Rules !!! He's proven his leadership on the team over and over.