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mesaSteeler
10-10-2009, 12:41 PM
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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Team still distanced from Mendenhall

Listening to my tape over the past week, I've picked up on something that may give a little insight into how Rashard Mendenhall is perceived by his teammates.

When talking about the second-year running back, the only player who uses Mendenhall's first name is Willie Parker - a guy who would know him reasonably well from sitting through meetings with him.

Everyone else calls him Mendenhall.

Mendenhall didn't spend much time around the team after his injury last season - at least not until the playoffs. I only saw him on one road trip.

That's not really as big a deal as it was made out to be last season. He did his rehab. He got healthy. And some coaches don't like a lot of injured players around anyway because they really can't help the team - particularly a rookie.

But it's obvious Mendenhall isn't "one of the boys."

He's quiet and in fact, comes off as a little shy.

But another 165-yard game or two and you can bet the teammates will be talking differently about him.

Posted by Dale Lolley at 5:27 PM 29 comments Links to this post

Sharkissle29
10-10-2009, 12:45 PM
wouldnt buy too much into this. and if he plays like he did last week all the time, he is EVERYONES friend

steel striker
10-10-2009, 12:51 PM
To me this is not much of a story and, it is the media who creates most of the drama.

solardave
10-10-2009, 01:12 PM
What I saw last week was a guy who seems maybe shy,maybe humbled by the week on STs only. So he's quiet. That doesn't make him anti-social. Believe me if he continues to play like he did last week he'll have to get over being shy because he'll be the man.

RoethlisBURGHer
10-10-2009, 01:26 PM
I have friends like that; some of my closest friends in fact. We just happen to call each other by our last names. Certainly doesn't mean we're not close.

Now that I think about it, I always refer to Mendenhall by his last name as well. Or even more often, "Mendy".

No big deal. Not everyone is a social butterfly.

It's a non-issue that the media is making an issue, that's all. :banging:

Steelerfreak58
10-10-2009, 01:28 PM
No one on that team will care if he continues to show that he can run like last week. Shyness does not translate to good player just ask #92 and #43.

Edman
10-10-2009, 01:37 PM
Not every player is a talkative social butterfly.

Rashard can be as shy as he wants as long as he takes care of business when called upon. Much ado about nothing.

See: James Harrison and Troy Polamalu.

GridironWarrior
10-10-2009, 01:59 PM
I like Mendy's persona. He seems humbled and well spoken and bright.

Christian Snyder
10-10-2009, 02:05 PM
This appears to be a non- issue that the media is making an issue.:banging:

Spidey
10-10-2009, 02:51 PM
They probably refer to him as Mendy like we do, his name doesn't exactly trip off the tongue does it!

AllD
10-10-2009, 04:00 PM
He needs a good nickname if he becomes the leading RB.

wootawnee
10-10-2009, 04:01 PM
Don't post this crap.........

markymarc
10-10-2009, 04:10 PM
This is such a non story!

MasterOfPuppets
10-10-2009, 04:37 PM
maybe he just smells bad...:noidea:

The Lakelander
10-10-2009, 04:43 PM
Isn't it refreshing that a young unproven kid isn't a profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfiltery arrogant SOB ... :chuckle:

solardave
10-10-2009, 06:37 PM
Isn't it refreshing that a young unproven kid isn't a profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfiltery arrogant SOB ... :chuckle:

I lived in Tampa for years and went to a lot of Bucs games. I got to see Walter Payton and Barry Sanders on several occasions. 2 class acts and I think Rashard can be one too. I still say I want to see him knock Ray Lewis out, pancake his ass!!!
:rofl:

SteelC7
10-10-2009, 07:36 PM
ben certainly seems to like him, plus hes a young player, hes just bein respectful cuz he knows that at this stage of his career he doesnt have much input, give him a couple more 100 yard games and wins, and hell be more vocal

sharkweek
10-10-2009, 07:37 PM
I don't know about that, Ben called him "son" and "three four" during the Chargers game, never "Rashard" or "Mendenhall"

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-sound-efx/09000d5d8133b291/Sound-FX-Big-Ben-wired