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Galax Steeler
11-02-2009, 04:05 AM
Talking Steelers Football with Roy Jones, Jr.
Boxer Roy Jones, Jr., a huge Steelers fan, stopped by the team’s practice facility recently to watch practice and had a chance to take a tour and meet some of the players.


Jones, who is training in nearby California, Pa., was excited to get the chance to be around the team he grew up watching and still continues to follow on a regular basis.

It was the second time in the last two years that Jones has come to watch the Steelers practice, and this time he took time out to talk with Teresa Varley for Talking Steelers Football.


How did you become a Steelers fan?
Way back in the day when Franco Harris and Lynn Swann were on the team. As a kid I knew who they were. Everybody around where I was liked Dallas. I liked (Terry) Bradshaw, Swann, all of those guys. My godmother asked me who was my favorite team and I didn’t have one then. She wanted to send me a belt buckle for Christmas. I was like, I like Pittsburgh’s colors better so send me one of theirs. Since that day I was a Steelers fan.

What are some of your favorite Steelers memories early on?
Watching Franco Harris pile through people all of the time. I was really impressed with him. You never thought as big as he was and as strong he could be that fast. Those days were my earliest memories.

How closely are you able to follow the Steelers now?
Very closely, as closely as I could follow them back when I was younger. I come up here and train and get to watch them all of the time, every weekend. I love it. I train in California, Pa. and the Steelers are relatively close. I like it because I can train close to where they are, plus I get to go to a game every now and then. Plus, me and Mewelde Moore know each other. I was training in New Orleans at Tulane and he was there. When I saw him here he said we have history together. When he signed with the Steelers I was pumped.

Is there a current Steelers player you enjoy watching, a guy whose game you respect?
All of them. Hines Ward is one of my favorites because of his mental toughness. Hines is the toughest wide receiver. They don’t get any tougher. Coach (Mike) Tomlin because of the tough situation he was put in with a lot of pressure on him. Him being able to take the job and do what he did proved a lot. He came in and did what he knew how to do. Hines is the guy who goes out there and does it, puts his life on the line for the team. But I respect all of them because I know what it takes to go out there and do it.

Did you get to watch Super Bowl XLIII?
I sure did. I knew they were going to win it. I was more impressed when they won Super Bowl XL because no one expected it. The defense was too strong for Arizona. Every one questioned if Big Ben (Roethlisberger) could do it the first time, but I knew they would.

What are your thoughts on what Mike Tomlin has brought to this team?
He has done a great job. He made them a well-rounded team. This is a tough team overall and he had brought that. Big Ben got hurt in a motorcycle accident and not long after is back on the field. That is toughness. That is Roy Jones. That is Pittsburgh. That is what I respect. That is how you do it. Big Ben gets hurt, Hines gets hurt, Troy (Polamalu) gets hurt, and they are back on the field helping the team as soon as possible.

Troy is one of the toughest football players pound for pound I have ever seen in my life. I was at the Titans game and Troy tackled Chris Johnson in the open field by himself, one-on-one, before he got hurt. He is one of the best defensive players ever to play the game.

What was it like to take a tour and get to see the Steelers facility and watch them practice?
It’s great. To come here and see the players, get to meet the guys, see how big they really are. You can tell how tall they really are and stuff like that. It’s great to get to know the guys.

When you hear the name Steelers, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Hard nosed. They are workers.

What current Steelers player would you like to have as a sparring partner?
Polamalu or Ward because they aren’t going to give up, they are going to take more than most people.

What current Steelers player would you not like to face in ring?
There is no player I wouldn’t want to face in the ring. That is my home. I wouldn’t want to face any of them on the field, though.

Which current Steelers player do you think could deliver the best knockout punch?
Once again it would be Hines and Troy. Ben with his height should be able to deliver that kind of punch.

http://news.steelers.com/article/113265/

solardave
11-02-2009, 04:46 PM
I like Roy Jones. He's a hell of a boxer but I think James Harrison can take him.

hindes204
11-02-2009, 05:16 PM
Good read...ive always liked roy jones

Steel_Bus_24
11-02-2009, 05:42 PM
I don't think roy gets enough credit for how good he was in his prime, nice to know hes a member of SteelerNation:tt03:

Galax Steeler
11-03-2009, 03:30 AM
I like Roy Jones. He's a hell of a boxer but I think James Harrison can take him.

I wonder if we can set that match up.:popcorn:

Steelboy84
11-03-2009, 02:07 PM
I don't think roy gets enough credit for how good he was in his prime, nice to know hes a member of SteelerNation:tt03:

:applaudit: :applaudit: :applaudit:

revefsreleets
11-03-2009, 03:23 PM
Never forget when he played a whole basketball game with the semi-pro Jacksonville Barracuda and then went out and fought AND WON easily that same night.

He also went a whole round against Vinnie Pazienza (The Pazmanian Devil....RIP) without once even being TOUCHED by Vinnie.

Psyychoward86
11-03-2009, 04:26 PM
I like Roy Jones. He's a hell of a boxer but I think James Harrison can take him.

id pay to watch it

24seven
11-03-2009, 05:51 PM
Roy Jones was incredible in his prime.. but the last fight I watched him in he lost pathetically. He kept doin the fancy popeye wind up shit and kept gettin hit in the process.. Not a pretty sight considering he was damn near untouchable back in the day. But at least he knows how to pick a football team..

SteelerEmpire
11-03-2009, 06:52 PM
Roy Jones was one of the last "showmen" in boxing.... After him and Tyson left the ring.... it kind of got on the boring side...

T.Richardson
11-03-2009, 07:01 PM
Funny how he liked the Steelers colors, and thats how he became a fan..

I became a fan because of Slash, at that time I was young, and my dad asked me if I wanted a football jersey, since I liked to watch football all the time as a kid, and I said I wanted a number 10 football jersey of "that guy" as I pointed at the t.v screen, somehow I remember that..kinda odd actually.

jjpro11
11-03-2009, 11:40 PM
all this time, i never knew RJJ was a Steelers fan. pretty cool. he was ridiculous in his prime.

California-Steel
11-04-2009, 03:18 AM
Never forget when he played a whole basketball game with the semi-pro Jacksonville Barracuda and then went out and fought AND WON easily that same night.

He also went a whole round against Vinnie Pazienza (The Pazmanian Devil....RIP) without once even being TOUCHED by Vinnie.I don't think Paz is dead. Why the RIP? He was at the Steelers Super Bowl party.

http://www.vinnypaz.com/news.html

Are you sure you got the correct Vinnie Paz?

revefsreleets
11-04-2009, 11:22 AM
The man Vinnie Pazienza is still alive...but the Pazmanian Devil died somewhere circa 1999-2000....

California-Steel
11-04-2009, 02:35 PM
The man Vinnie Pazienza is still alive...but the Pazmanian Devil died somewhere circa 1999-2000....
Are they not one and the same? I know he changed his name a few years back to Paz and dropped the ienza part. Or are you just saying he retired and that symblized the death of the Pasmanina Devil?

revefsreleets
11-04-2009, 02:42 PM
I'm just saying he stayed on a bit too long and lost to some guys that he literally would have KILLED when he was in his prime.

"Sugar" Ray Leonard lost the Sugar part around the time Tery Norris destroyed him in the ring.

And so it goes...