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mesaSteeler
12-25-2009, 10:39 AM
Galloway hopes he can help Steelers
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2009/december/23/galloway-hopes-he-can-help-steelers.html
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Wednesday December 23, 2009 11:50 PM

PITTSBURGH Its easy to spot the new Steelers wide receiver. Hes the guy whose goatee is speckled with gray hair.

At 38, Joey Galloway is now the oldest player on the roster. Hes even older than coach Mike Tomlin, who is 37.

Hes been in the league forever, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.

No, Galloway hasnt played in the NFL forever. But this is his 15th pro season.

The eighth overall pick of the 1995 draft, Galloway spent the bulk of his career with Seattle (1995-99), Dallas (2000-03) and Tampa Bay (2004-08). This summer, he worked out with the Steelers before signing with New England.

I came very close to signing here, Galloway said. It came down to this team and the other team. I went the other way. But Im here now and Im excited about being here.

Galloway spent six weeks with the Patriots, but only played in three games before he was cut in October. Galloway caught seven passes for 67 yards and no touchdowns in his brief stay with the Pats.

Hes had a great career. Its just one of those things that didnt work out, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said at the time. I dont think its anybody's fault or anything that you can just pinpoint."

Since his release from New England, Galloway has been home in Columbus, Ohio, working out in the event an NFL team needing help at wide receiver would call.
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Galloway, a former Ohio State star, got that call Monday when the Steelers placed Limas Sweed on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list.

Galloway will be in uniform Sunday when the Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens (hell wear jersey No. 84). But its too early to tell how much he will play.

I have a lot to learn in a short period of time, he said. Just because Ive been in this league a long time doesnt help you picking up a new system. Ive had so many systems over the years that Ill have to erase them out of my mind and start fresh.

Galloway, who has 689 career catches, is looking forward to playing with the Steelers. Hes a native of Bellaire, Ohio, located 63 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

I grew up a Steelers fan, he said. As a kid, I used to wear my black and gold Steelers jersey every Sunday. It was a Lynn Swann jersey. So I always dreamed about this opportunity.

So today when I came in here and got my jersey and helmet, I had that little kid smile. I am excited about being here. I am excited about playing football again and I am extremely excited about being a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Psyychoward86
12-25-2009, 10:53 AM
i've heard from pats fans that his hands were the reason that he got cut. Hope he steps up for us

stillers4me
12-25-2009, 10:56 AM
i've heard from pats fans that his hands were the reason that he got cut. Hope he steps up for us

The he should be a comparable replacement for Sweed. Just kidding........

supa_fly_steeler
12-25-2009, 10:59 AM
galloway still has speed... im calling 2 catches 27 yards sunday.

Stlrs4Life
12-25-2009, 07:36 PM
It came down to this team and the other team. I went the other way. But I’m here now and I’m excited about being here.”


I grew up a Steelers fan,” he said. “As a kid, I used to wear my black and gold Steelers jersey every Sunday. It was a Lynn Swann jersey. So I always dreamed about this opportunity.

“So today when I came in here and got my jersey and helmet, I had that little kid smile. I am excited about being here. I am excited about playing football again and I am extremely excited about being a Pittsburgh Steeler.”




Yeah, right! Why did ya go to the Pats then?

steeltheone
12-25-2009, 08:16 PM
Just a backup gone soon...

mesaSteeler
12-25-2009, 08:43 PM
Santa brings Ben new toy

By Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.com
Posted Dec 24, 2009
http://pit.scout.com/2/931920.html

Joey Galloway grew up a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, so he hopes his long NFL journey will have a fitting end.

PITTSBURGH – The reporters surrounding the old guy with the gray beard in the corner of the locker room weren’t interviewing a new assistant coach, or even Santa Claus for that matter, but the team’s newest wide receiver.

Yeah, the guy with the gray beard.

“I’ve believed for a long time,” he was telling them, “that I was one of the faster guys in the league. So I can say, with confidence, that I could beat Ben in a race if we got after it.”

Well, they said Joey Galloway was fast. Beating Ben Roethlisberger, of course, isn’t as great a feat as say tackling Ben Roethlisberger.

But, seriously, how fast is Galloway, the newest and oldest player on the team?

“Very fast, supposedly,” said Roethlisberger. “He still could probably run faster than anyone here.”

Galloway, 38, has been out of the league since the New England Patriots cut him Oct. 20. Prior to that, he’d been employed in the league since 1995 when the Seattle Seahawks made him the 8th pick of the draft out of Ohio State.

In 15 NFL seasons, Galloway has 689 receptions for 10,777 yards (15.6 avg.) and 77 touchdowns. He’s also scored five touchdowns on punt returns.

“He can run,” Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said when Galloway signed with the team on Tuesday.

That’s the reason the Steelers wanted to sign Galloway last March, but the Patriots made a better offer and he went off to New England. But Galloway only caught seven passes in three games and was released. He went back home to Columbus, Ohio and continued working out.

“I’m always in pretty good shape,” said the 5-11, 197-pounder. “But working out and playing football is different. Am I in shape? Yes. Am I ready to play football? We’re going to find out.”

Galloway was signed to replace Limas Sweed, whose football season ended due to a “non-football illness” that the Steelers will not explain. Sweed had been a sometimes No. 4 receiver, and Galloway will try to take that role away from rookie Tyler Grisham, who was called up from the practice squad two weeks ago.

Roethlisberger said he’d volunteer his services to help get Galloway get up to speed, but “I’m sure he won’t anyway,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s been around this thing long enough.”

Here’s how Galloway explained the crash course:

“I got here yesterday. I signed yesterday. Give me my book and let’s sit down and see how much you can get into your brain and how quickly it can stick. You go from looking at it on paper, from talking it over with your coaches, and probably the biggest step is to stand in the huddle with the quarterback, who is used to talking to 10 other guys that know the plays pretty well. So I’ve got to get my ears prepared and be ready to grab these things off the air as he says them and hopefully not make too many mistakes.”

Galloway grew up a Steelers fan in Bellair, Ohio, a town just south of Wheeling, W. Va., about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

“Down in that area, it’s Pittsburgh Steelers,” he said. “The people who like those other teams are just rebelling against the area. It’s just a Steelers area.”

Galloway said he wore “black and gold every Sunday when I was a little kid. I had my Lynn Swann jersey on running around the backyard, and you always dream of those opportunities. This morning when I came in the first time I actually went to my locker and got a chance to have a jersey in there and a helmet and you get that little kid’s smile. Gosh it’s been a long time I’ve been a fan, and I finally get a chance to put the helmet on.”

So while Galloway was in Columbus awaiting a phone call from a team in need, he watched as many Steelers games as he could.

“Watching Ben, I know he’s a winner,” Galloway said. “Things haven’t gone great, but you can tell just from watching that he’s a winner and he’s going to give everything he can to win games. Besides that, I’m just looking forward to getting to know him on the football field.”

Is Galloway looking forward to becoming part of another 500-yard aerial circus?

“Never thought I’d see that day,” he said as a broad smile broke up his gray beard. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to being ready and being prepared to do anything they need me to do.”

StainlessStill
12-25-2009, 09:16 PM
Put him and Logan back there on kick return. Would be dangerous.

Preacher
12-25-2009, 09:29 PM
Put him and Logan back there on kick return. Would be dangerous.


Forget that...

We know he's fast, he can catch the ball...

Put him back there at safety :chuckle:

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
12-25-2009, 09:46 PM
So do I, so do I....

Galax Steeler
12-26-2009, 07:01 AM
Forget that...

We know he's fast, he can catch the ball...

Put him back there at safety :chuckle:

He couldn't do any worse then what we already have.:toofunny:

Sharkissle29
12-26-2009, 10:53 AM
A steeler fan who chooses to play for new england instead of the steelers, the team he was a fan of?

Please.

stillers4me
12-26-2009, 10:58 AM
A steeler fan who chooses to play for new england instead of the steelers, the team he was a fan of?

Please.

Maybe NE gave him a better opportunity at the time to actually play or they offered more money. In Pittsburgh, he would have been behind Ward, Holmes, Sweed, and Wallace. Now he needs a paycheck and one of those guys is out of the way.

Sharkissle29
12-26-2009, 11:01 AM
I didn't realize the players could actually choose what team to play for. :coffee:

"I came very close to signing here, Galloway said. It came down to this team and the other team. I went the other way. But Im here now and Im excited about being here.
:coffee:

Steelers Since '75
12-26-2009, 11:41 AM
I love how easy it is for people on the board to question his loyalty to the Steelers just because he grew up a fan and then signed with the Pats... this is a business, it's not about personal loyalties. Let's be happy he signed and if he produces... all the better... wouldn't it be great id he caught a couple of long passes against the Ravens... maybe even a TD. :tt03:

Nadroj 20
12-26-2009, 12:39 PM
I love how easy it is for people on the board to question his loyalty to the Steelers just because he grew up a fan and then signed with the Pats... this is a business, it's not about personal loyalties. Let's be happy he signed and if he produces... all the better... wouldn't it be great id he caught a couple of long passes against the Ravens... maybe even a TD. :tt03:

Agreed :thumbsup: its a business and you cant play favoritism in a business, i dont care that he went to the Pats, im just glad hes here now and could possibly help if needed.

Sharkissle29
12-26-2009, 12:46 PM
I love how easy it is for people on the board to question his loyalty to the Steelers just because he grew up a fan and then signed with the Pats... this is a business, it's not about personal loyalties. Let's be happy he signed and if he produces... all the better... wouldn't it be great id he caught a couple of long passes against the Ravens... maybe even a TD. :tt03:

Just my opinion.....

If i had millions of dollars, having a 15 year career, i think at that point i would want to just play for my team i've been a fan of......but its a business, ya i dont buy that. its GREED

markymarc
12-26-2009, 02:39 PM
Glad to have Galloway here now, but IMO he probably won't do much in the last 2 games. Maybe Arians could run a bubble screen for him tomorrow.

Psyychoward86
12-26-2009, 03:39 PM
A steeler fan who chooses to play for new england instead of the steelers, the team he was a fan of?

Please.

wow, there's more to the NFL then "gee son! What was your favorite team as a kid?" It's a business too you know. Maybe he thought NE would give him a better oppurtunity. Dont be ignorant

Sharkissle29
12-27-2009, 12:57 AM
wow, there's more to the NFL then "gee son! What was your favorite team as a kid?" It's a business too you know. Maybe he thought NE would give him a better oppurtunity. Dont be ignorant

Turns down the defending superbowl champs to play for NE? I know NE is a good team too...

i really dont care about this subject, just stating my opinion on this matter and what i would do

steelreserve
12-27-2009, 04:05 AM
OK, so Sweed has AIDS and we replace him with another guy who doesn't have a dirty dick, but he's got Patriots stink on him. Seems like a lateral move to me. Things ought to stay just about the same unless one of our other WRs goes down, in which case I'm glad to have this guy.

stb_steeler
12-27-2009, 09:17 AM
I wouldnt have thought he even got a chance to play, unless some one comes out.

steelcity58
12-27-2009, 09:20 AM
He's nothing more than a decoy.

Galloway's playing days ended in Dallas a few years ago.

caseydog
12-27-2009, 11:36 AM
I love how easy it is for people on the board to question his loyalty to the Steelers just because he grew up a fan and then signed with the Pats... this is a business, it's not about personal loyalties. Let's be happy he signed and if he produces... all the better... wouldn't it be great id he caught a couple of long passes against the Ravens... maybe even a TD. :tt03:

Most players in the NFL never play for the teams they grew up fans of. I remember one kid who grew up near Pittsburgh who was, and still is a Steelers fan -- even though he led the Forty-Niners to four Super Bowls on his way to the Hall of Fame.

CD