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01-02-2010, 11:42 AM
Notebook: Wallace earns Greene Award
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Thursday December 31, 2009 12:19 AM

PITTSBURGH — For the first time in three seasons, the Steelers have a Rookie of the Year who’s more than just a special teams player.

This year, wide receiver Mike Wallace is the winner of the “Joe Greene Great Performance Award," given annually to the Steelers' top rookie.

Two years ago, punter Daniel Sepulveda won the award. Last year, it was linebacker Patrick Bailey, who’s used exclusively on special teams.

“I just have confidence in what I can do,” said Wallace, one of the Steelers’ three third-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft. “I know what type of player I am. I have all of the confidence in the world in my abilities.

“If somebody is giving me the opportunity to get out there, I'm not giving it back. I’m taking advantage of it. I never have been the type of guy who wants to sit around and watch. I like to play in a game, be in a game and make an impact.”

As the Steelers’ No. 3 wideout behind starters Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, Wallace sure has made an impact. He’s fourth on the team with 37 catches, fourth with 692 receiving yards and tied for second with five touchdown catches. He’s a big-play threat who’s scored TDs on catches on 47, 40, 25, 70 and 19 yards

“I just believed in myself, hoping for an opportunity,” Wallace said. “I just thank the organization for giving me the opportunity to get in and play, believing I can make the plays.”


As a 13-year NFL veteran, inside linebacker James Farrior knows how to deal with the media. Since coming to the Steelers in 2002 as a free agent, he’s been a player that reporters always seek out for his perspectives.

This year as the Steelers have struggled in their bid to make the playoffs, Farrior has been especially cooperative in dealing with tough questions that typically follow tough losses. That’s one of the reasons why Farrior was presented with “The Chief Award,” presented annually to the Steeler who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media.

“I’ve been around this league for a long time and I understand you have to take the good with the bad,” Farrior said. “This year we had more bad than we normally have.

“It’s been tough. This year was probably the toughest year as far as dealing with the media. We haven’t been in a situation like this, losing five straight games (recently). It was something we weren’t used to but I understand dealing with the media is part of our business. It’s something we are obligated to do. I felt like I had to do it.”
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“The Chief Award” is named in honor of the Steelers’ founder, the late Art Rooney Sr.


The Steelers only had two of their stars make it to the Pro Bowl. The AFC roster announced Tuesday included nose tackle Casey Hampton and outside linebacker James Harrison.

But there is a chance as many as three more Steelers may play in the NFL’s annual all-star game. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tight end Heath Miller and outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley are alternates.

If any Pro Bowl picks don’t play in the game, their places will be filled by alternates.

Of the three Steeler alternates, Roethlisberger and Miller have the best chance of making the Pro Bowl, which will be played Jan. 31 in Miami.

There’s a good chance that one of the three AFC QBs _ Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning, San Diego’s Philip Rivers or New England’s Tom Brady _ will be playing in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl. If that’s the case, he won’t play in the Pro Bowl.

The same holds true for the AFC Pro Bowl tight ends, If Indy’s Dallas Clark or San Diego’s Antonio Gates are in the Super Bowl, Miller will be added to the AFC roster.

Woodley’s chances of playing in the Pro Bowl aren’t as promising. The three outside linebackers — Harrison, Houston’s Brian Cushing and Denver’s Elvis Dumervil _ might not even make the playoffs.


Based on his impressive performance Sunday in a 23-20 win over Baltimore, Woodley has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Woodley finished the game with seven solo tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Both his sacks came on the Ravens final possession. The second sack resulted in a fumble that was recovered by rookie defensive end Ziggy Hood.

Woodley, a second-round pick in the 2007 draft, leads the Steelers with 11.5 sacks this season.

He set a franchise record Sunday by recording at least a half-sack in seven consecutive games. The previous record of six was set by linebacker Greg Lloyd in 1994.

01-02-2010, 11:46 AM
With 37 catches and 692 yards and 5 TD's this kid was a lock for this award the a quarter of the way through the season. The potential threat he is and growing in to be is imaginable. Congrats!

01-02-2010, 12:11 PM
“If somebody is giving me the opportunity to get out there, I'm not giving it back...."

:applaudit: :drink:

Love this kid.

Nadroj 20
01-02-2010, 04:46 PM
Conrats to Mike Wallace for winning this award, which we all knew he would win, Im so gald to have this guy and im looking foward to what he can do next season and years after.

01-02-2010, 07:38 PM
I know I have said it before, but what like the most about this kid, is that he extends Hines Ward's career. This kid is a legitimate number two receiver that can take Ward's spot. That allows Ward to slide down to three, and rest his body a little more, extending his career a couple more years.

01-02-2010, 07:40 PM
already posted http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=45754

01-02-2010, 10:29 PM
Is the Greene award environmentally friendly?


01-02-2010, 10:30 PM
Is the Greene award environmentally friendly?



Galax Steeler
01-03-2010, 09:55 AM
already posted http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=45754

Yea like four days ago.