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lamberts-lost-tooth
05-25-2010, 10:47 AM
ASK THE STEELERS – JONATHAN DWYER

Steelers.com brings you the Ask the Steelers feature. Fans submitted the questions that were asked. Please understand that we receive an incredible number of questions for each player, with many of the questions being similar, and not all of the questions can be answered. We selected as many as possible, and took your questions to the current subject to get your answers.

Robbie Lloyd in Canada asks: What was the feeling like watching the draft and waiting for a team to call you, especially since the draft lasted three days?
Jonathan Dwyer: It was an emotional process. You feel excitement because you know it’s going to happen and I will be able to live my dream of playing in the National Football League.

Christina Belํo in El Paso, Texas asks: How did you feel when you were picked by the Steelers?]
Jonathan Dwyer: At first when I got the phone call I didn’t know who it was. I was just excited to receive the phone call. When I heard it was Mr. (Art) Rooney, Mr. (Kevin) Colbert and Coach (Mike) Tomlin I knew who it was and I was excited because it’s a good team and a good organization to be a part of.

Neil Fitzgerald in Kildare, Ireland: Being drafted in the sixth round is an honor, but at the same time you must have thought you deserved a higher round. How will this affect your mindset entering the season?
Jonathan Dwyer: It doesn’t really affect it. I am just happy to have the opportunity to play at the next level and am glad that I have a team that believes in me as a player and person. Of course I think I should have gone higher, but it just makes me hungrier and want to prove everyone wrong. I want the Steelers organization to know they had a great pick and won’t regret it.

Deb Potter in Arizona asks: Steelers fans are glad you lasted until the sixth-round, but why do you think that you did?
Jonathan Dwyer: Maybe because of the offense that I came from and probably because I didn’t have the greatest combine performance. I had a broken toe so I wasn’t 100% and didn’t perform at my highest capability.

Tony Cangey in Huntington Beach, California asks: How do you feel you can complement the Steelers backfield with Rashard Mendenhall andMewelde Moore?
Jonathan Dwyer: I can be all different types of a back, the complete back that everybody wants. If they need me to be the third down guy and catch the ball I can do that. If anyone goes down, all three of us can contribute. It will be great as a unit to have everyone fresh and healthy. It can be a great three-headed monster.

Carlos Lezama Lugo from Mexico City asks: What strengths do you bring to the Steelers organization?
Jonathan Dwyer: Durability, physicality and deceptive breakaway speed

John Roetter in Naperville, Illinois asks: What are your main goals for the upcoming season?
Jonathan Dwyer: My main goal is to be a contributor, be a key player and help lead the team to a Super Bowl championship.

Gary Bower in Indiana asks: How important will special teams be for you as a rookie?
Jonathan Dwyer: It will be good. It’s going to be exciting. I played special teams my freshman year at Georgia Tech. It’s going to be a great opportunity to get on the field some way and I am excited to do it.

Steve Ray asks: This offseason everyone has been saying the Steelers must focus on running the ball more, including management. As a running back, do you like hearing that?
Jonathan Dwyer: Yeah. Any running back would like hearing it, the fact that they want to run the ball more and that is their main objective. I just want to win no matter what it takes – running the ball, passing the ball, making plays on special teams and the defense doing their thing. Whatever it takes to win football games I am happy to be a part of it.

Adam Williams in Maryland asks: What do you think the biggest adjustment will be coming from college to the NFL?
Jonathan Dwyer: Picking up the reads and the play terminology. Other than that it’s not things I haven’t done before. It’s just getting the rust off and getting used to doing it.

Barry Price in New Jersey asks: Do they throw a lot at you during mini-camp and was your head spinning?
Jonathan Dwyer: Of course, a lot of rookie’s heads were spinning getting used to the different terminology. I have the hang of it better now going over my notes every day and getting a better idea of what is going on.

Don Palmer in Ohio asks: What was it like to put a Steelers helmet on for the first time in mini-camp?
Jonathan Dwyer: Words can’t describe it. It was a great moment. It was exciting. Being in the locker room was even better, having your name over the locker, sitting across from great players like Hines Ward, Byron Leftwich and James Farrior.

Jared Lewis in Michigan: You hear a lot about the camaraderie in the Steelers locker room. What was your first impression of that?
Jonathan Dwyer: It was great. I found out that James Farrior and I are cousins. That’s a great thing to know that you are playing with a relative on the team. I have never been a part of anything like that before. The guys all seem really cool, they get along great. They opened up their wings for the rookies and the newcomers here.

Dana Lucas asks: Have you heard yet how passionate Steelers fans are about the team and are you looking forward to playing for a team with that kind of atmosphere?
Jonathan Dwyer: Of course I am. Where I am from football and baseball are like life. It’s like their bible. I am excited to be a part of it.

Christopher Baron in Barre, Vermont asks: As you grew up who did you consider your idol on the football field?
Jonathan Dwyer: I looked up to Walter Payton, Jerome Bettis and Adrian Peterson.

Greg Butler in Arizona asks: What was it like to see the six Super Bowl trophies for the first time?
Jonathan Dwyer: It was cool. It’s something people don’t always get to see. It was a lot of fun. Hopefully I can be a part of a new one.

Daniel Curran in Cleveland, Ohio asks: What past or current NFL player you feel plays similar to your style?
Jonathan Dwyer: Past I would say Walter Payton. That is who I try to play like. Now it would be Adrian Peterson because he is a big back and is tall like I am. He is physical and uses his vision and things like that.

Jesse Hoss asks: Other than football, are there any other pro sports you follow and if so who are your favorite teams?
Jonathan Dwyer: I always follow basketball. My favorite team is the Cleveland Cavaliers because I have a buddy that plays for them, J.J. Hickson, and I am a LeBron James fan. In baseball I am a Yankees fan. It’s a sport I always played as a kid. Guys I played with are in the Major Leagues now. I am friends with Jayson Heyward, a starting outfielder for the Braves.

Dan Morris in Rhode Island asks: What is your first impression of the City of Pittsburgh, which was just voted the most livable city in America?
Jonathan Dwyer: It’s different than Atlanta. It’s not as busy. The people are a lot more laid back, which I am. I really like the city a lot.

Manny Luciano in Brooklyn, New York asks: Why did you pick jersey #41? Is that permanent?
Jonathan Dwyer: I didn’t pick it. They gave it to me. I don’t know if it’s permanent or not. It’s a number, it’s not who I am. My name and the way I play will overcome whatever number I am.

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solardave
05-25-2010, 10:54 AM
Great stuff. I am looking forward to seeing him on the field.

Steelers>NFL
05-25-2010, 01:49 PM
Him and Farrior are cousins.
They did not know before he was drafted???

Can not wait to see this kid play. He is the one rookie I am looking forward to seeing the most.

lamberts-lost-tooth
05-25-2010, 02:05 PM
Him and Farrior are cousins.
They did not know before he was drafted???

Can not wait to see this kid play. He is the one rookie I am looking forward to seeing the most.

"Cousins" is pretty arbitrary when you consider that this is determined by his great grandmother being cousins with Farriors great grandfather.

St33lersguy
05-25-2010, 03:33 PM
I just hope Arians shows some brains and gives him the ball

AllD
05-25-2010, 04:02 PM
If he can walk the walk the way he talks the talk he might be in for a huge payday on his second contract. The broken toe and ADD medication are why he dropped to the 6th round.

It doesn't matter how you got here, it's about how you make the most of the opportunity. Ask James Harrison.

Sharkissle29
05-25-2010, 04:12 PM
John Roetter in Naperville, Illinois asks: What are your main goals for the upcoming season?
Jonathan Dwyer: My main goal is to be a contributor, be a key player and help lead the team to a Super Bowl championship.

First time i've sent in a question thinking they'd never pick mine....awesome stuff!

Sharkissle29
05-25-2010, 04:13 PM
btw...can u send a link??? i want to post this on facebook lol

oops sry, found the link

Chidi29
05-25-2010, 04:23 PM
Him and Farrior are cousins.
They did not know before he was drafted???



It's happened before. Dwayne Bowe and Bobby Sippio didn't find out they were cousins until camp.

Chidi29
05-25-2010, 04:23 PM
First time i've sent in a question thinking they'd never pick mine....awesome stuff!

That's awesome!

Galax Steeler
05-26-2010, 04:01 AM
First time i've sent in a question thinking they'd never pick mine....awesome stuff!

Congrats:applaudit:

lamberts-lost-tooth
05-26-2010, 07:28 AM
First time i've sent in a question thinking they'd never pick mine....awesome stuff!

Very cool!! My son has the magic touch....he has had three question answered over the last several years.