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mesaSteeler
09-09-2010, 10:13 PM
Mendenhall wants to dance through, over and around defenders
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/september/09/mendenhall-wants-to-dance-through-over-and-around-defenders.html

By: Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff
Beaver County Times

Thursday September 9, 2010 02:16 PM

PITTSBURGH -- Rashard Mendenhall doesn’t plan on appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” anytime soon. All he wants to do is boogie his way through opposing defenses starting Sunday.

To help him be the best running back he can be, Mendenhall put himself through an exhaustive off-season program that including weight lifting, running and dancing.

Yes, dancing.

For the second straight year, Mendenhall took dance classes as a way to improve his balance and body control.

“I started doing it after I was hurt two years ago,” said Mendenhall, the Steelers’ first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. “I wanted to do something to keep me moving around.”

In the fourth game of his rookie year, Mendenhall got to start against Baltimore because Willie Parker was out with a knee injury. But in third quarter, Mendenhall’s season came to an end when he suffered a broken shoulder, courtesy of a ferocious hit by Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

Because he couldn’t lift weights, Mendenhall had to find other ways to stay in shape. So he began taking dance classes at a studio in Bridgeville. He enjoyed those dance classes so much that he took them again this year.

“I guess you can say it’s a way of cross-training,” he said. “Running backs have to stay limber, and I found that dancing was a way to help me with body control and to strengthen parts of my body that I normally wouldn’t strengthen. I think it helps, and I really enjoyed it.”

Last year, Mendenhall again started the fourth game of the season when Parker was out with a toe injury. He rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-28 in over San Diego and remained the starter the rest of the season.

A former Illinois star, Mendenhall finished the year as the league’s 14th-best rusher with 1,108 yards.

With Parker no longer on the team, Mendenhall is now the Steelers’ feature back. He wants to pick up where he left off last year. He wants to be one of the NFL’s most productive ball carriers.

“He’s an emerging player,” coach Mike Tomlin said.

And Mendenhall is the first to admit that dancing has helped him emerge.

tony hipchest
09-09-2010, 10:33 PM
swann... ballet...

enough said.


(i think eddie george's mom made him take dance, too)

Downbylaw
09-10-2010, 08:14 AM
Yeah, Swann would dance his way out of games when we would play the raiders. Some of you youngsters dont know about that. But Atkinson and Tatum were definitely in Swann head and rightfully so. Those guys were committing felonies on the field.

tony hipchest
09-10-2010, 08:35 AM
Some of you youngsters dont know about that. .

WHO the **** are you talking to? only 2 other people have posted in this thread, and the people who banned you on ESPN cannot hear you.

please cease this constant and habitual practice of baiting. its clear violation of COC.

if you have a problem with "these youngsters" take it up with them via PM.

plus you did nothing but crib a famous quote by chuck noll. EVERYBODY knows that.

Downbylaw
09-10-2010, 08:40 AM
Sorry I wasnt on ESPN, I dont even know what you are talking about but I digress. Most youngsters DONT know about Swann being deemed as soft by the Raiders. Just like I dont know about things that happened in the 50 and 60's whereas older men do. I'm not baiting anyone. Again, what are you talking about dude lol

tony hipchest
09-10-2010, 08:50 AM
Sorry I wasnt on ESPN, I dont even know what you are talking about but I digress. Most youngsters DONT know about Swann being deemed as soft by the Raiders. Just like I dont know about things that happened in the 50 and 60's whereas older men do. I'm not baiting anyone. Again, what are you talking about dude lol

thats the problem... youre baiting everyone.

then from now on YOU say "some youngsters" not "YOU youngsters" if youre supposedly not addressing anyone in particular. capiche.

otherwise it IS baiting. you do it in every thread and it pisses people off.

= flaming and baiting. do you now know what im talking about? if not see the COC and we will go from there.

Downbylaw
09-10-2010, 08:54 AM
I'm not baiting anyone, think what you want. How is that statement inflammatory? Its as innocent as can be. If people are getting ticked off they should take lesssons from me. I refuse to let a message board get me upset. I just tell them to smile and be happy. Thats what I do. Smile Tony!

SteelersinCA
09-13-2010, 09:58 PM
I'm trying to figure out which aspect of the Steelers do you like?