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mesaSteeler
05-27-2012, 11:15 AM
Former Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Farrior Preparing for Retirement
Submitted by Syndicated sources on May 27, 2012 - 8:25am
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Earlier in the offseason many fans were outraged by the way the Pittsburgh Steelers handled some of their veterans when they parted ways with stalwarts Aaron Smith, Hines Ward and James Farrior to open salary cap space. Many wanted to see the Steelers celebrate their careers, since all three-helped lead the team to two Super Bowl titles.

Yes, they were leaders and deserved more, but that more had to come on their terms, not the Steelers. First, Ward made the decision to return to Pittsburgh and the teamís facility to receive the farewell he deserved. Now, after some thought and soul-searching, Farrior may be following Wardís example.

According to his agent, Ralph Cindrich in an interview on 93.7 The Fan, Farrior and the Steelers have started to discuss his retirement. When this press conference is called, fans will finally have their chance to celebrate one of the most important defensive leaders the Steelers have had over the past decade.

Of those three veterans, Farrior could be the one the Steelers miss most in 2012. Sure, his production was on the decline, but the former No. 8 overall selection (1998 NFL Draft) of the New York Jets, was the emotional and vocal leader of the defense, something that is not easily replaced. At this moment, Larry Foote and Stevenson Sylvester are competing for his starting spot at inside linebacker, and Foote seems to be picking up the leadership mantle early in the OTA process. Extremely fitting, since Foote learned his trade (and the Steeler way) from Farrior when he broke into the league.

stb_steeler
05-28-2012, 12:04 AM
Potsy was one of my favorite Steelers along with Hines.
Gonna be a strange upcoming season not seeing these guys on the field.

Galax Steeler
05-28-2012, 05:11 AM
No surprise here with his age there was really no other option. There could have been another team that might have took a chance on him but I think retirement was the best for him.

steeltheone
05-28-2012, 06:54 AM
The Steelers were extremely generous with Smith ( lots of pay and no play ) the last 3 years.

I always got the feeling Farrior thought he was still elite. Could be the competitor in him.

lardlad
05-30-2012, 08:48 PM
Farrior was well recognized but not enough. 95% of his career was rock solid. He was a 9-5 meat and potatoes kind of player. Nothing dramatic but just solid. In his prime one of the best tacklers in the league, just text book.