Cornering the Market: McFadden, Taylor, Colclough make bids to move up on the Steelers' depth chart
Saturday, August 13, 2005
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Unlike most modern-day athletes, rookie cornerback Bryant McFadden has an appreciation for the sport in which he competes and its history. That was apparent the first day he reported to training camp at St. Vincent College and announced he wanted to be a cornerback in the reckless mold of Dick "Night Train" Lane."
Lane, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, played 16 years before McFadden was born.
"I'm impressed he knows 'Train,' " said defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who played with Lane on the Detroit Lions. "I'll be more impressed if he plays like 'Train.' "
McFadden, the Steelers' No. 2 draft pick, said he wants to play with the abandon of Lane and the tenacity and aggressiveness of Jack Tatum, a combination that would make him, oh, say, the biggest impact cornerback to hit the National Football League since Charles Woodson.
For now, though, he is one of three young cornerbacks trying to fit into the Steelers' nickel and dime defensive packages. And he is part of the trio of kid corners hoping to play well enough possibly to replace veteran Willie Williams at left cornerback.
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