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Old 08-21-2008, 07:50 AM   #1
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Wink Not so Fast Willie Parker ...

but he's still Fast Willie Parker...

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Who's the fastest Steeler? Not fast Willie


By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff
Published: Thursday, August 21, 2008 12:29 AM EDT
PITTSBURGH — Three years ago when asked to name the five fastest Steelers, Willie Parker smiled and said, “Willie. Willie. Willie. Willie. Willie.”

In other words, the speedy scatback believed he was in a class by himself.

This week with Jamaican track star Usain Bolt creating a world-wide buzz for his exploits in the 2008 Beijing Olympic, all of the Steelers’ fastest players have been watching with interest.

While they’ve followed Bolt’s astounding performances as he’s set world records in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, the subject of who is the fastest Steeler is once again a topic of discussion.

“I’d say me, Troy, Willie, Nate and Santonio,” said cornerback Ike Taylor, whose top five included himself, Parker, safety Troy Polamalu and wide receivers Nate Washington and Santonio Holmes.

Jeremy Bloom, a former Olympic skier trying to earn a roster spot as a wide receiver/kick return specialist, added another name to the list ... his name.

“I’d be happy to put my name in that mix,” said Bloom, a former sprinter who helped his high school track team in Colorado win back-to-back state titles.

In an informal poll of 10 Steelers with swift speed — all were running backs, wide receivers or defensive backs — it was possible to come up with a consensus top five.

Taylor got the most votes as the fastest Steeler.

Parker was second.

Wide receivers Nate Washington and Santonio Holmes were third and fourth.

Strong safety Troy Polamalu was fifth, just ahead of wide receiver Willie Reid.

Even Parker, who once ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds, reluctantly conceded his “fastest Steeler” title to Taylor.

“What do you think I’m going to say?” Parker said when asked about his top five. “Of course, I’m going to say me.”

But in his next breath he said, “Well, I’ll give other people a little more credit.”

Parker then listed Taylor first, himself second and the likes of Washington, Polamalu, Reid and Holmes as all tied for third.

Even though the Steelers are together each year from the end of July to the end of football season, they’ve never really staged a race to see which is really the fastest.

“We always talk about it, but we never get around to it,” Parker said.

Judging by the number of his teammates who say Taylor would win, he’d be the favorite.

“Of course,” Taylor said.

“Ike hands down,” added cornerback Bryant McFadden. “Ike would burn ’em all.”

Mike Bires can be reached online at mbires@timesonline.com.



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Old 08-21-2008, 07:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Not so Fast Willie Parker ...

Nice read. I don't care who is the fastest - I care who can get that ball into the EZ no matter which side of the ball they're on!
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:06 AM   #3
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Default Re: Not so Fast Willie Parker ...

Yeah, Willie might not be the fastest on the team, but he's certainly the most powerful. He's the perfect blend of speed and muscle. I'd like to see where he rates with the rest of NFL running backs as far a speed goes.
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Default Re: Not so Fast Willie Parker ...

At least none of them are actually claiming to be able to beat Bolt in a race. But then, they aren't the Bungles.
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He has slowed since the Super Bowl year, but he's more of a complete back.

Watch a game from 2005, and you can really tell the difference in his speed.
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Default Re: Not so Fast Willie Parker ...

I agree with Blast. Willie has gotten slower since 2005, but he's running with more authority and strength.
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Default Re: Not so Fast Willie Parker ...

That's great Ike is the fastest...too bad he can't catch the ball and run with it!!
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It's all Willie's fault that Ike can't catch the ball and run with it.
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Default Re: Not so Fast Willie Parker ...

I would figure that Hampton would have some speed now that he has lost 30 lbs.
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Default Re: Not so Fast Willie Parker ...

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At least none of them are actually claiming to be able to beat Bolt in a race. But then, they aren't the Bungles.


Chad may say he's too slow.
Like the E. Murphy stand-up.."If I raced a cheetah, I'D win!"
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