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Old 12-21-2008, 07:14 AM   #1
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Bires: Aaron Smith for MVP
http://timesonline.com/articles/2008...2787685607.txt
By Mike Bires
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Published: Sunday, December 21, 2008 12:19 AM EST

Last season, the Steelers created quite a stir by choosing James Harrison as their Most Valuable Player. This year, they may cause a fuss by not voting for their star outside linebacker.

That’s right. Don’t be surprised if Harrison doesn’t repeat as team MVP.

That sounds outrageous considering he’s a candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. Harrison may get his share of votes as the league’s MVP.

So why would his teammates not choose him as the Steelers’ MVP?

It’s because of Aaron Smith.

First of all, Smith is an outstanding football player. It’s just so happens that he plays defensive end on a 3-4 defense. In a 3-4, it’s the linebackers, especially the outside ’backers, who are put in position to make the most “splash” plays.

Just look at what Harrison and LaMarr Woodley have done this season. They have combined for 26.5 sacks.

Smith “only” has 5.5 sacks this year. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t playing at a high level. He’s especially good at stuffing the run. He’s been long regarded as one of the league’s most underrated defenders.

Secondly, Smith is one of the most admired players on the team. His down-to-earth personality and strong-minded work ethic have endeared him to his teammates the past nine years.

Then this year, the Steelers rallied around Smith when it was learned in October that his 5-year-old son Elijah was battling leukemia.

For awhile, there was fear that Smith’s son would not survive. But now, it’s been determined that young Elijah has an 80 percent chance of surviving.

How refreshing it is for the Steelers to see Smith going about his business as a football player the past few weeks knowing that his son has a promising prognosis.

This past Wednesday, however, there was genuine disgust in the locker room when the Pro Bowl rosters were announced. Only three Steelers were picked. That’s not a whole lot of all-stars for an 11-3 team with the NFL’s best defense.

Ben Roethlisberger, Casey Hampton, Woodley and Ike Taylor were some of the Steelers who may have been snubbed. But the most obvious snub, said the Steelers, was that of Smith.

That’s why it wouldn’t be shocking if Harrison doesn’t repeat as team MVP.

Last year when he had 8.5 sacks and six forced fumbles, Harrison got the nod over Roethlisberger even though he set franchise records with 32 TD passes and a 104.1 passer rating.

Harrison, who has 15 sacks this year, may be the Steelers’ all-time sack leader by the end of the day. That doesn’t mean he’ll be the team MVP.

There’s a genuine sense in the locker room that Aaron Smith could be the man.
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The team MVP usually has little to do with stats. It's usually a very well liked guy that works very hard and delivers on the field in ways that don't show as much in stats- hitting and degrading the other team.
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(Glad to know that Aaron's son is doing better. I'll have to say a prayer for the young lad and his family. Aaron's a real Steeler with his "down-to-earth personality and strong-minded work ethic" . That's what I like to see. - mesa)
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:51 AM   #4
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You can forget about the it. The media has already started it annual Manning's march to the MVP.
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You can forget about the it. The media has already started it annual Manning's march to the MVP.
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They are talking about Team MVP Texasteel. Which is a fair assessment considering what he brings to the table and all that he has been through this season.
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I totally expect Aaron to be voted team MVP. His teammates and the fans know he's worth his weight in gold.
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I see it this way, without Aaron Smith our linebackers wouldn't be as good ( not taking anything away from them cause they are still freaks of nature)

This man does everything for this team, and still gets his decent amount of sacks

Add the personal problems he's had to deal with this year and this guy is my MVP. Would be nice if he got it
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They are talking about Team MVP Texasteel. Which is a fair assessment considering what he brings to the table and all that he has been through this season.
Yea I know Hitman, I just couldn't resist taking a swing at the Manning loveing media.

If you remember what happened to us after he went down last year, I would say he is a resonable choice.
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Yea I know Hitman, I just couldn't resist taking a swing at the Manning loveing media.

If you remember what happened to us after he went down last year, I would say he is a resonable choice.
Lol..carry on then.
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i'd have no problem if lurch was named team mvp (polamalu and james and even ben are worthy candidates). i doubt any of the teammates would have any qualms about it either.
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