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Old 07-17-2009, 03:54 AM   #1
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Default ASK THE STEELERS – KEENAN LEWIS – PART 2

From Steve Foley in West Virginia: What was your first impression of the attitude among the team?
Keenan Lewis: I knew I had to put on and perform. When draft picks come around they look for the true skills. The bar is set high here. I knew I had to go out and compete.

From Karen Caster in Tennessee: You hear the players talking about the team being a band of brothers. Do you get that feeling already?
Keenan Lewis: Definitely. On and off the field they hang out together. They help the rookies out a lot. I am fortunate to be in an organization where guys like Deshea (Townsend), Fernando (Bryant), Ike (Taylor) and Willie Gay. They help me out and give me advice. That is a blessing.

From Douglas Felter in Connecticut: What is it like to have your friend and high school teammate Mike Wallace here as a rookie too?
Keenan Lewis: It is a great opportunity. I never thought it would happen. He pushes me, I push him.

From Greg Hill in Ohio: Did you talk to Mike Wallace right after you were drafted?
Keenan Lewis: Oh yeah. We were right at work from the beginning. We knew the system they had and the standards. We were ready to go.

From Jason Martin in Virginia: Do you and Mike Wallace challenge each other, study together?
Keenan Lewis: We are definitely going to challenge each other. I know if he makes a big play on me they are going to hear about it at home. If I make a big play I am going to tell the whole city. We just are going to compete.

From Mark Glower in Ohio: What will be the biggest adjustment coming from college to the pros?
Keenan Lewis: The mental part of the game and how fast it is and the play calling. It’s about just understanding the game more to become a better player.

From Cindy Maple in Pennsylvania: Is the Steelers defensive scheme hard for rookies to learn in one year?
Keenan Lewis: It’s definitely hard to learn. You have to know so much. It is way different from college. It’s like being a freshman again.

From Dan Potts in Pennsylvania: Have you heard yet how passionate Steelers fans are about the team and are you looking forward to playing for a team with that kind of atmosphere?
Keenan Lewis: When I first got off the plane I saw nothing but Steelers stuff. Everywhere I go if they find out who I am they congratulate me and take me in like family. You can’t ask for more than that. It’s a blessing to be a part of this organization and I plan on working hard to stay here.

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It's allways good to see our veterans helping out the young guys on the team so that they don't feel lost and can contribute sooner in their career rather than later.
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But wait ... what was it like when he saw the six Lombardi trophies for the first time? I just can't go on living if the interview ends and I don't know the answer to that.
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