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Old 10-08-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Ready for some Foote-ball?
By: Mike Bires -
Beaver County Times

Thursday October 8, 2009 11:46 AM

When it comes to pro foot­ball in the Motor City, there’s a whole new culture. These aren’t the same hap­less Detroit Lions that went 0-16 last year.

No less than 30 new play­ers were brought in to turn things around, including one who knows a thing or two about winning. That would be Larry Foote, who owns two Super Bowl rings from his days with the Steel­ers.

“I’m just being me,” Foote said of his impact in his native Detroit. “I’m just bringing that atmosphere, attitude and mindset here to these young guys and being the same guy I was in Pittsburgh.”

During his seven-year run with the Steelers, Foote developed into a solid inside linebacker and one of the most well-liked play­ers on the team. He was the only player on the roster to start every game from 2004­08.

But after the Steelers took Lawrence Timmons in the first round of the 2007 Draft, Foote knew his time in Pittsburgh was limited.

That’s why he asked for his release shortly after the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII in February. It was time for Timmons, who split time with Foote last year, to become an every-down player.

Foote wasn’t happy the Steelers waited until May to cut him. He could have fetched more money when free agency heated up in March. But at least he wound up playing mid­dle linebacker with the team he cheered for as a kid.

“It’s different,” Foote said of making the transition from a franchise that owns six Lombardi tro­phies to one that’s never even played in the Super Bowl.

“It’s hard being 1-3 right now. We don’t have the confidence and (swagger) those Steeler teams had.

But we’re getting better everyday.

“Since I got here during mini-camps, we have been growing as a team. So hopefully, we keep grow­ing.”

The new players include two first-round draft picks, quarterback Matthew Stafford, who’s questionable for Sunday’s game against the Steelers (2-2) with a twisted knee, and tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

But the biggest change for the Lions may be on defense where there are seven new starters.

Among them are outside linebacker Julian Peter­son, who went to eight Pro Bowls when he played with the 49ers and Sea­hawks, and Foote, who leads the Lions in tackles.

“Loves the game of football … he has passion about it. He loves the city of Detroit. He does a lot of stuff in the community,” said Jim Schwartz, the Lions’ first-year coach, about Foote. “He’s a leader in the locker room, practice field and during the game.

“He has talent to back it up. That stuff is useless if you don’t have talent to back it up. He’s a very instinctive player. He’s never been the biggest or fastest but he’s just been extremely productive.

He’s playing a completely different (4-3) scheme than (the 3-4) he played in Pittsburgh. It’s taking him a little bit of time to adjust, but his ability to produce became evident right away.”

Before and during Sun­day’s game, Foote will talk trash to his ex-teammates, just like he did to oppos­ing players when he played for the Steelers.

Who might Foote target with his banter?

“Everybody,” he said. “And yeah, I will trash talk Ben.”

“When it comes to trash talking, Foote’s one of the best in the world,” Steel­ers linebacker James Far­rior said with a laugh.

“But he’s a pretty good player, too. It was great having him here for all those years. I hated to see him go. But that’s busi­ness. So it’s going to be good seeing him on Sun­day.”
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All I have to say for Foote and the Lions defense is.......good luck trying to stop Ben, Mendenhall and the Steelers offense And yes Foote will be limited in his ability to trash talk on Sunday!
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