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Old 10-10-2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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Team still distanced from Mendenhall

Listening to my tape over the past week, I've picked up on something that may give a little insight into how Rashard Mendenhall is perceived by his teammates.

When talking about the second-year running back, the only player who uses Mendenhall's first name is Willie Parker - a guy who would know him reasonably well from sitting through meetings with him.

Everyone else calls him Mendenhall.

Mendenhall didn't spend much time around the team after his injury last season - at least not until the playoffs. I only saw him on one road trip.

That's not really as big a deal as it was made out to be last season. He did his rehab. He got healthy. And some coaches don't like a lot of injured players around anyway because they really can't help the team - particularly a rookie.

But it's obvious Mendenhall isn't "one of the boys."

He's quiet and in fact, comes off as a little shy.

But another 165-yard game or two and you can bet the teammates will be talking differently about him.

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Old 10-10-2009, 11:45 AM   #2
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wouldnt buy too much into this. and if he plays like he did last week all the time, he is EVERYONES friend
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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To me this is not much of a story and, it is the media who creates most of the drama.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:12 PM   #4
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Default Re: Team still distanced from Mendenhall

What I saw last week was a guy who seems maybe shy,maybe humbled by the week on STs only. So he's quiet. That doesn't make him anti-social. Believe me if he continues to play like he did last week he'll have to get over being shy because he'll be the man.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: Team still distanced from Mendenhall

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I have friends like that; some of my closest friends in fact. We just happen to call each other by our last names. Certainly doesn't mean we're not close.

Now that I think about it, I always refer to Mendenhall by his last name as well. Or even more often, "Mendy".
No big deal. Not everyone is a social butterfly.

It's a non-issue that the media is making an issue, that's all.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:28 PM   #6
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No one on that team will care if he continues to show that he can run like last week. Shyness does not translate to good player just ask #92 and #43.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:37 PM   #7
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Not every player is a talkative social butterfly.

Rashard can be as shy as he wants as long as he takes care of business when called upon. Much ado about nothing.

See: James Harrison and Troy Polamalu.
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I like Mendy's persona. He seems humbled and well spoken and bright.
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This appears to be a non- issue that the media is making an issue.
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They probably refer to him as Mendy like we do, his name doesn't exactly trip off the tongue does it!
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