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Old 05-15-2006, 09:01 AM   #1
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - To Willie Parker, it must seem as though some people are convinced that his first season as an NFL starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers began and ended with his record 75-yard touchdown run in the Super Bowl.

"I've signed so many 75-yard autograph inscriptions, my hand's about to fall off," Parker said at the Steelers' weekend minicamp. "They always want you to sign 'Longest run in Super Bowl history' and all that."'
Not that Parker minds the distraction - after all, he hardly expected to be in this role, as a 1,000-yard rusher on a Super Bowl championship team, when he came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent two years ago.

Parker's touchdown run early in the third quarter of the Steelers' 21-10 victory over Seattle in the Super Bowl was one of the biggest plays in team history, but it was hardly his only play of the season. Parker, a backup most of his college career at North Carolina, ran for 1,202 yards last season, then added 225 yards in four playoff games.

But on a team where Jerome Bettis was the primary running back for most of his 10 years in Pittsburgh, in addition to being a visible leader and one of the signature faces in franchise history, Parker's excellent season probably didn't get the attention it might have attracted if he played for another team.

Even though Parker outgained Bettis by more than 800 yards, Bettis' drive for his first Super Bowl title in what proved to be the final season for the No. 5 rusher in NFL history was a headline story all season. Most of the national attention Parker received came after his Super Bowl run.

"That's OK," Parker said. "I'm still a young guy, I'm still learning, I'm still in the playbook every day, trying to get more knowledge of the offense."

What, he doesn't know all the playbook yet?

"No, I really know the offense," Parker said. "I'm just trying to gain a little more knowledge of it."

Now that Bettis has retired, Parker expects to share time with Duce Staley, the former Eagles 1,000-yard rusher who signed with Pittsburgh before the 2004 season. Staley averaged more than 100 yards per game for seven weeks, until an injury sidelined him for most of the rest of the season and allowed Bettis to regain his job.

With Bettis and Staley hurt during training camp last summer, Parker took advantage by rushing for 272 yards in his first two regular-season games. He went on to have five 100-yard games and will go into this training game as the starter.

Whether Staley's role will expand once the season goes on, Parker has no idea. He said he doesn't intend to lobby for more playing time or more carries than the 255 he got last season, just as he hadn't intended to say anything if the Steelers drafted a running back in the first round last month.
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:28 AM   #2
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And from KDKA

Willie Parker Not A One-Run Wonder
(AP) PITTSBURGH To Willie Parker, it must seem like some people are convinced that his first season as an NFL starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers began and ended with his record 75-yard touchdown run in the Super Bowl.

Not that Parker minds the distraction. After all, he hardly expected to be in this role when he came into the NFL as an
undrafted rookie free agent only two years ago.

He's a thousand-yard rusher on a Super Bowl championship team.

Parker's touchdown run early in the third quarter of the Steelers' 21-10 victory over Seattle in the Super Bowl was one of
the biggest plays in team history. But it was hardly his only play of the season.

Parker ran for more than 12-hundred yards last season, then added 225 yards in four playoff games.
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Default Re: Willie and his 75 yard td, and more

I heard Willie has been bulking up in the weight room for the extra work load........
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pictures of him throwing out the 1st pitch at the pirates game seemed to confirm that. dude is yoked.
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If he gets a lil bigger that's not a problem. He needs to get strong to be able to take hits. But he needs to keep up with his real weapon: speed. The man is faster than greased lightening. All he needs to do is learn to read where the hole is goin to be and step on the gas like the lil old lady from pasadena and no one will be able to catch him. One of the reasons his run was so amazin is because of his speed. If you watch the tape again as soon as he broke through NO ONE could catch him. He was gone. By the time he got to the end zone he was 15 yards at least in front of any other man chasin him. If we focus that ability teams won't know what to do. They'll get ready for a batterin, bruisin run and stock up heavy on the line and with one break Parker will be standin in the end zone celebratin before the other team realizes what is goin on. Willie needs a nickname.....somethin really fast.

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pictures of him throwing out the 1st pitch at the pirates game seemed to confirm that. dude is yoked.

yes he did and he should be after all he is the main man going onto the year and I for sure cant wait to see what he does
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any one got a clip of that td run??????
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here is a good pic

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AWESOME!!!!!! man i still get chills from it!
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Ditto. That's an awesome picuture that will never get old. "Catch me if you can."
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