Let’s Roll

Harrison Porter

The talk in recent news is if Jason Worilds can replace James Harrison? Would Worilds be able to follow in the footsteps as Harrison and Porter? Some experts are stating what Harrison has done and what Worilds has not shown. This is not really fair to me because Worilds has not played much too even be judged. All experts should be saying is what we can expect from Worilds. The part that has me looking forward to Worilds is his speed. We all know that Steelers are known for their relentless defensive blitzing and smash-mouth demeanor. Just ask Peyton Manning if he experience Worilds speed and hit. See video below:

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Worilds after the sack showed his hand signs that told the story to the Denver fans that he will continue to roll. How fast was Worilds in college? Worilds, led the country in quarterback pressures (38) his final season at Virginia Tech. Like I said in previous blogs, my only issue with Worilds is the running game. With time and practice he will adjust.

Worilds is a very confident, humble, quiet man. He will let his play do the talking. I say this to you Steelers Nation, come be a fan now of Jason Worilds. Come join hands with me on the bandwagon now before you look like a fool later.

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I BELIEVE!

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The Steelers Nation has been thinking of the upcoming season. From thoughts of what we will do in the draft, to the thoughts of whether or not there will be anymore current players cut. Players have left who have done so much for the team. As well, some players have come back home to the Steelers and have made comments about how they missed being here. The question I have more now than ever is who will fill the void? Steelers and some experts are talking about whether or not Jason Worilds will be James Harrison’s replacement. On the cornerback side, there is speculation that Cortez Allen will take Keenan Lewis’ spot. I’ve also heard rumors that his replacement could be William Gay. My heart tells me Lewis barely beat Allen last year and Cortez will beat out Gay this year. Questions will arise about how Allen and Worilds would hold up as a starter. Worilds is known for not being healthy and missing some time. However, I believe that he will do well. I also believe that Jason Worlids and Cortez Allen will be household names. I look for them to make so much of an impact that fans will be wanting to wear their jersey. Fans will not only say that they like these players, but also that they love them. I took notice to Jason Worilds last season and boy oh boy did I say “WOW”. He is so fast and physical! He lives up to the long standing reputation of Steelers Linebackers. Yes, I mentioned that Worilds is injury prone, but he also struggles to stop the running game. I must say though that the more time you play in the games the more experience you will gain and in time learn from your mistakes. As well, being a starter you will practice with the first stringers. So he will learn how to stop the run very quickly. Worilds’ backups are Chris Carter and Adrian Robinson Jr. I don’t know much about either player, but from what I have seen and observed Chris Carter better be ready to compete, because Robinson seems very hungry. Carter and Robinson will be fighting for the the backup position behind Worilds. On one hand Carter may struggle with staying healthy, but on the other Robinson hasn’t had the NFL experience yet. I believe Robinson will beat out Carter in becoming Worilds’ backup.

Cortez Allen will be one of those players that is like Troy Polamalu. Now I’m not talking about being soft spoken like Polamalu, for there will only be one guy that is so soft spoken and whispers when he talks. What I am talking about is that Allen will be that type of player that will let his game do the talking. He will have the quarterbacks looking to see where he is before they throw the ball. The difference between Lewis and Allen is that Lewis may have led the league and knocked down passes, but Allen will intercept the ball and take it to the house! Lewis to me was a very agile, all over the place player. He could jump and swipe the ball down. Lewis was known for being behind the wide reciver and batting the ball. Allen will be stuck like glue to the wideout’s hip. Allen will be an under cutter that will make quarterbacks want to throw their helmets, because they will be thinking he was out of postion, but instead he will have jumped in front of the wideout. Earlier, I watched a video of Allen playing against the bengals and he was defending A. J. Green. Allen knew that with his talent, the ball would not be thrown to Green. So, he drifted away from Green and towards Hawkins. Allen jumped underneath Hawkins and intercepted the football. This is a prime example of what I beleive Allen will be doing most of the time this season.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/pittsburgh-steelers/0ap2000000115406/Allen-picks-off-Dalton

He will be a jumper just like Polamalu. Yes, it can burn us on some games, but it can also be the type of talent that will save us from losing. I noticed that when Allen intercepts the ball, he is looking around to see where everybody is. He is looking around to make the best possible play, so that he can take it to the house! You can just see his determination! I can’t wait for this year to see how many interceptions Allen will have. If you are questioning Allen’s ability to make interceptions, I would advise you to go to youtube and watch Josh Victorian knocking a pass towards Allen. What a play by both defenders! Josh Victorian will also shock players and coaches this year. He had a rough start in his first two games last season against the Cowboys and the Chargers. However, we have to remember he was out of football for awhile. By the last two games of the season, Victorian had improved significantly and showed lots of promise. As for William Gay, his return to us from the Cardinals is good for the team and I always have liked him. I think that Taylor and Allen will be starters, and I wouldn’t be suprised if Victorian gives Gay some strong competition for third postition for cornerback. Victorian has been cut by NFL teams in the past, but has never given up on the game. For that reason, I truly believe in him. He has strength and determination and those are qualities that you need in order to succeed. Victorian’s determination and perserverance is inspiring and to him giving up is not an option. It’s people like him who inspire others to continue to follow their dreams. Where there is a will there is a way! When I think of Josh Victorian I think of the “Don’t Quit” poem. It is evident that he will prevail in life no matter what he does, because he will always strive to succeed. I am a fan of Josh Victorian as a football player and also as an all around person.

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There are not a lot of videos on Jason Worilds and Cortez Allen. Some might question why I believe they will be as good as I am saying they will. My response would be that I believe in their talent to get the job done, just like I have about other players in the past. I know we will be ok this season and we WILL be back in the playoffs! You can quote that. I know that there are a lot of questions regarding these players, but as long as they BELIEVE in themselves, they will make us BELIEVE in them! I BELIEVE and so should you!

Steelers Walking with Christ

There are so many reasons why I love the Pittsburgh Steelers. Like I said in previous blogs, I started to love the Steelers when I was seven years old. I remember the reason I fell in love with them was because of their uniform. When I got older and understood the sport more I started to follow players. Of course a player that I followed would leave and another player would replace that postition. One thing that never changed was the tradition of the Pittsburgh Steelers. You always knew year after year they would be in the playoffs. You knew year from year the fans would wave the terrible towel. As well, you knew year from year the Rooneys would be in charge as owners. The ownership of the Steelers has remained within the Rooney family since its founding in 1933. Those were the traditions that made me fall in love with and respect the Steelers. I always felt like the Steelers were the good guys out there on a Sunday evening. No matter who they played I always felt we had the best squad, but more importantly the most caring, respectful, kindest, gentlemen on the field. I started to find myself saying “GOD LOVES THE STEELERS”.

I would go to church and pray that the Steelers would win and when they did I thought it was because I prayed so hard. When getting older, thoughts came to my head that God doesn’t really care who gets to the superbowl. I always thought how many NFL players really, truly care about God? There are NFL players out there that make millions or hundreds of thousands of dollars and have all this fame, but do they forget where they came from? How many players before the game pray that they don’t get hurt because they don’t want to lose the fame, compared to them saying it’s a blessing and that they are grateful and don’t want to lose the job? There are so many men who have in the past been entered into the NFL draft and never received a call. There have been so many high school football stars, who could of been college stars but were never afforded the opportunity because they did not receive a full scholarship and could not afford college tuition on their own. Whatever the situation was, so many people would love that opportunity to have the money, success, and fame like the NFL players and other sport players get. Without God though, they would not have their talent. Talent is a blessing from God. Without respect and gratefulness to God their talents can be taken away in a second.

I became a member of twitter with the hope of being able to talk to Steeler players. When I signed up, a friend told me that I would never get a reply from more than one or two players. Well, I can say it sorta hurt me to think I was wasting my time. I thought that it would be embarrasing to send a message for everybody to see and not get a reply. If a Steeler player does talk to me is it because they were bored and nobody was on twitter? Yet I still wanted to do it, because I love Steelers Nation and the players. I was totally shocked at how many replied back to me. I was wondering if it was something I had said or if they felt they had to respond. I realized after a while that they were responding to my tweets because they were just good people wanting to reach back to fans with a response. Now that I have been on twitter, I have realized the final reason why I love the Steelers so much. Some says you shouldn’t mix football with God. However, I feel that all individuals who are blessed with great God-given talent should praise God and give him acknowlegement. Football players should be grateful to be able to put on a pair of cleats and know that so many people would desire to be in their shoes.

So, my final reason why I love the Steelers is that they walk with Christ and they truly are the most caring, respectful, and kindest, gentlemen. I see it day after day through their responses and how they live. Yes, I know in the background I hear people talking about the Big Ben situation as well as Rainey and Alameda Ta’amu and downing them for their actions. To that I say that nobody is perfect and if you think we are perfect like God, well then you need to read the bible. Anybody who lives on this earth is a sinner. We all make mistakes and we all fall down. Yet a saint is a sinner who fell down and got up. So, yes we are not perfect, but we can strive to make up for our mistakes. When reading and talking to the Steelers players I see the connection they have with God. I see the big heart they have for their fans and for their families. I see how they give thanks for being in the NFL. As a fan and a christan, that truly means a lot to me. I know I hear words coming back to me that all Steelers might not believe in God or that they don’t give him praise. I understand that, but the ones I talk to do and I love and admire that. Read the profiles and you will be shocked at how many give thanks to the man above. I took notice of this when talking to Kelvin Beachum and viewing his page. Kelvin’s page States: “Honoring Jesus Christ in everything I do. Go Steelers, Go Mustangs.” He also stated: “Honoring Jesus Christ in everything I do. A man of intergrity, a man with a plan, committed to excellence, taking pride in everything I do.” Kelvin was the first to make me smile and say thank you for loving God as much as I do. Not all profile pages were like that, but the ones that I took notice to showed me they were man enough to show that they love God. They showed that they are sinners and that they are becoming better. As a fan of a player or a person, I have to love that as well. I took time to read other profiles and saw these.

Justin King – “God fearing man/husband..working on becoming a better person everday…”

Josh Victorian – “God’s son & a proud dad. Never ask permission but will always ask for forgiveness.#NFLCornerBack #35 for the @Steelers #La.Tech Instagram-jDot_Sr”

Demarcus Van Dyke -“The Not Fake DeMarcus Van Dyke twitter account. Rarely slacking, Always Bappin. Father of 1, Thank GOD”

Larry Foote- “The Official Twitter Page of Pittsburgh Steelers LB Larry Foote. Man of God, Husband, Father, Friend, Brother. #WhatUpDoe”

Adrian Robinson Jr.- “God be my strength, God give me life.mouth shut and heart open. Embark on my journey too Greatness… Steelers 57.”

Robert Golden- “1st Give an Honor to God. Played #Defensiveback at #UofA 08-11 #Beardown Now a Pittsburgh Steeler #SteelersNation #Instagram:R0bG0lden”

Cortez Allen- “CB for the Steelers. Product of prayer. GGG Put’n in the work 2 make it all work 4 appearances,media,special requests hit @1stladyxamsport”

DaMon Cromartie-Smith- “The Official Twitter page of DaMon Cromartie-Smith Pittsburgh Steelers safety #42 Walking by Faith ….Stay hungry, Stay Humble, Stay Honest, #HHH”

Baron Batch- “Do everything you’re passionate about. Use all the talents God has given you. Live life. Love Life….and Life will love you back.”

Antonio Brown- “Pittsburgh Steelers #84 Wide Receiver Chest Up, Eyes up, Prayed up”

(Now please keep in mind that the above are only examples of a few of the profiles that mention God’s love. The above listed men are not ashamed to announce that God is first and foremost in their life.)

So many Steelers now and in the past give back. That to me, is a way of working for God. We all know that Charlie Batch does so much for the community. Ryan Clark has done so much for sickle cell disease awareness, research, treatment and programming in Pittsburgh. Lamarr Woodley donated $60,000 to the Saginaw Public Schools athletic department to cover the pay-to-participate expenses for athletes. “DA BEARD” Brett Keisel shaved off his beard at an event and raised over $40,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC. That was just to name a few. So much kindness and genorosity has been shown by players on the Steelers team.

I recently have been in contact with Verron Haynes. I would really love to meet him in person. Verron serves as a Board of Directors member for TurningPoint in Alpharetta, GA. TurningPoint is a non-profit Women’s Healthcare organization that was established in 2003 in response to the unmet survivorship needs of women with breast cancer. Verrnon’s profile states: “Born in Trinidad, UGA To Superbowl Champion. Striving to become a better man than i was yesterday, living by faith n not by sight!”

I close with this comment. It doesn’t matter if you are a present player or a past player – the Steelers tradition will always remain. The die-hard fans always stay! Steelers football stays the same! The hard working team! Steelers football is known as the winning program. They are known for the terrible towels (other teams have tried to copy our towels but imitators are never as good as the original.) Steelers are known for Superbowl history. I think they should also be known as people that are walking with Christ. When you see them as I do, I think it is easy to look past the dropped pass or the failed field goal kick. Maybe look past the fumble or interception. Say to yourself in life we make mistakes, but we dust ourself off and get up and continue to strive to do our best. As sinners we fall, but we get up. So that, my friends, is why we have SIX SUPERBOWLS. FOR GOD NOT ONLY LOVED THE WORLD… HE ALSO LOVES THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS!

GOD

FAST MONEY

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His name is Mike Wallace AKA “Fast Money”. Where will he end up calling his home for the upcoming season? We all would say it’s not going to be Pittsburgh anymore. I don’t have the answers as to where he will go. Vikings might make a run for him now that they traded Percey Harvin to Seattle. The only answer I have in my head is that Wallace cares more for money than he does his future stats. I am sorry, it’s just my opinion but I feel so right about it. It appears as though Mike Wallace would rather have big money instead of the big stats. Stats not money is what will make people remember his name. Last time I checked money doesn’t get you into the Hall Of Fame. Yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers struggled alot last season. However, it was the first year with coach Todd Haley. It takes time to learn what each player can do and their strengths and weaknesses. It’s one thing to look at the players on tape, but another thing to talk to them in person and figure out how confident they are with the schemes of the new offense. Mike Wallace had plenty of drops last year and I myself was cussing at the t.v screen. As mentioned before Mike Wallace is one of my all-time favorite players. That is why I was cussing, because I wanted him to do good as well as the whole team. I am hearing rumors of Mike Wallace going to the dolphins and I think who would I rather have throwing me the ball? Would I want to have the two time superbowl winner Ben Roethlisberger or a boy growing up to be a man, Ryan Tennehill? The stats of last year don’t lie for both Quarterbacks. Tennehill had more yards! You look and think, that is what you want to see. However, did we forget that Big Ben was hurt last year? When you compare it to yards Ben passed 45 more yards a game. Yes Tannehill has the avantage on how he can scramble and run down the field. In week 16, Tannehill set a franchise record for longest run by a quarterback by rushing 31 yards in a single play. The previous record was set by Pat White, who had a 30 yard run during the 2009 season. As well, Tannehill went on to set franchise rookie records for passing yards, attempts, and completions. So, with those remarks what gives the edge to Roethlisberger now? I would say not only has Roethlisberger shown he is a winner in the superbowl column but he is a better fit for Wallace. Roethlisberger is always praised for how he can get out of the pocket and make things happen. Think long and hard before last season about what Mike Wallace did for two seasons in a row. During Mike’s rookie season, he lead the entire league in average yards per reception with 19.4 yards. In 2010, Wallace averaged 21.0 yards per catch, the most of any AFC receiver. Think about 2011 when Big Ben and Mike Wallace connected for a 95 yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. The longest in Steeler’s history! Now, we look at last season and see that there was a major drop off due to a new offense and injuries. However, Wallace still had a productive year with long passes including an 82 yard touchdown play. It was against the Tennessee Titans. See below video:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap2000000078788/Wallace-82-yd-TD

To sum it up, he is more of a deep threat than a slant wide receiver. Can Tennhill throw as deep as Roethlisberger? In the league, you need experience to be successful. I truly believe that Big Ben has helped Mike Wallace become the player that he is today. Without Big Ben he will not be as productive. The two go hand in hand. Maybe Ryan and Wallace could make a duo later on in years, since they are young, but as of right now I sure don’t see it. In my own opinion “Fast Money” Mike Wallace is thinking money and not superbowl, pro-bowl, or Hall Of Fame for that matter. If he ends up anywhere other than in Pittsburgh, I will be shocked like the rest of you. However, if Vikings even pick him up it will be a downgrade from what he can do with the Steelers. The Steelers had a lot of injured players last season as well as new coaches. Yet, we were the number one in defense in the league. By the way, that means we get the ball more than being on the bench waiting for the offense to get back out there. As a Mike Wallace fan, I just want him to make a decision that will help him to be remembered 20 years from now. I honestly think if he ends up with another team based on his own decision it will not only hurt him as a person but hurt him as an NFL player. When we are talking about Roethlisberger, Bradshaw, Green, Lambert, Polamalu, and Swann… Wallace will be mentioned as the guy that left the Steelers in order to have more money in his pocket but in doing so sacrificed the opportunity to become a legend. Rather than having his name mentioned in the company of Steelers greats, he will be included in the company of those who played with us for only a few years and then became a laughing stock for making a choice that would surely come back to haunt them when they think about what could have been. Wouldn’t it be tragic if he leaves the Steelers and goes to a team with so many issues, and then he has to sit back and watch his former team in the playoffs that same year. If I know one thing for sure it is that the Steelers will always be the team mentioned not just in the AFC but in the NFL time and time again. We will always be the team to watch out for! We can take the wild card and end up victory dancing in the superbowl. NEVER count the Steelers out especially when our team isn’t bogged down with injuries! So, soon the choice will be up to Wallace – choose to be a winner and have everlasting fame, or just be the man known as “Fast Money” with tons of cash whose career ended in a dash, leaving many to have a big laugh.

Please leave comments! I’d love to hear your opinion.

Job well done!

A good video of James Harrison! James Harrison was a undrafted free agent in 2002.  Now a free agent again, His resume will list a five-time Pro Bowl selection, 2 time Super Bowl winner. He truly has done a lot that most NFL players could only wish for.  We all know that without his interception in the Super Bowl, we wouldn’t have one for the thumb.   After Franco Harris Immaculate reception, James Harrison inteception has to be the greatest play in Steelers history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqnQwKAI4OE

One thing though I would like to add, is something we don’t really take pride into anymore. James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, and Ryan Clark are always physical.  You hear other teams fans saying James Harrison was a dirty player. They always had to comment on Hines Ward as well. I noticed last year that our running backs Redman and Dwyer took players head on.  Yet it just seemed we lost the games we were not physical. I will truly miss James Harrison for being out their putting fear into the opposing quarterbacks.  It felt like when James, Troy, and Ryan was out there being physical you had the announcers mention the Steel Curtain.  I hope that this year even without Harrison we can get back to that FEAR and PRIDE that we had long time ago.

James will truly be missed by so many. However, I am sure all AFC quarterbacks are thanking Jesus on this Sunday Morning!

Thank you!

This is just a quick acknowledgement to say thank you to some Steelers. I always thought that to see a Pittsburgh Steeler player I would have to travel to training camp. There I would scream my head off and pray they would just make eye contact with me. I never realized until 2007 that there was a local show hosted by Collectors Showcase of America (www.csashows.com) that takes place at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA where various athletes come three times a year in order to sign autographs. I have met some amazing players! I have a photo album of all the athletes I have met. My wife wanted this done for my son to see when he got older. I make sure that I purchase an autograph of a Steelers player every time I go and display the item in my Steelers room. So here I was thinking I’d get to meet them only three times a year, unless I go to training camp and scream my head off to get one to say Hi. Which player would care that I am a fan? What player would show support back to their fans? I am sure there are many out there. However, there has been six Steelers players that have supported me in making blogs and showing kindness by talking to me on twitter and facebook. This is just to say THANK YOU! Thank you to Josh Victorian, Demarcus Van Dyke, Ramon Foster, Adrian Robinson Jr., Cortez Allen, and Jonathan Dwyer. Thank you for the talks and letting me know that fans are appreciated in your eyes. So many athletes think their skills make the money. However, without fans there wouldn’t be NFL football. For you all to take the time and do things like retweet my blogs, direct personal talks, and being a follower to show support, it truly means a lot to me! So, I want the world to know, that you guys are more than just football players! You guys are truly kind Gentlemen!

Adrian Robinson Jr.

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Ramon Foster

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Demarcus Van Dyke

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Josh Victorian

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Cortez Allen

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Jonathan Dwyer

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