How do you stay so consistent, is it talent, work ethic or a combination?It could be deemed as a little bit of everything, but the most important thing is having great teammates, a great quarterback and preparation. The game is won with preparation. You have to be prepared.
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How much of what happens in September, October, for you on the field a result of what you do in March, April, etc.? **It's a direct correlation. The season will eventually get easy if in the offseason you work at it. Those are the moments that build you and prepare you for a great season.
You broke into the Steelers top 10 in all-time receiving yards. What's it feel like to keep moving up that list?It's a tremendous honor. These are things I will remember for the remainder of my life. This organization has been around for a long time and to start to make my mark on it is something I take to heart.
You know the names of the Steelers' all-time great receivers, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, and Hines Ward. Would you love to hear your name mentioned among those all-time greats?Absolutely. That is why we work and do it, to be one of the best and go down in history. You want to leave a legacy. To be mentioned with those guys, who already left their legacy, would mean a lot.
You talked to John Stallworth prior to the Tampa game, talk about being able to see those guys, talk to them, and get to know them?It's a tremendous honor to know those guys and get knowledge, information and encouragement from them. To hear them tell me they embrace what I am doing is special. It's great camaraderie between the past and the present here. It's something special.**
What's it like to go out there each week with a QB like Ben Roethlisberger?**There is nothing better than to play with a Hall of Fame quarterback, a championship quarterback. He is the reason for our success. He has put me in great position and makes me look better than I am.
You guys have such a great rapport, how have you developed that?It takes years of work building it and working on it every day. He always motivates me, pushing me. Even in practice, just making sure I am ready, never lollygag, be a leader. He harps on the little things to make sure we are always on cue to win games.
How long does it take to get your quarterback to trust you?It's ongoing. I think we have come a long way and continue to get better each and every year. We come in to camp with the same passion to work on it, get better and be on the same page.
Going back to training camp, you told fans to send you items and you would sign them. First off, why did you do that?We have a tremendous fan base, one that not everybody gets to experience and enjoy. On the road, in away stadiums, we have major support. I know everyone comes to camp every day and stays out there in the hot sun, about three and a half hours, non-stop screaming and cheering for us. Sometimes I have my family there and don't get a chance to touch everybody. I was thinking about something positive to get the fans engaged, sending me something that I can sign and return to them. It's just giving back. It was bigger than I thought, but that's the love of Steelers Nation. Is it a great feeling to see that kind of outpouring of support from Steelers fans?It's something special. It's something I appreciate and try to give back. If it's meeting the fans, taking a picture, or just stopping for an autograph, I relish the opportunity to be in that position.