ASK THE STEELERS – LARRY FOOTE – PART 2
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Ryan Patterson in Fort Lauderdale, Florida asks: From the comments players have made, it sounds like the Steelers are a close-knit bunch. Do you feel like you're coming home?Larry Foote: Oh yeah, absolutely. It hasn't been a year yet but it feels like 10 years since I have been gone. I feel right at home. This is definitely my home.
Toni Morrow asks: How did the Detroit locker room compare to the Steelers locker room?Larry Foote: The Detroit locker room was an awkward situation. They brought in so many new people. They were in a rebuilding stage. They had guys coming from a lot of different places. They didn't have that tightness and unity that you have with the core of guys who have been there for years. You can't compare it to Pittsburgh.
George Terek in York, Pennsylvania asks: How does the Steelers defense intend to improve this season?
Larry Foote: From number five last year to number one. There wasn't much of a drop off last year. We just have to close games out. We let some slip through our fingers last years. This year we are going to shut the door on them.
Linda Loritts in Conover, North Carolina asks: What will you bring to this year's team?Larry Foote: Quality of play, professionalism and leadership. A guy who has be there, done it and ready to do it again.
S. Everett in Hackensack, New Jersey asks: Was it hard leaving the Steelers after winning a Super Bowl with the team?Larry Foote: It was tough when I started going through the fire. Just being somewhere new and seeing it, it started being tough. When I first left I was thinking about myself, my personal game and stuff I wanted to accomplish. Once I realized it's not about your goals, it's about winning and being where you are comfortable, during the course of the season it started to be tough on me.
Danny King asks: Was it tough to play in Detroit and lose after being used to winning in Pittsburgh?
Larry Foote: It was rough. Every since I was a little kid I have been breaking Nintendo games, crying when I lose at little league games because I always want to win. You have to go through a losing environment to know how tough it is. I didn't want to be in that long.
Jason T. Rompola in Ardmore, Pennsylvania asks: Did you always dream of playing for the Lions growing up in Detroit and what was it like playing for his hometown team?
I always thought it would be great to play in front of my friends and family. It was a great experience. I made a lot of connections. It was cool. My friends and family saw me play. I haven't seen Detroit in the fall in a long time. It was good.
Randy Fone in Nampa, Idaho asks: How do the rookies look? Is there anyone that you see making an immediate contribution to the team?
Larry Foote: Our draft picks are going to get a shot. You don't know until you put the pads on. Kevin Colbert and those guys do a good job bringing quality players in so I know they are going to be good.