ASK THE STEELERS – BYRON LEFTWICH – PART 3
Steelers.com brings you the Ask the Steelers feature. Fans submitted the questions that were asked. Please understand that we receive an incredible number of questions for each player, with many of the questions being similar, and not all of the questions can be answered. We selected as many as possible, and took your questions to the current subject to get your answers.
Bryan DeArdo at Capital University asks: Despite all of your NFL success, where does your 404-yard, four touchdown performance in the 49-45 win over Toledo in the 2002 MAC Championship Game rank among your all-time greatest football moments?Byron Leftwich: It's up there. I remember everything. That is one thing about me. I remember every play, every game. I remember it all. It's a memory in my brain and brings back good memories of what we did at Marshall because it was special.
Kevin Flaherty in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania asks:How does playoff atmosphere feel in Pittsburgh?
Byron Leftwich: It's great. It an exciting time to see all of the things I saw during the Super Bowl run. Me being in Jacksonville I was used to playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers. When you are a part of this you realize this is a special place.
Jay Peterson in Ohio asks: Having played for the Steelers and against them, what do you think of Steelers fans?
Byron Leftwich: I love them. That is what football is all about. Even when you came here as the opposing team, Pittsburgh fans understand football so much. They have been around football so long. They are true football fans. Not a lot of people can say that. When you are the opposing team you understand what you get from the fans. It's what you expect. When you are a part of it and see the thousands of fans who come to the road games, it's a great thing.
Tammy Argyrakis in Princeton, West Virginia asks: After all these years in the league do you still have allthat confidence in your ability that Ihave admired since your college days?
Byron Leftwich: Oh yeah, that will never go anywhere. When I lose confidence in myself I will stop playing this game. My confidence is very high right now. I know I can play in this league. Just to have a chance to go out and play with a team like this is very exciting.
Morgan Miller in Bridgeport, West Virginia asks: Do you have any game day rituals?
Byron Leftwich: I don't wet my hands on game day. I don't wet my right hand.
Dale Munn in New York asks: What kind of advice can you give to the Steelers rookies?Byron Leftwich: The best advice I can give is be ready to come in and contribute and help win football games. That's what it is all about here. We are football players. There is some entertainment, and that comes when you win football games. I think Mike Tomlin does a great job of getting guys in here who he believes will give him the best opportunity to win football games. Come in here and be prepared to help win football games. That's all I can really say.
Luke Collins asks: What is the Steelers locker room like compared to other teams you played for?
Byron Leftwich: It's very different. It's a professional football team and they act that way. We have veteran guys who understand how to win football games. That's what you want. We are all on the football team to win football games. One thing I know about this locker room is everybody in there has one goal in common and that is win football games.