ASK THE STEELERS – BRYANT MCFADDEN – PART 2
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Chris James asks: What is the strong point of your game?
Bryant McFadden: Being physical and consistent. That is what I work hard for, trying to be consistent and physical at the point of attack. Just because I play cornerback doesn't mean I don't like to stick my face in the fan a little bit and get dirty. I put that together to be a dependable, accountable corner.
Sherri Lovelace-Cameron in Youngstown, Ohio asks: Do you consider yourself a shut down corner?
Bryant McFadden: I consider myself to be a consistent corner. It's hard these days to define what a shutdown corner is because the rules of the game are different. The favor goes to the offensive guy. You can't touch after five yards, things like that, so it's hard to define. If I had to put a label on myself it would be consistent.
Peter Eck in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania asks: For many years the Steelers have had one of the topped ranked defenses in the league every season. What do you think it is about our organization that makes this happen?
Bryant McFadden: Coach LeBeau and what he brings to the table and the rest of the defensive coaching staff. Those guys have a great understanding of what we need to do to be successful. The final piece is the players. You bring in guys that want to compete, be successful and are hungry. You put them in the mix of things and you have the chance to be successful.
Brandon McCliment in Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania asks: What was it like in the Cardinals locker room when you joined the team last year, considering you had been part of the Steelers team that had beat them a couple of months before?
Bryant McFadden: I took a lot for that. Everybody was saying we shouldn't have won, they were a better team and we stole their ring. My first couple of weeks there it wasn't about getting congratulations, it was more about we shouldn't have beat them, things like that.
From Ed White in Michigan: What does Troy Polamalu mean to the Steelers defense?Bryant McFadden: He means a lot. He is one of the best safeties in the game. When he is out there he brings a lot to the table. You have to be accountable and know where he is. When he is not out there it's a big minus. He is an exceptional player and athlete. He is one of the best guys at his position.
M.R. Lowery in Florida ask: What is it like to be coached by Dick LeBeau?
Bryant McFadden: It's liked being coached by one of the wisest guys to put a helmet and shoulder pads on. He is a guy that played in our shoes, had success in this league and well-deserved is going into the Hall of Fame. Whenever he speaks you know you are going to get something positive out of it.
Christina DiGuilio in Indianapolis, Indiana asks: What does playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers mean to you?
Bryant McFadden: It means a lot. It means playing for a historic organization. Putting on the same helmets and pads numerous Hall of Famers have worn. It's the tradition you are expected to keep up. There is not one person you see around Pittsburgh that doesn't wear a Steelers jersey. I have even seen people wearing them out in Arizona. That says a lot.