ASK THE STEELERS – JASON WORILDS – PART 2
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.
John Roetter in Naperville, Illinois asks: What are your main goals for the upcoming season? Jason Worilds: To earn respect from the guys. To let them know that I am going to get the job done. Just to play my part, contribute any way I can and let's win the Super Bowl.
Shawn Aiwohi in Brentwood, California asks: How does it feel to be part of a defense that highlights the play of their most valued weapons - linebackers? Jason Worilds: It's an honor. For them to pick me in the second round, it's an honor. It also says something about what they see in me. Being a college defensive end and the Steelers being known for such great linebackers, for them to pick me so high and put that much faith in me, it's an honor to play for that type of organization.
Barry Price in New Jersey asks: Do they throw a lot at you during mini-camp? Jason Worilds: Definitely. You wouldn't even be able to fathom how much. It's not a walk in the park. They don't hold your hand. They throw it at you and it's up to you to pick it up. I think I am doing a good job coming along.
Don Palmer in Ohio asks: What was it like to put a Steelers helmet on for the first time in mini-camp?Jason Worilds: It was something special. To put that helmet on and that gold jersey on and go out there and fly around with some of those older guys, some of the guys you see on TV, to be in the huddle with some of those guys and ask them questions was special. Anybody who has the dream to play in the NFL, it was a dream come true.
Jared Lewis in Michigan: You hear a lot about the camaraderie in the Steelers locker room. What was your first impression of that?Jason Worilds: They are tight knit, extremely tight knit. The coolest part is they welcome you right in. You come into the locker room and you expect to get ridicule and a lot of negative things, but they put their arm around you and welcome you in. While it's business-oriented, they do know how to relax and enjoy each other so that's cool.
Tony Ellis in Connecticut asks: Is it overwhelming as a rookie coming to a team where you have Pro Bowl linebackers on the roster?Jason Worilds: No. I think it's a great place to be. Those are two great examples to learn from, two guys to watch. They are two examples of how I should be playing the game. To sit back and watch them is an honor. I am looking forward to it.
Kevin Flaherty in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania asks: What will it be like tobe coached by one ofthe best defensive coaches in NFL history and by a Hall of Fame player in Dick LeBeau and his complex defensive schemes? Jason Worilds: That in itself is special. I could have ended up anywhere with any type of coach. To end up in this situation with such a prestigious coach and knowledgeable coach is something special. You can see from being around him how much he knows, how knowledgeable he is of the game and how wise he is. I am excited to get the chance to soak it all up.