Steelers keeping busy after Super Bowl


By Teresa Varley 

Steelers players have been in demand since Super Bowl XLIII, taking part in autograph signings and making numerous television appearances.
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, the game's MVP, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CNN, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly and BET's 106 & Park.

"All of it has been great," said Holmes. "I never thought I would be in Beverly Hills, where I was a couple of weeks ago. To wake up in the morning and step outside of my hotel and this is where one of the most famous movies, Pretty Woman, was filmed and I am here. It's been amazing."
Woodley also appeared on 106 & Park, as well as BET's Rip the Runway Fashion show, where he hit the catwalk.
"It was great to have those opportunities from winning the Super Bowl," said Woodley. "I am just doing it and enjoying it."
While those players have been on the go since the Super Bowl, running back Willie Parker has kept things very low key.
"It's more relaxed now," said Parker. "I went home and relaxed and celebrated with my family."

Another stop for Woodley was his alma mater, Saginaw High School, where he had his high school jersey retired.
"It was great," said Woodley. "We have had a lot of great athletes come out of Saginaw, Michigan. To have my jersey retired was a great thing.
"My school honored me and my city honored me. They put up a billboard for me on the highway. I can't wait to get back there and see that."

Over 20 current Steelers won their second Super Bowl with the team when they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Tampa, and for Hines Ward, it doesn't get old.
"I thought winning the first one would feel good, but winning the second one is even extra special," said Ward. "We overcame a lot with the tough schedule and injuries and still stayed the course to win the Super Bowl.
"It's a blessing. There are a lot of players in this league that envy us making it to the Super Bowl and not just making it, but winning. I have put in 11 years, a lot of blood, sweat and tears and to have two Super Bowls is almost surreal. It is definitely a great feeling."
Woodley, in just his second season, won his first Super Bowl this year and knows how lucky he is to achieve a goal like this so early in his career.
"That's what a lot of veteran guys talk about, that you never know if you are going to have another opportunity to come back here and compete for a Super Bowl," said Woodley. "Playing in the Super Bowl in my second year is a great opportunity. I am enjoying it right now and want to do it again."
He isn't the only one who feels that way. Parker likes the feeling of being a two-time winner and wouldn't mind adding to it.
"It's definitely different this time," said Parker. "It feels like we are supposed to win, like we are supposed to do this."

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