They Said It - Quotes from the Steelers in Tampa Day 3


They Said It:

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on changing his preparation for this Super Bowl:
"I'm treating it more like a game. Yeah, it's a Super Bowl and we have an opponent, but it's just about having fun. I treated it like a big game the first time and it didn't work out so well for me. I'm going to try to treat it like it's a normal game. You know what's going on and you know it's more than just that, but I'm just going to come out here and have fun on Sunday."
Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes on the publicized practice of kids in Belle Glade chasing rabbits: 
"I chased rabbits up until my sophomore year of high school. I actually did it a couple of times during my freshman year of college; I came home and had some free time to lounge around, and I went out to chase rabbits just to see if I still had it. That was something that we did to pass time and to make money as kids, because jobs were very scarce where I'm from in Belle Glade. The opportunity to catch rabbits and sell them to people in the area allowed us to make money and to take care of ourselves. On a single day we would probably get between 30 and 40 rabbits and we would sell them for two or three dollars and make money that way."
Quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson on Ben Roethlisberger's leadership skills at his age:  *"He's a special quarterback. He's showed it since his rookie year when he stepped in and won a whole lot of football games. In his second year he goes to the AFC Championship Game and then he wins the Super Bowl. So like I said, he's a special quarterback."
Tackle Max Starks on how important it is to have played in a previous Super Bowl:

"I would think that it is very important to have a veteran squad and a majority of guys who have been in this situation. Having been a first-timer before and coming back a second time around, we have a new appreciation and understanding about how to go about things. People can get caught up, and it's our job as veterans who have been here before to lead the younger guys and keep them focused on our goal. This Media Day is a great day, as are the events and opportunities that are afforded to you because you are at the Super Bowl. There are a lot of distractions, but you have to realize that we are the ones who have to take the field on Sunday and are competing for the ultimate prize in this sport, the Vince Lombardi Trophy. You have to be mindful of that and respect that aspect of it as you go about the week."
Wide receiver Hines Ward on Steelers fans: *
"They go hand-in-hand. It's a blue-collar town. They go out and work hard. It's hard to get tickets in the city of Pittsburgh and at Heinz field. The tickets are passed down from generation to generation. When you're born you come out with a 'terrible towel' in your hand. It's a love between the city and their team. When the Super Bowl is over with, they can't wait until training camp. They look forward to who we're going to draft, who's going to be the next up- and-coming guy. You appreciate that. Playing there, this is my 11th year. I'm pretty sure if I'm ever hungry I can knock on somebody's door and they'll welcome me with open arms and I can eat good anytime. It's a close-knit family. It's a great family city. We're role models in our communities and they support us so much."

Center Justin Hartwig on the development of the offensive line:

"It's been a gradual process, especially with me coming in as my first year as a starter. We had a couple of injuries early in the season and we got some young guys in there.  It's been a matter of us playing more and more together as the season went on and getting used to each other. I think we are playing our best football of the year. I think we struggled a little bit against Baltimore running the football, but we are committed to it at this point in the season. It's definitely going to be key for us to run the ball and I feel good about the offensive line and where we are. We had a couple of tough losses late in the season that really got us down. We go in there and we work hard every day. We are practicing hard but we spend a lot of time together off the field. We've been getting together during the week at my house and watching film and just talking through it without any of the coaches there. I think that's helped us out a lot."

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