Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Media day notes
By James Walker
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
TAMPA, Fla. -- It was a wild and crazy Super Bowl Tuesday in the NFL.
Here are a few additional notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers' camp:
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- Monday's loose atmosphere upon arrival to Tampa was not an act. The Steelers were a relaxed bunch once again during Tuesday's media day. In 2005, many of the key players said they were more tense and played that way. It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh comes out and plays Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
- The players are embracing the pressure that comes with Pittsburgh already having won five Super Bowls. The Steelers are 5-1 in the big game all time, and several players say they don't want to ruin that record and they hope to add a sixth.
"You walk by and you see the five Lombardi Trophies sitting in the office, and you know it's a great pride that goes along with putting on the black and gold uniform," Steelers receiver Hines Ward said. "Being here and getting a chance to be the first team in NFL to win six championships has a special meaning."
- Speaking of Ward, the receiver said the warm weather is helping his knee recover faster. The temperatures in Tampa have been great all week, hovering around the mid- to high-70s. Ward had trouble staying warmed up and playing on the slippery surface at Heinz Field due to his sprained knee, which was part of the reason he didn't return in the second half of the AFC title game.
- The Steelers admitted Tuesday that they missed former linebacker Joey Porter for a crazy day like this. Usually, Porter was the guy the media flocked to because you never knew what he would say. That took a lot of pressure off the other players.
"Oh yeah, we all miss him," Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said. "What's really great about the fraternity of brothers that we have here is, if they go to a different team or a different city, their heart is still here. A lot of guys still talk to Joey."