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The laughs behind the Steel Curtain

The Steelers' defense may be hard-nosed, but you wouldn't know it from hanging with 'em. The Flem File

Updated: December 19, 2008, 10:00 AM ET
By David Fleming | Page 2

The Steelers' massive indoor practice field stood empty, dark and silent when, one by one, members of the NFL's best defense slipped in through a side door and shuffled quietly toward the only light in the entire building, coming from inside a nearby racquetball court. Linebacker James Farrior was first, followed by MVP candidate James Harrison, massive nose tackle Casey Hampton, a long string of jumpy, chatty defensive backs and safety Troy Polamalu, who untied his long hair as he walked.

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