As Ed Bouchette reported a short while ago, James Farrior becomes the latest Steeler to slated for release.
Farrior, a captain for the past eight seasons, will leave a leadership void in the Steelers locker room as big as any they've ever felt. While he had neither the acrobatic flare of a Troy Polamalu or the menacing presence of a James Harrison, Farrior, or "Potsie" as he is called, was the unquestioned leader of the Steelers defense.
LaMarr Woodley said as much to Ron Cook in this excellent column about Farrior's ability to deliver at an advanced age -- and that was three years ago -- and it wasn't any less true when Cook wrote about Farrior in 2005, then the defending team MVP determined to lead his squad to a Super Bowl title. He did. Two of them.
With the releases of Farrior, Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, Chris Kemoeatu, Bryant McFadden, and the retirement of Chris Hoke, the Steelers only have six starters remaining frrom the Feb. 6, 2006 roster of Super Bowl XL -- Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Max Starks, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, Larry Foote and Casey Hampton -- and four other members of that team: Charlie Batch, James Harrison, Trai Essex, Brett Keisel. Starks, Batch and Essex could all become unrestricted free agents on March 13.
Something of an ageless wonder, prepare yourself for the sting of seeing Farrior in another team's uniform in 2012.
Some Post-Gazette images followed by some YouTube clips of Farrior throughout his stellar Steelers career:
Some fun Farrior related clips from the run-up to Super Bowl XLV: