Part of a semi-regular series of short interviews with Steelers players. Today: linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
So soft spoken he could make Troy Polamalu seem like a loudmouth by comparison, linebacker Lawrence Timmons is coming off of arguably his best professional season -- six sacks, three INTs, two forced fumbles and a TD -- yet was a Pro Bowl snub.
But having only turned 27 in the middle of this month, the former first-round pick from Florida State and seven-year veteran still has his best playing years -- and some likely trips to Honalulu -- ahead of him.
1: You’re reaching seasoned vet status on the defense – does that change your approach to things like OTAs or minicamp?
TIMMONS: It’s still the same. ... I’m still trying to be an essential part of this defense and make game-changing plays ... I’m just trying to get better in every area. That’s about it.
2: What are your impressions thus far of fellow
TIMMONS: He looks like a smart player. He’s very gifted with his athletic ability and I’m starting to get excited to see what he’s going to do in camp.
3: You’re a big Penguins fan. What do you think of the series coming up against
TIMMONS: I think we’re going to finish and go into another Stanley Cup and win. I’m a big Evgeni [Malkin] fan and I always like Sidney [
& OUT: You made a European tour this offseason – how was it and what did you see?
TIMMONS: I did. I had a lot of fun. I went to
Above: Lawrence Timmons poses with some very surprised Steelers fans at La Botticella Birrera in Roma -- a.k.a. the Roman Steelers bar.