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Three & Out: Lawrence Timmons

Written by Dan Gigler on .

timmons originalPart 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 Florida State Seminole linebacker Vince Williams?

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 Boston and what do you make of the goaltender situation?

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 [Crosby]. We have so many players – we have a lot of guys that are stepping up for us. I’m just excited to see the games. ... Fleury has done so much for us, but you can’t really switch up things right now. I’m not a hockey coach at all, but it’s the playoffs. You gotta go with what’s winning now and we got a great coach, so – he knows what he’s doing. 

& 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 Paris for a little bit. Had a good time over there. I saw the Unknown Soldier’s tomb in the center of Paris (the Arc de Triumphe). I saw Notre Dame. I saw Paris Saint-Germain, the big soccer team play. It was crazy. Definitely different than here. [The fans] were singing the whole time. I went to see Chelsea play Man U. at Wembley (Stadium where the Steelers will play in September) in London. What’s the big Ferris Wheel? The Eye. I saw The Eye. I saw Big Ben – not [our] Big Ben. I went there and Rome. Saw the Vatican. Saw all the churches, the Pantheon. I saw the Colosseum. It was great. [The cities] all have something special about them. You can’t go wrong over there. 

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Above: Lawrence Timmons poses with some very surprised Steelers fans at La Botticella Birrera in Roma -- a.k.a. the Roman Steelers bar.

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