Ike Tayor Makes First Showing At Steelers OTAs

Ike-Taylor-566x383[1]The Pittsburgh Steelers began their second week of OTA practices Tuesday and it also marked the first showing of long time veteran mainstay , Cornerback Ike Taylor.

Taylor, now entering his 12th season with the Steelers spoke to reporters after practice on a variety of subjects….

On the many new faces on the Steelers 2014 team…

Ike Taylor:“There are a whole lot of new faces,that’s a good and bad thing. It’s a good thing that I’m still here. I’ll give a shout out to everybody who left. But football is football. Football, you have to understand as a player, is a business. You never know when your time comes. Just for the moment you have to enjoy it.”

On if this will be his last season…

Ike Taylor“I don’t know; whenever the ball drops. All I know is that I’m going to enjoy myself and help this team as much as possible, I’m going to try to be the best teammate and going to be the best everything for this team and let the chips fall where they fall. “


On taking a pay-cut to stay with the Steelers…

Ike Taylor: “My salary is a lot of money … for anybody so, I’ve been fortunate enough to be making a lot of money since ’05. And you have to decide if you’re going to put your pride aside when that time comes, and that time came. Millions are millions no matter how you look at it, and that’s how I look at it.”

On his performance in 2013…

Ike Taylor:“It was a so-so year. But when you play long enough you are going to have a so-so year or two. But I didn’t like that. I understood that. I had to be honest with myself. Regardless of what it is in life, you have to get better.”


On the added speed on the Steelers defense this season…

Ike Taylor:: “Super-duper fast. (Cornerback) William Gay texted me all last week saying, ‘Hey man, I’m telling you it’s like a track meet on defense, from the defensive line all the way back to the secondary. These boys are running.’ When you look at it on the field and you actually play with them, you can see that they are running.”


Ike Taylor made his first showing at OTA’s , but the bigger news is the positive impact he is bringing to his young Steeler teammates.


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