James Farrior Super Bowl XLV Media Day Interview Transcript

QUOTES FROM PITTSBURGH STEELERS MEDIA DAY

LINEBACKER JAMES FARRIOR

(on how important the Mexican fans mean to the team) “We love the Mexican fans. We love all our fans no matter what nationality you are. I feel very appreciative of what everybody brings.”

(on if he feels proud to have such a large fan base across the world) “Definitely. It definitely makes us feel proud to be a Steeler and to have all these fans, especially Mexican fans. We love their support. We always appreciate everything they do for us.”

(on what he feels are some of the challenges the Packers bring offensively) “They have a high-powered offense. Aaron Rodgers is playing some of the best football I’ve ever seen a quarterback play in the playoffs. He’s hot right now and they’ve got great wide receivers. They are probably going to throw the ball a lot on us. Coach Lebeau will probably come up with something to try to combat that.”

(on how he feels about representing the state of Virginia in the Super Bowl) “I’m definitely representing my home town in Virginia. I know all the people back at home are supporting me, rooting for me, and helping me try to get this third Super Bowl ring.”

(on what his favorite class was in school and why) “I like history. History was one of my favorite classes. I enjoyed learning about the past and learning about good stuff like that.”

(on what has been the key to his success at playing linebacker for 14 years) “I think the main thing is me being healthy throughout my career. I’ve never had any major injuries. I’m definitely blessed to be in that position. Also, just learning at a young age what it means to be a professional athlete and a professional football player. Learning how to play at a high level has definitely helped me play this game so long.”

(on who conditions harder between him and James Harrison) “He’s a little bit more conditioned than me. He works out almost every day. I definitely don’t do that, so I have to give it up to him. We do whatever it takes to keep us playing at a high level, keep us being able to contribute however we need to contribute to help the team be successful.”

(on how continuity has contributed to the defense’s success) “It has a lot to do with it. We have a core group of guys who have been around here for a long time, who work well together. We know what to expect out of each other. It’s a comforting feeling to know that you have a guy that has been out there in the trenches with you time-in and time-out and you know what you are going to get out of those guys.”

(on what concerns him about Aaron Rodgers) “He’s a hot quarterback right now. I said it a few days ago that he is ‘as hot as fish grease,’ and that’s pretty hot. He’s playing at a high level right now. He’s been playing well throughout the playoffs. We know this is going to be a tough challenge for us. We know they are going to try and throw the ball all over the field and we know they are going to try and run the ball up and down the field, but we know we are going to have a good game plan and we are going to be prepared.”

(on how he felt waking up to snow in Dallas) “It felt like I was in Pittsburgh. I felt like home. It was kind of surprising to see the snow on the highway. I don’t think the people of Dallas are as prepared for the snow and how to deal with it like we do in Pittsburgh.”

(on what he thinks of cowboys stadium) “It’s beautiful. It’s probably the best stadium I’ve been in.”

(on if he had a choice between Troy Polamalu or Clay Matthews’ hair) “Of course I’m going with Polamalu’s hair. He’s got a few more curls in his hair and little bit more bounce to his hair than Matthews does, so I’d definitely go with Polamalu’s.”

(on Troy Polamalu winning defensive player of the year) “I found out last night. I was very surprised, very pleased. I was hoping one of my teammates got the award. He and James Harrison were up for it, along with Clay Matthews. All of those guys were great, but I definitely think Troy deserves it.”

(on if he expects a defensive matchup with all the finalists for defensive player of the year playing in the same game) “We always say that whenever people start talking about a defensive matchup and how both defenses are good and that it is going to be a low scoring game, it always ends up being a shootout, so we’ll see what happens.”

(on if he gets used to being at the Super Bowl) “No way. You never get used to it. It’s always a fun time to come here. This is my third trip and I’m very blessed to be here for the third time. It’s sort of like a dream come true every time I’m in this position.”

(on if he is jealous of Troy Polamalu’s hair) “Yeah. I wish I could grow a little bit of hair like that. Me being the oldest guy on the team, my hair left me a long time ago. I might get a wig to help me out.”

(on if he looked up to any players when he was new to the NFL) “I looked up to Moe Lewis, Bryan Cox and Marvin Jones. All of those guys really helped me out. They really taught me the ends and outs of the game. They taught me how to be a pro.”

(on if he ever thinks about retiring) “I think about it in the offseason. When I’m playing football, it never crosses my mind. When you’re playing football and you’re thinking about that, it’s time to retire. I still have the love for the game. I still have the same passion I had when I was a rookie. I plan on them having to kick me out of here for me to get off the field.”

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