Renowned Trainer Tom Shaw Wants To Work With Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley This Offseason

On Monday I posted about the injuries that Pittsburgh Steelers suffered in 2012 in relation to the comments team president Art Rooney II made to the Pittsburgh media last week during his end of the season talks.

In that post I touched briefly on offseason conditioning program that cornerback Ike Taylor goes through under the watchful eye of renowned trainer Tom Shaw. Taylor has worked with Shaw for several offseasons down at the Wide World of Sports complex in Florida and always shows up to training camp in great shape. It should also be noted that Taylor played 135 consecutive games before unfortunately having that streak snapped this past season after he fractured his right ankle early in the Week 13 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Do you think that Taylor swears by Shaw? You bet your ass he does. Just ask him.

I also mentioned Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley in that post as well as he has been a lightning rod for criticism this past season for underperforming and looking like he was out of shape and over weight. As it turns out, Shaw told John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review recently that he thinks that he can help Woodley with his hamstring problems that have plagued him since injuring the left one in the Week 8 win over the New England Patriots in 2011.

“There are three ways to pull a hamstring — overuse, overstriding and dehydration,” Shaw said, via the report by Harris. “A linebacker who makes 80 percent of his plays within 10 yards is playing within a box. He shouldn‘t hit his (full) stride length. I want Woodley to come down here. He‘s a hard worker, but we teach the proper way to run.”

Here is my suggestion to Woodley: Take Shaw up on his invitation. Please.

Prior to injuring his left hamstring in the third quarter of that game against the Patriots, Woodley had recorded  36 total tackles and 9 sacks on the season. I will remind you that that was only the eighth game of the season. Can you imagine the numbers that Woodley would have put up in 2011 had he stayed healthy?

Since suffering that injury the Steelers former second-round draft pick out of Michigan has played in 16 games and has recorded 43 total tackles and only 4 sacks. That is one hell of a drop-off for sure. Woodley injured his right hamstring in the Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles this past season after registering 9 total tackles and 2 sacks through the first three games.

Even though he only missed one game with that right hamstring injury, Woodley wasn\’t the same player for the rest of the season and he recorded only 27 total tackles and 2 sacks in the remaining 9 games that he played in. It also didn\’t help that he suffered an ankle injury in the first meeting against the Cleveland Browns in addition that forced him to miss the next 2 games.

“You need guys that understand the importance of doing what you‘re supposed to do,” Shaw said via Harris. “This is your career; this is your livelihood.

“The whole purpose of offseason training is you don‘t want to drop off and have to work to get back to where you were during the season instead of using that time to work on getting better.”

I sure hope Woodley reads that quote from Shaw. Book those travel plans now, LaMarr.

  • mghjr88

    Hopefully Woodley takes Shaw up on this.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    I wonder if Shaw can help Woodley with his 7-10 split because thats what he really cates about now.

  • Finnegans Wake

    Fix the headline, please. “Renown” should read “renowned.”


  • Ben Hardy

    If I am Woodley and my play dropped off dramatically and I had hamstring issues I would already be down there. I would want to show the Steelers and fans that I take this seriously and I’m dedicated on returning to beast mode.

  • steeltown


  • James

    You mean sat at home counting $$$’s doesn’t get your conditioning up?

  • Kyle Owens

    You can just look at Woodley move and see he is out of shape and if I noticed this I’m sure Tomlin and Colbert has too. Lets draft Mingo or maybe even sign Paul Kruger, maybe that will light a fire under his ass.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I thot all players by now already go to trainers or training places in offseason so guess Woodly wuld reply that he already has an arrangement with one.

    Last offseason multiple stories about the “renowned” trainer Ziggy went to, only to then have Zig play another season just like any NON-drafted person wulda done at that position. Zzzzz.

  • Pete

    Agree Kyle. Guys like Kruger with a motor that never stops motivate other players. Harrison has been that guy but the injuries in 2011 and early 2012 left a void. It was very telling when Keisel and later other veterans like Foote mentioned young players not working hard enough and being prepared. I wonder which players they were talking about.

  • Garrett Hunt

    To this point I have been a big fan of Woodley’s thinking that his hamstring situation is extremely unfortunate, but if this does not happen I may begin to question his drive or want-to.

    Do it!!! We’re in need of a dominant pass rusher. Imagine if he gets better than before…scary good.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. If Woodley turns back into the Woodley of old then the need for a rookie OLB to come in and compete right away will be far less. Also, I think Woodley playing at a high level again would take some heat off of the other side and allow Worilds to thrive

  • Mike Carroll

    John Williams: nice comment above. We’ve been hearing about Troy’s calf muscles since the middle of the 2010 season.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    wut u said