Teammate Says LaMarr Woodley Was Out Of Shape & Awful Last Season

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley has been criticized heavily for his play the last few seasons and several think that he is spending too much time in the media spotlight than under the lights of a weight training room.

Evidently a teammate of Woodley\’s thinks along those same lines, according to the latest piece by Ron Cook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“He was awful,” one teammate said of Woodley\’s performance last season. “He tells us he works out, but we didn\’t see it. He wasn\’t in shape. That has to be a reason why he was always hurt.”

Those are some pretty strong words right there from a peer, but Woodley has maintained all offseason that his ankle injury suffered in the second half of the season is what slowed him down, not the hamstring injury that he suffered midway through the season in 2011 or the other one that he suffered in the Week 5 this season against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Woodley claims he will be training out in Arizona this offseason and said that he has turned down the offer from renowned trainer Tom Shaw, who offered to work with him down in Florida.

2013 needs to be one hell of a season for the Steelers 2007 second round draft pick as the team has a ton of money wrapped up him right now and potentially more from a future salary cap standpoint if he is one of the few players that are restructured this offseason.