Fast Willie Parker Thinks Steelers Rookie RB Le\’Veon Bell Is Smooth

The Pittsburgh Steelers once again have quite a few former players in camp serving as coaching interns as Rod Woodson, Chris Hoke and Rod Rutherford are all present at Latrobe and passing on their knowledge to players.

A name, however, that seems to have slipped underneath the radar is that of Willie Parker, who is participating in the NFL’s minority fellowship program. Last July, Parker was hired to the Wesleyan College coaching staff, but now that head coach Jonas Jackson has resigned, it appears as though Parker is out of a job.

“I am easing my way into coaching,” said Parker. “It’s great to be back here. Being back in Latrobe gives me the camp jitters. At the same time it’s fun being back with the coaches, players and everyone.”

More than likely, Parker will be assisting running backs coach Kirby Wilson over the course of the next few weeks and that means he will be giving rookie running back Le\’Veon Bell a few pointers every now and again. Parker was asked about the Steelers second-round draft pick on Saturday.

“Oh man, he\’s smooth,” said Parker. “I haven\’t seen him getting hit, or anything like that, but he\’s got the mechanics and stuff to be a great running back.”

  • TJimmy

    I saw him getting hit in college quite a bit. He’s not afraid of contact. Looking forward to seeing him in a preseason game.

  • Kyle

    This kid will surprise people. had to put on weight to take on the carries his last yr at MSU. he will probably play closer to his combine weight. good hands, good blocker for a young RB, and has decent feet for his size

  • Madi

    Agreed. Getting hit is the one thing not to worry about with this guy. Glad to hear he looks good in shorts. For a player with Bell’s skillset, that’s more important than usual.

  • woundedvet

    Yes. The only people surprised will be naysayers. This guy had Steelers written all over him in college.

  • woundedvet

    We could use Willie’s speed though right now. I love the Bell pick, I thought he had Steelers written all over him before the draft. We’ll have to see how long it takes for defenses to load up for our lack of breakaway speed.