Former Steelers LB Larry Foote Is In ‘Heaven’ With Cardinals

Blitzzona certainly doesn’t have the same ring to it as Blitzburgh does, but in the case of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote, that’s exactly what he sees his new team, the Arizona Cardinals, as being.

“I was watching these guys (Cardinals defense) last year and seeing they led the league in blitzing, and as a linebacker you just want to go there and play that style,” said Foote in a recent radio interview.

Foote, who was released by the Steelers back in March, said that he still considers himself to be a blitzing linebacker that can take it to offenses and that the Cardinals defense is a good fit for him.

“If you’re a linebacker, this is heaven for you,” he said. “With the guys up front and with the addition of (Antonio) Cromartie, and we already got (Patrick) Peterson, we’re going to be a tough defense.”

Foote only managed to play in the Steelers season-opener in 2013 as a torn biceps cost him the rest of his season, but now that he’s fully recovered, the Cardinals hope that he can he hold down the fort inside with Daryl Washington facing a possible suspension to start the 2014 season.

Foote will turn 34 in June, so 2014 will more than likely be his last year in the league should he make the Cardinals roster. While it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to end his career with the Steelers, it won’t be the first time that a longtime Pittsburgh linebacker has gone on to finish his career in the desert as that’s where Joey Porter also played his last football.

“I know I’m on deck,” said Foote. “I know it’s coming to an end, but just knowing that, it just gives me energy and want to keep this thing going, and I’m just excited. I’m ready to prove to myself, first, that I can still play at a high level.”

  • 2443scott

    seems thats where you go after leaving pittsburgh …having coaches from steelers coaching there and knowing the players they all ready know who they are…its good to see them playing but not with in the division or on a team you hate…its like a retirement home for the steelers but you know you dont want to be there yet… i wonder who the next steeler will be ending up there …maybe the beard ???maybe taylor after next season ??

  • Steelers12328882

    I bet he gets cut.

  • 20Stoney

    I don’t know their LB situation, but just based on his injury and declining play before the injury, it wouldn’t surprise me either. I wish he would have retired a Steeler, but you definitely can’t blame the guy for trying to earn a little more money.

  • steeltown

    Good for him.

  • Steelers12328882

    lol I was just kidding. Karlos Dansby left for Cleveland, so he has a shot to compete with Kevin Minter and I think the other spot is Daryl Washington’s but he’s facing suspension.

  • blue

    Foote has been a bum for years!

  • frednash

    he might have been slow in coverage and pursuit

    but he was great in traffic

    definitely an asset in the right scheme!

  • Louis Goetz

    Of course he’s in heaven; that’s where you go when your career dies.

  • sean mcmartin

    That is until Steelers west realizes he is a liability in pass coverage and gets benched/cut after repeatedly being beat by younger and faster TE’s and RB’s .

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    A good person, good man but far from being a good backup, I am beginning to think that steeler fans think our guys don’t lose it as they grow older, while the rest of the teams players and the rest of population does.

  • steeltown

    The year before last when he started and played every snap on defense he recorded 100+tackles, 4sacks and 2FF, that’s far better than any backup. Obviously last year he was injured early on and lost for the season, but lets not crap on a good player because he suffered an injury and was ultimately allowed to walk because we have some up and coming young prospects.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    He’s got enough money…he’s got 2 rings…he’s playing for love of the game

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    There seems to be a lot of Larry bashes out there. Although he wasn’t an all pro he was a good player. Think about it, he was a starting LB for a top 3 rated defense for how many years.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah I know. I was just joking. They do have Kevin Minter tho, who was a 2nd rd pick last year.

  • Jason White

    As anybody told Larry Foote that his starting QB is Carson Palmer? I wouldn’t call that heaven. More like Purgatory. Granted they almost made the playoffs with Palmer but lets face it the defense carried them. Logan Thomas is the guy that interests me.