Lawrence Timmons Knows Veteran Leadership Is Key

Lawrence Timmons is no stranger to football. Neither is James Harrison or William Gay. And to Timmons, they are the catalysts to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive success.

“We have a lot of guys that have been doing it for a long time,” Timmons told Teresa Varley in Part 2 of their exclusive sit down. “James Harrison, Will Gay. To get us going. Especially [Gay] with the pick six. Everybody loves pick sixes. So that brings a lot of energy to the game and gives you energy to come out and be apart of that.”

Though not covered specifically in the interview, Harrison’s leadership has proven to be invaluable. Several players have joined him atΒ The Danney Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. Those have included: Stephon Tuitt, Mike Mitchell, Ryan Shazier, and Robert Golden.

There is a joking competitiveness, with each player working out, and then ribbing their teammates about how much more they can lift. Harrison and Golden have been having a field dayΒ on Instagram.

Oh Oh @jhharrison92 I counted yo plates.. Here I come! 😳

A video posted by Rob Golden (@goldenb0y21) on

Ramon Foster had a field day withΒ the Crying Jordan meme you are tired of love.


We’re getting a little bit away from the Timmons’ interview. To tie a bow on it, there’s the general idea of veterans keeping a competitive, positive attitude and atmosphere, while being able to shoehorn in the younger group at the same time. This is, at its essence, what a good team is all about.

In fact, it’s Timmons who credits Harrison for showing him the ropes when he was a wide-eyed, first round pick back in 2007.

“James Harrison really helped me out. Troy, all the older guys. I was blessed to be apart of those guys. And they were all legends today. Just being apart of that, they showed me the way.”

In five years, hopefully Tuitt and Shazier say the same about Timmons.

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Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Jared Gallagher

    That other guys reference in Ramon’s tweet had me dying

  • 6 ring circus

    Wow. So hilarious. Silverback roaring.

  • afrazier9

    I’ll say this i think these guys are forming the right family environment for these kids to grow in which makes me wonder why the offensive guys were not able to ring in Bryant SMH. It just seems like the offense doesn’t have that brother feel as much as the defense, and yes i know ben takes the lineman out before camp for some R & R but it still seems like a i have to do it thing (PR-ish) not like i luv these guys. Well i i hoped Jarvis would make his way back out there but he might feel like he can do it on his own.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I am glad a couple of others joined Harrison. Might be their last chance to take advantage of this. I think whoever gets drafted is going to have a hard time taking Goldens spot as a starter. Just have that feeling.

  • Sam Clonch

    Not to open the season at least. If they’re particular good, maybe towards the middle/end. I agree 100% that Rob will be the week 1 starter regardless.

  • Sam Clonch

    Maaaan, you guys remember that LT got called for a late hit (said it was out of bounds!!!!) on that play? Still burning me how the officials called that game! Between that call and the no-calls on Sherman playing AB… That one was there for us if Blake could have covered at all!

  • steeltown

    Hahah!! That’s awesome

    Love that Shazier and Tuitt are involved in all this, it wont be long before They are The guys. And i’ll say again, love having WillieG and Foster on this roster for a few more yrs. Hopefully Harrison comes back one more season, we need him till we restock the position.

  • 58Steel

    Nonsense. The O-line are a brotherhood amongst themselves. And there’s no need to question Ben’s relationship with them. Just watch the mic’d up Denver game at home from last year. Who is congratulating Ben? AB with Ben. DWill with the O-line (one pic of AV hugging him is hilarious with their height difference). Listen to what Hey-Bey said last year about the “special feel.” Just because Martavis slipped up does not mean the offensive guys are not “tight.”

  • popsiclesticks

    I just re-watched the AZ/PIT game on Youtube, and Golden actually looked pretty good. I’d think a rookie safety may provide depth and some sub package options early but in the long term will actually be drafted to replace Mitchell in a year or two.

  • popsiclesticks

    Bryant isn’t a guy going out to clubs and causing problems in public. He’s a dude with real issues. DHB can’t break into his house and pull the blunts out of his mouth.

  • 6 ring circus

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • PittsburghSports

    Crying Jordan never gets old.

  • The GreekGeek

    Timmons is an underrated guy… Maybe he will be remembered differently in the future. Reminds me of Kirkland a little not in build or anything like that but as a solid guy in the middle who isn’t appreciated enough until he is gone. The outside guys get the numbers and headlines, but we have been lucky to have some strong ILBs for a long time here…