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Scorp
01-17-2011, 12:53 PM
Monday, January 17, 2011
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


It isn't often we get to walk in the Steelers' shoes, especially the size 22s of the man so enormous that they call him "Flozell The Hotel." But Saturday night was one of those times. Saturday night, we all could relate to big offensive tackle Flozell Adams. Saturday night, we also learned a little more about why this Steelers team is so special and will go to Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, if it can beat the New York Jets Sunday night in the AFC championship game at Heinz Field.

Column warning:

Read on with caution if you are having your bagel and coffee.

"He was puking his guts out," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Adams. "He puked out everything."

This was at halftime of the playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. Somehow, Adams made it through the first half but, finally, was brought to his knees, not because the Steelers trailed, 21-7, although that made every player on the team feel sick, but because of flu-like symptoms. Who among us hasn't been there? We just want to die when we're hugging the commode. Adams wanted to get back on the field to block the great Terrell Suggs and the other beasts on the Ravens' defense.

The Steelers' medical staff worked feverishly through halftime and the third quarter to get Adams well. "I had IVs, pills, shots [of anti-nausea medicine], everything you can think of," he said.

"It hit me like a ton of bricks. I couldn't believe it. I don't think I've been sick like that since college. And to get sick now ... "

During the biggest game of his decorated pro career.

Adams, 35, spent his first 12 years in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys lost all five of its playoff games with him before beating the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago in the wild-card round. He signed as a free agent with the Steelers right before training camp after starting right tackle Willie Colon was lost for the season in the summer because of an Achilles' tendon injury.

Do you think Adams would love to get back to Dallas for the Super Bowl?

You have no idea.

"Flozell came here for one reason -- to win," Tomlin said. "He has all the money he needs and all the accolades. All he wants to do is win. His intentions are as pure as any player I've ever been around."

Adams' illness left the Steelers in a bad spot. Backup swingman Trai Essex had to jump into Adams' spot. That's not a good thing when Suggs and his bunch are the opponents.

The Steelers' problems got much worse when left tackle Jonathan Scott was banged up on the final play of the third quarter. Now, we're talking some serious juggling. Essex had to move to the left side. Backup Doug Legursky stepped in at right guard and bumped starter Ramon Foster to right tackle.

That's when something amazing happened. Something almost Willis Reed-like, if you will. As the players huddled up for the first play of the fourth quarter, Adams, who was aware that Scott was down, walked straight from the locker room to the sideline and right onto the field.

Actually, staggered is a better description.

"Dead Man Walking," teammate Brett Keisel called Adams.

Tomlin ran 20 yards onto the field to stop Adams. He and trainer John Norwig pulled him back to the sideline. This wasn't time for heroics from a guy who was so sick he could barely stand. Not against Suggs and Co., who were coming after Ben Roethlisberger with bad intentions.

"Wasn't it an awesome sight seeing him trying to go out there?" Tomlin asked. "I told him I appreciated him and what he was doing, but that, hopefully, we wouldn't need him."

The Steelers didn't, as it turned out. Scott recovered quickly and finished the game. Essex went back to right tackle and Foster to right guard. The Steelers won, 31-24, surviving and advancing.

"They made the right decision not letting me play," Adams said after the game. He appeared to be feeling better, if only because of the win. At least he no longer looked green.

"I could have let the whole team down if I had gone back in," Adams said. "I could have given up a sack or missed a block or got the quarterback killed. Better to have Trai and Doug in there. They did a damn good job. The whole line did. I'm so proud of 'em."

It's been that way all season. The line, though not nearly the best in the NFL, has been better than most people think despite playing without Colon and starting left tackle Max Starks and with rookie center Maurkice Pouncey. Sure, it allowed six sacks Saturday, three by the inimitable Suggs. But Tomlin wasn't concerned with that number. "We could have five Anthony Munozes on the line and we'd still give up sacks because of the quarterback. No. 7 is going to take some sacks. But he's going to make more big plays for us." The only numbers Tomlin cares about were on the scoreboard. "We're not interested in style points," he has said many times.

Adams expects to be ready when the Steelers take on the Jets. "I came here to win the Super Bowl. I'm one win from getting there."

The Steelers will start to look ahead to the Jets game when they report back to work today at their South Side compound. But Roethlisberger wanted to take one final look back at the Ravens game. Adams' willingness to play under such trying circumstances wasn't lost on him or the other players.

"That the way it is with this team," Roethlisberger said. "We would do anything for each other. Even get off a gurney. I mean, literally get off a gurney."

You want to know why the Steelers are in the AFC championship game?

That's as good a reason as any.



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harpo
01-17-2011, 02:22 PM
Love this article. Thanks for posting.:plus1:

LatrobePA
01-17-2011, 02:36 PM
Amazing this team is winning games!! Great read, thanks dude!

bensshoes
01-17-2011, 03:46 PM
cant wait to watch Ben hand Flozell the Lombardi in Dallas right under Jerry Jones nose while he can do nothing about it! :cope::cope::cope::tt02::cope::tt02::cope::tt02::c ope:

LatrobePA
01-17-2011, 03:49 PM
10' version of the BUS??? Kinda, maybe a little. Take Floz back to his old house for the big dance??

BlitzburghRockCity
01-17-2011, 08:18 PM
We knew he was sick but knowing he was THAT sick, wow! For a guy like him, tough as nails and here for one thing, to get a ring, leaving the field had to be hard. I'm glad he'll be ready though, we will need him.

Scorp
01-17-2011, 09:41 PM
Hey, Bettis finished his career at home in Detroit. Now Flozell can be part of something special along with celebrating a sweet milestone with the Steelers that may never be reached by any team.

andyg1984
01-17-2011, 10:04 PM
"Flozell came here for one reason -- to win," Tomlin said. "He has all the money he needs and all the accolades. All he wants to do is win. His intentions are as pure as any player I've ever been around."

-beautiful ...

Scorp
01-17-2011, 10:12 PM
He helps the Steelers win big i bet.

HUNT4SEVEN
01-17-2011, 10:39 PM
Love this article. Thanks for posting.:plus1:

Yea:clap::clap: this was a great read...

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-17-2011, 10:57 PM
Thanks for sharing !! great article !!:tt02::tt02::tt02:

Real Deal Steel
01-17-2011, 11:02 PM
cant wait to watch Ben hand Flozell the Lombardi in Dallas right under Jerry Jones nose while he can do nothing about it! :cope::cope::cope::tt02::cope::tt02::cope::tt02::c ope:

This story really makes me want Flozell to get that ring. For all the blame he took from the deadcows. They blamed him for everything when in truth, the whole world knows that every since Jerry Jones lost his mind and got rid fo Jimmy Johnson, that franchise has been a joke.

Root4Stlrs
01-18-2011, 07:52 AM
This story really makes me want Flozell to get that ring. For all the blame he took from the deadcows. They blamed him for everything when in truth, the whole world knows that every since Jerry Jones lost his mind and got rid fo Jimmy Johnson, that franchise has been a joke.

For some reason he doesn't have nearly the penalties he had when he played in Dallas. Some people have speculated that it's because he does better at RT b/c of hearing issues?? I have no idea about that, but a Dallas fan said to me they think it's because the Steelers are much more disciplined, in general. I think this story is great. I have loved Flozell since I first saw him in training camp and especially since the time he laid on Ray Lewis.

greennick
01-18-2011, 09:05 AM
Hopefully with his help we can win it and get him that elusive ring!

coach
01-18-2011, 06:13 PM
This is great read. Remeber Ben playing with a busted nore. Rocky.
I am convinced these stories are what make Steelers fans love this team. I also remember Ben holding the Lombardi and talking to his O-line and saying "who's laughing now?"

Farrior Fan
01-20-2011, 09:24 PM
who would have ever thought 2 years ago that we would rely on hotel to win another SB? I was really loving this guy back when he said this ---> http://www.steelerfury.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8389&start=0

K Train
01-24-2011, 12:35 AM
i want this for flo so bad....hes been such a great team mate and just wants to win so bad. winning in dallas would be perfect for him. i wish he were a steeler in his prime, hes a hell of a player

Scorp
01-24-2011, 12:39 AM
i want this for flo so bad....hes been such a great team mate and just wants to win so bad. winning in dallas would be perfect for him. i wish he were a steeler in his prime, hes a hell of a player

One more game to go K Train and it's gravy. :yellowthumb: