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DIESELMAN
07-26-2007, 10:35 PM
Casey Hampton never hid in anyone's shadow, but as a leader he's the man the Pittsburgh Steelers will turn to without Joey Porter.

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Brett Keisel was asked to name one player – just one – whom he figures will emerge as the team leader in the absence of Joey Porter.

“Hampton,” said Keisel.

Why Casey Hampton? Out of respect? Maybe fear?

“No, it’s not out of fear,” Keisel said. “Hampton’s a big teddy bear, unless you’re a center. But he’s the anchor of our defense. If he doesn’t do his job, everything falls apart.

“I think everyone else could screw up and we have so much speed it’ll get to the ball. But if Hampton doesn’t take his two or three guys, things fall apart and everyone respects him for that.”

Casey Hampton has been the object of respect ever since he came out of as the top nose tackle in the land. His sidekick, Shaun Rodgers, may have had more talent, but, draftniks agreed, without Hampton to push and prod him, Rodgers’s talents might’ve been wasted.

These days, Hampton has ascended to the leadership position of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he says it’s nothing new.

“I think I’ve been a leader for the past few years. Guys look up to me,” he said. “I’ve never been a vocal leader because that’s always been Joey’s job. That’s what he’s always done. If you’re on the team, in the locker room, things like that, you’ll kind of know that our guys look up to me, but people on the outside never really do.”

Those people never get the chance to hear the calls from the sideline for “Big Hamp” to stuff the play. There’s also that loveable “teddy bear” thing he has going for him. Teammates just want to be a part of whatever he’s doing, like at his wedding last month.

Casey married Kamaica, the mother of six-year-old Casey Jr. and Hampton’s girlfriend of nine years. Ten Steelers traveled to Houston for the gig, as did Porter and line coach John Mitchell.

“It was a beautiful wedding and I had a lot of fun,” said Keisel.

Of course, that was the company line, just in case there are kids reading.

“There was a lot of partying going on,” said Hampton with a smile as wide as the Pro Bowl nose tackle himself. “Oh, it was crazy. It was a good time. We had a real good time.”

Everyone around Hampton has a good time, except for the centers he goes up against twice a day in the summer sun at St. Vincent College.

Jeff Hartings was once asked about practicing against Hampton. He said, “Fortunately, Casey knows when to go hard and when not to. Sometimes he takes it easy on us.”

That sounds like good news for the two centers – Chukky Okobi and -- who are vying to replace the retired Hartings this year.

“I think both of them are pretty good,” Hampton said. “They just do different things. It’s going to be a tough battle. I’m interested to see the result because anything can happen.”
Can either of them play up to Hartings’s standards?

“Jeff is a different type player,” Hampton said. “I don’t think either one of them is as good as Jeff, but I think they can get the job done. I’ll say it like that.”

Hartings wasn’t a big center, and he consistently had trouble with Hampton at practice, particularly in one-on-one drills. But Hartings earned Hampton’s respect.

“Jeff, man, he was a veteran,” Hampton said. “He had a lot of tricks. He knew how to hold. He knew how to grab you. He just knew certain little things. Sixty-one (Mahan) kind of has that same thing. I think Chukky, by not playing, he hasn’t really developed those little tricks and stuff like that. But I think as he gets to playing in games he’ll learn a little bit more. But 61 kind of already has that.”

As long as he keeps his body parts intact under the summer sun, Mahan can have that and more. It only gets easier after meeting with Casey Hampton twice a day.

Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.com
26 July 2007


I would seriously hate to **** Casey off, the OL has got a big upside in practicing against him. :bigthumb:

Captcoolhand
07-27-2007, 04:24 AM
I would seriously hate to **** Casey off, the OL has got a big upside in practicing against him. :bigthumb:
Hell no! Look at the guys picture,They probably had those shoulder pads made custom just for him....:yesnod:

BlitzburghNation
07-27-2007, 05:30 AM
Big Hamp,,,,,,,,,,AKA vending machine is his nickname~~~~:lol::lol::lol:

All that's left now,,,,,,,,is for season to start ,, so we can show the rest of the league "Just how good we really are" :tt02::tt02::tt02:

BlitzburghRockCity
07-27-2007, 07:05 AM
Hampton is one of the best picks of the Cowher era; he's the right fit for our team and does his job as good as or better than anyone else in the league. We've been fortunate over the last 2 decades to have stoudt NT's like Joel Steed and now Hampton.

Iron City South
07-27-2007, 11:46 AM
yeahhhhaaa baby, this is how "BIG SNACK" rolls ..... bottle of Belvadere and sporting his 6 .. ... ugh, 2 pack .... :cope:


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AZ_Steeler
07-27-2007, 01:07 PM
Hampton lining up across from the Steelers centers fighting for a job is really going to be a good test for them and should make the decision easier on the coaches. Hamp is by far one of the top nose tackles in the league and is a true test for the centers.. may the best one emerge! :bigthumb:

TEEMONT
07-27-2007, 02:08 PM
I remember thinking that no one could ever replace Joel Steed. Then we drafted Casey and we haven't looked back since. The dude is an absolute beast, and I can't believe he ever dropped to us. Even Koop has to admit that Cowher did a good job on this pick.

introyitrust
07-27-2007, 03:27 PM
Casey has been one of the few constants on the roster ever since he was drafted.
He goes about his business, he doesn't bitch about his contract status, and consistently plays at a top level.
He doesn't get the credit he deserves

K Train
07-27-2007, 03:45 PM
of course koop will admit that lol, casey is from UT lol

and casey doenst have to bitch about contract status lol, hes one of the highest paid players on the team

TEEMONT
07-27-2007, 04:09 PM
of course koop will admit that lol, casey is from UT lol


thats why I said koop has to admit it...lol