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    Steelers CB Ike Taylor.....

    Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor talked to Scout.com's Ed Thompson about what he's been up to during the offseason to get ready for the 2007 season, his thoughts on some of his teammates and new head coach Mike Tomlin and much more in this exclusive interview!



    Ed Thompson: I want to ask you about one of your teammates, second-year cornerback Anthony Madison who I think is one of the truly good guys on your team. I've had the pleasure of interviewing him a couple of times so far. Tell me what you appreciate the most about Anthony as a player and as a person?


    Ike Taylor: He has one speed, and that's to go fast. I like Anthony Madison. I kind of took him under my wing because he's a hard worker, he's an underachiever. I have a two-bedroom condo in Pittsburgh and I actually let him stay there, no rent or anything because I know coming in like he did as a free agent, it's hard to save money, it's hard to live not being a first-rounder. It was hard for me my first year as a fourth-rounder. So with him being a free agent and having the extra stress of trying to make the team, trying to do good and worrying about if he'd have money during the offseason, I didn't want him to go through that. So I just put him up at my place, and he really appreciated it. I'm hard on him all the time, I pick on him all the time. But I just want nothing but the best for him.

    Ike Taylor breaks up a pass intended for Braylon Edwards
    (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)ET: When you say you pick on him, what kinds of things do jab at him over?

    IT: Just things like if he drops a pass, I tell him he's dropping money. I tell him that's one million you just dropped. And if someone catches a pass on him, I tell him that he can do better. But you know, it's all because I want the best for him. I had that done for me, so I'm now doing the same for some of these younger guys.

    ET: Who helped you in that way when you were trying to break into the league, Ike?

    IT: I had a good coaching staff -- Coach LeBeau, Coach Ray (Horton), Coach Darren Perry -- and during the offseason, Darren Sharper and Coach Tom Shaw. That's who I train with in the offseason, Coach Tom Shaw, and he's helped me out tremendously. He's working been working with me on my technique. And even our linebackers, James Farrior helped me out a whole bunch -- not just with cornerback, just being an NFL football player, period. Jerome (Bettis) sat me down a couple of times, Joey Porter. I always liked being around the older guys because you learn from them. They've been through it all, they've seen it all. So I just try to pick their brains so that hopefully I can do as well as them.

    ET: You mentioned your offseason work with Coach Tom Shaw, who I know has referred to you as a "workaholic" and who has a lot of respect for you. What have you been focusing on during this offseason to get ready for 2007?

    IT: Eating right. And I didn't like to stretch, but I'm stretching more and lifting more weights. As far as running and speed, I feel I was blessed with that. I've been doing a little bit more sleeping. You'd be surprised how much sleeping and eating right how much better your body feels. Within four weeks, I felt a difference, so I'm just going to keep that up. And I'm going to pray every night, read a verse from the Bible every day, and try to maintain myself better.
    Scout.com subscribers can listen to the rest of Ike's Scout Radio interview where he talks about what he did during the offseason, what he appreciates about new head coach Mike Tomlin, his thoughts on sixth-round pick

    By Ed Thompson
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    Posted Jun 29, 2007
    Just some more stuff to feed the hungry masses until the season starts. Man I hope Ike turns it around this year and puts it all together to become the shutdown corner we envisioned a few seasons ago.


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    Any Steelers tidbit is always welcome during this LONG offseason. Great stuff Diesel ! Im looking forward to Ike having a big year !

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    Just heard Ike on sirius the other day,sounds like he's focused & determined to have a break-out year

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    That sounds fantastic about Ike. I am looking forward to my Wednesday Morning Breakfast with my car buddies and talking Steelers again. Nothing pumps us up more than great stories like that and tidbits. I will sure to share this. Please, keep them coming in by the bunches.

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    ANy news on a player is good, It is a long offseason. I think IT wll be just fine come this season. He has already shown what he can do in a good season and even his bad season wasnt D. Washington type bad. He seems determined to show everyone that he can be a major peice of our defensive puzzle. Now with this hybrid d try to put this puzzle together

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    i really like ike, i take last year as sophomore slump, sure he's been in teh league a few years now but that was only his second year as a starter, i think this year with a coach that actually believes in him he will have an even better year then his break out year in 05.........i can't wait
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    because I know coming in like he did as a free agent, it's hard to save money, it's hard to live not being a first-rounder. It was hard for me my first year as a fourth-rounder.

    Huh ? ... So let me get this straight, he's claiming that it's tough to live on an NFL salary if it's not 1st round money?


    oh, that's rich ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron City South View Post
    Huh ? ... So let me get this straight, he's claiming that it's tough to live on an NFL salary if it's not 1st round money?


    oh, that's rich ....
    maybe it is, don't they gotta pay agent fees and ****, and don't they got to buy a car, and then they have to help their family or their family will talk ****....... it probably is hard for a no body coming into the nfl
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