- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
PH: Yes, sir. Every team did.
DP: What would they say?
PH: "White boy, you ain't gonna run on us today." "Why are you giving an offensive lineman the ball?" Stuff like that. I use that to my advantage. I kind of soaked it in, ate it up, because I enjoy it.
DP: The best nickname I heard: the Avalanche.
PH: I heard a lot of nicknames. I heard that one, I heard White Rhino, I heard Chuck Norris. Heck, I've heard it all.
• Battle Royal
I asked Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley (above) who would be the last man standing if all 11 members of the Steelers D went into the Octagon. "Every guy," he said. "Every guy would come out. Every guy on our defense is tough, hard-nosed. You can't take out one. A lot of people would say James Harrison because of the way he plays. You could say Troy Polamalu. You see the way I slam quarterbacks, the way Lawrence Timmons hits. Everybody is that aggressive."
• Tough Talk
Among those who were quick to defend Jay Cutler after he came out of the NFC Championship Game with a knee injury was Warren Sapp. The NFL Network and Showtime analyst pointed out that Cutler has taken plenty of licks in the past: "Listen, man, you don't question someone's desire. You don't do that. Jay Cutler ran the option at Vanderbilt his freshman year. You know you get your butt kicked in the SEC at Vanderbilt, right? They build rockets at Vanderbilt; they don't play football. So let's not question Jay Cutler's toughness."
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