Ike Taylor Reflects On Unusual Off-Season
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Ike Taylor got his wish to stay in Pittsburgh.
The cornerback signed a four-year contract and talked with 93-7 The Fan Thursday morning about staying with the Steelers.
“I was hoping I wasn’t (going to another team), but you never know how that goes,” Taylor said. “I’m glad to stay with Pittsburgh.”
Taylor said usually players who sign with the Steelers, play out their contracts. Since 2003, Taylor has been with the Steelers, and he said on The Fan that he didn’t want to leave Pittsburgh.
“We all got everything situated, organized and came up with some numbers in the contract and got the deal done,” Taylor said.
Since arriving in Pittsburgh as a rookie, Taylor said from the first day, he always told his uncle, “It looks like if they like you, you stay out of trouble, do what you need to do on and off the field, they’ll take care of you as long as you take care of them.”
The first Steelers preaseason game is away Friday against the Washington Redskins at 7:30 p.m.
Like usual, the Steelers have been in training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
“The best time of camp is hanging with the guys,” Taylor said. “I know me and Troy (Polamalu) were talking about, ‘What do you think the team would be like if we stayed in camp year round?’ I was like, ‘Man, we call each other family and brothers, which we are, but it really would become more like blood brothers.'”
Taylor said he knows when Polamalu has something on his mind, and vice versa.
“We’re around each other from July to possibly February,” Taylor said. “Then, including OTAs in the month of June, for the course of your NFL career, were around each other more than were around our immediate family. You grow and you get attached to each other. You get a feel for each other.”