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Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

Posted on: February 3, 2009 4:56 pm

So, two days after the big game, I'm sure if you think back on what transpired throughout this postseason, these names (from the SBXLIII participants) will come to mind pretty quickly, in no particular order:

Now if the Cardinals had won the Super Bowl, I'd be writing this about one Darnell Dockett, the anchor of the Cardinals' D-Line and truly an outstanding player.  However, they did not manage to grasp victory from the jaws of defeat, rather the opposite was achieved by that same defensive unit (and I ask you, where was Dockett on that last drive?).

So instead, my so-called 'unsung hero' is none other than Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley.  Even though he plays opposite DPOY James Harrison, Woodley still gets a fair amount of attention from the opposing offensive line.  Why?  He had 11.5 sacks, an INT, 2FF, and a DTD in only his first season as a starter (and, in my opinion, was a Pro Bowl snub).  But, as good as he was in the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs.  Woodly recorded an NFL-high 6.0 sacks and a FF in 3 games, tallying 2.0 in each game.  I'm not 100% sure about this, but I think this is the first time a player has recorded multiple sacks in 3 consecutive postseason games.  And even when he didn't make any sacks, he was usually applying at least as much pressure as the aforementioned Harrison.  Yet he's not mentioned among the postseason's top performers, and that's unfair.

So here you go LaMarr, I am giving you your well deserved praise: congratulations on a terrific postseason and enjoy that Lombardi trophy; you were an integral large part of that championship.


Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2009 8:57 am

Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

I agree that Woodley had a monster playoffs. He was overshadowed by the bigs plays of Harrison and Polamalu, but he consistently put pressure on the opposing qbs and had multiple sacks in each game. Coming into the year, I was concerned that he was going to be a "one trick pony" (pass rusher) but he took away any concerns almost immediately. Not only is he a great pass rusher, but he plays the run very well and can cover TEs and RBs with no problems. He is going to be a star.

FYI...Farrior signed a contract extension at the beginning of the season last year.

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2009 3:59 pm

Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

I would agree with you that LaMarr Woodley was the unsung hero of the postseason and SB XLIII, as he was all season long.  When he got his second sack in the Super Bowl, he broke his own record of multiple sacks in consecutive playoff games of 3.  He now has 4 because he had two sacks against Jacksonville last season.  This kid's future with the Steelers seems to be very bright.

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2009 2:15 pm

Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

I'm late to this post and want to say that while I'm in complete agreement with Woodley, I think James Farrior deserves mention as well.  Yes, his already been recognized by being named to the Pro Bowl, but you didn't hear his name much on Sunday, yet he led the defense in tackles with 6 plus one assist.  He's been a steady contributer for a long time.  I hope they can figure out a way to keep him in the off season.

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2009 1:30 pm

Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2009 11:10 am

Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

Excellent post...

It is indeed a record and if you add last year's post season he is one of the most accomplished defensive players in NFL playoff history... his ability to turn it up a notch is truly remarkable... as you stated he does have the advantage of James Harrison on the other side, but all great players have complimentary pieces... it is rare that the 'complimentary' piece shines as brightly as Lamar has in his post season career.

While many other get the glory and rightfully so... Ben, Santonio and James all had very memorable plays... Lamar was a beast in the big game... but no bigger in that game than in the two preceeding it... an argument could be made that he was the MVP of the entire playoffs for the Steelers... consistent ineach and every game... unsung, but appreciated by Steeler Nation

Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2009 9:02 am

Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

I disagree, since the Steelers won it should be in this order.....

1. James Harrison

2.Ben Roethlisberger

3.Larry Fitz

4. Santonio Homes

5. Warner

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2009 8:56 pm

Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

Woodley was an absolute BEAST iin the post season, racking up sacks in every single on ehe played in, setting an NFL record for multiple games in a row with at least one sack.  A lot of his numbers can be some what credit to teams focusing on James harrison, but LaMarr Woodley stillhasa to be the blocks and make the tackles.  Great post, man!

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2009 8:08 pm

Unsung Hero of Postseason, SBXLIII

This is the definition of 'man-child'. He had a huge year. All these stats in his first year as a starter. Harrison got doubled alot but he still would have had big numbers. I was wondering about the multiple sack games as well. He has got a great start in his post season career. I think had atleast 1 against Jacksonville  last year too.

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