Interview With Ike Taylor - By Mike Shaffer

Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial

SF - What do you think of the Pittsburgh? Do you live in the city? Is it what you thought it would be?
IT - I like it. I live in the city and I like the people. It's better than I thought.

Ike TaylorSF - What expectations do you have for yourself, for this year with the Steelers?
IT - High expectations. Just try to help the team in every way possible.

SF - Who was your favorite NFL player growing up and why?
IT - Ronnie Lott and Deion Sanders. Ronnie because he can hit and Deion pretty much changed the game of a Cornerback. He had swagger.

SF - Tell our readers a little inside information as far as initiation as a rookie. Who's the biggest prankster in the locker room?
IT - No one - joke wise it is Jerome Bettis and Chris Hope.

SF - What is your workout regimen like?
IT - Right now it is Tuesday and Thursday full body and I use the practices as conditioning.

SF - Do you have any pregame rituals?
IT - Not at all, just eat my breakfast.

SF - Do you feel like you're picking up on the Steelers' complex defensive schemes?
IT - Oh yeah - no question.

SF - What's the biggest thing you've learned so far being in the NFL?
IT - It's definitely a business and that's the approach I take. It's a job on hand everyday.

SF - Who's been the biggest influence on you so far in your short time with the Steelers?
IT - Jerome Bettis and Coach Cowher. Jerome because I like his approach to practice and to the games. Coach Cowher because he's been around for awhile with one team and I respect that.

SF - Everyone knows our identity on offense is the ground game, what will our identity on defense this year be defined by?
IT - Attack style.

On behalf of Steelers Fever, I would like to thank you for your time. We're behind you all of the way and look forward to seeing you continue your physical style of play.