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Heyward-Bey: 'I love this sport'

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Darrius Heyward-Bey is one of the many players taking part in Phase One of the offseason program.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who joined the Steelers this offseason after spending one year in Indianapolis and four in Oakland, is taking part in Phase One of the offseason program, which consists of strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation activities only.

Heyward-Bey, who has 169 career receptions for 2,380 yards and 12 touchdowns, shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects.

On why he chose to sign with the Steelers: “It’s an opportunity for me to continue to play football. I love this sport and I love to win and I want to go to a Super Bowl and that is what this team is all about.”

On what helped lead to the decision:
“Coach (Mike) Tomlin. I have the utmost respect for him. He is a coach that keeps it real with you. He knows what he wants to do and that’s to win. How can you turn that away?

On what he hopes to prove with the team:
“I just want to have fun and help this team win. I am not trying to prove anything to anybody.  I just want to go out here and play football to the best of my abilities and try to win a Super Bowl.”

On getting started now during the offseason workouts: “It’s very important. There is a good group of guys that have shown up and more are going to show up. It’s very important. If you want to win a championship you have to have guys come together for one cause.”

On if he will lean on Antonio Brown to learn the ropes:
“He is a great player, a Pro Bowler. We respect him. Me and Lance (Moore) have been in the league a long time, we are going to follow him and have the young guys follow us.”

On what it is Coach Tomlin says that sways guys to sign with the team:
“He seems like a players’ coach. He demands a lot out of you but he is going to treat you like a man. That’s what you like. A coach who can relate with you and you just have the respect for him. He won a Super Bowl and he did it the right way and you respect that.”

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