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- Steelers' Porter Talks Some Trash

Chris Pokorny February 2, 2006
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Let the trash talking begin. The Seahawks started it, and now the Steelers are firing back. After Seahawks TE Jerramy Stevens all but guaranteed a victory recently, Steelers LB Joey Porter came right back with some talk of his own. In fact, he said they would beat the Seahawks so bad they're going to force them to quit.

"We're going to try to tap out as many people as we can, I'm going to put it like that," Porter said. "We're going to try to send as many people to the sideline as we can."

When Porter was asked what "tap out" meant, he patted the top of his head, indicating that a player would leave due to being tired or injured.

Stevens thinks that the media is taking the trash talking out of context too much.

"This is something I wish I didn't have to deal with, but it's not that big a deal," Stevens said. "What's said right now won't have any impact on Sunday. I'm pretty close to unaffected. It doesn't have any bearing on how I'm going to approach the game."

Stevens understands why people trash-talk, and knows not to take things too seriously.

"Some people need something to be motivated. If that's what he found, that's what he found," Stevens said. "I don't feel I was out of line. I meant what I said. I am not going to repeat it to stir something up. I meant it, and I meant it with no disrespect."

Both coaches downplayed the possibility that the trash talking will have an affect on their respective teams this Sunday.

"Jeremy won't say anymore the rest of the week," said Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren. "I didn't really make too much of it."

However, Porter feels that Stevens initiated it. He says that he never would have had to respond if Stevens hadn't started it.

"I don't want to go into a situation where you can't say how you really feel and you're acting like it's going to be a nice day," Porter said. "It's not going to be a nice day. They're trying to come out and win the same trophy I want to win and only one of us can have it...Now I know how they really feel, and now I can tell you know how I really feel. I don't have to hold any punches any more. If they're looking for a fight, I've been ready for a fight."

Other players on the Steelers have their own reactions to Porter's comments.

"We had to keep him on a gag order a little bit," said WR Hines Ward. "But if they start it, Joey is going to finish it. Trust me."

"I don't know if he's going to be able to tap anybody out. This is the Super Bowl," LB James Farrior said. "He's going to really have to play hard to tap somebody out."

No matter what, the second that Super Bowl begins, every player will do whatever it takes to get a ring.

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