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LaMarr Woodley tells Ray Rice using a Terrible Towel was a ‘bad idea’

Ray Rice was spotted with a Terrible Towel draped over his head after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, and Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley is not happy about it. Woodley apparently felt it was disrespectful of Rice, and he took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to warn him about it and remind everyone about two players who have done it in the past.

For those who are wondering, Around the League reminded us that Lendale White stomped on a Terrible Towel in 2008 while T.J. Houshmandzadeh used one to clean his cleats back in 2005. Woodley was still in college for the Housmandzadeh incident, but he is apparently well-read in Terrible Towel history. Both teams — White’s in 2008 and Houshmanzadeh’s in 2005 — tanked in the postseason and the Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl.

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LaMarr Woodley Complains About Lack of Steelers Highlights on NFL Network

LaMarr Woodley is known for speaking his mind, so it wasn’t a surprise to hear what he said during an interview on NFL Network’s Around the League Live Thursday.

“You all need to start putting the Pittsburgh Steelers in more of your highlights,” he told host Fran Charles. “Y’all don’t put us in enough highlights.

“I watch NFL Network all day everyday, even when they repeat the shows. Steelers, we get no love. Why is that?” he asked.

Charles vehemently disagreed and playfully denied the charge. Woodley’s ribbing was said in a friendly manner, but it doesn’t change his core point: He feels like the Steelers aren’t getting enough love.

I don’t know if his assertion is accurate, but I do know that when I watch NFL Network on Sundays, highlights from all the games are shown. However, in general, the Steelers have not received as much attention as usual. That’s probably because they started the season 2-2 and because they haven’t beaten an elite opponent. Give us a reason to talk about you, and we will.

Steelers fans may join the complaining and whine about the lack of respect from the national media, but they shouldn’t. We’ve learned many times that disrespect, real or imagined, is a motivating tool for athletes. This mentality can be a good thing for the Steelers.

LaMarr Woodley: NFL is ‘Turning Soft’

It’s no secret that plenty of players have a problem with the way the rules in the NFL have changed over the last few years. In an attempt to “protect” players from serious injury, the NFL has cracked down on head shots and what they deem to be unnecessary roughness.  Last season, Brian Urlacher called the new rules “bulls***” and James Harrison threatened to retire after being fined for a hit on a defenseless receiver.  Harrison’s teammate, LaMarr Woodley, thinks the NFL is ruining the game by adding new rules to protect players every season.

“Man, they’re getting ridiculous.  Football is turning soft now,” Woodley told Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “Too many fines.  Too many penalties protecting the quarterback every single play.  Defensive guys can’t be defensive guys no more.”

“Man, I think it’s so stupid.  I mean, it’s football.  I mean, that’s what you signed up for.  You signed up, when you played football you knew it was going to be an aggressive game.  There’s a chance of you getting hurt and having serious injuries.  So that’s what you signed up for.”

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