Willie Parker Conference Call Highlights

Steelers running back Willie Parker talked to the media about making the Pro Bowl, whether revenge is a factor with the Ravens on Sunday and much more during his NFL Conference Call this week.

On being named to the Pro Bowl:
"Actually, I came over here yesterday around 3:00. I was coming to get texts of the last game and the film of this game and coach [Bill] Cowher pulled me into his office, and I thought he was basically telling me I didn't make it [and] to keep working hard, but it was the opposite. He told me I made it and I was kind of like in a state of awe. I was speechless. It was just a feeling of -- I can't really describe it -- it was just excitement. I was just so excited."

On what was the pivotal point in the Steelers' turnaround:
"We are playing together. We've just been having fun and playing together, taking one game at a time and trying to do everything we can just to get a win."

On whether there's a sense of revenge brewing for this Sunday's game:

"No. It's not revenge. It's another game. We know it's an important game. In order for us to get where we need to be, we need to take care of this game.  There is no sense of revenge. It's Baltimore and Pittsburgh - another matchup."

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On what coach Cowher told the Steelers after their loss in Baltimore:
"No huge speech. He just told us the same stuff he tells us every game if we win or lose, whatever. No big speech. He kind of pumped us up, but there was no speech, just the same thing he always tells us."

On his secret to gaining yardage game after game:

"I don't really have a secret; I just take it a play at a time. You've got to credit the line for what they've done. Baltimore has got a great defense and we know that coming in, so it's going to be a tough game."

On the distraction of whether Bill Cowher will return next year:

"We don't even hear it. The only time we hear it is when you guys talk about it. [It's not] a distraction to us. We just go out and play every day and practice every day like we've always done. That's going to take care of itself. We don't worry about that. That's just part of the business."

On whether Cowher has addressed it with the team:

"No. He doesn't even talk to us about it."

On playing without Jerome Bettis this year:

"It's kind of lonely. With Bus back there, Bus always helped me out and stuff. He [was a] a teacher, that mentor figure, but without him I'm kind of on my own. I'm kind of on an island by myself."

On the team's expectations on getting to the playoffs:

"Anything can happen. This is the NFL. You know anything can happen. I know just a couple of losses here, a couple of wins there. We need all the help we can [get]. So, we're just going to have to take it one game at a time, and whatever happens, happens."

On the Ravens-Steelers rivalry:

"It's going to take our best game [to win Sunday], I know that for a fact. It's going to take your best game. So, we've got to go out there and play our best game possible."


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