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Gene Wang

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The Star Treatment


Offseason workouts are a good idea for younger players who may need to become more familiar with a particular offensive or defensive system. They can be a waste of time for established veterans whose time could be better spent resting, or in some cases healing, for another grueling regular season.

Let's use the Pittsburgh Steelers, coming off their NFL record sixth Super Bowl victory, as Exhibit A. Players such as Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu have earned the right to do as they please in the months following the end of the season. That's not to suggest they skip training camp, but as far as spring workouts, it ought to be at their discretion.

If they feel a need to attend spring workouts, then good for them. Coaches and teammates no doubt would welcome their presence at the practice facility. But if they want to spend time with their families, travel or get in a couple rounds of golf instead, that's just fine too.

What more do Roethlisberger, Ward or Polamalu have to prove? Players of their ilk -- Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, for instance -- have shown time and again they produce when it matters, and that's certainly not in March and April.

By Gene Wang  |  March 18, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  | Category:  Coaching , Gene Wang Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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