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Santonio Holmes Still Working Out With Former Steelers Teammates

He may have been shipped out of town by the Pittsburgh Steelers front brass, but Santonio Holmes still has ties the most successful franchise in NFL history. At least to the the players still in Pittsburgh that is. At the outset of a lengthy interview with ProFootballFocus, Holmes name-dropped several Steelers players when asked what he's been up to this offseason and how he's kept in shape while the lockout remains in place.

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Steve Wyremski (SW): How’s the offseason going so far? What have you been up to?

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Santonio Holmes (SH):  Mostly laying low. Training as usual throughout the mornings…  every day five days a week.  [I’ve been] spending some time with the family.  Just sitting back and resting, man.  Waiting to see what’s going to happen with the season.

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SW:  Your workout schedule right now.  Take me through a typical day.

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SH: I arrive at workouts at about 8:30 in the morning. I go through normal lift days [and] depending on what day it is… upper body or lower body.   The workout is about an hour / hour and a half in the weight room.  We leave the weight room and go out to the football field and do football specifics whether we’re cutting, doing agilities, running through cones, doing bungee cords, working on the track, speed work, going through the sand pit, [and] jogging 2-3 miles a day.  That’s pretty much it.

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SW:  I saw you’re out training with a bunch of other guys – Chris Johnson, William Gay – you guys all training out there together?

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SH:  Yeah, we’ve been training together for the past three years. I’ve been in the league six years now, so I’ve been there the past six years. It’s myself, Ike Taylor, James Farrior, just to name a few guys I’ve been training with.

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I was aware of Farrior, Taylor and Gay all working out together in Florida. Perhaps Holmes was in the car as well during this recent Taylor interview during which he mentioned rolling with Farrior and Gay.

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Anyway, it's unfortunate that Holmes' errors in judgment forced the Steelers hand just weeks before the 2010 NFL Draft. In just four years in Pittsburgh, Holmes already had developed into one of the game's best receivers. And of course, his late-game heroics in Super Bowl XLV is a permanent part of Steelers lore. The scary (and disappointing) thing is that Holmes can and likely will still improve.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.