The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently in a youth movement on a defensive side of the ball, so they will need a young player to step up into a leadership to help smooth that transition as they bid farewell to some of their veteran players.
For linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who is just 28 years old, that role is something that he is embracing.
As the team prepares for the start of training camp, Timmons has openly accepted a role as a leader with the team and he wants to be someone that the new Pittsburgh defenders can look up to.
“I do feel like I have to do a lot for this team. With me being one of the older guys, I understand that if everybody does their job, everyone is going to make plays,” Timmons said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“I want to be a model citizen for this team because we’re very young now. I can’t get carried away with having a good time because everyone, especially the young guys, have to know there’s a time and place for everything. It’s why I do the things I do and why I carry myself a certain way.”
The Steelers selected Timmons with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Timmons has been a standout defender for the team when healthy, but he has had some trouble staying on the field.
If Timmons can continue to develop as a prominent voice on the field in Pittsburgh and find a way to stay healthy, head coach Mike Tomlin and the team will benefit in a number of ways as they try to restore the Steelers defense to glory.