Casey Hampton sitting out, "I really don't enjoy training camp"

Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton frequently finds a way to sit out training camp practices. Two years ago he showed up too out of shape to practice. Last year he was sidelined by a knee injury. And he hasn’t practiced in the last three days because of a hamstring injury, which is just fine by Hampton.

It’s well-documented I really don’t enjoy training camp,” Hampton said.

Hampton, who signed a three-year, $21 million contract with $11 million guaranteed this offseason, said he wants to rest his body to be ready for the regular season.

“I’m in good shape,” he said. “I’m going to be ready to go when it’s time to go. I’m not trying to make the team right now. It’s all about getting healthy and trying to stay healthy.”

Hampton added that he doesn’t see much value in training camp for proven veterans like himself.

“Everybody knows training camp is for younger guys to learn the defense,” he said. “Guys like me are trying to get healthy.”

28 responses to “Casey Hampton sitting out, "I really don't enjoy training camp"

  1. Get well Big Hamp.
    The 6-Time Super Bowl Champions are hungry and healthy again!
    And that’s bad news for the rest of the NFL.

  2. Sounds like a classic case of anal blindness – he can’t see his ass participating in training camp. Get off your lazy ass and earn the money that’s being dished out to you.

  3. a growing trend among men with growing wallets and growing waistlines…….
    way to set the example of hard work and dedication, there, big man.. $7 million a year, but i don’t really need to work, that’s for the new guys…….
    “Say, where’s Tomlin hiding the donuts?”

  4. Nobody likes training camp. You better have a hell of a $21M season, Big Snack, or you’re going to find yourself on the Browns.

  5. What a typical Sh*tsburgh attitude.. Ray Ray is going 120 mph all over that field in Westminster preparing and just waiting for the chance to end Mendenhall’s season… again.

  6. Heck, just pull a Brett Favre and say youre contemplating retirement, then show up when you want. It seems to work well for him.

  7. “Crazy Nick says:
    August 4, 2010 7:00 AM
    Get well Big Hamp.
    The 6-Time Super Bowl Champions are hungry and healthy again!
    And that’s bad news for the rest of the NFL.”
    Heard this last year and you were swept! we will probably split this year but dont over look us…. TO come in with a mindset of “its the Bungles” will get your ass kicked!
    We will see if DIngy Bathroom is ready……..

  8. So an NFL player doesn’t like training camp, what a stunner…Hey guy with three names, you’re gonna go far in this business with stories like these.

  9. camp is for the young guys to learn schemes, no doubt. but if no vets shows up, how do they learn.
    fat selfish prick

  10. Darn…someone making millions of dollars, doesn’t like part of his job. Cry me a river…especially coming from Pittsburgh. People in Pitt are blue collar, hard-working folks…I bet they love this type of attitude from one of their football players.

  11. sacdaddy says:
    August 4, 2010 8:01 AM
    What a typical Sh*tsburgh attitude.. Ray Ray is going 120 mph all over that field in Westminster preparing and just waiting for the chance to end Mendenhall’s season… again.
    —————
    Ray Ray gets winded going sideline to sideline.

  12. For all the Steeler fans: to know your team is on the decline…..Oh, wait, Tomlin said, something about unleashing hell! Oh no!

  13. Just another example of players playing their heart out one season for a big contract extension, getting it, and then taking off the next year.

  14. Just another fat, lazy, POS from the burg! No surprise. If they gave out a rack of ribs for every snap in camp you can bet your ass he’d be there then!

  15. Typical. If Hampton gets any fatter, people might mistake him for a Pittsburgh beauty queen.
    Get off your ass and play ball.

  16. We’re with you Big Snack – who cares what happens in August. We know you’ll be on the field a lot in January and February, and that’s all that matters.

  17. Don’t act like complaining about training camp and not practicing is a Pittsburgh thing. Players from every team do it year after year–and some are selfish enough to do it while asking for a bigger and better contract.
    With that in mind, do I think Hampton should shut up and practice? yes.

  18. What the Steelers were thinking: “Maybe this new contract will make work harder.”
    What Hampton was thinking: “Suckerssssss”

  19. What a fat, lazy POS, especially with his history of showing up to camp out of shape. What kind of example is he setting for the younger guys. Why does Tomlin tolerate this attitude from his players. I don’t think Cowher would have. Poor Squeeller fans, the rest of the AFC north is going to eat the Sqeelers alive!

  20. Yes, he did show up out of shape two years ago. Must’ve had a big impact on the team because they only won the Super Bowl that year. 🙂 Like it or not, he’s right about this.

  21. Yes he should practice even though he’s a vet and a proven pro bowl caliber player i agree.. but that talk about the teams in the afc north will get at us this year and beat us is crazy…overtime win with our third string qb that made about two mistakes all night ……. ravens get real cincy you won last year and we played awful that was arguably our only real loss …we had leads in the fourth quarter late or outplayed just about every team we loss to last year …cleveland….really… lightning won’t strike two years in a row.

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