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Ryan Clark tutors Shamarko Thomas while also vying for extension

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Ryan Clark hasn’t made any attempt to keep secret his desire to sign an extension with the Steelers that keeps him in Pittsburgh after the 2013 season comes to a close, but the Steelers haven’t shown the same interest.

That divergent desires aren’t getting in the way of Clark helping to get his possible replacement at safety ready for life in the NFL. The Steelers traded up to take Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round of April’s draft, with the extra treasure given up in the deal serving as extra reason to believe that the team thinks he’s capable of playing a big role for them in the near future.

Clark knows that, but has put his personal desires for a contract aside to help serve as a mentor for Thomas as he makes the transition to the professional ranks. Clark said that he and Troy Polamalu have wanted to work with a young safety for the last couple of years and that Thomas has proven to be an eager student to a pair of teachers who didn’t waste any time getting to work with the newcomer.

“It all started the same day I got drafted,” Thomas said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Troy and Ryan called me and left a message and told me they were going to teach me everything they’ve learned. I came in here ready to learn. They’ve made me comfortable.”

The circle of NFL life has long called for aging stalwarts of lineups to be replaced by younger and hungrier versions. Those aging stalwarts aren’t always so willing to help the guys who are tasked with replacing them, which should leave the Steelers better off than some other teams when the time comes to pull the trigger on a switch at safety.

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31 Responses to “Ryan Clark tutors Shamarko Thomas while also vying for extension”
  1. godofwine330 says: Jun 18, 2013 9:13 AM

    To train your replacement is tough. Man. There is no benefit in it for you because they are going to cut you now because they found someone younger and cheaper.

  2. oldirtyman says: Jun 18, 2013 9:14 AM

    Veterans teaching incoming rookies, letting their ego at the door to teach the youngster the Steeler tradition. This is one of the reasons this is a great franchise that is always competeing at the top of their division.

  3. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 18, 2013 9:16 AM

    Clark and Polamalu’s unselfishness is the reason the Steelers’ defenses have been ranked in the top five over the past several seasons. If the Steelers’ woeful offense had even an ounce of that same leadership, it might not be ranked in the bottom 10 in scoring annually.

  4. jtbsteeler says: Jun 18, 2013 9:28 AM

    #1 defense again this year. Some teams in Maryland don’t have a clue how their team is going to play.

    “Guesswork” across the board in Maryland. One thing is for sure, that team won’t stand pat on the bum WR’s they have. They’ll sign a veteran right after the first preseason game.

  5. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 18, 2013 10:00 AM

    Thomas is a hybrid between Clark and Troy so hopefully he can soak up all possible information from both.

    The real perdicament is the level of play of Clark vs Polamalu the last couple seasons in relation to their contract. Although Polamalu is younger and is under contract thru 2014, its Clark that has been holding down the secondary the last few seasons. I would feel more comfortable if their situations were switched, but lets see how Troy plays this year.

  6. scoobies05 says: Jun 18, 2013 10:30 AM

    wow jb. in a nice article about the changing of the guard you bring up the ravens…jealous much? btw…your number 1 defense sat home last year. maybe you should be more concerned about your offense then what the champs are doing

  7. modellforprez says: Jun 18, 2013 11:17 AM

    Ryan is a pro and a great Man and leader. Shamarko is in good hands with Him and Troy

  8. nickster31 says: Jun 18, 2013 11:31 AM

    JB – Really no need to bring the Ravens comments into this article. No room for it.

    Scoobie – Once again, congrats on the Super Bowl last year. Just remember, it was LAST YEAR. You have lost a LOT of pieces of that puzzle and it is hard to call it the same team, other than the same uniform.

    As for Clark and Polamalu, does no one else see this as the Steelers way? “They are old”, because the older players are there helping the younger guys become Steelers. Not football players, STEELERS. The hill in Latrobe, where the LB’s take the rookie LB’s. It is where they learn to be a Steelers LB. Look at Lake and Woodson returning to help teach the DB’s.
    Every “old” guy that is there is not simply playing their spot, they are TEACHING / COACHING the young guys to replace them.

    Now, I know fans of other teams don’t like this, and feel free to thumbs down my comment, but this is why the Steelers are THE most successful team since the inception of the Super Bowl. Because THIS is STEELERS FOOTBALL!!

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    scoobies05 says:
    Jun 18, 2013 10:30 AM
    wow jb. in a nice article about the changing of the guard you bring up the ravens…jealous much? btw…your number 1 defense sat home last year. maybe you should be more concerned about your offense then what the champs are doing

    0 3 Great article about two great steelers helping a youngin learn. Jealous of the Ravens….last team on earth to be jealous of. As to bringing up the ravens you are hardly one to talk as you do the same quite often, but that is the raven troll way…do as I say not as I do. Not worried about what the chumps are doing.

  10. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 18, 2013 11:36 AM

    A disgruntled starter teaches a rookie how to be disgruntled. This should be good.

  11. steel2372 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:40 PM

    They dont sound disgruntled at all. I think its great that they are willing to teach him everything they know. Just another example of why the Steelers franchise is one of the best in football. Tradition continues. This defense will be ranked highly again this season Just like so many seasons before. Tradition goes a long way…

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 18, 2013 12:43 PM

    That’s perfect – McGahee is looking for work, he could help in the “gettin lit up” portion of the training.

  13. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 18, 2013 1:11 PM

    Looks like Ryan and Polamalu are just being political, trying to rile up the fan base which ultimately makes all the FO decisions. Who ever heard of carrying multi-million dollar over-the-hill players because they agreed to “train” the new kid? So much for the Steelers pulling themselves out of salary cap hell.

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 18, 2013 1:42 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jun 18, 2013 1:11 PM
    Looks like Ryan and Polamalu are just being political, trying to rile up the fan base which ultimately makes all the FO decisions. Who ever heard of carrying multi-million dollar over-the-hill players because they agreed to “train” the new kid? So much for the Steelers pulling themselves out of salary cap hell.

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    No one who knows anything about football would type the nonsense you just posted. Oh well steeler groupies can get bored I guess.

  15. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 18, 2013 2:10 PM

    After watching this guys highlights I’m actually afraid he is going to hurt somebody. Hits like Chuck Cecil, in the early days.

  16. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 18, 2013 3:11 PM

    I’m sure Ray Rice is happy to see him on the Steelers roster. His alma mater trounced Syracuse last year.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 18, 2013 3:36 PM

    I’m sure Ray Rice is happy to see him on the Steelers roster. His alma mater trounced Syracuse last year.

    0 0 Yup he played all twenty plus positions by himself and that’s why he lost. Ray Rice probably admires his guts for trying to win a game all by himself. Groupie, it’s always best to think before you type unless you are just practicing. Send means other people might read it and you may not want to embarrass yourself….so think before send….think before send…got it.

  18. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    Gotta love that wicked faceplant at the combine! Just imagine if he were chasing Jones or Smith! Hahahaha. Get used to it.

  19. black43gold says: Jun 18, 2013 4:20 PM

    Everyone knows Ray Rice will get filleted by any of our safeties. Even this kid Shamarko. Our tradition for developing safeties in this league is unmatched, due in large part to our veterans’ willingness to teach the young guns everything they know. The trolls on here have to type this absurd s*** to hide the fact that they know Shamarko was a helluva college safety and now is getting his schooling from the two best safeties on the PLANET, and his coaching from two of the best Steelers safeties in franchise history (Lake and Woodson), which makes their diapers that much heavier.

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 18, 2013 6:28 PM

    Lesson one. Jump offsides. Lesson two. Don’t fall flat on your face while running. Lesson three. Jump offsides.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 18, 2013 6:53 PM

    Lesson one. Jump offsides. Lesson two. Don’t fall flat on your face while running. Lesson three. Jump offsides.

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    25% of the posts on this thread are from the same troll. I guess it’s not an interesting story. Will he be allowed to set a trolling record? Bet he will and this won’t be posted.

  22. fourthandafoot says: Jun 19, 2013 12:41 AM

    At some point they should just name Shamarko the at Denver starter.

  23. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 19, 2013 7:37 AM

    I also find it instructive that this rookie is being trained by two of the dirtiest players in the NFL. According to the Bleacher Report, both Ryan and Polamalu made the top 25 dirtiest players of 2010. Hines Ward (of course) and James Harrison (No. 1) also made the list, making the Steelers the dirtiest team in the NFL. Yes, one former Raven (Ray Lewis) was on the list. One.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 19, 2013 10:06 AM

    The groupie is back with more drivel. The three steelers are known for hitting hard with their bodies and Ray was known for using his body and knives. I am sure the bleacher report is reliable as a source for groupies but not for discerning fans. Keep reaching troll you look more ridiculous with each post.

  25. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 19, 2013 12:36 PM

    “Ray was known for using his body and knives”

    For the millioneth time, nofool. there’s no truth to that all all. You must have no assets otherwise Ray Ray would own you.

    Want to know something that IS true? In addition to the two dirtiest players of 2010 who remain on the Steelers roster, there’s a player who shot an innocent person for absolutely no reason. Think about it!

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 19, 2013 1:18 PM

    Troll Montana , Rays actions left two people dead and he can’t talk about it without implicating himself. Think about that before you say anything about any other player from any team.You asking me to think is insulting when you post the trash you do…I am sure you put a lot of thought in all your posts. Smh

  27. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 19, 2013 2:24 PM

    “Rays actions left two people dead and he can’t talk about it without implicating himself.”

    For the one millioneth and one time, there is not a scintilla of evidence to show that the above statement is anything other than libel. Enjoy the 2013 Steeler season with your gunslinging maimer! HAHAHAHAHA!

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 19, 2013 2:56 PM

    For the one millioneth and one time, there is not a scintilla of evidence to show that the above statement is anything other than libel. Enjoy the 2013 Steeler season with your gunslinging maimer! HAHAHAHAHA!

    Haha explain the missing white suit troll tana? And who is the yet unnamed steeler gunslinger and how many died during his “involvement” similar to Rays ” involvement”. I bet Ray wins 2-0. Hahaha.

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 19, 2013 2:59 PM

    I find it odd that groupie Montana only defends Ray Lewis on steeler threads but stays off the many ray Lewis jokes currently posted on the thread about the Pats tight end? Care to explain?

  30. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 19, 2013 3:36 PM

    “I find it odd that groupie Montana only defends Ray Lewis on steeler threads but stays off the many ray Lewis jokes currently posted on the thread about the Pats tight end? Care to explain?”

    Oh! So you’re missing me on the Patriots threads? I’m flattered that you cared so much to go searching for me. Hahahahahaha (choking b/c laughing so hard) hahhahahahaha!

    How’s training camp going? Anybody shot yet? Luckily the black and gold uniforms hide most bloodstains.

  31. troy43mvp says: Jun 20, 2013 1:49 PM

    It shows more than one player helping another. It shows that the vet cares about the team. It shows character and it shows why the Steelers have six SB’s.

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