Hey, everybody! Welcome back for another year of Pittsburgh Steeler football and to my new and improved website. In case you didn’t notice when you first got on, I have redone my website to give you more firsthand insight into MY world and more importantly, to make me more accessible to you! From now on, I want you to stay close to my site as this will keep you close to me. Throughout this season, through my site, you will be able to follow me both on and off the field and you will be the first to know about special events, opportunities, and all of my community involvement, including what’s going on with my Helping Hands and Helping Hands Korea Foundations.
Now, since I have your attention, I just want to say something from the heart: I want to personally thank each of you for your loyalty and support over the years. That has really meant a lot to me as many of you have been with me both on and off the field for a long time. Many of you have been there through the good times and down times and I really appreciate it. It takes a lot of time commitment and dedication on your part and don’t think I don’t realize that. Anyway, I am grateful for you guys. You know I play this game with PASSION because I love it. But I play it with HEART to show my gratitude to you, the fans, because you deserve nothing less.
Now to my young fans who I see wearing my jersey all the time – it makes me feel good when I see you kids getting your “86” on. I am really a big kid at heart and love it when I see you guys in the stands or out in the malls with my name and number on your backs. I hope that I will one day see some of you out on the football field, if that’s your dream. Dream big and work hard. And above all, never give up.
To my Georgia bulldog fans,…GO DAWGS!!! It always brings a smile to my face when I see ya’ll at the games or at signings. Georgia will always be near to my heart and I ALWAYS pull for my Dawgs when they play in the toughest conference in college football – the S-E-C!
To all my Korean fans here and over in Seoul, South Korea, thank you for all of your support and hospitality. Korea has been very supportive of my mom and me and I appreciate all of the love. A big shout out to my biracial kids over at Pearl Buck Korea. I love you guys and look forward to seeing you guys soon!
Now what have I been up to lately? Well, this offseason I tried to have some fun and relax a little. I spent a lot of time with my son and traveled. I took my son to Disney World, spent some time in Miami during Super Bowl week making appearances for GQ and DirecTV, and bowled with the NBA’s Chris Paul on ESPN. One of the unexpected highlights of my summer was when I traveled to Vegas for a celebrity event. While there, I played the slots a little and I guess I must have had the lucky hand as I hit the jackpot,..literally! So I had some unexpected spending money that trip. Of course, I gave a lot of the money to my mom, but I was still able to enjoy the rest here and there.
Another highlight of my offseason was an unexpected honor I received from my birthplace, South Korea. I received word from the country that they were making me an honorary Ambassador to the famous Jeju or “Honeymoon” Island, one of the places vying to become one of the “7 New Wonders of the World”. This was a big honor and very humbling for me. So if you get a chance, go and check out my new island!
Now, getting down to business: this year, during OTA’s, I worked out and played a slightly different role than normal. I worked a lot more with the young receivers and, in particular, Mike Wallace. Mike has a lot of talent and I think he is going to be a dominant force for our team and in the NFL this year. Since Santonio is gone, Mike will have to step up his game, and I think he is ready to do just that. With Randle El back, and the young receivers in tact, we should be ready to go come September.
I don’t know how you guys are feeling but I can’t wait for this year to start. The rookies are looking good, Troy will be back in full swing, and the city is rockin’ with the smell of a championship in the air already. I am looking forward to catching up with my teammates again and getting back to working together as a team – all for one thing: to give you all and the city of Pittsburgh an unheard of 7th World Championship!
So, get ready,…this should be an exciting year for all of us. Just stay with me and let’s make history together! Go Steelers!!
Your,…2-time Super Bowl Champion,…
Super Bowl XL MVP,…Steeler for Life,