Ike Taylor: 'Like that was the whole thing in Pittsburgh when I was playing, put a body on a resume'

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Former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was on Shawn Merriman's "Lights Out Podcast" earlier this week and talked about MMA/boxing, his love for cigars and the mentality the Steelers defense carried when he was on the team.

The mentality that the Steelers defense had back in the mid-2000s was smashmouth, blue-collar and merciless.

"My linebackers brainwashed me," Taylor said about playing on the Steelers defense. "My linebackers felt knocking somebody out was better than catching an interception. I need you to take the soul out another grown man. Like, that was the motto in the locker room. If you play linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers your whole mindset is run through a brick wall and not think twice about it. Like, we loved coming to the sideline and saying, 'I got a body.' Yeah, I got one. Like that was the whole thing in Pittsburgh when I was playing, put a body on a resume."

In Week 17 of the 2009 season against the Dolphins, Taylor knocked out quarterback Pat White when he was scrambling for a first down. There was no penalty called on the play and Taylor wasn't fined for the vicious hit. There was helmet-to-helmet contact on the play, but for sure if that hit happened in 2021, Taylor would have been penalized and heavily fined.

Ryan Clark was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his hit that knocked out Willis McGahee in the 2008 AFC Championship Game, but he wasn't fined. It just shows how much the game has changed since the mid-to-late 2000s.