You made five Pro Bowls. You were a giant -- literally and figuratively -- on the field and in the locker room. You were adored by your teammates. You deserve to go out in style. You deserve better than a one-line mention in a story announcing a new contract for your backup, who only can hope to be as good as you were. "The Steelers' signing of nose tackle Steve McLendon to a three-year, $7.25 million deal means the end for Casey Hampton." That simply won't do. Hampton is going to be missed. "As great of a player as he was, he was an even better person," former longtime teammate Chris Hoke said Monday. "He was the best locker-room guy the Steelers had." They broke in together in 2001, Hampton as a No. 1 draft choice, Hoke as an undrafted free agent. Hoke backed up Hampton for 11 seasons before he retired after the 2011 season. Let's start with something really important. How did Hampton get his wonderful nickname? "Big Snack." "I think [former defensive end] Travis Kirschke gave it to him," Hoke said. "We had this freezer at training camp and Hamp was always there getting popsicles. He was always snacking."
Loss of Casey Hampton big ... in 2 ways
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Apr 23