A Pro Bowl caliber linebacker, and Super Bowl XLIII champion, LaMarr Woodley has stood out in his six-year career as an anchor of one the premiere franchises in the NFL. After a year in which the Steelers failed to make the playoffs, though, it will be up to Woodley to guide his team back to the postseason with his savvy defensive instincts, and veteran leadership. In his busy offseason, we caught up with LaMarr to talk about the music he uses to get ready for a game, rappers being athletes, and athletes being rappers. 

Interview by Gus Turner 

So what're you go-to genres in music?

Man, y'know, I'm a music guy. I like a lot of different things. It depends on the time of the day and the situation. 

Alright, what were you listening to today then? 

A new artist out of Pittsburgh named Simmie Green. He's a rapper. 

Would you say you're primarily into rap then? 

I'm a rap guy, I'm an R&B guy. I'm an old school '70s, '80s guy. I'm a little bit of everything. 

When you were first listening to rap, which artist was the one who got you into it? 

When I was younger I used to listen to N.W.A. 

Nice! Taking it back there. Who have you been listening to the most this summer? 


I usually listen to whatever's hot on the radio. I like to also find local artists that are doing pretty well and going to be up-and-coming. I'm open-minded when it comes to music.


When you're making a pre-game playlist, trying to get pumped up, who are you going with? 

How many songs can I have on there? 

Let's say five. 

I'm gonna go with one local artist, Simmie Greene. I'm gonna go with Rick Ross. 

Which track by Ross? 

Uhhh...take your pick. Doesn't matter. 

We'll start at the beginning: "Hustlin'."

Nah! Too old. 

[Laughs.] Okay. How about his feature on "U.O.E.N.O?"

Yeah, I'll take that...I'll take French Montana's "Ain't Worried About Nothin" I'll pick Lil' Boosie and Webbie. A song called "Wipe Me Down.

Alright, one more. 

I'll go with the Game and Nipsey Hussle's "They Roll."

Solid list. What about when you're at home, trying to relax? 

Let's see...well, that's usually in the morning, and I'm listening to a lot of different things like Shade 45. I'm usually listening to Sirius Satellite in the morning. The Heat usually plays good music.

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