Parker happily showing Mendenhall the Steelers' way

Instead of feeling threatened by RB Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers' Willie Parker is excited about the duo's potential as a lethal one-two punch, writes James Walker.

Originally Published: May 6, 2008
By James Walker | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Every time Willie Parker sees Steelers rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall, he cannot help but think of Jerome Bettis.

The thought has nothing to do with Mendenhall's running style. It has to do with the way Bettis -- a future Hall of Famer -- embraced and tutored Parker as a rookie, which eventually led to Pittsburgh winning a Super Bowl their second year together in 2005.

"JB always kept it real with me,'' Parker said glowingly. "He told me as long as ...

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