So Long Larry Foote: You Will Be Missed by Steeler Nation

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IApril 29, 2009

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 16:  Larry Foote #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers claps his hands during the game against the San Diego Chargers on November 16, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

As you check out the internet, there are many stories concerning Steelers ILB Larry Foote.

Some reports say he has already been released, others say he is going to be next week.  Some say he is currently being shopped, while others say he isn't.

In a recent interview in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Foote stated he has been given permission to speak to other teams.

Foote is originally from Detroit, Michigan.  He has stated before that he would love to end his career playing for the team he grew up rooting for.

The Lions would obviously be the leader of the pack when it comes to Larry choosing.  The Colts, who are in need of linebacker help, especially on the inside, are rumored to be talking to the Steelers about a trade.

The fact is, as good as he is at his job, there just isn't room on the Steelers depth chart to accommodate him any longer.

Lawrence Timmons is finally going to take the place he was drafted to take.  Foote is too good to be a backup.

How many other teams in the NFL are strong enough at any position to let someone with the talent of Larry Foote go?

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There are two different kinds of ex-Steelers.  The ones that have come full circle with the team, (Joey Porter, Jerome Bettis) and the ones that hit the door running, (Neil O'Donnell, Plaxico Burress).

The first group are the ones that will always keep their Steeler Nation membership cards.  No matter where they play, except Ohio or Baltimore, they will be loved and respected.

The latter group are the hated ones.  The ones that think they are bigger than the team.  They are hated regardless where they play.

Larry Foote fits in the first category.  Regardless of him finishing his career in Indy or Detroit, Larry Foote will always be a Steeler at heart.

Good luck!