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elsid13
08-08-2009, 05:17 AM
WESTMINSTER -- During the Baltimore Ravens' annual conditioning test upon arriving at training camp, veteran defensive end Trevor Pryce loves to show off his superior fitness.

One year, the four-time Pro Bowl defensive end ran a portion of it backwards and still easily made all of his required time trials. This year, Pryce actually shuffled sideways to cross the finish line as he aced the test.

It's a testament to Pryce's unique regimen of soccer, a nutritious diet that avoids junk food and genetics. And it represents a few of the reasons why the 34-year-old is still going strong as he enters his 13th NFL season.

"I run, a lot," said Pryce, a lean 6-foot-5, 290-pounder. "I condition like nobody else in the league my size. It's about getting your body in shape and running faster than everybody else. I've done that all my life.

"I eat right. Honestly, I haven't even eaten anything yet today. Hell no, I don't eat fried foods. The worst thing I do is sushi. I do a lot of that. That sticky rice will make you fat."

Pryce regularly runs sprints in the thin air of Colorado to get his lung capacity prepared for the rigors of football season.

The Rocky Mountains lung-busting conditions makes the underrated heat of Westminster feel like nothing.

"I told our strength coach I can breathe here," Pryce said. "Try running those gassers in that Colorado heat. It will make you want to faint."

In his quest to challenge himself even more, Pryce also did some investigating about the soccer powerhouse Manchester United's conditioning test.

Every day, Pryce tried to match the quick-twitch ability of soccer players that he outweighs by 100 pounds or more.

And he nearly passed the soccer conditioning program. Minus his lunch, that is.

"Manchester United holds everybody to a high standard, and I tried to do it and I never passed it," Pryce said. "It's impossible, especially for somebody my size. I came close to making it, but I puked."

Pryce is a major soccer aficionado, playing in a coed league back in Denver during the offseason.

As much as Pryce enjoys the internationally popular sport, he plays it mostly for the purpose of gaining an edge on the football field and to maintain his agility and stamina.

"I love soccer, I come from a soccer family," said Pryce, whose sister is on the U.S. national soccer team and his father plays soccer against men half his age. "My sister plays soccer in the Olympics. My dad runs these kids ragged on the soccer field. He's thin, he's short and he's wiry. It's all genetics."

However, Pryce came to a realization last season that he had probably gone too far in his quest to get into top shape.

In a game against Cleveland last season, hefty Browns nose guard Shaun "Big Baby" Rogers approached Pryce and said, 'You lost a lot of weight, big man.'

"He was right, their offensive linemen had started shoving me around," Pryce said. "I was too light in the butt. I needed to gain some weight, so I made the adjustment."



"If you win on Sundays, there's not much to complain about. All of us had to give him a chance and see what this guy is about."

The rest of the story

http://www.ravens24x7.com/column_view.php?cid=33&id=3653&view=archive

"The big thing for me is pressuring the quarterback, and I had a ton of pressures," said Pryce, who was signed to a five-year, $25 million contract in 2006 that includes $10 million in guaranteed money after being cut by the Denver Broncos. "I had 10 pressures against the Dolphins. I keep getting to the quarterback and they keep throwing the ball away. It's not about sacks. It's about if you pressure the quarterback consistently, and that's what I do."


Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital

Bronco Rob
08-08-2009, 06:38 AM
Cool story..Thanks!











;)

GreatBronco16
08-08-2009, 07:45 AM
I wish we would have never got rid of him, but, if he had stayed, he would have washed out of the league more than likely.

footstepsfrom#27
08-08-2009, 07:50 AM
Sigh...half the board hated on this guy as soon as he left. How nice would it be if he hadn't?

epicSocialism4tw
08-08-2009, 10:10 AM
Football players dont play soccer!!!!




Right?

Bigdawg26
08-08-2009, 10:34 AM
Chad Johnson was a hugh soccer player. I think he was supposed to be really good at it..

mhgaffney
08-08-2009, 10:47 AM
I'll never forget one game where Pryce muscled his way around the end, dragged down the QB, also causing him to fumble - then recovered the ball.

He was a one man wrecking crew. And we let him get away!??

Mogulseeker
08-08-2009, 10:48 AM
Pryce was my favorite defensive player... I still don't know why Shanahan let him go.

That 2005 Defense, we should have kept in tact: Al Wilson, John Lynch, Champ Bailey, DJ Williams, TREVOR PRYCE.... that's why we made the AFC Championship that year, and with our offense NOW? Its over.

I also think it's interesting that a lot of athletes who come through Denver some time in their career stay in Denver (making it their offseason home) even after moving on to another team. I've noticed it a lot, ie John Lynch, Brian Griese, Trevor Pryce, etc.

LonghornBronco
08-08-2009, 10:48 AM
One move, or lack of move I wish we could have back.

Los Broncos
08-08-2009, 10:51 AM
I remember him in a Colts game just owning it, getting after the QB.

Sure wish we had him here now, we could use a pass rush.

gyldenlove
08-08-2009, 10:52 AM
I would like to see Pryce and Clady go at it, a couple of real physical specimens.

Mogulseeker
08-08-2009, 10:57 AM
One move, or lack of move I wish we could have back.

Letting Pryce go, drafting Moss, and signing Henry were our three biggest mistakes in the last three years. (And yes, that includes trading Cutler.)

I remember him in a Colts game just owning it, getting after the QB.

Sure wish we had him here now, we could use a pass rush.

He had a couple of 12 sack seasons, but rushing the passer wasn't his specialty. Pryce was an LDE, and one of (if not) the best run-stuffing DE in the league.


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I heard somewhere that Pryce was of Jamaican descent?

jsco70
08-08-2009, 11:16 AM
I agree with those lamenting the fact Pryce was let go. One of my all time favorites.

Archer81
08-08-2009, 11:21 AM
Miss the guy. Even more impressive that he was drafted to be a tackle, then moved outside. We could have put him anywhere and he would have made plays. I am happy he is liking it in Baltimore though.

:Broncos:

~Crash~
08-08-2009, 11:28 AM
well I think Shanahan thought Pryce was done he was missing a lot of time.

gyldenlove
08-08-2009, 11:34 AM
well I think Shanahan thought Pryce was done he was missing a lot of time.

No, it was a cap issue. We were badly over the cap and Pryce was counting like 12 or 15 million against the cap.

Mogulseeker
08-08-2009, 12:41 PM
Miss the guy. Even more impressive that he was drafted to be a tackle, then moved outside. We could have put him anywhere and he would have made plays. I am happy he is liking it in Baltimore though.

:Broncos:

He moved around. He was drafted at 285 to be a left end. He put on 10 lbs and saw his first action at tackle.

He's played every position on the line, but he is a natural at LDE.

illbroncsfn
08-08-2009, 01:14 PM
I still like Pryce- just really hate the Ravens....

tsiguy96
08-08-2009, 01:23 PM
so...why did he get away from the braoncos anyway?

Broncojef
08-08-2009, 01:25 PM
Definitely a cap hit...but for every huge game he had there were many where he wasn't present. I wonder what his true feelings about Shanahan are...he obviously still loves Denver.

Rohirrim
08-08-2009, 03:01 PM
Shanahan never liked DEs. The second he realized he had a good one, he'd get rid of them.

Bronco LB52
08-08-2009, 03:12 PM
I hope one day Denver welcomes back Pryce and inducts him into the Ring of Fame where he belongs.

Pryce is arguably the greatest defensive lineman in team history, which includes the likes of Tombstone Jackson, Paul Smith, Lyle Alzado, Rubin Carter and Rulon Jones.

worm
08-08-2009, 03:25 PM
I hope one day Denver welcomes back Pryce and inducts him into the Ring of Fame where he belongs.

Pryce is arguably the greatest defensive lineman in team history, which includes the likes of Tombstone Jackson, Paul Smith, Lyle Alzado, Rubin Carter and Rulon Jones.

Wow. Just wow.

listopencil
08-08-2009, 03:39 PM
IIRC, Shanny seemed to want Pryce to be a Tackle even though Pryce wanted to play DE. I got the feeling that Shanny thought Pryce was dogging it and faking the seriousness of his injuries at Tackle. In the end we were paying him a lot of money and he had that back injury....they just let him go. Sad.

Los Broncos
08-08-2009, 03:57 PM
IIRC, Shanny seemed to want Pryce to be a Tackle even though Pryce wanted to play DE. I got the feeling that Shanny thought Pryce was dogging it and faking the seriousness of his injuries at Tackle. In the end we were paying him a lot of money and he had that back injury....they just let him go. Sad.

And wasn't there a point where we were just using him to occupy a blocker?

I think he came out and said something about it to the media.

Northman
08-08-2009, 04:09 PM
Miss the guy. Even more impressive that he was drafted to be a tackle, then moved outside. We could have put him anywhere and he would have made plays. I am happy he is liking it in Baltimore though.

:Broncos:

Not hard for a player to come to Bmore and not like it especially on defense. Good coaching and good surrounding players will make anyone forget any past woes. Get ready for Foxy to have a good year.

Broncojef
08-08-2009, 04:20 PM
I hope one day Denver welcomes back Pryce and inducts him into the Ring of Fame where he belongs.

Pryce is arguably the greatest defensive lineman in team history, which includes the likes of Tombstone Jackson, Paul Smith, Lyle Alzado, Rubin Carter and Rulon Jones.

Pass on all of that. Its easy to make a guy out to be a total hero after hes gone, truth is he was a good Lineman and had games where he shined but there were many many games where he was non-existant. He and Shanny had a love hate thing going for most of his career because he came across as not giving 100% every play. I liked him but no where near the ring of fame please.

Bronco LB52
08-08-2009, 05:24 PM
Pass on all of that. Its easy to make a guy out to be a total hero after hes gone, truth is he was a good Lineman and had games where he shined but there were many many games where he was non-existant. He and Shanny had a love hate thing going for most of his career because he came across as not giving 100% every play. I liked him but no where near the ring of fame please.

From day one, I have been on the Ring of Fame bandwagon.

http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showpost.php?p=1014460&postcount=26

Pryce has the most Pro Bowl appearances (4) of any defensive lineman in team history. He was also a first team NFL All-Pro and a 2003 candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.

I know he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with his holdout (2000) and some of his b****ing through the press, but I never thought he mailed it in for this franchise. He was the team's most consistent defensive performer during a six-year span, averaging 10 sacks a season from 1998-2003. How can anybody complain about that?

footstepsfrom#27
08-08-2009, 05:36 PM
Wow. Just wow.
The only one I'd put over him from that group was Tombstone.

Bronco LB52
08-08-2009, 05:50 PM
The only one I'd put over him from that group was Tombstone.

Tombstone is the best in my book too because his peak was so strong and was unmatched by any other defensive lineman in team history.

Going back to my original statement, I said Pryce "arguably" was the best defensive lineman in team history. I never said he was the best. Just said he had a case and a say in the discussion.

Unfortunately worm is a mental midget that can't grasp that.

JCMElway
08-08-2009, 05:50 PM
I remember him in a Colts game just owning it, getting after the QB.

Sure wish we had him here now, we could use a pass rush.

Hey, let's not forget about the games where he would vanish and have no productivity at all. He had great moments, but would disappear on a regular basis as well.

Broncojef
08-08-2009, 07:16 PM
From day one, I have been on the Ring of Fame bandwagon.

http://www.orangemane.com/BB/showpost.php?p=1014460&postcount=26

Pryce has the most Pro Bowl appearances (4) of any defensive lineman in team history. He was also a first team NFL All-Pro and a 2003 candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.

I know he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with his holdout (2000) and some of his b****ing through the press, but I never thought he mailed it in for this franchise. He was the team's most consistent defensive performer during a six-year span, averaging 10 sacks a season from 1998-2003. How can anybody complain about that?

Not complaining he was solid just not good enough for the ring IMO.