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IGOR SPEAKS

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20070815-9999-1s15chargers.html

    He's tough as he is strong

    Muscular defensive end Olshansky has history of shrugging off injuries

    By Kevin Acee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    August 15, 2007

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    K.C. ALFRED / Union-Tribune
    Igor Olshansky, obviously a demon at pumping iron, aspires to be an ironman on the football field, too.
    The knee is fine. This problem with his groin will be a memory soon, and he will be able to get on with the breakout season that was supposed to have commenced last year.
    He does, after all, have superhuman strength. Just ask him.

    Igor Olshansky was chiseled by a cartoonist's imagination. He can lift his 305 pounds to a pull-up bar 20 times. He does six reps of 465 pounds in the bench press.

    And, most important to the Chargers, he seems to heal extraordinarily quickly and with an uncanny resurgence.

    “There is nothing I can't overcome,” Olshansky said.

    The thing about the gargantuan Ukrainian is that he says such a thing without it sounding like boasting, while at the same time leaving no question he is not joking either.

    “Oh, he's dead serious,” said Luis Castillo, Olshansky's bookend on the defensive line. “Dead serious.”

    Olshansky has some feats to give credence to his claims.

    He tore his left MCL on the third play of the Chargers' season opener at Oakland last year. He was back three weeks later to line up against Baltimore's Jonathan Ogden, perhaps the league's best left tackle.

    Attempting to compensate somewhat, Olshansky tore the meniscus in the knee two weeks later at San Francisco and had surgery that week. The prognosis was a month on the sideline. He started 18 days later against Cleveland and did not miss another game.

    In 2005, he partially tore two tendons in his ankle. He missed one game.

    “What I've shown about myself that you don't see in a lot of people – because of what kind of shape I'm in – is the ability to come back from injury and play at a high level,” Olshansky said. “A lot of guys who have knee problems and come back – their performance goes (down).

    “Because of the shape I'm in and because of the way my body is, I'm so strong, because my game is such a power game, I'm able to have a more consistent output as opposed to a guy who is a speed guy and then he gets injured and he is no longer a speed guy per se. And he's not really a power guy, so his performance drops. Whereas me, I can always be stronger than the guy in front of me.”

    Even superhumanly strong guys need a little help sometimes. Olshansky is wearing a knee brace, which he says will stay on for practices and games as long as he needs it.

    “I don't want my knee getting worse,” he said. “If it stays like this, no problem, I'll play another seven or eight years. But you don't want it getting worse.”

    Fast healer or not, Olshansky does not deny the effect injury has had on his past two seasons.

    It was last year at this time that General Manager A.J. Smith said he believed 2006 was going to be Olshansky's coming out, that he could sense by the way Olshansky was working that he was ready to be held in the same regard as other stars on the Chargers' defense. Smith's belief in Olshansky still holds.

    Olshansky, certainly not one afraid to share his thoughts, was also anticipating a big '06. Asked if he had the same feelings about '07, he said quickly, “Even moreso.”

    Last year was tough, he acknowledged.

    “But I'll tell you what,” he said, “it made me so much mentally stronger.”

    Superhuman mental strength.

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  2. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    :icon_eek: You said "prophylactic" :lol:

    Hell, I would wear one as well if I knew it protected me but players are stubborn. Some refuse to wear cups because ... well ... just because. :lol:
     
  3. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

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    Trade Igor
     
  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Yes. :yes:

    If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying.
     
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    exodus Well-Known Member

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    He is badass and I hope he punches another cheap donko this season.
     
  6. BFISA

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    That policy has been in effect for several seasons now...quite awhile, actually.
     
  7. mef31

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    Yea I was a student trainer at Va Tech before i switched majors and all the offensive linemen wore them. They we're custom fabricated for each player so they weren't too uncomfortable and allowed maneuverability.
     
  8. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    :yes: :tup: :bolt:
     
  9. Retired Catholic

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    Absolutely not. Not in this testing regime. HGH is one of the prime substances being tested for. Besides Olshansky is not just a behemoth, he's an intelligent behemoth. I doubt he would anything even remotely that stupid.
     
  10. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    Jim Rome said that a player (don't remember who or even what sport) didn't wear one because "there was too much junk down there" :icon_eek:
     
  11. Kwak

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    I thought that they still did not have a reliable test for HGH and the test the do have is a blood test? :icon_shrug:
     
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    Any player that suffers a "groin injury" without being tackled likely wasn't wearing a cup and was just nutbuttered by another player. :yes:
     
  13. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    What KWAK said.

    They do not test nor is their a fool proof test available. Some are touting a foolproof method but the Players association has not approved blood testing for HGH. That is the last frontier which has not been violated .... yet.
     
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    I sure hope he wears the brace when we play the Donks and the Faiders.


    Reppin the Ukraine!:abq1:
     
  15. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    ahahaha thats like gridiron gang! "hes not wearin his cup, cuz cups... are for P*SSIES!!"
     
  16. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    lmao, sooo many people do that before a play at practice, its hilarious
     
  17. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    When i played baseball I couldn't stand wearing a cup. Too much of a hassle to tha junk.
     
  18. TheLash

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    I did medieval armored combat for 20 years. Trust me, when you get hit in the balls with a 3 foot piece of rattan it hurts even with a cup. I skipped wearing it once and never again.:icon_eek:
     
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    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    Woah! Take the respect I already had for you and quintriple it! That is frakin cool.
     
  20. Igor's Revenge

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    You're a dead duck fancy boy Canuck. :icon_evil:
     
  21. turbo_turtle

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    The same thing happens when you get hit with a LaCrosse stick.

    It hurts like hades even with a cup. I would not ever be caught with out a cup on. No Sir. :icon_eek: OUCH.
     
  22. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

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    try gettin hit with a football helmet, or someones shoulder pads, thats gotta hurt
     
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    If you don't know who Shamrock is I will jump off a cliff.
     
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    Is the thing in your avatar a dude?
     
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    STFU!!! :icon_twisted:

    My boy is the strongest player in the NFL and the flag bearer for Russian jews everywhere.


    :abq2: :abq1: :abq2:
     
  26. TheLash

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    You need to get a life Powder:lol:
     
  27. Retired Catholic

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    Unless its a mink glove, does it make any difference what you get hit in the balls with? i've never found the experience particularly enjoyable no matter what the offending ojbect was.
     

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