NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Willie Colon (L) and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands on the field prior to the home opener between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
He's missed almost all of the last two seasons in Pittsburgh due to injuries, and now, after seven seasons in Pittsburgh, he moves from tackle to guard.
The change seems to excite Colon, who gave an interview with Trib Live Radio's Ken Laird Thursday.
Among the highlights, Colon equated his new position on the interior of the offensive line to him being able to "bounce around the line like a hunter."
A great metaphor for a pulling guard, who often will get out of his stance heading in one direction at full speed, not being exactly sure of the spot of his target.
Colon has the mentality of a road-grater, but his athletic ability and quick feet served him well as a tackle in previous years. The departure of Chris Kemoeatu, who had replaced former Steelers LG Alan Faneca - one of the best linemen in franchise history - left the spot open, and Colon is eager.
As he told Laird, "We run 36-Power a lot. Whatever my job is, I don't look forward to any single play. If 36-Power is the call, I'm just going hit whatever is looking the opposite of me."