The Steelers will wear a patch on their jerseys this season to honor Dan Rooney

July 24th, 2017 by

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

041317_MrRooneyOutside of his faith and family, Dan Rooney had a passion for two other things…his beloved Steelers and equally beloved Ireland.

When the late Chairman of the Steelers passed away last April, many wore shamrocks with the Steelers logo to honor his memory, and his love for those cherished things.

This season, Steelers’ players will do something similar.

Throughout the regular season players will sport a patch on the right side of their jerseys with Rooney’s initial’s DMR, which stands for Daniel Milton Rooney, lovingly enveloped in a black and gold shamrock to honor, remember and show love and respect for the man who was more than an owner, but family to the players.

“We wanted to have something my dad would be proud of and really called out parts of his life that were important to him,” said Steelers’ President Art Rooney II. “The shamrock is something he would be happy about.

“I know he wouldn’t want us to make too much of a fuss. I think wearing a jersey patch, he would be proud of that. It’s a great way for all of us to remember what he meant to each one of us and what he meant to the organization.”

What he meant to the players, to the ones who will wear the patch, was simply the world.

“Today we lost a great one! I wouldn’t be a Steeler if it wasn’t for Mr. Rooney! We will miss you dearly! Love you DMR!” — Ben, from his tribute to Mr. Rooney on April 13th.



“It’s going to mean so much to wear it,” said Maurkice Pouncey. “For me personally, I was really close to him. He was an excellent guy, a great person to be around. He knew everybody. He was really respected. I hope we can honor him as much as possible. It would mean a lot to all of us players and Steelers Nation.”

This isn’t the first time the team wore a patch on their jerseys in memory of an individual. It was previously done for Arthur J. Rooney Sr., ‘The Chief,’ when players wore the AJR patch in 1988 after he passed that August.

The Steelers, as well as all NFL teams, wore a patch to honor Gene Upshaw, the former Oakland Raider who was head of the NFLPA, when he passed away in 2008.

The team also wore a decal on the back of their helmets in 2014 to honor former Coach Chuck Noll, with his initials CHN.


You can read more here.


“Teaching the next generation”

July 24th, 2017 by

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

IMG_0050In just a few days the Steelers will report to Saint Vincent College for training camp, the final preparation before the season begins.

Before they headed to Latrobe, though, many of them went back to the grassroots of football, hosting their own youth football camps in Pittsburgh and beyond, or assisting at the Steelers Youth Football Camps.

Among the individuals hosting camps this offseason were Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Mitchell, Bud Dupree, Roosevelt Nix, Javon Hargrave and Joshua Dobbs.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Roethlisberger. “You see a lot of smiles on their faces. I get to throw a pass to all of them. If I can teach one thing or supply one memory to these kids, just one, to one kid, that’s enough for me. If we can just reach one kid, then that means a lot to me.”

The Steelers held four youth football camps in the Pittsburgh area over the summer, a chance for the team to reach out to young players. The instructional camps feature current and former players, as well as area coaches, teaching the ins and outs of the game, while at the same time making sure football is fun for the kids.


You can read more here.


Summertime in Steeler Nation

July 20th, 2017 by

Vacations, family reunions, weddings….the Terrible Towel always gets invited!


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The Welchs’ showing it off at Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska!


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Frank Semple says, “We’re displaying our Pittsburgh Steelers Pride in the bayou!!”


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Randy Orr and his beautiful bride pose with their Steelers Pride!


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Dan Graham and his friends send “Cheers” from New Zealand!


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Brad & Tina Fisher hiked with their Terrible Towel in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.


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Jens Overgaard and Towel visiting The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark.



And with that, we remind you that Steelers training camp is just around the corner!!



We’re slowing down just long enough….

July 17th, 2017 by

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to say Happy Birthday Momma!! We all love you very much!! — Benjamin, Baylee & Bodie.



A couple of “cool” fan photos to share…

July 17th, 2017 by

okay, make that COLD fan photos to share on this sweltering July day:


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Terrible Towels are required gear according to thrill seekers Mike Foster and Eric Kramer of Charleston, SC. Mike shows his support at 10,781 feet on Mt Baker in Washington State (above) and Eric stands proudly on Denver Glacier in Skagway, Alaska. Steeler Nation is alive and well in South Carolina, and in colder climates as well!


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*Thanks to their buddy, and fellow Steelers fan Ron Manz for sending these our way!



Big Ben back on the airwaves this NFL Season

July 17th, 2017 by

From 93.7 The Fan today:

Ben_937TheFanSportsradio 93.7 The Fan announced today (July 17) that Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will once again make regular weekly appearances on the station during the 2017 NFL season.

The Ben Roethlisberger Show will air on Tuesdays at 11am during The Fan’s Cook & Poni Show.

Now in its fifth year, The Ben Roethlisberger Show has become the place where Steelers Nation can get insight first hand from the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.


You can listen to 93.7 The Fan on air, online by clicking here.


Congratulations to Ben!

July 15th, 2017 by

He was selected as the winner of the “2017 Ohio’s Finest Civilian” Award for his commitment to providing financial support to Law Enforcement Agencies and their K9 Units!

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You can help support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (www.SarrisCandiesFundraising.com), using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to Ben’s foundation.

For more information about The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation please contact Jessica Duffaut at www.givingback.org.


*Thank you Chief Gilbert!


Your favorite players will be at training camp at the end of the month

July 14th, 2017 by

….but some of your favorite legends, including one you’ll see on the field this season, will be in VA this weekend!

Pack the kids in the car and head to the Collector’s Showcase of America Summer Show at the Chantilly Expo Center in Chantilly, VA this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

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It’s not too late! Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at the door!

“We are pleased to announce that the Pittsburgh Steelers Organization will be setting up a booth FULL of Pittsburgh Steelers game used memorabilia, past & present, at The Chantilly Show in July. — CSA.


Sports fans will have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from other big names of the game as well as MLB and NBA stars too!

This is a well-organized show and attended by many. In fact, one quick stroll through the parking lot and you’ll think you’re in Pittsburgh South. There are also many reputable sports dealers on hand selling everything from autographed items to sports cards to vintage sports memorabilia to artwork for that Man Cave.


You can see the full list of athletes, along with the day & times they will be available, as well as ticket info here.

It’s a Throwback Thursday

July 13th, 2017 by

and #NationalFrenchFryDay!


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But do sweet potato fries count?



(Photo circa 2016)



Golfing with Ben

July 12th, 2017 by

Makes fellow golfers very happy…


Maverick
The Maverick‏ @markanthonyspo1
Got to golf at the opening of Shepherd Rock @Nemacolin with @_BigBen7 today. Great guy, he is first class and the course was nice too.




Their families very jealous…


JHMortar
JHMortar‏ @jodyhaid
@_BigBen7 still my FAVORITE player, with my 2 no longer favorite cousins.



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Nick Hall‏ @32knick82
Dad: “I’m golfing with Ben Roethlisberger today.”

Me: “Oh that’s…..wait, what the he– did you just say?”




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Emily Brensinger‏ @EmBrensinger
When your parents are at a conference at @Nemacolin and run into @_BigBen7 & @bkeisel99. #ShepherdsRock #jealous




And one pro golfer demanding a rematch!


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Steve Wheatcroft‏ @wheatiePGA
Note to self: never give 10 shots to a 5 hdcp & let him play the whites. Nice playing @_BigBen7! Looking forward to getting my $$ back soon!



Hope you’re enjoying your summer, Steeler Nation!



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WHEN: July 11, 2017
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2017 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

9/10 @ Browns 1pm CBS
9/17 Vikings 1pm FOX
9/24 @ Bears 1pm CBS
10/1 Ravens 1pm CBS
10/8 Jaguars 1pm CBS
10/15 @ Chiefs 4:25pm CBS
10/22 Bengals 1pm CBS
10/29 @ Lions 8:30pm NBC
11/5 BYE N/A
11/12 @ Colts 1pm CBS
11/16 Titans 8:25pm NBC/NFLN
11/26 Packers 8:30pm NBC
12/4 @ Bengals 8:30pm ESPN
12/10 Ravens 8:30pm NBC
12/17 Patriots 4:25pm CBS
12/25 @ Texans 4:30pm NBC/NFLN
12/31 Browns 1pm CBS