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  • Steelers WR Antonio Brown Wins the Fantasy Player of the Year Award

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    If you play Fantasy Football and had Steelers wide out Antonio Brown on your team this season, more than likely you liked what you saw from the Steelers big play wide out.

    Saturday, Brown was named the 2015 NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year at the NFL Honors presentation on CBS.

    The show has become the Academy Awards of the NFL, where awards are given for things like the NFL MVP (Cam Newton of the Panthers) and football players look rather uncomfortable in tuxedos less than 24 hours before the Super Bowl.

    Nevertheless, Brown snagged the best fantasy player award after another amazing season for the Steelers in which he caught 136 passes. He also became the first player in Steelers’ history with back-to-back seasons with at least 1,700 yards from scrimmage.

    Some fantasy experts are saying Brown should be the first overall pick in your fantasy draft for 2016. After seeing what he did in 2015, that’s not that far fetched.

     
  • Steelers WR Antonio Brown Rents a Sweet Super Bowl Suite – with a Pool in the Living Room

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    We know that while they would rather be playing in the game Sunday, a number of Steelers players are settling for being in San Fran this week for Super Bowl 50 as the Broncos, the team they fell to in the NFL Playoffs, take on the Carolina Panthers.

    Wide out Antonio Brown is one player in San Francisco, and today a story from TMZ reports that the pad that Brown rented out this week is pretty sweet – complete with a pool in the room! Check out the story from the site below.

    Antonio Brown will be BALLIN’ OUT in S.F. on Sunday — even though he’s not playing in the game — ’cause the Steelers WR just rented out a CRAZY bachelor pad …with a pool in the living room!

    TMZ Sports has confirmed … Brown is shelling out roughly $4,000 per night to live in a swagged out party palace for the week … a place that comes with a pool in the living room, indoor hot tub, 3 huge projection TV screens and a 24-hour BUTLER!!

    We spoke with the booking host for the place who says, “Antonio loves the place.”

    FYI — Brown had company Wednesday night … eating dinner and playing ping pong at the 4,000-square-foot pad with Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater.

    Team hotel < Badass bachelor pad.

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  • Seven Years Ago Today the Steelers Captured Their NFL Record 6th Title

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    Seven years ago today the Steelers captured their NFL Record 6th Super Bowl Championship in Tampa, Florida as they topped the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.

    The game remains to this day as maybe the most memorable in NFL history, as the Steelers drove down the field in the final minutes and ended with Ben Roethlisberger hitting Santonio Holmes with a touchdown to win the game.

    Here’s a video from CBS posted today on the game and the dramatic ending:

    Here’s the Steelers Gab game story from Tampa:

    You didn’t think it would be that easy – did you? Living up to all the hype of possibly the best Super Bowl ever, the Steelers rallied late to overcome a game Cardinals team and win their NFL record 6th Lombardi Trophy with a stunning 27-23 victory at Raymond James Stadium. The game was everything a Super Bowl should be, with lead changes, big plays that changed momentum, and a late game-winning drive from the Steelers that stunned the Cardinals.

    It was that drive, an 8-play, 78-yard drive by QB Ben Roethlisberger that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to the games MVP Santonio Holmes, that sealed the victory for Pittsburgh. The drive came after the Steelers blew a 20-7 fourth quarter lead, and the Cardinals rallied for 16 points to go up 23-20 with 2:37 left.

    The Cardinals go-ahead score was a big play in itself, as Larry Fitzgerald, rather quiet minus a 1-yard touchdown, at that point, broke free on a slant route for a 64-yard score that put the Steelers behind for the first time all day. The mostly pro Steelers crowd seemed stunned as it’s defense seemed a step behind the Cardinals offense for most of the fourth quarter.

    Pittsburgh started the game-winning drive at their 12-yard line following a first down hold. Roethlisberger went to work, hitting Holmes for 14 yards, then on third-and-6 he found Holmes again for 13 yards to the 39. Then he nailed Nate Washington with an 11-yard pass to midfield with 1:08 left.

    After an incomplete pass, Roethlisberger threw short to the right to Holmes, and the former Ohio State speedster raced 40 yards to the Cardinals six with :48 ticks left on the clock. The team used their last timeout after the play, as the crowd went crazy with the notion the Steelers would get the lead back.

    First down brought an incomplete pass, then on second-and-goal, Big Ben moved around in the pocket, and with the Cards in zone coverage threw in the right corner of the end zone for Holmes, who made an amazing catch dragging his feet in bounds with full control of the ball for the game-winning touchdown with :42 seconds left.

    After a look from the ref, the call stood, and the Steelers took the lead. Arizona had one last shot, and they got two receptions to the Steelers 44 with :15 left. On 1st-and-10 from the 44, Warner scrambled, and LaMarr Woodley got to him, and ball came out as Brett Keisel fell on it to clinch the win with :05 left.

    Roethlisberger was 21-for-30 for 256 yards with a TD and an interception and a QB rating of 93.2. Warner was 31-for-41 for 377 yards, the most allowed by Pittsburgh this season, with a pick and three TD’s and a rating of 112.3. MVP Holmes had 9 grabs for 131 yards with the winning score. Fitzgerald had 7 grabs for 127 yards with the 64-yard TD.

    The game could have been a runaway, as the Steelers jumped out 10-0 after dominating the first quarter, scoring on their first two drives. Arizona came back with a Warner to Ben Patrick score to make it 10-7 with 5:27 left in the first half. They had a shot to take the lead, as Warner got them to the Steelers one with :18 left in the half. Warner through, looking for Anquan Boldin, had his pass intercepted, and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, James Harrison, grabbed the pass, and after an amazing run, raced to the end zone for a 100-yard return to make it 17-7 at the half.

    Arizona then saw the Steelers stop their offense again, and Pittsburgh went almost 8 minutes and drove to the Cardinals three, but couldn’t pound it in, and had to settle for a Jeff Reed chip shot field goal of 21 yards to make it 20-7 with 2:16 left in the third quarter. Arizona then started their comeback, complete with the big play to Fitzgerald that gave them the lead with 2:37 left.

    Here’s a pair of videos we took in the Locker Room after the win:

     
  • Rooney Talks Salary Cap and Signing Players: “We Will Have Work To Do”

    Steelers President Art Rooney II covered a number of topics today about the offseason for the black and gold, with maybe the most interesting topic being that of what the Steelers are going to do with their free agents and those stars that will be free agents after next season.

    The Steelers have 20 unrestricted free agents, with the biggest on the list probably being that of left tackle Kelvin Beachum, who was injured and missed a good portion of 2016.

    The Steelers tried to re-sign the 26-year-old before the 2015 season but both sides could not reach an agreement on a contract, making it look even more that he may test free agency this offseason.

    Steve McLendon is another player that the Steelers will have to debate if they want to bring back or not. The nose tackle inked a three-year deal back in 2012, and this last season he had 14 tackles and one sack.

    Also on the list of UFA’s for the Steelers that the team have to make decisions on include OG Ramon Foster, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, CB Antwon Blake, CB Brandon Boykin and FB Will Johnson.

    Per usual, making sure the Steelers stay within the salary cap and having money for players for the future is always the biggest task of the offseason, and Rooney knows it’s a task that has to be dealt with.

    “We will have work to do, as always. I think it’s a manageable situation, but we have a number of players we need to sign, and those are decisions we’ll have to make,” said Rooney about dealing with the cap on Steelers.com
    “We’ll probably have some players who would like to extend their contracts, and so I’m sure it’ll be like most years. We’ll have to manage the cap and make some decisions.”

    While signing players who are free agents is challenging enough, there’s two more players whose deals are up after 2016 that will have to be dealt with – guard David DeCastro and running back Le’Veon Bell.

    Two players that are huge keys for the future for the Steelers, and two that the team needs to break the bank for as they look even past next season into the long term future.

    “We still feel like (Bell) is going to be a great player and hopefully the injury will be something he recovers from completely,” Rooney said.

    “And in terms of his future, we hope his future is here. Whether we address the contract situation now or later, it’s still something we have to evaluate. But irrespective of that, I think he’s somebody we would like to continue to have on the team for the long run.

    “I don’t think we’re sitting here waiting to see something from Le’Veon. I think we’ve seen enough,” added Rooney. “So, it really is going to come down to kind of how his contract situation fits in with all the others.

    “I always say it’s kind of a jigsaw puzzle you have to put together every year. And so how will these pieces fit together this year vs. next. Unfortunately, you have to make choices. You can’t always get everybody done at once, and so that’s the process we’ll go through over the next couple months.”

    Everyone wants the team to continue to keep their stars, and make sure that they are good enough to compete for another Super Bowl. For Rooney and the rest of the front office, it’s a puzzle that will take a lot of time to complete, but one that needs to be done to keep this team on task for years to come.

     
  • Todd Haley Isn’t Going Anywhere as Steelers OC – And That’s a Good Thing

    It’s a popular hashtag on Sunday afternoons when the Steelers offense seems stuck in the mud.

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    That hashtag won’t be going anywhere soon for Steelers fans, as Todd Haley won’t be leaving the team for the near future. The coordinator “told people he was not interested in any head coaching jobs this year and so there was no publicly stated interest in him,” this according to the Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette.

    While dumping on Haley may be a popular topic, the Steelers offense overcame quite a bit in 2015, and while the season didn’t end with a Super Bowl ring, if healthy, the team should again employ an explosive offense in 2016.

    This last season having to use a number of backups at key positions throughout the season, the Steelers offense was still ranked fourth in the NFL with 26.4 points per game.

    Impressive considering they had Ben Roethlisberger for 12 games, LeVeon Bell for six, Martavis Bryant for 11, and lost two huge pieces on the offensive line in center Maurkice Pouncey and tackle Kelvin Beachum.

    The Steelers offense should resemble that of a well-oiled machine when they take the field in 2016, as Roethlsiberger played banged up for nearly the whole season, but was still able to throw 21 touchdowns.

    Bell and DeAngelo Williams as the two running backs provide the best 1-2 punch at the position in the NFL.

    Bell is going to play with a chip on his shoulder after being knocked out in the first Bengals game, and Williams will want to pick up where he left off after getting injured in the final game of the regular season against the Browns.

    This team and specifically the offense is going to be right up there as the NFL’s best again in 2016, and Haley should get a lot of kudos for molding them into the unit they are today after joining the team in February of 2012.

    So the next time you’re ready to roll out the #FireHaley hashtag on Sunday, just remember how good this unit has played in the three with him running the show.

    As long as they are healthy, 2016 should be a fun ride when the offense takes the field for the black and gold.

     
 
 
 
 

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