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  • Steelers WR Antonio Brown Up For ESPY For ‘Best NFL Player’

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    Many feel that Steelers superstar wide out Antonio Brown is the best pass catcher in the game. It will now be up to voters to see if he’s flat out the best player in all of the NFL.

    ESPN has their annual votes up for their ‘ESPY’ awards, an event that has become the Emmy awards of sports, and Brown is up for the title of ‘Best NFL Player.’

    The competition, as one would imagine, is stiff, as Brown is up against the following players:

    Aaron Rodgers – Packers QB
    Tom Brady – Patriots QB
    J.J. Watt – Texans DE
    DeMarco Murray – Eagles RB

    Make your voice heard Steelers Nation – Vote for AB as best NFL Player HERE

     
  • Tajh Boyd settling in with Steelers

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    Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd didn’t make a big splash when he entered the NFL after being selected in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft by the New York Jets.  Despite spending time setting college football records, Boyd found himself looking for a second chance and will get an opportunity at a fresh start with the Steelers.

    Boyd didn’t become Clemson’s starting quarterback until 2011, two years after joining the team, but when he took over – watch out ACC.  Leading the Tigers to a 10-4 record, ACC Championship and Orange Bowl berth, Boyd came up in Heisman Trophy chatter.  2012 and 2013 were the type of seasons players dream of having with Boyd setting career and conference records for passing yards (11,904) and passing touchdowns (107).

    Boyd isn’t the fastest, flashiest or even most versatile young quarterback but has a great shot at showcasing his skills with the Steelers at training camp after a good showing at OTAs.  Boyd is 6-1, 222 pounds, giving him an ability to see the field while bigger guys block in front of him and vision is something he wants to add to his repertoire.  “As I matured and understood who I wanted to be like, there are certain things I like from certain quarterbacks,” Boyd recently told Steelers.com’s Teresa Varley.  He admitted that the skills he liked were being able to carry oneself well in the pocket, elegance, smooth play and said, “I like Ben Roethlisberger and the way he improvises, he is second to none the way escapes the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield.”

    As for motivation, Boyd has only to look at his career and his main competition – Landry Jones – to see how close he is to getting onto an NFL roster, even if it is as a backup.  Still, Boyd wants to live and play without regret.  “I am my own worst critic. I get into a perfectionist mentality knowing at the end of the day you can’t be perfect, but you can get as close to it as you can,” said Boyd.  “When I was in school I started to play for all of the wrong reasons, for the accolades, to be this popular or famous. At the end of the day that can consume you and you can lose the love of the game. I play football because it’s fun.”

    Boyd wants to lay everything on the line for the team he calls “first class”.  He believes the success of Pittsburgh’s pro football organization stems from not only the hardworking people of the city, the coaching staff and Rooney family, but the mindset to never settle for anything more than the very best.  ” When we step on the field there is one mentality,” said Boyd, “and that is to win…that is what separates (the Steelers) from all the other organizations.”

    Steelers Training Camp will officially kick off on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:55pm at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers are celebrating 50 years of training camp held at the college.  Camp runs through August 21.

     
  • Mendenhall: Roethlisberger Left Me With a $25,000 Tab at a Club

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    As the 4th of July weekend gets closer, news in the NFL tends to get a little slower as teams get their final break before training camp starts towards the end of July.

    Today there’s some news about Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, as reported by Pro Football Talk, who claims the QB once stiffed former running back Rahsard Mendenhall with a tab at a club that was a little out of control.

    Here’s the story:

    When the Steelers hear stories about Ben Roethlisberger in a bar, they have to hold their breath.

    Actually, this one only ends up poorly for some rookie who went home with a big bar tab.

    In a profile of former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall in Men’s Journal, he mentioned that leaving a credit card with the quarterback was a bad idea.

    Mendenhall recalled that rookies are expected to throw a party at the beginning of the season, and it apparently was a big one for some unfortunate offensive lineman.

    “Ben just did the whole thing,” Mendenhall said “One night — the rookie ended up with a $25,000 bill from the club.”

    As rookie initiations go, that’s probably not the worst possible outcome, so long as it was a high enough draft pick whose signing bonus could cover the tab. But it was also an expensive lesson in trusting the Steeler with the most expensive contract.

     
  • Steelers To Put In Bid On 2023 Super Bowl

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    Steelers President Art Rooney II would like to see that happen, and has submitted an application to the NFL for Pittsburgh to be under consideration, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports.

    The Steelers presented the application at the NFL League Meeting in May in San Francisco, which is the first step in the process and does not guarantee an opportunity to bid on the game. The success of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey, the first game played outdoors in a Northern climate, has opened the door for other Northern cities to host the Super Bowl.

    “We met this morning with local community leaders to provide an update on formally submitting our application to the NFL to bid for Super Bowl LVII in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania,” said Rooney in a statement. “The application is an early step in the bidding process, and we will continue to meet with representatives of the Mayor’s Office, County Executive’s Office, VisitPittsburgh, Allegheny Conference as well as other community leaders to review the requirements with the hopes of submitting our bid to host Super Bowl LVII in 2023.”

    The NFL reviews all applications, and will meet with cities interested in 2018 to discuss logistics and venues available, which would have to include things such as the Convention Center. To prepare for that meeting the Steelers are researching other regions, including sending representatives to Northern cities that have already hosted the game.

     
  • Roethlisberger Lands at 26 On the NFL Networks List of “The Top 100 Players 2015″

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    Last night the NFL Network reveled their latest list of “The Top 100 Players 2015,” and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ended up on the list at 26.

    Here’s the list of 30 down to 21 which was announced last night.

    30. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
    29. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
    28. Gerald McCoy, DT, Buccaneers
    27. Justin Houston, OLB, Chiefs
    26. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
    25. Joe Thomas, OT, Browns
    24. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Dolphins
    23. Joe Haden, CB, Browns
    22. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
    21. Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks

    So basically the NFL is placing two Browns players, a team that lost six of its last seven games, ahead of bar far the best QB in the AFC North.

    Yeah, makes perfect sense.

    Last season Big Ben was on the list, ranking 31st. All he did this last season was lead his team to a AFC North title, an 11-5 record, and throw for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns, tying a career best.

    His 608 completions, 67.1 percent completion rate, 4,952 passing yards and 309.5 yards per game were all the best such figures in his 11-year NFL career.

    Sounds like Big Ben easily could have ranked higher, if for nothing else for throwing for 12 touchdowns in two games in a critical three-game home stretch against the Colts and Ravens.

    Ben is the second Steelers player on the list, as center Maurkice Pouncey was the first at 83.

     
 
 

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