Steelers MMQB: NFL Offseason News


Roethlisberger hosted a charity event in Pittsburgh following the week of OTAs. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

What We Learned This Week in the NFL Offseason:

  • Keyshawn Johnson goes after Justin Bieber
  • Former wrestler calls out Tony Romo
  • Eric Mangini hired by San Francisco
  • Tim Tebow’s NFL career shockingly likely over
  • Steelers Ben Roethlisberger hosts charity event to benefit Make-A-Wish

Sometimes the covering the offseason in the NFL can resemble a TMZ broadcast an awful lot.  How else can you explain Justin Bieber getting any kind of NFL news?  Well apparently this week formerly overrated wide receiver and now currently overpaid ESPN “analyst” Keyshawn Johnson went after the pop star for driving too fast in their neighborhood.  No word on whether or not Keyshawn would also like Bieber to stay off of his lawn, but we can only assume so.  Reports are that Justin was speeding his Ferrari through their neighborhood as Johnson was helping his 3 year old daughter into her electric car and Johnson hopped into his own Prius and followed the singer to his home where he says he witnessed Bieber switching places with an African-American passenger as they pulled into Bieber’s garage.  Johnson tried to confront the teen idol and is now telling anyone who will listen about his complaints about The Biebs.  Even more Keyshawn called Bieber “entitled” and said the whole neighborhood is frustrated at Biebs’ driving habits and overall etiquette.  I don’t know about you but Keyshawn Johnson calling someone else “entitled” gives me a giggle.  It’s kinda like the pot calling the kettle entitled.  Good luck to you and your neighborhood watch, Keyshawn, I hope you get those wild teenagers under control.

Since we’re covering cross-overs of pop culture into the NFL we might as well continue with another story that brings be to the laughing point.  Former WWF or WWE or whatever they’re calling it these days wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin called out Cowboys QB Tony Romo on his radio podcast this week.  Austin opened up the radio show to calls from listeners and was asked if he was a Dallas Cowboys fan.  He said that he was if the Cowboys “could get their (expletive) straight…”  He went onto add,

"“My problem with Dallas is I think Tony Romo is a damn good quarterback, but he (expletives) the bed at the most inopportune times.  So when I look for leadership, I can’t say that Tony Romo is the clear-cut leader.”"

Awesome.  Nothing like a former pro-wrestler who’s competitions had pre-determined outcomes, calling out your competitive abilities.  Romo has got to be feeling good about that.  Apparently Austin has a football background, having previously received a full football scholarship to the University of North Texas to which he dropped out to become a pro wrestler.  I’m not trying to start a debate here but, pro wrestling, honestly how is that still a thing?

The NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers have hired themselves an offensive mastermind in Eric Mangini this weekend.  If you’re not sensing the sarcasm, you’re clearly new to this blog.  Mangini is most commonly known at the coach who blew the whistle on the New England Patriots ‘Spygate” scandal when he complained to league officials that Belichick’s Patriots were filing his Jets’ defensive signals.  Mangini has most recently been an “analyst” for my favorite network after being fired by the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.  The 49er’s second half offensive rally fell short in the Super Bowl and now that the offense lies squarely in QB Colin Kaepernick’s hands I suppose they felt that Mangini could be the perfect guy to get the best out of him.  Granted, Mangini didn’t have talented quarterbacks or offenses to coach in Cleveland but the man had Brett Favre in New York and went 9-7, failing to make the playoffs so yeah, good move San Fran.

Reports are that Tim Tebow’s “camp” is acknowledging that his NFL career might be over.  In other shocking news, the sky is blue.  If you want more information on how Tim Tebow is feeling today, consult ESPN.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hosted his second annual charity event for his foundation over the weekend.  The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as K-9 Police and Fire Units.  Ben hosted an event which featured his teammates, Maurkice Pouncey, Heath Miller, Brett Keisel, Kelvin Beachum, and Landry Jones offering their full support.  Roethlisberger’s K-9 foundation provides grants to police and fire departments in the Pittsburgh area as well as cities where the Steelers travel.  Roethlisberger also contributes to the Make-A-Wish, granting wishes to children with terminal illnesses.  Last year alone Roethlisberger helped grant 14 wishes along with raising $25,000 to fund wishes.

"“It means a lot to me.  We are in such an awesome spot.  I have such an opportunity to give back to the community I call home.  Pittsburgh is home to me.  I love doing things for the community, for the kids, for people, just helping out.” – Ben Roethlisberger"

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