Steelers MMQB: NFL Offseason News

7 of 7

Youth football clinics

Dec 21, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet on the sidelines as the Steelers play the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers held two events over the weekend for youth football. Friday night the team hosted the Youth Football Clinic for Moms and Kids for the third time. The event gave moms and young players the opportunity to learn about safety enhancements and proper helmet fitting.

Debbie Gradkowski, mother of Steelers’ backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and the Denver Broncos Gino Gradkowski gave her perspective on being the mother of professional football players.

On Saturday, the focus changed from moms to coaches when the team held the Steelers Coaches Clinic at the UMPC Sports Performance Complex. Former Steelers RB Merril Hoge, member of the Heads Up Football advisory board, was a keynote speaker for coaches to learn to teach players better fundamentals and techniques to promote a safer game.

“When you play with the right techniques, you play better. That is obvious. But what people forget is you are a safer player. I’ve seen a cleaner, better game with guys trying to use the right techniques, whether tackling, running or blocking.” – Merril Hoge

Next: Steelers Linebacker Shawn Lemon

More from Still Curtain