Steelers New Logo, Shazier’s Pressure, Family and Football


The Pittsburgh Steelers heading back out onto the practice field for the second week of OTAs where the rookie class and returning players will be participating in drills and getting more acquainted. While the new Steelers get acclimated with the Steel City we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, June 4th.

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Steelers new logo

The Pittsburgh Steelers unveiled a new logo on Wednesday. Their new Training Camp logo will commemorate this, the 50th year the Steelers have held their training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. The Steelers arrived in Latrobe in 1966 due to a lack of practice fields to prepare for a couple of weeks prior to the start of the season.

In 1967, the Steelers spent their first full training camp at Saint Vincent and have been there ever since. In spite of a growing number of other teams across the league having their training camps at their own practice facilities, the Steelers maintain their tradition of filling up the dorms and holding practices free to the public. Steelers President Art Rooney II announced the new logo and the plans to celebrate the 50th training camp later this summer.

"“We are very proud of our history and tradition of holding training camp at Saint Vincent College. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Saint Vincent College have a great history of working together, and we look forward to our 50th training camp this summer at Saint Vincent College. Our fans have always enjoyed coming to Latrobe to support the team as we prepare for the season, and we are excited they will be able to enjoy this special occasion with us again this year through many events and highlights on campus.” – Art Rooney II"

Shazier feels the pressure

The Steelers have drafted linebackers with their first pick in each of the last three drafts but are still waiting for any of them to become a dominant force on the defense. Ryan Shazier was drafted in the first round last year out of Ohio State primarily because of his speed but after a disappointing rookie season, he’s feeling the pressure to make this season a memorable one. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggests that with Shazier’s speed he can easily record 100-plus tackles in Keith Butler’s 3-4 defense. For that, he’s going to have to stay healthy to stay on the field. He’s reportedly bulked up a bit, from 233 pounds after playing last season around 220. He’s got something to prove this season.

"“I don’t know if I have something to prove, but I have something to prove to my teammates. I’m just trying to help us get to the next level and get No. 7 Super Bowl. I want to prove myself to my teammates and that’s all that matters.” – Ryan Shazier"

Big Ben and Little Ben

WPXI’s Alby Oxenreiter had a one-on-one interview with Ben Roethlisberger after Wednesday’s OTAs. Roethlisberger starts this season off the heels of his best statistical year and a contract extension while firmly implanted as the leader of the team. Even with all that, he still feels the pressure to get better and improve as a player and a person. Ben was leaving Steelers facilities right after practice to go get a haircut with his 2 and 1/2 year old son.

He still looks up to former teammate Jerome Bettis and refers to him as a “Hall-of-Famer on and off the field.” Roethlisberger seems to be more active with his foundation each year and is hosting his annual golf tournament and fund raiser later this month.

Next: Steelers Rookie Gerod Holliman: Diamond in the Rough?

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