Steelers News: Summertime traditions, winning formula


The Steelers summer vacation is winding down. They’ll be reporting to the dorms of Saint Vincent for the Steelers’ 50th season of training camp in Latrobe in just a few days. While the Steelers are enjoying the last of their summer break 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, July 23rd.

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Summer Tradition

Nothing says summertime in Western Pennsylvania like Steelers training camp. Teresa Varley describes how generations of families have spent their summers traveling up Route 30 to Latrobe to line the sidewalk outside of the dorms, sit in the stands of Chuck Noll Field or relax on the hillside to watch the Steelers in action.

The Steelers are one of only 12 NFL teams left who still hold their training camp outside of their normal practice facilities. They are also one of the only teams who offer a completely free experience for fans to attend training camp. It’s a summer tradition that will celebrate the 50th year this year at Saint Vincent College and if you haven’t gone yet you should do yourself a favor and make a trip. You won’t regret it.

Defensive Line does Kennywood

If there is anything besides Steelers training camp that signifies summertime in Pittsburgh it’s a trip to Kennywood. Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Cam Thomas and Ethan Hemer visited the amusement park for some fun before training camp.

Nothing cools you off like a ride on the Log Jammer. It’s always fun to splash the person sitting in front of you while your log goes around the turns.

Steelers offense can carry the team again

The Steelers defense is unquestionably the biggest uncertainty for the team going into the season. Not only is the unit younger than even last year, even with a 37-year-old James Harrison on the roster but they’re also under new leadership and not anywhere near the dominant defense Pittsburgh is known for.

USA Today Sports’ Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz seems to think that the Steelers will still be just fine in 2015 thanks to the comfort of knowing they’ll have the offensive superstars like Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

Even with Bell set to serve a three-game suspension the offense might be in a bit of a bind but they’ll be much more prepared to play without them than they were for the Wild Card game loss to Baltimore in January. Get used to the Steelers being known as an offensive team for a while.

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