The Steelers players head into the offseason for recovery and the coaches head out to prepare for free agency and the draft.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the offseason starts to heat up we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, Feb. 16th.
If you get a chance you really should read the piece that Teresa Varley published on Steelers defensive coaching assistant Joey Porter and his family. Porter and his wife, Christy, served as honorary co-chairs for the Pittsburgh International Auto Show this past weekend at the Red Carpet Gala.
The event benefitted the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School, the school that serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (the school also benefits from the sale of Terrible Towel merchandise). The Porters were happy to be involved in an event that benefits autism because of their daughter, Jasmine.
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Jasmine is autistic and is completely nonverbal. As a result of what the Porter family has gone through to help their daughter over the years they have opened three centers for families with developmentally disabled children to learn and grow in an environment tailored to fit their needs. The story is incredibly inspirational and reveals a side of coach Peezy that few knew before.
Hall of Famer
Former Steelers safety
was inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame as part of their Class of 2016. You can watch his acceptance speech right here.
Polamalu will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020. He’s already a Hall of Famer in the hearts of Steelers fans without a doubt.
Open for return to Pittsburgh
The Steelers have the majority of their defensive backs potentially hitting free agency next month but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that at least one cornerback is open to a return to Pittsburgh. In spite of a slow start with little playing time cornerback Brandon Boykin would consider returning to the Steelers.
Fowler has his comments about a positive experience in Pittsburgh.
"“At the end, the organization said they appreciated how I went about it, being a pro, not really talking about it. I don’t have any hard feelings toward Pittsburgh. Absolutely, under the right circumstances, for sure [I’d return].” – Brandon Boykin"
Both William Gay and Boykin are free agents next month and because they’re both roughly the same size and play the same side of the field you’d have to think that they’d only offer a contract to one of them but it will definitely be interesting to see how it plays out.