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 Friday, Feb. 19th.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has joined an exclusive list of all-time Pittsburgh greats. Teresa Varley tells us that Brown joined the likes of Roberto Clemente, Mario Lemieux and Jerome Bettis as a two-time winner of the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year.
The award is annually presented by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an event that benefits Dapper Dan Charities. Brown won the award in 2015 as well. Other Steelers players that have won the award are Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Franco Harris, Chuck Noll and John Stallworth.
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"“It’s a true honor. It’s a huge event in the city, it’s about sportsmanship. It says a lot about our goals as a team. To be honored back-to-back is special. It’s amazing to play for a fun city with good people who are supportive. Any time I get an award like this is special.” – Antonio Brown"
Ben Roethlisberger is enjoying some of his best seasons lately with prolific passing yardage, touchdowns and accolades. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler breaks down how Roethlisberger has evolved into a passer that can get the ball out quicker, while being more accurate and avoiding hits.
He can still do his thing that gives Steeler Nation heart attacks when he pump fakes and holds onto the ball for 4-6 seconds or so but it is his calculated, rhythmic passes that are racking up the yards, first downs and touchdowns that has the Steelers offense in the elite position they are in.
It’s still iffy
The word on whether linebacker James Harrison will return to the Steelers for his 14th NFL season (13th with the Steelers) is finally confirmed by Harrison himself. He gave the PPG an interview on how he plans to see whether his soon-to-be 38-year-old body can handle the rigors of another football season.
Harrison explained that he has a six-week training cycle that he will go through to determine if he can come back and play. If he feels like he can still give 100 percent after his training, he knows he can play another season.
Harrison will work on his training in Scottsdale, AZ in March and will know after that if he can return to Pittsburgh for OTAs or if he needs to hang up the cleats.