Steelers News: Roethlisberger, Bell, Toussaint


The Steelers offseason which includes everything from free agency to draft prep and everything in between is in full swing.

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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 Thursday, April 21st.

Couldn’t wait to play the Browns

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It has been well documented how poorly the Cleveland Browns have drafted, specifically quarterbacks, since they were allowed back into the league in 1999. They were so bad at drafting quarterbacks they even missed great ones that were right under their noses.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler describes how Ohio-native Ben Roethlisberger recalled being snubbed by the Browns in the 2004 NFL Draft (they selected tight end Kellen Winslow Jr with the sixth pick) and hoping that a team that played the Browns would end up selecting him.

He got his wish when the Steelers picked him with the 11th pick and he’s been dishing out the payback to Cleveland ever since.

Maybe not the best day to make a weed joke

There’s always some people just waiting to be offended or mad about one thing or another so you could really say that no day is a good day to make a joke about a certain topic but one could definitely inform Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell that it could be considered poor taste to make a weed joke on 4/20.

Bell served a two-game suspension to start the 2015 season stemming from an incident from the summer of 2014 where he was arrested with former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount for DUI and possession of marijuana on their way to the airport for a preseason game in Philadelphia.

Makes for a greater appreciation

Teresa Varley has been sharing the draft day tales of current and former Steelers players in anticipation of the 2016 NFL Draft later this month and this week it’s the tale of not being drafted that gets the focus. Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint recalls his draft day coming and going without any phone calls.

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He would later try out for the Baltimore Ravens and spend some time on their practice squad but wouldn’t get a consistent spot on a roster until the Steelers called in 2015. He describes how this path to the NFL makes him appreciate it more because he’s had to work for his spot everywhere he’s been.