The Steelers are officially on summer vacation as the offseason workout program wrapped up and they won’t come back together until reporting to training camp later this month.
Steelers season never really ends for Steeler nation so while the Steelers players get their minds and bodies right to embark on the 2016 regular season we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, July 9th.
Where it all began
The Steelers celebrated their founder’s day on Friday. The Steelers began on July 8, 1933 when Art Rooney Sr. purchased the team. Teresa Varley tells us that the Steelers joined the Eastern Division of the NFL and were only 10 teams in the league at the time.
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Of those teams that were in the NFL at the time the Steelers were founded only five others remain. They are the Cardinals (now Arizona, then Chicago), the Packers, Bears and New York Giants.
The Steelers would take about 40 years or so to become a successful franchise but since then there’s been no turning back. Well, except for those Bubby Brister years.
Deebo vs. Rogeez
The third overall ranking in ESPN’s ranking of the tope rivalries in the NFL includes the Steelers as well. It only specifically pertains to Steelers linebacker and his ongoing feud with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Their beef goes way back and includes such hits as Harrison getting fined upwards of $150K for “illegal hits” and Harrison giving an interview to the Men’s Journal saying that if he saw Goodell on fire he wouldn’t even pee on him to put out the flames.
The rivalry has heated back up this summer with the PED investigation the NFL is trying to pursue on Harrison and other players named in a documentary where the pharmacist featured in the documentary later recanted all of his statements. Harrison and the NFLPA would like the NFL to have more proof than that to pursue an investigation or levy discipline.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has been voted the team MVP multiple times. He’s also the highest listed Steeler on the NFL’s Top 100 players of 2016 ranking. Brown came in as the fourth-best player in the league. Cam Newton was ranked first then Tom Brady followed and J.J. Watt was the third-best player.
The debate back home on whether Ben Roethlisberger is more valuable than Brown or the other way around will always be a lively topic. The best news is that they’re both here and I don’t think it matters to them individually who is thought of as better than the other.