The Steelers are on summer vacation as the offseason workout program wrapped up and they won’t come back together until reporting to training camp in just a couple of weeks.
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 Monday, July 18th.
**Cough, cough told you so cough, cough**
Now that Deflategate has been put out of its misery and Tom Brady will have to sit out the first four games of the season for an infraction that occurred two years ago Steelers James Harrison is the only one actively fighting the NFL.
He’s clear to point out the obvious, though. There is reason to fight because the NFL players shouldn’t have given Rogeez the power to just suspend them whenevs.
Brady may have been able to play last season and may have drug out his case longer than anyone expected but the reality is that the NFL and Goodell have every right to suspend him because the NFLPA gave him that right in the last CBA.
The Steelers were the only ones to see into that crystal ball to know that giving Goodell the power they were giving him back in 2011 when the CBA was ratified was a bad plan.
The Steelers worth
We know the Steelers are priceless but for the purpose of ranking things during the offseason Forbes has come out with their annual ranking of the most valuable sports teams. The Steelers were ranked 29th out of 32 teams on the list.
The Steelers came in valued at $1.9 billion, a 46 percent increase from last year. The top valued team is the Dallas Cowboys, who came in at an estimated $4 billion worth.
Don’t sweat it
There is no written set of criteria that qualifies or disqualifies an NFL player for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The process is confusing for fans and even more for former players, according to the Trib’s Mark Kaboly.
Former Steelers receiver Hines Ward will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017 but he’s not sweating his stats to get in.
"“I don’t know because I don’t know what the criteria is. Is it my stats? My stats are OK. Is it MVPs? I got a Super Bowl MVP. I got two Super Bowl rings. I really don’t know the criteria. I don’t know what is really expected to get in.” – Hines Ward"
Ward watched Jerome Bettis wait for five years when he became eligible before he finally got the nod. It will happen, it may not happen right away but it will happen.