1. Report: Lions Looking to Trade for Steelers QB Mason Rudolph
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers Busts: What Happened To CB Senquez Golson?
  3. Coach Tomlin Press Conference (Week 10 vs Saints) | Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Will the Steelers trade Ben Roethlisberger?
  5. Our Stories: Keana McMahon, ex-wife of late Steelers player Justin Strzelczyk
  6. Dan Rooneys history of the Pittsburgh Steelers
  7. Steelers: Munchak on OL

Report: Lions Looking to Trade for Steelers QB Mason Rudolph

[Music],uh,mesa rudolph to the alliance andrew,philipponi reported it the other day you,got to take that with the grain of salt,like i said,is theyre asking for a third thats,what ive heard,do you think at this point,theres real conversations that mason,could go,maybe omar khan went on the pat mcafee,show today and said he doesnt have any,intentions of,trading in quarterbacks when obviously,if youre a general manager youre not,going to come out and,whats at least viewed in the public as,an open quarterback competition and say,hey like yeah well trade one of these,guys dont worry,i think if mason continues to,carry himself and play like he has and,you know through training camp in the,first preseason game theres got to be,some value there like if if a,quarterback and eddy team barring any,injuries like we saw with zach wilson in,new york,theyre theyre gonna want a veteran,quarterback who has proven,that they could win at the next level,not consistently but proven they could,win,and i mean if its just depending on,what the steelers are willing to willing,to give away i mean you hear general,managers talk about it all the time,theyre not listening uh sorry theyre,not doing their jobs if theyre ignoring,offers and theyre not listening to,other teams and you know talk about what,they want to give up for him um,i find it very hard any of these guys,are going to be moved though,see i did,find it very hard but i think at this,point,like whats the point i mean i dont,think its going to happen until the,first week of september lets say come,the first week of september youve,agreed with the rest of everything else,that mitch trubitsky is your starter,kenny pickett is your number two and,youre comfortable with chris olidokan,sliding his way out of the practice,squad,whats stopping you from saying okay,lets,lets ship him out of here for something,because teams are gonna call like i,believe that the detroit lions have made,a phone call to say hey is mason,available i believe that that has,happened,i i do why why does stop teams from,doing that i mean its not like masons,a bad quarterback hes not a starting,quality quarterback but if youre a team,like the lions who just cuts their,backup quarterback so now theyre,looking for somebody,what i i dont know i dont know whats,stopping you from saying well mason,rudolph is probably on the table,sure but like i think this boils down to,like the price point like what are the,detroit lions willing to pay what are,the steelers willing to kind of like,negotiate down for themselves on because,if if were talking about the steelers,initially wanting a third round pick for,him if im detroit im telling them to,go take a hike you know where and im,trying to find a quarterback and,somewhere else on another team,all right,what team like where where are you,looking,theres a lot of quarterbacks out there,yeah feel the lines if youre looking,for a backup theres a lot of backups,out there but how many are actually,going to be up for a trade how many are,how many teams are actually going to,listen to you to say okay yeah maybe,well talk about this guy for a backup,quarterback i im sure you can find a,backup quarterback in the nfl who can,produce similar results and can do,similar things on the football field,like mason rudolph does for a much,cheaper cost,i dont agree with that i think that,itd be very difficult where are you,going to find a quarterback that has 17,games of nfl experience a winning bro,theres like theres 35 year old,quarterbacks out on like 30 year old,quarterbacks out on the market just,waiting to be signed like the pool i,dont think people understand the pool,of like,veteran quarterbacks who have started,maybe like 10 or like 16 games or maybe,even a couple years dude,the pool of guys waiting for another,opportunity is limitless you can find,somebody else like i i i dont think,theyre trying to find anybody else,thats going to try to unseat jared goff,i dont think masons trying to unseat,jericho i dont think they look at him,like mr rudolph is currently trying to,put himself as a starting quarterback in,pittsburgh yeah he is and when that,doesnt happen thats what i mean its,not going to come until september so,when it happens in september and hes,not a starting quarterback you cant,walk into detroit heading into week one,and be the starter that would never,happen so at that point hes got to,accept his role as the backup and i,think he will because whats his other,option to be a third stringer here with,where everybody hates you i i think that,if they do if they did call if they,continue to call,i like hes not stepping on anybodys,toes,and hes probably,one of the best options for a backup,quarterback,in the nfl and on top of that name a,quarterback who is going to replicate a,a completely motionless jared goff like,mesa rudolph,there is no he is he is the poor mans,jared goff,he yes yeah i i dont know man,whats the difference between them they,cant run neither of them are mobile,both of them,took his team to a super bowl no he did,not sean mcvay took his team to a super,bowl thats like saying jimmy garoppolo,shannon took yeah no,no that was sean mcvay,he was on the ramps youre right that,was jimmy garoppolo thats like saying,jimmy garoppolo took the 49ers to a,super bowl no he did not,aaron donald took a team to a super bowl,really quick,five quarterbacks tyrod taylor ryan,fitzpatrick,andys on the team cam newton,is he,youre not you are not signing cam,newton get that name on colin kaepernick,youre not signing colin kaepernick get,that name out of there too be realistic,with these,tyrod taylor ill give you but im,pretty sure hes on a team andy dalton i,will definitely give you i think ann,daltons a good one brock osweiler nice,no no,no,no,i dont think the options are out there,ryan fitzpatrick retired,aj mccarron,aj mccarron thats thats about it to be,honest yeah,no theres not see its not out there,its not like masons expensive there,its not masons three million dollars,you could pay your backup quarterback,three million dollars hes young so he,you know hes gonna learn an offense a,lot easier than,a guy like you know andy daltons gonna,come in here and try to adapt to a new,offense again he is a poor mans jared,goff very average football player who,cant do anything else,why i think it works i think i didnt,think of detroit i think in detroit now,i think that he,i think he would fit in well as a number,two there this is a better opportunity,for a report from andrew phillipone who,you said take with a grain of salt i do,say take it with a grain of salt do i,think its actually going to happen,no but i think that it its much,more likely to happen now than than it,was two weeks ago i mean like,because theres no point in keeping them,you have right now the steelers are,trying to decide between,six between eight wide receivers what,six to keep they have an undrafted,running back whos fighting his butt off,for a roster spot whos probably worthy,of one youre gonna keep five safeties,which has never happened in the history,of football you got six inside,linebackers like,a dozen defensive lineman to pick,through,i think i like where you why would you,keep a third quarterback,that just doesnt you know just sit to,be inactive,you know like its just like if youre,gonna make a roster spot,thats where it rudolph seems like,pretty easy choice to me,[Music]

Pittsburgh Steelers Busts: What Happened To CB Senquez Golson?

throughout their history the Pittsburgh,Steelers have built the roster one way,through the draft the seventies dynasty,was created from within,including the greatest draft class the,NFLs ever seen 1974 taking Swann,Lambert Star Wars Webster shell that,philosophy has carried on through recent,years Ben Roethlisberger the 11th pick,of the 2004 draft to today with players,like you juice mushy stir and TJ watt,but like any franchise their track,record is far from perfect theyve had,their share of misses prospects who,never panned out thats what this series,is about highlighting the biggest busts,in Steelers history its not an effort,to make fun of those players but to,revisit careers weve tried to forget,remember why theyve never succeeded at,the NFL the Steelers drafted send Chris,Coulson with 56 pick of 2015 NFL Draft,for one primary reason to take the ball,away the year before Pittsburgh,secondary reportages nine interceptions,it was a changing of the guard,transitioning away from run stopping,cover three corners like William Gay and,Brian McFadden two athletic playmakers,golsons college tape proof he was a,ball hawk at old Miss he picked off 16,career passes including a whopping 10,his senior season his baseball,background helped a center fielder in,high school in college he was drafted by,the Boston Red Sox though he didnt sign,in the 8th round of the 2011 MLB Draft,one of his biggest place in school was,simply dubbed the interception a game,sealing pick tops at number one Alabama,moments like this got him drafted,Sams deep into the enzone,it is up for grabs,no its no its,well this will be reviewed sin quest,the Oni had the interception memories,5/9 he went and got that heres the call,after the ball was intercepted in the,end zone,though he was undersized at five nine,176 pounds he was a good athlete and,played bigger than his frame willing to,support the run with authority in short,the perfect lock cornerback Pittsburgh,made him their choice in the second,round to announce the Pittsburgh,Steelers selection please welcome from,Southern University selected in the,third round of the 1970 draft by the,Steelers Hall of Famer defensive back,male blood,thank you okay here we go still a nation,with the fifth or sixth pick in the 2015,NFL Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select,sync whiz Golson,defensive back Mississippi from a Hall,of Famer defensive back to ole Misss,first consensus team all-american pick,since Michael Oher in 2008 what do we,see on tape of goals youre racing the,fan you hate the pic if youre a,Steelers fan youll love thanks well the,best picks of the second round st. Wes,Golson is an interceptor supreme 16,career picks 16 okay 10 last year to is,it junior 3 as a software was a freshman,think about a kid whose pound for pound,when the best football players in this,dread 518 a at 176 pounds got wide,receiver hands if somethings White,House has his ball skills,theyd have been in the first round this,kid is a heck of a football player hes,spunky hell hit you and when theres an,opportunity get a turnover hes not,going to drop the football hes going to,come away with the interception he said,I get you to turn over catch your,possession of football I hate corners go,on second or third down drop a pick to,the next pass to the first man worth,touchdown hitch kick will not allow that,but this is one of the best picks of the,entire day,first or second round st. was Golson,lipids firstly it really is for all the,reasons you said hes a fall hawk the,Pittsburgh Steelers corners only on 11,interceptions last year they cant get,the ball they keep dropping it now how,does say identifies the guy in this,draft that could finish off a play in,the secondary I agree with you now and,for for a smaller corner he will support,the runner,I think hes tough hes physical hes,aggressive hes everything you look for,he was used a little bit bigger and,longer and all those things but he plays,to his potential and his ability and he,is not afraid at all to mix it up thats,where the highlights end thats where,the footage ends the next three years,were nothing but an injury-plagued,nightmare Golson had the dubious honor,of being one of only a handful of modern,era draft picks to never play in a game,I mean that literally three years no,games,none in the regular season none in the,preseason at the start of his first NFL,training camp in 2015 Golson was,surprisingly added to the Steelers,populace for a shoulder injury he spent,camp on the sidelines never practicing,before Mike Tomlin announced Coulson,would undergo season-ending shoulder,surgery on August 21st to repair a torn,labrum his rookie season was wiped out,but he wouldnt be the first player to,lose his rookie season to injury he,could recover for a sophomore year take,advantage of his mental reps and hit the,ground running in 2016 the next year he,made it till the trip LC he opened camp,that year as a starting slot corner that,didnt last long on day four a camp the,second practice and pads Coulson was,carted off with a foot injury doctors,diagnosed it as a Liz Frank sprain,requiring a second surgery in as many,years and another season completely lost,by 2017 the heat was on Golson was a,second-round draft pick the hadnt come,anywhere close to seeing action he was,off scholarship demoted the second and,third team work as camp open he worked,as the second string outside corner in,third string slot Corner bouncing back,and forth in order to maximize his reps,in the first part of practice the third,day of camp he made arguably his first,positive place as a Steeler he where to,start his first tackle tripping up,running back Terrell Watson before he,could cross the goal line followed by a,pass break up later in practice but the,day ended as it had to many times before,during the final special team session of,the day near the end the practice Golson,served as the left gunner running down a,punt,he made it 10 to 15 yards down the field,pulling up grabbing his left hamstring,Olson was carted off never practicing,again as a Steeler was cut out right on,September 2nd to recap your the number,of training camp practices he suited up,for a year-by-year,0 and 2015 4 and 2016 3 and 2017 and he,never made it anywhere close to,preseason action thats why this video,lacks any game footage it simply doesnt,exist if also would make two more brief,nfo stops in mid-november Tampa Bay sign,him to the practice squad only to,release him a week later in April of,2018 John boutté and the Raiders briefly,carried him on their offseason roster,but cut him after six weeks well before,training camp that was the last of his,NFL career if you can even call it that,Olson isnt a bus in the traditional,sense its impossible to say if he was a,good player or not because he never took,a snap he had the worst injury Luck,imaginable and had he stayed healthy,perhaps he would have proved in the,Steelers investment in college look like,an all-star but a bust is any high draft,pick who willfully misses expectations,and Golson fits that bill

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Coach Tomlin Press Conference (Week 10 vs Saints) | Pittsburgh Steelers

[Music],thank you,good afternoon everyone welcome to UPMC,Rooney Sports Complex Im Bob pompiani,soon to be joined by Missy Matthews we,get you set for a Tomlin Tuesday the,Steelers coming off a buy looking,forward to a game against the Saints,Sunday at acresure Stadium last night,New Orleans lost to the Ravens 27-13 one,quick note the league has flexed next,weeks game the Cincinnati Pittsburgh,game was supposed to be a Sunday night,game it is now a 4 25 game on kdka-tv so,make a note of that the Steelers looking,to start the second half with a win,against a team that has been up and down,this season so well talk about that,with head coach Mike Tomlin Im sure,here shortly also TJ watt will he play,this week Damonte KZ these are two guys,who can really help this defense Mike,Tomlin is standing by lets go upstairs,to hear what he has to say,stupid,good afternoon really excited about,getting back into the competitive world,this week in accosture Stadium versus,New Orleans Saints Im excited for a lot,of reasons,um its a hall of Honor weekend get an,opportunity to honor some Steeler,Legends within that group my man Heath,Miller so excited about that component,of it excited about getting this group,back into a stadium we made really good,use of our bye week as we talked about,last week and you know bye week there,are a lot of things going on on bye week,usually from a player perspective man we,like to give players whatever it is that,they need in some instances because of,health is resting recuperation in some,instances is that because of uh age if,you will sometimes we give guys,additional work developing players we,work on components of our game that we,that we feel like require our attention,oftentimes its situational football,weighty Downs possession down football,two minute Red Zone we had a good week,in terms of some of those things from a,health standpoint Ill outline some,player availability and some things,going on with some of those things miles,Jack got minimized last week with the,knee well let his participation be our,guide Kuntz experience the rib injury,well let his participation be our guide,it could limit him at the early courses,of the week but dont have many,reservations about his uh availability,with a spoon with a hamstring Jackson,will Jackson who would just require,acquired with the back might be limited,some in the early portions of the week,some existing things that were managing,and and will let their availability the,amount of availability and the quality,of that work be our guide Levi Wallace,as he comes off his shoulder ogan Joby,as he comes off his knee and Boswell as,he works off of his growing so some of,these guys worked in in in some,capacities yesterday as we get on the,clock Wednesday and getting our normal,flow,um well let their participation be our,guide and the quality of that work in,terms of us making decisions about,whether to utilize them or how often we,utilize them I got a couple of guys,working their way back,um off of ir TJ and Casey both guys,um have been participants and like the,others who are managing some injury,circumstances well continue to monitor,those guys weve been optimistic about,their inclusion this week but again,weve got some work ahead of us and got,some reaction to that work how they feel,coming off of the work and Etc and so,well well just continue to monitor,those guys and make appropriate,decisions regarding them as we get,closer to game time,specifically about New Orleans uh,starting first with their defense,um you know I see some some evolution in,these guys that that thats a,dramatically different from the last,time we played them theres still a a,four down front they play a lot of,people up front they do a great job of,getting pressure on their quarterback uh,with Cam Jordan and Company,um but but I see,um some some end of the line awareness,and some Edge play some Evolution some,hybrid things evolving in their defense,Cam Jordan and Company are oftentimes,playing in the two-point stance and I,think quarterback mobility and some of,the Jet Sweep things that are in Vogue,in todays game is really,um probably pushed them toward that but,um theres some schematic changes to,deal with from that perspective and and,theyre much more versatile group maybe,than they used to be in terms of the,amount of fronts and things that theyre,willing to throw at you and I think the,utilization of those Edge people,particularly as stand-up guys with,Davenport and others um is new and,different cant say enough about their,linebacker tandem their second level,guys Davis uh as a Green Dot is an all,situations player,um its a sideline the sideline tackler,um its very good in the Blitz game,um they they make a lot of plays on the,second level,um the honey badger and the secondary,has been a significant addition to them,I think he leads them in interceptions,hes got two but versatility is it,always has been his calling card he can,play in deep defense he can play down,around the line of scrimmage as a down,safety he also plays some nickel hes,really comfortable covering receivers,and and hes and hes always been good,as a Blitzer,um just his location and the mirror the,ways that they utilize his talents or,something that that has our attention,and things that we need to get familiar,get familiar with as we lean in on game,time theyve had a variety of people,playing at corner due to availability or,lack thereof,um obviously Lattimore is a top-notch,guy whos whos bump capable all their,guys are a bump bump capable theyre,good on the line of scrimmage they get,in your face they they work to destroy,the normal flow or the rhythm of the,offense with those techniques,um they get after the quarterback,um like I mentioned uh with Davis,theyre theyre theyve been really good,in the Blitz game and you saw some of,that last night uh oftentimes we deal,with quarterback Mobility it requires,that you bring more than four people and,they put that on display last night on,the offensive side of the ball,um you know I Id be remiss if I didnt,talk about Hill and the challenges that,he brings his versatility,um he plays in the game at a variety of,positions quarterback among them,um they got some schematics that are,really challenging when hes playing,that quarterback but hes also capable,as a as a tight end or H back and they,can do some more traditional things some,play action passing some misdirection,passing some Run game uh so we gotta we,gotta put a thoughtful and intentional,plan together regarding his usage in the,effort to minimize his impact on the,game and then of course they get Andy,Dalton and Andy is a veteran guy whos,highly familiar with us uh are familiar,with him as well and so therell be a,cat and mouse component of us,reacclimating ourselves to to that,element of the competition uh hes,always been a good and prudent decision,maker he makes fluid decisions he gets,rid of the ball uh rather quickly,um he utilizes all his eligibles and,theyve got a nice group of a collection,of eligibles theyve had some attrition,throughout the journey you know with,Mike Thomas being less than available in,Jarvis Landry but theyve had some guys,uh really evolve and step up like the,young receiver larave from Ohio State,um is proven to be mature Beyond his,years not that were really surprised by,it and studying him and draft prep man,he was a guy that probably was under,consideration to come out a year ago and,and chose to stay so its probably not a,surprise that hes showing the,maturation of someone who made that,decision some 12 months ago hes making,quality plays for him but they got a,collection of guys they spread the ball,around very well not only to to their,wide receivers but they got a nice uh,tight end group as well and and Kamara,is a running back is dangerous in and,outside the backfield they supplement,him with Ingram and others they just do,a really good job of of personneling you,uh moving in and out of personnel groups

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Will the Steelers trade Ben Roethlisberger?

team trib total media all season long,with the Steelers coverage Allen,Robinson mark Boley I am Justin,laborious at the scenery a little bit,and guys something the time I changes,scenery is theres been rumors all over,the place about number seven and,potential trade talks and what his,future can hold mark a bully lets get,your thoughts real quick on this theres,rumors rumors I didnt hear about that,yeah you know I think its a sort of a,dead issue right now Ben Roethlisberger,address it after the game sunday i get a,dressing again on his radio show tuesday,it sort of came out of left field now,im not saying that it was anything not,true about it in the guy from the NFL,network didnt have somebody tell him,about it but it just doesnt make any,sense you dont get rid of franchise,quarterbacks regardless of your team,record its just something to floats out,there or something that probably doesnt,happen Justin if the teams not two and,six at the time not three and six dont,worry about it bends here for the long,haul hell have an extension sometime in,early March hell play through hes 36,37 years old and thats when it will,happen theyll extend him then if that,doesnt happen then maybe we can revisit,this if they dont extend him in March,but right now its not its a non-issue,steeler squash to been squashed it hes,not going anywhere north shorty allen is,it a non-issue it came out it came from,somewhere the guy is a seasoned reporter,but again i dont see been leaving any,time than your future the steelers cant,afford to let this guy go i mean he he,gives them the one good chance they have,of winning every week and again I dont,think Ben wants to go anywhere he likes,it here hes played here for ten seasons,but again but you have to remember in,covering sports and watching sports you,never say never its very easy for Ben,Roethlisberger to say right now at age,31 this is very competitive guy then,Ill never I never want to play anything,else what if you would go through four,more seasons like this and all of a,sudden hes 35 this is a guy that wants,to win more Super Bowls hes talked,about when it winning at least two more,Super Bowls because he wants he wants a,really outstanding legacy to take to the,Pro Football Hall of Fame so you never,say the people at Edmonton once never,could never ever thought that Wayne,Gretzky would ever plenty of my players,the people in Indianapolis once never,thought that Peyton Manning would play,everything else plant played a place,else you never say never in this for,work but again I III think Ben will stay,here and be here for his whole career,but again you just never know Justin you,got Josh McCown start in Chicago you got,Scott Tolzien starting to Green Bay its,hard to find a quarterback like Ben,Roethlisberger saying that alone knowing,that alone you have to hold on to him at,all costs well uh talking about Detroit,Lions now that is a who the Steels are,going to play this week theyre coming,off of a win against Buffalo much-needed,win for nothing else but morale and,confidence and everything khopoli you,said last week was too hard to predict,the two inconsistent you gotta use a,prediction of those its inconsistent,and thats why youll never know whats,going to happen here either Steeler team,can show up they could look great to go,look like garbage I think buffalo had a,lot to do with why they won last week,buffalo stinks bottom line say now I,think its just a tough matchup for the,Steelers really tough Calvin Johnson,Reggie Bush master likes to throw the,ball a lot I just dont see it happening,I mean dont get something pulled over,your head last week by the bills bills,not a good team I think the steelers,lose this one 24-21 Allen this would,seem to be an easy prediction youve got,a six and three on the rise Lions,teaming as a three and six Steelers team,that has been consistently inconsistent,as like Taylor likes to say that said,this you know basically every week now,is the Steeler season they they would,have to go six in one down the stretch,they have any realistic chance of making,the playoffs there one thing we have not,seen this team do all season is play a,really good game against a good team I,think the lines are a good team theyve,got Calvin Johnson best receiver in a,game the last time the Steelers opposed,to receiver this good Randy Moss lituma,47 catches and two touchdowns in 135,yards in 2007 that said I think the,Steelers realized it each week is a,must-win game I think though I think,theyll finally win a game that we dont,think theyll win I think theyll win 24,21 and keep their season alive at least,for one more week each week is a must,win and of course every week is a,must-visit TribLIVE com where a,must-read exactly you can name us listen,the sports talk radio triple live sports,talk radio of course you can read these,guys on TribLIVE calm you can follow on,twitter plenty of,verse non-stop mark a bully and as he,wants to be called this week Megatron,Allen Robinson Im just levar well see,you next week

Our Stories: Keana McMahon, ex-wife of late Steelers player Justin Strzelczyk

my name is Kenny McMahon and I was,married to Justin strelzyk of the,Pittsburgh Steelers one of the first,football players to be diagnosed with,CTE CTE is a progressive brain disease,thats caused by the constant blows to,the head that most football players,obtain during their careers and Justin,was diagnosed with it in early 2000 and,I felt Sundays dont exist to me anymore,I probably you know a few people in,Pittsburgh but they have a very,different meaning and its its hard,because they I mean you had such a great,life on Thursday you know our Sundays,were filled with family and friends and,call it roommates visiting and other,players kids coming to our house after,games and we would have Alan bean,parties and you know barbecues outside,and his friends for main would come and,bring lobster and those were great days,but I cant I cant watch it anymore I,dont I you know I it doesnt exist I,usually do other things what anybody,does on Sunday whether its clean up my,house circle running or you know take,the kids to the you know pumpkin patch,its always fall and its a hard time of,year because he died the last day is,September so its always during football,season so you know there is that kind of,you know connection there but I dont,its not on my TV unless my husband,might have it on but I dont sit down,and watch because to me Im just looking,at a bunch of guys that are gonna die,soon and I think thats what kills me,the most is but I have to sit here and,watch my friends a little bit are now,retired and dont play anymore possibly,go through what I had to go through and,theres nothing that they can do but,watch the person they love die because,thats whats gonna happen theres no,cure unless you lock the person in a,padded room and keep them away from,everybody else theres nothing you can,do and its very hard for me to watch,because I still have friends that,I know that coach or play or somehow,connected to the NFL and usually their,husbands have played now that then,theyre now coaching I watch you know,players that Justin played with our,coaches now summer train it went on,college trains in Im just looking at,them thinking Im gonna get a phone call,someday from my wife or see in the,newspaper that the same thing happened,to them because I mean a very high,percentage of especially the linemen and,thats who you were closest to you know,we were closest to other linemen theyre,the ones that are gonna deteriorate like,Justin did and thats why its hard for,me to watch because I just I feel like,Im just looking at guys that are gonna,die I dont feel like it its not,entertaining to me its sad and thats,like its I cant I just dont its hard,I cant watch it its not something I,want to do on Sunday,you

Dan Rooneys history of the Pittsburgh Steelers


I wanted this to be a history book I,mean that was the purpose of running it,in the first place,some of you thought that the book could,have been more controversial more juicy,as they say well I argued about that and,especially as they say I wanted to be,history,then I get a letter from the lawyers,from the COPO saying you better watch,what you say because you dont want to,get sued and so so I had them both of,them going I really consider myself is,the last man standing the last person,who was involved with the league from,the beginning obviously I wasnt there,in 1920 but I knew the people that were,I was able to talk to them did talk to,them experience you know George Halas,was a tremendous guy we used to get in a,few arguments especially my father but,would argue about things with George and,he was a great guy and I have nothing,but tremendous respect for him he did,everything and as far as the and that,felt was concerned he he was a player he,was a coach he was a he sold tickets II,used to put people on the visitors bench,and youd end up getting in fights with,them and things like that and I mean,there are things that I remember and as,I say talking with him talking was the,Curly Lambeau talking with george,marshall who who really came pretty much,at the same time but marshall was such a,strong figure and did so much in the,game theyve got a lot of times they say,that he and Alice were really the ones,that were guiding the thing and you know,trying to take over that was their big,battle when Bert Bell died and Pete,Rozelle came in as a compromise,candidate Alice and Marshall they wanted,to put a guy by the name of Austin,ganzel who was Bells assistant they,thought they could run them,the other members of the league didnt,go for it so that thats what happened,there you know people would talk to me,about losing the Steelers lost so for so,many years from the very very beginning,every game that I went to and most of,the players that I you know knew were,all fun to be with and you know the,seasons in each game were were really,something special but my father was he,was really you know a special person and,he was he did things he contributed to,this team in more ways than people know,I mean he you know we get letters now,from fans this 75th year where people,were coming back some of the people are,even too old to get back but they all,talk about him and talk about you know,what he did there would be guys that,would be dining on or a player would say,gee I Im trying to get a new car Im,trying to get a house Im trying to do,this and that and hed lend him the,money and I dont know if I told this,story in the in the book but Bobby Lane,who was a tremendous guy and this is,when my father was still active you know,called a minute being you know near the,end of the season and said Bobby we have,to get a contract for next year,Bobby said devoted thats nothing and he,said no we have we have to do this and,he says well you know what do you want,and Lane said do you have a contract and,he said yeah until he should give it to,me and he signed it at the bottom Robert,Lane and get it back to him and said,fellow that no I mean you dont get that,happening too often but I mean he just,had to feel he would go around on it a,Sunday morning and talked to every,player and just talked him not about the,game just about how they were things,like that and that was a big thing,they sent a guy and he must have taken,500 pictures and he took that one I,didnt eat I dont even like them,but you know that was thats how that,got there even he did have a pair of,glasses with no glass in two pieces we,even wear these I didnt know Id rather,not wear any Hines Ward really wanted to,play with us and it wasnt that,difficult it was a question of this,happens often that both sides get to be,hard-headed and you cant get it done,and you know he says I said in the book,that I called Jerome and says we got to,get him he says Heinze stuff I said you,get him to come to the to the place and,well just talk and you know its just,me and I wasnt talking you know its,trying to sign him or anything like that,I was just saying we got to get this,done and he said weve always been fair,I says well we can get it done and then,I went to art to Kevin and I said go and,talk to him I said hell sign and it was,pretty much that I mean you know Hines,is a good person and you know he wanted,to get it done and it was just what I,said,well you know I dont go in and sit them,in a draft room and watch all the films,and things like that,but I did go in with the quarterbacks,that particular year and I watched you,know rivers and all the players that,were there you know Manning and,Roethlisberger so they sort of what,didnt think we were going to be able to,get any quarterback and I just felt that,that Ben really looked good I thought,comparing those other two guys or the,other people that were there that he was,excellent and you know I talked to them,and things like yeah well then they went,on and its now getting close to our,draft time and they were talking about,somebody else you know and I brought his,name up I said hey weve got to think,about Ben Roethlisberger I said hes,really good and then we got into the,discussion and we came to the conclusion,and it was it was generally accepted by,all but you know it was going astray for,a while and I had seen that before you,know that happened with us with danny,moreno when we did not draft him and the,reason we didnt draft him as i was too,honest i told the guys out there who,gave me the idea and it was john clayton,when i said john clayton they said are,you kidding but his ideas were the best,well I dont know that he convinced my,father they thats where we have the,disagreement my father was thinking of,it definitely said you got to give this,a lot of thought I was forgiving it no,thought I was totally against it we,fought with these guys for six years now,they say they want us to go with them,and so I felt that that was a real real,problem and that my father did say hey,we got to think about this he said its,going to be a lot easier to receive the,money than pay it and,and I said hey you know just just all,the things that happened what our fans,think and things like this and then the,story the fact is we went out for dinner,that same night Pete Rozelle he had the,tendency to make you stay in the room,dont let you hide until you get it,something done that was tough well at,this particular time it was late we,hadnt had you know they brought in,lunch and things like it so he said go,ahead go to lunch or go to dinner and be,back you know in like two hours,so we go and when we went back we walked,into his office and he gave me a piece,of paper that was honestly that big and,it had our division it had Cleveland,Pittsburgh Cincinnati and Houston and,with that I knew because I knew what the,schedule was going to be I knew that,this was going to be the best thing for,us and my father says whats that I,handed it to him and said thats your,new division I knew the arguments were,over there

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we come along really please great story,I was seeing when he came in last year,making the transition backed off at the,blind being out of the game for so long,I think the guys made a big influence on,me as far as his development last year I,thought he worked hard and do dont,practice quest that was helped a lot the,OTAs obviously never expected to have,him starting this year just shows you,that got prepared,the guys got confidence in the at,console himself and hes still every,every Sundays a new learning experience,for him he sees something new different,that he hasnt seen you kill we practice,so much so is hes gonna get some very,good football players and hes done a,pretty good job and he knows well keep,getting better the more he sees it but,you know thats what happens you have,injuries and you know sitting in my,calves my calves that never came around,obviously Beach so yeah so its a,happy which were his head and if he,knows he has got a big challenge of mic,UCL a hundred getting better,yeah he is he really you know remote,Fosters done a great job with him I,think everyone next to his been a huge,plus because Romanos office so well,hes been the league so long every play,theyre talking so puts a lot on Ramon,to because hes you know hes I was just,concentrating what hes doing hes,talking with the center here laying,everything to tell to make sure were,all on the same page so he said he said,hes very big parties development and,and Alice wont let anybody down I mean,out wants to be the best he can be and,and thats how he sets how hes wired,thats his DNA and thats the one that,players like that and like I said the,guys feel confident Bens confident in,the nest about bottom line and yeah,hell get hell continue to get better,and hes gonna get to have his moments I,he found out you know turned there,during the last four games that you know,you can have a great game and no so one,play can change that perception real,fast and so thats how you grow in this,league and as an offensive lineman and,its all about consistency if hes,seeing that and hes great workers so,you cant ask anything more than what,hes been doing and yeah hell get,better and better as he builds officer,were you ever involved in a year as a,player or coach where you lost your,starting center and started tackling no,Ive had weve had injuries but never,like theyre you usually say your two,best guys you have your left tackle in,the air your center who runs especially,with someone like policy and you lose,someone like that theyve made so much,to this football team Im not just on,the offensive line,codys come in and obviously did a great,job and you had his experience has been,a big plus but yeah its hard and I,think this team is done a great job this,year with losing numerous players,throughout the season and stepping up,and making plays and so yeah that that,that I never I never had it that way,Ive had injuries but never you know,your top two guys have your two guards,had to do anything different and pop,into battle filled into the two just in,terms of our responsibilities different,or there,and I think were just being smart I,mean we have to be I mean as coaches,thats our job to try to help I put,these guys in position as we always say,to be successful and not asking just too,much or too little or things that the,maybe theyre not a were not as good at,and do more of what we are good at and,maybe do some plays one way you know,just make some adjustments and how we do,things to help them you know so were,not asking too much and so I think,thats what weve done I think Todds,done a good job with that I think the,players have so I think its you know,its kind of a group effort when you,start losing players you know,quarterback running back receivers I,mean so youre making adjustments as you,go and but every team has the same,problem happens to everybody in the,league and and that weve been able to,weather the storm is some degree we all,feel we should win more games and we,have but we didnt you know we all need,to know we need to play better we need,to be more consistent in these next six,weeks would be real important and it all,starts up front so I mean our six or,five guys have to really step up and,same with the tight ends I mean weve,had injuries there Matts been hurt you,know Jesse James is come in so youve,had a lot of guys that Rosie all of a,sudden we were before back thats been a,big part of the offense at times where,thats helped out when weve had,injuries are tied in so its been making,adjustments like that if I attack a team,with what Ill put our best personnel in,the field and find ways to win so I,think weve done a good job of mixing to,mix and match and different personnel,groupings in different games depending,on,how we fell we could best attack them,and obviously for Nebraska we then,create job angels in a great job coming,in with our injuries there so yeah we,have to do players they can make plays,and guys have stepped up nation big runs,and big plays at times and we watch the,tape I mean were not you know we got a,lot of work ahead of us as a group and,we do continue to get better we get a,lot of keep getting new parts and,fortunately because guys you had,injuries to make an adjustment because,he believes all about him and so we know,were headed in the right direction he,just got to play better you know and,well be more consistent every Sunday so,we can come up Mike words Marcus,improved and what kind of level is he,playing at right now hes playing really,well he I think he you know a lot of,credit that he goes to out of the way he,left here last offseason and he lost,weight he continues a little since Ive,been here anyway and hes always been a,good worker I mean the time I last year,worked to work hard the games important,to him his preparation isnt awesome but,I think he realized he is any player,those you got to make some a lot losing,the weight helped him I think the,understanding of the offense helped him,I think hes seen being a lot more,aggressive whose plan you know every,snap he plays really high level I think,because hes not thinking as much I,think you know me coming last year I,changed the offense for him somewhat as,I was asking to some hes thats me hit,three line of coaches in a row and I,think hes a guy that needed for some,continuity and some consistency of what,we were asked him to do,and I think that hopefully you have a,second year with the same guy Im gonna,rest and do I think helps too and it,just laughed at him how hard he worked,in the weight room all those things that,players do on their own during the,offseason he wouldnt did at all and it,really changed his makeup but as a,player and its paying off for him and,hes playing a really really good level,and a really physical level and it shows,up on tape and so easily fun to watch,ohh I mean hes awesome hes coming here,just makes it makes me a really fun,upset all the time he just is very,objective with things he coaches coaches,well hes not hes gonna yell are not,gonna go cuss you out or anything like,that and now he expects his guys just,dont disappoint hearing all that down,lets fight the best coach that you can,happen that boy is more that type of,like the mental that everything that is,more technical types up or yeah hes,good at both and it makes your month on,and thats thats important thing its a,long season and yeah have fun enjoy what,you can

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