Daily Archives: May 6, 2012

Roethlisberger Graduates College

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has graduated from Miami University in southwest Ohio, about nine years after leaving for the NFL.

The university says the 30-year-old Roethlisberger received his bachelor’s degree in education and joined nearly 600 students during Sunday’s commencement at the campus in Oxford. His wife, parents and grandmother attended.

Roethlisberger, who’s led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, played football for Miami from 2001 to 2003 and set several school passing records. An associate dean says the quarterback was four courses short of graduation when he jumped to the NFL. He completed those courses over several years and finished this spring.

Roethlisberger says he felt it was important to finish his classes to illustrate the value of getting an education.

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Steelers Sign 4th Round Pick Alameda Ta’amu


Call him The Coliseum.

Alameda Ta’amu signed a four-year rookie contract with the Steelers, the team reported Sunday. His size inspires the nickname – a play off Oakland’s Alameda County Coliseum – but his ability led the Steelers to trade up with Washington in the fourth round to take the Washington Huskies product.

Ta’amu will compete with third-year man Steve McLendon for playing time this season, as both of them will look to fill in for Steelers NT Casey Hampton, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the playoffs.

Nose tackle was a position of need for the Steelers in the 2012 NFL Draft, and moved up nicely to grab Ta’amu, a 345-pound run-stuffer who projects to play at the zero technique for Pittsburgh.

Ta’amu is a project kind of player but has big upside. Learning under defensive line coach Johnny Mitchell, Ta’amu could compete for a starting position by his second year.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Toney Clemons – Rookie Mini-Camp

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Rookie Wide Receiver Toney Clemons (Rd 7, Pick 24 (231) talks about Steelers mini-camp.

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Steelers Sign 5th Round RB Chris Rainey to a Four-Year Contract

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Aaron Wilson of Scout.com tweeted Sunday afternoon the Steelers have signed fifth-round draft pick Chris Rainey to a four-year deal.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rainey, out of the University of Florida and high school teammate and friend of Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey, will add another element of competition to a position shaping up to be the fiercest training camp battle.

With incumbent Rashard Mendenhall tearing his ACL in the playoffs in Week 17 (I beg for your forgiveness) the Steelers go into OTAs and training camp likely with Isaac Redman as the feature back, and Jonathan Dwyer, John Clay and Baron Batch joining Rainey for what will probably be two other game-day spots.

A diminutive but lightning fast multi-purpose running back, Rainey has good pass catching skills and will likely vie for the 53-man roster as a return man as well as a versatile offensive threat.

Rainey is wearing No. 22 in this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

The Steelers signed 4th round pick Alameda Ta’amu earlier Sunday as well.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Graduates From Miami University


As Tommy Boy famously said, “A lot of people go to college for seven and a half years.”

“Yeah, they’re called doctors.”

Maybe they’re called Steelers quarterbacks too.

I kid, I kid…congratulations to Ben Roethlisberger, who, as Miami University tweeted, received his degree Saturday, presumably in physical education.That was his listed major on his Miami University RedHawks athletics page.

The speed in which he obtained his degree was the subject of mock ridicule from his younger sister, Carlee.

Roethlisberger left Miami University in 2004 and was taken by Pittsburgh with the 11th overall selection in that year’s draft. Since then, he’s won two Super Bowl championships with Pittsburgh, and is among the best in NFL history in terms of starting QB win percentage.

Roethlisberger went to his second Pro Bowl after this past season.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

Tomlin on rookie orientation

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media following the Saturday morning on-field session of rookie orientation.Tomlin: We’re having a really good weekend, getting to know these guys, introduc…

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Steelers Sign 4th Round Draft Pick Alemeda Ta’amu

The Pittsburgh Steelers have their first member of the 2012 draft class under contract now as fourth round pick Alemeda Ta’amu has signed his four year contract. All draft picks must sign four year deals according to the new CBA. Prior to the new CBA being reached last year, the Steelers had previously made a habit of signing players drafted from the third round and on to three year deals.

With nine draft picks in 2012, the Steelers were assigned A $ 5.13 million 2012 rookie pool number to get all of their rookies signed within. The total value of the contracts for the rookies can’t exceed $ 28.25 Read more […]

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Rookie Free Agent Brandon Lindsey Looks to Catch On with Steelers

From: AP

Brandon Lindsey spent last weekend gathered in a room with his family waiting for the phone to ring.

The former Pitt linebacker didn’t expect to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL draft, or the second.

Then the third round passed. Then the fourth. Then the fifth.

At that point, Lindsey grabbed the remote and turned the TV off.

“I didn’t want to hear it anymore,” Lindsey said.

Instead he turned his attention to figuring out where he wanted to sign as a rookie free agent. The answer was stunningly obvious.

Lindsey spent five years in the same building as the Steelers, practicing on the same expanse along the Monongahela River. He often wondered what it would be like to walk through the door on the left — which leads to the Steelers headquarters — instead of the one on the right that leads to Pitt’s football offices.

The reality is even better than he imagined.

“I’d been over here before but it’s nothing like when you’re a part of the organization,” he said. “Now you know you’re a part of their team and it’s a great feeling.”

One that is in stark contrast to the roller coaster Lindsey rode during his final year with the Panthers, who went through four head coaches — and a couple of interim ones — in the span of 14 months.

Lindsey was a second-team All-Big East selection at defensive end under Dave Wannstedt in 2010, only to see the coach who recruited him let go, leading to a series of missteps that culminated in Todd Graham bolting Pitt after just one season for Arizona State.

All that tumult hurt the Panthers on the field, and perhaps the professional prospects of the seniors. The draft came and went without a Pitt player being selected, the first time that’s happened since 1999.

“I think it hurt us just not having the sense of home,” Lindsey said. “We didn’t feel like we had a place we belonged. You go from one system to the next to another one. It’s hard for any 21, 22-year-old to get used to losing your coach two years in a row.”

Lindsey did his best to pitch in during Graham’s brief tenure, moving from end to “Panther” linebacker, a hybrid position that gave him the freedom to either stand up or get down in a stance on a given play.

All that shuffling around, however, came with great responsibility. Perhaps too much. Lindsey’s sack total dipped a bit to 8 1/2, though his presence freed up things for the guys in front of him. Defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Chas Alexcih combined for 17 1/2 sacks while linemen keyed on Lindsey.

Though Lindsey believes switching positions “hurt my production” it also gave him perspective.

“I tried to make the best out of a bad situation,” he said.

The constant moving made it difficult for NFL teams to project Lindsey at the next level. Does he pack on 30 pounds on his 6-foot-2, 250-pound frame to play end or drop a little weight to play outside linebacker?

The Steelers will have Lindsey stand up and try to find a spot behind veterans James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

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Steelers’ GM Breaks Down Draft, Todd Haley & Mike Wallace

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert checks in with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.

He goes inside the process leading up to this week’s NFL Draft, and reveals that this year’s first round may not be as deep as in years past.

Mr. Colbert gives the latest on how new offensive coordinator Todd Haley is faring so far, and tells what he makes of the possibility of a Mike Wallace holdout. Kevin also tells why he sympathizes with the Penguins’ early exit in the playoffs this year.

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Steelers Rookie Mini Camp Begins Today


The newest potential members of the Steelers begin their professional careers today. The nine players the Steelers drafted, and the 12 they picked up as undrafted free agents, will partake in rookie minicamp, which runs through Sunday.

The rookie minicamp kicks off the very early portion of the activities schedule in the league, which will involve both the veterans and the rookies.

Let’s just hope none of them are playing basketball.

The first rookie minicamp begins today, ending Sunday. Organized Team Activities are scheduled from May 22-24, May 29-31 and June 4-7. The full team will meet for minicamp June 12-14.

The Steelers attending today’s minicamp are:

David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Sean Spence, LB, Miami
Alameda Ta’amu, DT, Washington
Chris Rainey, RB, Florida
Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado
David Paulson, TE, Oregon
Terrence Frederick, CB, Texas A&M
Kelvin Beachum, OG, SMU
Drew Butler, P, Georgia.
Terry Carter, CB, a. Tech.
Connor Dixon, WR, Duquesne.
Robert Golden, S, Arizona.
Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE, So. Ct. St.
Ryan Lee C/G, Furman.
Brandon Lindsey, LB, Pitt.
Marquis Maze, WR, Alabama.
Grant Ressel, K, Missouri.
Adrian Robinson, LB, Temple.
Desmond Stapleton, OT, Rutgers.
Jake Stoller, DE, Yale.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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