Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

Colon missed his first love

For a man who eats, breathes and sleeps football, a man who has put football ahead of other things in his life, a man who treats it like it’s his first love, having it taken away from him the last …

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Local Kids Get Football Pointers From Big Ben At Camp

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – School is out for the summer, but some local kids spent the day learning all about football from one of the best in the business.

There was a lot of energy out on the field as 500 kids took part in the Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp.

Big Ben made the rounds to help divide the young athletes into teams.

“I’ve always had a spot in my heart for the kids and to see the joy on their face when they’re throwing a pass to get a completion and get a high five. It’s just awesome to me,” Roethlisberger said.

This is the fourth year for Roethlisberger’s came it has become a tradition for some kids.

“He asked me if me and my friend cheated to be on the same team, but we told him no and then he said he remembered me from last year,” Maddie Mulinaro said.

Veterans and rookies alike were thrilled to be able to hang out with one of their role models.

During drills, Roethlisberger moved around passing and catching.

The kids were also excited to meet Brett Keisel who showed up to toss the ball around.

“It’s hard because I have to keep them from getting too excited and not paying attention to their coach. They all want high fives and they all want me to throw them the ball, so once we get them going on their drills, it’s pretty fun,” Roethlisberger said.

One of the big highlights for the kids ranging in age from 7 to 14 was lining up and having the chance to catch a pass from Big Ben.


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Three Steelers Rank In Forbes List Of World’s 100 Highest-Paid Athletes Of Past Year

Forbes Magazine released its list of the 100 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World over the past year on Tuesday and three Pittsburgh Steelers cracked the list.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley leads the way for the black and gold as he ranked 32nd overall. Forbes list his total earnings as $ 26.5 million, of which 26.3 million is salary and another $ 150,000 in endorsements. Woodley of course signed a new deal last off-season that included a $ 13 million signing bonus and a $ 4 million roster bonus.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finished a few spots behind Woodley at 43rd overall with a total earnings Read more […]

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Doug Legursky: Day in the Life – Part 4 of 4

Watch the making of the “Big Legursky” sandwich, sit down with Doug’s family in their home and check out one of Doug’s favorite fishin’ holes in this final segment of Doug Legursky: Day in the Life.

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Doug Legursky: Day in the Life – Part 3 of 4

Tour Beckley, WV with Doug Legursky as we visit his old stomping grounds, meet childhood friends, and stop at the local pizzeria that features the giant “Big Legursky” sandwich.

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Steelers’ Hampton tackles role of mentor

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Doug Legursky: Day in the Life – Part 2 of 4

Doug visits his old high school where he is surprised with a special honor.

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Casey Hampton and Rashard Mendenhall Both May Start Year on PUP List

Pro Football Weekly reports that a couple Steelers normally in the starting lineup could start the 2012 season on the teams PUP list.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he won’t be surprised if NT Casey Hampton and RB Rashard Mendenhall both began the 2012 season on the physically unable to perform list.

Both players are recovering from torn ACLs that occurred late last season and the two players just started working out again.

Hampton, a five-time Pro Bowler, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the Steelers’ wild-card playoff loss at Denver. Mendenhall, who has scored 30 touchdowns the past three seasons as a starter, tore the ACL in his right knee at Cleveland in Week 17.

“My guess is they’ll open the season on PUP (the physically unable to perform list),” Colbert told the paper. “You’ve got to remember both of those injuries happened late in the year.”

Both players are in the final year of their contracts. If placed on the PUP list, they wouldn’t be eligible to play until after the Steelers’ sixth game.

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To Steeler Nation, Gary Anderson Will Always Be “Mr. Automatic”


Former Steeler great Gary Anderson was a bit of a pioneer in the 80’s in that he was one of the first field goal kickers to take accuracy to a whole new level. As this article from 1991 points out, before the likes of Anderson came along, the art of field goal kicking wasn’t so precise. At the time of that article, Anderson was the 2nd most accurate kicker in NFL history at .775.

To give you an idea of what I mean by taking accuracy to a “whole new level,” Jan Stenerud, who kicked primarily in the 60’s and 70’s and is the only field goal kicker in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, finished his career at .668.

Anderson kicked in the NFL from 1982-2004, and he finished with a kicking percentage of just over 80%. As I said, Anderson was a bit of a pioneer, and just to show you how far kicking has come over the years, Anderson now ranks as the 31st most accurate field-goal kicker of all-time.

Anderson played for the Steelers from 1982-1994, and he was known by teammates and fans as “Mr. Automatic.” After the Super years of the 70’s, the 80’s were a bit of a rough stretch for the Steelers, and Anderson was one of the few consistencies for the organization. He made the Pro Bowl three times during his career with the Steelers (four overall) and was voted to the NFL’s All-Decade Teams for both the 80’s and 90’s.

Anderson will always be a beloved member of Steelers Nation, and he’s certainly one of my all-time favorites.

Sadly, however, in places like Minnesota and, perhaps, the rest of the country, accuracy and consistency may not be the first things that come to mind when Gary Anderson’s name is brought up.

After Anderson left Pittsburgh, he played for a few other teams and continued his accurate ways. One of the teams that he played for was the Minnesota Vikings from 1998-2002.

In ’98, Anderson was so good, he became the first placekicker in NFL history to make every single field goal and extra point for an entire regular season as he helped the Vikings post a 15-1 record.

The Vikings made it to the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons and were leading, 27-20, when Anderson lined up to kick a 38-yard field goal with 2:12 left in the game. Unfortunately for Gary, instead of extending Minnesota’s lead to 10-points, he chose this time to show everyone that he was human, and he missed wide-left.

The Falcons would go on to tie the game in the final minute and eventually win it in overtime on a Morten Andersen 38-yard field goal, ironically enough.

To this day, Anderson still receives a pretty hefty chunk of the blame for losing that game, even though the Vikings still led by a touchdown and could have, you know, played defense instead of allowing Atlanta to march down the field.

Normally, a field goal kicker gets blamed for missing a kick with everything on the line–think Scott Norwood–and not for missing an insurance field goal with 2:12 to go.

I guess the perception of Vikings fans is that Anderson choked in the big moment.

Fortunately, we Steelers fans know better. Not only was Gary consistent during his time in Pittsburgh, he proved to be very clutch on more than one occasion. The most memorable occasion was that night in Houston on December 31st, 1989, when he connected on a 50-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the hated Oilers, 26-23, in a Wild Card playoff game.

Unlike the NFC Championship game, when the Vikings still had a touchdown lead and two-minutes to play, everything really was on the line at that moment when Anderson lined up from 50 yards away, and he came through.

To this day, that winning field goal ranks up there as one of the all-time great moments in Steelers history.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any Youtube videos floating around of Anderson’s game winner in Houston, but that moment will live on in the hearts of Steelers fans everywhere.

Vikings fans can call Anderson a choke artist if they want, but that name is probably displaced and should be attached to the defense that allowed the game-tying touchdown in the final moment and the game-winning field goal drive in overtime.

If you call Anderson that, he probably won’t answer. His real football name is “Mr. Automatic.” At least that’s what we call him in Pittsburgh.

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Steelers’ Mike Wallace could have a lengthy holdout

Mike Wallace has yet to sign his 2.757 million dollar restricted free agent tender in search of a long term deal and while the Steelers have agreed not to slash his tender down to 577 thousand, which they now have to right to do because Wallace skipped minicamp, it’s still unknown when the two sides will come to terms on a long term deal. Wallace wants Larry Fitzgerald money and the Steelers don’t have the cap nor the desire to pay him that more.
Holding most of the leverage with Wallace essentially under contract inexpensively in 2012 and with the franchise tender reserved for him next offseason, the Steelers want Wallace to sign a deal more in the range of Vincent Jackson’s 55.5 million dollar deal over 5 years rather than the 8 year, 120 million dollar deal Larry Fitzgerald got.
According to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Wallace’s holdout will end later rather than sooner as they feel he could be prepared to sit out into Training Camp. If he does that, he could be fined a good amo…

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