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hawaiiansteel
05-14-2010, 02:50 AM
Getting some good advice

By Teresa Varley Steelers.com
5-13-2010

From the time they were drafted, Steelers rookies have been getting advice from everyone college teammates, coaches, agents, friends, families, neighbors and people they dont even know.

During mini-camp, though, some of the best advice came from former Steelers players, those who have been through the rigors of the NFL and understand what the rookies are facing.

The team hosted a dinner for the rookies, with the alumni on hand to talk to them, share their experiences, offer some insight and teach them about the Steelers tradition.

Its special. It lets you know the tradition of this organization, said linebacker Jason Worilds, the teams second-round draft pick. I really wanted to hear their experience. I always wanted to be a football player and part of this extraordinary league. To learn from legends of the game is second to none. Its part of my dream. To hear anything they say and any advice they have to offer, I am willing to listen.

The evening began with the chance to mingle, get to know each other a little bit, but as it progressed the opportunity to learn more grew by the minute.

Its great to have these resources, said linebacker Thaddeus Gibson, who was taken in the fourth round. We just have to utilize them. Its great to ask questions we were thinking about on the way up here. Things like what to expect during the season when things are going good and when things are going bad and how to keep moving forward. For these guys to come back and do it is an honor and blessing.

Knowing they came and left their legacy here and to be able to ask as many questions as possible is great, said added seventh-round pick Doug Worthington. I know they have a lot of things to share. They are there for advice. They have been there, where you want to go. You just have to be humble and ask as many questions as you can.

And what kind of advice did the alumni deliver?

The main thing is the expectations of a Steelers player and what it means to be in the National Football League and what the standards are, said Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount. Its a great opportunity for them to better themselves, help their families, and help their community.

Like any young person going into an organization you want to make sure you can make a contribution. You want to learn the rules and what is expected. It think its important in the sense we can embrace them and let them know we are here for them and what the standards are and what is expected. It will help jump start them and get them going in the right direction.

The Steelers have been hosting the rookie/alumni gathering for years and its proven to be beneficial on both sides.

Its a wonderful idea. I dont know how many teams do it said Bleier. For those of us who played here it gives us a chance to come back and talk to the young players. Its like being part of a family. If there is one thing that comes out of this about this organization its one that has plenty of support.

When you come here you dont know what to expect. You are coming to a city, have your whole life ahead of you. What I tell them is you have an opportunity. No one is guaranteed a job. Its up to you to take advantage of all that is offered to you and give it 100 percent. No matter what the outcome you will be a better person for having gone through the process.

Coach Mike Tomlin, who addressed the group during the dinner, understands the significance of bringing the two sides together.

I think the best way to relay history is oral history, said Tomlin. We appreciate our alumni players coming in to impart wisdom on our players about their experience not only as players for the Pittsburgh Steelers and what that means, which is significant, but also the transition they are going through from being amateurs to professionals, from being young men to men. Its a special time in their life. These alumni players are sensitive to that, they experienced it firsthand. Its great to get that kind of wisdom from people who walked down the road they are beginning walk down.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article...e-cd457f11c109

SteelerNation1
05-14-2010, 09:04 AM
I really hope in 20-25 years, the current group of champion Steelers stay as involved with the team as Blount, Franco, Mean Joe, Ham, atc have.

Jom112
05-14-2010, 10:04 AM
Speaking of Steeler Alumni, an interview recently held with Rod Woodson:



Is coaching something you had thought about?

I had thought about coaching when I first retired, but I played 17 years in the league, and at that time it was not right for me. I am actually going to give it a try this year - I am going to go to Cincinnati and be with the Bengals when camp starts in July and stay about a week and a half. It will be good to get a taste for it and get back into talking with the players and coaches and see what that daily grind is like again.

http://www.nfluk.com/features/nfluk-mee ... 30510.html (http://www.nfluk.com/features/nfluk-meets-rod-woodson-130510.html)


:stirpot

RuthlessBurgher
05-14-2010, 10:06 AM
I would have been nice if they had, you know, actually listed the former Steelers who talked to the rookies and all (and I wasn't even a journalism major!). Since Blount and Bleier were quoted in the article, we can obviously assume they were there, but who else was? Was it just guys from the 70's who are likely older than most of these guys' fathers...and in some cases could be their grandfathers...or did they have more recent alumni such as Jerome Bettis, who these guys would actually remember watching? (Remember, a 20 year old was born in 1990, so they likely have no clue about what was happening in football 10-15 years before they were born).

frankthetank1
05-14-2010, 11:18 AM
I would have been nice if they had, you know, actually listed the former Steelers who talked to the rookies and all (and I wasn't even a journalism major!). Since Blount and Bleier were quoted in the article, we can obviously assume they were there, but who else was? Was it just guys from the 70's who are likely older than most of these guys' fathers...and in some cases could be their grandfathers...or did they have more recent alumni such as Jerome Bettis, who these guys would actually remember watching? (Remember, a 20 year old was born in 1990, so they likely have no clue about what was happening in football 10-15 years before they were born).

i thought it was a bit odd the article didnt name all the alumni that was there. i dont know how much it really means to the rookies for guys like mel blount and rocky bleier to speak to them. these guys are younger than i am and i missed out on the 70's steeler teams. it would of been great if they could of gotten guys like bettis, woodson, lloyd and kevin greene to attend.

hawaiiansteel
05-14-2010, 02:35 PM
I would have been nice if they had, you know, actually listed the former Steelers who talked to the rookies and all (and I wasn't even a journalism major!). Since Blount and Bleier were quoted in the article, we can obviously assume they were there, but who else was? Was it just guys from the 70's who are likely older than most of these guys' fathers...and in some cases could be their grandfathers...or did they have more recent alumni such as Jerome Bettis, who these guys would actually remember watching? (Remember, a 20 year old was born in 1990, so they likely have no clue about what was happening in football 10-15 years before they were born).



The Alumni that were there to give advice to the rookies were Plaxico Burress, Cedrick Wilson, Bam Morris, Santonio Holmes, Richard Seigler, Barrett Brooks, Marvel Smith, Carleton Haselrig and Najeh "The Dump Truck" Davenport. :lol:

phillyesq
05-14-2010, 02:58 PM
I would have been nice if they had, you know, actually listed the former Steelers who talked to the rookies and all (and I wasn't even a journalism major!). Since Blount and Bleier were quoted in the article, we can obviously assume they were there, but who else was? Was it just guys from the 70's who are likely older than most of these guys' fathers...and in some cases could be their grandfathers...or did they have more recent alumni such as Jerome Bettis, who these guys would actually remember watching? (Remember, a 20 year old was born in 1990, so they likely have no clue about what was happening in football 10-15 years before they were born).



The Alumni that were there to give advice to the rookies were Plaxico Burress, Cedrick Wilson, Bam Morris, Santonio Holmes, Richard Seigler, Barrett Brooks, Marvel Smith, Carleton Haselrig and Najeh "The Dump Truck" Davenport. :lol:

I almost forgot about him. He allegedly ran a prostitution ring or something along those lines, right?

hawaiiansteel
05-14-2010, 03:56 PM
I would have been nice if they had, you know, actually listed the former Steelers who talked to the rookies and all (and I wasn't even a journalism major!). Since Blount and Bleier were quoted in the article, we can obviously assume they were there, but who else was? Was it just guys from the 70's who are likely older than most of these guys' fathers...and in some cases could be their grandfathers...or did they have more recent alumni such as Jerome Bettis, who these guys would actually remember watching? (Remember, a 20 year old was born in 1990, so they likely have no clue about what was happening in football 10-15 years before they were born).



The Alumni that were there to give advice to the rookies were Plaxico Burress, Cedrick Wilson, Bam Morris, Santonio Holmes, Richard Seigler, Barrett Brooks, Marvel Smith, Carleton Haselrig and Najeh "The Dump Truck" Davenport. :lol:

I almost forgot about him. He allegedly ran a prostitution ring or something along those lines, right?



yeah, on the streets of Las Vegas...obviously a very bright guy. :roll:




NFL Linebacker Richard Seigler Arraigned in Pittsburgh



The suspects name is Richard Seigler. He's a professional football player who, until Thursday morning, was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, he's charged with running a prostitution operation on the streets of Las Vegas.

Seigler attended Chaparral High School and was drafted in 2004 as a linebacker by the San Francisco 49ers. For the past two seasons, he's been a Pittsburgh Steeler wearing number 95. The Steelers web site described him as a powerful tackler with good hands.

However, on the same day that Seigler was arrested in Pittsburgh on a warrant out of Las Vegas, the Steelers announced he was cut from the team's practice squad.

Seigler, wearing number 51 in the file photo from the Las Vegas Bowl a few years ago, became a suspect as Metro vice officers probed a juvenile prostitution case. They found out that Seigler allegedly tried to entice a girl to work as one of his hookers, and then learned that he has other women working for him as escorts in Las Vegas.

Metro Vice Sgt. Gil Shannon told the I-Team Thursday afternoon, "It started in December of 2006. We were conducting a juvenile pandering investigation. Various sources led us to identify the suspect as Richard Seigler. He was trying to get women to work for him. Our initial subject had mentioned prostitution. Through related investigations we found more women here in Las Vegas working as prostitutes."

The warrant for his arrest was signed late last week and other law enforcement agencies have been looking for Seigler, who apparently knew he was the subject of an investigation.

Thursday morning, the Steelers told him he had been cut form the team and also that U.S. Marshals were looking for him. Exactly how the team was tipped off is something Metro would like to know. Law enforcement sources told the I-Team that a Pittsburgh police lieutenant is also the chief of security for the team.

In any case, Seigler faces three felony counts, including pandering and living off the earnings of a prostitute. If convicted, he could face up to ten years.

http://www.8newsnow.com/Global/category ... =menu102_2 (http://www.8newsnow.com/Global/category.asp?C=5548&nav=menu102_2)

California-Steel
05-14-2010, 05:17 PM
I would have been nice if they had, you know, actually listed the former Steelers who talked to the rookies and all (and I wasn't even a journalism major!). Since Blount and Bleier were quoted in the article, we can obviously assume they were there, but who else was? Was it just guys from the 70's who are likely older than most of these guys' fathers...and in some cases could be their grandfathers...or did they have more recent alumni such as Jerome Bettis, who these guys would actually remember watching? (Remember, a 20 year old was born in 1990, so they likely have no clue about what was happening in football 10-15 years before they were born).
But you are not just talking about average old players. These are all hall of famers. People like Blount were responsible for major rules changes like the no jamming after 5 yards rule. My son is 10 and even he knows these guys. With the NFL channel and all the throw back stuff they put on the air, these guys are well known by all.