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fordfixer
08-01-2010, 12:22 AM
Training Camp Diary

By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/ ... a82ff3967b (http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Training-Camp-Diary-/10a96cb0-4bf5-4831-9f59-15a82ff3967b)

Saturday, July 31

We’re used to seeing fans tailgate at Heinz Field hours before a game, but at training camp more than five hours before practice starts? That was the case on Saturday when fans were lined up bright and early waiting just to get in the parking lot at St. Vincent College. Among those waiting were some fans from New Mexico (photo 1) and Ohio (photo 2).

The Steelers hit the field for the first practice of training camp on Saturday morning with a full roster in attendance. First-round draft pick Maurkice Pouncey arrived in time for the practice, making it to St. Vincent College late night on Friday after signing. Pouncey said he has the playbook pretty much down pat and is just looking forward to playing football.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley talked after the morning practice, with many of the question surrounding him entering the final year of his contract in 2010. Woodley said he never had any intention of holding out and is just looking forward to playing football. He also said he is bothered by the lack of respect the Steelers are getting in the national media.

“We are under the radar and that’s good,” said Woodley.” Usually a team under the radar can sneak up on people and that’s good.”

As the day wore on, more and more fans began to descend upon St. Vincent College and when campus officially opened at 1:30, the usual sprint for the best spots for autographs and watching practice was underway.

Player after player was cheered as they exited the locker room to head to the field, but nobody got a better or louder reception than Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward who came out together.

“The fans were warm and loving as I hoped they would be,” said Roethlisberger, who admitted to being nervous about what the reaction would be. “I was nervous, scared and anxious, a lot of emotions. I was getting ready to walk out and Hines was there and he said come on, let’s walk together."

After talking to the media Roethlisberger went over to the fans in the bleacher area and signed autographs for about 20 minutes for an excited crowd. He also took off his shoes, signed them and gave them to two very excited fans.

Steelers Training Camp presented by Xfinity schedule and guidelines


Friday, July 30

Driving up Route 30 toward Latrobe it’s no secret – the Steelers are back in training camp. Business after business is decorated in black and gold, with welcome back Steelers signs visible almost the entire stretch from the Turnpike to the St. Vincent entrance.

Pulling in to campus you realize what a great location it is for camp. It’s calm, quiet and peaceful. Okay, so it’s only 10 a.m. Friday morning and most of the players haven’t checked in yet and the fans don’t arrive until Saturday.

If you come to camp you are going to notice a few subtle changes, including the fencing around the practice fields which highlight Xfinity as the training camp sponsor. Glad to have them on board this year.

After getting checked in to the dorm, and being able to get online thanks to Scott and Jon, it was time to head over to where the players will be checking in.

The first one to check in was Casey Hampton, who was looks in good shape after working out since the end of OTAs. The offensive line and Ben Roethlisberger were next to pull in, and the media quickly surrounded Roethlisberger as he unloaded his car.

“Willie (Colon) and I were pulling in and it felt like we were just here. It’s good to be back. It’s all about football,” said Roethlisberger as he unpacked the comforts of home and headed off to check in to his dorm room.

Colon, who had a boot on his foot after having season-ending surgery, said he wants to be at camp to be around his teammates and show them his support.

Guard Trai Essex said the loss of Colon hit him hard, but he knows they have to step it up on the line in his absence.

“It hurt, it hurt,” said Essex. “He is a big part of our offensive line, our leader. It hurt me deep down inside.”

Chris Kemoeatu came to camp sporting a new look with his hair, a look that is big back home in Hawaii.

“I knew it was going to be hot,” said Kemoeatu. “Back in the Islands it’s a warrior’s haircut. I am ready to go to war, a warrior’s haircut.”

As the day progressed the team confirmed the signing of rookies Jason Worilds and Maurkice Pouncey, as well as veteran tackle Flozell Adams. And with that addition of Adams, Max Starks will remain at left tackle. Starks said he talked with offensive line coach Sean Kugler who assured him he wouldn’t be moved to keep the chemistry on the line.

On a lighter note, Starks talked about being back at camp.

“It’s hot. It’s fun. It’s like going to sleep away camp with your buddies,” laughed Starks. “It’s a great place. I enjoy St. Vincent. I remember my first camp here. I still get the same butterflies I got as a rookie, where this is a beginning, it all starts here. “

The special teams’ crew of Jeff Reed, Dan Sepulveda and Greg Warren checked in around the same time, no one happier to be back than Warren who underwent the second ACL surgery of his career last year.

“My leg is really good. I am going to run the run test and show them I haven’t lost a step,” said Warren.

Not long after that things got busy as player after player arrived, checking in before the conditioning test at 4 p.m.

We got some great interviews for the website, so be sure to check out the Video section for the recent videos from camp. Thanks to Brian, Forest, Scott and Jared for sweating it all afternoon with the cameras.

Tomorrow, the team takes the field for their first practice and the fans will arrive. Hines Ward told me he loves it when the fans are there watching – that it gets him pumped up.

fordfixer
08-01-2010, 12:29 AM
Steelers fans stay behind Roethlisberger

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/f ... le1658737/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/football/steelers-fans-stay-behind-roethlisberger/article1658737/)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, gets his picture taken with fans after the afternoon practice session of the first practice day at the NFL football team's training camp in Latrobe, Pa. Saturday, July 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, gets his picture taken with fans after the afternoon practice session of the first practice day at the NFL football team's training camp in Latrobe, Pa. Saturday, July 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh QB overcomes jitters after warm welcome on the practice field

LATROBE, Penn. — The Associated Press Published on Saturday, Jul. 31, 2010 7:50PM EDT Last updated on Saturday, Jul. 31, 2010 8:02PM EDT

Ben Roethlisberger was so worried that the Pittsburgh Steelers fans who once embraced him would boo him, he couldn't recall being so nervous and apprehensive before a football practice.

What Roethlisberger didn't expect was this: Waves of cheering supporters wearing his No. 7 jersey and knocking over temporary security fences to get the autograph of a player whose vulgar off-field behavior led the NFL to suspend him for six games.

Roethlisberger, so disliked in Pittsburgh a few months ago that he wondered if he'd ever regain a sliver of his previous support, was greeted warmly by an enthusiastic crowd estimated at 10,000 on Saturday at Saint Vincent College. He heard few, if any jeers, and many fans appeared to go out of their way to embrace him.

There were cheers when Roethlisberger and wide receiver Hines Ward arrived on the practice field together, and more when the quarterback found Antwaan Randle El on a pass route.

Pumped up by the response, Roethlisberger couldn't recall throwing a single incompletion during a nearly two-hour practice.

“I was nervous, scared, anxious, a lot of emotions,” Roethlisberger said.

Once practice ended, fans clamoring to get his signature knocked down a mesh plastic security fence near the Chuck Noll Field grandstands.

Roethlisberger, noticing one youngster getting shoved aside, took off one of his practice shoes, signed it and gave it to 8-year-old Micah Delattre of Houtzdale, Pa.

“Everyone was pushing me and I was crying and he just gave it to me,” Delattre said.

A few minutes later, Roethlisberger took off his other shoe, signed it and gave it away, too, as he scribbled his name countless times for a half-hour.

Whether it was a calculated public relations move or random act of kindness, it was one of the first signs that Roethlisberger is trying to repair his badly damaged image.

While the Steelers fans troubled by the accusations he sexually assaulted a Georgia college student during a night of bar hopping in March no doubt skipped the practice, Roethlisberger and his teammates still weren't anticipating such a forgiving crowd.

“A lot of my teammates came to me and said regardless of what comments they hear, not knowing what's going to happen, that don't worry, we've got your back,” Roethlisberger said. “So that's special.”

Roethlisberger was more outgoing and animated than usual during both of the practices, only one of which was open to the public. Drawing such a steep suspension — a punishment that could be trimmed to four games by commissioner Roger Goodell — apparently convinced him that changes were needed, some teammates suggested.

Roethlisberger expects to talk to Goodell when the commissioner visits camp on Thursday, though it's likely any reduction of the suspension won't occur until the preseason ends.

“For many years, people didn't know what was really going on with Ben,” Ward said. “He's starting to open up and be more personal with guys. Today he was talking to everybody. I really think he understands the situation. I think you could really see the excitement in him, competing and playing football again. ... He's working on trying to improve himself.”

This is the third time in five years that Roethlisberger's off-field behavior has caused major problems for the Steelers.

They missed the playoffs following a Super Bowl victory after Roethlisberger was badly injured during a motorcycle crash in 2006. Last season, a former Nevada hotel employee filed a civil suit accusing him of assaulting her. That case remains unresolved.

While Roethlisberger will practice less than usual because fill-in starter Byron Leftwich also needs time with the regulars, the two split time Saturday. Roethlisberger ran the opening series, by design.

“He's our quarterback and everybody else is fighting for a job,” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. “We'll switch it every day cause he's got to get with the young receivers and the other guys have to get with the veteran receivers.”

Roethlisberger can't be with the team during his suspension, so the only practice time he will get until October will occur during camp.

“Coach Tomlin did a great job of putting Byron and him both with the first group,” Ward said. “It's still training camp for Ben and he has to go out there and get his rapport.”

Roethlisberger knows the reception he gets won't be anything like this on the road — or even at home, when not every Steelers fan will be a Roethlisberger fan. But he said repeatedly he's trying to move on, get back to football, and he hopes the fans eventually will, too.

Some, it appears, already have.

“I was happy just being right here at the field with him,” said 25-year-old Matt Wellen of Williamsport, Pa., who drove nearly four hours each way to watch in a Roethlisberger jersey.

Wellen admittedly tries to see the good in athletes who have angered their fans. Besides his Roethlisberger jersey, he wore a Tiger Woods hat. All that was missing, he said, were his LeBron James shoes.

“I was thinking about wearing them, but I thought it was a little too soon,” Wellen said.

NorthCoast
08-01-2010, 10:09 AM
Nice to hear Ben is making all the right moves with the crowds. This may go a long way toward the rehab of his image. If Ben can just focus on football for a while, he could possibly have a killer season when he returns....the good part, didn't someone mention the Steelers will be on nationwide like 3 weeks in a row after he returns?

CanadianSteel
08-01-2010, 05:16 PM
Thanks for a nice read, It's great that Ben is doing the right things at camp. From what i have heard the fans were nothing but supportive. I look forward to reading more from the Training Camp Diary in the coming weeks.

My first post BTW, you guys have a great site/MB. I had to be part of it 8)

fordfixer
08-01-2010, 05:57 PM
Thanks for a nice read, It's great that Ben is doing the right things at camp. From what i have heard the fans were nothing but supportive. I look forward to reading more from the Training Camp Diary in the coming weeks.

My first post BTW, you guys have a great site/MB. I had to be part of it 8)
Welcome to the Planet :tt1

fordfixer
08-02-2010, 01:51 AM
Sunday, August 1
http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/ ... a82ff3967b (http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Training-Camp-Diary-/10a96cb0-4bf5-4831-9f59-15a82ff3967b)

The day started off quiet without a morning practice, and there is nothing more peaceful than the campus at St. Vincent when there is little to no activity.

Things always pick up around lunch time, though, as players head over to the cafeteria to fuel up before the afternoon practice. It’s also a time when many of the players do media interviews, some surrounded by a group of reporters while others do one-on-one interviews. And the attire is always casual, shorts, t-shirts and tennis shoes except for one guy. If it’s Sunday, you can always expect to see nose tackle Chris Hoke in a dress shirt, slacks and tie on his way back from church.

The crowds arrived early again and when campus opened, they came flying from all directions to secure the best sports for watching practice and hopefully getting an autograph or two. One funny sight was Ryan Clark walking right along with them – but most fans didn’t even notice and ran right past him trying to get to their spot. Those who arrived early were rewarded by a handful of guys who were able to stop before practice and sign autographs, including Jeff Reed and Clark.

One thing the players love to do is have some during the rigors of training camp, pulling practical jokes on each other and even the unsuspecting fans. And one of the funniest happened on Sunday. When the door to the locker room opened at one point before practice on Sunday, to many fans it appeared that Troy Polamalu had just walked out. And why wouldn’t they when a player wearing No. 43 with his hair coming out of the back of the helmet emerged. Just one thing – it wasn’t Polamalu but rather running back Frank Summers. A few seconds later Polamalu, Hines Ward and several others came out laughing as the reaction to the “fake Polamalu” was just what they had hoped for – lots of cheering and screaming.

One of the highlights of the practice on Sunday was the backs-on-backer drill when the linebackers and running backs go against each other. It’s a drill that always gets the crowd pumped up and drew plenty of cheers from the Steelers faithful.

After practice players dotted the hillside coming off the field signing autographs, while Ben Roethlisberger went to the bleachers on the opposite side of the field to sign for fans there. While many players were returning from dinner, Clark was still out there signing for just about every fan who hung around that long.

Crash
08-02-2010, 06:29 PM
Damn you people.....look below:

July 26 2007

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/tc072607_1.jpg

July 30 2006

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/073006-1.jpg

He then gave the kid his cleat.

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/073006-5.jpg


July 25 2007 (Giving away shoes)

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/DSCI0423.jpg

August 3 2007

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/back2business2.jpg

July 25 2007

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/DSCI0419.jpg

Camp 2006

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/normal_sidebelly.jpg

August 2 2008

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/1058257020_8a4695f285.jpg

Camp 2008

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/bensignsbaby.jpg

July 28 2008

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/072808_11.jpg

July 30 2006

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/073006-6.jpg

August 2 2005

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/080205.jpg

July 26 2007

http://bigbennews.com/photos/albums/userpics/10001/benauto.JPG

This whole media contrived BS that Ben is giving away shoes and signing at camp because it's a PR stunt like he's never done it before is 100% horse****.

He's always signed at camp and been fan friendly, and frankly it's embarrassing to me when people claim he isn't.

Like the negative rape kit and no DNA in Georgia, the evidence above does not lie.

Class dismissed.

fordfixer
08-02-2010, 06:35 PM
Great pic's thanks for posting the proof

BIGNASTY
08-02-2010, 06:52 PM
Child abusing Ben making that kid carry his gear in that heat!

Get Social Svcs on the phone!

NW Steeler
08-02-2010, 07:06 PM
Ben looks like he is the best shape he has been since he was a rookie. I think this team will have a serious chip on its shoulder this year. I love how none of the talking heads are even giving the Steelers a chance at the division. All of the talk is about the Ravens/Boldin and Cincinnati/OchoCinco/T.O.. Just the way we like it!

skyhawk
08-02-2010, 09:43 PM
Thank you, Crash.

I have been watching him do this since 2004. It's all that stuff that goes unreported. Drives me crazy. I don't get it.

fordfixer
08-03-2010, 01:46 AM
Monday, August 2
http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/ ... 5a82ff3967 (http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Training-Camp-Diary-/10a96cb0-4bf5-4831-9f59-15a82ff3967)

While temperatures rose a little bit on Monday, there were still sunny skies over Latrobe and another great day for two practices for the Steelers.

Ryan Clark, a fan favorite at camp, sports a new and unique backpack each year. This year he is proudly sporting a How to Train a Dragon backpack as he walks around campus. It’s hard to miss it.

It’s been great seeing some former Steelers players around camp, including former punter Josh Miller who is working for local radio, defensive lineman Brentson Bucker, who is working with the coaching staff in camp, and tight end Mark Bruener who is doing a scouting internship during camp.

“I have been trying to get back in football since I retired,” said Bruener. “Knowing I can’t play anymore, the body obviously can only take so many years, my love and passion and heart I have for the game still exists at a very strong level.

“Finding a way to get back into the game is something I have tried to do for a while. I talked to Omar (Khan) and Kevin (Colbert) at the NFL Combine and talked about this opportunity. I expressed a strong interest in it and followed up and am lucky to be here.

Bruener, who is currently living in Seattle, has already learned a lot in camp.

“I gained some overall knowledge from the coaching staff and the scouting staff in how they go about evaluating talent and bringing in the best players they can to the Steelers organization,” said Bruener.

Crash
08-03-2010, 02:22 AM
I would have Ziggy Hood stick to Brentson Buckner like glue and have him pick his brain.

For all of Brentson's fun loving ways and wisecracks he is well known as one of the most intelligent players ever to play the game.

hawaiiansteel
08-03-2010, 02:40 AM
I would have Ziggy Hood stick to Brentson Buckner like glue and have him pick his brain.

For all of Brentson's fun loving ways and wisecracks he is well known as one of the most intelligent players ever to play the game.


however, there was a time in Brentson's career where he wasn't exactly known as one of the hardest-working players ever to play the game...

Crash
08-03-2010, 02:55 AM
however, there was a time in Brentson's career where he wasn't exactly known as one of the hardest-working players ever to play the game...

He liked to eat. What linemen doesn't? On the field he was all business.

LeBeau coached him, if he thought he was a problem he wouldn't be there.

hawaiiansteel
08-03-2010, 03:24 AM
however, there was a time in Brentson's career where he wasn't exactly known as one of the hardest-working players ever to play the game...

He liked to eat. What linemen doesn't? On the field he was all business.

LeBeau coached him, if he thought he was a problem he wouldn't be there.




LeBeau might like Buckner, but i'll bet you that Bill Cowher would never hire Brentson Buckner...unless he needed someone to be a distraction before a playoff game, of course!

Crash
08-03-2010, 08:41 PM
however, there was a time in Brentson's career where he wasn't exactly known as one of the hardest-working players ever to play the game...

He liked to eat. What linemen doesn't? On the field he was all business.

LeBeau coached him, if he thought he was a problem he wouldn't be there.




LeBeau might like Buckner, but i'll bet you that Bill Cowher would never hire Brentson Buckner...unless he needed someone to be a distraction before a playoff game, of course!

That was a charity video for Leon Searcy as well. Cowher knew they were doing it, he was in the locker room with the players when they were discussing the video with the dance co-ordinator.

If Cowher had a problem he should have removed him.

Crash
08-03-2010, 08:43 PM
Per BigBenNews.com

Another fan weighs in.....

From fan Tracy Pruden, who attended the first day of camp on Saturday:

Had a wonderful weekend in Pittsburgh. Seeing Ben come out and practice made the 6-hour drive worth it. He looked great and refreshed. I was happy to hear and see all the fans cheering his name. I was able to get a high-five and an autograph from him. He's such a sweetheart, signing autographs, talking and taking pictures with the fans. He was standing right in front of me signing autographs and I wanted so bad to say something to him but the words wouldn't come out. All I could do was smile. He stepped in a small water puddle while shoeless and ask if anyone had a size 14 shoe they could loan him and my hubby took his shoe off and said to Ben, "I got a size 15 you can have", Ben chuckled.

I purchased a 2011 Steelers Team calendar which several of the guys signed for me. I was able to get Hines and Ben's autograph for their specific month. What a way to kick off the 2011 year then with "Mr. January" aka Ben Roethlisberger.

This was our second year in a row attending training camp and as far as Ben goes, nothing has changed. He's still a great guy and a people pleaser. I want people to know how humble he is. He doesn't mind signing autographs or taking pictures for the fans. He was one of the last players to leave the practice field on Saturday evening from signing all the autographs. He did all he could to sign every autograph request. I could name a few players that didn't even acknowledge the fans.

I figured certain individuals would say that Ben was doing all the autograph signing and picture-taking to get "in good" with the public. BUT, that is not the case. Ben didn't start mingling with the public overnight, he's been doing it.

As I said, I was at training camp in August of last year and watched Ben sign autographs and give fans high-fives. I also saw him address the media with a smile on his face as he answered their pointless questions.

grotonsteel
08-03-2010, 09:16 PM
"Mr. January" aka Ben Roethlisberger.




:tt2 :tt2 :Clap :Clap :Clap

One of the greatest Steeler of all time.

fordfixer
08-03-2010, 10:50 PM
By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/ ... a82ff3967b (http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Training-Camp-Diary-/10a96cb0-4bf5-4831-9f59-15a82ff3967b)

Tuesday, August 3

Today was the annual Steelers Kids Club Day at training camp and despite the cloudy skies it turned out to be a great day for all of the kids who took part.

The event kicked off with punter Dan Sepulveda talking to the kids, including the importance of having fun while playing sports. Sepulveda stressed that kids should not take sports too seriously at a young age and that they should make sure they are having fun at what they do.

He also answered questions from the kids – including what his longest punt was and in turn, one youngster made him laugh when they asked what his shortest punt was. By the way, the answer was nine yards while he played at Baylor.

And as the saying goes, when all else fails – punt. Well that is what happened after Sepulveda left. The next scheduled guest couldn’t make it but we had a great fill-in – tight end Heath Miller. And kudos to Miller for doing a great job – literally on a moment’s notice. Miller was heading in to the locker room when I stopped him, asked him for a few minutes to talk to the kids and the always classy Miller came through in the clutch much to the delight of all of the kids.

After that strength and conditioning assistant Marcel Pastoor took over. Pastoor talked to the kids about the workouts players do, being in condition and answered questions including ones about working with injured players as they fight back from injuries.

Special teams coordinator Al Everest blew everyone away with his interactive approach with the kids. Everest got many of the kids involved, bringing them to the front of the group and lining them up in formations as he explained what each position does on the special teams units. The kids were thrilled for their moment or two of being a tackle, long snapper or kicker.

It was then down to the field where a brief rain didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm as the kids belted out “Here we go Steelers, Here we go,” as the players took the field. And they were thrilled as player after player came over to give them high-fives. Coach Mike Tomlin put the kids into a frenzy when he came over and gathered them in a group to welcome them to camp.

The afternoon ended with a tour of the team’s locker room on the St. Vincent campus and then off to the Steelers Experience and to watch practice with their families.