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fordfixer
09-06-2010, 10:46 AM
Steelers Name Four Team Captains
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The Steelers selected four players today to serve as team captains for the 2010 season. One new player joins three holdovers from the 2009 season as team captains through a vote of their teammates.



Wide receiver Hines Ward was voted a team captain for the sixth consecutive year (2005-10) and will be joined by tight end and first-time offensive co-captain Heath Miller. Ward registered his club-record sixth 1,000-yard receiving season in 2009, when he also ranked eighth in the NFL with 95 receptions. Miller set a team record for tight ends with 76 catches in 2009 while earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl.



Inside linebacker James Farrior was named a captain of the Steelers’ defense for the seventh straight year (2004-10). Farrior led the Steelers with 126 tackles in 2009, his seventh consecutive season with at least 100 tackles.



Linebacker Keyaron Fox was named special teams captain for the second consecutive season. Fox led all Steelers with 27 special teams tackles (17 solo) in 2009.

hawaiiansteel
09-06-2010, 02:54 PM
Updated: September 6, 2010

Steelers elect four team captains

By James Walker
ESPN.com



For the first time since 2007, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not elect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as one of the team's captains.

Roethlisberger was suspended four games this season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy following his second sexual assault allegation in less than a year.

During the first allegation, his teammates still voted him as one of the offensive captains. But this year's voting is a strong sign that "Big Ben" now has to earn the trust back from his team.

Roethlisberger, who recently had his suspension reduced by two games for good behavior, will not play this season until Oct. 17 against the Cleveland Browns.

Pittsburgh's captains this year are receiver Hines Ward, tight end Heath Miller and linebackers James Farrior and Keyaron Fox.

James Walker covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5538955

proudpittsburgher
09-06-2010, 03:07 PM
This is th ekind of stuff that should hit Ben hard, and could very well be the kind of thing that turns his life around. Fines do nothing. You start taking things away from a player that should mean somethign to them, playing time, Captain's C, etc, well, they start to chip away at that ego. Ben will be just fine.

steelblood
09-06-2010, 03:13 PM
This is th ekind of stuff that should hit Ben hard, and could very well be the kind of thing that turns his life around. Fines do nothing. You start taking things away from a player that should mean somethign to them, playing time, Captain's C, etc, well, they start to chip away at that ego. Ben will be just fine.

The Motorcycle accident supposedly turned his life around (according to him).

The first allegation should have turned his life around.

I'm not holding my breath this time. Ben has proven that Ben mostly cares about Ben.

But, as long as he stays out of trouble and plays good QB, I'll be just fine with him. I won't be buying my kids his jersey though.

Crash
09-06-2010, 03:20 PM
Did it hit Jeff Reed hard?

What about James Harrison?

Of course ESTMZPN didn't tell you they were Captains last season, and aren't this year did they?

All about Ben.

Chadman
09-06-2010, 05:50 PM
It probably has more to do with Ben not being with the team for 4 games than any slight on him as a Steeler leader.

Crash- if the Steelers have 4 team captains, 3 of them holdovers from last season with heath Miller replacing Ben as an offensive captain- how were James Harrison & Jeff Reed captains last year too?

Or did they have 6 team captains?

Isn't that...overkill?

Sugar
09-06-2010, 06:01 PM
This is th ekind of stuff that should hit Ben hard, and could very well be the kind of thing that turns his life around. Fines do nothing. You start taking things away from a player that should mean somethign to them, playing time, Captain's C, etc, well, they start to chip away at that ego. Ben will be just fine.

The Motorcycle accident supposedly turned his life around (according to him).

The first allegation should have turned his life around.

I'm not holding my breath this time. Ben has proven that Ben mostly cares about Ben.

But, as long as he stays out of trouble and plays good QB, I'll be just fine with him. I won't be buying my kids his jersey though.

My daughter already has his jersey and wears it with pride!! :tt2

RuthlessBurgher
09-06-2010, 08:19 PM
It probably has more to do with Ben not being with the team for 4 games than any slight on him as a Steeler leader.

Crash- if the Steelers have 4 team captains, 3 of them holdovers from last season with heath Miller replacing Ben as an offensive captain- how were James Harrison & Jeff Reed captains last year too?

Or did they have 6 team captains?

Isn't that...overkill?

Yes, they had 6 teams captains last year...2 on offense (Ben and Hines), 2 on defense (Farrior and Harrison) and 2 on special teams (Fox and Reed). Not sure why they decided to go with 2 on offense, 1 on defense, and 1 on special teams this time around.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
09-06-2010, 08:24 PM
Reed a captain. Hmm. Something doesn't seem right there. I'd put Sep as a captain!

frankthetank1
09-06-2010, 08:47 PM
Reed a captain. Hmm. Something doesn't seem right there. I'd put Sep as a captain!

that doesnt seem right. just because he drinks his share of captain's shouldnt make him a captain.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
09-06-2010, 10:04 PM
Reed a captain. Hmm. Something doesn't seem right there. I'd put Sep as a captain!

that doesnt seem right. just because he drinks his share of captain's shouldnt make him a captain.

AARRRRRRRR, do you mean THIS, matey??!!


http://i.huffpost.com/gadgets/slideshows/1883/slide_1883_25069_large.jpg

NJ-STEELER
09-06-2010, 10:36 PM
espn update during the collee game tonight


"ben stripped of his captaincy"

fordfixer
09-06-2010, 11:42 PM
Roethlisberger out as captain, Dixon in at QB

By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=a ... hlisberger (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-steelers-roethlisberger)

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Ben Roethlisberger(notes) is no longer a Pittsburgh Steelers captain. Dennis Dixon(notes) is the new Steelers quarterback, at least for the time being.

Roethlisberger, suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season, was not chosen a Steelers captain in a vote by his teammates. He has been selected the previous two seasons. Wide receiver Hines Ward(notes) and tight end Heath Miller(notes) will be the offensive captains.

In a different vote regarding the quarterbacks, Dixon got the one that counted—by coach Mike Tomlin. Dixon was selected over longtime backup Charlie Batch(notes) to start Sunday’s opener against Atlanta, although he has started only one NFL game.

Dixon is an excellent runner and has a good throwing arm, but Batch is much more experienced and has an intimate knowledge of the playbook.

“It’s an honor, obviously. The ultimate for a quarterback is to be the starter,” Dixon said Monday. “It’s every quarterback’s dream to be a starter in the National Football League. My number is called now, and I’m going to have fun with it. I’m happy, but there’s a lot of work to be done.”

Byron Leftwich(notes), reacquired by Pittsburgh during an April trade, was expected to start while Roethlisberger was out, but sprained his left medial collateral ligament Thursday against Carolina. Dixon, a third-year player from Oregon, threw for a touchdown and ran for another during an overtime loss in Baltimore last season when Roethlisberger was out with a concussion.

“Dennis has had a very productive preseason and training camp,” Tomlin said. “He went into the training camp as a young guy, second in the pecking order behind Byron Leftwich. He did a nice job and made it extremely competitive. He waged a battle and got some first-team reps in some preseason games. Largely, we’ve been very impressed with how he’s handled himself in game situations.”

Dixon got much of the work with the starters Aug. 29 in Denver, hurting his chances of beating out Leftwich by throwing two interceptions during a 34-17 loss.

Batch has played with Pittsburgh since 2002, but has thrown only two passes since 2007 while getting injured each of the last two seasons. He was the No. 4 QB during training camp, and his lack of time with the starters during camp and in the exhibition games hurt his chances of starting.

“There was a specific pecking order in camp, and Charlie’s durability or lack of durability added into it,” Tomlin said. “This is a guy who’s been on IR (injured reserve) a little bit the past couple years, but he also requires very few snaps to be prepared to play football at an acceptable level.”

Ward, a Steelers captain for the sixth time, wouldn’t say if off-field issues influenced the decision to not pick Roethlisberger.

“The captain’s not just what you do on the field, it’s what you do off the field,” Ward said. “Heath lives here (at the training facility), he’s constantly here during coaching sessions and offseason workouts. It’s well deserved.”

Roethlisberger missed part of the team’s offseason workouts following allegations he sexually assaulted a Georgia college student in March, although he wasn’t charged.

Roethlisberger initially was suspended by the NFL for six games, but Commissioner Roger Goodell reduced that to four games on Thursday because the quarterback has stayed out of trouble and kept to a program mandated by the league.

Until his suspension ends after the Steelers’ Oct. 3 game against Baltimore, Roethlisberger cannot attend practice or visit the Steelers’ offices and is not permitted to talk to coaches or fellow players about team-related matters. He can’t play again until Oct. 17 against Cleveland.

Ward doesn’t think the Steelers intentionally slighted Roethlisberger by not choosing him a captain.

“Ben’s our quarterback,” Ward said. “That in itself, he’s the leader of this team.”

Linebacker James Farrior(notes) will be the lone defensive captain, the seventh time he was selected. James Harrison(notes) was not selected after being chosen last year.

The special teams captain is linebacker Keyaron Fox(notes), succeeding kicker Jeff Reed(notes).