View Full Version : Steelers are having an offseason to both remember and forget

06-01-2011, 12:23 AM
Currently the off-season of the Pittsburgh Steelers has obviously not been of the norm.

For a franchise that has a history of keeping a low profile and avoiding signing high-profile players, recent events featuring Rashard Mendenhall, Jason Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger have made the 2011 off-season in Pittsburgh anything but dull.

The 2011 off-season began on a sour note for Pittsburgh with a 31-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV, then on May 2nd , Mendenhall would utter the infamous tweet of “How can you hate someone who you’ve never heard speak” referring to the massive celebrations of deceased Al-Qaeda leader, Usama Bin Laden.

Mendenhall’s tweets would unleash a media firestorm prompting Mendenhall to later re-tract his statements

Super Bowl MVP, Hines Ward, would participate on the ABC reality-TV dance competition show “Dancing With The Stars” with a partially torn ACL ligament.

While on the show his dance partner, Kym Johnson would suffer a horrific neck injury while Ward would be briefly detained at gunpoint during a traffic incident for allegedly driving a stolen car in Los Angeles.

Ward would go on to win the competition.

Lost in all the media hoopla is soft-spoken safety, Troy Polamalu getting his degree from USC in history.

When the NFL recently expanded rules concerning defenseless players, linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley would lambast NFL commissioner, Roger Goddell calling him an “idiot” and call the new rule, “The Pittsburgh Steelers Rule”. Harrison would later retract his comments, stating that he does not disagree with all the new rule changes.

Harrison became the media lighting rod and unofficial poster boy for the new rules ensuring player safety during the 2010 season. He was fined a grand total of $100,000 for the 2010-11 season, the most egregious and notorious being the two hits on Cleveland Browns wide receivers Joshua Cribbs and Mohammed Massaqoui in a 28-10 Pittsburgh victory.

For franchise quarterback, Roethlisberger who would miss four games for violating the NFL Personal Rule Conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting a Georgia college student, he would help guide the Steelers to Super Bowl XLV, only to lose to Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers.

Roethlisberger is set to marry Pittsburgh native, Ashley Harlan in July.

With the NFL lockout going well into its second month and no football in sight, the football-obsessed city of Pittsburgh and Steeler Nation may still get their fix of its favorite team as it has become its own version of “Hard Knocks”

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06-01-2011, 10:07 AM
Super Bowl MVP, Hines Ward, would participate on the ABC reality-TV dance competition show “Dancing With The Stars” with a partially torn ACL ligament.

Hines is dancing with a partially torn ACL ligament? Ward's ACL ligament is absent. He apparently tore it as a child, and never had surgery. He has played his entire high school, college, and NFL career without an ACL in his knee. Fear of this is a major reason why he fell to us at the end of round 3 all those years ago. He did have surgery on his thumb following Dancing with the Stars, though. Perhaps his missing ACL migrated from his knee to his thumb somehow. :wink:

Discipline of Steel
06-01-2011, 11:10 PM
Ruthless, no OL in next years draft? I have a sneaking suspiscion we will go through one more change on the line by next year before we are where we want to be. Might as well pick them now though. They may end up joining this years rookie class.

06-02-2011, 03:47 PM
I'll take this offseason over lasts.