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    Monday, Jun 03, 2019 12:42 PM

    Building a team bond


    Teresa Varley

    Steelers.com


    Remember when you were a kid and you had the excitement of heading out on a field trip instead of sitting through class all day.


    The excitement level was through the roof, as fun was on the lesson plan for the day.


    That’s the same feeling Steelers’ players had on Monday morning when they learned that instead of hitting the field for another OTA session they were headed to Topgolf for a day of fun and team building.


    “It’s always fun to see young guys thinking we are going to practice on a day like this and their faces light up when Coach (Mike) Tomlin says it’s team building today,” said Ramon Foster. “It’s good because you get to see guys outside of the building. As big as a team we are, it’s good to keep guys close in a non-football atmosphere.”


    Tomlin has made it an annual tradition to give the players a day off during OTAs, a day committed to team building where fun is the only thing on tap. This year they changed things up, going to Topgolf for the first time, a choice that was popular with the players.


    “It’s great. I think if you expect them to work cooperatively together they have to get to know one another in informal activities,” said Tomlin. “We provide them a platform for that. I think guys just generally enjoy themselves.


    “This is a key time for forming those bonds, but there is never a bad time for that. That is one of the reasons I still like that we are committed to go away to training camp when others aren’t. I feel like that opportunity in that secluded setting is also a good opportunity for those type of things.


    “The guys get competitive. It doesn’t surprise me. Hopefully it doesn’t get too bad today.”


    It got competitive alright. Keep in mind, these are professional athletes and they don’t like to lose, no matter what they are doing.


    “There was a lot of competitive stuff going on today, a lot of people chirping in people’s ears,” laughed Tyler Matakevich.


    Defensive coordinator Keith Butler is one of the best golfers in the group, but the players still challenged him.


    “I am trying to win,” said Vince Williams. “Coach Butts thinks he is a pretty good golfer, but we are going to see today.


    “I think this is a huge part of building the culture. You want to have fun. Every day we come out here and go to work. You have to take days like this to get to know each other, spend a little personal time together.”


    For the rookies this was one of the first opportunities to get to know the veterans away from the facility and the field, and it’s something they took advantage of.


    “I think this is a big part of team camaraderie, of studying your teammates on a personal level,” said rookie Devin Bush, who is also a rookie when it comes to golf. “You get a better understanding of how people go about their business and the mindset that they have.


    "It’s also about creating friendships. Everything is about relationships. If things aren’t good in your relationships, from personal to work, things crumble. This helps you build that relationship and get to know the people you are working with.”


    https://www.steelers.com/news/building-a-team-bond
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Thursday, Jun 06, 2019 03:29 PM

    Coming together as one


    Teresa Varley

    Steelers.com


    From a distance it looked like your average assembly line. Person after person doing their part to put together the finished product.


    Up close, though, it was more. Much, much more as a matter of fact.


    The tables, the long lines of people wearing hair nets, putting their time in to do the same thing over and over again, and the boxes being packed were a far cry from an assembly line inside the practice field at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon.


    It was a mission of love and compassion, a mission to help people in the Pittsburgh area.


    Steelers’ players, coaches and staff all worked together to pack meals for Feeding Children Everywhere, with the meals staying right at home to help those served by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.


    “It was great to see so many people from the organization come out,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “To be honest with you I wasn’t expecting so many. It exceeded my expectations. It shouldn’t have. I know we have so many great people in the organization, players, coaches and staff. It’s great to see everybody here.


    “We wanted to make sure the project was going to benefit local families. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank does great work here. We have been supporters of theirs for a long time. It’s great to be able to do that.”


    The goal was to pack 15,000 meals, in just about an hour mind you. This group wasn’t going to let anyone down, packing a total of 16,185 meals for local families.


    “This means everything,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “We are members of the community. We have special roles within it. Ones we embrace. To have the opportunity to engage and contribute is something we are all excited about.


    “It’s good to see them in a different setting, seeing them do something good and positive for the community we care about.”


    The event was part of the NFL’s goal to have 100 Million Minutes of volunteerism and community activism this year as the league celebrates its 100th season. And for it to benefit those in the Pittsburgh area made it special for everyone taking part.


    Incredible effort by our players, coaches and staff giving back today, packing over 16,000 meals for those in need in the Pittsburgh area. Proud to be a part of this organization. #SteelersHuddlefor100 pic.twitter.com/CB6wy0tuKu
    — Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) June 6, 2019

    “It’s awesome to see not just the players and coaches, but the staff too, all together helping the community,” said T.J. Watt. “I am thankful to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and really proud. To be able to keep all of the food in the area is important. We are all one in this community, we help each other, and we are just here to lend a hand.”


    The group worked side-by-side preparing the meals, an Italian veggie pasta, and you could feel the joy and happiness from everyone as each meal was packaged knowing it was going to help someone who truly is in need.


    “It makes your heart smile to help other people,” said receiver James Washington. “There are people less fortunate than we are. It makes you forget about yourself.”


    Doing it for the community.@JamesConner_ | #SteelersHuddlefor100 pic.twitter.com/6NeNyqsQsl
    — Steelers Community Relations (@SteelersCR) June 6, 2019

    And it should come as no surprise that the players made sure everyone got competitive, with each table wanting to pack the most meals.


    “We want to help. This is a great way to do it,” said General Manager Kevin Colbert, making sure he didn’t slow down his line as he stopped to talk. “We take for granted too often that we have a full meal at our disposal every day, three times a day. When you can provide any meal for someone who doesn’t have it, it means a lot.”


    All of the ingredients were delivered to the team via a truck the day before the packing, and then participants were all trained and then the work began.


    “This project is going to feed so many families in the Pittsburgh area,” said Christina Redman, National VP of Partner Relations for Feeding Children Everywhere. “I think this is amazing. To have the guys give back. They are compassionate, they are caring. Amazing.”


    The goal of the organization is to end hunger in five years in the United States. They have shipped meals to all 50 states, and will continue to do so as long as there is a need.


    “This is amazing,” said Ryan Shazier. “It’s great we have everyone out here, for one goal to help people in our area. Hunger is a huge issue right now everywhere. It’s big we are doing this right here in our area, that there are people right in our own back yard battling hunger. You never know how close to home the issue can hit.”


    https://www.steelers.com/news/coming-together-as-one
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    David DeCastro: Everything’s more team-oriented now

    Posted by Josh Alper on June 11, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Steelers locker room looks different than it did when they were last on the field in Week 17 of the 2018 season and the word this offseason has been that it feels different as well.

    Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and others have said that the new feeling is a better one. Right guard David DeCastro added his name to the list of those who feel the team has moved in a better direction.

    DeCastro said that he feels everyone is now on the same page in Pittsburgh and called it a more “team-oriented” group than the one they had in previous years.

    “I think things have changed pretty well around here,” DeCastro said, via ESPN.com. “Just coming back and seeing it, talking to people. I’m excited, I really am, just to play football.”

    The Steelers still have to show that the new atmosphere produces winning results on the field, but it probably doesn’t hurt that players are happy to be in the building this year.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/06/11/david-decastro-everythings-more-team-oriented-now/
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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