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Change Of Venue Means Other Adjustments At Steelers Night Practice

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Spaeth: “It means so much to be back”

Matt Spaeth was all smiles as he walked around the Steelers’ practice facility, shaking hands and getting hugs from staff members, shortly after the tight end signed a free agent deal to return to ……

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24-10 win means .500 finish

STEELERS 24, BROWNS 10Steelers’ record: 8-8One year ago: 12-4Series record (including playoffs): Steelers lead, 65-57STORYLINEThis was the theme of the week, for this regular season finale against……

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13-10 loss means no playoffs

BENGALS 13, STEELERS 10Steelers’ record: 7-8One year ago: 11-4Series record (including playoffs): Steelers lead, 53-33STORYLINEThis actually started back on Sept. 16, the whole concept of the Stee……

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Beating Dallas Means More Than Just a Step Toward the Playoffs

Whether you were alive in the ’70′s or not, you damn well better know about the rivalry that ensued between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. So-called “America’s Team” full of glamour and filled with a prim and proper style up against the “Men of Steel” from the harsh, dirty environment of the rust belt. Twice they would me…

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Activation of Alameda Ta’amu means a Steelers roster move is coming

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Polamalu’s return means the most for Steelers

With three big-name Steelers players making their return to the lineup on Sunday, one name stands out above the other two. With all due respect to linebacker James Harrison and running back Rashard Mendenhall, the guy the Steelers need the most is safety Troy Polamalu. Since 2009, Polamalu has missed 15 games, winning seven and…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

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Steelers Super Bowl Bound? Brett Keisel’s New Baby and What He Means for the 2012 Steelers

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Being a Professional Athlete (or Celebrity of Any Kind) Means that Your Character Flaws Will Always Be Worse Than Mine

Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Mike Adams runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

When the Pittsburgh Steelers followed up on their 1st round selection of Stanford guard David DeCastro by selecting Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams in the 2nd round last Friday, a lot of fans and media members around Steeler Nation were quite concerned. The concern had nothing to do with the team using a 2nd straight draft pick to select an offensive lineman. No, the concern came from the fact that the Steelers selected a player with such a checkered past.

As most Steelers fans probably know by now, Adams made some questionable decisions while in college by accepting illegal benefits and was suspended for five games last season. He further cemented his reputation as a flawed figure by testing positive for marijuana at the NFL combine just two months before the 2012 NFL Draft.

Adams would surely have been a first round prospect if not for the character issues, so the talent was obviously there. But was it worth the risk for the Steelers, a team that has seen its image as a first-class organization get tarnished a bit in recent years by some of its players not necessarily representing themselves in the “Steeler Way,” to take such a player?

It’s hard to say. But there’s one thing I know for sure: I wouldn’t want to be a person in the public eye with any sort of mistake on his or her resume. People never forget when you’re a celebrity of any kind. And the mistake, even one from the distant past, can follow a person around forever.

Fortunately, when you’re an average Joe like me, your past mistakes are usually quickly forgotten.

When I was a kid, I was a slacker. I mean, I hated school, and I almost flunked out of middle school (or junior high for you people with a different name for it) because I missed almost 50 days in the 8th grade. I was really good at pretending to be sick.

I was a little kid, though, right? Why would anyone hold that against me?

Ok, fair enough. How about this? When I was in my late teens, my friends and I would hide in the bushes and throw snowballs at cars that were traveling pretty fast on a busy road. At the time, it sure seemed like a funny thing to do, but looking back on it, we could have caused a major accident.

When I was in my early 20’s, I smashed into someone’s wooden fence because, instead of paying attention to the road in front of me, I was acting like an idiot and singing along to one of my favorite songs. I wasn’t drinking, I wasn’t driving very fast, and I didn’t cause much damage, but the proper thing to do would have been to knock on the person’s door and tell them what I had done. Instead of that, I stepped on the gas and got the heck out of there.

Now, none of these things that I just described about my youth were really that awful (unless you were the person with the wooden fence), and if you would ever hang out with me, you’d know that I’m a pretty decent and responsible citizen. You certainly wouldn’t remind me of any of these transgressions every time you spoke with me. And I doubt I’ll ever have to answer any questions about these events in the future.

But that’s because I’m not in the public eye.

When a person in the spotlight really screws up, for whatever reason, it seems to get blown out of proportion and take on a life of its own.

“How could Mike Adams fail a drug test during the NFL combine with his entire future at stake?” I don’t know. Why did I run into that fence and then flee the scene many years ago?

Sometimes, people, even really talented football players, act like idiots.

The Steelers weren’t even considering drafting Adams initially, but to his credit, he reached out to the front office, admitted his shortcomings and asked them for a second chance.

“We didn’t call him, he called us,” Colbert said. “Had he not called us, this may not have occurred.”

That quote from Steelers gm Kevin Colbert, taken from the Huffington Post article linked above, illustrates that maybe the Steelers front office knows that there are character flaws and then there are CHARACTER FLAWS.

Fortunately, smoking a joint every now and then (even before the biggest job interview of your life) is probably a lower-case character flaw, at least for a kid in college.

Will Adam’s recent transgressions follow him around for the rest of his time as a professional football player? Probably, but maybe they’ll just be a foot-note to an otherwise productive and accomplished NFL career.

I’ve turned out OK despite the poor character that I often demonstrated as a youth. This is just a guess, but I probably still have some character flaws as a man going on 40 (just ask my ex girlfriend, she’ll tell you).

I don’t know how Mike Adam’s career will turn out, and he may very well find himself traveling down the wrong road again in the future. But the fact that he was able to own up to his mistakes, and has taken steps to make his life better, shows me that, maybe, his character isn’t as flawed as it appears.

Mike Adams probably just has some lower-case flaws, just like any average Joe.

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What the Passing of Friday’s RFA Deadline Means to Mike Wallace and the Steelers


April 20 was a day marked on the calendars of more than just Gratetful Dead fans.

It was the last day other teams could sign Steelers restricted free agent Mike Wallace to an offer sheet. Since that passed, Wallace has no ability to sign with another team barring a trade.

And that’s good news for the Steelers.

It mostly means they maintain all the leverage in the ongoing contract negotiation. It was partially true, through Friday, to suggest the Steelers had the leverage anyway, but it was still possible for a team to sacrifice a first-round draft pick for the services of the 2012 Pro Bowl receiver.

Now, other teams can’t even do that.

The possibility of a trade has been discussed here and other sites, and it’s not out of the question. Wallace, to this point, has kept quiet publicly, which has in turn led to lots of speculation surrounding the stance he’s currently taking. The biggest false perception is Wallace not having signed his free agent tender – the way the other Steelers restricted free agents have – is indicative of his desire to skip offseason activities while waiting for a new deal.

It wouldn’t make any sense for him to sign it until the restricted free agency period was over (Friday). So through Friday, that perception wasn’t provable, but now that argument can be made. We shouldn’t expect him to sign, either. The longer he waits on putting himself under contract for the 2012 season, the less likely the Steelers would be to negotiate any kind of deal that would pay him more than $ 2.7 million for this season.

It’s also not typical for Steelers players to hold out during training camp (the time it really matters if a player isn’t present), even if they have contract extension expectations. LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons and Troy Polamalu all received extensions last season early in camp, and all of them reported in good faith.

Until then, both sides will play the waiting game (which as Homer says, sucks, so let’s play Hungry, Hungry Hippos instead). The Steelers will progress through the draft, likely without the contract situation acting as any kind of factor into the decisions they’ll make in five days. Wallace and Bus Cook, his agent, will continue to remain silent in the public, and both sides will likely re-visit the issue in May, before OTAs.

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