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Robinson knows the fight never ends

Adrian Robinson remembers what it was like about a year ago, when the rookie linebacker was awakened in his hotel room by knocking on a nearby door. He could hear a voice in the hallway, talking to......

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Batiste never gave up on his dream

Recently signed offensive tackle D’Anthony Batiste had dreams of playing in the NFL when he came out of Louisiana-Lafayette University in 2004.  But when the NFL Draft rolled around, his phone neve......

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Pittsburgh Steelers Facing “Now or Never” Season? I’m Not so Sure

NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt believes the Pittsburgh Steelers head the list of teams facing “now or never” seasons. According to Brandt this means the Steelers “have a chance to make noise this year, but face serious questions in 2014.” I’ve got to agree with Neal Coolong, of BehindtheSteelCurtain.com, in saying that this doesn’t make a t...

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert: “We never want to be in a position where we have to gut the team”

Steelers’ general manager Kevin Colbert knows he has a daunting task in front of him. While many of the experts are predicting a mass exodus of veterans come March, Colbert believes he can keep the bleeding under control.

He thinks he can strike a balance by using creative thinking when it comes to the salary cap, then the Steelers can keep the...

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Redman Claims He Never Got The Chance To Be An Every-down Back After Giants Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't have much success running the football as a whole in 2012, but there were a few games in the middle of the season where they looked like they might be turning the corner.

For example, Isaac Redman rushed for 147 yards on 26 carries in the Week 9 win over the New York Giants, and the Steelers running back claims that ...

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Attorney for Chris Rainey says woman was never hit; attempting to have case dismissed

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Developments came out on Friday night in the Chris Rainey scandal, as now it appears the woman in question who was allegedly slapped by Rainey says she was never hit. According to Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson, they are requesting that the case be dismissed. According to Johnson via Steelers reporter Joe Starkey:  Johnson said the woman had...

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Third Down Ben Never Returned From Injury

It is pretty obvious that since Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned from his shoulder and rib injury that he has not played as well as he did before suffering the injury. In fact, outside of some bright spots in the game against the Dallas Cowboys, he has been downright awful.

Over the course of his career Roethlisberger ha...

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Aldon Smith says 49ers never targeted Roethlisberger’s ankle

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In a radio interview last week, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suggested that the 49ers targeted his injured ankle during the December game between the teams. He said he thought the 49ers were guilty of doing “some extra” when they came after him, presumably as part of an attempt to get him out of the contest.…

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Some Teams Just Never Make it Over the Super Bowl Hump

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I've always been fascinated by the stories of NFL teams that finally reached the top of the mountain after so many futile attempts. One team that comes to mind is the Oakland Raiders of the late 60's and early 70's. They came up short in the postseason time and time again--most notably three times to the Steelers--before finally exorcising their demons and knocking off Pittsburgh on the way to winning Super Bowl XI following the 1976 season.

Other examples include the '71 Dallas Cowboys, who finally won Super Bowl VI after many years of being called "Next Year's Champions"; the Denver Broncos of the John Elway era, who upset the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII to claim their first World title after many sub-par Super Bowl performances in the 80's; and most recently, the 2006 Indianapolis Colts, who were finally able to slay the New England Patriots on the way to winning Super Bowl XLI after so many years of coming up short to the Pats in the big games.

These are fascinating stories because as fans, I think we can identify with the struggle of a team finally getting that monkey off of its back. In the 2010 book "Badasses" that chronicles the Oakland Raiders of the John Madden era and their quest to finally get a ring, the players from those teams talk about how relieved they were to finally get over the hump and win a championship. One has to wonder what their lives would be like today had they not been able to win a Super Bowl.

Winning a Super Bowl does so much for the legacies of certain players and teams. The Steelers are now an institution in Pittsburgh, and it's based solely on winning those four Super Bowls in the 1970's. In an interview with Steve Sabol back in 2003, Terry Bradshaw said that the only thing that mattered to him, and the thing that he was most proud of, was that he never lost a Super Bowl in his career.

Joe Namath has said that he probably wouldn't be in the Hall of Fame today if it wasn't for the Jets upset of the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

We need only look to recent Steelers history to see what winning Super Bowl XL did for people like Bill Cowher and Jerome Bettis. How might they be perceived today without their Super Bowl rings?

Sadly, however, some teams just never make it over the hump.

The Minnesota Vikings of the 60's and 70's are a team that comes to mind; a team that made four Super Bowls in eight seasons but lost very badly in every one of them.

Other examples include the Houston Oilers of the late 70's, who made back-to-back AFC Championship games but lost to the Steelers both times; the San Diego Chargers of the early 80's, who were considered by many to be the most talented team in football, but lost back-to-back AFC Championship games in '80 and '81; and the Cleveland Browns of the 1980's, who were defeated in the AFC Championship game by the Denver Broncos three times in four seasons--including two straight gut-wrenching losses in '86 and '87.

How would people like Jim Marshall, Fran Tarkenton, Marty Schottenheimer, Earl Campbell, Dan Pastorini and Don Coryell be viewed today if they had been able to add a Lombardi to their resumes?

You have to feel bad for those teams and their fans. I can imagine what it must feel like to re-live those agonizing games over and over again, knowing that there was never a fairy tale ending. I can certainly relate thanks to the Pirates of the early 90's, who lost in the NLCS three straight times. It was a great era of Pirates baseball, but the team was just never able to complete the task and win a championship.

Maybe the most obvious example in recent times of a great team not winning a championship is that of the Buffalo Bills of the early 90's, who amazingly made four-straight Super Bowls from 1990-1993. Unfortunately, the Bills lost every single one of them, with the last three being lopsided affairs.

I always thought what those Bills team did was pretty incredible. Yet, the sports world has always looked down on them because they were never able to win it all.

You talk about legacies changing. Just imagine how some of the players on those Bills teams would be treated today had they been able to win one or two of those Super Bowls.

Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas are in the Hall of Fame, but they're never in the discussions of the all-time greats at their respective positions. Would a Super Bowl victory or two have changed that?

Defensive end Bruce Smith is obviously considered one of the greats at his position--he's the all-time leader in sacks with 200--but it just seems like something is missing because he doesn't have a ring.

Would Andre Reed still be struggling to get into the Hall of Fame today had the Bills been able to win at least one Super Bowl?

When you think of the all-time great NFL head coaches, Marv Levy certainly doesn't come to mind. Yet, he's a Hall of Famer and the only coach to ever take a team to four-straight Super Bowls.

I always just assumed that the members of those Bills teams walked around with regret and sadness for never winning a Super Bowl. I mean, after all, that's what the sporting world says they're supposed to do. Nobody cares about the runner-ups, right?

However, not long ago, I stumbled upon an article in the USA Today about those Bills teams, and I was surprised to discover that some key members look back on those days with fondness.

Bill Polian, the general manager of those Bills teams, said, "It's not likely to be repeated. It's a standalone accomplishment."

It was nice to read that, because it actually is an accomplishment. I know we live in a society where even the teams that come up short in the championship round are considered "losers," but making it to four-straight Super Bowls is pretty damn remarkable.

You would think the Bills players have regrets, and maybe they do, but according to Kelly, he and his teammates appreciate what they were able to do: "As time went by, people started realizing how hard it was to go back year after year, and lose. If you talk to any player about that, I guarantee 99% of the players would say that would never be done again, and probably say they don't know how we did it."

It's so hard to even get to one Super Bowl, but somehow, the Bills were able to make it four-straight times. They say one of the hardest things to overcome in sports is losing a championship, so that team must have had pretty high character in-order to make it back after each loss.

"They'll always hurt a little but. But we'll remember the good times more," said Levy of losing the four-straight Super Bowls. "That team has stayed very close personally through the years. Those guys I directed, they're my friends....There's one way to assure you'll never lose a Super Bowl. Don't go."

Awesome quote from a great coach.

However, there was another quote from Kelly that just blew me away: "People always ask, would you rather win one time or go four times and lose. It's a hard question. But to be honest with you, I would rather go four times and lose."
That's an incredible statement, because so many players and fans are consumed with the ultimate prize, and rightfully so. It's an amazing feeling to be able to hold your index finger in the air and proclaim: "We're number 1!"
Besides, as I said, winning a Super Bowl does so much for a player's legacy. Having a ring vs. not having one may ultimately be what helps a player like Hines Ward get into the Hall of Fame someday.
Nonetheless, there is something to be said for the journey, and as the article suggests, if making it to that many Super Bowl is so easy, why haven't more teams done it?
This might be sacrilegious coming from a member of a fan base that has experienced more Super Bowl victories than any other, but the thought of the Steelers making it to four-straight Super Bowls seems so abstract, just seeing it would probably be worth it even if each one ended in a loss.

How about you out there in Steeler Nation. What would you rather have? One Super Bowl victory followed by a period of irrelevance or an era of several Super Bowl appearances but no Lombardi trophies?

Would the feeling of being number one just one time be enough to sustain you through the years of bad football, or would you rather have several wonderful journeys that never ultimately end in a championship?

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Chris Hoke On NFL Bounties: ‘I Never Saw Bounties With The Pittsburgh Steelers’

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN to talk about bounties in the NFL and how the players feel about this news coming out.

Hoke said players in the NFL look to hit hard so the opponent won’t want to make plays on you, and the Steelers were always looking to intimidate other teams that way, but he never heard of any bounties with the Steelers.

The Steelers heard of bounties coming from the Ravens locker room and Hoke said if they were doing that they’d be putting themselves out of position, and that would explain why the Steelers usually got the best of them.

We wrapped things up with Hoke making the comparison between Spygate and Bountygate.

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