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Cam Heyward, Steelers Pledge Donation to Social Justice Fund Benefitting Homewood Children’s Village

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward and the organization have pledged a donation of $122,200 to their Social Justice Grant program, benefitting the Homewood Children’s Village.

Heyward himself donated $50,000, while his teammates cornerback Steven Nelson, wide receiver Diontae Johnson, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and safety Sean Davis added a total $11,000.

Established in 2010, Homewood Children’s Village, assists children, families, and the community by “breaking down the social and economic barriers to success.” More specifically, the organization provides services that equips children with educational and developmental resources, while also granting adults programs, such as job training and leadership, in an around Homewood.

This is the third year Heyward has made a donation to assist the Homewood Children’s Village, an organization he holds close to his heart.

“To watch the kids have resources, to watch the adults use the space as well, it’s an awesome place,” Heyward told Steelers.com on Wednesday. “It’s very unique in that it serves so many different people. It’s a lasting thing that can benefit the community. With everything going on, we talk about giving back to our communities, serving our communities, they are doing that during a pandemic, which is unbelievable.”

“Being from Pittsburgh, my grandparents not living too far from there, and seeing firsthand what they do is special,” Heyward continued. “Coach Tomlin and I went there last year and to be able to see how appreciative they were was special. This is something I hope helps them grow their foundation.”

To Walter Lewis, President and CEO of Homewood Children’s Village, Heyward and the Steelers’ generosity is an invaluable investment for an organization doing true good in Pittsburgh.

“Getting help from Cam, from the Steelers, those are the things that can take a donation and can possibly double or triple it because other people might want to get involved as well,” Lewis told Steelers.com. “The spotlight it shines on the organization is incredible. The other thing too is the spotlight it shines on our community and what it feels like for a kid in our learning hub to know that Cam Heyward is investing in you. His donation is going to help us continue to provide support and services and programs for you. That is very powerful.”

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JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers Announce Donation to Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster have announced a $10,000 donation to the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation, the latest installment in their Social Justice Grant program.

Smith-Schuster donated $5,000, a contribution which the Steelers organization matched.

Shazier’s trials and tribulations are well-documented, having suffered a career-ending spinal cord injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017.

The former Pro Bowler inspired millions throughout his recovery journey, and has turned his misfortune into an opportunity to help others, starting his foundation in November.

“My foundation is about people dealing with spinal cord issues. I dealt with the issue myself. I understand how much support and care you need for those with spinal cord issues,” Shazier told Steelers.com. “Sometimes people don’t get the right amount of care or support or rehab they need. I started this to give them more support, the caregivers more support and help them get more rehab. You always have to do some kind of rehab when injured. For spinal cord, usually you only get 30 sessions of rehab. That’s like trying to teach your kid to walk again in 30 sessions. That is almost impossible.”

For Shazier, it is extra special to have a former Steeler teammate in Smith-Schuster and the organization supporting his cause.

“I am truly thankful for this,” Shazier told Steelers.com. “It means a lot. It lets you know the relationships you built while playing with guys, guys who are from different backgrounds and different parts of the world, really mean something. You have relationships that go beyond football.”

“This doesn’t just mean a lot to mean personally, though. It means a lot because it’s going to help so many people who are going through the same thing I have gone through. JuJu has firsthand experience seeing what I have gone through when we played together. It’s amazing to have someone like that, someone who was a teammate not just support me, but support others.”

Selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Shazier was selected to two Pro Bowls over his four-year career, tallying 299 combined tackles, 24 tackles-for-loss, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles and seven interceptions.

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Report: Steelers Interview Former Packers OL Coach James Campen

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing veteran offensive line coach James Campen for their vacancy at the same position, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

Campen is most known for his tenure with the Green Bay Packers, where he served as the club’s offensive line coach from 2007 to 2018. He additionally served as Green Bay’s run game coordinator in 2018, and won Super Bowl XLV over the Steelers in 2012.

He was also the associate head coach and offensive line coach under Freddie Kitchens with the Cleveland Browns in 2019.

Campen was most recently the offensive line coach for the Los Angeles Chargers last season under former head coach Anthony Lynn, but was not retain when Lynn was fired.

The Steelers are looking to fill the vacancy left by former offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett, who, along with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley, did not have his contract renewed following the 2020 season.

Pittsburgh officially announced the promotion of quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator on Monday, even though reports indicated head coach Mike Tomlin wanted to first hire the team’s next offensive line coach.

Campen is just the second reported candidate the Steelers have interviewed for the opening. They also reportedly spoke to Detroit offensive line coach Hank Fraley, who has since been retained by new Lions head coach Dan Campbell.

The Steelers’ next offensive line coach will have their hands full from the jump, as they will be tasked with righting an aging unit that produced the league’s worst rushing attack in 2020.

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Report: Former Steelers OL Coach Shaun Sarrett Joining LA Chargers

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett is reportedly joining the Los Angeles Chargers as their assistant offensive line coach, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Sarrett, along with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley, did not have his contract renewed by Pittsburgh following the 2020 season.

Lackluster play along the offensive line was one of the Steelers’ greatest obstacles in 2020, as the team finished with the league’s worst rushing offense averaging an abysmal 3.6 yards per carry.

Pittsburgh did protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger well, but he rarely faced pressure with the Steelers’ quick-strike passing game, likely by design given the offensive line’s limitations.

Sarrett spent the last nine season in Pittsburgh, taking over for his mentor Mike Munchak as offensive line coach in 2019. Prior, he had served as an offensive assistant (2012-17) and assistant offensive line coach (2018).

The Steelers have reportedly interviewed a pair of candidates to replace Sarrett thus far, most recently speaking with former long-time Green Bay Packers offensive line coach James Campen on Wednesday.

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