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Daily Links: 2 Ex-Steelers Honored; Giants Tie Futility Record



Steelers ILB Vince Williams

The New York Giants became the first team to allow 54 unanswered points to start a season since the 1989 Pittsburgh Steelers. After losing to the Dallas Cowboys 40-0 in Week 1, the Giants trailed the Arizona Cardinals 20-0 to start the game before pulling off a second-half comeback to beat Arizona, 31-28. The Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns 51-0 in Week 1 of the 1989 season and then started by giving up a field goal in a 41-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Legendary head coach Chuck Noll still managed to lead the Steelers to the divisional round of the playoffs that season.

🏈 Despite the loss, former Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs had an impressive game against the Giants. Dobbs completed 21 of 31 passes (67.7%) for 228 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a quarterback rating of 99.9. Dobbs also had a 23-yard touchdown run.

🏈 WWE superstar and Pittsburgh native Corey Graves is the official narrator of the Steelers home games for the 2023 season.

“The Steelers kick off their home games with the Terrible Towel Twirl,” Graves said. “When you’re in Acrisure Stadium, you got 60,000-plus all waving their towels above their head. I had the honor and privilege of being able to lead that this week to really kick off the season.

“But more than that, I think more exciting personally was the reason I was on the field to begin with was I have the dubious distinction of being the narrator, the voice of this year’s in-game intros for the Pittsburgh Steelers so for every home game this season. When the clock hits zero, the first voice you hear is mine.

“Give a big, ‘Here we go,’ and the video packages, and it’s honestly, I wanna say it’s a dream come true, but it’s actually more so, growing up, being born and raised in Pittsburgh, lifelong Steelers fan, it’s so cool with WWE and the NFL have been working together.

🏈 Former Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams got his number retired at Ridge Community High School in Davenport, Florida.

🏈 Former Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley has been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. Woodley starred at Michigan before being selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

🏈 According to Mary Kay Cabot of, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper made the bus trip to Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, but he’s still questionable with his groin injury. The injury is reportedly minor and not a long-term concern. Free safety Juan Thornhill (calf) is expected to play.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers wide receiver Lee Mays, born on September 18, 1978 in Houston, Texas. Also, Happy Birthday to former Steelers running back Richard Huntley, born on September 18, 1972 in Monroe, North Carolina.

🎥 Brendan Schooler of the New England Patriots made a Troy Polamalu type of block on a field goal during Sunday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Checking in with Penguins top goalie prospect Joel Blomqvist.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: The Pirates are leaving the door open for an Andrew McCutchen return.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: Pat Narduzzi remains committed to Phil Jurkovec.

West Virginia Sports Now: Geno Smith led the Seahawks to a walk-off win.

Nittany Sports Now: Penn State remains seventh in the AP Top 25.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Who else? Amanda West leads the way for Pitt women’s soccer.

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