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Familiar Names Dot NFLPA Bowl Coaching Staff

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December 30 2012: WR Plaxico Burress (80) takes a moment to celebrate his touchdown catch during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, like the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game, is a chance for college seniors to showcase themselves in front of NFL scouts in helmets and shoulder pads one final time in advance of April’s NFL Draft.

The Collegiate Bowl, through its sponsorship with the NFL Player’s Association, also provides a stable of professional coaches that will help the players not only get through the week of practices and the game, but help to prepare them for the rest of the draft process and their professional future.

To meet that goal, there are a whopping 45 coaches between the two teams, and that coaching staff, announced on Wednesday, has plenty of familiar names to Pittsburgh football fans.

Former Ford City, Tulsa and NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte will be the offensive coordinator for the National Team. Since his retirement in 2008, Frerotte has stayed involved with the game and since 2017, has been the vice president of Coraopolis startup RC21X, a company that has developed The Roberto App to help people understand brain health and function.

Joining him on the National staff as one of two wide receivers coaches will be former Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington. Washington retired from football in 2016.

Another former Steelers wideout will coach the American Team. Plaxico Burress retired after six seasons with the Steelers in 2013. He has worked for Sportsnet New York and was a coaching intern with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.

The list of the full staffs, which include head coaches Mike Tice and Chuck Pagano, can be found here.
The region had three players participate in the game last season: Pitt offensive linemen Brandon Hodges and Alex Officer and Duquesne offensive linemen Ben Huss.

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Ryan Shazier on Nearly Fighting Le’Veon Bell at Practice

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Le’Veon Bell’s exit from the Pittsburgh Steelers after holding out the entire 2018 season was certainly a contentious one, but during his time in Pittsburgh, he was largely a well-liked and respected member of the Pittsburgh locker room.

Even this summer, with Bell a member of the New York Jets, he worked out with Steelers running backs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels, suggesting there is no hard feelings between the star running back and his former teammates.

But even amongst teammates, disagreements and alterations can be common. Former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier might be one of the most level-headed players to suit up in black and gold over the last decade, but he recalled one time that he and Bell nearly came to blows during practice, while appearing on The Ringer Podcast.

“There was a few times me and Le’Veon would butt heads,” Shazier said. “Le’Veon’s a cool dude, too, but we’d have periods in practice when the linebackers would go against the running backs.”

Shazier recalled a time when he was dominating Bell in a one-on-one drill on a day the team was practicing without pads. After being beaten twice, Bell decided to stiff arm Shazier, which is against the limited contact rules of the practice, drawing the ire of the usually cool linebacker.

“He was so mad at me because I made a good play that he came back and was like ‘Nah, let’s do that again’ and then I was right there the same time but he stiff-armed me,” Shazier recalled. “Then we almost got into a fight, me and Le’Veon, that quick. It’s like there’s rules to the game and you know the rules.”

But Shazier said the situation never escalated beyond that.

“We just chopped it up,” he said. “I was just like, man, Le’Veon got mad in this situation. All right, whatever. Let’s move on. It’s really hard to get me to want to fight you.”

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Ben Roethlisberger Sets Steelers Games Played Record

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Ben Roethlisberger throws during a regular season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 in Pittsburgh. -- Jared Wickerham/WickPhotography.com

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is the Steelers’ new ironman.

Roethlisberger broke a team record during Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans at Heinz Field by suiting up for his 221st game. He broke the team record of 220 games played that had been held by center Mike Webster since 1988.

Roethlisberger was the Steelers first-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and has spent his entire career in Pittsburgh. The 38-year-old passer set the Steelers’ record for seasons played in 2019 with his 16th season played and is now in his 17th season.

He’s won two Super Bowls with the team, has been selected to six Pro Bowls and has twice led the NFL in passing yards.

He is the Steelers’ all-time leader in passing yards, entering the 2020 season with 56,545, nearly double that of second-place Terry Bradshaw. Nine of the 10 best passing seasons and nine of the 10 best passing games in team history belong to Roethlisberger.

He also holds the team career record for highest completion percentage, passer rating and touchdown passes.

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Polamalu, Lloyd Headline 2020 Steelers Hall of Honor Class

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The Steelers announced James Farrior, Greg Lloyd, Troy Polamalu, Mike Wagner and Dwight White will join their Hall of Honor.

Polamalu, who will officially be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year, will now also headline this Steelers Hall of Honor class. The team’s first-round pick in 2013 out of USC, Polamalu is widely regarded as one of the best safeties of all-time. He was named to eight Pro Bowls, four First-Team All-Pro teams, and won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. The safety known for his high-flying style also earned two Super Bowl rings in his 12 seasons in Pittsburgh.

Greg Lloyd served a pivotal role in the Steelers defenses of the 90s. Lloyd recorded 53.5 sacks, 34 fumbles. His best seasons came from 1993-1995, each of which earned him First-Team All-Pro recognition.

Linebacker James Farrior signed with the Steelers as a free agent in 2002. He won two Super Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2004.

Mike Wagner and Dwight “Mad Dog” White provide the “Steel Curtain” era of the 1970’s representation in this year’s class. Wagner and White were both part of 4 Super Bowl championship teams during their decade with the Steelers. Statistically, Wagner recorded 36 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries while White ranks 10th in franchise history with 46 sacks.

In 2017, the Steelers opened their Hall of Honor and inducted 24 inaugural members. They then added five more inductees the next year. Four new members joined last season.

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