James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster practice with the Steelers offense on September 11, 2020. Conner and JuJu both have pressure on them to step up and perform this season.
The Steelers kickoff the 2020 season Monday night against the New York Giants.
From the Locker Room: Ben Roethlisberger Reflects on Breaking Mike Webster’s Record
PITTSBURGH — What does it mean to Ben Roethlisberger to play in 221 career NFL games, the most of any player in Pittsburgh Steelers team history?
“I’m old?” Roethlisberger quipped after he the record that had stood since 1988 on Sunday. The man who had held that record was late, great Steelers center Mike Webster.
“I’ve played a lot of games and it’s such an honor to be up there with that name with Mike Webster.,” Roethlisberger said. “Obviously, what he meant for this franchise, the Hall of Famer, the person, and we all know the story. But what he did, you know, he was Iron Mike for a reason. They’re never going to call me Iron Ben because there’s only one Iron Mike. And I’m just humbled and honored to be in the same category as him. It’s not like I passed him. I just feel like I joined him today because it’s so awesome.”
Roethlisberger already held the team record for seasons played, which he set in 2019, but his elbow surgery a year ago meant it took some extra time for Roethlisberger to become the Steelers’ ironman.
Fittingly for breaking the record held by a Hall of Fame linemen, Roethlisberger credited all the players that blocked up front for him throughout his career for his longevity.
“It’s all the guys that I played with, especially the linemen, because they’re the ones blocking for me,” Roethlisberger said. “And I’ve played with so many really good linemen and tight ends and backs and guys that just really kept he upright and have allowed me to play this long. I’m thankful to all of them and this kind of record really is a joint thing for all of them and me.”
Steelers, Pitt Start 3-0 for First Time Since 1982
PITTSBURGH — This year has been a trying year for many around the world and the region, but so far, 2020 has been pretty good to Pittsburgh’s football teams.
The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 3-0 on the season on Sunday with a 28-21 victory over the Houston Texans at Heinz Field.
One day earlier on the same playing surface, the Pitt Panthers had earned their third straight win to start the season with a 23-20 win over the Louisville Cardinals.
It’s been a long time since Pittsburgh’s football fans had such a successful start to the season. The last time both Pitt and the Steelers won each of their first three games was all the way back in 1982.
Pitt’s squad, led by quarterback Dan Marino, ended up winning seven in a row that year before losing to Notre Dame and Penn State in November and SMU in the Cotton Bowl, finishing 9- and ranked No. 10 in the country.
The Steelers’ 3-0 start that season was a strange one, as the beat the Dallas Cowboys to open to the season and prevailed over the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime before the NFL players went on strike, stopping the season until late November. When play resumed, the Steelers defeated the Houston Oilers to improve to 3-0.
But Terry Bradshaw’s injured elbow limited him throughout the season and the Steelers dropped three of their next four, finishing 6-3 and with a first-round playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Both teams will put their unbeaten records on the line next weekend, with No. 24 Pitt hosting NC State at Heinz Field and the Steelers visiting the equally undefeated Tennessee Titans. If they can keep their hot starts going, they’ll be equalling the 1979 season, when both teams started 4-0.
Steelers Postgame Show: Steelers Comeback, Run Over Texans
Despite trailing early, the Steelers were able to comeback and move to 3-0 on the season with a win over the Houston Texans.
Host Mike Asti held a postgame show chat session with fans to cover a variety of topics: the win, a rockier day for Ben Roethlisberger at times, the emergence of Eric Ebron, Anthony McFarland and more Steelers weapons, Mike Tomlin now incorporating a running back by committee situation and even the struggles of the defense, especially the secondary.