UNITY TWP., Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers officially started their 2019 training camp on Friday under sun-soaked skies and in front of Steeler Nation at Chuck Noll Field on the campus of St. Vincent College.
Training camp in the NFL is pretty much the same idea in every city, but the fan involvement with the Steelers’ camp is legendary.
That was no exception on Friday, as the Steelers’ position players — notably JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner — celebrated after scoring touchdowns to the delight of the crowd during the pads-free practice session.
Afterward, Conner took extra time to sign dozens of autographs for fans, while Smith-Shuster helped with a gender reveal — the couple is having a boy — and an ever more bizarre request: he autographed a man’s head.
“He had the Steelers logo tattooed into his head,” Smith-Schuster said. “He had a mohawk. He said, ‘Can you sign my helmet?’ I’m like what helmet are you talking about?
“I signed his head. His actual head. In sharpie. All that. I don’t think he’s taking a shower for the next week.”
When it was suggested that the fan might turn the signature into a tattoo, Smith-Schuster’s eyes lit up.
“He might, honestly,” Smith-Schuster said. “If he does, that’s lit. If he gets that tattooed on his head, I’ll get him any tickets to any game.”