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Mason Rudolph, Myles Garrett Shook Hands after Steelers Loss to Browns

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PITTSBURGH — After the Cleveland Browns had secured a 24-22 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, amid the Browns and their 12,000-or-so fans in attendance celebrating the team’s first playoff berth in 18 years, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett sought out Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Garrett and Rudolph had not faced one another on a football field since the 2019 meeting between the teams in Cleveland, which ended with Garrett beating Rudolph with is own helmet, accusing Rudolph of using racist language and getting suspended for the rest of the season.

Rudolph, who was elevated to the starting roster after Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was held out of the game, said leading up to his first start of the season that he and Garrett had not spoken since the incident.

After the game, Garrett raced about 40 yards to catch Rudolph before he left the field. The two shook hands, and Rudolph described a brief exchange:

“Myles came over and said ‘good game’ postgame and that’s all it was,” Rudolph said “I told him ‘good luck.’ A lot of respect for him.”

With Roethlisberger expected to return to the Pittsburgh starting lineup for the Wild Card weekend rematch between the team, Sunday is probably the last chance for a while the two will have to get together.

The Steelers were largely able to keep Garrett and the rest of the Browns away from Rudolph, who was sacked just once in the game.

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Pittsburgh Fan to Serve as Honorary Captain for Super Bowl LV Coin Toss

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The NFL is honoring three community leaders as honorary captains for the Super Bowl LV coin toss, including a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

James Martin, a Marine Corps veteran and community leader, will be recognized on the field for his selfless work in his community over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martin has worked virtually with veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project, assisted Aliquippa high school in live-streaming football games for individuals unable to attend and opened his home to children in need, providing them stability and comfort within his own family.

The NFL informed Martin of the honor in a special way, having Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Steeler great Jerome Bettis surprise him with the exciting news via Zoom. Martin’s reaction is as priceless as you would expect.

“We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Wednesday. “During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way. We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share their stories and recognize them during this special moment on Super Bowl Sunday.”

Not only will Martin and his counterparts participate in the coin toss ceremony, they will also be honored by poet Amanda Gorman, the star of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, who will recite an original piece recognizing their efforts.

The league is also honoring educator Trimaine Davis and healthcare worker Suzie Dorner in addition to Martin.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will face off in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7 from Raymond James Stadium.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice

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The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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Former Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Signs with CFL’s Toronto Argonauts

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is heading north for his next opportunity and signing with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, the team announced Monday.

While Bryant is currently suspended indefinitely from the NFL, he has nothing preventing him from continuing his career in Canada. He has not played since 2018 following multiple violations of the league’s drug policy.

Selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Bryant spent the first three seasons of his career in Pittsburgh, catching 126 passes for 1,917 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Steelers traded Bryant to the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2018 season, but played in just eight games before the suspension.

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