PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the Heinz Field crowd ahead of his team’s eight practice of training camp Friday night.
Tomlin began by thanking the Steeler faithful in attendance for their support through a difficult year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the last 12 months, we’ve all been challenged in ridiculous ways,” he said. “We were blessed enough to still have an opportunity to pursue our passions and do our jobs. A lot of people were less fortunate than us. We thank you. We see you for your courage and spirit in the face of the pandemic and the challenges that it caused.”
Tomlin also recognized and championed his team’s commitment to social justice initiatives and bettering their community over the past year.
“Also, 12 months ago, we acknowledged that our nation was ravaged by social unrest,” Tomlin added. “We stood right here 12 months ago and made a commitment to be positive contributors to the development of a more perfect union. We formalized our efforts with social justice committees and got out into our community. 12 months later we affirm that commitment. We still intend to be positive contributors to our community, here and in the communities in which we come from.”
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