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Ex-Steeler Derek Moye Ready for Next Challenge at Western Beaver

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When his football career ended, former Rochester, Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Derek Moye thought that he might want to get into coaching, but he wasn’t even really looking when Mike Warfield offered him a spot on the Aliquippa staff a year ago.

One year later, Moye has shot through the ranks and has accepted a new position as the head coach at Western Beaver.

The success Moye, Warfield, and Aliquippa had with installing a new, spread offense was immediately noticeable. The Quips won their first PIAA state championship since 2003 and several of the Aliquippa players credited the offense with helping them get recruited at the next level.

“Having that opportunity to have that opportunity to go to Aliquippa for a year and be back around football and be around the kids was definitely something that made me realize how much I love coaching,” Moye said to Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I loved it there. The people, the community, the rest of the coaching staff, the kids. It was a great experience for me to be back around high school sports and to be lucky enough to be around such a good team and a football-oriented community. It made things easy and it made things fun.”

So when Western Beaver athletic director Ryan Matsook needed a new head coach, he didn’t have to go very far to find his first option.

“I have know Ryan Matsook for a while,” Moye said. “He coached me in high school. Just kind of talking to him, he asked if I’d be interested. Just thought about it a little bit and ended up deciding to move forward.”

Western Beaver went 3-7 last year after making the playoffs in 2017, but was a young team that will return most of its core.

“I know we have some decent athletes that are coming back,” Moye said. “Ryan has a lot of good things to say about the kids, personality-wise. It’s going to be a process. It’s not going to be an overnight thing.”

Moye will take the knowledge of the offense he and Warfield installed at Aliquippa with him, but he isn’t sure what type of style he’s going to use until he gets a better handle on the players he’ll be working with.

“It’s hard to run a spread offense and throw the ball around if you don’t have a guy that can throw it and receivers that can catch it,” he said. “In high school, more than anything, it depends on the players that you have. You have to play to the strengths that you have.”

Moye said he’s taken some coaching philosophies from many of the coaches he’s played for — and he’s suited up for some good ones — Joe Paterno, Sean Payton and Mike Tomlin to start. But his biggest influence is not the biggest name.

“I think I’ve probably taken a little from a lot of them,” Moye said. “The one that comes to mind first is Richard Mann. He was the Steelers wide receivers coach and he’s an Aliquippa guy himself. He just had so much knowledge about football in general and obviously the position of receiver. He was an older guy but he was able to connect and be relatable to us as players and also find a way to get his coaching points across to us.

“Just being around him for two years was an invaluable experience.”

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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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