Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made headlines on Monday when he released a video on social media that saw him throwing to his teammates for the first time since his 2019 elbow surgery, and then going to a barber shop to get his hair and beard trimmed.
Roethlisberger had pledged before his surgery last fall to not cut his hair or trim his beard until he was able to again throw to his teammates, and he came through on that pledge with Monday’s video.
The reaction to seeing Roethlisberger once again on a football field alongside James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Ryan Switzer was overwhelmingly positive.
But Roethlisberger visiting a Pennsylvania barber shop to get his hair and beard trimmed while such establishments have been ordered closed by Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf was not met with universal approval, including from Wolf himself.
“When you go to something like a barbershop and you’re not protected, I don’t care who you are, the chances of that virus actually wreaking havoc on your life increases,” Wolf said. “I don’t personally think any Pennsylvanian ought to take that chance. I certainly don’t want to take that chance myself.”
I admittedly do not listen to every press conference with Governor Tom Wolf. I'm going through today's presser, and this comes up:
Gov. Wolf on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger getting his hair cut and beard trimmed at an Allegheny County barbershop: pic.twitter.com/NZJR4PoIQk
— Josh Kurelac (@JoshKurelac) May 19, 2020
In Wolf’s plan for reopening the state, barber shops will not be able to open until their counties are in the green phase. Allegheny County and the rest of Southwestern Pennsylvania is either in or transitioning to the yellow phase.
The Steelers re-opened UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Tuesday to some non-coaching staff and players that are rehabilitating injuries. Roethlisberger is included in that group, but it is not clear if he was in attendance Tuesday.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.