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Pittsburgh Native Pat McAfee Added to ESPN Thursday Night Football Crew

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Pittsburgh native and former Plum, West Virginia and Indianapolis Colts punter and kicker Pat McAfee will broadcast NFL games during the upcoming 2019 season, ESPN announced on Monday.

McAfee will be a part of ESPN’s Thursday Night Football broadcast team, along with play-by-play broadcaster Adam Amin, analyst Matt Hasselback and sideline reporter Molly McGrath. McAfee will also making regular appearances on the network’s Get Up! morning show with Mike Greenberg, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

McAfee, 32, retired from the NFL after knee surgery in 2017 to host a podcast with Barstool Sports. He coined the hashtag #ForTheBrand to highlight the abilities and accomplishments of specialists. McAfee has previously worked a couple of NFL games and also has done commentary for WWE.

He played for eight NFL seasons, all with the Colts and was named to two Pro Bowls. His career punting average was 46.4 yards.

At West Virginia, he was a first-team All-American in 2008 and handled kicking and punting duties and was part of the school’s Fiesta Bowl win after the 2007 season.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Congratulates Penguins Star Sidney Crosby on Career Milestone

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Pittsburgh athletes have a bond, especially legendary Pittsburgh athletes. They play for the same city and are supported by the same fans.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of the connection between Pittsburgh’s teams. And he knows how much Pittsburgh fans care about the players who represent the black and gold. Saturday afternoon, Roethlisberger took to Twitter to show some love for his fellow Pittsburgh superstar athlete Sidney Crosby as he approaches a career milestone.

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Zach Banner to Host Virtual Panel Combatting Anti-Semitism, White Supremacy

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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner is hosting a virtual panel aimed at combatting anti-semitism, racial injustice and white supremacy.

The event, a “two-part conversation on combatting anti-semitism, fighting for racial justice and moving forward in unity,” will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The first segment will be Pittsburgh focused, as Banner will be joined by Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue, and Jasiri X, a hip hop artist and co-founder of activist group 1Hood. The trio will discuss “the current national and local crisis of anti-semitism and white supremacy.”

The second portion will be center on “the power of athlete activism, their role and responsibility in engaging in these movements and their priorities in this work as team leaders, national figures and community members.” Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Washington Mystics forward Alysha Clark will join this portion of the conversation.

Dr. Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh will serve as the moderator.

Individuals interested in participating in the virtual event can register here.

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Pittsburgh Named Best City in America for Football Fans

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While the news will come as no surprise to Steelers fans, Pittsburgh has been named the best city in America for football fans by WalletHub.

The outlet utilized a number of metrics to form its rankings, such as fan engagement, stadium capacity, ticket prices and team success.

Both professional and college football teams were considered during the exercise. Pittsburgh received also received the No. 1 spot in the Pro Football category individually, and was ranked 13th in the college football category for the Pitt Panthers.

Pittsburgh earned high marks in multiple categories, resulting in its top ranking. The city was tied with Green Bay, Wisconsin at the top of the fan engagement category. Pittsburgh also has the fourth-most accessible stadium out of NFL teams, though Steelers fans attempting to navigate the North Shore on Saturdays and Sundays may disagree.

While St. George, Utah is most likely a fine community, it was named the worst city for football fans.

Check out the full rankings at the link below.

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