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Former Steelers Safety Eric Rowe Trying to Return to Pittsburgh

Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Eric Rowe is trying to find a way to return back to Pittsburgh after his late season run.



Pittsburgh Steelers safety Eric Rowe
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Eric Rowe against the Buffalo Bills, Jan. 15, 2024 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers fortified their safety spot across from Minkah Fitzpatrick by adding DeShon Elliott to the mix, and it appears that those two plus Damontae Kazee. Trenton Thompson and Miles Killebrew will help man the safety group. However, Eric Rowe, a late-season addition who stepped up due to injuries, hopes to return to the team.

Rowe responded to a fan on X, the app formerly known as Twitter, that he was ‘trying to’ return to the Steelers.

Rowe came onto the scene with the team immediately, nabbing an interception in his first game with the team against the Bengals. Despite some rough patches in the game with his talking angles, Rowe made plays in coverage. It was surreal for the first time being a Steeler to hear the crowd’s cheers, and Rowe, exhausted by the game’s end, wants to do it again.

“When I played the Steelers you could always see the towels rolling and feel the energy, but this time, it feels good to be on this side,” Rowe said. “I am so tired. You can do all the running you want, but game shape is (different). The only way to do it is be in the game — we use preseason games to kind of get it rolling, but we are in December and there’s no time for that. I was tired, first game back, but that will come along.”

Rowe, 31, has played for the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins since coming into the league as a second-round pick of the Eagles out of Utah in 2015.

He won Super Bowls LI and LIII with the New England Patriots. In his eight-year NFL career, Rowe has played in 100 games and made 56 starts. He has recorded 381 tackles, 41 passes defended, seven tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, two sacks, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.