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Rapper and record producer Diddy said he had aspirations of playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a kid. Diddy revealed this during the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday night.

“The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t know this but I planned on being a football player and my leg got broke in my last year. And I got depressed and I would be in the club dancing in New York doing my Diddy Bop and people would see me and cast me in videos. And that’s how I fell in love with the music industry,” Diddy said.

🏈 Steelers president Art Rooney II was honored by the Catholic Youth Association at the 50th Anniversary of the Art Rooney Award Dinner on Tuesday night.  The Rooney Award is presented to an individual for their service to the region and caring for the community the way Art Rooney Sr. did. And with his grandfather winning the award the first year of the event, receiving it on the 50th Anniversary just seemed right.

“This is the 50th Anniversary of the dinner, and when you think about what happened since The Chief started this 50 years ago, it’s amazing,” said Mary Ann Heneroty, the CEO of CYA. “I met him later in his life, which was a blessing. But when I took over at CYA 20 years ago, Dan and Art Rooney II invited us to the practice facility to meet with them. I wasn’t sure what they were going to talk to us about. Dan Rooney said, this is my dad’s favorite charity, and we are going to support you. Art was right there with him. I was in awe.

“You heard about the Rooneys, but I never really knew them. But you have the tradition of it going through multiple generations. Art came to the dinner every year, supported us. We thought about honoring him before and everyone said Art doesn’t like to take awards, he doesn’t like to take credit for things. We thought this being the 50th Anniversary of something his grandfather started, who could be better than Art to honor. We had to cajole him a bit but were thrilled he accepted.

🏈 Following the news that Diontae Johnson will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury, former All-Pro Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown floated the idea of returning to the team. He also posted a photoshop photo of himself and George Pickens on the field together.

“Feed one Fo…………. 👈🏾👉🏾👈🏾👉🏾👈🏾👈🏾👉🏾,” AB tweeted on X.

🏈 The Steelers have won 20 consecutive games on Monday Night Football at home. They last lost on MNF at home on Oct. 14, 1991 against the Giants.

🏈 The Steelers have a 10-2 record in games following losses of 20 points or more since 2007, when Mike Tomlin took the reigns as head coach of the Steelers. The Steelers’ .833 winning percentage is the highest in the NFL over the span.

T.J. Watt has registered 15.0 sacks in 10 career games against the Cleveland Browns. Former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (19.0) is the only player in NFL history with more sacks against the Browns and it took him 29 career games. Watt will be matched up with Browns rookie offensive tackle Dawand Jones on Monday night.

🎂 Happy Birthday to Steelers right guard James Daniels, born on September 13, 1997 in Warren Ohio. Also, Happy birthday to former Steelers safety Robert Golden, born on September 13, 1990 in Fresno, California.

🎥 Ex-Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool has looked awful in Chicago. He was called out for “sleep walking” and displaying poor effort in the Bears’ opening day loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Questions from Penguins unofficial workouts.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Joshua Palacios has been one of the pleasant surprises for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: Pat Narduzzi tried to take the heat off quarterback Phil Jurkovec.

West Virginia Sports Now: Neal Brown is no longer at the top of the first-coach-fired oddsboard.

Nittany Sports Now: Penn State’s first recruit in the Class of 2025 has de-committed.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: The County Game is moving to the soccer pitch.

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