The Pittsburgh Steelers players are taking different approaches to getting away from football during their offseason, while at least one former member of the Black and Gold will be getting fitted for a Super Bowl ring this season.
It’s guaranteed that a former Steelers player will get a Super Bowl ring this year, as JuJu Smith-Schuster (Chiefs), Mike Hilton (Bengals), Javon Hargrave (Eagles) and Ray-Ray McCloud (49ers) will all play in the conference title games this weekend.
It will also be the first Super Bowl ring for whichever player earns it. Hilton got there with the Bengals last year and fell short. Hargrave made it to the AFC Championship Game with the Steelers after his rookie season in 2016. Smith-Schuster and McCloud are playing in championship weekend for the first time.
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🏈 Kenny Pickett told 93.7 The Fan that he attended his first Penguins game on Friday night and will be back at the Pete for Pitt basketball on Wednesday. He will then head back to New Jersey for some family time before getting back to work. Pickett’s personal quarterback coach Tony Racioppi is looking forward to the offseason work.
Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has already started his offseason training. Diontae Johnson joked on Instagram, “Always in that mode 😂💯 it’s ok to relax sometimes mink!!”
Guard James Daniels visited the Pearl Harbor National Museum in Hawaii on Monday.
🏈 CBS: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce now has four career playoff games with 10-plus receptions and 1-plus receiving touchdown, which is the most in NFL history. Kelce is ahead of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, Steelers legend Hines Ward and Steve Smith Sr., who all did it twice.
🏈 ESPN: Ryan Clark thinks Dak Prescott is just not built for greatness. “Ever since [Dak Prescott] got the deal, we’ve been waiting for him to ascend to that next tier. The Patrick Mahomes, the Josh Allen, the Joe Burrow tier. And that’s just not who he is,” Clark said on ESPN’s Get Up.
🏈 Watch: Monday marked the 18th anniversary of the New England Patriots’ 41-27 win over the Steelers in the 2004 AFC Championship Game. It was Bill Cowher’s fourth career AFC Championship Game loss, all of which were at home.
Today in 2005…
The 2004 AFC Championship
New England wins its second consecutive AFC title, its third in four years pic.twitter.com/MDGuf9HNom
— Kevin Gallagher (@KevG163) January 24, 2023
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