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Steelers Daily Links: Vet Praises Pickett’s Leadership, Watts Work Out



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Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt trains with brother J.J. Watt. -- T.J. Watt / Twitter

Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Allen Robinson is blown away by Kenny Pickett’s leadership traits.

“Coming in seeing Kenny now going into his second season, the command that he has for a second-year player is awesome,” Robinson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I personally feel like you don’t get a chance to see guys that young with a command that strong as far as leading us, getting guys together, throwing after watching film. Across the board, he’s very experienced. It’s been fun to see and it’s been fun to be a part of.”

🏈 T.J. Watt got some training in with his brother J.J. on the golf course. J.J. shared some photos on social media of the two working out and posted the caption, “iron sharpens iron.”

🏈 CBS Sports ranked all of the NFL’s current throwback jerseys, and the Steelers’ 1972 home jerseys came in at No. 4.

“The Steelers have donned some interesting throwbacks in the past, but the ‘Steel Curtain’ era throwbacks are right for a franchise with a storied history,” CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr wrote. “These commemorated the 50th anniversary of the ‘Immaculate Reception’ last year, with vintage block letters and numbers and the removal of the Steelers logo on the chest. Pittsburgh retired the ‘bumblebee’ uniforms in favor of these. A massive upgrade that shouldn’t be changed, especially for a team that has excellent uniforms that withstood the test of time.”

The Steelers are 3-0 when they wear their 1972 home jerseys.

🏈 Former Steelers running back and Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis shared a photo on Twitter of himself with fellow Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith at the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

🎂 Happy Birthday to Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, born on July 17, 1995 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Rudolph was selected by the Steelers in the third round out of Oklahoma State in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was named the Steelers’ starting quarterback when Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2 of the 2019 season. However, Rudolph failed to showcase that he was ready to be a starter and lost his spot to undrafted free agent rookie Devlin “Duck” Hodges during the Week 12 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Since then, Rudolph has started only one game, and that was the 16-16 tie to the (at the time) winless Detroit Lions in 2021. Rudolph had a disappointing outing, displaying that he’ll most likely just be a career backup. He served as the Steelers’ third-string quarterback in 2022 and is slotted to the same this season after not having a strong appeal to teams in free agency.

🎥 In honor of Gary Anderson’s birthday on Sunday, Old Time Football shared a clip of Anderson’s 50-yard game-winning field against the Houston Oilers in the 1989 AFC wild card game. It was Chuck Noll’s final playoff victory of his career. 

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