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Steelers Daily Links: Ryan Clark Picks Fight with Tua, Shazier Tells Story of AB Race



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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett at training camp, Aug. 4, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Former Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier reflected on the time that he beat Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton in a 60-yard dash as a rookie during OTAs.

🏈 Ryan Shazier thinks the Steelers have a legitimate chance to take the AFC North in 2023.

“If we split with everybody in our division and then actually beat everyone else on our (schedule) that we’re suppose to beat. They’re going to end up going 12-5,” Shazier said on Up & Adams with Kay Adams.

🏈 Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network thinks the Steelers are going to be a dark horse contender this season.

“Mike Tomlin has this team ready. This team is going to be a dangerous team to face this year in the AFC,” Brooks said.

🏈 Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa didn’t appreciate Ryan Clark’s criticism of his work ethic and body shape. “I come from Samoan family. Respect is everything,” Tagovailoa told the Miami media. “We are tough-minded people but if we need to get scrappy, we can get scrappy. I would appreciate it if you kept my name out your mouth.”

Clark apologized to Tagovailoa for his comments on Thursday morning.

🏈 Cam and Connor Heyward will have a homecoming in Atlanta on Thursday night against the Falcons. Connor had a touchdown reception last year in Atlanta. Cam tweeted, “Excited to be back in the city that plays such a special role in our family’s football story #Ironhead.” Cam and Connor’s dad the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward played for the Falcons from 1994-1996. 

🏈 Good Morning Football: Former New England Patriots defensive back Jason McCourty thinks the Steelers defense will keep them competitive in the loaded AFC.

🏈 305 Sports shared a clip of former NFL wide receivers and Miami natives Chad Johnson, Andre Johnson, Antonio Brown and Santana Moss working out together in 2011.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers defensive end John Banasczak, born on August 24, 1950 in Seven Hills, Ohio. Also, Happy Birthday to former Steelers defensive tackle Gary Dunn, born on August 24, 1953 in Coral Gables, Florida. Banasczak and Dunn were both a part of the Super Steelers championship teams of the 1970s. Banaczak was on the 1975, 1978 and 1979 Super Bowl-winning teams, while Dunn was on the 1978 and 1979 team. In his post football career, Banaczak was the head coach of Washington & Jefferson (1999-2002) and Robert Morris (2014-2017).

In addition, Happy Birthday to Steelers wide receiver Allen Robinson, born on August 24, 1993 in Detroit, Michigan.

🎥 Vintage NFL posted a clip of the Steelers’ 51-0 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 of the 1989 season at Three Rivers Stadium. Based on point differential, it was the worst loss in franchise history. The Steelers lost to the Cincinnati Bengals the next week, 41-10. Despite the rough start, Chuck Noll led the Steelers to a 9-7 season and earned a playoff berth, where they beat the Houston Oilers in the wild-card round, 26-23, in overtime. The Steelers fell to the Denver Broncos in the divisional round, 24-23.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Auston Matthews to the Penguins dreams are over.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Luis Ortiz continued to struggle as the Pirates lost to the Cardinals, 6-4.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: The ACC is once again seriously considering adding SMU, Cal and Stanford.

West Virginia Sports Now: Brawl for all? WVU AD Wren Baker says he wants to play Pitt as much as possible, in every sport.

Nittany Sports Now: James Franklin is not yet ready to announce his starting quarterback.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: The Riverhounds blew three-goal lead, but scored late to beat Hartford.

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