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Steelers QB Mason Rudolph against the Buffalo Bills, Aug. 19, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said on X that the Steelers need to free Mason Rudolph.

“Free Mason Rudolph Eskimo Brodie Let em Play Already,” Brown said.

Mike Tomlin said during his Monday press conference that Mitch Trubisky will remain the starter.

🏈 New York Giants undrafted rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito has nine touchdown passes in six games this year. Kenny Pickett, who was a first-round selection out of Pitt in 2022, has 13 touchdown passes in 25 career games (24 starts). 

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🏈 Ben Roethlisberger thinks the Steelers Way is lost.

“I felt like when I first got in this league, and part of it was because of the talent we had, when we showed up, we were up three or seven to nothing no matter who we were playing,” Roethlisberger told his co-host Spencer Te’o on the Footbahlin podcast. “The second we got off the bus – three nothing, seven nothing us, because people were intimidated by our defense. People were intimidated by how good our offense could be. I feel like some of that is lost.

“I think our defense can still be very intimidating. I just feel like people aren’t afraid to play the Pittsburgh Steelers anymore. I don’t know. Maybe the tradition of the Pittsburgh Steelers is done. Maybe it needs to be formed a new kind of way.”

Former Steelers free safety Ryan Clark also thinks the Steelers Way no longer exists.

🏈 Antonio Brown told Steelers Nation on Spaces on X that he would like to retire as a Steeler.

“I’ve gotta retire a Steeler first. I don’t think I’m retired yet… If you build a big case for me, maybe we’ll come and make it [tailgate] happen,” Brown said.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers wide receiver Courtney Hawkings, born on December 12, 1969 in Flint, Michigan. Hawkings caught 160 passes for 1,829 yards (11.4 average) and five touchdowns with the Steelers from 1997-2000. Hawkins is currently the wide receivers coach at his alma mater Michigan State.

🎥 Monday marked the 18th anniversary of when Jerome Bettis ran over Brian Urlacher for a touchdown in the snow at Heinz Field. It was an iconic play in Bettis’ Hall of Fame career. The Steelers went on to beat the Chicago Bears, 21-9.



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