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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in a playoff game against the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 15. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 WPXI: A mural of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was unveiled Wednesday night on the South Side. Artist Kyle Holbrook created the mural at Comfort Inn & Arc House on East Ohio Street. The mural marks the launch of Allegheny Arts, an organization that aims to bring new life to the district.

Holbrook said the Steelers took a hard loss in Buffalo, but he wanted to pay homage to Tomlin’s resilience.

“We want to keep Tomlin, put him in the vault, in the safe ‘cause he’s a treasure,” Holbrook said. “And there’s rubble at the bottom cause he’s rising from the rubble.”

Holbrook said Allegheny Arts aims to beautify the area and decrease blight.

🏈 J.J. Watt called out Pro Football Focus on the Pat McAfee Show.

“I’ve literally sat in a meeting room with coaches and put the grades side by side. A coaches grade and a PFF grade and they’re not even close,” Watt said.

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🏈 Jerod Mayo revealed that Mike Tomlin reached out to congratulate him on being promoted to head coach of the New England Patriots.

“Mike T reached out, he’s actually from our hometown back in Virginia,” Mayo said Wednesday during his press conference introduction as head coach. “We haven’t really talked about the challenges, but I appreciate (Robert Kraft) and the organization for selecting me to be a Black head coach.

Mayo is the first Black head coach in Patriots history.

“… I do see color because I believe if you don’t see color, you can’t see racism. Whatever happens, Black, white, disabled person — even someone with disabilities, for the most part people are like — when they’re young, they kind of make the spot hot. Younger people know what that means. But what I would say is, no, I want you to be able to go up to those people and really understand those people. It goes back to whatever it is, Black, white, yellow, it really doesn’t matter, but it does matter so we can try to fix the problem that we all know we have.”

🏈 George Pickens and Broderick Jones both agreed with T.J. Watt’s statement on not wanting to play for anybody other than Mike Tomlin.


🏈 The Steelers-Bills game had a viewership of 31 million. It was the second-best of Wild Card Weekend, behind just the Cowboys-Packers game at 40 million. The Chiefs-Dolphins game on Saturday night, which was exclusively streamed on Peacock, had the worst viewership at 23 million.

🏈 On this day in 1976, the Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, in Super Bowl X at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. It was the Steelers’ second consecutive Super Bowl title. They repeated again in 1978 and 1979, a run of four Super Bowl titles in six years.


🎥 Thursday marks the 15-year anniversary of the Steelers’ 23-14 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field. Troy Polamalu’s pick-six late in the game booked the Steelers’ ticket to Super Bowl XLIII.



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West Virginia Sports Now: West Virginia center Zach Frazier has been linked to the Steelers in the NFL Draft.

Nittany Sports Now: Penn State basketball shocked No. 11 Wisconsin.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Pittsburgh Riverhounds goalkeeper Jahmali Waite is the latest to move on.