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🏈 NFL.com released its preview for the Steelers-Ravens regular-season finale on Saturday. With quarterback Lamar Jackson sidelined and several other starters expected to be out due to Baltimore having the AFC’s No. 1 seed locked up, eight of the 10 analysts picked the Steelers to win.
— Blitzburgh (@Blitz_Burgh) January 4, 2024
🏈 Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris won the Angry Runs Award for the fifth time. He sent Kyle Brandt back a photo of his offensive line and tight ends without him even in it.
Here it is.
Najee Harris won 😡ANGRY RUNS😡 for the 5th time.
This is the picture he and the Steelers sent back. He’s not even in it.
I respect this so much. 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/94F7jf3iZy
— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) January 3, 2024
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🏈 Najee Harris was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his performance in the Steelers’ win over the Seattle Seahawks. Harris rushed for 122 yards on 27 carries (4.5 average) and two touchdowns. He could have had a third rushing touchdown, but he slid down to ice the game and run the clock out. Harris’ 122 yards rushing was his most since Week 16 of 2021, a career-best 188-yard performance against the Cleveland Browns.
🏈 Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren have been quite a duo at running back this season. Both have over 1,000 yards from scrimmage, marking only the fourth time in franchise history that two backs have accomplished that feat in the same year. Harris and Warren’s stardom has been recongnized, as they are featured in a new chicken wing advertisement for Bounty Paper Towels and Dollar General.
🏈 Cam Heyward shared a crazy story on his podcast about how a fan snuck onto the field and approached him and Alex Highhsmith during pregame warmups in Seattle.
“We were warming up before the game, before we even get in the warmups, a guy makes it on the field that I don’t recognize. Nobody recognizes him. First, he was in a trench coat, but he took the trench coat off and he was in a full trainers outfit. He goes and stands right next to Alex [Highsmith]. Alex is stretching, doing lunges, and whatever, and all of a sudden, I see him. He pulls out his phone and he takes a picture of me. I’m like, ‘I don’t know you bro, what are you doing here?’ Alex asks him, ‘What’s your name?’ He was like, ‘Cam’ and then he takes off running on the sideline and security has to get him,” Heyward shared, via steelernation.com.
🏈 NFL Films’ mics caught a special moment between Mike Tomlin and former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch on Sunday in Seattle. Tomlin told Lynch that one of his sons still has his jersey hanging in his bedroom from about 10 years ago.
“You sent my son a jersey, man, about 10 years ago. That jersey has been in my son’s room hanging up, man, for like 10, 11 years. His ass in college and that jersey’s still up,” Tomlin told Lynch.
He still has it hanging in his bedroom. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/U04jcITFyf
— NFL (@NFL) January 3, 2024
🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers guard Chris Kemoeatu, born on January 4, 1983 in Kahuku, Hawaii. Kemoeatu was selected by the Steelers in the sixth round out of Utah in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played 75 career games (53 starts) from 2005-2011 for Pittsburgh. He’s a member of the Steelers’ 2005 and 2008 Super Bowl-winning teams. He started at left guard in Super Bowl XLIII.
🎥 Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith had words with Devin Bush on Sunday.
— Dee #sportsncoffee (@DeeLovesSports) January 4, 2024
NEWS FROM AROUND THE SPORTS NOW NETWORK
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The play of defenseman Ryan Graves has become an issue for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: The Pittsburgh Pirates are the favorites to land a pair of international free agents.
Pittsburgh Sports Now: Pitt football legend Aaron Donald makes Pro Bowl history.
West Virginia Sports Now: West Virginia alum Rasul Douglas is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Nittany Sports Now: Ex-Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons was named to his third straight Pro Bowl.
Pittsburgh Soccer Now: The USL has announced the 2024 Pittsburgh Riverhounds schedule.