Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster has donated a $9,500 for the purchase of a horse to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s mounted patrol unit.
The horse, named Toby, will join the unit that works special events downtown and also helps the force with community outreach. Mounted unit can provide useful for crowd control and give officers the ability to look out above crowds at large events.
Foster is the third player to make such a donation to the department. Center Maurkice and defensive end Stephon Tuitt have also donated horses. The unit got re-started in 2017 after being closed due to budget cuts in 2003. The unit now has eight horses.
“As I said a couple years ago, when we first started the mounted unit, it would be a minimal cost to the city because we thought we’d be able to get donations,” Pittsburgh Public Safety director Wendell Hissrich said to reporters. “We had hoped for six horses and we’re up to eight. We’re very appreciative that every horse we have has been donated.”
Toby, a Black Forest Horse, will have to undergo mounted patrol training before he can join the force for deployment.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.