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Steelers News & Links: Pickett Lists Favorite QBs, Hip-Drop Tackle Draws More Controversy



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🏈 Kenny Pickett revealed his top-5 quarterbacks of all-time on the RG3 and The Ones podcast. 

“I’m not gonna rank them, I’ll just put them in a group. Tom [Brady], [Joe] Montana, [Dan] Marino, I’ll throw Peyton [Manning] in there – huge Peyton guy, love Peyton. I’m gonna put my guy in there, this was my idol growing up, he was the first pair of cleats I ever had, Mike Vick. I was a huge Philly guy,” Pickett told Robert Griffin III. “First pair of cleats, I remember it had the strap, I was so pumped when I got them. I think I was 7 or 8 years old. That was my idol growing up. Vick, McNabb. Those were the two quarterbacks. I’d go to the Eagles fan fair, so from a childhood perspective, I’d put those two in there as well.”

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🏈 Pickett also told RG3 that wearing two gloves has nothing to do with being superstitious. 

“No, definitely not a superstition, more of just a performance thing,” Pickett said. “I felt better throwing it, just spinning it better, just liked it, so I stayed with it. I think just the way I like to play, if I listen to music and stuff, you get excited for the game, get pumped up for the game, and I like to be kinda even keeled. I always find that I play the quarterback position the best that way. When I was in high school and played defense I would – you play both ways. In high school, you can have some fun. Ever since college, I think since my sophomore year I stopped listening to music before games and I kinda stuck with that since my sophomore year of college.” 

🏈 Former Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams defended Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson over his tackle on Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews. Wilson did the controversial “hip drop tackle” to bring Andrews down. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said it’s likely that Andrews suffered a season-ending ankle injury

“This isn’t a regular tackle? Am I missing something?” Williams wrote on X.

Williams also wrote, “New Flash football is a violent game with a 100% injury rate. Huge ppl run into each other as fast as they can. What do you think is going to happen?”

🏈 Chris Mueller of 93.7 The Fan ranked all 36 quarterbacks to start a game for the Cleveland Browns since 1999.

🏈 Pro Football Hall of Fame: This weekend, Penn State unveiled a new mural to honor the late Franco Harris. It’s made up of nearly 2,000 photos that were sent in by family, friends and his fans.

🎂 Happy Birthday to Steelers All-Pro free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, born on November 17, 1996 in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

🎥 Cam Heyward appeared on Good Morning Football to talk about the Steelers pivotal AFC North matchup against the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday.



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West Virginia Sports Now: WVU is honoring Don Nehlen on Saturday.

Nittany Sports Now: Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has accepted his punishment from the Big Ten.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: Pitt men’s soccer team lost 3-2 to James Madison in the NCAA Tournament.