While their season may have ended prematurely, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still continuing their life-changing work in the community.
The Steelers organization and players have announced their latest contribution to the Steelers Social Justice Grant program, a $96,000 donation to United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The @steelers have announced a donation to @unitedwaySWPA from multiple #Steelers players with a matching contribution by the team as part of the Steelers’ Social Justice Grant program to help support community efforts.— Steelers Community Relations (@SteelersCR) January 13, 2021
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Steelers players Marcus Allen, Antoine Brooks Jr., Chase Claypool, Alex Highsmith, Mike Hilton Justin Layne and Cameron Sutton combined to donate $48,000 to those cause, a total which was matched by the organization.
“It is really important to do this for these programs,” Sutton told Steelers.com. “We are talking about an opportunity that is not just monetary, it is life changing. It’s a lifelong process that we are all ready and willing to endure. We have had fulfillment and excitement and enjoyable memories we share with the kids through the United Way programs, and this opportunity to help is even more special to us. I always want to give back and create opportunities for kids who might not have the same ones we had, to help them get through the things they are going through.”
A player-led program, the Steelers Social Justice Grant program works to “engage with various factions, including law enforcement, charitable organizations, military and more to strengthen the community at large.”
“I am very happy that a number of our players have contributed to several important community programs through the United Way,” Steelers President Art Rooney II told Steelers.com. “The United Way and its volunteers identify community programs that are effectively addressing critical needs in our community, and I am pleased that the Steelers organization and our players are able to partner to make these resources available.”
The majority of the donation will go towards assisting at-risk youth in and around Pittsburgh that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support children facing racial, gender and ability inequities.
This is the third-straight year Steelers players have given back to United Way, continuing a partnership between the team and organization that has lasted more than 40 years.
“The work that the Steelers organization overall and players specifically support through the Social Justice Fund provides important resources for United Way programs that help children lead better lives, to provide services and tools that help them succeed,” president and CEO of the UWSWPA Bobbi Watt Geer told Steelers.com. “Our joint commitment to social justice in the Pittsburgh region can be life-changing for young people. We greatly appreciate this important partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.”
No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract
Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.
No bells or whistles to Dwayne Haskins' reserve/future deal with the Steelers: 1-year, $850K, 0 guarantees.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 26, 2021
He's got plenty of money still due from WFT.
This was all about fit for Haskins, with a good chance to develop in Pittsburgh, while the Steelers take a zero risk flier.
Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.
Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.
A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.
Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.
The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.
By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.
Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy
The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.
A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).
Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.
Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.
Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.
The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.
The Steelers are talking to Mike Sullivan, a long-time former offensive coordinator/QB coach with the NY Giants and Denver Broncos, about becoming their QB coach, per source.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 26, 2021
Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice
The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.
While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.