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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Plans on Playing Though 2021

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UNITY TWP., Pa. — On the first day of work during the Steelers training camp at St. Vincent College, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he’s excited and ready to get started the 2019 season started.

He also said he has plans on playing beyond 2019 and playing through the end of the three-year contract he signed earlier this offseason.

Roethlisberger is signed through the end of the 2021 season on a contract that is worth $85 million. The 37-year-old hand’t publicly clarified his future plans since signing the deal.

“I plan on playing my contract out,” he said. “I’ve honored all my contracts to date, so that’s my goal.”

Roethlisberger has hinted at retirement in previous years. In 2017, he didn’t announce he was returning for another season until April. After that season, he said “I’m just playing it one year at a time” on his radio show. 

But Roethlisberger’s story started to change after the Steelers selected quarterback Mason Rudolph in the 2018 NFL Draft.

“I plan on playing for three to five more years, depending on how the line goes and staying healthy, if I can stay healthy,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in May 2018.

Now, he said he plans on finishing his contract and then he’ll make a decision on his future. Roethlisberger will turn 40 before the 2022 season.

“I’m going to play to the end of my contract and then I’ll decide anything after that.”

Roethlisberger is the oldest player on the Steelers by four years and he will be among the handful of oldest starting quarterbacks in the league in 2019, along with fellow 2004 draftees Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. Tom Brady, who won his sixth Super Bowl with New England in 2019, will turn 42 next week. He is the oldest active non-kicker in the NFL.

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The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette Makes Hall of Fame Case for Former Steelers Guard Alan Faneca

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As the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee met Tuesday, The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette made the case for former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Alan Faneca.

Bouchette listed Faneca’s career accomplishments, of which there are many, and compared him to others league-wide and at his positions with similar credentials, demonstrating how it is long past time the six-time All-Pro received the football’s highest honor.

Selected in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of LSU, Faneca spent the first decade of his career in Pittsburgh before closing with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals.

Faneca missed just two games over his 13-year career, was selected to nine-straight Pro Bowls and named First-Team All-Pro six times. He was also named to the All-Decade team of the 2000s and won Super Bowl XL with the Steelers.

The Class of 2021 will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 8, 2021.

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Hall of Fame Selector Bill Polian Makes Case for Former Steelers Scout Bill Nunn

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With the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee meeting Tuesday to determine the next group legends to be enshrined, Hall of Famer and former general manager Bill Polian made the case for Pittsburgh Steelers scout Bill Nunn.

In his presentation, Polian especially highlighted Nunn’s impact as a revolutionary in the scouting process targeting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Nunn’s vital scouting these underrepresented players and institutions proved vital in crafting the Steelers dynasty of the 1970s.

“He was the authority, while working for the (Pittsburgh) Courier, on HBCU football. He might well have been termed the Scout-in-Chief of HBCU football,” Polian said. “Bill Nunn helped create one of the greatest teams of all time.”

A Pittsburgh native, Nunn attended Westinghouse high school and West Virginia State College before embarking on a journalism career with the Pittsburgh Courier. Eventually becoming the managing editor of the paper, Nunn gained notoriety for his black college All-American teams, highlighting relatively unknown players at HBCUs.

Nunn’s expertise translated to his career with the Steelers, where his scouting led the organization to draft a number of legends form HBCUs, including L.C. Greenwood, Mel Blount, Ernie Holmes, John Stallworth and Donnie Shell.

Nunn would become the first Steelers nominated as a contributor if selected. Executives Art and Dan Rooney were inducted prior to the designation in 1964 and 2000, respectively.

The Class of 2021 will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 8, 2021.

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Steelers WR Chase Claypool Named to PFWA NFL All-Rookie Team

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Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool has been named to the 2020 Pro Football Writers of America NFL All-Rookie team.

Claypool was honored along with Minnesota Vikings wideout Justin Jefferson as the top 2020 rookies at the position. 

The Notre Dame product caught 62 passes for 873 yards and nine touchdowns this season. He also rushed for a pair of scores, tying Louis Lipps for the most touchdowns scored by a Steelers rookie with 11 total.

Claypool was the 11th wide receiver selected in the 2020 NFL Draft when the Steelers took him with the 49th overall selection. 

Claypool previously won the Joe Greene Great Performance Award as the Steelers’ rookie of the year.

This is the second straight season the Steelers had a PFWA All-Rookie member, as linebacker Devin Bush was a part of the 2019 squad. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and linebacker T.J. Watt were awarded in 2017.

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