Steelers Takeaways: Player Memories Through the Decades – Order Today!

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Our new book Steelers Takeaways – taking the best stories and quotes from over 400 Steelers interviews and breaking them down by topic and generation – is now available. Order via Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

See what these former Steelers and others have to say about the book!

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Exclusive with Steelers Cornerback Terrish Webb

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First, you more excited or nervous about camp starting this week?

I’m more excited about the opportunity ahead of me. It’s my first NFL camp – I’m just excited to get started.

How has being a local guy and Pitt alum helped you – especially as you’ve practiced as a college player next to the Steelers players? And how has having fellow Pitt alums like Orndoff, Conner, and Galambos helped you?

Yeah they’re familiar faces. You see those guys and they’re all faces you know and it makes you want to be the next guy. I’m just thankful as lots of guys don’t get that opportunity.

All of us Pitt guys – we all push each other. To do this or that and figure out what works and doesn’t work.

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Exclusive with Steelers CB Brian Allen

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First, how is the offseason going for you – what have you been up to before camp starts?

Well, I’ve been back in Utah with my family – getting ready to move to Pittsburgh. I’ve been working out every day – twice a day – running at 6 am every morning…keeping my body healthy.

Coming off OTAs and your first camp, what were you biggest takeaways from those experiences?

The biggest thing is getting used to the speed of the game. The tempo – it slows down when you huddle but when it’s live, the speed is way different than college.  The terminology is different too. But the OTAs were great – minicamp was great too. Getting to work with the older guys helped a lot.

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Exclusive with Steelers Safety Jordan Dangerfield

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First, let us know what you’ve been doing with yourself over the Summer between camps?

I’m down here in West Palm Beach with my family. I’m working out in the Florida heat – it gets hot in Pittsburgh but not like here.  It’ s a different type of heat. I’m working out in Boca Raton – running and lifting twice a day.

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Exclusive with Ethan Cooper, Offensive Lineman, Steelers

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As a local (IUP) guy, you signed this year as an undrafted free agent with the Steelers. Why Pittsburgh?

I have a close relationship with one of the head guys in scouting – a former IUP guy and he talked to me about signing. When the draft got into the later rounds I knew I wouldn’t be drafted and the Steelers reached out to me. Other teams did as well but I thought Pittsburgh was the best option. Continue reading

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Exclusive with Steelers S Robert Golden

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First, let us know how OTA’s and mini-camp went this year versus last?

The addition of more cover-2 is a good thing with these new defensive backs. These new corners and Coty Sensabaugh are really making this defense better.

Tell me more about the changes and how they affect you as well.

We’re playing as a team. No individuals – it’s a team thing. We’re playing all together and coming as one to get number seven this year.

The guys behind the starters – the guys behind us will be ready. I like where our defense is at. These cornerbacks can cover the backs out of the backfield and play bump and run – the whole lot.

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Exclusive with Steelers Defensive Lineman Nelson Adams

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First, tell us a bit about how what you’re doing in the offseason now in between camps to prepare for camp?

Basically, I’m just training and working out. I just want to be in the beast shape possible for camp.

How did OTA’s and mini-camp go for you? What were you hearing from players and coaches?

Pretty well. The main thing I focused on was learning the playbook. That’s the main thing – that and giving the greatest effort I can.

The coaches just told me the biggest thing I need to work on is my technique. To keep my pad level down.

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Exclusive with Steelers WR Sammie Coates

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First, tell us a bit about your health right now-  you at 90%? 100%?

I’m healthy – looking forward to going into camp healthy this year. That’s where I’m at right now.

Last year of course you started of strong but there were some struggles the second half of the season. Can you talk a bit about what portion of the struggles were due to injury and how the struggles and injuries affected you?

All players play hurt. The downfalls get to you, but it was more mental, the mistakes. The injuries don’t play into it. You just have to play through them is all.

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Exclusive with Steelers OT Brian Mihalik

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First, as a guy in his second round of OTAs and mini-camp with the Steelers, noticing anything different with the team and schemes this season?

Not really – it’s the same thing as last year – pretty much the same stuff. Same coaches…same players…

Your story is an interesting one – very similar to Alejandro Villinueva’s. You came out of college two years ago as a defensive lineman and are not playing offensive tackle. Talk a bit about how that happened.

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Interview with Steelers/Former Pitt TE Scott Orndoff

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With @SteelNationAssc , Steelers tight end Scott Orndoff discusses making the roster, mentors (including his father who played professional football), skill development and more.

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Interview with Steelers WR Demarcus Ayers

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First, tell us a bit about how this offseason differs from last one for you?

Well it’s not so much new just more competition. It’s been more competitive as a team this year versus last year. We had great attendance in OTAs and mini-camp – they key players showed up besides Bell.

Any concern amongst teammates about Bell?

Well many of the players around the league don’t show up to OTAs and mini-camp. I don’t know Le’Veon’s situation but I don’t think it’s about money, just knowing him as a person. I think it’s more about the surgery he had and coming off of it. I know what that’s like. Once he’s back we all know what he’ll give us. I don’t think anyone has any concerns. And it helps because the guys behind him get more reps and that’s huge for us. You don’t get those once the season starts. And that’s chances for receivers in the passing game not just backs.

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