A Time to Give Thanks: Pittsburgh Steelers Edition

Since Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s tradition to reflect on all that we are grateful for over the holiday season, here are some stories that Pittsburgh Steelers fans can ponder and know grateful as they enjoyed a day filled with food, camaraderie and football.

The illustrious career of Ben Roethlisberger

Many Steelers fans realize that Ben Roethlisberger’s days as a starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers are numbered as we cross the halfway point of the 2021 season. While his play has dropped dramatically over the past few days. Last season in terms of arm strength, mobility and level of performance as a passer, there’s no denying what the number 7 has meant for Steeler Nation in the better part of two decades. Ben is a two-time Super Bowl champion, having led Pittsburgh to three world championships. He’s currently sixth all-time in passes, eight in TD passes and fifth in QB wins.

He helped Pittsburgh finally reach the top of the mountain after not tasting championship glory since the ’70s, propagating the ship for an organization that has stayed near the top of the AFC for nearly his entire NFL career. . We often forget how lucky we are as Steelers fans to have the most important spot in all of professional sports as long as we have Roethlisberger at the helm. . It will be interesting to see how the organization transitions to the post-Ben era, but at the end of the day it’s best to appreciate all that Ben has done during his time at Black and Gold and take part in every game knowing that We are witnessing the end of an era.

Mike Tomlin’s Standard of Greatness

I can say I’ve noticed Mike Tomlin’s case because of his in-game decision making at times as well as his failure to make it to the heavyweight playoffs in the mid-2010s with a roster talent seems destined to compete for a title. Still, there’s no denying the success he’s enjoyed as head coach of the Steelers since he took over in 2007, having won 150 regular games during the season compared to just 80 losses. He has an even 8-8 record in the knockouts during his tenure, but the man has never had a losing season in Pittsburgh, regardless of the roster he has to work with, trauma. love, etc.

As Tomlin used to say, “Standard is standard.” One thing: Coach Tomlin obeys his word, does not let his team fall into mediocrity and always strives to play. Team building/reloading aside, you have to love a coach who hates to lose. Many people question whether Pittsburgh should sometimes look for a new coach during Tomlin’s tenure, but sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone. Tomlin is a winner and could one day become one of the most winning coaches of all time. He was a coach the players loved to play with, and he happened to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

TJ Watt’s DPOY Caliber Play

Having missed two games this season with groin, hip and knee injuries, it looks like TJ Watt is unlikely to win the elusive Defensive Player of the Year award. However, Watt has far exceeded all expectations that he will leave Wisconsin back in 2017 as “JJ Watt’s younger brother”. He’s hitting the all-time record-setting pace in Steelers history and has hit the start of his Bruce Smith all-time high-scoring career.

He played his biggest game in the most crucial moments of the game and has become a dominant force in the league. He and Cam Heyward are the clear leaders of the defensive emotions, and he just signed the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history. Simply put, we’re incredibly lucky to have Watt play at the top as a member of Steeler Nation.

Diontae Johnson’s growth

Based on Focus on professional football, WR Diontae Johnson led the NFL in points last year with 15 points. He was heavily scrutinized for his inconsistency as a pass catcher that got him benched against the Buffalo Bills at prime time for everyone to watch on Sunday Night Football. However, Johnson came to this lab on a mission to prove the doubters wrong. Some index tops have Johnson down once a year, while Refer to professional football Johnson graph is zero. Add to that the fact that he is averaging the highest YPR (12.1) of his career, winning consistently against the man’s cover both in the midfield as well as in the field, you have It can be said that Johnson is enjoying a breakout season.

Pittsburgh will have to decide whether to extend Johnson this season to the final year of his rookie contract. Regardless of how that decision plays out, Johnson has featured clutch plays on various occasions that former WR Coach Darryl Drake had at Johnson when they picked him in the third round of Toledo’s return. back in 2019. Drake said after selecting that he had never seen a receiver go the way of Johnson walking out of college and was confident in his ability to project with professionals. . Drake shortly after his death, and I think Diontae will make Coach Drake proud of the adversities he’s faced and the player he’s become.

The Instant Impact of Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth

Whatever end of the range you’re at in regards to choosing to rerun in the first round, you have to admit Najee Harris added to this offense. This rookie acts like a ten-year veteran out there, refusing to leave the facility and spending endless hours practicing rehab and learning film to improve the game. He ran very hard and shot forward for most of the game, making the most of opportunities despite favorable circumstances. Take away what he did on the football field, and you’ll see a first-rate person, with a great personality and always helping the homeless community. Pittsburgh has a Class A player in Harris and an A player who will be the leader for many years to come.

I was a bit hesitant about picking Pat Freiermuth into the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but his impact in Pittsburgh so far has been profound and immediate as well. He was instantly embraced by the Pittsburgh fan base, receiving his own song reminiscent of Steeler’s great former Heath Miller. He is a skilled catcher, finishing with almost anything in his hand. He’s a weapon in the red, having the size, athleticism and body control to make circus catch-ups routine when the offense is needed most. He’s already won Ben’s favor and looks set to take over that key role from JuJu Smith-Schuster in the future.

The Legacy of Being a Pittsburgh Steelers Fan

So the story goes that I watched a Lions-Steelers pre-season game when I was 7 years old and I told my dad I wanted to be a Lions fan because of my love for animals. and dinosaurs at that time. My father, a Steelers fan since the early ’70s, brought me to my front porch and presented me with the choice of being a Steelers fan or being rejected and kicked out of my father’s house.

Needless to say, this decision was an easy one to make at the age of seven, and looking back on it, that ultimatum saved a life of pain and misery as a fan of the Master. death. Seriously, I often forget how good we are as Steelers fans sometimes. I’ve witnessed three Super Bowl appearances and two wins in my time as a fan, I’m convinced I watched the greatest performance in Super Bowl history when James Harrison blocked that pass and cross it the distance before halftime or watch Ben drive the length of the field and throw that iconic pass behind the end of the field at Santonio Holmes somehow going down with headers to take Pittsburgh to the top and win the big game.

While there have been plenty of disappointing moments since that time that I believe Pittsburgh may have gone further than them, I have to be content with the fact that a lot of NFL fans of other series don’t know. That’s what it feels like to have their childhood team win them all. I live in a community full of Viking fans, hearing them lament the way their team conducts always disappoints them.

Steeler Nation is something that cannot be reproduced in all professional sports. Hearing Renegade on the radio, seeing all those awful Scarves circling throughout the game and watching the iconic victories of the Steelers legends, I’ll be back every Sunday to watch them compete. fighting no matter how I’m going. The Steelers started my fascination with finding college players, which led to me doing my own personal manuscript analysis every year, which would eventually lead to this opportunity to contribute. for Steelers Depot. I am extremely fortunate to be a part of such a fine company, including my childhood team, and to have the opportunity to connect with Steelers fans like you.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the constant that holds us all together from all walks of life, and for that, I thank you.

What are your thoughts on the stories above? What other stories would you give to thank you for being a Steelers fan? What is your story as a Steelers fan or your iconic moment in your fandom? How has Steeler Nation helped you get in touch and make friends with other Steelers fans? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and thanks again for reading!

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James Brien

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