April 2011 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap
Steelers Have Desire To Pair Pouncey Brothers
The Steelers are looking to trade up so they can draft Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey, according to league sources. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin wants the team to be prepared to acquire Pouncey should he "start to slip" in Thursday's first round. The Steelers drafted Pouncey's twin brother and ex-Florida teammate, Maurkice, last year, and he responded with an All-Pro-caliber season.
Fire Leaves Petersen's Home Uninhabitable
A fire has torn through the Illinois home of former Steelers offensive lineman and Super Bowl champion Ted Petersen. Petersen told The Daily Journal in Kankakee the Sunday blaze that left his home in rural Momence in Kankakee County uninhabitable "could have been a lot worse." Firefighters were able to recover Petersen's 1979 and 1980 Super Bowl rings. Petersen played seven seasons with the Steelers.
Clark Tells Pittsburgh Teammates To 'Go To Work'
With the lockout lifted, players are wondering if they can go back to work Tuesday. Steelers safety Ryan Clark believes it's time to get back to business. "I'm telling guys, 'Let's go to work tomorrow,' " Clark told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on Monday. "I've talked to a lot of guys on the phone -- told them tomorrow is still [a] big day," Clark told Nichols. "If they [the NFL] get this stay granted, there won't be anything going on for a while -- no OTAs, no minicamps -- so let's go in the building tomorrow and take advantage while the chain is off the door, so to speak."
Teams Lining Up To Court Ike Taylor
The NFL is currently stuck in a lockout, but there are a number of teams interested in soon-to-be free agent cornerback Ike Taylor. The Giants, Eagles, Broncos, Rams, Cardinals and Texans are just some of the teams targeting Taylor, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Ravens, Panthers, Redskins, Bears, Browns, Lions and Cowboys could also show interest in the cornerback. "I still say the Giants, but I'm hearing Denver and Houston. St. Louis loves him a lot," said Dave-Te' Thomas, who operates Scouting Services Inc. "The Giants have always been high on Taylor. And with his agent's relationship with the Giants, I could see them getting involved." Remaining in Pittsburgh is an option as well.
Flozell Adams Plans To Play 14th Season
Flozell Adams doesn't plan to retire or take a backup role any time soon. Adams, who will enter the final year of a two-year contract with the Steelers, plans to return to the defending AFC champions, his agent told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Flo is planning on playing," Adams' agent, Jordan Woy, said. "We will need to talk to Pitt (once the lockout ends) and determine his role and if it will be with the Steelers."
Former Steeler' Lynn Chandnois Dies At 86
Lynn Chandnois, a special teams star for the Steelers whose average on kickoff returns ranks second only to Gale Sayers in NFL history, died Tuesday. He was 86. Michigan State, where Chandnois was a two-way standout in the late 1940s, said Thursday that Chandnois died in Flint, Mich. Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney called Chandnois one of the team's "great players from the past."
Roethlisberger Still Reeling From Super Bowl Loss
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still struggling to deal with the team's loss to the Packers in February's Super Bowl. The quarterback took his locker nameplate from Super Bowl XLV and placed it underneath the mirror in his bathroom to motivate himself. "I want to see that every day. It hurts a lot," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "To see that every day is just motivation for me to work out, to bust my butt to not let it happen again because I want to be a champion. And, right now, I'm not a champion. "The first loser, and that kills me," added Roethlisberger. "Until I can get back to that point (winning a Super Bowl title), I want to remember the pain, and it's going to burn in me until we can get back and win one. If it never happens, I'll be killed, but I'm going to do my best to get back there."
Concussions Are Affecting Terry Bradshaw
Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw says the concussions he suffered as a player are starting to affect him. Bradshaw, 62, said Monday he has been having short-term memory loss as well as the loss of hand-eye coordination. He also said he is undergoing rehabilitation for those ailments. "I forgot the numbers. It's pretty staggering," Bradshaw said. "If you play in the NFL and start for 10 years, it's not good. It is not good." Bradshaw told KTBS-TV that he sustained at least six concussions, plus an unknown number of instances where there was a blow to the head that would require him to "clear the cobwebs."
Roethlisberger Talks Engagement
Ben Roethlisberger will marry a 26-year-old physician's assistant whom he said he met during training camp in 2005 and has been friends with ever since, the Steelers quarterback told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for a story in Thursday's editions. Roethlisberger, speaking publicly for the first time since the Steelers' loss to the Packers in the Super Bowl, talked about his fiancee, her family and the impact their engagement has had on everyone involved since it leaked out in various media outlets late last year.