June 2011 - Pittsburgh Steelers Wiretap
If Steelers Don't Want Him, Taylor Ready To Move On
Ike Taylor, who has spent eight seasons in Pittsburgh, knows that his future with the Steelers is uncertain. "Time will tell," Taylor said. "I've been (in Pittsburgh) for eight years. I've been in that city more than any other city in my whole life, but time will tell. I see myself being anywhere I need to be. Wherever you put me, I'm going to make home." Taylor played the final season of a four-year, $22.5 million deal with the Steelers last season. "I just leave it up to my agent (Joel Segal) and Pittsburgh," Taylor said. "When it comes down to getting serious, I'm sure my agent is going to call me. Other than that, he'll let me know when the time is right. When you get into this profession, you already know that's part of the business. You don't know what's really going to go on. There's nothing in our business that's guaranteed anyway, so that's how I look at it."
Roethlisberger: Foot Surgery Is An Option
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may need surgery to repair the foot injury that hampered him last season. Roethlisberger said his right foot bothered him so much last season "there were times during practice and games where I didn't feel like I'd be able to walk." The lockout has allowed him to rest and the foot has nearly fully healed. "I could have had surgery, but according to the doctors it would have been a really nasty process because of where the break was," Roethlisberger said. "It was better off trying not to do anything. It's going to be something where we're just going to have to, in essence, play it by ear. "If it continues to be as painful as it was at the end of last year, then I'm going to probably have to have the surgery."
Hines Ward To Promote Craftsman's New Series
It might be tough for Hines Ward to top his victory on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" before the lockout ends. But he's making the most of his celebrity status, signing with Craftsman as a campaign spokesman, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday. Ward was hired to promote Craftsman's new interactive online series titled "SCREW'D: Where Survival Comes Down to the Right Tools," which will run from August to October and give amateurs the chance to win up to $50,000 through do-it-yourself projects.
Roethlisberger OK With Bringing Burress Back
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was only a teammate of Plaxico Burress for one season and he'd like to change that. Roethlisberger was asked to comment on rumors that Pittsburgh could look to bring the wide receiver back. Burress was released from prison earlier this month and will be a free agent when the NFL year resumes. "I've talked to Plax a number of times in the last couple of weeks," Roethlisberger revealed. "I told him, 'Hey, if you came back here that would be awesome, but I'm just happy to see you playing again' because he's a good guy."
Steelers Interested In Burress?
Believe it or not, Pittsburgh's coaching staff has some interest in wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress, who will be a free agent when the league year resumes, was released from prison earlier this month after serving time for felony gun possession. The Steelers like Burress, but their level of interest will depend on his price.
Roethlisberger: Pittsburgh's Offense Has Worked Out
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says that the team's offense has worked out privately since the NFL lockout. "It's going great. We've worked out, linemen, running backs, tight ends, everybody. All of the offense," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It's gone really well. We've had some good progress, just to kind of refresh people's memories on audible calls or no-huddle calls, little things like that." Roethlisberger, set to enter his eighth season as starter and free of the off-the-field issues of a year ago, liked keeping the efforts of he and teammates quiet. "That's kind of how I am. To me, it's not about letting the world know we're doing it. As long as we know we're doing and we're doing it, that's all that matters," he said. "That's just how we operate and how I operate. I've gotten some letters from people, I've heard some things like, 'Why aren't you working out?' Well, we are working out. We've probably worked out more than most teams. It's just that we choose to keep it quiet."
Tiki Barber A Fit For Steelers?
Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes that Tiki Barber could end up with the Steelers. The former Giants running back is attempting an NFL comeback after four seasons away from the game. "The Steelers have a head coach the Barber family knows well -- Mike Tomlin is close to twin Ronde Barber after coaching him in Tampa from 2001 to 2005 and also knows Tiki," King writes. "Tomlin wouldn't be afraid of the sideshow Tiki Barber might create, nor would he be shy about pulling the plug if the 36-year-old back couldn't beat out the likes of Mewelde Moore."
Tomlin Holds Free Football Camp
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is giving 225 young athletes the chance to attend his football camp for free. "All of our corporate sponsors underwrite the entire camp," Tomlin said. "It's free for every kid out there. We take finances out of it. I was a kid who had some tough financial situations growing up and probably would have not have been able to pay for a camp." The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that most of the young players come from urban areas and receive the same amenities that a pay-for-play camp offers. "Hopefully, it's inspiring," Tomlin said. "That's my intention. I wasn't afforded opportunities like this when I was a young fellow. That's probably one of the primary reasons I do camps such as these, so these kids know that I'm a regular guy just like their dads or uncles, that I'm not an alien, that I come from somewhere, that I like hanging out with the little ones and encouraging them. "More importantly, letting them know that they're capable of chasing their dreams and have the opportunity to live their dreams, like I live mine every day."
Woodley: Flacco's Ravens Won't Go To Super Bowl 'In This Lifetime'
Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley says that the Ravens and Joe Flacco won't make a Super Bowl appearance "in this lifetime." Asked on The NFL Network if Flacco can led Baltimore to the Super Bowl, Woodley responded: "No, not at all because they have to go through one team -- that's the Pittsburgh Steelers in that AFC championship. So in order for them to get to the Super Bowl, they have to beat us, and we're not gonna let that happen once we get that close. So that's not gonna happen in this lifetime." The Flacco-led Ravens have lost in Heinz Field in two of the last three postseasons.
Tomlin: Mendenhall's bin Laden Remarks Were Out Of Line
Not surprisingly, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wasn't happy with the Twitter comments made by running back Rashard Mendenhall following the death of Osama bin Laden. Mendenhall wondered aloud on the social networking site how people could celebrate the death of another human last month. "He shouldn't have said it," Tomlin said when asked about the controversy. "Yes, it is a freedom of speech issue. Yes, he is a young man, and he has a right to his opinion. But sometimes these young men got to understand the positions that they hold and the influence that they have and to be highly sensitive to that. "I think that, more than anything, in those chain of events, he was not sensitive to the power of his words or his positions on that subject or on any subject. I think life is an education. I think these young men or continually educated to what comes along with being them, and that’s just an example of it. "Here's the thing that I think a lot of people miss, is that that kid was 12 years old on 9/11. He doesn't have an idea of what pre-9/11 adult life was like in America. He doesn't understand the ramifications of how life changed in America on that day (be)cause he was a kid."
Steelers Considering Museum At Heinz Field
The Steelers may open a museum at a cost of around $30 million.
Rooney Doesn't Like Idea Of 'Steelers Rule'
Dan Rooney doesn't like the crackdown on violet hits being referred to as the "Steelers Rule."
HOFer John Henry Johnson Dies At 81
John Henry Johnson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.