Good Wednesday to you Steelers’ fans.
Yesterday was as active of a day as we’ve seen in some time in terms of Steelers’ news. Mike Tomlin spoke to the media via Zoom, two players had tested positive for COVID-19 and Ben Roethlisberger acknowledged some of his struggles in past years. That’s what I’m going to focus on first…. Big Ben spoke at a “Man-Up Pittsburgh” event that worked in partnership with Mike Tomlin’s Urban Impact. “It’s not always easy,” Roethlisberger said, talking to Tunch Ilkin, a former Steelers player and one of the event’s hosts. “People don’t realize all the time that us athletes, we’re human. We sin like everybody else. I am no different. We make mistakes. We get addicted to things. We sin. We’re human. I think sometimes we get put on this pedestal where we can’t make mistakes. I’ve fallen as short as anybody. I’ve been addicted to alcohol. I’ve been addicted to pornography, which makes me then not the best husband, not the best father, not the best Christian I can be.” (Quote courtesy espn) Kudos to Roethlisberger for being honest and forth-coming with his issues. I’m sure it was not easy but it’s apparent his faith has helped him reach this point. I’m wondering if Roethlisberger knew these comments would be made public. I say that because this isn’t something I would want out there. Social media is already a very “anti-Ben” place and this will seemingly only amplify that. I can only speak for myself in that regard but it just seems like something I’m keeping to myself at least while I’m still playing. Big Ben has never been one to hold his tongue so I’m not surprised he was honest and willing to discuss these matters. I’m hopeful people will use his honesty as a source of positive for themselves but I’m also smart enough to know there are plenty who won’t.
Tomlin didn’t waver at all yesterday. He said the Steelers will support any player protests that may happen once the season begins. I know… many of you aren’t thrilled by this. I’m not sure what I can tell you. In 2017, the team appeared to be disorganized as Alejandro Villanueva came out of the Soldier Field tunnel for the National Anthem while the team remained inside. I’m going to assume that the Steelers will plan this much better than that episode if any protests are planned.
Tweet of the Day… If you haven’t walked over to the fountain when you’re in Pittsburgh then you haven’t been to Pittsburgh.
— Scott Danka (@dankfloydKDKA) June 24, 2020
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