Good Monday to you Steelers’ fans.
On this day in 1901 Art Rooney was born. 32 years later he would own the Pittsburgh Steelers. There is an entire generation of fans who know little about the man who founded one of the great professional sports franchises in the world but…. any self-respecting fan of the Black and Gold would have done their homework to at least know a little about the man known as “The Chief.” The cigar-chomping man of Irish descent passed away in 1988 but thankfully he lived long enough to see his Steelers win four of their first six Super Bowl titles. Happy Birthday and thank you Chief!
A Thought on Kobe
The NBA for me today is nothing more than just another sport. I used to love it when I was younger – Magic, Bird, Jordan, Olajuwon – but it just isn’t my thing and hasn’t been for a long time. I saw much of Kobe’s career and share in the sadness that his death has brought. There are few athletes who worked as hard as he did and if you take anything from his passing take this. Nothing is guaranteed in life. It doesn’t matter how hard you work or who you are in the grand scheme of things. Take advantage of each day as we never know when it will be our last.
Tweet of the Day… Kobe won an Academy Award for producing this.
“Dear Basketball.” A short film by Kobe. Hits really hard. pic.twitter.com/wa7CcLH19P
— David Wertheim (@Dave11W) January 26, 2020
Senior Bowl Notes
Last week I offered up some names to watch as potential Draft targets for the Steelers. A few of those guys finished really good weeks of practice with solid performances in the game. Dayton tight End Adam Trautman, Michigan EDGE Rusher Joshua Uche and Flordia Atlantic Tight End Harrison Bryant all improved their respective Draft stocks. Trautman gained praise for his better than average route-running and some experts believe he may have moved himself into the top 100 picks. Uche used his speed and athleticism on several occasions to catch the eye of scouts and just in pass rushing. He also dropped into coverage and looked very comfortable and capable of doing so. Bryant was already known as a receiver but his blocking was so much better than anticipated that he too will rise up Draft boards.
More of the Same…
Ed Bouchette of The Athletic spent some time with San Francisco 49ers’ receiver and former Steeler Emmanuel Sanders. As expected, part of the conversation turned to Ben Roethlisberger. Sanders has no love for Big Ben and didn’t hold back. In other words, Sanders told us nothing we didn’t already know. Big Ben was not the nicest guy when he was younger. Was often stand-offish and mean to younger guys. But like many of us, he’s grown up and has become a better person. Unfortunately Bouchette felt the need to re-hash this because apparently we needed to be reminded.
Have a great Monday Steeler Nation!
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