Here we are Steeler Nation just 120 days and a little over 3 hours till the Steelers regular season kicks off. So let’s take a look around and see what our boys are up to this week.
The PG reported that Steelers newly crowned #1 receiver Antonio Brown visited with the Clairton High School football team to celebrate their 4th consecutive PIAA championship with an evening at Dave and Buster’s. Brown was initially supposed to speak at the team’s banquet last month but didn’t show due to a scheduling conflict. Brown had spoken at Clairton’s elementary school before taking the high school boys to dinner and games for the evening. Wanting to live up to his word by rescheduling with the team Brown said,
“I’m glad to be here. It was important for me to go out to the school, talk to them. I pride myself on being a big-time guy, being a man of my word. Hopefully these kids had a great time, hopefully a better than it would have been before.”
I love to hear about stuff like this. I love to hear about Steelers players going and hanging out with local kids, playing with them and being more than just a football player they see on TV or in the stadiums. Although, when Antonio says he prides himself on being a big-time guy, I just hope he means big-time receiver too because he was not that receiver last season and he’s going to have to work extra hard to get Steeler Nation to forget that we’ve lost Mike Wallace to Miami. Still good to see Brown carry on the tradition the Steelers have on being present in the community and charitable with their time. Way to go buddy!
Speaking of time, Max Starks has a bunch of it on his hands with no contract and no team as of yet. Mark Kaboly reports from the Tribune Review that the Steelers had a conversation with Starks before they eventually signed veteran OT Guy Whimper to a contract last week. The common thought around was that Starks would eventually end up back with the Steelers just as he had the two previous seasons, coming in either after the season began or just before training camp. Now it’s just not looking that way.
Starks met with San Diego this week but left Southern California without a contract according to Steelers Depot. Starks is optimistic he will sign with a team soon but is looking to compete for a starting role wherever he lands. While Starks is definitely getting up there in age it is worth noting that he played every Steelers offensive snap last season.
“After playing 100 percent of the snaps the previous year, I don’t think I am, at this point, ready to be a backup swing tackle just yet. I have proven over the past couple of years that I am still starter-capable.” – Max Starks to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review
I hate to see Max go the same route the Steelers went with Harrison. I still think the Harrison situation was handled poorly on both ends and it could have ended with Harrison in Black & Gold and both sides satisfied. I realize that the Steelers are ready to have Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams starting at the tackle positions and that Starks still wants to start himself but depth at the O-line is never a bad thing.
What are your thoughts, Steeler Nation? Do you like seeing Brown take a high school football team out to dinner? What are your thoughts on Max Starks not returning to the Steelers?
Also I want to take this opportunity to wish my big sister Beth a very happy birthday. She’s been a part of Steeler Nation longer then me and here is the proof. Hope you have a great birthday!