It’s a great day to be a part of Steeler Nation don’t you think? I’ll leave my thoughts on what has to be considered a nightmare week PR-wise for the NFL for my MMQB so be sure to look for that. In the meantime, I’d like to be more Steeler-centric for this morning’s huddle. We all for one reason or another belong to this nation that loves the Black & Gold and I’d like to show a little love for our team today. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m always more optimistic in the offseason than any other time of the year, or maybe I’m just tired of hearing about arrests and murder charges for the moment but I’m all about loving the Steelers right now.
Ike Taylor Interviews Dan Rooney
If you are a follower of Ike Taylor (@Ike_SwagginU) on Twitter than you’ve no doubt seen his pictures with Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney. This week Ike sat down with the soon-to-be 81-year old former US Ambassador to Ireland to talk about how the two men came to be so close and how Ike, among many, are glad to have Mr. Rooney back in the states and more importantly, back with the Steelers. You can watch the interview here. Dan Rooney explains that he knew at the very beginning after drafting Ike that he was a special guy, one of “character and integrity” and the two became so close that Ike once took a nap in Dan’s office. Mr. Rooney went on to detail how he became the first ambassador to visit all 32 counties in Ireland but is glad to be back with his family including Ike Taylor-Rooney, as Ike calls himself. Dan Rooney goes on to say that his speed dial list in his phone consists of Rogeez, Hilary Clinton, his wife, Art, Mike Tomlin, and Ike Taylor. It’s a very adorable interview and just shows the love that Taylor has for the Rooney family and the Steelers organization. There’s enough negative crap going on with the NFL right now, do yourself a favor and watch this interview and remind yourself why you love this damn league to begin with.
Terry Bradshaw now a Las Vegas headliner
Terry Bradshaw is opening his stage show “Terry Bradshaw: America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde…A Life in Four Quarters” this weekend in Las Vegas. For real. The PG describes how apparently it’s been a longtime dream of the HOF quarterback and current Fox NFL broadcaster to take his talents to the stage and now he’ll be able to fulfill those dreams. The man who was once described as “So dumb he couldn’t spell C-A-T, even if you spotted him the “C” and the ‘T’” will be opening up at the Mirage Hotel and Casino to bring to audiences a show containing dancers, a live band, and everything from Bradshaw’s childhood in Louisiana to his four Super Bowl rings. Awesome. My grandmother hated Bradshaw. Since he won his Super Bowls and skipped town never to return she couldn’t stand him. Once he was on TV regularly she would call him an a-hole every time she saw him on the screen. I’d love to know what her reaction to this would be. I’d also love to see it but the airfare to Vegas plus the $49-$69 a ticket is just about out of my price range for exploring the trials and tribulations of one Terry Bradshaw. I wish him all the best with the show and hope that it’s so successful he can take it on the road. Probably shouldn’t take it to Oakland still though.
Pittsburgh Steelers Mt. Rushmore
This week, ProFootball Talk went through a series they titled, Faces of the Franchise where Mike Florio selected names for each team to be highlighted on that team’s “Mt. Rushmore”. Florio decided on Chuck Noll, Jack Lambert, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Greene to be on the Steelers Mr. Rushmore. Hines Ward was a guest on the Friday evening edition and as Steelers Depot shows he gave his picks for who he thought should be on the Steelers Mt. Rushmore. Ward chose Art Rooney Sr., Chuck Noll, Franco Harris, and Joe Greene. I’d lean more towards Ward’s picks than Florio, bearing in mind that you could probably have at least 20 faces on a Steelers Mt. Rushmore but if you have to narrow it down to four it doesn’t seem right not to include Mr. Rooney.
This should definitely spark up some good discussions. Who do you think belongs on the Steelers Mr. Rushmore, Steeler Nation?