Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Decade Team (2000-2009)


By Mike Bires Even if the 2009 Steelers don’t make the playoffs, it’s been a special decade for the Black & Gold. It’s the second-best decade of football since the franchise was founded in 1933. Only the “Steel Curtain” dynasty of the 1970s produced a better 10-year stretch. Think about all the outstanding players who’ve played for the Steelers during this decade. Jerome Bettis and Alan Faneca will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu could also make it to Canton someday. We’ve seen the great tradition of linebackers continue with the likes of Jason Gildon, the Steelers’ all-time sack leader, and Joey Porter, James Farrior and James Harrison. This week, nose tackle Casey Hampton was named to the Pro Bowl for a fifth time. We witnessed the end of Bettis’ remarkable run in Pittsburgh and Willie Parker’s amazing success story. ParkerRead More »

Wednesday Practice Report: Reed apologizes to teammates


By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is already putting his latest run-in with the law behind him. He was not punished, at least publicly, by coach Mike Tomlin. And he does not expect to be punished by the National Football League although its investigation is ongoing.

Reed continues to embarrass the Steelers organization; charged with simple assault, resisting arrest


Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed had another run in with the law, this time at McFadden’s, a North Shore bar and restaurant near Heinz Field. The incident happened around 9:00 p.m., Sunday night, following the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-14 win over the Cleveland Browns. According to the Police Report via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the situation started when officers approached a man urinating outside a utlility vehicle. The man has been identified as Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth and when officers went to ticket Spaeth, Reed then exited the vehicle. According Sgt. Tina Davidson, “The officers told him {Reed} several times to get back in the vehicle, but he did not listen. Mr. Reed then squared up with an officer by bringing his fists up.” Officers then were forced to tackle Reed and cuff him at the scene in a parking lot outside of McFadden’s, Davidson confirmed to the Tribune-Review. According to PittsburghRead More »

Day 3: Steelers Training Camp Notebook


RAIN DAMPENS PRACTICE Despite a 20-minute shower late Sunday afternoon, the Steelers kept on practicing. Never did the rain fall hard enough that practice had to be stopped. When it started to rain around 4:25 p.m., most of the fans in attendance headed for home. But 20 minutes later, the rains let up and the Steelers’ practice fields were still in near-perfect condition. The Steelers didn’t even consider moving to the field with a newly installed artificial surface. “We don’t worry about the things that we can’t control, the weather being one of them,” Tomlin said. “We came out here to work today, and I thought they did. They maintained focus throughout the rain, which is great. There was no lightning, so there was no real danger. I thought we had a very productive day.” TIMMONS MISSES PRACTICE Linebacker Lawrence Timmons didn’t practice for what Tomlin said was cramps. TimmonsRead More »

NFL: Steelers kicker citied for disorderly conduct


According to the Associated Press, Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed got himself into some trouble early Saturday morning. Pennsylvania state police say Reed threw a temper tantrum at a Sheetz convenience store in New Alexandria, a tiny borough about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh, because its restroom didn’t have any towels. Reed has been cited for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, offenses similar to traffic tickets that carry a maximum fine of $300 and 90 days in jail each. Police said he broke the towel dispenser then used profane language to an employee and also outside the store. “Reed caused damage to a towel dispenser as he was infuriated at the fact that there were no towels in it,” according to a news release by Trooper Shawn Askins, who issued the citations. The incident occurred Saturday about 2:50 a.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers Contracts


Quarterbacks 7 Ben Roethlisberger 3/3/2008: Signed an eight-year, $102 million contract. The deal contained $33.2 million guaranteed, including a $25.2 million signing bonus. Also included is a clause forbidding Roethlisberger from participating in hazardous activities. 2009: $4.75 million + $3 million roster bonus due in March | 2010: $8.05 million | 2011: $11.6 million| 2012: $11.6 million | 2013: $11.6 million |2014: $11.6 million | 2015: $12.1 million, 2016: Free Agent 2 Dennis Dixon 7/7/2008: Signed a three-year, $1.28 million contract. The deal included a $130,000 signing bonus. | 2009: $385,000 | 2010: $470,000 | 2011: Restricted Free Agent | Free Agents 4 Byron Leftwich 16 Charlie Batch

The Latest Steelers Buzz


A lot of buzz going around right now that the Tennessee Titans will be the team that comes to Heinz field for the NFL‚Äôs Thursday night season opener in 2009. The San Diego Chargers are believed to be the second choice at this point. The opportunity will be presented to the Baltimore Ravens for a rematch of the AFC Championship game to open the 2009 season but it is likely that they will decline like the Denver Broncos did in 06. Steelers 2009 Schedule Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions An Inside Look at players who will be entering the final year of their contract in 09. Who will receive an extension and who likely won’t Harrison to commandRead More »