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08-02-2012, 06:01 AM
Thursday, August 02, 2012
By Margaret Smykla

At age 3, Luke Serych already has learned an important lesson about life, loss, and football -- not even the replica jersey of your favorite Steelers player lasts forever.

"He grew out of his No. 7," said Melissa Serych of her son's Ben Roethlisberger shirt. Instead, Luke proudly wore a larger size No. 53 Maurkice Pouncey jersey during his Sunday afternoon visit to training camp.

It was the Serychs' first visit to Steelers camp in the setting of lush greenery and rolling hills at Saint Vincent College in Unity (although nearly everyone calls it Latrobe).

They quickly discovered that the trip from their Beaver County home to Westmoreland County was more than a walk in the park.

"This is our stay-cation, as we couldn't go anywhere because of the baby," said Mrs. Serych, 35, also the mother of 7-week-old Liliana.

The Beaver County family of four from Center was among thousands of fans last weekend who descended on the grounds surrounding Chuck Noll Field -- named for the Hall of Fame Steelers coach -- to watch their football heroes and perhaps snag an autograph or two at the 47th annual camp on the college campus off of Route 30.

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