Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Giants Giants
August 9th, 2014, 7:30pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-31-2009, 05:38 PM   #1
nojobny
Team Captain
Supporter
 
nojobny's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 782
Member Number: 5924
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Family members attend final Steelers practice

Super Bowl News

Steelers take part in final practice before Super Bowl XLIII

National Football League

TAMPA, Fla. -- With approximately 250 family members and friends watching from the end zone, and Rev. Jesse Jackson invited as a special guest of head coach Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers held a 38-minute walkthrough at the University of South Florida on Saturday morning, their final on-field practice before Super Bowl XLIII.

The Steelers did not have family members and friends at their final walkthrough practice prior to Super Bowl XL, under former coach Bill Cowher.

"We had some people who have been special to us come to practice today -- family members and high school coaches," Tomlin said. "It's not a big deal to us, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them. We wanted to show our appreciation for what they've done for us by allowing them to be a part of it."


Of Jackson's presence, Tomlin said, "I got to know him recently. He's a fan of football, a supporter of us, and we appreciate it."

Other guests at practice included Florida State safety and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle and Mike Utley, the paralyzed former Detroit Lions offensive lineman. Utley, who took a picture with Tomlin after practice, was a guest of Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert.

"I had the good fortune of working for the Detroit Lions when Mike Utley was one of our players, and it was real special to have him be able to share this with us," Colbert said.

At the end of the practice, Tomlin called all family members and friends to the middle of one of the two practice fields at the University of South Florida, shouting out instructions as a team photographer -- standing high on a ladder -- snapped a large group picture. Tomlin then stayed on the field for 37 minutes signing autographs and taking individual pictures with players' families. Many players brought their own cameras and video recorders to the practice.

Asked if he was pleased with the health-related progress of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Hines Ward, Tomlin said "both guys are fine." Roethlisberger took a shot to the kidney area in the AFC Championship Game Jan. 18, and Ward strained his right knee in that game.

With Saturday's walkthrough practice being held at half speed, Ward did not wear a brace over his injured right knee as he did earlier in the week. He walked through drills at a normal pace.

Summing up the week, Tomlin said, "It's been good. Ultimately, though, it will be judged by how we perform tomorrow. We understand that."

Tomlin also thanked the University of South Florida for the hospitality shown to the Steelers.

"We appreciate them opening up their facility to us," he said. "We felt more than welcome."

link
__________________
nojobny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
WWIIOwheelz
Team Captain
 
WWIIOwheelz's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 707
Member Number: 1323
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

Mike Tomlin is simply a class act. He says and does all the right things effortlessly, it seems.

We're quite lucky to have him.
WWIIOwheelz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 05:54 PM   #3
nojobny
Team Captain
Supporter
 
nojobny's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 782
Member Number: 5924
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

I think it was great idea and you're right, Tomlin leads by example and we are truly lucky.
__________________
nojobny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 06:04 PM   #4
HometownGal
Living Legend
 
HometownGal's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: The Burgh
Posts: 21,479
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2413
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

What a nice gesture by Coach T! Doesn't surprise me in the least - the guy is a class act all the way around and is a huge family man himself.

I almost stopped reading the article when I saw the name

Jesse Jackson

but I am glad I decided to finish reading.
__________________


The Anti-Wahoo
HometownGal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 06:27 PM   #5
TeeJay
Starter
Supporter
 
TeeJay's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: England....the ONLY one there is. New my arse!!
Posts: 536
Member Number: 7083
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

Day by day and week by week Coach Tomlin is proving himself to be the man.

Turned a great D into an awesome D, an O line that was written off at the start of the season, into one that believes in themselves, and turned an unplayable schedule in to a 12 -4 season.

The NFL should be in fear, cause Steeler coaches tend to remain around for a long time. And they'll trample records and reputations without fear or intimidation. Cause it's Black and Gold Baby........you play in Black and Gold you have a family behind you. And behind that family is a Nation.

Black and Gold....that's all it is. Two colours, but two colours that unite a planet, more than any Politician could dream about. And Tomlin's at the helm.......for a few years yet.

Black and Gold Baby......Black and Gold!
__________________
"If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." -- Jack Lambert. Feb '09 - Hell Yeah, they made the Doughnuts
TeeJay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 06:45 PM   #6
SC Steeler Steve
Bench Warmer
Supporter
 
SC Steeler Steve's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Anderson, SC
Posts: 251
Gender: Male
Member Number: 12276
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

Quote:
Originally Posted by TeeJay View Post
Day by day and week by week Coach Tomlin is proving himself to be the man.

Turned a great D into an awesome D, an O line that was written off at the start of the season, into one that believes in themselves, and turned an unplayable schedule in to a 12 -4 season.

The NFL should be in fear, cause Steeler coaches tend to remain around for a long time. And they'll trample records and reputations without fear or intimidation. Cause it's Black and Gold Baby........you play in Black and Gold you have a family behind you. And behind that family is a Nation.

Black and Gold....that's all it is. Two colours, but two colours that unite a planet, more than any Politician could dream about. And Tomlin's at the helm.......for a few years yet.

Black and Gold Baby......Black and Gold!
THIS^^^^^^^ I think Tomlin with the help of Big Ben will win this one and at least 2 more. He is a class act. The Rooneys sure know how to pick 'em.
HELL YEAH BABY BLACK AND GOLD

STARTING ON THE OTHER HAND.
__________________
Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Braves, Clemson Tigers
SC Steeler Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 06:51 PM   #7
BrandonCarr39
Team Captain
 
BrandonCarr39's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 917
Member Number: 7458
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

Quote:
Originally Posted by TeeJay View Post
Day by day and week by week Coach Tomlin is proving himself to be the man.

Turned a great D into an awesome D, an O line that was written off at the start of the season, into one that believes in themselves, and turned an unplayable schedule in to a 12 -4 season.

The NFL should be in fear, cause Steeler coaches tend to remain around for a long time. And they'll trample records and reputations without fear or intimidation. Cause it's Black and Gold Baby........you play in Black and Gold you have a family behind you. And behind that family is a Nation.

Black and Gold....that's all it is. Two colours, but two colours that unite a planet, more than any Politician could dream about. And Tomlin's at the helm.......for a few years yet.

Black and Gold Baby......Black and Gold!
There was also an article in the Dallas Morning News Sports section this week about Mike Tomlin-Jean Jacques Taylor made comparisons of Tomlin with Wade Phillips...how Tomlin refined Cowher's system, while Phillips regressed Parcells' system.

Last edited by BrandonCarr39; 01-31-2009 at 07:13 PM.
BrandonCarr39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 08:42 PM   #8
stillers4me
Living Legend
 
stillers4me's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 8,670
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

The more I learn about our Coach Tomlin, the more impressed I am. Whether we win or lose tomorrow (but of course we'll win!), he has made sure that this week was truly a memorable one for the players, their families and the fans. Thank you Dan and Art for choosing Mike Tomlin to lead our team into the future!
__________________
"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."
stillers4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 08:50 PM   #9
CanadianSteel
Team Captain
 
CanadianSteel's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 787
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6555
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

Class move by Tomlin for sure, but in these days of "patriot games" is it also a bit of a risky move inviting all those eyes to the final Superbowl walkthrough... $$$ can buy off allot of people....Please tell me I am way off base here......
CanadianSteel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2009, 09:10 PM   #10
4xSBChamps
Head Coach
 
4xSBChamps's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: formerly PRR milepost 322
Posts: 1,969
Gender: Male
Member Number: 1911
Thanks: 3
Thanked 32 Times in 23 Posts
Default Re: Family members attend final Steelers practice

Quote:
Originally Posted by stillers4me View Post
The more I learn about our Coach Tomlin, the more impressed I am.
+ tax!!!!!
__________________
"If I could start my life all-over again, I would be a professional football-player, and you damn-well better-believe I'd be a Pittsburgh Steeler!"
4xSBChamps is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts