Former Pittsburgh Steelers guard Kendall Simmons told me earlier in the week that his wife used to call training camp "little boys camp." Why? Simmons recounted fun-filled evenings of softball, monster truck races, remote-controlled helicopter sessions, and communal meals in a cafeteria.
Another aspect of training camp reminiscent of a kids' summer camp is nightly room checks. Who conducts them? Obviously head coach Mike Tomlin does them personally, ensuring campers are respecting the curfew and are ready for a good night's sleep.
Check out what Josh Harris had to say:
Idk how many head coaches actually does the curfew/room check themselves, but ours does.— Joshua Harris (@JoshHarris25) July 29, 2015
Today the camp atmosphere shifts a little bit as players will finally be in full pads for the first time since January. DE Stephon Tuitt is more than excited saying, "We are defensive guys. That's what we do best, hit. The anticipation and how long we've been waiting. You can't wait for the day you put the pads on. This is what we do."