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Current and former players enjoy another successful Steelers football camp in Mexico

The Steelers held their eighth annual football camp in Mexico over the weekend.

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As one of the league’s most popular teams in America, it should come as no surprise to Pittsburgh Steelers fans to learn that this trend is also something of a global phenomenon when it comes to the NFL’s international appeal. With fans clubs across Europe, Asia and South America, Steeler Nation is quite literally everywhere and barring the U.S, perhaps nowhere more so than just across the southern border.

However, despite their overwhelming popularity in Mexico, the Steelers have never been selected to play in one of the regular season games held at the Azteca Stadium, only once ever having played in an exhibition there back in 2000. But for the generations of Mexican fans with Black and Gold blood running through their veins, there is at least an opportunity to connect with the team at their annual fan camps in Mexico City.

The Steelers were back in the city for their eight consecutive year over the weekend, hosted by a number of notable former and current players that included Terrell Edmunds and Bud Dupree as well as past Super Bowl winners such as Rocky Bleier, Donnie Shell, Charlie Batch and Max Starks.

Open to fans of all ages, the three-day experience included opportunities to meet with the players for autographs and pictures, and also take part in a series of drills and exercises run by the current and former players in attendance.

And while most of the action was all in good fun.

That did not stop Dupree and Edmunds from ramping up the intensity when some of the more mature fans were running the drills.

Edmunds may yet have some upside as a quarterback.

And given the warm welcome the players received, there is a good chance they will all be volunteering to return next year.

Although Rocky might want to spend more time doing the meet and greets and less time doing the drills.