The Pittsburgh Steelers are back at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA for another training camp, and talk about a different environment for the team all the way around. Gone is the circus which surrounded Antonio Brown’s antics and Le’Veon Bell’s contract requests, and in came a bunch of players who seemed to have the collective team on their mind.
Winning a Super Bowl, not showing up in a flashy way, was the theme when players unloaded their gear and marched into the Saint Vincent dormitories for their month-long stay.
But while everyone talked about team and the importance of being one, and not a group of individuals, Ben Roethlisberger was the one to focus on the importance of individual improvement helping the collective team.
“We have to go out and do our part individually,” Roethlisberger told Teresa Varley of the Steelers official website. “If we all do our part individually it will make us better as a team.
“Right now, nobody has won a game or lost a game. Last season, records and teams, you can throw it out the window because everything is new this year. We will just give it everything we have and see what happens.”
Roethlisberger enters his 16th training camp, and is the only player on the team who has won a Super Bowl, but when it comes to Super Bowl experience, Roethlisberger isn’t the only person with said experience. Of course, Mike Tomlin was the head coach for the team when they claimed their 6th Super Bowl title in Super Bowl 43, and when Tomlin received his one-year contract extension, Roethlisberger understood what it meant to the team.
“It’s great. He is our leader,” said Roethlisberger. “He has been the coach for a long time with this organization. It shows the stability that is the Steelers organization and gives us another year to play hard for him.”
Nonetheless, the Steelers’ franchise quarterback is not just ready to get back to football, but is excited for the opportunity that awaits him and his band of brothers.
“You know that football is literally right around the corner. Real football,” said Roethlisberger. “As much as you hate being away from your kids and your family and coming here, it’s fun to be around the guys and the fun and laughs and everything camp entails.”
The Steelers will have their first practice Friday at 2:55 p.m. ET, and the practice is open to the public. If you can’t make it to Latrobe, feel free to follow along with practice right here at BTSC in our Live Updates article which runs about 30 minutes before practice starts.