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Pittsburgh Steelers announce their team captains for 2019

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Three of the captains are returning to the position from last season with one being a newcomer

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced their team captions for the 2019 season.

Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey will serve as offensive captains with Cameron Heyward serving for the defense. Roosevelt Nix will act as the special teams captain for 2019.

For Ben Roethlisberger, this will be his eleventh time serving as team captain and his ninth season in a row. The last time Roethilisberger was not the offensive team captain was 2010 when the Heath Miller and Hines Ward handled the duties. In 2011, Roethlisberger and Ward were the captains, marking the last time a player other than the current offensive captain held the position.

Maurkice Pouncey is in his second consecutive year as captain, and the third time in his career. The other season Pouncey was selected was 2013, a year when he unfortunately only payed eight snaps in the Week 1 game against the Tennessee Titans before suffering a season-ending injury.

Cameron Heyward is now playing in his fifth consecutive year as defensive team captain. In 2015 after signing his six-year contract he was elected captain for the first time.

The newest and first-time captain for the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers is special teams captain Roosevelt Nix. A member of the Steelers since 2015, Nix has become one of the key special teams staples in his time in Pittsburgh. Nix replaces Chris Boswell as the special teams representative from a year ago.

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