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Steelers News: Maurkice Pouncey offers his thoughts on current events

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Unable to attend most player pro days and participating in the NFL’s first virtual draft, the Steelers keep pushing forward toward a return to football activities. Just because the Steelers are unable to hold their typical OTA’s doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at Maurkice Pouncey’s comments on the current events going on in our country.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Working closely with police, Pouncey acknowledges their is still room for improvement

Pouncey brings unique perspective to police, racial issues

By: Jeff Hartman, DK Pittsburgh Sports

Professional athletes across the board are sounding off about the racial injustice and police brutality which was on display during the death of George Floyd. Leagues are releasing statements, teams creating initiatives and individual players are donating money for the cause.

Throughout all of this, I have asked myself what Maurkice Pouncey thinks of the current state of our country. Pouncey isn’t just an outspoken individual who isn’t afraid to give his thoughts on a topic, but he also does a lot of work with the police departments in both Florida and Pennsylvania.

Pouncey had remained quiet but spoke with 93.7 The Fan about what was going on, sharing his unique perspective on the issues plaguing our country at the moment.

“We’ve got to bring awareness to police brutality,” Pouncey said. “And I’m full in with the police. Every city I’m in, I love the police. Some of my best friends are cops. But the ones that are bad, we’ve got to weed them out. That’s just common sense.”

As stated earlier, Pouncey’s stance is a unique one. His relationship and his work in the community with the police and inner-city youth aren’t to be ignored. The Pouncey Foundation, created by Maurkice and his twin brother Mike, provides tickets for youth to attend games with local law enforcement. This creates an atmosphere where kids can see police in a different light.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Legendary running back coach Dick Hoak still being recognized for his contributions to the Steelers

Former Steelers RB coach Dick Hoak nominated for PFWA award

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Thirteen years after his retirement from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dick Hoak is a candidate for another NFL honor.

Hoak, the former Steelers running back and longest-tenured assistant in franchise history, has been nominated for the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award, a lifetime achievement designation given to an NFL assistant by the Pro Football Writers Association of America.

Hoak, 80, is one of eight candidates for an honor that will go to two recipients in 2020. PFWA members have until June 19 to vote on the award, and winners will be announced June 22.

The Jeannette native and Hempfield resident retired from coaching in 2007 after a 35-year career under Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher that included six trips to the Super Bowl and five championships. He played for the Steelers from 1961-70.

Hoak was among 27 members of the franchise’s inaugural Hall of Honor class in 2017 and one of only four members of the inaugural group not already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Steelers fans may still get to enjoy the Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities in August

Hall of Fame weekend to remain on schedule, with fans in attendance

By: Jeff Hartman, DK Pittsburgh Sports

The coronavirus pandemic has seemingly shut down everything deemed non-essential since mid-March, and that includes the sports world. Among the entities who shut their doors was the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. On Tuesday the Hall of Fame opened its doors since March 16, but fans are wondering about the events scheduled this summer.

Mainly the Hall of Fame inductions, and the Hall of Fame Game between the Steelers and Cowboys.

For fans who purchased tickets, the good news is that Hall of Fame weekend, August 6-8, remains on as scheduled.

“One of the things we’re hoping for, and that we’re willing to do, is to almost be the test case for the NFL,” Rich Desrosiers, VP of communications for the Hall of Fame, told Jonathan Jones of “Give us the green light, and we’ll show folks how it can be done safely for fans, safely for participants and safely for the employees here. We feel very positive about the prospects of this happening in early August.”

A lot can change between now and August, but as of now the Hall of Fame seems determined to not just host the events on schedule, but to have fans in attendance. Considering the two teams scheduled to play in the preseason game, and the big names, like Troy Polamalu and Donnie Shell, getting inducted, tickets sold quickly for the weekend festivities.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

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