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Steelers News: ‘Steelers Rookie University’ helps players for NFL life beyond the field

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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. With the scheduled start of training camp just days away, many are still unsure how the preseason is going to look this year. Just because the NFL has cancelled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and cut the preseason to an undetermined amount of games 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 how the Steelers offer more than just football advice to their rookies.

Let’s get to the news:

  • It’s been more than just football between the Steelers and their rookie class

Rookies get lessons in life

By: Teresa Varley, Steelers.com

Before the Steelers rookies report for training camp to fully embark on the X’s and O’s, they took part in a program the team offers that will help them not just on the field, but even more so off the field.

The group all participated in ‘Steelers Rookie University,’ an education like no other that helps them transition from college to the NFL, learning lessons in what NFL players need to know for survival in so many areas.

It’s something the organization has done over the years when the rookies report following the draft, but this year it was a completely different learning curve. A virtual learning curve.

From the time the rookies ‘reported’ after the NFL Draft until the end of OTAs, the players took part in zoom meetings on a regular basis, with the topics ranging from money management, portfolios, credit and financial management, insurance, relationships, and much more.

“It was so valuable,” said Alex Highsmith, the team’s third-round draft pick. “Not only was it valuable for me, but we learned a lot about each other. It was really good. They taught us a lot of things that are going to help us be successful, help us with our careers. They are looking out for what is best for us. I am so grateful for them putting all these things together for us.

“Some of the financial things, I didn’t know much about it. Now learning stuff about it, it’s eye opening for me. The taxes and stuff like that. I am glad I am learning about this stuff right now. It’s going to help me take care of my money that first year and every year I am in the league. I am thankful and I am looking forward to learning more and more.”

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  • Zach Banner has a great response to Browns fan

First Call: Steelers’ Zach Banner burns Browns, Jack Nicklaus beats covid-19, NFL loophole in virus opt-out

By: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Monday’s “First Call” features a Twitter blast against the Cleveland Browns from Steelers offensive lineman Zach Banner. There’s a strange loophole in the NFL’s coronavirus opt-out plan. A golf legend beat covid-19. And a familiar baseball name with local ties is now a free agent.

Zach’s zinger

Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner was interacting on Twitter quite a bit over the weekend.

A Browns fan took the opportunity to slap Banner and the Steelers.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Previewing the Steelers post-Christmas matchup with Indy

Countdown to 2020: The Colts

By: Mike Prisuta, Steelers.com

Date: Dec. 27

Time: 1 p.m.

Venue: Heinz Field

All-Time Regular-Season Series: Steelers lead, 19-6. The Steelers also lead the postseason series, 5-0.

Last Meeting: It came down to a field goal to win it for Colts K Adam Vinatieri, but this time Vinatieri uncharacteristically didn’t hit it and the Steelers survived, 26-24, on Nov. 3, 2019, at Heinz Field. QB Jacoby Brissett started but didn’t finish for Indy due to an injury. Brian Hoyer came on in the second quarter and wound up completing 17 of 26 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. But Hoyer was also intercepted by FS Minkah Fitzpatrick, who turned the second-quarter turnover into a 96-yard pick-six. K Chris Boswell converted four of four field goal attempts for the Steelers, including one from 51 yards out and a 26-yard effort with 6:39 left in regulation that wound up standing as the eventual game-winning kick. RB Jaylen Samuels was targeted 13 times and finished with 13 receptions for 73 yards for the Steelers. RB Trey Edmunds led the Steelers’ ground attack with 73 yards on 12 carries, including a 45-yard burst on his first carry of the game. Indy TE Eric Ebron caught two passes for 16 yards.

Last Season: The Colts went 7-9 and finished third in the AFC South. Indianapolis ranked 25th in total offense (seventh rushing, 30th passing) and 16th in total defense (seventh rushing, 23rd passing).

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