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Tyler Matakevich officially given title of Steelers Special Teams Captain

The man they call ‘Dirty Red’ just got a promotion within the Steelers locker room.

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Before every season, the Pittsburgh Steelers announce captains for the upcoming season. Typically there are three players: Offensive Captain, Defensive Captain and a Special Teams Captain.

In 2017, Ben Roethlisberger represented the offense, and Cameron Heyward the defense, but that was it. No Special Teams captain was announced. Robert Golden, who’s still on the team by the way, filled this role earlier in his career, but the Special Teams captaincy was left vacant.

Until now.

After several key plays made on special teams in Weeks 1 and 2, the Steelers announced Tyler Matakevich as their Special Teams captain this season. There was no celebration or informational tweet sent out regarding the change, but Mike Tomlin acknowledged the move at his press conference on Tuesday.

So, the man they call ‘Dirty Red’ is now a captain on the Steelers for 2017, and the hope now is that Matakevich helps with gaffes like the team made in Week 3, when the Special Teams had poor coverage, a muffed punt and a blocked field goal all in one day.