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Getting pumped for the season

Posted by Teresa Varley on August 30, 2012 – 3:15 pm

Excitement was in the air on Thursday afternoon at the annual Steelers Kickoff Luncheon, held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

Fans decked out in their black and gold packed the ballroom for the luncheon, which is hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, to help kickoff the team’s 80th season.

The event started with Steelers’ alumni Larry Brown, Justin Hartwig and Dwayne Woodruff signing autographs for those in attendance, and then the 2012 team arrived to the cheers of the crowd.

After the showing of the 2011 highlight film, Steelers President Art Rooney II welcomed the crowd and thanked them for the continued support they provide.

“It’s always a great way to get the season started and see so many people here ready to go,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “Last weekend we played in Buffalo and I think we set a new record for Steelers fans on the road for a preseason game. It was pretty amazing. We are looking forward to continuing that kind of support. We appreciate all of the enthusiasm and support you do provide us.

“It’s great to see the fans wearing the jerseys, wearing the colors. It inspires everybody to do what we do. We are looking forward to seeing more of that this year.”

Coach Mike Tomlin fired everyone up with his words, sharing the goal of the team which is the same hope every fan has.

“It’s an honor and privilege for us to be here,” said Tomlin. “You guys know we are not in the business of making bold predictions, but we are excited to chase our goals in 2012 and they are very clear…to pursue and obtain the Vince Lombardi Trophy for Steelers Nation.

“This group of men before you has been working diligently. We like their development. We will put the finishing touches on the preseason here at home tonight in front of you. We thank you for your support. You continue to inspire us and it is our goal to make memorable moments for you here in 2012.”

It was then on to the player introductions, with the crowd getting more excited as each player was introduced.

“I like this a lot,” said cornerback Ike Taylor. “It’s good to see the highlights. I like to see if I made the highlights on a good note.

“It’s good to see the fans. It’s when you know the regular season is approaching. It’s a good thing. I look forward to it ever year.”

The team had fun with the rookies, surprising several of them by handing them the microphone to introduce teammates that won awards in 2011. Wide receiver Toney Clemons introduced 2011 MVP Antonio Brown, tackle Mike Adams introduced last year’s Rookie of the Year tackle Marcus Gilbert, and Alameda Ta’amu introduced defensive end Brett Keisel, the Steelers Walter Payton Man of the Year last year.

“It’s always exciting because you know the regular season is right around the corner,” said Keisel. “That is what is exciting for me. We hang out with the fans, watch the highlights from last year and see a rookie think they have to get up there and give a speech and stumble through it. It’s exciting for me because I know the season is coming.”


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12 Responses to “Getting pumped for the season”

  1. By William Stamey on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    IT HAS BEEN MY HONOR TO BE AFAN FOR 50 PLUS YEARS. I WILL ALWAYS BE PROUD TO BE A STEELER FAN FOR MY REMAINING YEARS THANK YOU ALL.

  2. By Steve Abbott on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a fan since 1972, born in 1968. born and raised in southern California. Have never had the honor or privilege of going to Pittsburgh or seeing a live game. (Hoping to sometime in my life) I really like what Bill Cower did with the team and the players he picked up and Mike Tomlin continuing the tradition. Steeler Nation is alive and well, and continues to grow. I would like to send out a wish to all the player to Play safe, play hard, never give up, play with heart, have fun, kick some butts and bring home the Lombardi where it belongs. Note to Mister Ward, You will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

  3. By Duck Armstrong on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    I am originaly from Emporium, Pa. I now live in Crescent City, Fla. Every game day I blow up my 10ft steeler and fly the steeler flag. Once a steeler fan always a steeler fan. Go Black & Gold.

  4. By Duck Armstrong on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    welcome back Mike.

  5. By Mikey Newman on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a Stone Cold Steeler Fan for the past 40 plus years. I now live in Tampa Bay and am widley considered the unofficial leader of The Steeler Nation in Spring Hill, Florida. We fly our Steelers Latrobe Training Camp banner through-out the season.I have thrown people out of my house, forcibly, for disrespecting the Steelers. I can feel it in the air,- Lucky 7, is well on its way. Black and Gold Forever. Go Big Ben.

  6. By peter fairman on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    i have been a steeler fan for 30 years ….. I LIVE IN LONDON , ENGLAND , i travelled out last november for the ravens sunday night game … block 315 , i wear a different steelers polo shirt every saturday to play golf in …………….and yes we have been watching football here that long …1982 , dallas 28 steelers 31 .first game on british t.v …. a week late, but on , been a steeler ever since …listening to myron cope on monday night games on armed forces radio back in the day , at 3.00 in the morning was always my favourite ……… i could only get reception in the toilet !!!

  7. By Chris on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    I too am a Steeler fan for close to 40 years. I was born in PA and grew up in CT but always rooted for the Black and gold. I now live in St Petersburg, FL Steeler Nation is proudly represented here in the Sunshine state. I regularly watch the games a local Steeler bar that I have been going to for years and know of at least three in the County. It is not uncommon to see the place, Rudy’s, packed with a few hundred black and gold fanatics on any given Sunday. Looking forward to a great season!

  8. By Bob on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I live in Churuquita Grande, Panama. Down here it is difficult to get the Steelers on TV but and when they are on the commentary is in Spanish but I’m always excited to see them. Otherwise I rely on a sometimes weak internet connection to keep up with how my Steelers are doing. It should be called Steeler World instead of Steeler Nation. I’ve been to the Steeler bar in Rome, Italy and plan to go to the one in Mexico City. I really miss the rowdy Steeler bars and fans in the U.S. but will be waving my Terrible Towel when we open up the new season in Denver and hope to get to at least one game to join the Nation in cheering for the Black and Goad!!

  9. By kevin mcgeehan on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    i love my steelers, the best football team in history

  10. By MAC McCLORY on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN PITTSBURGH ( 26 YRS ) NOW LIVING

    IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY ( BELVIDERE ) MY EXPRESSION IS:

    YOUR NEVER TO OLD TO WEAR THE COLORS OF ” BLACK & GOLD “

  11. By Bob on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Originally from Washington, PA, have lived in northeast Maryland for nearly 30 yrs. Never too far away though to cheer for my two favorite teams, the Steelers and whoever the Ravens are playing!

  12. By Scott Hamrick on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey all you Steeler fans im just an old coalminer from the mountains of West Virginia, but i’ve been bieeding Black -N- Gold since I was a baby. I have been with the Steelers through the good times and the bad. Once a Steeler always a Steeler.”GO STEELERS”

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