Around 350 ladies, wearing Steelers jerseys, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and everything black and gold, attended the annual Steelers Ladies Night Out, presented by Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program, part of UPMC Cancer Centers, for an evening of football fun.
They shared their favorite Steelers’ stories over dinner, which was only the beginning of a fun-filled night.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace kicked things off sharing what a normal week is like for him during the season, and then took questions from the ladies, covering all topics including pregame rituals, the music he listens to pregame and even asking him about his struggles last week against the Bengals when he had a few dropped passes.
“It was crazy. It was a bad night,” said Wallace about the game. “I try my best every week. I never try to mess up. Sometimes you have a bad day. Hopefully this week it will be better.”
Wallace was also asked about Coach Mike Tomlin and his demeanor, who is the fastest player, to which he was quick to reply “me” and many other challenging questions.
“It was great. It was intense,” said Wallace afterwards. “The ladies love me. It was a great time. They had some crazy questions. I wasn’t really expecting that. I didn’t know what to expect. I had a good time with some of those questions, even though it was about my bad game. I like those. I am not trying to hide from it. I had a great time, it was cool.
“When you think football you think men for the most part, but they came from all over and it was great. They were intense and loved football.”
Defensive end Cameron Heyward was up next, getting asked right off the bat about the team’s 1934 Throwback Jerseys they will wear this week against the Redskins, as well as about his pregame rituals and superstitions.
He appreciated the knowledge the ladies have, but wasn’t surprised as his mother and grandmother are both knowledgeable Steelers fans who are from Pittsburgh.
“It’s awesome,” said Heyward. “It’s humbling we have so many fans. To be here is great.
“My mom is a big Steelers fan, my grandma too. I learn from the best. They taught me how to be a Steeler. They taught me about the Rooneys, how they preach family and are always involved in the community. Those are the values my family believes in and I am happy and humbled to be a part of it. They are the biggest fans and being around them I think it would have been wrong if I wasn’t drafted by the Steelers.”
After the players spoke it was off to the taping of the PNC Steelers Huddle Show hosted by former Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke. They also enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of Heinz Field, complete with the locker room, press box and the opportunity to kick a field goal.
“It’s a fun night out,” said Kim Geesey of Indiana, Pa., appropriately dressed in a Wallace jersey. “You get to meet the different players. It’s interesting to see the working of what we love to watch. I like hearing their personal stories, why they like to play, about their families, that kind of stuff.
“Every year it seems like there are more and more people here. I love that there are so many female Steelers fans here and the camaraderie we have and that we all get along. It’s great to be a part of it.”
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