Linebacker LaMarr Woodley made Christmas a lot brighter for 100 kids at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA. Woodley, through his foundation, hosted a Christmas Eve party for the kids, complete with Santa Claus and gifts.
“Doing it on Christmas Eve was the best time, helping people out at the holidays,” said Woodley. “It’s a great time. I love to see other people smile and being happy on Christmas and me just sitting back and enjoying their similes.
“You want everybody to have a great Christmas. It’s tough times right now. Helping someone out on Christmas Eve, I know what that feeling can be like.”
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LaMarr Woodley and Ziggy Hood will host a toy drive on Monday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at The Mall at Robinson. The players will sign autographs in exchange for the donation of a new, unwrapped toy (valued at $10 or more) to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UMPC’s Child Life Department. The toy drive will be located on the upper level of The Mall at Robinson, near Macy’s, and all toys and any additional donations from the two-hour event will benefit Children’s, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital. One autograph item per person and one autograph per player please. No photographs with the players.
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Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra stopped by the Steelers practice facility on Wednesday morning prior to practice for their annual Christmas visit.
Cornerback Ike Taylor served as the maestro, conducting them in some carols, while Max Starks and Drew Butler did their part as well added some musical talents to the group.
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Charlie Batch led the Steelers to a 27-0 win over the St. Louis Rams at Heinz Field on Saturday, Christmas Eve. About an hour after the game ended and everyone was heading home, it was time for Batch to play Santa.
What has become a yearly tradition continued this year when Batch delivered toys to 20 families in Homestead and the surrounding areas.
Batch got help collecting those toys when he hosted his annual Batch of Toys drive through his Best of the Batch Foundation.
The toys were distributed to local women’s shelters, the Salvation Army and to the families that Batch gets to be a “Secret Santa” for.
“To be able to deliver those toys is what says it all,” said Batch. “The smiles are unbelievable when you are delivering the toys. You knock on the door and the mother comes down, the kids peek out to see who is at the door. They are surprised to see me. I am just there to drop off the toys to them.”
It’s more than toys he delivers, though. He delivers what truly is the Christmas spirit.
“Whenever you see the parents they start crying,” said Batch. “They give you a big hug to thank you. It’s about understanding how special that moment is. They tell you that without the toys they wouldn’t be able to give their kids a Christmas.
“I am an emotional person. You try to stay strong and then you are like I have to go and you are wiping your eyes as you walk away. Those are things you see. That is one of the moments you live for.”
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Charlie Batch will have a busy day. Not only is he the Steelers starting quarterback today against the Rams, but after the game Batch will be delivering toys as a “Secret Santa” to kids in need in the Homestead area thrugh his Best of the Batch Foundation.
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There were some “special” visitors at practice today when Santa and his Elves stopped by to help out. Santa, known as Derek Rinehard of the equipment staff, and his Elves, John Wendt from the equipment staff and Todd Lewis from the video staff, were good sports throughout practice dressed in the Christmas attire.
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The Pittsburgh Symphony paid a visit to the Steelers practice facility on Wednesday, playing some Christmas music for the team. Ike Taylor, Trevis Taylor and Will Allen all took a shot at conducting, while Hines Ward danced a tango for a special tribute to the Dancing with the Stars champion. Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace also lent a hand as extra “musicians.”
Watch the video by clicking on Symphony at the Steelers and enjoy some of the photos below.
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Running back Mewelde Moore Post-Game Reaction:
What happened when you came out with the injury?
“Right now I don’t know. I just have to wait and see. I’ll have to get looked at from the trainers and see what happens from there.”
Was it their front seven? Was it Ben being taken out of it and too much pressure being put on the run? What happened?
“They just did a great job all around, in coverage and in pressure. They did a great job up front and they took care of their assignments today. And they took care of business.”
The lights happened to both of you, but it left you guys not doing anything for a long time. Did that affect you at all? “You’re correct it happened to both of us, I mean there are two teams playing on that field. No matter what it’s all about being able to respond and come out there. We had our chances to come out and do the right things and put points on the board and we came up short.”
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Offensive tackle Max Starks had no problem with the lyrics to the Christmas carols, but joked about some of his teammates struggling to pick up on them. Starks shares his fun thoughts on the Steelers Christmas carols video … which yes Steelers fans … is coming sooner than Santa himself (and even before kickoff tomorrow night you will get a peek at a few songs).
“You get to see who had a childhood, who remembers songs from that childhood and who gets into the spirit,” said Starks. “It either enhances you or exposes you in the Christmas video.”
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Steelers fans you won’t be disappointed seeing some of your favorite players singing away when the team’s Christmas carol video is released early next week (hint, hint – early next week you will get a sneak preview).
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shared why he thinks fans should watch the fun and entertaining video.
“It’s always fun to see a group of guys dress up silly, that can’t sing and make a rookie look bad,” said Roethlisberger, shown above with the quarterbacks and offensive line,
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Defensive end Ziggy Hood shared today why he thinks fans should watch the fun and entertaining video.
“You get a chance to reveal a little bit of your personality,” said Hood, pictured above with the defensive line filming the carol video. “A lot of people don’t see what you do for fun outside of football. With a group of guys you see a whole bunch of different characters out there performing.”
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Steelers fans, if you enjoyed last year’s Steelers Christmas Carol video stayed tuned. A new video was filmed recently and I have to say there are some surprises in store for everyone. Heck, we have been planning it for three weeks prior to the taping and I was even surprised by some it.
Keep an eye out for the debut closer to Christmas and in the meantime enjoy the photo of the defensive line above from the filming.
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Top Ten Steelers Gifts for Men
Christmas shopping for the man in your life this time of year can seem like a daunting task, but we are here to make it easy on you. What Steelers fan wouldn’t want one (or more for that matter) of the great items on our Top 10 Steelers Gifts for Men this holiday season:
1. Steelers Long Sleeve T-Shirt – Every guy needs two or three long sleeve tees in the closet!
2. Steelers Golf Bag – What better way to enjoy the team you love, while doing what you love?
3. Steelers Watch – What time is it? Game Time!
4. Steelers Cuff Links – A dinner party can’t happen without a discussion of Steelers Football, why not start things off?
5. Steelers Watch and Gift Set – Perfect mix for any Steelers Fan in your family!
6. Steelers BBQ Set – Grilling and Tailgating season never ends!
7. Steelers Cooler – What’s better than a Steelers Cooler? A Steelers Cooler on wheels!
8. Steelers Waterproof Jacket – Every guy wants to stay warm and dry in the winter.
9. Steelers Desk Set – Perfect addition to any Steelers fan’s office.
10. Steelers Golf Club Head Covers – If you’ve already got the bag, you need these.
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The Steelers are in the Halloween spirit today, as running backs coach Kirby Wilson pulled off a surprise in the meetings on Monday dressed as a vampire.
“It caught me off guard because I saw him early in regular clothes and I walked into the meeting and was like, look at him,” said running back Isaac Redman. “You know who he is. He is the shortest guy in the meeting. The makeup and cape don’t derail you from knowing who Kirby is.”
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