Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney and former Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy co-chaired the 16th Annual “Gala Pittsburgh Sports Night” at Heinz Field on Thursday night in conjunction with the North Side Friends and Neighbors and Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik.
The annual event benefits Northside Catholic School, providing assistance to help those unable to meet the financial requirements for a Catholic education and to aid the school’s operation.
Pennsylvania Congressman Michael Doyle and Dr. Robert Paserba, Secretary for Catholic Education for the Diocese of Pittsburgh were honored as the 2013 North Side Hall of Fame Awardees.
Steelers’ players, including Jerricho Cotchery, Jonathan Dwyer, Bruce Gradkowski and Derek Moye, along with Steelers and Pirates alumni and local college athletes, were on hand signing autographs and meet guests. A silent and live auction also took place, highlighted a trip to see the Steelers play at Baltimore and a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Pirates game.
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The Steelers are the third team first-year receiver Derek Moye has been with, without ever playing in a regular season game.
But Moye is hoping to change that this year.
Moye was signed as a rookie free agent by the Dolphins last year, and waived in June. The Saints picked him up on waivers, but released him during training camp. He was added to the Steelers practice squad last November, released and then re-signed in December.
Now he is hoping to use the next three preseason games to show that he should stick around this time.
“I have to work hard and continue to make plays, be on special teams and do everything a backup receiver would have to do,” said Moye. “I feel like I am doing some good things, but I feel like I can do some things better. I still have preseason games to show what I can do.”
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“Being from the area and having a chance to come out here and be with the Steelers is a lifelong dream of mine,” said Moye. “Just like everyone around here I was a huge Steelers fan. It’s a lifelong dream to be a part of the team.”
Moye, who played at Penn State, was added after Antonio Brown suffered a mild ankle sprain against the New York Giants.
“I guess they just needed someone to help out on the practice squad and I am fortunate to be here,” said Moye. “They said work hard and whatever happens, happens. That is what I plan on doing, working hard and trying to show what I can do.”
Moye originally signed with the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent in May, but was waived and picked up by the New Orleans Saints. He was released by the Saints during training camp, and is now working toward staying put with the hometown team.
“That is what I plan on trying to do,” said the 6-5, 210 pound Moye. “Hopefully they like what I can do and I can go from there. They just said come in and prove what I can do and show I can play.”
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