2015 Steelers Schedule


Hall of Fame Game
Sun. Aug. 9 vs. Minnesota Vikings 8 p.m. (NBC-TV)
Week 1
Fri., Aug. 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 p.m. (KDKA-TV)
Week 2
Sat., Aug. 23 vs. Green Bay Packers 8 p.m. (KDKA-TV)
Week 3
Sat., Aug. 29 at Buffalo Bills 4 p.m. (KDKA-TV)
Week 4
Thu., Sept. 3 vs. Carolina Panthers 7:30 p.m. (KDKA-TV)


Regular Season

Date Opponent Time** (TV)
Week 1
Thu., Sept. 10 at New England Patriots 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)
Week 2
Sun., Sept. 20 vs. San Francisco 49ers 1 p.m. (FOX/WPGH-TV)
Week 3
Sun., Sept. 27 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 4
Thu., Oct. 1 vs. Baltimore Ravens 8:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)
Week 5
Mon., Oct. 12 at San Diego Chargers 8:30 p.m. (ESPN/WTAE-TV)
Week 6
Sun., Oct. 18 vs. Arizona Cardinals* 1 p.m. (FOX/WPGH-TV)
Week 7
Sun., Oct. 25 at Kansas City Chiefs* 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 8
Sun., Nov. 1 vs. Cincinnati Bengals* 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 9
Sun., Nov. 8 vs. Oakland Raiders* 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 10
Sun., Nov. 15 vs. Cleveland Browns* 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 11
BYE WEEK —– —–
Week 12
Sun., Nov. 29 at Seattle Seahawks* 4:25 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 13
Sun., Dec. 6 vs. Indianapolis Colts 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)
Week 14
Sun., Dec. 13 at Cincinnati Bengals* 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 15
Sun., Dec. 20 vs. Denver Broncos* 4:25 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)
Week 16
Sun., Dec. 27 at Baltimore Ravens 8:30 p.m. (NBC/WPXI-TV)
Week 17
Sun., Jan. 3 at Cleveland Browns* 1 p.m. (CBS/KDKA-TV)

Ben Roethlisberger to Retire a Steeler

5 Year Deal Guarantees Big Ben to Remain a Steeler

Ben Roethlisberger remains a Steeler

Ben inks the 5 year deal to remain a Steeler

When Big Ben is asked where he is from, he now responds “Pittsburgh”.   And why not?   He has stated he wants his kids to grow up in Pittsburgh and he has now become a fixture in the “burgh”.

The signing of today’s 5 year contract pretty much guarantees the Big Ben will play his entire career as a Steeler.

Read all the most current information on Ben’s contract and the implications it has for the 2015 season.


Ben Roethlisberger Makes Correct Call In Extending Deal … Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:49:59 -0700

Ben Roethlisberger just signed a contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a sensible move for both sides.

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Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger signs five-year deal – Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:18:02 GMT

USA TODAYSteelers’ Ben Roethlisberger signs five-year dealNFL.comThe team announced that Roethlisberger has signed a new five-year deal. He was set to hit free agency after the 2015 season, but general manager Kevin Colbert said recently he was confi …

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Steelers announce contract extension with Ben Roethlisberger – Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:31:01 GMT

Steelers announce contract extension with Ben RoethlisbergerCBSSports.comOn Friday, Pittsburgh announced that it has locked up Ben Roethlisberger to a five-year contract extension. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed by the team. “It …

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Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger reach terms on a new contract – @WTAE – Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:11:37 GMT

Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger reach terms on a new contract – @WTAEBreakingNews.comSteelers, Ben Roethlisberger reach terms on a new contract – @WTAE · Read more on · Alert my friends · Ben Roethlisberger · footbal …

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From Twitter…


Fri Mar 13 20:01:42 +0000 2015

THIS JUST IN: Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger agree on new deal.

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Fri Mar 13 20:17:00 +0000 2015

The Steelers have signed Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension. Big Ben had 1-year left on his current deal

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Fri Mar 13 21:11:15 +0000 2015

I’ve always said this is where I want to be. – Ben Roethlisberger.

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Bill Capone

Sat Mar 14 00:23:08 +0000 2015

#Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger agree to contract extension: #HereWeGo

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Have We Seen the Last of Troy Polamalu?

Troy Polamalu Undecided Whether to Play Another Year…

It appears that Troy Polomalu is still undecided as to come back to play one more year or not.   There is a lot of talk that the Steelers are actually hoping he retires so they do not have to release him.Troy Polamalu

Polamalu has been one of the the most recognizable Steelers of all time with his diving interceptions, jumping over the offensive line to sack the quarterback seemingly before he even gets the ball, and coming out of nowhere to kill a play that looked like a sure touchdown for the opposing team.   His ability to come up big in big games is what has made him in icon in Pittsburgh and a huge celebrity everywhere else.

But the Steelers organization has been famous for letting go of older players – it IS a business.   Their decisions to let great players go is never popular with fans.   Recently Hines Ward was let go after he announced he wanted to come back for one more season.   Could this be another case of an incredibly popular player being let go?

Read the articles below to get all the latest on Troy’s situation, the Steelers situation, and the reaction of fans worldwide…


Agent: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu undecided on playing next season – Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:24:48 GMT

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAgent: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu undecided on playing next seasonSI.comAgent: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu undecided on playing next season. Troy Polamalu unsure of future. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has not …

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Jerome Bettis compares Troy Polamalu’s situation to the end of Hines Ward’s … – Behind the Steel Curtain Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:12:20 GMT

Jerome Bettis compares Troy Polamalu’s situation to the end of Hines Ward’s …Behind the Steel CurtainBettis spoke on ESPN Wednesday, noting he sees similarities between the end of Ward’s career and what appears to be happening with Troy Polamalu’s. …

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5 Reasons Why Parting Ways With Pittsburgh Steelers Will … Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:58:10 -0800

Troy Polamalu will not be a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization as a player in 2015. Here’s why he should take this decision in stride.

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No Surprise Pittsburgh Steelers Want Troy Polamalu to Retire Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:09:42 -0800

Parting ways with a franchise icon is always difficult, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are not enjoying their current predicament with Troy Polamalu. The former superstar safety is still unsure about his future, but reports emerged …

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Bleacher Report

Wed Mar 04 18:26:24 +0000 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly want to part ways with Troy Polamalu, hoping he will retire

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From Twitter….


Wed Mar 04 16:00:07 +0000 2015

2 SB rings. 5x All-Pro. 8 Pro Bowls. And not in Steelers’ 2015 plans (via @RapSheet):

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Thu Mar 05 01:11:59 +0000 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping Troy Polamalu retires »

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Thu Mar 05 16:15:27 +0000 2015

#espn #sport Polamalu To Retire?: Adam Caplan and Louis Riddick discuss whether Troy Polamalu will retire or …

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Brad Berreman

Thu Mar 05 16:13:32 +0000 2015

Troy Polamalu Needs To Retire As Soon As Plausible @RantSports #RantNFL

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Thu Mar 05 16:12:59 +0000 2015

Things getting very awkward between Troy Polamalu and Steelers (Shutdown Corner): It’s becoming pretty clear t…

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Owen Wearing

Thu Mar 05 16:15:10 +0000 2015

RT @EdBouchette: Clearer? Troy Polamalu to join “extinguished” group of #Steelers who were shown the door. My blog:

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TERRA Nesbitt

Thu Mar 05 16:13:07 +0000 2015

Steelers hope Polamalu retires, source says: The Pittsburgh Steelers hope Troy Polamalu retires so they are not forced to release him…

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Troy Polamalu Workout

troy polamalu steelers workout.

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Le’Veon Bell Sentenced from Marijuana Charges

Steelers 2015 Season May Be Impacted

Le'Veon Bell

Le’Veon Bell had a great year in 2014. Almost to the point where Steeler Nation ALMOST forgot about his little run in with the Pittsburgh Police where he and LeGarret Bount were pulled over before the start of the 2014 season. Blount performed 50 hours of community service and his charges were dropped. Now it is Bell’s turn

Read below the news from various sources on what all Le’Veon will need to do and and potential suspensions.


Le’Veon Bell gets ARD for DUI, marijuana charges – Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sat, 07 Feb 2015 01:46:35 GMT

Pittsburgh Post GazetteLe’Veon Bell gets ARD for DUI, marijuana chargesPittsburgh Post GazetteSteelers running back Le’Veon Bell was admitted into a program for first-time offenders this morning that could lead to the dismissal of drug charges stemmi …

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Le’Veon Bell sentenced to 15 months probation in marijuana case – Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:38:42 GMT

NBCSports.comLe’Veon Bell sentenced to 15 months probation in marijuana caseNBCSports.comSteelers running back Le’Veon Bell settled the legal issues stemming from his August arrest for marijuana possession and DUI on Friday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazet …

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Le’Veon Bell may have weed charges dropped after 15-month program – Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:58:14 GMT

Le’Veon Bell may have weed charges dropped after 15-month programSportingNews.comSteelers running back Le’Veon Bell will enter a 15-month probationary program in an attempt to clean up his record, according to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Bell was ad …

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Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell enters court program for drug charges – Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:20:59 GMT

Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell enters court program for drug chargesCBSSports.comBell was arrested on Aug. 20, 2014 after being pulled over by police while driving. After the arresting officer alleged a smell of marijuana coming from the car, Bell was charge …

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Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell gets 15 months of probation for pot – WXYZ Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:12:41 GMT

WXYZSteelers’ Le’Veon Bell gets 15 months of probation for potWXYZPITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 28: Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is wrapped up by Vincent Rey #57 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Heinz Field on December …

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From Twitter….


Bleacher Report

Fri Feb 06 17:40:20 +0000 2015

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell has been admitted to court program that will allow him to have all marijuana charges dropped

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Pro Football on ESPN

Fri Feb 06 20:30:07 +0000 2015

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell gets 15 months probation for marijuana arrest »

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Fri Feb 06 16:37:01 +0000 2015

Le’Veon Bell sentenced to 15 months probation in marijuana case

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Le’Veon Bell – 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Highlights

In the 2014 season Le’veon Bell had the best season for a Steelers runningback in history. He was second in the league for rushing and was the best all aroun…

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Jerome Bettis to the Hall of Fame – Finally!!

Fifth Time is a Charm For The Bus

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee - Jerome Bettis

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee – Jerome Bettis

Jerome Bettis has been nominated four times before – and looked by each one of those times when fans from Steeler Nation felt he was a shoe-in each year.

This year – the fifth year – turned out to be the one that counts!!

Congratulations Jerome Bettis from all of Steeler Nation!!


Read the stories below on this breaking news!




Alby Oxenreiter

Sun Feb 01 00:24:43 +0000 2015

BREAKING: Jerome Bettis has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame #Steelers #NFL #WPXI

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Jerome Bettis elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 17m ago

Befitting the relentless, bruising, running style that made him the sixth leading rusher in NFL history and helped make the Steelers Super Bowl champs, Jerome Bettis today was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his fifth try.

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The Turning Point

Sun Feb 01 00:54:06 +0000 2015

Jerome Bettis has been elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. #NDFB #Canton #TheBus

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andy miller

Sun Feb 01 01:25:35 +0000 2015

RT @AdamSpolane: Jerome Bettis played 13 NFL seasons. He averaged more than 3.8 yards per carry in 4 of them. Should he really be in the Ha…

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Christopher Hann

Sun Feb 01 01:25:39 +0000 2015

RT @TheIrishTP: Jerome Bettis has been elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. #NDFB #Canton #TheBus

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Steelers Cut players to 75

Steelers Reduce Roster To 75 – CBS Local Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:26:17 GMT

CBS LocalSteelers Reduce Roster To 75CBS LocalPITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers cut nine players from the roster Tuesday morning and more cuts are expected. According to a statement from the team, running backs Jordan Hall and Miguel Mayson …

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Steelers roster cuts: Release nine players, including Jordan Dangerfield and … – Behind the Steel Curtain Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:46:01 GMT

Steelers roster cuts: Release nine players, including Jordan Dangerfield and …Behind the Steel CurtainThe Pittsburgh Steelers have trimmed nine players from their roster, with six more coming by 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Steelers released six players in …

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Impact of Keisel signing on Steelers’ roster – ESPN (blog) Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:01:57 GMT

Bleacher ReportImpact of Keisel signing on Steelers’ rosterESPN (blog)The length of the contract isn’t necessarily a sign that the Steelers are hoping to get two more seasons out of Keisel, who turns 36 next month. It is a strong indication that “Da …

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Pittsburgh Steelers Make More Roster Cuts – Nice Pick, Cowher Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:47:44 GMT

Bleacher ReportPittsburgh Steelers Make More Roster CutsNice Pick, CowherThe Pittsburgh Steelers made the rest of their necessary roster cuts to get within the league-mandated 75 players for Tuesday’s deadline. The team cut nine players first thing T …

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BTSC Steelers

Wed Aug 27 01:52:03 +0000 2014

ICYMI: Any value out there on the waiver wire? #Steelers

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BTSC Steelers

Wed Aug 27 01:51:21 +0000 2014

ICYMI: So’oto goes, is there a battle between Carter and Jones? #Steelers

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Wed Aug 27 01:28:15 +0000 2014

PIT [SB Nation: Behind the Steel Curtain] – Steelers roster bubbles: Rookies Josh Mauro and Dan McCullers top …

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Casting Call for Steeler Fans

National Commercial Needing Steeler Fans

Could this be a dream come true for Steeler fans?   Be on national TV representing their favorite team – and get paid doing it??

Dan Bell Casting is looking for Steeler Fans for their upcoming commercial.   Here is the description of what they are looking for and how you can apply to become “famous”!!!


Dan Bell Casting is searching for REAL NFL Football fans of all ages!
Moms, dads, kids, athletes, coaches, professionals, students, white collar and blue – we all have our team loyalty and we want to hear about yours!
Seeking fans of ALL the NFL teams.
Especially looking for couples & families!

If this is you or someone you know, email the following information to:
1. Name(s) & Age(s)
2. Contact Info (phone & email, Location)
3. Occupation
4. Recent Snapshot
5. Tell us about your NFL team loyalty! Do you watch with a group of friends, family?
Favorite Bar or Restaurant to watch the game?

Auditions: Starts this weekend Aug 16th & 17th in the Pittsburgh area
Callbacks: August 22nd and films the last week of August



Here is the actual callout….


casting call for Steeler Fans


Here is a sample of what this group has recently done…



Good Luck – Make sure to represent the Steelers!!!

Steelers Legendary Coach Chuck Noll Laid to Rest

Greatest Coach In Steelers History Leaves His Mark Forever

Steelers legendary coach, Chuck Noll, was laid to rest today.   Read tributes, past history, and other items about the Steelers greatest coach of all time.

Please leave your comments after you read…


Goodell attends Chuck Noll funeral – ESPN Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:58:56 GMT

The MMQBGoodell attends Chuck Noll funeralESPNPITTSBURGH — The lessons Chuck Noll passed down to his players — maxims that often applied as much to life as to football — are tacked on the wall in Mike Mularkey’s office. They say things like “stres …

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Funeral Mass held for legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh – WTAE Pittsburgh Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:39:30 GMT

ESPNFuneral Mass held for legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll in PittsburghWTAE Pittsburgh… Chuck Noll, the winningest coach in the history of the Steelers. More · Legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll dead at 82. Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame …

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Remembering Noll: McGinley recalls remarkable partnership, unusual man – Pittsburgh Business Times Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:56:22 GMT

Remembering Noll: McGinley recalls remarkable partnership, unusual manPittsburgh Business TimesI don’t think (the Steelers’ success) would have happened without the two of them working together. They built a remarkable legacy. “Everyone says he had g …

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Part I: Man Not Myth – The MMQB Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:29:14 GMT

The MMQBPart I: Man Not MythThe MMQBThe scene: a breakfast press conference at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl hotel, the Fontainebleau in New Orleans. Steeler Coach Chuck Noll—chunky, sandy-haired, solid-looking in tan pants and light blue pullo …

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Part II: The Teacher – The MMQB Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:48:59 GMT

The MMQBPart II: The TeacherThe MMQBHe lorded over Pittsburgh’s sideline for 23 seasons, amassing an overall record of 209-156-1 before retiring in December 1991. Two years later, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The first … Forme …

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From Twitter

Peter King

Mon Jun 16 16:21:42 +0000 2014

Rocky Bleier’s tribute to Chuck Noll, @themmqb: … This is a great column by Bleier.

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Dejan Kovacevic

Mon Jun 16 15:30:47 +0000 2014

Final RT of Monday column: CHUCK NOLL’S GREATEST TRIUMPH … is Pittsburgh itself @Steelers

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Seth Meyers

Mon Jun 16 14:10:57 +0000 2014

Really nice Chuck Noll column from @Dejan_Kovacevic

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Tue Jun 17 12:27:33 +0000 2014

Family, friends & #Steelers Nation will say goodbye today to Chuck Noll at St. Paul Cathedral:

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Tue Jun 17 13:53:55 +0000 2014

Part II of Dr. Z’s Sports Illustrated profile of Chuck Noll that appeared in July 1980 issues:

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Tue Jun 17 16:43:20 +0000 2014

#UPDATE: #Steelers Nation says goodbye to beloved coach #ChuckNoll:

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Steelers Greatest Coach, Chuck Noll Dead at Age 82

Noll – the Only Coach to Win 4 Superbowls

Chuck Noll is the greatest coach the Steelers have ever had.   His teams in the 70’s is what turned the Steel City around and started Steeler Nation!    His guidance has led more Hall of Fame players than any coach.  Thanks to Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh football is not only on the map, but he MADE the map.   Perhaps 4 Superbowl wins in a decade will be a record that will never be beaten.

Rest in Peace, Chuck Noll


Chuck Noll Dead At 82 – Steelers Depot Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:53:57 GMT chuck noll

The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost a legend this evening as former head coach Chuck Noll has passed away at the age of 82. Noll was named head coach of the.

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Hall of Fame Steelers coach Chuck Noll dies at age 82 | Audibles Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:25:46 GMT

Steelers legend Chuck Noll is the only NFL coach to win four Super Bowls. (Neil Leifer/SI). The moment they hired Chuck Noll to be their head coach in 1969 is among the most important in Pittsburgh Steelers history.

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Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll dies at age 82 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:47:45 GMT

According to a report from, legendary Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll has passed away Friday night at the age of 82. Charles Henry N.

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Legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll dies – Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:52:55 GMT

Legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll diesNFL.comChuck Noll, the four-time Super Bowl winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has passed away at the age of 82. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Noll’s death Friday night, according to a source …

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Chuck Noll Dead At 82 – Steelers Depot Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:10:23 GMT

Chuck Noll Dead At 82Steelers DepotThe Pittsburgh Steelers have lost a legend this evening as former head coach Chuck Noll has passed away at the age of 82. Noll was named head coach of the Steelers on January 27, 1969 and coached the team to four Su …

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From Twitter….

Hines Ward

Sat Jun 14 04:01:31 +0000 2014

Thoughts and prayers go out to Chuck Knoll’s family. Steeler Nation lost one of the greatest coaches in history….

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Rod Woodson

Sat Jun 14 04:21:57 +0000 2014

My prayers goes out to Chuck Knoll and his family, he was a great coach and man! It was an honor to play for such a legend!

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Stuart Scott

Sat Jun 14 13:26:13 +0000 2014

I was a kid who loved legendary players & coaches. Chuck Knoll..part of the fabric of my huge football world. 4-time SB winning coach..#RIP

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Dan Kelley

Sat Jun 14 16:25:41 +0000 2014

RT @JonGordon11: “Champions do ordinary things better than everyone else.” -Chuck Knoll

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Johnny Hotsauce

Sat Jun 14 16:24:16 +0000 2014

@andrewssports @DieHard4BigBlue they should build a hill outside of the stadium, put the statue at the top, and call it Chuck Knoll.

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Sat Jun 14 05:17:35 +0000 2014

The Emperor is dead. RIP Chuck Knoll. You made a blue-collar town proud. Yoy and double yoy. #Steelers #Pittsburgh

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Jon Gordon

Sat Jun 14 13:26:15 +0000 2014

“Champions do ordinary things better than everyone else.” -Chuck Knoll

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Perhaps the single play that got the Steelers on their run and Noll’s string going was the Immaculate Reception.   Enjoy the historical play and story below!



Deserving Steeler Fan Needs Some Help….

Making the World a Better Place

A few weeks ago I had a great meal in Pittsburgh at the Cadillac Ranch (great place, you should try it!).   We normally try to get to know our waiter or waitress a bit – it always seems to make a more enjoyable time.


This experience was totally different from any time I have asked our waiter “what do you do for fun?”.   

Meet Dakota Carpin, a nursing student at nearby Robert Morris University.   Dakota wins the best response ever for this question.   I normally find out that most waiters and waitresses  like to hang out with their friends, talk about their spring break trip, or about their kids.    Dakota’s response?    “I’m trying to save up to go back to Nicaragua to help people in need.”

I’ve heard a few people mention that they will go on mission trips with their church or schools, but this was different.   Dakota was basically working to save enough money to personally fund his trip to help others – talking about someone who is unselfish!!

He showed me some pictures of a family that he told me was now part of HIS family.   How they live in a shack the size of what we would consider a small storage space.   It leaked, was about to collapse, and everyone sleeps on the ground.   On his last trip, he personally funded supplies and all his expenses so he could rebuild their shelter.   I was touched and forgot about all of my problems for a few days after our run-in with Dakota.

I asked Dakota if he would write about his trip so that I could share with Steeler Nation – and the rest of the world.   Dakota needs some financial help and I told him I would see what I could do to help him out.    It is important to note that this was not Dakota’s idea, he’s much too humble and a little shy to ask for that.    But ….. after reading his story below, please consider helping him out with whatever you can spare – every dollar counts for his trip.    Also – please share this article with others – I think this is a great story of how not just Steeler fans give back, but how we should all learn a little from Dakota’s example.

Dakota has put together a site for donations and there is a video that shows his last trip – you won’t want to miss it.     DONATE TODAY –   You’ll feel good about helping his cause!

Go Here to Donate


Here is the information that I asked Dakota to share:


Robert Morris University Transcultural Medical Mission Trip to Nicaragua


I believe that everyone was placed on this earth for a specific reason, whether we realize it or not. It wasn’t until November 2013, when I took my first trip to Nicaragua, that I realized the purpose and true meaning of my life. This experience completely touched me and changed my whole outlook on life. Nicaragua taught me materials don’t create happiness; it’s about the experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

I had never been to a third world country before, nor had I realized what it was truly like to live under such harsh circumstances. Pictures and videos don’t give justice to the conditions that these people encounter everyday. People in Nicaragua don’t have anything compared to us in the United States, but the sad part about it is that they’re happier than anyone I’ve ever met. People here are happy for the wrong reasons; it shouldn’t be about materialistic items you possess, but the family that you have and who will always be there for you.

The family that I took care of while in Nicaragua made me feel like I was apart of their family, and I now look at them as if they are my family. It’s sad to see such wonderful kids with so much potential being stuck and never being able to progress in life because of their financial situation. For example, the mother in my family made two dollars a day to support her and her three kids. This just shows how far a little bit of money can go to help these families. Most of the families in Nicaragua live in a house no bigger than most American’s living rooms, and they are forced to sleep on the dirt because they can’t afford anything more.

This family’s house is almost ready to collapse on the mother and her three children. The support beams are rotting and twisting. There are holes in every tin wall and the roof is no better. This inspired me to take out a loan to pay to rebuild this family’s home. Especially after the response we got when we explained to our family that we had some extra money to help buy them some supplies and asked them what they needed. The mother told us that we have given her Dakota with Childrenteverything by showing her that there is someone out there who truly cares about them. This statement is something I will never forget.

During these trips we set up a clinic to perform health assessments, provide medications, and educate the financially and economically disadvantaged families in the barrio. Most people here have never seen a doctor before and don’t even know about half of their medical problems. Nursing students, as myself, work along side Doctor Ross to help assess and diagnose any medical problems, as well as helping to teach the community treatment and exercise options. Even though we may help them tremendously, I feel that what I’ve taken out of this experience is greater than anything we could possibly do for them.

Since before I started attending college, I had my mind set on becoming a Nurse Anesthetist; but after I sat down with Doctor Ross in Nicaragua and talked about my love for helping people, I realized why I wanted to pursue this career, money. Money isn’t what life is all about nor is it what makes you happy, and Nicaragua taught me that. It’s the experiences that you’ll remember forever and the accomplishments that you make on the way. This is why I now want to become a Nurse Practitioner; therefore I can continue going back to Nicaragua three times a year with Doctor Ross from my school to continue helping the people who truly need it.

This is why I am writing this article for everyone. I’m trying to raise money to assist me in returning to Nicaragua and pursuing this dream. Each trip costs $2500 to go on and I have to pay this each trip out of pocket. I don’t have the money to keep attending these trips and helping but with your support it’s possible. Any extra money being donated will go towards medications, beds, stoves, plates, water storage systems, tarps for roofs, clothing, and food for the poor families in need. Any support is greatly appreciated!


Thank you,

Dakota Carpin, RMU Nursing Student


Dakota Carpin with ukulele from Nicaragua

Dakota Carpin with a Ukulele from Nicaragua


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