Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Steelers name captains

The Steelers voted yesterday for their captains for this season. Ben Roethlisberger was voted as one of two captains of the offense for the first time, showing he's really becoming a great leader. His co-captain is Hines Ward, who has served as a captain for three years before now. James Farrior is the team's defensive captain for the fifth time in the seven years he's been with the team. Special teams saw a new captain yesterday as well in Jeff Reed. To read about it at the PG, go here. To read about it at the Trib, click here.

Larry Foote has returned to practice with the first team after missing last week with a knee injury. Rashard Mendenhall is no longer carrying a football around with him or handing out cash to his teammates. He's been thinking too much about the fumbles and his teammates just want him to forget all about it. Ward also has a new job in serving as the backup holder on place-kicks to new punter Mitch Berger.

Ed Bouchette writes about Byron Leftwich and how he's embracing his new role as a number 2 quarterback. Also some ideas in this article on how to use Dennis Dixon during the season.

NFL Notebook has some information on how NFL players will be wearing a uniform patch this season to honor the late NFL Players' Association leader, Gene Upshaw who died on August 20th of pancreatic cancer three days after he was diagnosed. The Ravens have also stated that Joe Flacco will start their season opener because he's the healthiest quarterback available.

View from the press box by Scott Brown over at the Trib: Dallas Baker, relaxed but not relaxing.

ESPN covers who they think will be breakout players this year and not surprisingly, Santonio Holmes has been picked as one of them. You can read the article here.

We haven't checked this out fully yet, but ESPN has different blogs for the different divisions in the NFL, so here's a link to the AFC North.

We figured we'd try to throw a few more of those YouTubes in here because, why not? They're fun. So today we thought we'd feature one of the things that Steelers fans love the most, beating the Bungles. Even better than that? Kicking the Bungles out of the playoffs. And guess who did it? That's right, Santonio Holmes. Enjoy.

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