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Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 Season

Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 Season

Coming off of a disappointing 9-7 season in 2009 the Pittsburgh Steelers looked to rally back in 2010.Before the season would start however there were two important events that shaped how the entire season would go.The first event involved Ben Roethlisberger.Even though charges were never presented against him, Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Roethlisberger for the first four games of the season (originally six games but then reduced) for violating the personal conduct policy of the NFL.The other event was the offseason changes that were made.Among the notables leaving the team in the offseason were Willie Parker, Joey Galloway, and Santonio Holmes.The team however was able to added great talent in Larry Foote, Antwaan Randle El, Byron Leftwich, Bryant McFadden, and Maurkice Pouncey.

In Roethlisberger’s absence over the course of the first four games of the regular season the Steelers were able to come out with a 3-1 record.In the first two weeks the team was able to barely get by the Falcons and Titans, blew away the Buccaneers, and lost in a heartbreaker to the Ravens by a field goal.All in all the team had held up well and with Roethlisberger back in the roster the team finished the season 9-3 to finish at 12-4 and make it to the playoffs.

In the 2010 AFC Playoffs the Steelers had to first get by their rival Baltimore Ravens, and were barely able to do so with a touchdown run by Rashard Mendenhall in the fourth quarter.In the AFC Championship game the Steelers faced off against the New York Jets and dominated through most of the game with their potent defense.Even with a last ditch effort during the final quarter by Sanchez, the Steelers were able to make it to the Super Bowl for their eighth time.In Super Bowl XLV started off poorly, with the defense allowing two easy touchdowns in the first quarter.A great effort by Roethlisberger could not help the Steelers overcome the Packers as they lost the game 31 to 25.And thus ended the 2010 NFL season for the Pittsburgh Steelers; a great season overall, but one that came up just short.

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Heinz Field

Heinz Field

Heinz Field is considered as one of the most fan-friendly stadiums in all of the NFL, and was constructed in 2001. The stadium capacity for football games is currently at just over 65,000, although there are future plans in the mix to increase the seating capacity by another few thousand.  The total cost of the stadium was $281 million, and it was actually built during the same time as PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates of MLB).  Much of the stadium is built with steel (approximately 12,000 tons) to coincide with what the city of Pittsburgh is most known for.

When it comes to the overall atmosphere at Heinz Field both before and during a game, one will find it to be well above their expectations.  Steelers tickets are very hard to come by these days because of not only the great Venue in Heinz Field, but also due to the success and history of the team.  In fact, the season ticket waiting list has been backed up for years, with the team selling out every game since 1972.  The fans at Heinz Field are always intense and are very knowledgeable about the team and what is going on.  When it comes to food, there are nearly 50 concession stands available throughout the stadium, and the prices are about what one would expect to pay at a professional sporting venue.  Also, there are many bathrooms available is those nachos seem to get the best of you.

As far as features, one of the more unique ones that a football fan will find in a stadium is the Coca Cola Great Hall.  At over 40,000 square feet the Great Hall features a great variety of memorabilia from both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers (the stadium is shared by both the NFL and college football team in the area).  Included among the memorabilia are Super Bowl trophies, game used lockers, and murals of players, along with a lot of other great items.

Best Defensive Pittsburgh Steelers Players of All Time

Best Defensive Pittsburgh Steelers Players of All Time

The Pittsburgh Steelers have certainly had many fantastic players through their franchise’s history, whether one considers either the offensive side or the defensive side.  However, the Steelers have been known historically as being a tremendous defensive team.  In fact, their defensive teams through the years have been so good that it is difficult trying to pick who to include in this article’s list.  What follows are just a few of many Steelers greats to have played defense.

 

Troy Polamalu
Since being drafted in 2003 by the Steelers Polamalu has shown time and time again that he deserves to be on the Steelers list of all time best defenders.  Troy has been nominated to the All-Pro First team a total of three times in his short career, along with six Pro Bowl Appearances and a Defensive Player of the Year award in 2010.  Polamalu is certainly one of the Steelers’ all time greats at the safety position, and he should pad his resume a bit more in the coming years.

Joey Porter
Joey Porter played for the Steelers from 1999 to 2006 and was dominant during his time with the team.  He has made the Pro Bowl and All Pro teams four times in his career to this point, with three of each coming during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Porter was dominant in the Steelers 2005 season with a career-high 10.5 sacks, cementing his status as one of Pittsburgh’s all time greatest defensive players.

Jack Ham
When it comes to linebackers, very few if any can surpass the career to that of Jack Ham.  Ham played alongside Mean Joe Greene during the Steelers four Super Bowls throughout the 1970s, and had a total of eight Pro Bowl selections and six First Team All Pro selections in just over ten years of playing.

Joe Greene
Most notably named “Mean Joe Greene,” Greene played for the Steelers from 1969 to 1981 and played a crucial role in the Steelers dominance of the 1970s, in which the team won four Super Bowls.  His 10 Pro Bowl selections as a defensive tackle along with 8 All Pro selections doesn’t even begin to describe how great Greene was on defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He is considered as one of the most important players in Steelers history, and for good reason.