Steelers win season opener in dramatic fashion

Steelers Wide Receiver Diontae Johnson scores the team’s first touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on September 12, 2021 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

ORCHARD PARK, NY (GSM) — After a slow start to the 2021 season opener against the Bills, the Steelers got the “splash plays” they were hoping for.

Johnson had a modest 5 receptions for 36 yards. However, his score put the Steelers ahead of 12-10 in the fourth quarter. After the extra point, Pittsburgh was ahead by three and followed up with a blocked punt on the ensuing drive to quickly increase the score to 20-10 (including the extra point).

Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith runs in a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on September 12, 2021 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin said about his defense and special teams, “We needed a splash play like that. We spotted them three to start the game. At halftime I heard a lot of the core special teams players Derek Watt and others saying that we had to even the score from that perspective. We needed splash in that phase of the game, and boy they delivered and delivered big.”

Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin speaks to his team after a big defensive play against the Buffalo Bills on September 12, 2021 at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

The final score was Steelers 23 – Bills 16. Pittsburgh will host the Las Vegas Raiders on September 19th in the 2021 home opener at Heinz Field.


BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.

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Urban Media Today Black College Football Poll

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(GSM) — Golden Sky Media has partnered with Urban Media Today in the area of Black College Football coverage for the 2021 season.
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The Urban Media Today 2021  Top 10 HBCU Football Rankings: (Week 1) 

 #01 Alabama A&M   (1-0) Beat South Carolina State 42-41 /  BYE Week
  #02 N.Carolina A&T   (0-1)   Lost to Furman 29-18 / Next @ Duke
 #03 Jackson State     (1-0)   Beat FAMU 7-6/ Next @ Tennessee State
 #04 N.C. Central       (1-0)   Beat Alcorn State  23-14/ Next  @ Marshall

 #05 Grambling State  (1-0)  Beat Tennessee State 16-10/ Next  @ Southern Miss

#06  Prairie View A&M  (1-0)  Beat Texas Southern  40-17/ Next @ Incarnate Word

#07  Hampton University (1-0)  Beat Virginia Union  42-28/ Next @ Old Dominion

#08  Florida A&M  (0-1) Lost to Jackson State   7-6 / Next @ Fort Valley State

#09  S. Carolina St.  (0-1)  Lost to Alabama A&M 42-41 / Next @ Clemson

#10  Alcorn State  (0-1)  Lost To North Carolina Central 23-14/ Next @ Northwestern St

(Slipped out of Top Ten This Week:  None)
(New to Top Ten this week: None)

 

Honorable Mention:  (Next 5) 

 Arkansas-Pine Bluff  (1-0)   Beat Lane  34-16

Delaware State        (1-0)   Beat Bowie State 32-24

  Fayetteville  State     (1-0)   Beat Elizabeth City St  47-6

 Fort Valley State (1-0)    Beat Tuskegee 30-0

 Alabama State   (1-0)    Beat Miles  14-13

 

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Steelers Finalize 53-Man Roster for the 2021 Season

(Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media, FILE)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — The difficult decision to shave the remaining players from an NFL team has come to reality. For the Steelers, the final cuts were made Tuesday at 4pm and the team has been assembled for the battles leading up to Super Bowl LVI.

Among notable cuts, running back Jaylen Samuels who has been with the team since 2018 and punter Jordan Berry, added to Steelers in 2015. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs was placed on the injured reserve list to make way for offseason pickup Dwayne Haskins who was picked up off of waivers in January of this year.

The following list of the final roster is credited to to the Pittsburgh Steelers in alphabetical order:

Offense (24)

Quarterbacks (3): Dwayne Haskins, Mason Rudolph, Ben Roethlisberger

Running Backs/Fullbacks (5): Kalen Ballage, Najee Harris, Anthony McFarland Jr., Benny Snell Jr., Derek Watt

Offensive Line (8): Zach Banner, Kevin Dotson, Kendrick Green, Joe Haeg, J.C. Hassenauer, Dan Moore Jr., Chukwuma Okorafor, Trai Turner

Tight Ends (3): Eric Ebron, Pat Freiermuth, Zach Gentry

Wide Receivers (5): Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, Ray-Ray McCloud, JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington

Defense (26)

Defensive Line (8): Tyson Alualu, Isaiah Buggs, Carlos Davis, Cameron Heyward, Isaiahh Loudermilk, Henry Mondeaux, Stephon Tuitt, Chris Wormley

Linebackers (10): Marcus Allen, Devin Bush, Ulysees Gilbert III, Alex Highsmith, Melvin Ingram III, Buddy Johnson, Jamir Jones, Joe Schobert, Robert Spillane, T.J. Watt

Defensive Backs (8): Terrell Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Joe Haden, Miles Killebrew, Justin Layne, Tre Norwood, James Pierre, Cam Sutton

Haskins Impresses in First Game as a Steeler

Steelers’ Quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws during the Hall of Fame Game in Canton Ohio. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

CANTON, OH (GSM) — Quarterback Dwayne Haskins is a 2021 off season pick-up by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the Washington Football Team released him in January. Steelers brass seem to be happy to have him on their team.

In his debut as a member of the Black-n-Gold, Haskins completed 8 of his 13 passes for 54 yards in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys. He also ran for four yards to the delight of his coaches.

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin addresses the media following the Hall of Fame Game on August 5, 2021 in Canton, OH. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

Head Coach Mike Tomlin said of Haskins, “I liked his demeanor! I thought he was a really good communicator. I thought he was present and kind of cerebral, the way that you like the quarterback position to be.”

On paper, Mason Rudolph is listed as the backup to starting QB Ben Roethlisberger. However, Dwayne Haskins continues to show that he is highly capable of becoming the #2 as he shows significant leadership skills.


BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.

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Bishop Loran E. Mann Special Honors Video

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Bishop Loran E. Mann, founder of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ in Pittsburgh, passed away at the age of 74. A former award-winning journalist, Mann became a member of the Church of God in Christ’s General Board in 2021.

Mann posthumously received the Legacy Award the New Pittsburgh Courier during the 2021 50 Men of Excellence ceremony.

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BRIAN COOK IS AN EMMY-NOMINATED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE SINCE 2005. HE CAN BE REACHED AT BCOOK@GOLDENSKYMEDIA.COM.

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