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’ 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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PITTSBURGH (GSM) — For those planning to enjoy turkey — with all of the fixins’, of course — a few drinks and Steeler football, you won’t be able to complete the trifecta.
The National Football League has officially changed the Steelers vs Ravens game — originally scheduled for Thanksgiving — to Sunday. The postponement comes hours after several players in Baltimore tested positive for COVID-19.
Ravens’ running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, Nose Tackle Brandon Williams and Pernell McPhee who plays linebacker, were slated to miss the originally scheduled Thursday night game.
Players took to Twitter to express their displeasure with the decision.
First the NFL takes away our bye week because another team can’t get their Covid situation together, now they take away our Thanksgiving primetime game for the same reason. Smh.
PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Actor Chadwick Boseman, most known for roles in “42” and “Black Panther,” has died at age 43. He reportedly lost his battle with colon cancer.
Boseman spent a considerable amount of time in Pittsburgh in 2019 filming “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” originally a stage play by legendary playwright August Wilson. The film is produced by Denzel Washington and co-stars Viola Davis.
While in Pittsburgh, Boseman spent time with the Steelers during the team’s annual Family Day practice at Heinz Field on August 4.
Boseman died on August 28, 2020 after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.