Less than two weeks until the black void that is my life is once again filled with the life-affirming goodness of Steeler football, and I am as excited as they get. There is, of course, some bad news:
With the third day of Steeler training camp underway, Hines Ward is continuing to hold out; but the team has a new plan that could get him to report to St.Vincent’s College in Latrobe after all
As KDKA’s Bob Pompeani first reported last week, Ward plans to hold out “as long as it takes” to come to an agreement on a contract extension with the Steelers.
But since he has one year left on his current contract, the team is drawing a line in the sand.
While Ward says he won’t show up for camp until he gets a new deal, the Steelers say they won’t negotiate until he comes to camp.
Now the Rooneys are considering fining Ward for each day he fails to report to camp. The Steelers would find him $6,000 for each day missed.
At this point, though, the proposal is just one option on the table.
Dan Marino is on his way to Canton, Ohio, to crown his football career while Ben Roethlisberger pulled into St. Vincent College in Latrobe to start cranking up Year 2 by placing a phone call to his new pal.
“Dan and I have actually spent a lot of time together in the last month,” Roethlisberger said, “talking about two, three times in the month, hanging out, spending time picking his brain.”
Roethlisberger, who broke Marino’s 1983 NFL rookie records last season with the Steelers, said Marino has “become kind of a mentor and a father to me” and he has become friends with his sons.