As the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp progresses, here are some of the reports coming out of Latrobe.
During the game on Sunday, Nov. 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be retiring Joe Greene‘s uniform number 75. No Steeler has worn No. 75 since Greene’s retirement back in 1981.
The 10-time Pro Bowl selection from Elgin, Texas was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1969 draft and helped the Black and Gold win four Super Bowl titles in his 13-year career. He was without a doubt the heart of the famed Steel Curtain.
The 6-foot-4 defensive tackle, who played his college ball for the University of North Texas, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.
He is just the second player in team history to have his number retired. Pittsburgh retired Hall of Fame defensive lineman Ernie Stautner‘s No. 70 in 1964.
Meanwhile, this year’s rookies are getting an assist from veteran cornerback William Gay, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports. Gay believes in giving back and is helping fifth-round draft pick Shaquille Richardson in particular.
The Tallahassee, Florida native is teaching Richardson the tricks of the trade that he knows, hoping it will make the rookie and everyone else better in the long run.
Scott Brown of ESPN.com reported that fourth-round wide receiver Martavis Bryant had a good practice on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 rookie from Clemson hauled in a deep ball early in practice after beating cornerback Lewis Toler in one-on-one drills between wide receivers and defensive backs.
The Calhoun Falls, South Carolina native caught several passes on the day, but did have one drop near the end of practice.
Steelers rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers has been impressing both Mark Kaboly and Ken Laird of the Tribune-Review with his early play in camp. He has been running as the second-team nose tackle behind Steve McLendon, but a head of Hebron Fangupo and Al Lapauho.
Certainly, if the sixth-round pick could continue to improve and contribute, he could be in the rotation with McLendon on the defensive line.