It was just a few hours before their final preseason game but the atmosphere at the annual Steelers Kickoff Luncheon, which was held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown on Thursday, definitely had a regular season feel to it.
“It’s the kickoff of the season,” said defensive end
Steelers’ alumni Randy Grossman, Gerry Mullins and JT Thomas, all members of the Steelers Super Bowl IX team that is celebrating the 40th anniversary this year, mingled with guests and signed autographs for the fans beforehand. And then it was time for the 2014 Steelers to be introduced, to a more than warm welcome from the crowd.
Steelers’ President Art Rooney II, thanked those in attendance for their continued support, and thanked the Allegheny Conference on Community Development for hosting the event.
“Thank you for helping us kick off the 2014 season,” said Rooney, who was pleased to see black and gold in the crowd. “Wearing black and gold is important. Don’t forget to wear it on Fridays to work before our games and I look forward to seeing you at Heinz Field this season.”
Coach Mike Tomlin assured the crowd that the team’s goals are simple, and that is bringing a Super Bowl championship to the city.
It was then on to the player introductions, with the guests making every player feel welcome, from rookies, to newcomers to long-time veterans.
“This is good for the young guys to see how great our fans are,” said cornerback
“It’s a nice event,” said Pouncey. “We go out here and see some of the fans. It’s awesome to go out there and show some appreciation for the fans.”