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Big Ben; Minicamp dates; Dupree talks

A look back at all the news from the week.


Ben Roethlisberger committed himself to returning for his 14th NFL season in 2017.
Steelers Nation was desperate for an answer, and Ben Roethlisberger provided it today, via his official Twitter account:

Joey Porter was honored at the Mel Blount Youth Home Dinner for his passion to help others.
When Mel Blount thought about the person he wanted to honor at the Mel Blount 19th Annual All-Star Celebrity Roast, he thought about someone who shared the same passion he has for helping children.

The statistics tell a tale of how difficult it is to draft a QB who becomes a quality starter.
The concept, the notion of spending something other than a No. 1 draft pick on a quarterback who then is developed by his team into a quality starter in the NFL is a popular one among fans, and especially at this time of year when talking heads and draft "analysts" fill fans' heads with propaganda about "sleepers."

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s talk capped the second Concussion Symposium at Heinz Field.
There is value in hearing from the professionals, from the experts in the field. What they bring is the most up-to-date information on the topic, and also the experience to put that into context.

Another installment of Bob Labriola answering your questions about the Steelers and the NFL.
I see big things coming from Bud Dupree this year. How much longer does he have on his rookie contract? Is there an fifth-year option?

Sixty-nine school districts will attend a Concussion Symposium sponsored by the Steelers.
For the second consecutive year, UPMC Sports Medicine will present a free concussion education program geared toward coaches, athletic trainers, and athletic directors in middle schools and high schools.

Alejandro Villanueva knew there was something different when the Steelers signed him.
When you go to battle in the military, trusting the man next to you is of paramount importance.

Steelers Nation Unite is giving fans the chance to win a VIP trip to the opening night of the NFL Draft.
With the NFL Draft only a few weeks away, fans are gearing up to see who will be the newest additions to the Steelers. As the anticipation builds towards the start of Round 1, fans can sense that football season is inching ever closer.

Demarcus Ayers looks back at his rookie year and looks ahead.
Demarcus Ayers spent a good portion of his rookie season on the practice squad, not activated to the 53-man roster until Dec. 12. While on there, he learned a lot about the importance of the scout team, having the right approach, and a lot more about the physical challenges of the game.

The Steeline will be holding open auditions for new members.
The Steeline will be back at Heinz Field for the 2017 season, and they are looking for some energetic members who share their love for playing in a drumline, entertaining crowds, and of course, Steelers football.

Another installment of Bob Labriola answering your questions about the Steelers and the NFL.
Who is the best tight end in Steelers history? They all have been unheralded, but there have been some good ones.

The Art Rooney Awards Dinner continues to be a Pittsburgh staple.
When you mention the name Art Rooney Sr., you think of Pittsburgh. You think about sports, football and the Steelers in particular. You think about giving back. And you think about faith.

The Steelers mandatory veteran minicamp will take place in June.
The Steelers offseason schedule continues to come in to focus, as dates have officially been set for the team's veteran minicamp.

Bud Dupree is looking forward to a healthy and productive 2017 season.
For the first nine games of the 2016 season, Bud Dupree could do nothing but watch, be a spectator while his teammates took the field each week.

A rarity in Pittsburgh sports lore.
Here's a trivia question for you. Who is the only person who played for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates?


Hall of Famer Mel Blount honored Joey Porter at the 19th Annual Mel Blount All-Star Celebrity Roast.

See who has worn jersey No. 50 in Steelers history.

Check out what some of the Steelers have been posting to Instagram.

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