Female fans learn finer points of football

The women of Steelers nation met with players and toured the team facilities.

Black and gold was everywhere. The energy level was through the roof. And football knowledge, well let's just say it was second to none.

And, no, this wasn't the atmosphere at Heinz Field for a game, but rather at the Steelers practice facility for the team's annual Women's 202 presented by Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

Female Steelers fans from across the Pittsburgh area and beyond gathered for an evening of in depth football talk and a chance to learn from the pros on the field.

The evening kicked off with inside linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky giving the ladies an overview of the X's and O's on defense, sharing with them some of the same things he shares with his linebacker corps.

"I talked to them like I talk to my guys," said Olsavsky. "I think they got something out of it. It's the message of how we play Steelers football, with emotion and playing hard. I tried to get that across to all of the ladies."

After Olsavsky's 'team meeting' the ladies were able to tour the practice facility, seeing the team's six Super Bowl trophies, as well as the locker room, weight room and training room.

It was then off to the indoor field where they went through drills, including punting and long snapping with Josh Miller and Greg Warren, defensive back drills with Will Allen and linebacker drills with Ryan Shazier.

"You have to be patient and teach them the ins and outs and small idiosyncratic ways of the game," said Allen. "I just think it's fun, they can learn some things and it's kind of cool.

"The Steelers fans are great. They are tremendous. Some of them really know football. It's cool to hear their comments and what they have to say. I love their support."

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