Football season has arrived

LATROBE, Pa. - Ben Roethlisberger arrived at camp ready to get things rolling for the start of a new year, his 14th with the Steelers.

"It's kind of real now," said Roethlisberger. "When you are doing it as long as I have, it doesn't all sink in when you are getting ready for camp. Once you get here, get in your room, you start seeing all of the guys, then it's like okay, the season is here."

Alejandro Villanueva was signed to a four-year contract as the players were arriving to camp, and he said after signing that he wanted to be at Saint Vincent College with his teammates.

"This is a very special place," said Villanueva. "I am a part of a very special group. For me to get to experience another training camp with this group and Coach (Mike) Munchak and the rest of the offensive line is something I don't take for granted."

This is how Antonio Brown arrives at training camp.

And this is William Gay ready to put out the fire.

The Steelers offense is getting plenty of attention heading into camp as it's loaded with weapons, but Ramon Foster said while talk is good, they have to perform.

"We just have to make it happen," said Foster. "We say all of this stuff about what we can and should do. Making it happen is going to be the biggest proponent in it. We can say we are going to go 19-0, but until that happens, until everybody is on the same page, none of that happens. That is what camp is for."

It's official.

Football season is here.

Steelers players are arriving for training camp at Saint Vincent College, with rookies getting an early morning jump on checking in and all players due in before the team's conditioning test at 4 p.m. today.

It's not just the rookies who arrived early though, as Maurkice Pouncey was one of the first to arrive.

"Camp is always exciting," said Pouncey. "You get back. You know football is right around the corner. You have to prepare and the only way to do it is training camp.

"The guys get back into it. The pads come on here pretty soon. The intensity jumps up. We have to see what kind of team we have here this year."

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