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Players ready for 'Friday Night Lights'

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The lights will be shining bright on the Steelers tonight when they take their practice to Latrobe Memorial Stadium for 'Friday Night Lights.'

The annual practice packs the stadium, and fires up the players who come ready to entertain the crowd.

"It's fun," said running back/receiver Dri Archer. "It's entertainment for the players and fans having that atmosphere."

The players will go old school, hopping aboard yellow school buses in full practice attire for the short ride from Saint Vincent College.

"Riding the bus, pulling up to the stadium, it takes you back to high school days," said cornerback William Gay. "It's a fun night for the fans. It's pretty cool. It takes you back down memory lane. You remember those high school days when you know your whole family is going to be out there. You remember your friends and classmates asked you what you would do in the game. When you get out there you just wanted to put on for the fans. It takes you back down memory lane."

Tackle Kelvin Beachum grew up in Texas where high school football and Friday night games were the norm.

"It brings you back to high school a little bit," said Beachum. "It's a lot of fun. It brings back the memories. It's a fun time for us to play around with the fans for a little bit.

"You normally have the two minute drill and a fight usually breaks out so it's great. It's practice, but just amped up a little bit because of what is going on around us."

And while it's a practice that takes thing to another level, nose tackle Steve McLendon knows you have to approach every practice with the same intensity as this one.

"For me it's just another working experience," said McLendon. "I think guys should just be focusing on getting better. The lights are always on because it's an opportunity to get better."


During the Steelers night practice on Friday, July 31, the team will host a food drive to benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank, collecting non-perishable food donations. Giant Eagle has pledged again this year to match the number of pounds collected at the drive, and donations will double as a result. Please visit www.westmorelandfoodbank.org for more information.

Relive last year's night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.

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