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Pregame Blog: Steelers vs. Broncos

Crucial Catch: The NFL has partnered with the American Cancer Society for the 13th consecutive season for 'Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer.' The initiative supports the fight against cancer and is highlighted by NFL teams during October.

The Steelers will host their Crucial Catch game today when they take on the Denver Broncos.

Local cancer survivors will join Ryan Shazier for the Terrible Towel Twirl in the Ford Fan Zone before the game. They will also be a part of the National Anthem performance by Larkin Poe, who are dedicating it to the survivors.

Fans entering Heinz Field will be given a pink Terrible Towel, which will be distributed by UPMC volunteers. In addition, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and UPMC Magee Womens Hospital will be presenting a $10,000 check to Komen of Greater Pennsylvania for research and programs.

There will be no shortage of support throughout Heinz Field, with on-field stencils and goal posts wraps being among the featured items supporting Crucial Catch. Players and coaches will also show their support, from sideline apparel like pins, gloves, wristbands, sideline caps and other items.

At halftime there will be a Crucial Catch Contest, with five UPMC cancer doctors competing in an on-field catching competition for the honor to present UPMC Hillman with a $10,000 donation.

Hear from a legend: Former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is taking part in a Q&A in the FedEx Great Hall beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Honoring America: Rebecca & Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe, a Rock Band, will perform the National Anthem and will also perform prior to today's game.

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month: The Steelers will celebrate Latinx Heritage Month by presenting two awards pregame on Sunday.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Award will be presented to Edgar Morales, Student Success Specialist, Latino Community Center. Morales helps Latinx high school and post-secondary students, often first generation, achieve their future goals. He provides personalized support to students as they prepare for a successful future, whether that be applying for college, seeking financial aid, exploring career options, or assisting with post-secondary goal-setting. 

The Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award will be presented to Melanie Marie Boyer, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. During the COVID-19 pandemic she implemented a plan to ensure the sustainability and long-term effectiveness of the Pittsburgh Hispanic Chamber. She provided a platform to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program with live support in multiple languages.

The Steelers will present each honoree with a check for $1,500 for their organization.

Towel unfurled: The large Terrible Towel will be unfurled by season ticket holders prior to the game.

Honoring a hero: The US Steel Salute to Heroes this week is U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Roger W. Jacobs. Jacobs is a Pittsburgh native who retired in 2018 after 30 years of service. He has numerous awards, medals and badges, including a Legion of Merrit, Bronze Star, and Master Parachutist Badge with 117 static line jumps.

Coach of the Week: The Steelers Youth Football Coach of Week for Weeks 3 & 4:
•   Week 3 – Rich Johnson, Bishop Canevin
•   Week 4 – Matt Humbert, Belle Vernon

A look at player arrivals before the Steelers' Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field


  • Arrive early and arrive prepared**to the gates at Heinz Field to ensure you are in your seats prior to kickoff. Follow these important tips:
  • View and save your ticket(s) to your digital wallet prior to leaving home. Learn more about mobile ticketing here. Also ensure your phone is fully charged. Learn more >>>
  • Arrive to Heinz Field early; gates open 2 hours prior to kickoff.
  • Those who arrive 1-2 hours prior to kickoff can typically expect to experience minimal delays at entry; those who arrive 30 minutes prior to game time can expect heavy delays.
  • Ticket Office:Fans with questions or needing further help with their mobile tickets should contact us at 412-323-1200. Our office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am-5 pm and on gameday three hours prior to kickoff. You can also visit the Ticket Office windows located at the corner of Art Rooney Avenue and West General Robinson on gameday starting three hours prior to kickoff.
  • Clear Bag Policy:No bags will be permitted into Heinz Field unless they follow the clear bag policy. Learn more >>>
  • Heinz Field concessions are now cashless:Credit and debit cards are still accepted, as well as Apple and Google Pay. Please note: 50/50 will still operate as cash-only.
  • Masks:Regardless of vaccination status, all guests, staff and vendors at Heinz Field will be required to wear a mask while visiting any of the indoor areas of the stadium.Guests who refuse to wear a mask will first receive a warning, and second time offenders will be removed from the stadium.* Vaccinations:Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter Heinz Field; however, in accordance with CDC guidelines, unvaccinated fans should wear a mask at all times.
  • To report issues while inside Heinz Field, text PITT33 to 69050 with your issue and location. One-touch issue reporting is also available through the Pittsburgh Steelers Official Mobile App under the 'Heinz Field' section.