*The Steelers are celebrating their 50th training camp at Saint. Vincent College this summer. As a part of that celebration, we will be sharing training camp memories from players, coaches, staff and fans, leading up to the start of the 2015 Steelers Training Camp. *
Training camp meant different things for different players, but while coaches and fans often times looked forward to it, the players didn't always share that same sentiment. It was a tough, grueling time for them, especially for those who had to endure multiple practices each day. Yes, there were some who appreciated camp, but there were others that saw it as a necessary evil.
John Stallworth – WR – 1974-87"I may be different than a lot of guys. I actually enjoyed training camp. Training camp was an opportunity to compete in everything. It was a lot of one-on-one with the defensive backs, one-on-one with Mel Blount and the other guys there. I enjoyed that competition, getting back together after the offseason, starting to build something new and special for that coming season. It was a great time for me. I enjoyed the camaraderie we built and enhanced in training camp. There were very few parts of it I didn't enjoy.
"If I came and wasn't prepared, it was ugly. If you came there and weren't in shape and hoping to get in shape while there, it was brutal. But if you were in shape you could spend the time working on the mental parts of your game, the techniques. I tried to come there and was successful being in shape already and could work on my game and enjoy what was going on."
Keith Willis – DE – 1982-87, 89-91
"Camp now, it's not like when I used to do it. I hate thinking about it. Chuck Noll, it was hard to endure those training camps and make that team. It says a lot about every individual that came through it."
Fifty years of Steelers football at Saint Vincent College.
Dwayne Woodruff – CB – 1979-85, 87-90
"I think it's important for it to remain there at Saint Vincent. That stability the Rooney family brings to Pittsburgh. You don't have to change everything all of the time. I think it being at St. Vincent has shown the people that the Steelers love them as much as they love us. We want to be a part of the community and we are.
"It's great it's still at Saint Vincent. I still get a twinge every time I pass by on the highway, but I have some fond memories and friendships forged deep when you are battling on a team. It's great it's still there. I know a lot of people when they grow up and go back and their old high school is gone and is now a parking lot. It's great to go back and talk about training camp and be able to take your buddy back and show this is where it all started. St. Vincent is great. It's always going to be a part of me."
Mike Merriweather – LB – 1982-87
"I hated it. We had three-a-days. Young guys, it's a piece of cake for you. We had no air conditioning. No televisions. Things have truly changed."
Randy Grossman – TE - 1974-81
"When I think about camp, one of the things I don't think about is air conditioning, which they have now. The Kmart did a booming business with everyone running out to get box fans for their rooms. I actually enjoyed camp. It's hard to recognize it now, but like anything things change and get better. It's very impressive now. It was almost like a turbo charged high school back then. It wasn't too exotic. We walked into the locker room via the laundry and then the training room and then the locker room. It was warm out, but it was special to me."