By Teresa Varley
Steelers players are regulars at Pittsburgh Penguins games, especially during the Stanley Cup run when guys like Ben Roethlisberger, James Farrior and Jeff Reed to name a few are often seen at Mellon Arena.
Farrior enjoyed the 3-2 Penguins win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night and plans on going back when he can.
"Any sport in this town we will support it because we know we get the same support," said Farrior. "It was fun being out there and good seeing a win. Whatever sport they have in Pittsburgh I am that fan. I enjoy watching hockey."
While Farrior and his teammates get a warm reception from the home crowd, the linebacker isn't so sure the same would hold true if their former head coach came to a game this round. Bill Cowher is now living in North Carolina and has been a staple at Hurricane games, sounding the ceremonial warning siren prior to a Stanley Cup playoff game.
"I saw him do that a couple of games ago," said Farrior. "I was hoping he would get the chance to come to Pittsburgh so he can get booed."
Farrior joked that Cowher, who grew up in Pittsburgh, has become a turncoat.
"Definitely he has," said Farrior. "That is where he lives now. That is where he wants to lay his loyalties. It is what it is. I hope he has the chance to come to Pittsburgh to watch a game. We will treat him real well."
The Steelers are using OTA's to get a jump on the season and to make sure that with the target now on the Super Bowl champions they are ready for whatever comes their way.
"It's us just doing our job, doing the little things and focusing on the now," said running back Mewelde Moore. "We can't take the past with us. We have to focus on the present and do the things we need to do to be better. Everybody is focusing on being better and every team we play is going to be focused on beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. We have to focus and take it one day at a time.
Linebacker Bruce Davis didn't waste any time snatching up No. 50, which had been worn by Larry Foote. But many of his teammates didn't realize he was making the change and did a double-take on the field on Tuesday.
"I thought it was a little too soon," said Farrior. "I was ready to retire the number personally. But I guess we can't."
Farrior, the defensive captain, joked that no one came to him for approval on the number change.
"They slipped it in on me," said Farrior. "I didn't know about it until today."