Just as the Steelers wrapped up their minicamp, and the players were leaving the field for the last time until they report to Saint Vincent College, a surprise visitor arrived. Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino came out on the field at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex hoisting the Stanley Cup.
The reaction from the players was priceless, as they all gathered around the historic Stanley Cup, and then lined up for pictures.
"Everybody is pretty excited about it," said Bonino. "We are the same when they are in the playoffs. It's pretty exciting whenever a Pittsburgh team goes far. I know if they won the Super Bowl or the Pirates won the World Series, we would be pretty giddy if they walked in the locker room."
Bonino said the Penguins appreciated the support of the Steelers' players throughout the season, and loved seeing them at PPG Paints Arena throughout the Stanley Cup run.
"It was awesome," said Bonino. "Ben (Roethlisberger) did the towel there. Antonio Brown is there in his fur coat a lot. The whole offensive line bought their own suite, which was pretty cool. It was cool they went and supported us. We loved seeing them in the crowd.
2017 minicamp is underway at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
"The City of Pittsburgh loves their sports. We went to the Pirates game the other night they were all excited. They are even more excited here to see the Cup. When they were in the playoffs we were all excited to watch too. It goes hand in hand."
Cameron Heyward, who goes to Penguins games all season, was one of the first players to pose with the Cup.
"We all want Pittsburgh to do well in anything," said Heyward. "They have held up their end of the bargain. Not a lot of cities have that camaraderie or that great bond between teams. You see their guys at our games, we are at their games, and we are all at baseball games. We are all appreciative at what each other does, and we all know we can't do what they do."