The Steelers held their first Family Fest Sunday night at Heinz Field and it was the first chance for the new players on the team to make a visit to Heinz Field.
It also was the first opportunity since last year’s AFC Championship for linebacker James Harrison to put on the pads.
And he did it with a little flair.
Harrison had been held out of action by head coach Mike Tomlin the entire offseason and the first week of training camp. But Tomlin felt it was the perfect time to let Harrison put the pads on Sunday night to be introduced for the fans.
Harrison came out of the tunnel for introductions - every unit was introduced - with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. And Harrison was wearing Roethlisberger’s No. 7 jersey, while Roethlisberger wore No. 92.
They also mimicked each other’s typical movements when they are announced on game day, with Harrison pointing a finger to the air and then the fans, while Roethlisberger kept his helmet on and flexed a little.
Harrison didn’t do any team work, but he did work in drills.
“I thought it was time to unleash old 92,” said Tomlin.
@ Expect Martavis Bryant to be re-instated fully by the NFL sometime this week.
Remember, the Steelers fly to New York - New Jersey, actually - later this week for their first preseason game.
It would be the perfect time for the league to bring in Bryant to bend the knee and kiss the ring of the commissioner.
@ The goal line drill didn’t disappoint, with Tyler Matakevich and Vince Williams delivering some big blows early to stuff both Fitzgerald Toussaint and Knile Davis, respectively.
First-year running back Terrell Watson wasn’t going to be denied, though. The 240-pound running back from Azusa Pacific scored on three straight runs. The first was led by a pulling David DeCastro. Then, Watson got around left end as David Johnson and Roosevelt Nix sealed the edge.
Finally, Watson, nicknamed “Nightmare” by Tomlin, ran over Robert Golden in the hole to score the final time.
The “Nightmare” nickname comes because Watson broke all of the records held by former NFL star Christian Okoye at Azusa Pacific. Okoye was known as the Nigerian Nightmare.
“It was kind of low-hanging fruit,” Tomlin admitted.
@ Tomlin had praised his running backs for not fumbling in this camp on Saturday. He might have jinxed them.
Brandon Brown-Dukes put one on the ground in team run and Watson lost one on a hit by Matt Galambos after making a catch.
@ Artie Burns was moving around well and didn’t have anything on either knee tonight. That was a good sign after Tomlin’s cryptic quote Saturday regarding the cornerback.
Alejandro Villanueva, however, joined the list of walking wounded - which seems to be growing daily - when he left the goal-line drill after taking a shot. It’s possible he suffered a concussion.