Pittsburgh Steeler Notes:

The Steelers opened their 37th consecutive training camp at tiny St. Vincent College in Latrobe, which was also home to Arnold Palmer and Mr. Rogers. They have no plans to follow the trends of some NFL teams and hold their summer camp at their own facility.

"I think training camp is a necessity," Coach Bill Cowher said. "It is a necessity for them to understand what you want. It is a necessity for you to get a feel for who you have."

-- Cowher spent much of his summer traipsing after his daughters as they played AAU basketball around the country.

"I told one of the coaches that I am not so sure that I am ready to make a third-down call, but if we are down by three with a minute to go and it is a basketball game, I can coach them right now. I have watched more basketball in the last month with my three daughters -- Lafayette, Louisiana, Washington, D.C. -- I have been in more gyms this spring that I am looking forward to football. I am basketball'ed out."

-- WR Hines Ward thinks it's time the Steelers made it to the Super Bowl after successive losses in the playoffs in the AFC championship game and the second round.

"We have the talent to win it all," Ward said. "Our focus has to be, let's put a whole year together and get it done."

-- In his previous 11 seasons, Cowher's teams have won just four openers. They open at home against Baltimore this season.

-- Center Jeff Hartings did not take part in the running test Cowher puts his players through every summer the day after they report to camp. However, Hartings did participate in everything else. He has a congenital knee problem that causes soreness.

"Jeff's is not really an injury," Cowher said. "It is just a precautionary measure. He had the knee [problem] last year."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Even if I don't catch 100 balls this season, I'm going to be a better and smarter wide receiver." - Hines Ward, who set the Steelers record with 112 receptions last season.

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