The Pittsburgh Steelers are easily the NFL's most surprising team of 2004, and former Commodore safety Ainsley Battles landed a spot on the roster at the beginning of the season. Battles catches VandyMania readers up on his pro career, and shares some of his best memories from his college days.
November 24, 2004
Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert was quick to point out in the aftermath of this year's draft that practice squads were increasing from five to eight players this season. And, Colbert said, the Steelers were taking players in later rounds with that in mind.
August 29, 2004
<b>LATROBE - </b> Duce Staley, new running back for the Steelers, put the cell phone down long enough to talk to reporters about Thursday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.<br><br> He should've kept talking on the phone.<br><br> "It's just another preseason game," said the 2002 Eagles Offensive MVP. "I'm looking to go in and get a little more conditioning, learn the offense more and get more playing time because after this game, we've only got one more and then it's live bullets."
August 25, 2004
<b>LATROBE --</b> The Steelers went into team scrimmage three different times Monday because, as Coach Bill Cowher explained, the team committed so many minor penalties Saturday night. <br><br>So Cowher had them working as a team and the focus was evident, the tempo crisp. <br><br>Here are the notes:
August 16, 2004
<b>GREENSBURG -</b> The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't feel comfortable with Chris Hope as their starting free safety last season because he wasn't experienced enough. <br><br> But when the team finished its practice at Greensburg's Offutt Field Wednesday night before a crowd of approximately 7,000, Hope was the most experienced player in the secondary.
August 11, 2004