Pittsburgh opens its season with a bitter rival from the '70s, Oakland, and follows with its biggest rival of the new century, at Baltimore. <br><br>"It's always a good thing to get to your rival game early and get the blood boiling early," team president Art Rooney II said. "So when you open up with the Raiders and then go to the Ravens, I think that will get things started and hopefully have everybody ready to go right away."
April 19, 2004
<b> PITTSBURGH -</b> The exodus of former Detroit Lions to Pittsburgh continued yesterday when the Steelers signed offensive lineman Barrett Brooks to a one-year contract. <br><br> Steelers Coach Bill Cowher sounded less than enthused when asked to discuss his newest player. "Barrett Brooks," was all he said to reporters. <br><br> Cowher was asked to elaborate.
<b>PITTSBURGH -</b> Looking to solidify their banged up offensive line, the Steelers turned to one old face and one new one, bringing back Josh Burr and signing veteran Barrett Brooks.<br><br> Burr, a second-year player, was signed to the team's practice squad, while Brooks, an eight-year NFL veteran, was added to the active roster.