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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

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LATROBE http://www.billsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dawson-knox-jersey , Pa. (AP) — acknowledged on Friday that he had a unique on-field connection with wide receiver Antonio Brown.Roethlisberger also admitted before the Steelers’ first practice of training camp that it would be different without Brown on the line of scrimmage this season. But he’s excited to move on after the Steelers traded Brown to Oakland following a messy public offseason divorce.“I think the things we did together were some things that no one’s really ever done,” Roethlisberger said. “It was pretty special, so it’s going to be hard to make up for that. But I’m going to do my best to still bring my “A” game, and I know we have other guys on this team who are ready to step up.”Roethlisberger and Brown combined for 74 touchdowns, the most in team history and sixth-best in NFL history. They also ended with 797 completions, second-most between a quarterback and receiver tandem in NFL history.But Brown decided to bail on his teammates before a must-win Week 17 home game against Cincinnati last season. The four-time All-Pro spent most of the offseason lashing out at the organization after a late-season collapse kept Pittsburgh from the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Brown also criticized Roethlisberger, once saying that he felt the two-time Super Bowl winner had an “owner mentality.”Roethlisberger said he isn’t using offseason criticism from ex-players as motivation this season.“I’m only focused on the guys that are here,” he said. “That’s all that really matters to me, the guys who are in this locker room, and on this team, and that’s all I should focus on.”The charismatic JuJu Smith-Schuster is now the unquestioned No. 1 receiver on the team after the 22-year-old finished with 111 catches for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Roethlisberger has noticed a difference in the third-year receiver, who was named team MVP last season.“I think JuJu is still himself and that’s what makes him special,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s still fun-loving and silly at times, but you see some growth and maturity, and you see him kind of accepting that leadership role.”The Steelers have several options to fill the void opposite Smith-Schuster, including veterans Donte Moncrief, Ryan Switzer, and Eli Rogers. They also have James Washington, last year’s second-round pick Brian Burns Jersey , and Diontae Johnson, the team’s third-round selection this year.“I know they can catch, I know they can play,” Roethlisberger said. “I want to see who makes the least amount of mistakes, who can get a subtle hand signal, who can interpret visual signals, the little subtle nuances.”Roethlisberger, in his 15th season, led the league in passing last year and also broke his own franchise record with 34 touchdown passes. The 37-year-old Roethlisberger says he’s not as fast entering year 16 but feels his arm is just as strong as it was 10 years ago.“I really spent a lot of time with my trainer, working on my shoulders and back and things for throwing,” Roethlisberger said. “I feel as good as I ever have physically, and I still feel sharp mentally, too, so that’s important.”Roethlisberger also plans to stick around at least for another three years after signing a contract extension that will keep the two-time Super Bowl winner in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season.“I’m going to play to the end of my contract and then I’ll decide anything after that,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ve honored all of my contracts to date. That’s my goal.”Roethlisberger also wants to win another Super Bowl.“That’s much more motivation for me than what people say,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ll be selfish when it comes to that. I want to win Super Bowls. Truthfully, that should be all of our motivation because that’s what’s driving me right now.” BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — George Taliaferro, the star Indiana running back who in 1949 became the first black player drafted in the NFL when George Halas and the Chicago Bears took him in the 13th round, has died. He was 91.The university spoke with Taliaferro’s family about his death in Mason http://www.panthersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-greg-little-jersey , Ohio, senior associate athletic director Jeremy Gray said Tuesday. Other details were not disclosed.Taliaferro was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981. In the NFL, he played seven positions and earned Pro Bowl honors in 1951-53.He was the leading rusher on Indiana’s 1945 Big Ten championship team that went 9-0-1, the only undefeated team in school history. During his four years in Bloomington he led the Hoosiers in rushing twice and passing once.It wasn’t an easy transition — the segregation in Bloomington was jarring — and Taliaferro told the Indianapolis Star he once called his father in Gary, Indiana, and suggested he might come home and work together in one of the U.S. Steel plants. His dad wouldn’t hear of it.“I lay awake all night trying to figure … out … why … he wouldn’t help me,” Taliaferro told the Star. “And it came to me: That for the first 18 years of my life, every day I left my father and mother’s house to go to school, they told me two things: ‘We love you; you must be educated.’ It came to me that the other reason for my being at Indiana University … on the campus at Bloomington … Indiana — was to be educated.”Indiana said university President Herman Wells once intervened with a local restaurant to make sure he and Taliaferro would be able to eat there. When the manager balked, Wells said he would make the restaurant off limits to the student body and the manager relented.The Bears selected Taliaferro with the 129th overall pick — a potential dream come true for the Gary native who grew up following the Bears. The problem was that Taliaferro had signed a week before the draft with the Los Angeles Dons of the rival All America Football Conference, which had welcomed black players since its debut in 1946.Taliaferro told the Dayton Daily News last year he thought about returning his $4,000 signing bonus to the Dons in hopes it would clear the way for an NFL career, but then spoke with his mother.“She said, ‘What did you promise your father?'” Taliaferro told the Dayton Daily News. “I knew right away. I had to be a man of my word, so I never even bothered getting back to George Halas and the Bears.”Taliaferro rushed for 472 yards and five touchdowns and passed for another 790 yards and four scores in his rookie season with the Dons in 1949. The AAFC merged with the NFL the following season and Taliaferro ended up with the New York Yanks for the 1950 season. Taliaferro rushed for 411 yards and four touchdowns and caught another 21 passes for 299 yards and five scores for the Yanks, leading the team in touchdowns and helping them to a 7-5 record.Taliaferro spent five more years in the NFL. He totaled 2,266 rushing yards, 1,300 receiving yards, 1 Will Grier Jersey ,633 passing yards and accounted for 37 touchdowns while playing for franchises in New York, Dallas, Baltimore and Philadelphia. He lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punter, kick returner, punt returner and defensive back.Taliaferro later earned a master’s degree at Howard University, taught at Maryland and served as dean of students at Morgan State. At Indiana, he also spent two decades serving his alma mater in a number of capacities, including as a special assistant to the president, IUPUI chancellor and dean of School of Social Work. He was also active in helping the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.Flags on the Bloomington campus were lowered to half-staff through this weekend’s homecoming game against Iowa. Taliaferro’s No. 44 will replace the traditional logo on Indiana players’ helmets for the game and there will be a moment of silence before kickoff.“He was a mentor to me, and, like all great mentors, was often one who was appropriately challenging me,” athletic director Fred Glass said. “Simply put, he was a great man and will be greatly missed.”Indiana said Taliaferro is survived by his wife of 67 years, Viola, and two daughters.Funeral arrangements were pending.