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Long heralded for – and proud of – their blue collar reputation, the Pittsburgh Steelers produce their fan favourites and all-time greats in the trenches, or at least the linebacking corps. Mike Hoffman Jersey . Even their cherished skill position players are known most for their gritty play, think running back Jerome Bettis or wide receiver Hines Ward. So what happens when a legitimate playmaker and pure skill player dons Steelers black and gold? He flies under the radar some. The playmaker in question – and in Pittsburgh starting lineup – is receiver Antonio Brown, who quietly put up one of the best seasons of any receiver in the league last year. Brown led the Steelers with 110 receptions for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers ranked him second in both catches and yards and with Josh Gordon, last years yards leader, facing a full-year suspension for substance abuse, the path is clear to take the receiving yards title this year. In the Steelers long and storied history, no receiver has put up the kind of season Brown did last year. And perhaps just as important in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers pride themselves on doing things the right way, is Browns evolution into a leader. Once part of the “Young Money Family” alongside fellow receivers Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders – both of whom are no longer with the team – Brown is now taking on a guidance role for the younger pass catchers brought in to replace the likes of Wallace and Sanders. "Everyones watching my attitude, my demeanor, my approach,” Brown told reporters at the start of training camp. “Coach (Mike Tomlin) says Im the guy to look to do things, so theres a lot of emphasis on how to handle things and how to go about a lot of things being the leader." Brown puts in the required hard work as well, returning kickoffs – a rarity for a No. 1 receiver to dabble in special teams play – and continuing to target areas he feels still need improvement, such as blocking. Brown may not have started out as your prototypical Steelers player, perhaps the organization rubbed off on him, because he certainly is now. The eye-catching skill and highlight reel plays are almost just a bonus. Notes Brown will need another big season for the Steelers because after him the teams receiving corps is very green. Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders are gone now meaning one of Markus Wheaton or Martavis Bryant should be lining up opposite Brown. Pittsburgh did sign former New Orleans Saints receiver Lance Moore for a veteran presence. The Steelers have long been known to have a power running game as a focal point of their offence and this year they have a duo that should fill that role nicely. Alongside LeVeon Bell, who looked impressive in his rookie campaign last year, the Steelers added powerful free agent LeGarrette Blount, who flashed – as he has his entire career – strong ability last year with the New England Patriots. Alongside Blount and Moore, the Steelers also added safety Mike Mitchell, who has had a fairly solid career split between the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers. The Steelers landed two borderline first round talents in the first two rounds of the draft – one taken perhaps a little early in linebacker Ryan Shazier (15th overall) and one who could possibly turn out to be a steal in defensive end Stephon Tuitt (46th overall). The Steelers added a great assistant coach in former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. Munchak wasnt a very successful head coach but his bread and butter is the offensive line and he should only help Pittsburgh line. Evgenii Dadonov Panthers Jersey . “Momentum is only as good as the next days starter,” the long-time Baltimore Orioles manager famously quipped. Aleksander Barkov Jersey . "First, I would like to offer my deepest and sincerest apologies for any harm I have inflicted on University of Missouri defensive lineman, Michael Sam," the statement read.Sochi, Russia - The closing ceremony of the Sochi Games brought a flashy and tuneful end Sunday night to the most expensive Olympics in history. Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. They opted for human rings this time, the last one opening several seconds after the first four on the floor of the stadium. It echoed the hijinks from Vancouvers closing ceremony four years ago, when a leg of the cauldron that failed to come up during the opening ceremony was finally raised into place. Sundays ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium included a handoff from Sochi to Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Games. Near the end, the cauldron that was lit 16 days earlier by Russian Olympic greats Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina was extinguished after one of the games mascots, an animatronic bear, blew out a flame in the center of the stadium, a single tear dripping from its left eye. Earlier, after a childrens choir conducted by Valery Gergiev sung the Russian national anthem, flag bearers for each country entered the stadium together rather than country by country like in the opening ceremony. The athletes who stuck around for the festivities also came in together, as is customary for the closing ceremony. American ice hockey forward Julie Chu, who competed in her fourth Olympics, carried the U.S. flag. "So proud to represent Team USA (and) our amazing athletes. Humbled," Chu tweeted as she waited to enter the stadium. Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, who won their second womens bobsled gold medal in a row, were co-flag bearers for Canada. Figure skater Maxim Trankov, a dual gold medalist in Sochi, carried Russias flag. Pop music played, but the ceremony also included a heavy dose of classical music and ballet like the opening ceremony, and a nod to Russian novelists and poets. All of it was done as temperatures hovered in the 40s, a cool close to the so- called Spring Olympics, where the weather was famously mild, with temperatures even climbing into the 60s on some days. That led to some strange scenes, including cross country skiers cutting the sleeves off their uniforms and American skier Julia Mancuso filming a surfing video for NBC on the Black Sea. There was a serious side to the warmer weather, of course, which wreaked havoc on some courses for the snow events. Snowboarders complained about slushy conditions on the halfpipe and the New York Times detailed a clandestine operation by organizers to purchase more salt needed to keep some courses properly iced. Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen set the all-time Winter Olympics record during the games by winning his 12th and 13th medals, both golds. But Russia led the overall medal count with 33, including 13 gold medals to fall one short of the Winter Games record of 14 set by Canada four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics. The U.S. finished second with 28 medals, nine fewer than the Winter Games record 37 they captured in Vancouver. Norway was third overall with 26 medals and Canada won 25, including 10 gold -- the last secured by the mens hockey team on Sunday in a win over Sweden. Jonathan Huberdeau Panthers Jersey. . The Russian anthem played for the last time at the closing ceremony during the medal ceremony for the mens 50-kilometer cross country race. Alexander Legkov led a Russian medal sweep of that event Sunday morning. Sochi organizing committee head Dmitry Chernyshenko called the games "a great moment in our history ... a moment that will never be forgotten." "This is the new face of Russia, our Russia," he said. "And for us, these games are the best ever." Russian President Vladimir Putins $51 billion Olympics were the subject of snickers early on when media and athletes arrived to find some accommodations lacking. Journalists relayed stories of unfinished rooms, broken door handles, missing shower curtains and even stray dogs in their media villages. One was told not to use the water in her bathroom, which was said to contain a dangerous chemical. U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn became an Internet sensation after tweeting a picture of his bathroom door, which he had broken through after becoming locked inside. The Twitter account SochiProblems had more than 330,000 followers by the time of Sundays closing ceremony, but the criticism so prevalent in the first days died down, giving way to wide praise of Sochis venues. IOC President Thomas Bach, presiding over his first games, said the athletes left a legacy of "peace, tolerance and respect" and urged, as IOC heads often do, that countries around the world follow the example. Bach thanked Putin for what he said was the Russian presidents "personal commitment to the extraordinary success" of the games. "We leave as friends of the Russian people," said Bach. News broke during the opening ceremony that a plane had been diverted to an airport in Turkey after a passenger on board allegedly issued a bomb threat and tried to have the aircraft redirected to Sochi. The incident further raised fears that Russias first Olympics in 34 years could be the target of a terrorist attack, but the games passed without any such incident. The host country faced criticism in the run-up to the games after passing laws last year aimed at keeping gay "propaganda" away from children, and officials remained adamant throughout that political protests should be kept away from Olympic venues. In the highest-profile incident of its kind, two members of the punk band Pussy Riot were among several people detained for several hours as they planned to film a protest video in Sochi. They set up a day later to film again, but were interrupted by Cossacks who attacked them with whips. The games went without a positive doping test until the final weekend, when there were six. In the last case, Swedish hockey star Nicklas Backstrom was scratched from the gold medal game Sunday after testing positive for a banned substance found in allergy medication his NHL team said he has been taking for seven years to combat severe allergies. The Washington Capitals said the medication was approved by the Swedish national team. ' ' '