Pittsburgh Steelers Sweeten the Deal for Two Important Players

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Antonio Brown
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An analyst based in New York City, Ryan Hoadley has worked in the financial industry for more than a decade. In his leisure time, Ryan Hoadley supports Pittsburgh’s professional teams, including the Steelers.

The Steelers have taken steps to keep two valuable players, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.

In the summer of 2016, management promised Brown it would support him as he neared the last year of his six-year contract. In February 2017, general manager Kevin Colbert announced a new five-year deal for Brown, worth over $72 million. The frequent All-Pro wide receiver thus became one of the highest-paid non-quarterbacks in the NFL.

Brown is one of only two players to catch 100-plus passes in four consecutive seasons. In 2016, he contributed 1,284 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, prior to the Steelers’ 2017 Super Bowl appearance.

Also having a stellar season, running back Bell was the first NFL player to average more than 100 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving per game. Bell also led the league in yards from scrimmage in 2016.

He could have become a free agent, but the team retained him by using an exclusive rights franchise tag, a one-year offer that binds him to the team while a new contract is prepared. If negotiations fail, Bell will earn the average of the league’s top five running backs in 2017.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Immaculate Reception” Against Rival Oakland

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Immaculate Reception
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Ryan Hoadley is an accomplished financial executive and hedge fund manager with Newbrook Capital Advisors in New York. In his free time, Ryan Hoadley supports a number of Pittsburgh sports teams, especially the Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were an elite team in the 1970s and are well remembered for one of the greatest plays in NFL history, known as the “Immaculate Reception.” The setting was the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Three Rivers Stadium, with the Steelers down 7-6 and 1:17 remaining against the rival Oakland Raiders. With Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler having just run 30 yards for a touchdown, the Steelers were on offense again, but with their backs against the wall.

The clock had run down to 22 seconds and Pittsburgh faced fourth and 10 on its own 40 yard line. With quarterback Terry Bradshaw under pressure, he threw the ball in the direction of Frenchy Fuqua, who collided with Raiders safety Jack Tatum as the ball arrived. Franco Harris somehow caught the ricocheting football and ran it a full 60 yards to the end zone.

The celebration in Pittsburgh that ensued, as the home team progressed to the Super Bowl, was always tinged with controversy. Some believed that the ball touched the turf before Harris caught it, while others claimed it bounced off of Fuqua, which would have ended the play under 1970s rules. Whatever the case, the ruling on the field stood, and to this day, Fuqua and Harris talk on the phone every year on the anniversary of the historic play.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Participate in Project Bundle-Up

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Pittsburgh Steelers
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A financial analyst with more than a decade of experience, Ryan Hoadley has worked at a successful New York-based hedge fund since 2008. Outside of work, Ryan Hoadley enjoys running, skiing, and following the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In an effort to give back to the local community, the Pittsburgh Steelers take part in a variety of charitable programs throughout the year. Recently, the team’s charitable activities included a shopping trip to a local Dick’s Sporting Goods as part of Project Bundle-Up, a program launched 30 years ago by Patricia Rooney, the wife of Steelers’ chairman Dan Rooney.

Operated in partnership with The Salvation Army and WTAE-TV, Project Bundle-Up provides winter clothing to children and seniors in need across western Pennsylvania. Receiver Sam Coates, safety Mike Mitchell, and a number of other Steelers players participated in the 2015 Project Bundle-Up shopping event. The team members helped local children from the Salvation Army on the North Side pick out warm coats, boots, gloves, and hats in preparation for the upcoming winter weather.

In addition to participating in shopping events, the Steelers host a mini-golf tournament each spring to support the Project Bundle-Up program.