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April 18, 2014

Yinztastic

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'm excited for this one. #BuckleUpBaby #LetsGoBucs #Yinztastic --Keisel




April 8, 2014

An Old Lion

From the art website of Baron Batch:

I like to paint people I admire. Brett Keisel is a former teammate and current friend.

The thing that I admire about 99 is that he is tough. Toughness is the most underrated quality a human being can have.

It's not about natural ability, it is strictly a decision. One of the best compliments I have ever received referenced my toughness.

My first year in the NFL I was a cub, but an old lion took notice and showed me the ropes. My time in the league is over now, and I am more thankful than ever for what I get to do in life.

But this is me, paying respect to someone who is still out there hunting, and has been for quite some time.

I will always say THANK YOU TO AN OLD LION.

View a time-lapse of Mr. Batch's amazing creation, HERE.

View all of Baron Batch's incredible work, including a Troy Polamalu portrait, HERE.




April 6, 2014

Making Memories

From Jessica Potts Wagner:

My son was extremely excited to be at his first Steelers game. We found the team hotel and stood in the lobby the evening before to get some autographs.

About an hour later, we were just about to give up until a gentleman approached us telling Gavin today is his lucky day.

He took us up to a secured floor where the team had a private meeting room. Gavin got to meet numerous players and The One and Only Brett Keisel!

He was in complete awe, as was I.

You always hear stories how you can’t approach players, etc. I, however, can truly say Brett was nothing like those stories. He made it easy for Gavin to hold a conversation with him and hesigned his jersey and ball. He also posed for a few photos.

Gavin's ball and jersey are both now framed and in his "game room" for show.

Thank You Brett Keisel for making my sons trip to Pittsburgh a memorable one!

Thank you to Jessica and Gavin for sharing their special visit!




March 30, 2014

Don't let the BIG ONE get away...

Brett Keisel VIP Fishing Event:

If you love the outdoors, love to fish and love to eat... then this contest is for YOU!

Register:

Type www.donsappliances.com/fishingcontest in your browser.

You will be asked to confirm you are 18 years or older. Once confirmed, you can enter your information to be entered.

If you have already visited the page once to enter or to view the contest details (or if you do not receive the entry initially), you will need to clear your internet cookies.

Event date is June 5, 2014. Date is subject to change.

Entries MUST be received by May 8th, 2014.

Fishing event includes winner plus one guest, half day fishing outing with Brett Keisel at a private fishing club, lunch and private autograph session.

Rules:

Valid PA fishing license required.

Minimum age contest winner – 18 year or older.

Minimum age contest winners guest- 6 years or older.

No purchase necessary to win.

Winner will be notified by phone.

Contest questions: (412) 904-1969.

Fishing event is in conjunction with Brett Keisel Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC fishing outing.

Thank you to event sponsors: Dons Appliances, Hillmon Appliance and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

Get your entry in to win a chance to catch a BIG ONE with DaBeard!




March 23, 2014

The Keisel Car

Michael Kranik entered the Pinewood Derby Race and decided to design what he calls his "Keisel Car" for the theme.

The Black & Gold "Keisel Car", complete with #99 on it, turned out great, as you can see.

And, the race went well for the Michael and his "Keisel Car"...

Michael won his Den and took 2nd overall out of 40 kids in the pack.--James Kranik, Michael's proud father.

Thank you to James and Michael for sharing the photo. We are so impressed with the awesome car and we are glad to hear Michael did great in the race!




March 17, 2014

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Da Beard Nation gettin' GREEN and BEARDY in their Da Beard Gear!

We loved all the photos Da Beard Nation sent in their new gear...so we decided to share some here on the site.

Wife rocking her Da Beard Gear on her first 5k today in Sheridan Wyoming!--Randy Hyder

Pictured are his wife, Lauren Hyder and friend Ashli Filkins. The ladies ran in the Run 'til You're Green Fun Run.

From the article:

This year, the "Run 'til You're Green Fun Run," could have been named 'Run 'Til You're Blue," given the chilly weather. In spite of the wind gusts mixed with the cold temperatures, one hundred runners showed up, clad in some kind of green, all to raise funds for the local Jaycees.

Looks like they had a great time and it was for a great cause!

Rocking the best St.Pats shirt ever!! #99.--Kelly Fulton Elders

Kelly definitely got into the St. Patty's Day/Da Beard spirit!

Thanks to all who purchased the St. Patrick's Day t-shirts! View more photos of fans rockin' 'em HERE.

We wish everyone a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day. And, a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY goes out to Brett's amazing mother, Connie.

Check out Brett's message to his mom, along with a great photo of her, under the Keisel Kam photo.




March 16, 2014

The First Annual Wild-CUT

Inspiration from Shear Da Beard...

From Christoper Lessick:

The First Annual Wild-CUT (the school mascot is the Wildcat)– the shearing and styling of the beards of Great Bridge High School, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

As a devoted Steelers fan who grew up outside of Pittsburgh, even after moving to Virginia Beach in 2000, I have been a dutiful follower and loyal fan. For the past several years, I have grown a beard to try and “catch up” to Brett Keisel, and despite the Duck Dynasty references and “No-Shave November,” I’ve always called it my Steelers beard.

Though I’d considered it last year, it was in February of this year, after watching the video of the Shearing of the Beard, Mr. Keisel’s benefit for Children’s Hospital, that I decided to see if I could do something similar, though on a smaller scale—obviously we don’t have the fame and the resources, but we could still perhaps do something fun and raise some money for a great cause at our high school. I spoke to a couple of other fellow bearded colleagues, Mr. Bryan Stambaugh (Spanish teacher), and Mr. Joshua Brown (media teacher), and they expressed immediate interest when I told them of Mr. Keisel’s tradition. After that, we pitched it to our principal, Mrs. Sheli Porter, who loved the idea and let us roll with it.

We decided to survey the male staff members to see who might be interested in raising a beard over the next month and fifteen teachers and an assistant principal agreed. Mr. Stambaugh came up with the idea of styling the beards for a day, with students’ votes (and dollars) to determine the style between two choices for each teacher. After finding a chart of “beard styles” on the internet, two styles were randomly chosen for each faculty member. Mr. Brown sent his minions to take head shots of our beards and then had them printed out in color and posted in the commons area. On each side, the styles were posted, and we planned to collect money the week of March 4, with the shearing day set for March 7.

However, Mother Nature decided to send us snow for some reason, and we did not have school Monday and Tuesday. Nevertheless, we pressed on with our date of Friday, 7 March, and collected money on Wednesday and Thursday only. During all lunch periods, students could pay one dollar to vote once, and we had numerous students vote several times. They could write the last name of the teacher and the letter of the particular style they hoped that teacher would have to shave his beard into.

On Thursday afternoon, we tallied the votes, and in just two days, we’d raised nearly two hundred dollars, all to go to the American Cancer Society. On Friday morning, bright and early, we met in the commons area with our shaving gear and carved each other’s beards into the winning styles as chosen by the students’ votes.

Some of our wives who teach at the school also helped in the shaving duties, and by the end, our bearded faculty had been transformed—some, perhaps, for the worse, but all for a good cause.

We’d like to thank Mr. Brett Keisel for the positive inspiration as well as for being a role model professional athlete, something seemingly difficult to come by these days.

We would like to thank Mr. Lessick and the crew at Great Bridge High School (GO WILDCATS) for their inspiring event. Unfortunately, we could not post all of their great photos, but it was awesome to see the fun they had with this worthwhile event. The students at Great Bridge High School are lucky to have such an inspiring group of teachers and faculty! Hopefully they will encourage others to do the same.




March 9, 2014

Don't let the BIG ONE get away...

Brett Keisel VIP Fishing Event:

If you love the outdoors, love to fish and love to eat... then this contest is for YOU!

Register:

Type www.donsappliances.com/fishingcontest in your browser.

You will be asked to confirm you are 18 years or older. Once confirmed, you can enter your information to be entered.

If you have already visited the page once to enter or to view the contest details (or if you do not receive the entry initially), you will need to clear your internet cookies.

Event date is June 5, 2014. Date is subject to change.

Entries MUST be received by May 8th, 2014.

Fishing event includes winner plus one guest, half day fishing outing with Brett Keisel at a private fishing club, lunch and private autograph session.

Rules:

Valid PA fishing license required.

Minimum age contest winner – 18 year or older.

Minimum age contest winners guest- 6 years or older.

No purchase necessary to win.

Winner will be notified by phone.

Contest questions: (412) 904-1969.

Fishing event is in conjunction with Brett Keisel Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC fishing outing.

Thank you to event sponsors: Dons Appliances, Hillmon Appliance and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

Get your entry in to win a chance to catch a BIG ONE with DaBeard!




March 4, 2014

Get GREEN and BEARDY!

Need something green and beardy to wear for St. Patty's Day? We've got ya covered!

Click over to Da Beard Gear to check out the newest t-shirt. And, for every St. Patty Day shirt you order....the crew will toss in a free KOOZIE with your order!

Not only can you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style while wearing this tee, but the inside front of the shirt has Da Beard (with an Irish twist) printed in such a way so that you can flip it up to your face and Boom! Instant leprechaun costume (well, at least the beard part anyway)!

Feel free to dance a little jig if the mood catches you right.




February 28, 2014

Hangin' with Jeremy

Brett met Jeremy when he was visiting the brave children at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC .

Jeremy's stepmother, Dana Coast was kind enough to email a photo of Jeremy with Brett and she was excited to let us know he has been ONE YEAR CANCER FREE!

I would love to tell you about how awesome Jeremy is!!!

He has a heart of gold and is comedian!! He loves his two little sisters and of course us! But, his main love is his dirt bikes!! He rides a series called AWRCS! It's American Woods Racing Championship Series. He had graphics made for his bike that says "I ride for kids with Leukemia."

He just made student of the week at Franklin Area High School, where he is in 11th grade.

His hugs are the best! He is an amazing young man!-- Dana Coast

Unfortunately, Jeremy had a small set back last week and had to return to the hospital. He is doing better now though and told Dana: "Don't worry mamma I will be home soon!"

She is holding him to that promise!

Jeremy also has a message for his buddy Brett:

"I still have the crazy beard you gave me when you came to visit, so if your face gets cold you can borrow it!"

Steeler Nation and Da Beard Nation have a message for Jeremy: Keep on fighting and stay strong! We are thinking and praying for you!

Thank you to the Coast family for their photo and story!




February 16, 2014

Autograph signing at Pittsburgh Auto Show

Brett spent some time with Steeler Nation yesterday at the Pittsburgh Auto Show.

He greeted fans, signed autographs and of course checked out the great cars!

Click on the link to see which players are scheduled to appear today!

It's a great event to attend. Massages, racing simulators, raffles for awesome prizes and of course amazing cars!

Thank you to the coordinators of the show for the great photo.

And, thank you to all attended the signing! Most were impressed with the fact that Da Beard is making a comeback already. We also received many emails from fans thanking Brett for doing the signing. Fun day!

View a few other photos HERE.




February 7, 2014

What to do with TONS of snow...

Why, make Steelers and Da Beard themed snowmen, of course!

Today's news photo is from Brock Martyna and is titled "Fear Da Snow Beard!!!"

Brett may wish he had Da Beard back after this last round of cold and snow!

Luckily, he says Da Beard grows back quickly!

And, from Anne Cooper, WV:

"Even the snow is a Brett Keisel fan! Look at that beard!"

We agree... there is a definite likeness!

Photo courtesy of ImperfectWomen.com.

Check out more photos HERE.

Thanks to all who sent and posted the fun snow time pictures!

Upcoming autograph signing:

I'll be signing autographs at the Pittsburgh Auto Show tomorrow (February 15) from 3-4. Come see baby Da Beard. It's coming back fast.-- Brett

Click on the link to check times for other autographs on Saturday. Scheduled to appear are Mel Blount, Rocky Bleier and Charlie Batch!

On Sunday, Kelvin Beachum and Craig Wolfley are scheduled to appear.

Happy Valentine's Day Steeler Nation!




February 7, 2014

For those who could not attend Shear Da Beard IV

We have you covered...with video proof of Da Shearing, Da Singing and Da Guitar Playing!

View video of the shearing HERE.

View video of Keisel singing "Ring of Fire" HERE.

Keisel, who just learned how to play the guitar, dedicated the song to the patients of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The crowd went wild when he picked up the guitar and started singing!

View LOTS of photos from the awesome event HERE.

Thank you again to all the sponsors for helping to make this event happen. The event raised more than $50,000 for The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC







February 6, 2014

Brett Keisel not ready for party to end

From Scott Brown, ESPN.com:

Brett Keisel threw a party Wednesday night at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, and the Steelers defensive end raised more than $50,000 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the process.

Keisel packed the restaurant/bar that is north of Pittsburgh for the shaving of his beard, and he drew the same boisterous cheers while on the stage that recently showcased the Gin Blossoms as he does at Heinz Field.

That might seem a little odd until you consider that the beard, which first drew national notice when the Steelers played in the Super Bowl three years ago, has morphed into a phenomenon and has a handful of its own Twitter accounts.

The night did provide a bit of an upset when Keisel emerged from his backstage shave looking less like a lumberjack but with some semblance of a beard.

"I feel a little more comfortable when I have at least a little hair on my face," Keisel said at the conclusion of the Fourth Annual Shear Da Beard. "I usually have an identity crisis after I do this. That’s why I left a little bit."

A more profound identity crisis could be looming. Keisel is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11, and his football future in the city where he and his wife, Sarah, are active in a number of charities and intend to raise their three children is uncertain.

Keisel would love nothing more than to finish where he started, to wear one uniform his entire career. But Keisel, who still feels like he can play, is also realistic.

"This business is all about youth," said the 35-year-old Keisel. "It’s up in the air; it really is. I feel fortunate to have been a part of success. I feel fortunate to have been a part of championship football. I know that I’m a lot luckier than a lot of players that go through the NFL and for that I’ll always be grateful."

The future can wait -- or at least it could Wednesday night as Keisel basked in the applause of Steelers fans for what he hopes isn’t the final time. He shined in the spotlight, whether he was raising money with guest auctioneer and former Steelers linebacker James Harrison or playing "Ring of Fire" on his new guitar, the song a nod to what the children he raises money for through "Shear Da Beard" endure on a daily basis.

The support Keisel received from the Steelers affirmed how widely respected he is within the organization. Coach Mike Tomlin, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, defensive line coach John Mitchell, tight end Heath Miller and former Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith, whose son is a cancer survivor, were all among the celebrities who snipped Keisel’s beard on stage.

Linebackers coach Keith Butler and quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner were also in attendance, as was general manager Kevin Colbert. Teammates who showed up for the event included defensive ends Cameron Heyward and Ziggy Hood and offensive linemen Kelvin Beachum and Fernando Velasco.

The best part of the night is that Keisel managed to own it without making it about him. He thanked everyone from the celebrity attendees to the president of Children’s Hospital and fans who made it possible.

"It’s mind boggling," Keisel said with a laugh about the capacity crowd he drew, "and I told them, ‘All of you are crazy. ' It really is amazing the support that I feel from fans of mine and fans of the Steelers and fans of Children Hospital. Kids are suffering every day and this is a little bit of help to them, and that makes me very proud."

Read Mr. Brown's article in its entirety, HERE.

View LOTS of photos from the awesome event HERE.

More news below in the February 5 update.

Today's news photo is from WDVE.




February 5, 2014

Da Beard has been SHEARED

Goodbye Da Beard...hello Brett Keisel!

I want to thank everyone for making #ShearDaBeard the best event yet. Sponsors, teammates, coaches, friends, family, and of course FANS!!!-- Brett

The Fourth Annual Shear Da Beard event, to benefit The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC was held tonight at Jergel's.

The event was SOLD OUT and Da Beard Nation packed the place!

It was great seeing how many of Brett's teammates, coaches and friends made time to support this wonderful cause!

View LOTS of photos from the awesome event HERE.

Shear Da Beard sponsors include: Da Beard Gear, SportClips, WDVE, Diehl Automotive Group, The Pittsburgh Steelers, Children's Hospital UPMC, Hillmon Appliance Distributors, Don's Appliances, Eat' N Park, and PNC Bank.

We will have MUCH more news on the event soon!

Thank you once again to the great staff and management at Jergel's Rhythm Grille for hosting Shear Da Beard!




February 5, 2014

Inspiring others

Brett will hold his 4th Annual Shear Da Beard event tonight at Jergel's. His world famous beard will be sheared to benefit cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

The event is SOLD OUT!

I want to thank everyone for buying tickets to Shear Da Beard. The event is sold out once again! The countdown is on!--Keisel

When 7-year-old Contessa Nicholas heard about the Shear Da Beard event, she was inspired to find a way that she could help others.

I just wanted to thank Mr. Keisel for the inspiration that he provides world wide.

Our family are huge Steeler fans and thanks to Brett's Shear the beard fundraiser, it inspired my 7 year-old daughter. She cut and donated her hair to Locks of Love today.

It's nice to see players having impacts on the community like that! We love #99 in Pocatello, Idaho.!--Dustin Nicholas, Contessa's dad.

Goes to show it does not matter how old (or young) you are...we ALL can make a difference!




February 2, 2014

Autograph Signing event at Diehl Automotive Group

Brett and Da Beard were at Diehl Automotive Group yesterday for an autograph signing event.

Fans were able to bring an item for him to sign, and they were able to see Da Beard just a few days before it is SHEARED.

Duane Smyth brought a Super Bowl XL helmet for Brett to sign. It sounds like #99 was the last signature he needed to complete it:

Thanks for coming out Brett... finally finished my helmet after 8 years!"

Now that is awesome!

Brett was happy to see such a great turnout of fans:

Thanks to DaBeard Nation for coming to Diehl Automotive and saying hi. Good to see you!

And, the fans were happy to meet and visit with #99:

Just got home from a meeting Brett Keisel. One of the nicest players around. I want to thank you for signing my stuff, and signing a pic for my unborn son. He will be a die hard steelers fan.--Jamie Buzard

Brett, thank you so much for taking the time to sign autographs at Diehl. And, thanks to Diehl for holding the signing! You do not hear of free signings among professional sports players, but Brett does it consistently year after year. Hats off to him!"--Leslie Young

When I heard Brett was doing another free signing, I was thrilled. He is a true fan favorite because of all he does on the field and off. His ShearDaBeard helps millions of kids he does not even know, and he makes the event affordable to fans. Most events we cannot attend because they are so expensive, but ShearDaBeard is always affordable and the amount of money he raises is the same as other events that charge $100 and more. Kudos to DaBeard!--Kevin Edgehill

Two words, Brett-YOU ROCK!--Sarah Spencer

Thank you again to all who attended the signing event at Diehl Automotive Group, and a BIG thanks to the folks at Diehl for making the event possible!

View PHOTOS from the signing.




February 1, 2014

Five years ago...

February 1. 2009- Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23

5 years ago today this pigskin fell to me and sealed SB XLIII. Thanks LaMarr Woodley!--Keisel

Many Steelers fans, and media members remember this game as one of the best Super Bowls played.

From January 2009:

I think this is the first time it set in, when I pulled up, that we are really going to Tampa and we are really playing in the Super Bowl.

It’s bizarre, but it’s an incredible feeling. I am excited for us and all of Steeler nation.

Everywhere we go, doesn’t matter who we are playing, we have fans everywhere. It’s wonderful and as players we really appreciate it.--Brett, at the Steelers Pep Rally (held at Heinz Field before the players departed for the game).

You can view some photos from the game HERE and HERE.

Enjoy the trip down memory lane!

Also, Christina Rivers, Pittsburgh Sports Examiner,was able to grab an exclusive interview with Brett (and Da Beard) during Super Bowl 48 Media Week.

From her interview:

Christina Rivers: You and your beard have become something of a status symbol both on and off of the football field. Do you enjoy being synonymous with your facial hair?

Brett Keisel: No doubt. My beard has sort of taken on a life of its own. The beard is the real celebrity.

Keisel admitted that continuing to grow his beard has not only given him an opportunity to do something for charity, but has helped him feel ready to go into battle with his "brothers" on the Steelers team.

Rivers: One of your many fans is curious if your beard is insured, similar to teammate Troy Polamalu's hair?

Keisel: It's not [laughing]. It doesn't need to be.

Rivers: With your "Shear Da Beard" event coming up, do you feel a little lost without the beard? What about your wife and kids?

Keisel: [Laughs] Yeah, for a couple of weeks I have and identity crisis. My wife and the kids, it takes them awhile to get used to it [being clean-shaven].

Brett goes on to talk about his pre-game rituals, which Steelers player influenced him the most, what his future may hold...and much more.

Read the entire article HERE.

Thank you so much to Ms. Rivers for sharing the article with us! She is a huge fan of #99 and we appreciate all her support!

We will have photos from Brett's autograph signing posted tomorrow!




January 31, 2014

Autograph signing with Da Beard

Da Beard's days are numbered as it will be sheared on February 5th. You have another chance to meet Da Beard as Brett and Diehl Automotive Group are hosting an autograph signing.

Date: February 1

Time: 1-2 pm.

Location: 1258 Pittsburgh Rd. in Butler, PA.

One autograph per person. No photographs.

The Diesel talks about The Bus:

“He was one of those unique guys. A lot of running backs don’t have anything close to his size. He could have been an offensive lineman.

His feet amazed us when we watched him. How fast he could get through a hole, the way he could make people miss, and his power after contact. When we got on third and short situations, I was on the punt team and I didn’t even get up because I knew he could at least get a yard.

We rode The Bus like crazy and we all will hopefully be taking The Bus to Canton.”

Read more on what Jerome's teammates had to say HERE.




January 30, 2014

Da Beard a hit with fans and media

Thanks to Head & Shoulders for Men for having me as hair correspondent again. Always a lot of fun.--Da Beard. Thanks to ESPN, Fox Sports and Yahoo Sports also!

Today's news photo:

When Da Beard found out that Jim Altman, @jimaltmanFOXCT uses J&J Baby Shampoo.

Then, Da Beard after Altman says he will use Head & Shoulders for Men shampoo.

From Jim Altman:

Right time to step up to the big leagues. I start growin the Keisel Beard tomorrow. Gimme a year!

Thank you to Mike Piskorski for the photos!

Photos:

Click HERE for more photos from Da Beard's adventures.

Brett and Da Beard concluded their time as hair correspondents for Super Bowl XLVIII Media Week yesterday. From the fans and media reactions, we have to say Da Beard was a HIT!

What a great interview he was!--Chris (@thirstyTortuga)

Da Beard is for sure awesome but it should def be described as EPIC!!! Jim Martin (@jimmrtn)

Da Beard (and Mr. Keisel) were amazing with us fans. Very down to earth and outgoing..one of the guys!John Miller

Brett Keisel's beard is all sorts of awesome!!NFL on ESPN

Keisel is so great on TV. He is funny and easy going in interviews. Great to see and hear an athlete who isn't full of himself. He interacted with fans without having bodyguards surrounding him. Very down to earth. Tommy Lozada.

Brett Keisel asks his fellow NFL players some "hairy" questions as the Head & Shoulders Hair Correspondent:

Watch HERE as Brett talks hair with the Super Bowl 48 players.

Peyton Manning feels hair WILL be a factor in the game...."Everybody keeps talking about the weather, but I think hair is really probably the key component. Not enough people are talking about it in my opinion.

The video from Head & Shoulders is very entertaining as he seems to shock one lady at Media Day with Da Beard, and Da Beard also attracts a cheerleader or two...be sure to watch!

What did Brett have to say about Manning, aside from hair talk...

He feels Manning is one of the all time greats and expects him to lead team to victory.

Brett and fellow Defensive End, Justin Tuck (NYG) met up with fans to sign autographs at Duane Reade in Times Square on Wednesday.

Tuck was quite impressed with Da Beard.

Fans were thrilled to meet up with Brett (and maybe to see Da Beard up close).

Brett Keisel has to be the chillest dude in the NFL.--Wyatt Stovall

Thank you once again to Head and Shoulders for the great photo of Brett and Justin!

95.7 The Game:

The Steelers DE, Brett Keisel gave his thoughts on what each team needs to do to clinch a Super Bowl win on Sunday, and how it felt to just miss out on the playoffs.

The crew who put Da Beard on Mount Beardmore last year were excited to see the glorious flowing beard was still around!

"That was an awesome honor and I will forever be remembered as being on Mount Beardmore.

The guys asked Keisel how tough it was to miss the playoffs:

It was tough. Your boys up there in San Diego..what the heck? All they had to do was just not score and let the Chiefs, with their substitute players, win the game..is it that hard?

Brett also talks about coach Mike Tomlin and how grateful he is to have him as a coach and friend.

Listen to the interview HERE.

Links to a couple more interviews:

TSN Radio 1290

Dan Le Batard Show




January 28, 2014

Da Beard Tackles Media Week

Headed to media day with Head & Shoulders for Men...Things might get "hairy".--Brett (and Da Beard)

Brett... and Da Beard are on the scene of SB XLVIII Media Week!

They are Hair Correspondents" with Head & Shoulders for Men.

Brett and Da Beard were there to discuss pre-game hair rituals, give beard growing tips and to see how "hairy" things would get on Radio Row this year.

Da Beard's first stop was to check out Media Day with the players.

Looks like Max Unger (Center for the Seahwaks) had to "look away" from Da Beard...after having a serious discussion about perfecting the art of the mustache trim. (Photo: Head & Shoulders for Men).

Da Beard also gave tips to Peyton Manning (Denver QB) and Brock Osweiler (Denver QB).

Below is a link to photos.

Next stop...SVP & Russillo...

Brett talked with the guys about his future, his experiences in the Super Bowl, the officiating during Chiefs-Chargers and whether Peyton Manning is the hardest QB to defend. Plus, he reveals the last time he wanted to beat someone up, why he's shaving his beard next week and more.

Listen: HERE.

It's an entertaining interview as Brett reveals the last time he may (or may not) have gotten in a fight!

On to the...Doug Gottlieb Show:

What does Doug say to get Da Beard a bit emotional...

Brett also discusses why he is so proud of the Steelers this season, and why he feels Troy Polamalu will always be a Steeler.

Brett also spoke about why he feels Manning is such a great QB, and why he felt the Seahawks defense was so good.

They caught up on kid talk and more, so be sure to give it a listen HERE . Warning...the beginning was a bit choppy (for me at least) but it gets better as the interview goes on.

Photos:

Click HERE for photos from today's events.

Been a fun day talking to the players and with Scott Van Pelt & Russillo, SportsCenter, and Doug Gottlieb. Check out @HSforMen to keep track of us.

We will post more photos and news from Wednesday's "hairy" adventures tomorrow. Da Beard will be interacting with fans, so it should be very entertaining! The update tomorrow will be later in the evening.




January 26, 2014

Shear Da Beard News

A warrior and friend is coming to Shear Da Beard!--Brett

Noah Galloway is a true warrior in every sense of the word.

From his website, NoahGalloway.com:

Noah Galloway, retired Sergeant, is 31 years old and is a native of the Birmingham, Alabama area. In October 2001, he enlisted in the Army, an act that would change his life forever.

Noah was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As an infantry soldier, he was one of the few elite soldiers who would serve as front line ground troops during a time of war.

In 2003, Noah fought in the initial strike on Iraq and spent one year fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom, which he says got him “hooked” and from that moment he knew he wanted to return. “I loved my job as an infantry soldier,” says Noah. “In the first year I was there, I saw the difference and progress we were making. I could not wait to return. Just the thought of going back thrilled me.” In September 2005, Noah was finally redeployed to Iraq and just three months later, he suffered a life changing injury.

On December 19, 2005, Noah lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Yusafiah, Iraq. He was quickly transported to Germany to receive medical treatment and was unconscious for five days. Noah woke up late in the evening on Christmas Eve to find out he had lost two of his limbs and also sustained several injuries to his remaining leg and his jaw. Noah was then transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C where he began his long road to recovery.

Since his injury, Noah has participated with friends in three Warrior Dash events, three Tough Mudder events, a Spartan race and a Barbarian Challenge. In the past year, he competed in two CrossFit events. As a member of TEAM X-T.R.E.M.E. Noah has completed a Tough Mudder challenge, the Bataan Memorial Death March as well as a Spartan Race. Noah ran his first full marathon (26.2 miles) in October 2012 during the Marine Corps marathon in Washington, DC. In March of 2013 Noah returned to New Mexico for the Bataan Memorial Death March where he successfully ran the full 26.2 mile course. Noah has also been to Carastensz Pyramid (one of the seven summits of the world) as part of a climb with The Heroes Project.

The challenges Noah takes on continue to test his physical and mental limits. But, Noah has no intentions to slow down or forgo an event/challenge because of his injury. Noah provides much needed inspiration, motivation and encouragement to countless individuals from all walks of life. It is those individuals who inspire and motivate him to continue his highly active lifestyle.

We are happy to share that Mr. Galloway will be attending Shear Da Beard 2014 as Brett's guest.

Jamie and I were invited by Brett to be at his SHEAR DA BEARD event this Feb. 5th. Looking forward to showing our support for such a great cause."--Noah

Details on the event are on the right side of this page under the "Keisel Kam" photo.

You can keep up with Noah via Facebook and Twitter (@Noah_Galloway).

You can also visit his amazing website HERE.

Also, CNN ran an inspiring story detailing Noah's fierce determiniation.

We are very excited to have Noah and Jamie at the event.

Also....James Harrison has said he will be attending the event. It will be a great time, for an even greater cause..so don't miss out! Get your tickets HERE.




January 19, 2014

You never know...

The difference you can make in someone's life...

We received this lovely email from Mary Hartnett:

I wanted to send Brett a photo of when he visited my daughter Sophie after her 4th open heart surgery in late March of 2006.

His wonderful visit meant so much to all of us, but especially to Sophie.

She is now an honor student in her second year at Duquesne university. She's majoring in psychology.

We have all closely followed Brett's outstanding football career since that day.

He is, to us, one of our family. His genuine compassion, kindness and gentleness he showed my daughter made a lasting impression on us.

I thought he would like to see a 'before and after' picture of Sophie.

Thank you to Mary for taking the time to email us. We wish Sophie the best of luck with her future career. She is an amazing example of perseverance.




January 16, 2014

Greybull Alum And Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel Returns Home

Right place, right time.

Kevin Koile, WYOPREPS.com was in Greybull, Wyo. (Brett's hometown) to get some video highlights of the high school basketball game, but he ended up getting much more!

From Mr. Koile's article:

Stay true to your roots…even if you are on the other side of the country.

The season ended sooner than expected for the Pittsburgh Steelers, so a Greybull alumnus returned home to cheer on the team.

Brett Keisel (#99 for the Pittsburgh Steelers) is a 1997 Greybull HS Grad, who later played college football at BYU, and was drafted in the 7th round of the 2002 draft by the Steelers, where he plays as a defensive end, and helped Pittsburgh win 2 Super Bowls.

He started “Da Beard” trend in 2010, and annually he has sheared it off as part of a fundraiser. He will shear the beard on February 5th, to benefit cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. but there are probably more pressing concerns on his agenda, because his contract with the Steelers, is set to expire in March 2014.

During his high school days, he played football, basketball, and participated in track. He helped the Buffs boys basketball team win its first state title in 1996.

During the weekend of January 10-11, 2014 (and maybe longer), he was back home in Greybull, watching his nephew Gabe, play for the Buffs JV team.

Listen as Keisel talks a little bit about his pro career, high school days and his love for the state of Wyoming, HERE.

Thank you to Kevin Koile for sending the article and interview our way!




January 14, 2014

Shear Da Beard 2014

Mountain Man Makeover...

"We wanna pack Da House...so Pittsburgh let's rally...let's raise some money for Pittsburgh Children's Hospital UPMC.--Keisel

Yes, Steeler Nation...it's that time of year again. Da Beard's days are numbered!

Da Beard will once again be sheared to benefit cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

Event information:

Date: February 5, 2014

Location: Jergel's Rhythm Grille

Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Shearing to commence at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: Purchase tickets HERE.

Entertainment: Provided by Donnie Iris and Fathertime. We may even get a live performance of "Fear Da Baerd"!

Tickets are $41, and include admission to the one-of-a-kind event, first drink and complimentary appetizers, courtesy of Jergel's.

The event will host a live and silent auction, which will include amazing items! There will also be surprise celebrity barbers appearing to SHEAR DA BEARD!

You won't want to miss this awesome chance to be up close with Keisel (and Da Beard), the GREAT cast of celebrity barbers, delicious food, huge array of auction items, incredible entertainment ... and of course the chance to witnesss ...THE SHEARING OF DA BEARD!

Previous gus "shearers" have included HEEAATTHH Miller, Mike Tomlin, Aaron Smith, Cam Heyward, Ben Roethlisberger and Dan Rooney!

You will NOT want to miss the guest line-up this year!

FYI: This is a 21 and older event. Also, no outside autograph items permitted into the event.

To view a larger version of the Shear Da Beard photo, click HERE.

Shear Da Beard sponsors include: Da Beard Gear, SportClips, WDVE, Diehl Automotive Group, The Pittsburgh Steelers, Children's Hospital UPMC, Hillmon Appliance Distributors, Don's Appliances, Eat' N Park, and PNC Bank.




January 12, 2014

Wyoming at heart, Keisel beloved by Pittsburgh fans

As the final gun sounded Keisel made his way to the center of the field and found Brown’s all-pro lineman Joe Thomas. Thomas and Keisel have battled for years and the mutual respect was evident as both 6-6 giants gave each other a big hug and shook hands following the contest.

From an article in the Greybull Standard, written by Randy Tucker, The Riverton Ranger.

The rush of reporters surrounding him said more about his character and career than any of his already impressive statistics. Greybull’s Brett Keisel is at a crossroads in his football career.

The 35-year-old former Buff played perhaps his last NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at home in the friendly confines of Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

While most post-game interviews focus on the coach, quarterback or owner, the Pittsburgh press and later the fans, surrounded their favorite, transplanted “Yinzer” number 99 following the Steelers’ 20-7 win over the rival Browns.

As the final gun sounded Keisel made his way to the center of the field and found Brown’s all-pro lineman Joe Thomas. Thomas and Keisel have battled for years and the mutual respect was evident as both 6-6 giants gave each other a big hug and shook hands following the contest.

As Keisel walked towards the tunnel to exit the stadium a crowd of three thousand fans huddled together just above the exit trying to get his attention.

The big man took the time to shake or slap hands with everyone in reach then departed for the depths of the Heinz Field home locker room.

A professional football locker room following a game is often a zoo of players, coaches, media and organization workers. This afternoon all the attention focused on #99 as only a handful of reporters spoke with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or other players.

The primary question centered on the Steelers faint playoff hopes at that point and on Keisel’s future. Keisel answered eloquently and stated he would like to return to the Steelers for another season but understood the practicalities of professional football and decisions that had to be made for the good of the team.

As the crowd cleared he was asked if he had any message for the kids back home in Greybull. Though obviously weary from playing a game on a cold day in the rain and from answering a half-hour of questions he immediately brightened up and said, “Yea, the Buffs are having a great year. They’ve won like seven games in a row. I read the Greybull Standard every week and follow the basketball team in the paper and on the Internet. Tell them to keep up the good work.”

His humility is compelling and one of the reasons he is a favorite in the working class city of Pittsburgh. Keisel is one player who has never forgotten his roots. Whether those roots are in playing football for the Buffs, in the low post for the same team or running a leg of the 4×100 meter dash and throwing the shot and discus Keisel maintains his roots in Big Horn County.

It may be the conclusion of a great career for the defensive end but the Steelers would be wise to find a spot for a man with such incredible rapport with the fans and the Steel City as a whole.

Read the entire article in the Greybull Standard, Brett's hometown newspaper.

Thank you so much to Adam Orbell (photos) and to Randy Tucker for sharing the article and many awesome photos, two of which we used with this post. We will post the rest soon!

Brett's hometown has always been so supportive of his career and website. We greatly appreciate all of you!




January 10, 2014

Steelers Star Keisel Loves Challenge of Hunting Deer, Elk

From Alan Clemons, Deer and Deer Hunting

While growing up in Wyoming, Brett Keisel loved hunting and being outdoors in the wide open country loved by so many outdoorsmen.

He’s currently an All-Pro defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 35 years old, Keisel has toiled in the National Football League for a dozen years, earning high praise from coaches, teammates and opponents for his work ethic, dedication and professionalism.

He has hunted for 20 years and his favorite animals to hunt with his bow are white-tailed deer and elk. Keisel and his family live in Pennsylvania.

He was interviewed by Alan Clemons for this “I’m A Deer Hunter” feature:

You’re in Pennsylvania, one of the top states for deer hunting, but it collides with the NFL season. Do you get to do any hunting in autumn at home?

Absolutely. I stick with archery, the weather is nice here early in the season and my body is not too beat up at that point.

By time rifle season gets here it’s hard to get out of bed and into a tree somewhere. “I have a big passion for archery. I got my deer last year with my Bowtech Destroyer.

I have a nice piece of property here near Pittsburgh and can pretty much hunt in my yard. I’m surrounded by woods and there are a lot of big deer running around there. I have some food plots in the field behind house, mostly to keep the deer from eating the flowers.”

What is it about bowhunting that you enjoy so much?

I just love the intensity, getting close to the animal, trying to get a good, clean shot. I’ve always loved it. I was 16 and growing up in northern Wyoming hunting elk and got my first elk with my bow. That kind of changed my life and hooked me on archery forever.”

Do you get to hunt in Wyoming now or will that come after retirement?

I don’t, because of the season (overlap), but I’m building up my bonus points for the draw system out there. This is my 12th year in the NFL and I’m definitely on the downhill slope. I don’t know what’s going to come down the road but when I’m done (with football) and back home, I’ll be making up for lost time.

The painting Denny Karchner did of you that is on the cover of The Backwoodsman magazine is very cool. How did that come about?

That’s my natural outfit, really.

I’ve gotten to be friends with Denny. He lives in Cody, about 30 miles east of where I grew up, and he did a painting me with my Steelers gear on. He asked if I could do a painting of me in my mountain man garb and, of course, I loved it.

I’ve always loved the outdoors and being outside. In winter I get stir crazy being stuck inside.

I’ve just always loved the great outdoors and Mother Nature, and this great continent we live on. This is a great passion of mine. That painting turned out great. The mountains in the background of Denny’s painting is where I grew up hunting."

Read much more about Brett's love of hunting HERE.

Thank you to Mr. Clemons and Deer and Deer Hunting for the great article!

View more of Denny Karchner's work.




January 5, 2014

Piano lessons on Keisel's off-season to-do list

From Elizabeth Bloom:

Brett Keisel is known for making tackles at Heinz Field, but he likes the big hits playing over at Heinz Hall, too. There, a different type of player performs.

"We're also huge Pittsburgh Symphony fans and attend a bunch of shows there throughout the year," said Mr. Keisel, who lives here year round.

If the 2013 NFL season turns out to be Mr. Keisel's last, he plans to spend more time pursuing his musical interests, including going to concerts and learning to play the piano.

"That's one of the things we love about Pittsburgh, is that there always seem to be new and interesting and even old artists," he said. "It's great to take part in such a great musical city."

The defensive end's musical inclinations began when he was a kid singing in the church choir and observing the choral director conduct. He also played some trumpet for the school band, but it didn't stick, he said.

I didn't really start listening to music a lot until I got to college," said Mr. Keisel, 35. Brigham Young University was "where I really started to love music," he said. While in college, friends introduced him to different genres.

The man with Da Beard enjoys a smattering of groups who have performed locally, from Pearl Jam (whose show at Consol Energy Center was "one of the greatest concerts I've ever been to") to PSO holiday pops ("You can go down and sing music with them, and Santa's there"). Mr. Keisel is also a big fan of composer John Williams, who wrote the scores for "Star Wars," "E.T.," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and other films.

Now that the football season is over, Mr. Keisel can focus his energies on musical pursuits, including studying the piano. "I started last year. We decided to buy a piano, and really the stuff I'm learning right now is very basic -- 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame,' 'Happy Birthday' -- it's really basic stuff. I'm basically teaching myself," he said.

Not for long, though -- his offseason plans include taking lessons from Randy Baumann of the WDVE-FM morning show.

Read Ms. Bloom's entire article HERE.




December 30, 2013

Young Steeler Nation

Terrible Toddler Towels...

Three little Ohio Yinzers that love their Stillers!--Shawn Magee

Nothing cuter than little ones with their TERRIBLE TODDLER TOWELS...upside down or not!

We hear chewing on them brings good luck to Da Steelers!

WHAT!!!! My Steelers aren't in the playoffs this year????

The biggest Steelers fan from Salt Lake City, UT!--Tom Griego

We know Brett loves those Utah fans!

Thanks for sending the photo.

Put me in coach...I'm ready to go!

My son Steeler. Born exactly 9 months after the Superbowl in 2006. I do more than bleed black and gold!--Kimmie Rooker Petrocky

Love the name...love the gear.

Thanks for being a part of Steeler Nation.

Thank you to #99...

Here is a pix of Brett's arm bands and skull cap he gave my son, Brendan in Green Bay. He signed my son's jersey at the Bills game a few weeks back. I'm getting all of this framed including a pix of Brett signing the jersey. Brett is a class act.--Brett Berkhiser

Brendan, you look great with #99's gear! Thanks for all your support this season and in future seasons!

Thank you to Brett Berkhiser for the lovely message and for sending the photo.

Also, thank you for all the wonderful messages and emails for Mr. Keisel. We'll get some of them posted soon.




December 26, 2013

"I am proud to be a Steeler"

I told the front...my guys in the D line room ...this will be the last time that we get to stand together in that spot, with these group of guys.

Because the way the league is, it changes every year. You change no matter what. So it was emotional there.

I'm just proud to be a Steeler..and proud to have helped finish this thing strong.--Keisel, from his post game interview.

The Steelers did what they needed to do by defeating the Browns 20-7. And, the Bengals and Jets helped them out by getting W's. Unfortunately, the Chiefs lost to the Chargers, eliminating the Steelers from post season play.

From Jim Wexell:

The Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 20-7 in a regular-season finale Sunday that really didn't begin to percolate until about the time the Browns scored their only touchdown.

"It felt great," said defensive end Brett Keisel. "We really wanted the goose egg, you know what I mean? But to start like that and to make fourth-down stop after fourth-down stop, that was huge, especially short-yardage situations. Those are tough to stop. Great to be a part of it today."

Keisel had a sack, forced a fumble, and in general played as he has throughout his 12 years in Pittsburgh. But this one was emotional for him. At 35 and with an expiring contract, Keisel wonders whether this was his final appearance at Heinz Field, and he talked to the defensive line before the game about it.

But Keisel also wanted to make one thing clear: He's not calling it quits.

"Not at all," he said. "I'm not saying it's over for me at all. I still feel like I can play. We'll see."

Keisel talks about the young players:

"Those young guys stuck with it. Everyone worked with them. Everyone grabbed them and brought them under their arm and helped them. A big reason why we're successful on the back end is because of how those guys performed.

"You have to give these kids credit for not giving up on themselves, for continuing to come to work, for continuing to learn, checking their pride at the door, listening to us and not acting like they're too good to listen to us. That's a big reason why things got turned around." <

Ryan Clark on Brett's play:

“We have four guys on defense everybody calls old,” said Taylor, a 12-year veteran. “If (the media) just needs to get rid of us, I can respect that. We can talk about being old all day, but Brett is Brett and he played with a lot of passion.

You can watch Brett's post game interview HERE.

Game photos: Visit the 2013 Season Photo Gallery to view game photos.

We want to give a big thank you to all of Steeler Nation. You stood by the team through wins and losses and always believed. Your support is always appreciated!

We will keep you posted on any contract news for Brett. Let's all send positive thoughts his way!




December 26, 2013

Memorable moments against Cleveland

Keisel knows the Browns very well. The Steelers play them twice a season and usually close the regular season out against them...as they will this season.

If this is Brett's last regular season game, let's hope it is once again a memorable one!

Of course, if things go our way this weekend, we are alive in the playoffs!

Not clear on how the Steelers can reach the postseason...

Check out Bob Labriola's HERE.

On the upcoming game against Cleveland...

It’s been evident with the situation we were in earlier in the year that we had to fight a lot to maintain some continuity. We have done that. We get an opportunity to play at home in front of our own fans, against a divisional rival. It would be great to end the regular season with a win in front of our fans and see what happens.--Keisel, from an article by Teresa Varley.

And, from Scott Brown:

Brett Keisel deserves his due...

Brett Keisel is among those who could play their final game for the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field. The veteran defensive end is finishing his 12th NFL season, and he and inside linebacker Larry Foote are the only players left from the Steelers' 2002 draft class.

Keisel has become one of the faces of the Steelers -- his beard has taken on a persona of its own -- and he is such a fixture on the team that it's easy to forget how tenuous his standing once was in Pittsburgh.

Keisel nearly left his first training camp because he was so overwhelmed as a seventh-round draft pick who had to make the transition from a 4-3 to 3-4 defense. Even after Keisel had established himself as a core special-teams player, he went to one extreme to make sure his work on that unit didn't slip at all.

The Steelers wanted Keisel at a certain weight so he could handle the snaps he was also getting as a defensive end in their sub-packages. Keisel feared that the extra bulk could compromise his play on special teams, so he would slip a 10-pound weight into his shorts before weigh-ins.

"That year we won the Super Bowl [2005 season], I was mostly a situational substitute. I would come in on third downs and rush the passer, because I was lighter then," said Keisel, who is in the last year of his contract. "My job to that point was running down on kickoffs and I needed to be fast."

Indeed, Keisel wasn't trying to pull one over on the coaching staff as much as he was doing what he felt he needed to do to survive in the NFL.

It is worth revisiting the path Keisel took to get where he is for this reason: Fans who attend the game Sunday need to give him his due in case it is his last game in a Steelers uniform.

Consider what Dick LeBeau recalled after returning to the Steelers in 2004 for a second stint as their defensive coordinator.

"There were two guys in here every day, Brett Keisel and James Harrison," LeBeau said. "They both ended up being pretty dang good football players, and neither one of them had anybody heard too much about."

That is not to say that Keisel is merely a product of hard work. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder's athleticism is such that the Steelers experimented with him at outside linebacker after 2006, his first season as a starter.

"He could have been a very good outside linebacker in our system, without a doubt," LeBeau said. "He's got the space coordination [ability to play in space] and great hands. If you don't get him cut off, he's going to get to the ball no matter where it is on the field. He's got great range."

His career is proof of that.

Thank you to Mr. Brown for the wonderful tribute!




December 23, 2013

"I'm proud of our team"

From Dejan Kovacevic today:

While still on the field, Roethlisberger gave the game’s final ball to Keisel after his late sack and fumble recovery played such a big role. “I really enjoyed watching him walk off the field with that under his arm,” Ben said.

Keisel talks about what it was like to play at Lambeau Field:

It was awesome, a game to remember. It’ll be a game I can tell my kids about. Playing against this team, in this place, it’s a really good feeling.

Read more from Mr. Kovacevic HERE.

You can watch Brett's post game interview HERE.

Game photos: Visit the 2013 Season Photo Gallery to view game photos.




December 22, 2013

A HUGE road win

Steelers 38, Packers 31

What a crazy game! One to remember. Grateful for the opportunity to play and so proud of my team! #cheesehotcake! --Keisel

The day started off with the hope that certain teams would lose so the Steelers playoff chances were not crossed off Santa's list before the late afternoon kickoff against Green Bay.

Steeler Nation must have been NICE this year because our team was not eliminated prior to their late game.

And, the Steelers came through with a big win over Green Bay to keep their playoff hopes alive!

From Alan Robinson:

Le'Veon Bell scored from 1 yard out with 1:25 remaining, and the Steelers turned two Green Bay turnovers into touchdowns, and overcame an inexplicable call that cost them a potential score to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 38-31 win Sunday over the Packers at snowy, frigid Lambeau Field.

The Steelers (7-8) trailed 21-17 after blocking a field goal only to have the officials award Green Bay the ball, but responded with two touchdowns in 18 seconds to take a 10-point lead, then overcame a Green Bay 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter.

Troy Polamalu forced a Matt Flynn fumble that defensive end Brett Keisel recovered with 1:51 remaining. Bell, who went over 100 yards for the first time in his career, scored five plays later.

The Packers appeared to be in position to tie it following Micah Hyde's 70-yard kickoff return, but a false started penalty on a second-and-1 play from the Steelers' 1 resulted in a 10-second runoff that greatly aided the Steelers. Flynn then threw incomplete into the end zone, and the Steelers' held on for an improbable win.

Read more on the game HERE.

99 returns:

Brett returned to the field today, after missing the last few games. He had a tackle, a sack AND a fumble recovery which helped seal the win for Pittsburgh!

Favorite tweet of the day:

From Jim Wexell via Twitter:

Surrounded by kids looking for a leader, up stepped Steelers old man Brett Keisel.--After Brett's fumble recovery.

Video:

Watch Troy Polamalu force the Green Bay fumble, and Brett recover it HERE.

Game photos: Visit the 2013 Season Photo Gallery to view game photos.




December 22, 2013

From newborn to 99

Steelers fans come in all ages.....from newborn to 99 (and up)!

This newest member of Steeler Nation was born on December 16, 2013 at 6:09 p.m..

His proud father, Daniel Long sent the photo to us saying "we were blessed with the best Christmas present ever!!"

We could not agree more Daniel. Congratulations on your handsome son. We are proud to welcome him to Steeler Nation!

99 years young...

Happy Birthday to 99-year-old Dorie Burke from Wheeling West Virginia!

She is shown with her daughter-in-law and her grandkids enjoying a delicious looking cake.

Dorie is a HUGE Steelers and Keisel fan, as you can see by her choice of birthday attire.

From Doug Sarkis:

I am sending you some pictures I took last night at my good friends grandmother's 99th birthday get together!

Brett signed the jersey she is wearing and I would like him and the fans to see it. She might be the oldest living fan!!!!!

Thank you to Doug for sharing the photos and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Dorie Burke!

We thank her for being a proud member of Steeler Nation and wish her well!




December 20, 2013

"I bleed black and gold..."

"I bleed black and gold, everyone knows that. I'm a Yinzer. I love this city. I plan on raising my family here. It's one of those things that it'll be a tough decision to be made when it's there.", on this possibly being his last season with the Steelers.

From Ed Bouchette:

Maybe something could keep Brett Keisel from playing what looks to be his final two games in a Steelers uniform.

Something such as being swallowed by a sinkhole or hit by a train might derail him. He is determined it won't be the plantar fasciitis that has kept him sidelined for all but seven snaps of the past five games.

Keisel, 35, wants to pull on his uniform and join his teammates for their final two games of the 2013 season, what may be the final two of his storybook 12-year career with the Steelers.

"I was very eager, especially this being my last year on my contract," Keisel said after completing his second practice this week. "I wanted to go down fighting with my teammates, and, whatever happens, I wanted to be out there playing with them and do my job. I'm here to work and play games, and that's what I want to do."

Keisel believes he could play in 2014, but understands the Steelers might not want him back. After all, they released all those teammates except for Hoke, who retired.

"That's very possible. That's the nature of the business we're in, everyone's getting younger. Whatever happens, I'm grateful for my time that I've been here. I'm grateful for the success we've had on this team."

"But I want us to go out and finish this thing strong, win these last two games and go out on a positive note."

Keisel made the Steelers as a seventh-round draft pick in 2002 from Brigham Young, by excelling on special teams as a rookie. He waited four years (one on injured reserve, 2003) before becoming a starter. Once a starter, he never budged for eight years and made one Pro Bowl for the 2010 season, one in which he returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in a 38-13 victory at Tampa Bay.

At right end, where he started 108 of the 138 games he played, he often led the Steelers in quarterback pressures -- such as in 2012 when he had 40 -- even though the 3-4 defense is not designed for ends to get to the quarterback. How he would love to sack a quarterback one more time.

Thursday after practice, he stood erect at his locker in full uniform No. 99, Da Beard that has made more than $100,000 for Children's Hospital in full late-season growth and ready to be sheared for a fourth time in the coming months.

"I love being a Steeler," Keisel said as he looked around at his teammates pouring into his home away from home the past 12 years. "I love being a part of this locker room. It's been awesome. I hope we can keep it going."

"You hate thinking about not being able to do it anymore. But everyone, especially if you're an older guy, you understand the business. You can't say that no one ever thinks about it. I have a lot of great memories and build new, fond memories every day, and that's what's been the best part."

He has two more games, including the finale at home, provided his foot holds up. If there is any football justice, it will.

You can read the entire article HERE.




December 18, 2013

Undercover Santa

Keisel went undercover as Santa Claus to collect money for Salvation Army in front of Macy's in downtown Pittsburgh a few days ago.

Keisel Clause-ism's:

These are more like capris.--On the Santa pants.

I can't believe I'm covering up Da Beard!

I just realized my pants are on backwards.

My man come give Santa a hug!

Startin to make some money for the Salvation Army now!

How 'bout them Pirates!

What you think about Keisel..I'm only askin' because he's got, you know, a beard.

Make a donation to the Salvation Army...Da Beard told you to!

And, from a passerby in the crowd:

You're a big tall santa!

Brett had a great time going undercover to raise money for The Salvation Army, as he asked one passerby how he felt about the Steelers, their defense and about that guy with the beard...Keisel.

Watch the action HERE.

Photos:

You can view photos of Keisel Claus HERE and HERE.

Deals from Diehl Automotive Group:

From now until New Year’s Day, anyone that purchases a new or used car will get a $500 AMEX card. We have over 700 cars in stock between both locations, many with 0% financing!

If you're looking for a new or used car, Diehl Automotive Group is Da Place to go. Maybe surprise that special someone in your life with a car for the holidays...and keep the $500 AMEX card for yourself!

Everybody loves the DIESEL:

Check out these great commercials with Brett "The Diesel" Keisel, Corina Diehl and Matt Diehl HERE and HERE.




December 17, 2013

Keisel Claus is comin' to town

You better watch out...You better not cry...

You better not pout...I'm telling you why...

Keisel Claus is coming to town!

Let's hope Steeler Nation has been nice instead of naughty because the big guy will be keepin' an eye on ya!

Tune into Steelers.com tomorrow and watch me play Keisel Claus for the Salvation Army. Merry Christmas!-- Keisel Claus

Hangin' with Keisel Claus:

My brother with Santa Claus aka Brett Keisel!--Sara Benedict

Thanks to all who sent photos. You can view more HERE.

Keisel working his way back:

From Coach Tomlin today:

"Brett Keisel is arrow pointed up. He has been in and worked out. He may even participate in a partial capacity (on Wednesday), definitely on Thursday. We’ll see where the week’s preparation takes us in regards to his availability.”

We will keep you posted on how the practice week goes, and on Brett's appearance as "Keisel Claus".

United Way Autograph Signing:

Brett, Cameron Heyward, Jerrico Cotchery, Maurkice Pouncey, Emmanuel Sanders and Jason Worilds held an autograph signing with all proceeds going to the United Way Impact Fund.

Fans were able to get one item signed from each player.

Photo: Megan Marucco.




December 15, 2013

Big primetime win

Steelers 30, Bengals 20

The Steelers defeated the Bengals last night at Heinz Field. The defense allowed Cincinnati only 91 net yards and no play of even 20 yards during a first half in which the Steelers raced to a 27-7 lead.

Roethlisberger was very sharp in some difficult weather conditions, and before the night was over he had broken his own team record for completions in a season and he also got up to 207 pass attempts without an interception.

Where the Steelers truly dominated last Sunday night was on special teams, and it started with Cincinnati’s first attempt at a punt when Kevin Huber dropped the snap. The domination extended to Antonio Brown’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown (From Steelers.com).

Steelers believe as playoff hopes still exist:

From Teresa Varley:

It’s the time of year when magic happens, when dreams come true and wishes become reality.

For the Steelers, they could use a little bit of that magic, the type that permeates the classic holiday movie “Miracle on 34th Street.” Who knows, maybe there will be a “Miracle on South Water Street,” delivering the perfect holiday wish to the Steelers practice facility.

A 30-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night has the Steelers still in the playoff hunt. Yes a lot needs to happen, a whole lot as a matter of fact. But, miracles do happen.

It all starts with the Steelers who must win their next two games - at Green Bay this Sunday and then Sunday, Dec. 29 against Cleveland at Heinz Field.

“You never know. First things first we have to win these games and see where it goes from there,” said defensive end Ziggy Hood. “If we can stay on the right path and get a little help from somebody, you never know.”

Click HERE to check out the scenarios necessary for Pittsburgh to reach the playoffs.

Playoffs or not, I am proud of this team's "No Quit" attitude!




December 13, 2013

“I’m never going to quit..."

Brett has been ruled out for the game on Sunday against the Bengals.

From the Steelers today:

Brett Keisel walked off the practice field today offering some tips and some encouragement to practice squad defensive end Brian Arnfelt.

“I’m a captain on this team,” he continued. “I’m used to being out there with my teammates. I want to fight with my teammates. That’s the hardest part, not being able to go out there and fight with your brothers.

“As much work as you put in during the offseason getting ready to go and then a foot takes you out, it’s just frustrating. I probably pushed it too hard initially, and it set me back. And now it’s just trying to get it to where I can go out and perform the way I’m capable of.”

“I’m never going to quit,” he said. “I understand what’s going on with this being the last year of my contract, and I’m the oldest guy on the defense (35) and what not. I still feel like I can play if I’m healthy.

“That’s probably been the most frustrating part, knowing I can still do it and not being able to.”

Read the entire article HERE.

Thank you again to Steeler Nation, and to Brett's teammates for all the well wishes! We appreciate the show of support!

Support the FREE CARE FUND at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

Because of your generous donations to the Free Care Fund, Children's Hospital is able to care for every kid in need, regardless of insurance or their families ability to pay...but they can't do it alone.--Brett.

Donate to the Free Care Fund today.

Watch a video with Brett and his adorable co-stars HERE.

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Ben Roethlisberger on being named the 2013 Steelers Walter Payton Man of the Year!




December 12, 2013

Steelers/United Way autograph signing

On December 16, six players will be holding an autograph signing with all proceeds going to the United Way Impact Fund.

The signing will take place at Dick's Sporting Goods at Cranberry Crossroads.

The first session of autographs is from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and will feature Brett, Cameron Heyward and Jerricho Cotchery. The second session is from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and will feature Emmanuel Sanders, Jason Worilds and Maurkice Pouncey.

Details:

Wristbands are $25 per session and are cash only.

Wristbands will go on sale December 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the lower level entrance of Dick's Sporting Goods at Cranberry Crossroads.

Autographs are guaranteed to the first 225 people for each session.

Limit ONE autograph per player, per person.

Due to time constraints, no photographs will be allowed during the signing.

Players are subject to change.

Click HERE for a larger view of the photo.

This is a great chance to get an autograph for that special someone on your holiday list or for yourself!




December 6, 2013

65 Roses Sports Auction a SUCCESS

Awesome time again at the 65 Roses Sports Auction! Doing big things to help those who fight CF. Big THANK YOU to all who made it a great event.--Brett

The 65 Roses Sports Auction was once again a huge success! Thank you to ALL the amazing attendees, volunteers, and to Brett's teammates for making the event so much fun. Some of the teammates who attended the event were, Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller, Cameron Heyward and Maurkice Pouncey-just to name a few.

It is great to see how supportive they all are of Brett and the CF Foundation.

We also greatly appreciate the fans who entered the Extreme Beard Competition to raise money for the CF Foundation. We will have news on the amazing amounts of money they raised soon!

And, a BIG thank you to McFadden's for hosting the event at their wonderful venue.

Photos...

Click HERE to view a few photos.




December 5, 2013

Keisel shows his passion for those with CF

It’s really getting close to a cure, which is so important. Kids are living longer. They are living happier, healthy lives. Women are able to have children. There was a time when women with cystic fibrosis weren’t able to have children. It’s moving along and we want to continue that. We want to find a cure.-- Brett, talking about his passion for find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

Defensive end Brett Keisel might be struggling with a foot injury on the field, but on Thursday night he wasn’t thinking about his own pain, instead putting those suffering from cystic fibrosis front and center as he hosted the Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Sports Auction.

“Brett is one of the people I respect the most and always have,” said Pat Joseph, executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis. “It’s so special to have him involved with us. Brett truly cares about the cystic fibrosis community. He has grown with us since we have been privileged enough to have him as our chairperson.

“He is one of those jewels that really care. He cares about the kids, the families. He has that passion in him. He knows what it means, how important a cause it is, and he cares. It’s notable and rather rare to see it and we just love it.”

While the main goal of the evening was to raise funds for research in an effort to find a cure for the disease, Keisel also enjoyed spending time with kids that suffer from cystic fibrosis that he has gotten to know well.

“I have developed relationships with the families and the children that suffer from cystic fibrosis,” said Keisel. “I have gotten to watch the kids grow. You see the kids you have met growing up big and strong. That is what makes me most proud of it.

In addition to a silent and live auction, guests at the event also had an opportunity to obtain autographs from Keisel and some of his teammates.

“It means a lot to have the guys here,” said Keisel. “We are a family in the locker room. That is one thing that makes it special, we always support each other when we are doing things for charity. You know you always have your brothers back.”

Read the entire article HERE.

The news photo is from Kristina Stanley Chichilla. Her daughter, Emma was a CF Ambassador and has attended the event each year with her buddy Brett.

We will have more news and photos later, so be sure to stop back!




November 29, 2013

Win the jersey off Keisel's back...

...Or the shoes off his feet... or the gloves off his hands! We will also be giving away 7 signed photos.

Get your holiday shopping started without ever leaving the comforts of home!

Starting November 26th, 2013, when you place an order in the Online Store, you will be automatically entered into the giveaway.

Winner's will be notified in late December.

Also, if you place an order for $20 or more we will be throwing in 2 free koozies! Happy shopping and good luck!!

Injury news:

Brett left the game against the Ravens due to a foot injury. So far, there have been no updates on his status. We will keep you posted if news becomes available.

65 Roses Sports Auction:

As we mentioned in the October 5th news below, Brett will once again host the annual 65 Roses Sports Auction to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The event will be held on December 5, 2013 at McFadden's.

Tickets are still available: For more information, please contact Sarah Steele at 412.321.4422 or ssteele@cff.org.

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If you cannot attend, but wish to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please consider voting (for as little as $1) to one of the entrants in the EXTREME BEARD COMPETITION.

Thank you to Dave Bassili for today's news photo!




November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Grew up watching football on Thanksgiving. What an awesome opportunity. Special salute to men and women in our military. We are thankful for you!--Brett

We wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!




November 27, 2013

Da Beard is a popular turkey

As you can tell by the Keisel Kam photos (to the right), Da Beard is a popular turkey!

We appreciate the amazing fans of Steeler Nation.

Today's news photo was sent by Jamie Keisel, Brett's sister-in-law. It was drawn by one of her fourth grade students at West Side Elementary in Worland, WY.

Jamie also sent another student photo, which is under the Keisel Kam photos to the right.

We appreciate the "turkey" pictures and hope all of you have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!




November 24, 2013

High 5's all around

Keisel and Coach LeBeau summed the game against the Browns up well...with a HIGH 5!

Watch the high 5 celebration with LeBeau HERE courtesy of Steelers Depot.

The Steelers dominated the Browns on both sides of the ball today.

From Ed Bouchette:

The Steelers won their third straight game Sunday, dominating the Cleveland Browns 27-11.

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. He completed 22 of 34 passes for 217 yards, no interceptions and no sacks.

The Steelers forced four Cleveland turnovers, three fumbles and William Gay’s 21-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:27 to go in the game, his first career score on a pickoff. Gay also forced a fumble, and Troy Polamalu forced two fumbles.

Way to go Steelers!

Congratulations to Ben Roethlisberger for earning Steelers Digest Player of the Week honors!

Social media chatter:

From @HamptonsGut via Twitter:

I bet Brett Keisel agrees that Brownies taste good on top of a 3 stack!!!

Brett agrees!

Keisel did not play in the game due to injury. His status for the Thanksgiving Day game against Baltimore is unknown, at this time.

Injury did not stop #99 from encouraging his teammates...

From Andrew Stockey (WTAE) via Twitter:

Brett Keisel is sweats on sidelines offering high five to defenders coming off field after stop.

Today's news photo is from @JEck8727 via Twitter.




November 22, 2013

Fan Friday

Floatin' with our Terrible Towel:

Diesel, here's my son and I on our recent deployment to the Middle East.

Got some time off and floated in the Dead Sea with our Terrible Towels.

We are going to be on the field Sunday to help hold the flag for pregame so we will be looking for you for a pic in our uniforms. Sack some Brownies for us bro!-- Todd Copic Sr.

More from the Copic Duo:

My son and I on our recent deployment to the Middle East. We got a little R&R and visited Petra and the Dead Sea.

We will be on the field this Sunday holding the big flag before the game and hope to get a pic with you in our uniforms.

Keep your ears open, I'll be yelling for you. Get us another hot cake this week bro!!!!!!

Thank you to the Copic's, and to all our military men and women for all they do for us!

Have a great time at the game!

Wave those Terrible Towels!

That smile:

Kylei is all smiles in her cute pink Steelers gear!

She's got her Terrible Towel and is ready for her first tailgate.

Photo sent by proud grandfather, Mike Moore.

So excited to watch her Steelers:

The Steelers don't have cheerleaders, but if they did, this adorable little one would be perfect for the job!

She has the cheerleading outfit, the hair band, and of course the sparkling smile!

Photo sent by Amy Schwimmer Minnear.

For a great article on Brett and his wife, Sarah (along with some wonderful photos), please check out the link in yesterday's news.

For news and photos from Brett's Hunt with the Black & Gold, please refer to the November 20 news.




November 21, 2013

Brett Keisel is here to help

We post a lot of great news and articles on Mr. Keisel, but today I read an article from Sean Collier (with photos from Laura Petrilla), Pittsburgh Magazine that I think is one of the best articles I have ever read on #99.

I think you all will enjoy it also.

From the article:

Over his 12 years in the league, he’s emerged as a player who puts himself forward — in the locker room, at events, to the media — in service of a greater goal. Why put himself out there at all? No one demanded this of him; no one insisted that he be a beast on the field, a jester in front of crowds and a saint for a good cause. He’s put that together himself, piece by piece. Even as Steelers fans and Keisel’s teammates have traced that development, though, he hasn’t necessarily stopped to explain: Here’s why I’m doing this.

Former Steelers guard and current team sideline reporter Craig Wolfley is quick to affirm Keisel’s status. “He’s the commander of the defense,” Wolfley says. “He’s the guy who has been there, done that — and done so at such a high level that he has carte blanche to lead.”

To Keisel, the message he needs to convey is essential. “I want them to know that I care about this team and I care about winning,” he says.

On growing Da Beard:

“I just wanted to do something different,” Keisel says. “I watched our hockey team go through the playoffs, and they grew these giant beards. I couldn’t remember a football player with a giant beard, so I decided to try it.”

I don’t understand what you’re doing.-- Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney

“Mr. Rooney, I don’t want the Steelers to look down on me,” Keisel replies, caught off guard by the ambassador’s opening statement. “Or you, especially. If you don’t like this thing, I’ll go in the locker room right now and cut it off.”

Rooney pauses, evaluating Keisel. “No, you keep it,” he finally says.

Shear Da Beard events:

The beneficiary of all three Shear Da Beard events (held in 2011 and 2012 at Diesel and in 2013 at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale) has been the oncology department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Over three years, the shavings have raised approximately $120,000.

“Brett and his wife Sarah — who is very key as well — are some of the best friends that Children’s Hospital has,” says Children’s President Christopher A. Gessner.

“We have many, many athletes [who] come and visit, and we’re very appreciative of their time. But [there are] not too many [who] actively look for ways to help us benefit children. I’ve been here for 12 years, and he certainly stands out as that kind of very special person [who] actually generates the ideas for us.”

The real Brett Keisel:

It seems that the disparate elements of Brett Keisel’s personality share one basic premise: that he can help. If he’s a stone-faced monster on the football field, that can help inspire his teammates. If he’s riding a dump truck to Saint Vincent College or letting his beard turn into a tangled thicket of fur, that can rally Steelers Nation — and eventually, do some good for children in need. If he’s quietly making unannounced visits with kids who need a break from reality, that can help a family make it to the next day. The actions change; the motivation does not.

So who’s at the core? Of all the different versions of Brett Keisel that the public sees, who’s left when Keisel is alone?

“It’s probably my family side,” Keisel says. “That’s what I think about the most. How lucky I am to have a great wife, how lucky I am to have three healthy, beautiful children.

“Taking everything away, that’s what I’m most proud of.”

Brett goes on to discuss why he chose Children's Hospital as the beneficiary of his Shear Da Beard events, other causes he supports and why children are so important to him. There are also some amazing photos of Da Beard, so we hope you will stop by and read the article.

Click HERE to read the entire article.




November 20, 2013

The Hunt with the Black & Gold

Yesterday was a dream day for some lucky fans...

Brett hosted a group of contest winners to a HUNT WITH THE BLACK & GOLD which included lunch with Da Beard and other players at the Alpine Fishing and Hunting Club. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot and trap with a member of the team, guides, a dog, stocked birds, and there was also an autograph session with Da Beard and his teammates.

The contest was sponsored by Gander Mountain, Northwest Savings Bank, and 84 Lumber.

It was coordinated by The Marbury Group and a delicious lunch was provided by Smith Provision.

Many of Brett's teammates joined him, including Will Allen, Lawrence Timmons, Kion Wilson, Matt Speath, Michael Palmer, Greg Warren, Joe Long, Cody Wallace and Bruce Gradkowski.

The Hunt today was a great day... my first time hunting!--Will Allen

Thanks Brett Keisel for a great day. Can't beat a day of hunting!--Matt Spaeth

Had a great time hunting today with Matt Spaeth and Brett Keisel!--Michael Palmer

Contest winner John DeLouis took some time to email about his day in Da Woods...

Yesterday was the Brett Keisel hunting event. I had an absolutely incredible time! I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet the guys and hunt with them.

We got autographs and spent some one on one time together. It was awesome to be able to speak to the players and have them speak to me as if I was one of "the guys".

They included me and my guest in everything they did and even invited us to do a little trap/skeet shooting with them. They treated me as if I had been going there for years.

All of the players were very humble and didn't think of themselves as being above us. Brett even gave me some beard growing tips!

Overall this was one of the best days of my life so far. I want to thank you and all of Gander Mountain for this incredible once in a lifetime chance to do this. I will definitely be entering again next year in hopes that I could get lucky again! Thank you so much!

Thank you John for your kind email, and we are glad you had a great time!

And, from @theONEryno, via Twitter:

It was such an honor meeting you, Brett Keisel !! Thank you for the opportunity to go hunting with you!

View more photos from the Hunt with the Black & Gold sent by Brett's teammates, Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club and the contest winners...HERE.

Thank you to Alpine Fishing and Hunting Club for their awesome photos. Stop by their website to view MANY more photos and to check out their Club!

The Alpine Club is a great location for parties, receptions, excellent cuisine and outdoor sports.

Also, thank you to Will Allen, Matt Spaeth, Michael Palmer, John DeLouis and @theONEryno for their great photos.

A big thanks goes out to Gander Mountain, 84 Lumber, Northwest Savings Bank, The Marbury Group, The Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club and Smith Provisions for making this day possible.




November 17, 2013

Taking the ROAR out of the Lions

Steelers 37, Lions 27

The Steelers started out strong, holding a two touchdown lead in the second quarter. The Lions roared back and made the score 27-20 at the half, and the Heinz Field crowd became quiet.

Detroit WR Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half for Detroit, but the Steelers defense did not allow him to catch a pass at all in the second half.

The game momentum turned when the Lions lined up for a 27-yard field goal, but rookie holder Sam Martin took off with the ball and tried to run it through a gap on the left side of the Steelers' coverage unit. But Steve McLendon forced a fumble that Ryan Clark recovered, and the Steelers took over at their own 3.

Ben Roethlisberger went on to lead two touchdown drives which sealed the win for Pittsburgh.

Detroit remained winless in Pittsburgh since 1955, a stretch of 10 games (0-9-1).

Game notes from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Brett was inactive during the game due to a foot injury. We will update you as the week goes on, if information is available. We appreciate all the emails and messages wishing him well.

Charlie Hunnam leads Terrible Towel Twirl:

From Teresa Varley:

Actor Charlie Hunnam, the star of Sons of Anarchy and Legendary Pictures movie Pacific Rim, was at Steelers practice on Saturday and attended Sunday’s Steelers-Lions game. Hunnam, who is from Newcastle, England, was attending his first NFL game and was thrilled to help fire the crowd up doing the Terrible Towel Twirl with former Steelers guard Kendall Simmons.

“It’s very exciting and cool,” said Hunnam. “For me to have my first NFL experience to come here, see the Steelers and meet some of the players, it’s pretty amazing.

“I am very excited. To do the Terrible Towel Twirl is ridiculously cool. I am going to walk it through and make sure I don’t mess anything up.”

It was great seeing Mr. Hunnam reppin' Steeler Nation and #99!

Thank you to Mr. Hunnam for the great photo!

View another photo of him with Brett HERE.




November 15, 2013

Fan Friday

Back to the BYU days:

Sporting the Keisel jersey from BYU. Keisel is my cousin and we couldn't be anymore proud!"--Spencer and Taylor Pierce

It is always great to see the amazing following Brett has from BYU Nation, Steeler Nation, Da Beard Nation and of course from his family!

Thanks for the photo.

Steeler Nation cutie:

Averie Ryan showing her Steeler Spirit!"--Mikki Deal Hendon

The Steelers not only have the best fans, but they also have the most adorable fans!

Thank you Mikki and Averie for the photo-Go Steelers

The Terrible Towel fits in anywhere:

Doug Bowman sent this photo with his lovely bride on their wedding day...complete with their Terrible Towel!

The background is gorgeous, but we think the TERRIBLE TOWEL makes it even better!

Congrats to the Bowman's and thank you for taking the time to share part of your beautiful day with Steeler Nation!

Fear this beard:

My son had to have a fear the beard!--Jamie Davies Cowan

Thank you once again to all who have sent Fan Friday photos! We love sharing them with Steeler Nation.

It is always awesome to see how creative you all are.

Also...

Big Congrats to the Cutch!--Keisel

The Pirates Andrew McCutcheon (The Cutch) was named the National League MVP! Congrats to him and the Pirates on a great season.




November 12, 2013

2013 Extreme Beard Competition

Does your facial hair rival Da Beard's? Do you like helping out great causes? If so, THIS is the contest for you!

As we mentioned in the October 5th news below, Brett will once again host the annual 65 Roses Sports Auction to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The event will be held on December 5, 2013 at McFadden's.

This contest could win you a ticket to the main event and autograph signing.

This is an excellent opportunity to win a chance to meet Brett and his teammates, while helping to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Please click HERE for specific information regarding the contest.

Also, please scroll down to the October 5 news for more information on the 65 Roses Sports Auction.

Take a look at some of the contestants who have already entered the contest HERE.

If you cannot attend the event, but wish to donate to the cause, then consider donating to help one of the Extreme Beard competitors reach their goal-for as little as a dollar donation!

Just click on the photo of the contestant you wish to donate to, and you will see a link to their personal page.

It is amazing to see what money the contestants have raised so far for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thank you Da Beard and Steeler Nation!

Good luck! We hope to have LOTS of entries to choose from, so please help spread Da Word!




November 10, 2013

Steelers defeat Bills 23-10

“It was a step in the right direction, it was. ONE step in the right direction. One good game. We don’t need to pat ourselves on the back, we just need to continue to work and do the things we did this week to get us this win.”-- Keisel, from his post game interview.

From Alan Robinson:

The defense came back from one of the worst days in team history to limit a perplexed Buffalo offense to a lone field goal until the closing seconds, and the Steelers scored 23 consecutive points during a 23-10 win Sunday over the Bills at Heinz Field.

The Bills (3-7) were forced to settle for a Dan Carpenter 20-yard field goal after driving to the Steelers' 1 on their opening drive. After two Fred Jackson runs moved them from the 9 to the 1, rookie quarterback E.J. Manual badly overthrew Stevie Johnson in the end zone on third-and-goal.

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is now 17-2 against rookie quarterbacks.

The Bills didn't come close to getting into the end zone again until Manuel threw a short touchdown pass to Chris Gragg with three seconds remaining. Buffalo came in running for nearly 146 yards per game, but were held to 95 yards by a Steelers defense that came in next-to-last against the run.

The big thing is stepping in and playing right from the get-go,” Keisel said. “Holding them to a field goal there our first series was big for us.-- Brett, from his post game press conference.

From Ed Bouchette:

Bills QB E.J.Manuel completed 22 of 39 passes for only 155 yards, that late touchdown and Ryan Clark’s team-high second interception.

All week LeBeau reminded them to do their jobs, not try to get out of position to help someone else. It was one reason they had given up so many plays, culminating in those team-record 55 points and 610 yards they allowed to the Patriots the week before.

It was an appropriate response after what happened to us a week ago,” Keisel said. “Being embarrassed like that, it was good for us to come back, bounce back and play like we did.

Steelers honor military veterans:

Pre-Game Quotes:

From Burt Lauten, Steelers PR:

Great scene pregame with Brett Keisel paying tribute to a wounded soldier on sideline prior to game. Soldier had a #99 jersey.

From fan Kayleigh Elizabeth:

Nothing like seeing 99 stand next to a disabled vet. Tears. So glad to be at Heinz #VeteransDay weekend!

Thank you to Elizabeth Nathan for the photo!

View photos in the 2013 Season Photo Gallery.

We thank all those who are serving and who have served this great country!




November 3, 2013

"This is a disgusting taste"

"This is a disgusting taste. Everyone needs to do more, be better in all areas. For a long time here we've been tough because we've played great defense here. We need to get back to that."--Keisel, after the loss to New England.

Coach Tomlin on the loss:

"I am angry. I’m disappointed. We don’t have time for perplexed. We are capable of better than that. We’ve got to be better than that, we weren’t. So we’re going to fix it."

The defense got to Tom Brady a few times, but today it was not enough times to get the win.

"There's a reason Brady is considered the best. He beat us all over the place today. As simple as that."--Keisel

#99 isn't ready to give up:

"A lot of character is going to be on display this week to see how we respond to getting beat like this."

The same holds true for us as fans...let's show the players and team we are behind them and believe in them!

Read more on the game HERE.

The Steelers will take on the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.




November 1, 2013

Fan Friday

Here We Go Steelers... Here We Go...

This group of adorable Steelers-lovin' cousins got together for a Black & Gold photo shoot.

Tina Atkins Hill sent the photo of Jax, Sessly, Caleb and Finn.

Great to know this crew will be cheering for their favorite team for years to come!

Mixed loyalties...

Our bulldog boy Brees.

He's named for his Daddy's favorite Saint but reppin' his Mama's Steelers and her favorite #99 today!--Karen Lynn Bomgardner

Drew Brees is a great player, but I think we all agree YOUR Brees looks best in Steelers gear, especially in #99!

Love seeing all the Steeler-lovin' pets!

And, Brees seems to have the Keisel stare down pat!

Meet one of the newest members to Steeler Nation...

My little girl, 5 days old and ready to root on the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Newest member of Steeler Nation.-- Jason Yoder

Jason, she is adorable! Congratulations on your bundle of joy!

She looks pretty cozy wrapped up in her Terrible Towel!

It's always nice to see we'll have new generations of Steeler Nation for years to come.

We still have more Fan Friday photos to post, so if the photo you sent is not posted yet, it will be soon!

Thank you to all who are sending their photos and stories!

If you missed the fan Halloween photos we received, check them out in our Black- N - Ghoul album.




October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Anyone recognize who Antonio Brown chose to be for Halloween?

And, how did the REAL Da Beard react to seeing AB's costume choice?

"You are are so handsome..you know that?--Keisel

Watch and listen his reaction HERE.

Great segment Antonio!

From Erin Toth:

My three year old son loves you!

He picked this Halloween costume out all by himself. He only wanted to be Brett the Diesel Keisel! Happy Halloween!

He looks great in his #99 gear...complete with Da Beard!

Happy Halloween to you also!

From Rob Rutkowski:

Dressed up as Keisel for the 96.1 KISS Halloween party at Stage AE last weekend! Took 2nd place in the costume contest!

Awesome costume Rob and congratulations on winning second place!

You can view more Halloween photos HERE.

Thank you to all who sent photos! Have a safe and Happy Halloween!