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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!




October 28, 2013

Brett Keisel's Outdoor Adventure

Stop by Gander Mountain for your chance to win a private VIP pheasant hunt for two.

The ULTIMATE day in the outdoors with Da Beard!

Stop by any Gander Mountain in Erie, Greensburg, Johnstown, Moon Township, Washington or West Mifflin to enter.

Registration ends November 3, 2013.

You must have a valid Pennsylvania hunting license. More information available at participating locations.

This is the chance of a lifetime for all you hunters out there, so don't miss out!

We wish all entrants the best of luck!

Check below (in the earlier addition of October 28 news) for game news and notes.




October 28, 2013

"You gotta be ready to go..."

From Mike Prisuta:

It sounded on Sunday in Oakland as if there will be a great deal to talk about this week on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

For starters, defensive end Brett Keisel wanted to talk about the Steelers falling behind 7-0 on the first offensive snap, and then falling behind further to 14-0 midway through the first quarter on the way to an eventual 21-18 loss to the Raiders.

“We gotta come out of the locker room ready to play, we do,” Keisel said. “We can’t ease into football games. When the National Anthem goes, you gotta be ready to go. So far this season we’ve struggled in that area. We gotta step into stadiums ready to go.

“It’s gonna be addressed. It’ll be addressed. I might address it. It’ll just be something where I’ll talk to the team. We’ve gotta be better in that area. I want everyone to understand that.”-- Keisel, following the loss.

Praise for #99:

From Dave Bryan:

Mr. Bryan named Brett as one of his "winners" from the Raiders game... "Brett Keisel got off to a slow start in the game but bounced back nicely from the second quarter on. PFF credited him with one sack, three quarterback hurries and six stops in the game. He also had a fumble recovery in the second half as well."

Read more HERE.

Brett was also considered for Player of the Game from Steelers Digest. The honor went to Emmanuel Sanders.




October 27, 2013

Good luck from the Wyoming Keisel bunch

We continue our "Good Luck" messages this week with Brett's brother, Chad and his wonderful family.

Go Steelers! From the Wyoming Keisel bunch! Chad, Jamie, Gabe, Zack, Abby, Ella and Kru!

Brett's nepehew, Gabe, plays high school football for the Greybull Buffs, just as his dad and Uncle Brett did.

We appreciate Brett's sister-in-law, Jamie putting together the message and photos!

View some photos of the Wyoming Keisel bunch, and previous good luck messages HERE.




October 25, 2013- Afternoon Update

1st and 10 with Keisel

From Teresa Varley:

What have you seen from Terrelle Pryor that makes him a dangerous quarterback?

He’s one of those special players who are gifted athletes. I remember watching him and reading about him when he was in high school here (at Jeannette High School). He was doing things that nobody else could stop or contain. He is a guy you have to key for. You always have to account for him rushing. He can take off. He is their leading rusher and that includes the great Darren McFadden. That shows you what he is capable of.

What’s it like playing in Oakland, in the “Black Hole,” dealing with all of those fans?

It’s like Halloween out there every week. Coach (Mike) Tomlin showed us the history of the series going back to the 70s. There is a deep rivalry there, especially back in the day how competitive those two teams were. It’s a tough place to play with a great history. It’s one of those things you have to relish and go get a win.

How tough is it to deal with a quarterback that has the ability to run?

It’s tough, but that is the way the league is getting. A lot of quarterbacks are given the ability to scramble when there is nothing there. We have faced guys like that before. Everyone just needs to make sure to take care of your responsibility, your rush lane. If you do that you can contain him.

Read more HERE.

Today's news photo: Pittsburgh Steelers.

2013 Extreme Beard Competition:

Check out the news below to see how to enter the beard competition and win an invite to Brett's 65 Roses Sports Auction!

Congratulations to Ben Roethlisberger:

Ben Roethlisberger was honored on Friday afternoon at the 13th Annual Amen Corner Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel at Station Square.

Visit BigBen7 to read more!




October 25, 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.

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




October 22, 2013

Brett Keisel's Outdoor Adventure

Stop by Gander Mountain for your chance to win a private VIP pheasant hunt for two.

The ULTIMATE day in the outdoors with Da Beard!

Stop by any Gander Mountain in Erie, Greensburg, Johnstown, Moon Township, Washington or West Mifflin to enter.

Registration ends November 3, 2013.

You must have a valid Pennsylvania hunting license. More information available at participating locations.

This is the chance of a lifetime for all you hunters out there, so don't miss out!

We wish all entrants the best of luck!




October 20, 2013- Post game update

HUGE division win

Steelers 19, Ravens 16

It was great to hear Heinz rocking again, to feel that atmosphere. Hopefully we can build off that. -- Keisel, after defeating the Baltimore Ravens

Well, Steeler Nation..can you all breathe now? What a game! We knew it would probably be a close game, and boy was it. Great job by the Steelers to get the division win.

From Ed Bouchette:

Shaun Suisham, who won three games on his final kick last season, did it again tonight when his 42-yard field goal with no time left gave the Steelers a 19-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens tonight.

Their second straight victory lifted the Steelers' record to 2-4. Baltimore, the reigning Super Bowl champs, fell to 3-4.

The game was typically close for this epic rivalry between AFC North Division rivals.

From Coach Tomlin this week:

“We really just need to focus on being a tough team to beat. Doing that is within our control. We have to minimize the penalties that destroy drives on offense, and we have to be able to operate defensively and communicate and have assignment execution in the middle of a hostile environment.

Brett talks about playing as a team:

What I'm most proud of is it was a team win. All three phases did something to contribute positively today. There's not much room for error for us. If we prepare like we have the last two weeks, we can compete with anybody.

Does Keisel feel the Steelers-Ravens rivalry still exists...

It's still violent. It's still smashmouth. It still came down to the very end. That's what these games are about.

Congratulations to Shaun Suisham-this was his SIXTH game-winning field goal as a Steeler and the EIGHTH of his career!

We will have more game news and photos throughout the week, so be sure to check back here!




October 20, 2013

Good luck wishes

Last week we posted good luck wishes from Brett's parents, Lane and Connie Keisel (see their photo and message by clicking the link at the end of this post.)

This week we heard from Brett's niece, Kelsi and her handsome boys.

"You guys ROCK!"--Cooper (6)

"You guys are the best!""--Lane (9)

"Nice job defeating the Jets last week, now please beat the Ravens!"--Max (7)

"I wuv my Steewers!!"--Kyler (4)

Kelsi, her husband Tristen, and their four boys all decked out in Steelers gear and Da Beard Gear for their family Christmas photo!

Thank you to Kelsi, Tristen, Lane, Max, cooper and Kyler for their photos and awesome messages!

You can also view the photos HERE.

We appreciate all the photos and good luck messages for Brett and his teammates!




October 18, 2013

Fan Friday

Takin' down the pumpkin patch:

Adorable Luca Massucci may be too young to sack quarterbacks just yet, but he has no problem taking down a pumpkin patch in his #99 jersey.

From Luca's dad, Mike:

Our son Luca running through pumpkins like you run through O-Linemen!

Go get em' Luca!

From Oklahoma Steelers Nation:

Here's a picture of my new granddaughter, Lucy. I was born in Pittsburgh, but have lived in Oklahoma the past 35 years. My granddaughter was born in Killeen Texas , but I'm working on her.

My other daughter and I were there last year in Dallas, amongst the thousands of other fans!--Dave Francis

A handsome namesake:

My husband and I just had a son on October 4, 2013.

He was born at 9:13 pm 7lbs. 6oz. 20 inches long.

We have had him name picked out since June but have kept it a secret until the day he was born.

His name is Keisel Joseph Bennardo. We can't wait to have a chance for him to meet Brett in the near future.--Peter, Melissa, and Keisel Bennardo

Generations of Steelers fans

Here is our daughter Josephine. She was born on a game day and now we are getting ready for one at my parents house in Western NY.

Loving the Steelers is a family affair through three generations!

GO STEELERS! -- Verna Cromwell

Love seeing Josephine already signaling TOUCHDOWN Steelers!

Thank you to all who sent photos and stories for Fan Friday! We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your stories with us!

Game Chatter:

Keisel talks about the Steelers-Ravens rivalry HERE.

Brett is listed as "probable" for the game Sunday.




October 17, 2013

Ravens Week

It’s a grudge match, it really is.--Keisel, on playing the Baltimore Ravens.

From Mike Prisuta:

Brett Keisel knows what Steelers-Ravens games are all about, and he also understands what a victory might mean for the winning team.

“It’s a grudge match, it really is,” Keisel said. “It always seems to be close. It always seems to come down to the end. It always seems to come down to who made a mistake and who didn’t. Hopefully, we don’t."

“Usually the winner of these games goes on and does good things in the playoffs. One of us has been in the AFC Championship Game, I don’t know how many of the last years. It’s just a very important, tough matchup.”

Read more HERE.

For those who will be in the Pittsburgh area tomorrow, and throughout the weekend, and for those attending the game Sunday, stop by Steelers.com for a list of all the "happenings", such as a live broadcast of ESPN's Mike and Mike show, going pink for breast cancer awareness and a food drive to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Lots of fun events going on in Pittsburgh this weekend!




September 25, 2013

Da Hunt with Da Beard

2013 HUNT WITH THE BLACK & GOLD CONTEST:

Nine lucky winners and their guests will get the opportunity to hunt with Da Beard and other Pittsburgh players!

The winners will receive an invitation to the 2013 Hunt with the Black & Gold, which includes lunch with the players in a private setting, a once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot and trap with a member of the team, guides, a dog, stocked birds, and also an autograph session.

Brett is trying to recruit Ben Roethlisberger to attend.."I would like Ben to come. Ben's a good hunter, he's come a long way, my man Benjamin." Brett also hinted that Lawrence Timmons may join him.

How to register:

Visit any participating Northwest Savings Bank in the PA. area, and also many Gander Mountain locations have registration forms.

Rules:

Please take some time to read the rules for the contest HERE.

You MUST be at least 18 years of age to enter and have a valid PA hunting license.

Registration will end on November 1, 2013. The hunt will be held on November 19, 2013.




October 13, 2013

And, we have a WIN!!!

Steeler Nation way to take over MetLife! One hot cake... eleven to go. Keisel

Steelers 19, Jets 6

The Steelers got that elusive first win today against the New York Jets. The Steelers defense allowed no Jets touchdowns, and had two interceptions during the game.

From Alan Robinson:

A sturdy and steady Ben Roethlisberger threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders early in the second half, shortly before Ryan Clark's interception ended the defense's season-long streak of failing to force a turnover, and the Steelers held rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the New York Jets scoreless in the final 30 minutes of a 19-6 victory Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

A defense that played a substantial stretch with the lead for the first time all season forced two turnovers, both Smith-thrown interceptions, and kept the Jets (3-3) out of the end zone only six days after Smith threw three touchdowns passes in a come-from-behind win at Atlanta. Smith, the former West Virginia quarterback, now has 13 turnovers this season.

Brett had three tackles during the game and was very distruptive up front. He left the game in the first half with what Coach Tomlin said was a rib injury. "We will take a look at it. He is probably going to be limited during the course of the week. He should perk up toward the end of next week. We’ll see, though."-Coach Tomlin.

We appreciate all the well wishes fans are sending to Mr. Keisel. The support from Steeler Nation is always Da Best!

Read more on the game, and watch some video highlights HERE.

Fun fact from the Steelers:

The Steelers are the fourth team in NFL history (1st in AFC) to reach 600 franchise wins (including the postseason).

Today's news photo is of Brett with Eric LeGrand. He is a retired American football defensive tackle who played college football at Rutgers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him to a symbolic contract as an undrafted free agent in May 2012.

He was paralyzed in a game against Army in 2010. He has since regained movement in his shoulders, and doesn’t want anybody feeling sorry for his predicament.

“I’ve got the whole world behind my back,” LeGrand said on WFAN. “How can I get mad every day when I wake up? I just know that I’m here to help so many other people out, and so many people look up to me. I take this on as a responsibility, in order for me to get better and help so many people out there, because this is what I truly believe I’m here to do.”

LeGrand reiterated the fact that he will, one day, walk again.

“I 100 percent believe I will walk again in my lifetime,” LeGrand told Carton. ”I’m here to help so many other people, and I believe that I’m going to get a bunch of other people walking just like I am, and be able to live their dreams.”- (Via CBS New York).

We all wish Mr. LeGrand the best!




October 11, 2013

Fan Friday

Steeler Strong:

From Missy Porsch:

Here's a picture of our little girl, Clara Porsch.

She was born 2 months premature on January 30th, 2013. She was only 4lbs 4 oz when she was born.

After a month of being in the NICU, we brought in Clara's Terrible Towel so she could get Steeler strong!

Even though we live in Dallas, Texas, the nurses kept that Terrible Towel on her all the time.

Less than a week later she was discharged!!! Here she is now, all ready for her 1st football season- a healthy 7 month old baby!

Steeler Nation gained an adorable little fighter. Best wishes to Clara and her family!

Da Beard Collection:

Jeff "The Goat" Hollamby has been a long time supporter of Brett and his website. When Brett and the Da Beard Crew started Da Beard Gear, Jeff was thrilled. And, as you can see from the photo, he has collected most, if not all, of the t-shirts available!

Jeff and his family even wore their Da Beard Gear for their family Christmas photo!

Thank you to Jeff, and his family for supporting Brett and Da Beard Gear!

The biggest lil' fan:

Brianne Horton Ihlenburg sent the photo of this beautiful lil' Steelers fan.

She is ready to play, cheer or dance for her favorite team!

Thank you to Brianne, Missy and Jeff for sharing their photos!

We appreciate all of you who have shared your fan photos and stories!

The Steelers will take on the New York Jets this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. (EST).




October 10, 2013

Team Elijah "Lights the Night"

We are Lighting The Night for Leukemia and Lymphoma. Proud to be a member of Team Elijah! --Keisel

From Teresa Varley tonight:

When former Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith and his family first started participating in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk five years ago with their son Elijah, the young boy was going through treatment, dealing with the side effects that come with the illness.

But for the second straight year the Smiths have gathered with friends, family and former teammates outside of Heinz Field to celebrate survivorship, as they do the walk with a totally different Elijah, a nine-year old filled with life and energy.

“From a parent’s standpoint to see your child go through such a hardship with cancer, and then to beat the cancer and come here and have this celebration,” said Smith. “For a lot of these families they are still in the middle of this. It’s an opportunity to rally and support each other. What LLS does for them is unbelievable.”

Smith knows he couldn’t have fought the battle without support from those within the Steelers organization, including teammates who were there for him from the moment Elijah was diagnosed with leukemia.

“This event has been awesome since we got involved back in 2008,” said Brett Keisel, who was joined by his family for the walk. “Elijah was a big inspiration for our football team back then and he continues to be today. To come out and support him and the Smith family is something we love to do. Aaron has done so much for us. We are all family and it’s just a little way we can give back.”

Read more, and view a cute photo of the Smith family HERE.

We wish Elijah and the Smith family all the best!




October 5, 2013

Upcoming events

65 Roses Sports Auction:

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.

From CF Western PA. Chapter:

Calling all Pittsburghians and Steelers Fans, join us Thursday, December 5, 2013 for a once in a lifetime opportunity to shake hands with your Pittsburgh Steelers.

This unique event, hosted by Honorary Chairman, Brett Keisel, includes your very own keepsake football, that can be used during the autograph session with the attending Steelers players.

Additionally, you will induldge in a field goal kick for your tastebuds buffet-style dinner,a highly anticipate "football frenzy" with a chance to win amazing prizes and so much more! Don’t miss out on this annual sport spectacular which also features a live and silent auction with memorabilia from your favorite hometown teams.

This event is one touchdown that has Steelers fans waving their terrible towels and you do not want to miss out.

Become a sponsor and you will receive the outstanding benefits of our regular ticket price but also enjoy an exclusive opportunity to attend the private Fear Da Beard VIP reception with Brett Keisel. Donors at this level also receive a commemorative photo with Brett to remember their experience for years to come! Individual VIP tickets are reserved for sponsors until November 1st, any remaining VIP tickets may be purchased at that time.

Please note, due to the popularity and demand of this event, we are unable to permit outside items to be brought to the event for autographs.

Past attendees have included, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Troy Polamalu and many more! This is an amazing chance to meet, interact and obtain autographs from your Pittsburgh Steelers!

For more information, please contact Sarah Steele at 412.321.4422 or ssteele@cff.org.

Photos:

View photos from past year's 65 Roses events HERE.

Brett's teammates are always great about supporting the event, so there are always many players in attendance.

So, come on out and meet up with Brett and his teammates, add to your autograph collection and support a great cause!

Black and Gold Fashion Show:

Antonio Brown and Lawrence Timmons will host the event this year, which will be held on October 11 in the East Club at Heinz Field. Click HERE for more information.

Bid for Hope:

Heath and Katie Miller will be hosting Bid for Hope again this year. Details on their great event can be found on the right side of this page under the Keisel Kam photo.

Thank you to Ryan, Diana Napper, and Sarah Steele for assisting with the event information!


October 4, 2013

Fan Friday

From Whitney Smith:

Ok, I wanna brag on Brett Keisel for a second. My mom and I were talking about the Pens today and it came up. Several years back, I had a friend deployed to Iraq during Christmas. I think his biggest disappointment was missing the whole NFL season. So, for Christmas, I sent a letter to the Steelers, told them the situation, and a few weeks later, I had a picture of the team signed by Brett.

I put it in Jeff's Christmas box and mailed it overseas. He was so excited. He still talks about it.

A couple months later, I was in Pittsburgh visiting my sister at the University of Pitt. Me, her, and one of her friends went to the Hines Ward show and I was so tickled to know Brett would be appearing that night. So, as we were all leaving, I saw Brett putting the baby stroller in his vehicle while his wife and baby were getting loaded up. I approached him with, "Excuse me, Brett?" He turned around, walked over to me, and shook my hand.

As I recounted Jeff's story, he held onto my hand and just listened. When I finished, I thanked him for making his Christmas, and he said, "Please tell HIM thank you."

I was blown away at his compassion and how down to earth he was. We are diehard Steelers fans... grew up that way and always will be. My dad was impressed with the talent Keisel had way before he was ever noticed by commentators during games on TV, but after that day, my whole family has been Keisel fans!! I wear my #99 jersey for every game. Love from Florida, sir!!

We wish Jeff well and would like to thank him for all he does for us. Thanks to Whitney for sharing her story!

Die-hard Steelers fan:

My name is Kaitlyn King. I saw where the page had a picture with a story of a fan. After seeing this I had to message you about the BIGGEST Steelers fan I know.

His whole basement is decked out in Steelers colors and memorabilia. It even has motion sensors to detect if someone is breaking in or not suppose to be in there!

He has many signed items and expensive items too! His name is Sonny Lewis, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He recently came home from Afghanistan after a long period of time due to his job. Even overseas he was posting pictures with his Terrible Towel.

He is my chosen uncle, meaning he isn't related to me, but he is that long lost relative to me. I love him dearly, and I know it would tickle him to have you post on your page about him. I thank you for your time in reading this. GO STEELERS!! Sonny Lewis is in the middle of the photo, and his two sons Dominic and Steele. Yes, he named his son after the Steelers!

Now, that's a man cave! And, Dominic and Steele look ready to join the Steelers D line in a few years!

Thanks to Sonny and his family for their support!

Newest addition to Steeler and Da Beard Nation...

My son and daughter-in-law live in Knoxville, TN and are huge Steeler and Brett Keisel fans.

Attached is a picture of the latest addition to their family, a son born on September 10, 2013, named Keisel Joseph Allan. -- Jill Allan

What an adorable photo! It's great having another member of Steeler and Da Beard Nation!

If you do not see your fan story here yet, don't worry! We will do another post soon. Thanks to all who sent their stories and photos!




September 30, 2013

Have to find the solution

When you start to lose you have to find a solution. If the solution isn’t the X’s & O’s it has to be the people. Obviously, what we’ve done around here with this regime of coaches has been successful so, obviously, it’s not what they’re teaching. It’s not the way we’re preparing because that is proven that it works.

“So clearly it’s the 11 people on the field at certain times that aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do, and we understand that. I’ve been in the NFL long enough to know that Mondays after losses is the time when things change. If we want to keep this same group in the locker room, if we want to see these same faces, we have to do something better.” -- Ryan Clark

It's tough to see the team struggling, but each and every one of the players will work to get better.

From Ulish Carter:

The problems on defense will be corrected because Dick LeBeau is the best defensive mind in football. But it will take time to blend in the young new players, with the young veterans. Remember, the only four players with any kind of age on them are Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor and Brett Keisel who are all playing solid football.

The team have a bye this week, and then they will face the New York Jets on October 13.

Keisel thanks Steeler Nation:

I want to say thank you to all of Steeler Nation and Da Beard Nation for your support in London!




September 27, 2013

Da British welcome Da Beard

My British accent is coming along! Alright then...carry on. -- Keisel

The Steelers are in London for a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Traveling overseas is certainly not a normal thing for the Steelers, but they are treating this game as any other.

From Teresa Varley,

The sights will be plentiful, landmarks that are on the top of the list for any tourist coming to London. From Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, the London Eye to London Bridge, and even Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. No tourist goes home without seeing at least a few of these historic treasures.

Steelers’ players, however, aren’t likely to see much of anything unless it’s on the bus ride to and from practice or the game at Wembley Stadium. Because one thing the Steelers, who departed for London on Thursday evening, aren’t going to be this weekend is tourists. They are going for one reason and one reason only, to play the Minnesota Vikings.

“We have to win a game and we are hoping our trip to London will bring us that win,” said defensive end Brett Keisel. “We are approaching this like a normal week, but it’s going to be different and everyone knows it’s going to be different. We just have to focus on winning the game, even though we are going across the water. “I think everyone is aware of the importance of getting a win, but I will definitely be in guy’s ears.”

Brett spoke to the media earlier today about the lack of turnovers on defense:

It's been tough. Turnovers have been a huge focus point for us. We need to get them.'

Tweet of the day:

Brett Keisel looks more like a viking than most of the Vikings!--@TMFootballUK

Photos: Visit the 2013 Season Photo Gallery for a few photos from London.




September 25, 2013

Da Hunt with Da Beard

2013 HUNT WITH THE BLACK & GOLD CONTEST:

Nine lucky winners and their guests will get the opportunity to hunt with Da Beard and other Pittsburgh players!

The winners will receive an invitation to the 2013 Hunt with the Black & Gold, which includes lunch with the players in a private setting, a once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot and trap with a member of the team, guides, a dog, stocked birds, and also an autograph session.

Brett is trying to recruit Ben Roethlisberger to attend.."I would like Ben to come. Ben's a good hunter, he's come a long way, my man Benjamin." Brett also hinted that Lawrence Timmons may join him.

How to register:

Visit any participating Northwest Savings Bank in the PA. area, and also many Gander Mountain locations have registration forms.

Rules:

Please take some time to read the rules for the contest HERE.

You MUST be at least 18 years of age to enter.

Registration will end on November 1, 2013. The hunt will be held on November 19, 2013.

Listen to Brett's interview with WDVE about the contest, about Ben Roethlisberger's hunting skills and the Steelers upcoming journey to London, HERE.




September 23, 2013

"We didn't make enough plays down the stretch"

The Steelers lost to the Chicago Bears by a score of 40-23

"It just wasn't enough We didn't make enough plays down the stretch. When we really needed a stop, we didn't do it."--Keisel, from his Post-game interview.

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

The Steelers’ defensive performance was somewhat typical of what the unit has offered throughout this young season. Stingy at times, decent pressure on the passer at times, tight coverage at times, stout against the run at times. But the Bears’ offense also made enough plays at critical moments to supplement the defensive touchdowns to produce enough points to stay undefeated.

Read more HERE.

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Five turnovers, two of them returned for touchdowns, doomed the Steelers to a 40-23 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Despite those turnovers, they stormed back in the second half from three touchdowns behind to within four points early in the fourth quarter.

Read more from Mr. Bouchette HERE.

As of right now, we have way too many turnovers and it goes both ways. We've got to find ways to get the ball. That's what great defenses do."--Keisel

Positives from the game:

Following the Bears final touchdown, when the game was out of reach for the Steelers, Troy Polamalu dove to block the extra point. Instead of just letting the Bears score the extra point since his team was on their way to a loss, #43 never gave up on making a play.

Ben Roethlisberger didn't throw the towel in after the team was down by three touchdowns. He led them to within four points in the second half.

Keisel had a sack on Cutler for a loss of yardage and four tackles on the night.

"The guys really fought hard. They could have easily thrown in the towel early on and said, "here we go again', but we didn't. We fought..just couldn't do enough to get back in it. We're gonna come to work and continue to try and fix things...continue to figure out a way to get a win."--Brett, talking about the positives he will take from the loss.

London Time:

The team travels to London this week to face the 0-3 Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.




September 19, 2013

Happy Birthday Brett

Thank you for all the birthday love!--Keisel

Today is Brett's birthday and we appreciate all the tweets, Facebook messages and emails wishing him a Happy Birthday.

A few of the messages we received:

35 and still prime. Have a great night and weekend my friend.--Jim Wexell

Happy Birthday brother Keisel! #Virgos Baby! Hope your blessed to see many more!--Rob Golden

Happy Birthday Wishes going out to Brett Keisel!--Tammy Devine Palmer

Have a nice birthday. Best wishes from Mexico City.--Victor

Happy Birthday from another September 19 b-day & lifetime Steeler fan. Wishing Joy. Peace. Love in coming year!--Barbara Leah

Happy B-Day,brother! Does "Da Beard" have his own seperate birthday?!!? --Dennis Elliott DeLeo

From 1 BK 2 another, Happy Birthday!--Bernie Krell

Brett, have a great day and season. Thank you so much for being so awesome to fans through your charity work and website. We love getting to know you!--Sharon Newbury

Brett, thank you for all you do for the team and community. Your are an amazing individual and I've enjoyed learning more about all the work you do on your social media pages and website. Have a nice bday! --Derek Ismon

Keisel joined Spencer Linton and Jarom Jordan, of BYU Sports Nation today to discuss various topics.

Listen to Brett's favorite moment from BYU, fond memories of Coach Edwards, how closely he follows Cougar Football, why he grew Da Beard and who gets more attention...Da Beard or Da Hair (Troy Polamalu)?

Also, the guys read a few of their favorite "beard" tweets, so find out if your tweet made it on air!

Listen to the interview here.

If you are attending the game Sunday night...

Be sure to check out this Additional Parking and Traffic Information.




September 17, 2013

100th Career Start

The game against the Bengals last night was Keisel's 100th career start during the regular season.

While it would have been better to have such a special moment punctuated with a win, it is still a great accomplishment to have 100 career starts with the same team.

Congratulations #99!

Loss number 2 doesn't hurt any less than loss number 1, but there were some positives.

The Steelers had to win one of the biggest matchups to have a chance against the Bengals, and they did: Taylor held Bengals WR A.J. Green to just six catches for 41 yards, even though he was targeted 14 times by quarterback Andy Dalton. Green was coming off a performance in which he caught nine passes for 162 yards and two TDs against the Bears' Pro Bowl cornerback, Charles Tillman. But Taylor, as he always seems to do, kept Green in check, not allowing a catch longer than 10 yards and also being credited with a pass defensed.(From Gerry Dulac, PPG).

Keisel had a strong game, knocking down a pass in the middle of the fourth quarter to prevent what looked like would have been an inevitable touchdown.

From Jim Wexell:

The old guys on defense are still playing with fire. My game ball went to Taylor, with Woodley and Brett Keisel close runners-up.

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

Special teams got off to a strong start and completed a quality first half. Felix Jones returned the opening kickoff 34 yards, and Antonio Brown returned the Bengals’ first punt 40 yards.

The Bengals faced a third-and-10 from the Steelers’ 23-yard line with Andy Dalton in the shotgun. At the snap, Troy Polamalu attacked the line of scrimmage and attracted two Bengals offensive linemen, which allowed a free path for Lawrence Timmons who hurried Dalton into the incomplete pass that preceded a Bengals field goal and a 10-3 margin.

Ben Roethlisberger showed nice awareness on a first-down running play to Felix Jones midway through the first period. With two Bengals defenders in the backfield cleanly and prepared to dump Felix Jones for a loss, Roethlisberger pulled the ball out and ran it himself around the right side for a 6-yard gain.

"Nobody in the NFL plays like Ben does, how he gets out of sticky situations and makes something out of nothing!" -- Keisel, from his pre-game interview.

The Steelers will be on in prime time again as they face the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football on September 22.

The game is at 8:30 p.m. (EST) on NBC.

Game photos: Visit the 2013 Season Photo Gallery for a few game photos.

We would also like to send our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday.




September 13, 2013

Fan Friday

Mirror images...

We received this image, entitled "Our boys and their favorites" from Roseanna Fonseca.

Armando is number 43, and Luke is number 99. They play for the Murrieta Rams out of Murrieta, California.

Who knows, both Armando and Luke may end up wearin' those numbers for the Black & Gold in the future!

Thanks for sending the photo Roseanna and best of luck this season to Armando and Luke!

A Terrible Towel wedding...

What happens when a couple, both from Pennsylvania, wed? You get one BIG happy Steeler-lovin' family!

From Valorie Mullins, Orlando Fl.:

Katelyn and Ryan Miller married in Orlando, FL.

The Groom's family comes from New Castle, PA.

The Bride's family hails from Pittsburgh, PA.

Both families have been Steeler's fans for generations as you can see from the picture.

When the families joined together at the wedding, we took the photo op to show our merged family's support for our beloved Steelers.

I thought Brett and you would get a kick out of the pic from the reception! Best wishes to Brett on a successful season and GO STEELERS!!!!




September 10, 2013

Heroes at Heinz Field

My husband and I got to meet Brett at the Heroes at Heinz event tonight at Heinz Field. What an honor to meet this awesome football player. My husband was overjoyed at the love him and the other Veterans got from not only Brett but the other Steelers. To top it off Brett wrote a nice message and signed his jersey! Go Steelers!-- Rachael Schwerin

Tuesday evening, 75 military veterans took part in “Heroes at Heinz Field”, an event annually hosted by the Steelers and VA Healthcare VISN 4 to honor veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan who are now adjusting to civilian life.

Brett took part in the event, along with teammates Ike Taylor, Heath Miller, Cortez Allen, Sean Spence, Zoltan Mesko, Mike Adams, David DeCastro, Bruce Gradkowski, Greg Warren and Jason Worilds.

From the Steelers:

“These guys are our heroes, our country’s heroes,” said Keisel, who has had numerous family members serve in the military. “They put everything on the line for our freedoms and rights, everything we enjoy in this great country we live in. It’s a great honor for us and a small thing we can do to say thank you.

“Growing up I was taught to appreciate the sacrifice they make. I don’t think people understand the magnitude of it sometimes. But when you come here and meet some of these guys that have been wounded, it really hits home and makes you appreciate it.”

To view some photos from the event, click HERE.




September 8, 2013

"Very disappointing..."

Very disappointing. You want to win at home...anytime you step out there. So, it's disappointing, but hopefully this team can bounce back and show some fight. --Keisel, from his Post Game interview.

Well, the season did not begin the way we wanted it to, as the Steelers lost to the Titans by a score of 16-9.

The loss itself was tough, but even worse news came when Coach Tomlin announced that Maurkice Pouncey and Larry Foote would both need surgery.

Anytime you lose guys that are key contributors to your game, it's frustrating, but that's the business we're in. One man’s misery is another man’s opportunity and someone’s gotta step up.--Brett, talking about the injuries and what the team needs to do to overcome them.

Stats: Brett had six tackles during the game.

Read more on the game HERE.

Game photos:

Visit the 2013 Season Photo Gallery for a few game photos.

The Steelers will play again on September 16 (Monday Night Football) against the Cincinnati Bengals.

So far, all AFC North teams are 0-1.




September 6, 2013

Fan Friday

Happy retirement to MSgt William "Buzz" Buzinski:

Brett received the following email from MSgt William "Buzz" Buzinski, Air Force One Security:

"I am writing you to see if this request would be possible. I can't imagine the number of request you guys receive everyday. I am MSgt William "Buzz' Buzinski and I currently fly on Air Force One.

I was unfortunate to miss Da Beard and others as they visited our hangar for a tour of my aircraft as I was on my way to Antigua with my wife that same day. I tried my best to rearrange my schedule but it didn't work out.

I have been flying on AF1 for the past 13 years and have carried many Steelers Jerseys and Terrible Towels during the football season so I could harass the Patriot and other fans I fly with.

I am a die hard Steeler fan and I am retiring from the Air Force on 1 August with a ceremony on 14 June. I am inquiring to see if there was anyway to get an autographed Terrible Towel from Da Beard. I have plenty and could mail one to you if this request can be accomplished. I truly wish I could have had the chance to meet him and the others but thank them for the inspiration throughout the years.

Brett was honored to receive Mr. Buzinski's request and more than happy to sign his item.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me out with my request. The FedEx guy delivered the box to my house this morning and I am walking around the house with a huge "retirement" happy smile. I truly do want to thank you for all you do and your help.

I hope to make it to Pittsburgh for a game this season. My friend, from Aliquippa, and I usually go to one game a year together since her and my birthdays are two days apart. With all of the traveling I endured over the past 14 years it was hard to plan so I am hoping to make it up this year.

I hope you have a great week and I will be twirling the towel all season!-- William, after receiving his retirement gift-a Da Beard signed Terrible Towel.

Thanks for all you have have done for our country MSgt William "Buzz" Buzinski! Enjoy your retirement and thanks for sending the photos! The first photo is with MSgt Buzinski and President Obama, and the second is MSgt Buzinski with his father, retired Sergeant Major, along with the towels, hat and signed football from when the Steelers visited the Air Force One Complex Ib 2008.

Jakob Fries attended his first Steelers game against the Panthers...

And, even though his team lost, he came home with a prized item.

From his mother, Bobbi Fries:

My husband & I took our 12 year old son to his very first Steelers game tonight, and I just wanted to drop a line to say thank you to Da Beard for throwing us his shoes!

How exciting!!! We are over the moon about our special souvenir!

I also want to take a second to say that as a mom of a young man, I'm thankful that we can use Brett Keisel as an example of someone that is using his talent and fame to create positivity. Best of luck to you always! Thanks again!

Thank you to the Fries for sending a photo of Jakob with the shoes. We really love the Da Beard Gear shirt he's wearing!




September 4, 2013

Smash Mouth...arm wrestling??

I could SMASH him in arm wrestling!--Keisel, talking about arm wrestling with James Harrison.

Brett was a guest on the SVP & Russillo Show today. He chats about the upcoming season, moving past the Ravens Super Bowl, James Harrison on Hard Knocks and more.

He also had a prediction about who would win between him and Harrison in an arm wrestling match.

If you missed the interview, don't worry! We have ya covered. Click HERE to listen.

It was great to see Scott Van Pelt sporting a Da Beard Nation t-shirt...and a beard!

You can purchase the same shirt, and check out all of Brett's official Da Beard Gear by clicking the STORE link at the top of this page.




September 3, 2013

Quote the Keis

Jim, Wexell, SteelCityInsider.Net, held a "Quote the Keis" Q & A interview with Brett recently. They chatted about the upcoming season and team chemistry.

From the interview:

Q: Has there been a different approach by Tomlin and the coaches this off-season?

BK: "I think it's more just attention to the little things, like around the locker room, like making sure we're all in meetings early. No one's dragging into meetings, no one's dragging out to practice. We just want a sense of urgency with things and attention to detail; just a pro's perspective, really. When you're around here, in the locker room, be a pro in everything you do, whether that's film study or walk-through or whatever. Don't let anything get downgraded because maybe you're not at full speed or something like that. Just focus and pay attention to everything."

Q: Did you agree with the talk about dissension last year?

BK: "No. (pause) No. (pause) No, I think when you lose close games, games we're used to winning, people start asking 'What's going on?' But I never felt like that our locker room was divided or anything like that. I've always felt that's been a strong suit of ours, the locker room, the brotherhood. I'll continue to stick with that."

Q: It seemed as if the coaches shipped out some guys with losing personalities, or represented losing in some way, and brought in some rookies -- and veterans -- with enthusiastic and winning personalities. Do you agree?

BK: "Well, I just think the biggest thing everything in here needs to have is a focus on not 'What do we need to do to make me better?' But rather, 'What do I need to do to make the team better?' To put the team first. If we can do that collectively, then we'll be a good team."

Thank you to Mr. Wexell for sharing his interview with us. Stop by his website to keep up with the latest Steelers news!

Interview with 105.9 The X:

Listen to Brett's' interview with HERE.




August 31, 2013

Hangin' with some new friends

Awesome time at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! Thanks to everyone who came out!--Keisel

Brett and Heath Miller hosted a Steelers pep rally-ZOO style at the Pittsburgh Zoo today. They hung out with Steeler Nation and made some new friends, of the elephant variety.

From Steelers.com:

You would be hard pressed to find many people in Pittsburgh that make Brett Keisel and Heath Miller look small, but that was the case on Saturday when they met Tasha, an African Bush elephant, and the other elephants at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on Saturday.

Tasha weighs in at 8,695 pounds, which according to Tracy Gray, public/media manager at the zoo, that’s more than the entire Steelers defense weighs. The elephants took part in the zoo’s Steelers Pep Rally, showing off their team pride by waving a Terrible Towel and sporting black and gold.

Read the entire article from Teresa Varley, and view some photos HERE.

Pep rally photos:

Click HERE for a few more photos from the fun day at the zoo!

Video:

Watch a quick video with Brett and Heath as they meet Tasha HERE.

Thanks so much to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for holding the pep rally, and of course thanks to Tasha and all the animals who came out to greet the guys and Steeler Nation with their Terrible Towels!




August 30, 2013

End of preseason 2013

The Steelers ended preseason play with a loss to the Carolina Panthers. Most of the starters did not play at all, as this was a game for rookies and back-ups to prove themselves one last time.

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

In the "What went right" department: The Steelers reserves put together a goal-line stand early in the second quarter. On second-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Panthers RB Armond Smith was stopped for no gain, and after the play was challenged from the Carolina sideline the ruling was upheld. Then on third-and-goal, Smith again was stoned at the line of scrimmage, and the Panthers settled for a field goal.

In the "what went wrong" department: With no Brett Keisel or Ike Taylor or Troy Polamalu or Ryan Clark or Larry Foote or Lawrence Timmons or LaMarr Woodley playing for the Steelers, the Panthers took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in six plays – all completed passes by Derek Anderson – to take a 7-0 lead three minutes into the game.

The Steelers will start regular season play on September 8 against the Tennessee Titans. The game begins at 1:00 p.m.




August 29, 2013

A veteran's advice to players on the bubble

OTA's, Mini Camp, & Training Camp. All that work...It all comes down to tonight for these young men. Go get it!--Keisel

From Scott Brown, ESPN.com:

Brett Keisel is in his 12th NFL season, and is as established as they come. The veteran defensive end has won a pair of Super Bowl rings, has made a Pro Bowl, and he will likely be a team captain for the second year in a row.

That doesn’t mean he can’t empathize with the players in the Steelers’ locker room who find themselves squarely on the cut line.

“My first two games I was pathetic,” Keisel recalled. “I was putting too much pressure on myself. When I just finally relaxed and realized that I’m playing football, I’ve been doing this my whole life.”

Keisel’s advice to the players whose cleats he once wore?

"Just go out there and give it great effort because that’s what the coaches want to see,” he said. “They know you’re going to mess up. They know you’re not going to be perfect. But if you’re out there going 100 percent, plays are going to fall to you and that’s what they want to see.”

Brett goes on to talk about how important it is for the players on the bubble to make themselves known through special teams play, which worked well for him.

Read the entire article HERE.




August 24, 2013

Da Beard and Da Hair doin' work

The overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was tough, but there were positives to take from the loss.

Lost in the shuffle of the preseason is the fact that the run defense for the first unit has been outstanding. Saturday night, it bottled up Jamal Charles for 10 yards on 7 carries. And that total included an 11-yard run.-- (From Dale Lolley, SteelCityInsider.Net.

Da Beard and Da Hair:

The Steelers No. 1 defense played the first series of the second half and came out of it with a takeaway. Brett Keisel forced a fumble by Kansas City RB Knile Davis, and Troy Polamalu recovered at the Pittsburgh 36-yard line. That gave the Steelers seven takeaways in their three preseason games.--Bob Labriola, Steelers.com.

Game photos:

Click HERE for game photos.

Congrats...

To Ben Roethlisberger on being named Steelers Digest Player of the Week! Big Ben Roethlisberger completed 13-of-19 for 166 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a passer rating of 113.0.

Whatever it takes:

Today's news photo is of Brett with Tyler Hallsey (wearing his Da Beard Gear hat).

"Brett, thanks for making Tyler's dream come true. You're the best!"--Chris Hallsey, Tyler's dad (@hllz_32), via Twitter.

Brett had the chance to meet up with Tyler Hallsey and his family before the game last night.

On February 8, 2013 Tyler was diagnosed with Pontine Glioma which is a tumor surrounding the brain stem. Not something you would add to your list of good things, but then again, it has never met anyone like Tyler.

Tyler has vowed to do "Whatever it takes" to send Pontine Glioma packing!

You can keep up with him on Facebook.

We wish you well Tyler in your battle to do WHATEVER IT TAKES! Steeler Nation is rooting for you!

Thank you to Merril Hoge for sharing the photo via Twitter:

"Brett Keisel taking time with Tyler who is fighting cancer before tonight's game! Brett... Thank you!"--@MerrilHoge




August 23, 2013

Fan Friday

Thank you Steeler Nation for your support during training camp.--Brett, following his 12th training camp with the Steelers.

We want to say thank you to the fans who attended camp and sent photos, messages and well wishes.

Thanks also to the fans at home, who kept up with training camp via this site and social media.

And, a BIG thanks to the awesome staff at Saint Vincent College who have taken care of Brett for the last TWELVE years!

The photos and messages we received were so amazing, so please take time to stop by the Training Camp Gallery to check them out.

Today's news photo was sent by Jennifer Smith.

Tuggin' on Da Beard always brings good luck!

Brett with his buddy Logan Hunter:

My husband works at St.Vincent- we are friends with managers and trainers, so we take our son, Logan, who has Down Syndrome, up to camp every year.

Due to his DS, he actually has no idea the greatness he's surrounded by.

I used to be a massage therapist and worked with many Steelers, as well as the Eagles, and even Arnold Palmer. Logan has been around it all and he's just as nonchalant as can be.

But, he loves Brett! He has to compare beards every year. I was humbled that Brett even remembered Logan's name- that's special to me. He's a class act. He always takes time for us. Thank you. --Chris Hunter

Thank you to Chris for sharing Logan's story! Always fun for Brett to see his buddy.

If Da shoe fits..wear it...even if it doesn't...take it:

The next email is from the DiSabato family, who attended camp, and were lucky to meet the big guy and take away his BIG shoe!

We went to Steelers Training Camp on Saturday, August 17th. On the way in to practice, Brett gave away several shoes.

Our daughter, Dalanie, was one of the lucky ones to receive one. She has not stopped smiling or talking about it since. You have gained a 99 fan for life!! Thank you so much! --The DiSabatos

How adorable is Dalanie with her #99 shoe! There is also a cute photo with her sister, Rowan in the Training Camp Gallery.

Thanks to the DiSabato's for sharing their story and photos!

New Da Beard merchandise...

New merchandise being worn proud!!--Stacie Michael

Check out the new Da Beard Gear merchandise. The crew has added some great new items, along with their exisiting gear. This is the only official Brett Keisel beard merchandise.

To view other fans, along with Brett and his teammates in the gear, visit the Da Beard Gear World Tour album.

Keisel and Heath Miller have an upcoming appearance on August 31. The details are below in the August 22 news.




August 22, 2013

Join 99 & 83 for a pep rally-ZOO Style

From the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium:

Join us on August 31 at the elephant yard along with Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel and Heath Miller for a Steelers Pep Rally, Zoo style!

Watch our elephants show their Steelers pride!

After the pep rally we will raffle off Steeler items. Be at the Zoo's admission gates by 10:30AM and receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win autographed Steelers memorabilia.

The pep rally is from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Stop by our sea lion training demonstration at 12:30PM to see the sea lions show their black and gold pride too!

This is a great way to get your family ready to start the 2013 Steelers regular season, so we hope to see a lot of Steeler Nation at Da Zoo!

Stop by the site tomorrow for Fan Friday!




August 20, 2013

"We've got a lot or room for improvement..."

The Steelers lost to the Redkins last night 24-13. The starters played a tad longer than they did in the first preseason game, but the back-ups and rookies saw the majority of playing time.

Keisel on the back-up DE's:

Cam’s (Cam Heyward) had a great camp. Al (Woods) is coming along. (Rookies) Brian (Arnfelt) and Nick (Williams) made some pretty good plays (against the Redskins). They need to continue to work, continue to master the little things that make you a good defensive player.

On the loss:

We've got a lot of room for improvement. We can't out ourselves behind theeight ball and expect to win.

Listen to Brett's post game interview at Steelers.com.

The next preseason game is on August 24 against the Kansas City Chiefs.




August 16, 2013

Fan Friday

We appreciate all the emails, messages and photos being sent by Steeler Nation! We can always count on you to have the best photos and stories!

Many of you may remember back in June (see the June 17th story), when Brett hosted a VIP fishing trip for some lucky fans and children from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

They were treated to a day of fishing, lunch and good times with Da Beard.

We recently heard from the parents of one of the teens who attended the fishing trip, Tyler Skarzenski:

My son Tyler Skarzenski was invited and attended the fishing trip in Pittsburgh, the day after Fathers Day. He was one of the children's Hospital kids. He had his leg amputated due to an ATV crash 11 months ago.

Anyway, Tyler and my husband enjoyed a nice visit with Brett and his brother during lunch that day, and Brett invited Tyler to a game this season.

We received tickets to the August 24th preseason home game. They were sent to us through Children's Hospital and we are so very thankful.

What a turn around Tyler has made since his meeting with Brett. He can't say enough about what a normal great guy he was.

Tyler is now walking in his prosthetic and beginning to be taught how to run again. Just wanted to some how reach out to him to express our gratitude.

Thank you to all involved...we are forever grateful.--Michaeline Skarzenski ( Tyler's mom).

Learn more about Tyler's story HERE.

We wish Tyler all the best and are very excited to hear he is doing so well and staying so positive.

Thanks to Tyler and his parents for sharing his story. We know you will have a great time cheering your Steelers on at the game.

You can view a few photos from the fishing event HERE.

The Terrible Towel fits in EVERYWHERE:

We see the Terrible Towel twirling all over Heinz Field, but it also fits in at other times, such as during a Jamaican wedding!

Unfortunately, she wouldn't let me wear my #99 jersey last week for our wedding in Jamaica, but my wife did let us get some shots with my Terrible Towel while you guys were playing your first pre season game. Big fan, keep up the good work. --Jeremy and Natalie Miles.

Congratulations on your wedding, and thanks so much for sharing your lovely photo!




August 15, 2013

"I feel great..."

There has been much talk about Keisel possibly being in his final season with the Steelers. It is true he's in the last year of his contract, but Brett chooses to focus on this season and being a leader among his teammates.

"I’m focused not on my contract or this could be my last year. I’m focused on leading this group of young men back down glory road. I feel great. I feel like as long as I can play and as long as I can carry out my responsibility and lead, I could play longer. But we’ll see what happens."-- Brett, from an article by Jamison Hensley, AFC North Blog.

More from Mr. Hensley:

At 34, Keisel is the oldest starter on the Steelers' defense. But he hasn't been showing his age, leading the team with 40 quarterback hurries last season.

"He hustles hard," linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. "I always see him in the weight room. I don't feel like age is bothering him right now. He has some type of youth juice. He's doing real good for us right now."

You can read the entire article HERE.

D Line has some fun with Seven Springs.

"Thank you Seven Springs for taking care of the D Line today. We all had a BLAST!--Keisel.

Photos:

Check out ourTraining Camp Gallery.




August 12, 2013

Reppin' 99

Pittsburgh’s Steve Byrne, along with the cast of the television show Sullivan & Son which he stars in, led the Terrible Towel Twirl during the game against the Giants on Saturday.

Mr. Byrne was reppin' his #99 jersey and tweeted this to Brett after the game:

"A true honor being on the field to root for you and the boys! Have a great season!!!"

Thanks to Steve and the gang from Sullivan & Son! We wish you a great season also.

Before you ask, many fans have emailed the site, and it sounds like Mr. Byrne also regarding having Da Beard or other players on the show. Per Steve: "Wish we could have some Steelers rep'd on the show, it's just a matter of the NFL letting us have the rights! Working on it."...so we'll see.

Also, Mr. Byrne didn't leave the Pirates out. He was shown in a Pirates jersey also! Great hometown fan!

High praise from Da Beard:

Tyler Sash, a safety with the NYG, received high praise from the bearded one on Saturday night:

From Connor Orr, The Star-Ledger:

Tyler Sash had a pretty good day on Saturday. After recovering a fumble, he got to speak with Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, the owner of quite possibly the most impressive beard in football.

Keisel told Sash he was impressed.

"After the game I did, I told him that my beard looked up to his beard," Sash said. "And then I tweeted him that yesterday and he said I had a fine beard myself."

Read the entire article, and catch a glimpse of Mr. Sash's beard HERE.

Camp reminder:

The Steelers are off on Tuesday, and resume practice at St. Vincent College on Wednesday, Aug. 14 with an evening practice at 5:25 p.m. Campus and the UPMC Steelers Experience will open at 2 p.m. The Steelers will resume their normal practice time on Thursday, Aug. 15 with a 2:55 practice.

Game photos:

Click HERE for game photos.

Camp photos:

Check out our Training Camp Gallery.




August 10, 2013

"Brett Keisel, The Ageless One"

Steelers 13, Giants 18

"We're going to have to sit and chew on that for a while until we play again.”-- Keisel, referring to the gap before the next preseason game Aug. 19 at Washington.

The Steelers kicked off their 2013 preseason against the New York Giants. As expected, the starters did not stay in the game long.

Brett and Ben Roethlisberger were the team captains.

Brett had one tackle in the short time he was in the game, chasing a play all the way down the field.

No wonder the announcers referred to him as the "Ageless Wonder."

Chief Meteorologist for KDKA and host for Steelers KidZone show, Jeff Verszyla, spoke with Brett from the sidelines.

When asked how Jarvis Jones was doing:

He's made some plays at training camp that make you go wow!"

When asked about this year's team:

"We are in the process of rebuilding. It was a frustrating year last season. We understand we have a good football team... we trust each other we know what we are capable of."

And, on Da Beard:

"Da Beard's gonna be bigger and badder than ever."

Favorite fan tweet:

New NFL rule: If Brett Keisel's beard (Da Beard) catches the coin flip in the air, the Steelers automatically win the toss."-- Steve Giglio (@stevegiglio.)

We agree Steve!

Read Coach Tomlin's post game comments HERE.

Read more on the game from Bob Labriola HERE.

Game photos:

Click HERE for game photos.

There are not many photos of #99 out there, as he did not play long. If I locate more, I'll post them later.

It was great seeing Steve Byrne, of TBS's Sullivan & Son reppin' #99 at the game!




August 9, 2013

Here we go Steelers, Here we go...

We get excited when we hear the familiar chant of "Here we go Steelers, Here we go."

The same goes for Brooke McDonough, a die hard Steelers fan from PA., who was transplanted to Maryland... within a half hour from Baltimore.

When Brooke's daughter, Myla came home from daycare cheering for the Ravens (EEK), Brooke knew she needed to take action.

"We had a great experience for our daughter's first visit to training camp! I am from Scottdale, PA and was born and raised a Steelers fan but I now live in Maryland within a half hour from Baltimore.

My daughter Myla, only 2 1/2, came home from daycare cheering for the Ravens and I knew it was time to come back and visit camp.

We were waiting for autographs but she was happy with all the high fives instead. When Brett walked by, he not only gave her a high five, but came back and squeezed her face a little.

She thought that was the funniest thing and hasn't stopped singing "Here We Go Steelers" since. Even though she was so little she was able to participate in most of the Steelers Experience events and even told me that she was at practice. It was great coming home and being able to share my childhood memories with her.She truly enjoyed her experience and now knows Brett Keisel by name."- Brooke McDonough

Whew, thanks to #99 we recruited another member to Steeler Nation! Hearing "Here we Go Steelers" had to be music to Brooke's ears!

Thanks to Brooke and Myla for sharing their story.

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net:

Mr. Wexell posted a Q & A with 99...here are some highlights:

Q: Talk about your camp experience so far.

BK: My camp experience has been fabulous. We’ve had phenomenal weather here in, as the locals call it, Lay-trobe.

Q: You’re not willing to concede this is your last season, are you?

BK: No. I’m not. The only thing I said is it’s the last year on my contract. I’m excited about this year. We’ll see what happens after.

Q: But, does it make you appreciate things even more?

BK: Yeah, I walk down the steps and smell the flowers a little bit more,listen to the birds chirp. (Pause) Not really. I’m just enjoying it. I’m enjoying being able to do this for 12 years, and enjoying helping out these young guys, enjoying being a leader, and enjoying still having the opportunity to play, and how lucky we have it to be able to go out and do this every day.

Q: Do you look at your backup, Cameron Heyward, and say, ‘Hey, there’s a hungry and good player?’

BK: Very. Yeah, Cam’s having a very good camp. I’m proud of him. You know, I told him coming into this camp he needed to work hard and be ready to go. They brought him in here to play and we need him to play this year. We need him to play great. Usually when that third year comes you see more consistency, and we’re seeing that from Cam now.

You can read the entire article HERE.

Mr. Wexell runs a great Steelers news site, so if you are not a subscriber, stop by and check it out.

From Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com:

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers defensive guru Dick LeBeau is asking his defensive ends to rush the passer on the edge more than before.

"We definitely need to get more pressure up front," Brett Keisel said Tuesday, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "There's been an emphasis more on (ends) getting on the edge rather than just pushing the pocket, getting on the edge and trying to make something happen."

This is a dramatic change in philosophy for LeBeau from recent seasons. The Steelers traditionally have been a 3-4 team that asks their defensive ends to occupy blockers, do the dirty work and let the outside linebackers grab the glory. The change perhaps is a recognition that the Steelers have more questions at outside linebacker than usual and solid depth at defensive end.

We've kind of changed our techniques (from) years past until now," said Keisel, who led the Steelers by a wide margin with 41 pressures in 2012. "In years past, when we had James (Harrison) and LaMarr (Woodley), it was mostly just push the pocket, try to collapse the pocket, make the quarterback flush and those guys would be there to clean him up. That's what we were taught."

Photos:

Check out ourTraining Camp Gallery.




August 7, 2013

Number 44

Dick LeBeau was inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 7, 2010.

The respect the Steelers organization and players have for Coach LeBeau was clearly evident in Canton that night. The Steelers shut down training camp and traveled by bus to Canton to watch their coach and friend inducted in to the NFL Hall of Fame. Many defensive players, including Brett, wore LeBeau's jersey to honor him.

If you missed Coach LeBeau's speech, you can click here to watch it. Trust me, it was a genuine from-the-heart speech. He found a way to encompass his whole career, mentioning so many of his teammates, players and coaches. It is easy to understand why his players are so unselfish..they learned it from their coach. A truly classy man.

A few highlights:

Man, this really is a great day to be alive (smiling). Here we are. I'd like to thank my mom and dad for creating the family environment that led an ornery young guy grow up and maybe someday allowed to have a weekend happen for him like is happening right now. Thank you, mom and dad.

I'm being inducted as a player. Believe me, that makes me most proud. I did that for 14 years. But for the last 38 years, I've been a football coach. So to ask me to talk more in two minutes and not talk about my guys over here, tell you right now, it ain't gonna happen.

I coached a lot of great players. I'm not going to get into that. Guys ask me, Coach, what's the perfect 3-4? Who would be the very ideal people at each position? I said, Well, really, truthfully, you start with Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, and Brett Keisel on the defensive line. Really, seriously. Not only the great players, they're totally unselfish. In the 3-4 your linemen have to be a little unselfish because you know everybody is going to talk about the linebackers and the safeties anyhow all day.

As far as my playing ability, I was known as the guy who was just going to come to work every day, I was going to play hard every day. Might not always play good every play, but I was going to play the next play as hard. I learned that from London, Ohio, a small town about two hours from where we're standing. Honesty and hard work, that's about all they value down there. It sure has stood me in good stead.

I'll leave you with one thing. Life is for living, folks. Don't let a number be anything other than a number. Don't let somebody tell you that you're too old to do this or too old to do that. Stay in life. Life is a gift. It's a joy. Don't drop out of it. Don't let somebody else tell you and don't let your mind tell you.

If I would have gotten out of my life's work at 65 or 67, when they say is the age of retirement, here is what I would have missed, folks. I would have missed not one but two World Championship football teams that I got to be a part of. That's these guys over here. I got to be a part of a No. 1 defense that statistically had the lowest numbers in the last 35 or 40 years. I had my number retired from my high school. Had a building named after me in my hometown. I made the Detroit Lions all 75 year team. I was accepted into the Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Now tonight I guess when I sit down, get off this speaking, which I'm gonna do, I'll be in the NFL Hall of Fame.

My mother always said, Onward and upward, age is just a number. God love y'all. Thank you.

Click the link above to listen to his entire speech...it was one to remember!

Photos:

Check out ourTraining Camp Gallery.

We'll have training camp news and more photos tomorrow!




August 5, 2013- Evening update

The new Steel Curtain

Brett talked to the media today about how proud he was to be a member of what is being called the new Steel Curtain.

From Steelers.com:

Brett Keisel headed in to lunch on Monday sporting a “Steel Curtain” t-shirt. It wasn’t a throwback from the ‘70s when the Steelers’ defensive line was known as that. Instead, it was new, in reference to the current line, something that makes Keisel proud.

“It’s an honor to play on a defense that some consider the new Steel Curtain,” said Keisel. “We’re trying to be like those guys.”

Take this bet:

From an interview today: Brett Keisel said today if he was a betting man, he'd bet on 43. Polamalu looking very good at camp.

Photos:

Check out ourTraining Camp Gallery.




August 5, 2013

Steelers hear from an American Hero

From Steelers.com:

Noah Galloway, who has overcome losing his arm and leg when an IED exploded while in Iraq in the United States Army, was at training camp the last few days and spoke to the Steelers on Saturday night at the team meeting.

What an inspiration Noah Galloway is! Thank you for sharing your story with our team.--Brett

Awesome meeting you. I look forward to catching my beard up to yours. Now you just need a kilt.--Noah Galloway

Noah said he has become a new diehard Steelers fan! We welcome him to Steeler Nation!

You can read more on Mr. Galloway, and his friendship with Ben Roethlisberger HERE.




August 4, 2013

A very special Steelers fan

We received a very special email from Melissa Kalp this past week. Her beautiful daughter, Hannah had the pleasure of meeting Brett, Casey Hampton and Aaron Smith a few years ago during training camp. Fans getting to meet their favorite players is aways a special thing, but for Hannah and Melissa, the timing could not have been better.

Hannah had been diagnosed with leukemia in August of 2009. As many of you know, Aaron Smith's son battled leukemia also, so meeting another parent who had been through what Melissa was going through really helped.

I'm Melissa, Hannah's mom, and I work at the Latrobe Walmart. Every year I take Hannah and we go look for Steelers coming in to buy supplies.

We got lucky that year and saw Brett, Aaron, and Casey! She was so excited! I had her mask on and that's when Aaron and Brett started talking. We talked for a good half hour and felt guilty taking up their time but it felt good to finally talk about Hannah's leukemia and actually have that person understand what I'm talking about.

Hannah and I only missed one "Walmart" trip and she was in the hospital but she got Troy and his wife to rub her feet. So she was content.

She will mark two years cancer free on December first and we celebrate her diagnose day August 15. She was first diagnosed 8/15/2009.

She is a die hard Pittsburgh fan- football, hockey and baseball. She loves to cheer them on.

Thanks again for responding, I really didn't think anyone would respond. There's always so much negative but I always wanted to thank the team in helping my baby get through her journey. She couldn't wait to get better to go home and watch her "boys" win a game for her. Good luck this year we will definitely be watching ! -Melissa Kalp

Thank you to Melissa and Hannah for sharing their story! We wish Hannah well and are so happy to hear she's doing better. Thank you for rooting for the Steelers, and please know Steeler Nation is rooting for you!

Photos:

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August 2, 2013

Second annual FREE signing at Dino's

Thank you Da Beard Nation and Steelers Nation for stopping by. Nice meeting all of you!--Da Beard

It was a packed house at Dino's Sports Lounge today for Brett's autograph signing get together.

Brett and his Da Beard Gear crew were thrilled to meet all the amazing fans who were able to stop by and say hello..and grab a FREE autograph!

We hope everyone had a great time and we hope you liked all the new gear.

A big thanks to Dino's for providing the location for the signing, gear sales and GREAT food!

Social media chatter after the autograph signing:

Thank you Sir .It's always a pleasure being a foot away from your sweet face.You made my day and I'm sure my nephew's lifetime for personalizing the football for him.Thank you again and have a safe and strong season. DaBeard Nation will live on forever.--Christine Schultz

Thank you Brett for doing this signing. My boys were awestruck and I appreciate it!--Marcy Delhunty-Anderson

Thanks for the da beard shirts and autographs! My boys and I loved it!--Roni Kiesel

Thank you to Brett and his fun crew for making the signing possible. I have always wanted to take my kids to a signing but most cost way more than we can afford. You made it possible for me to do something wonderful for my kids! We'll never forget it.--Missy Henderson

A free signing is unheard of these days, well unless you're a fan of Dabeard! We appreciate this more than you know. Thanks for being so sweet and not rushing everyone. You took time with each of us. Class act all the way!--John Metzer

Photos:

We've added photos from the event and from camp to the Training Camp Gallery, so be sure to check 'em out.

Brett on WDVE:

Brett met up with the hilarious WDVE Morning Crew at camp. As usual, it was a very entertaining interview.

A few highlights:

The introduction: "#99 in your program..#1 in your facial hair..it's Brett the Diesel Keisel!!!"

On the Pirates...and how was #99 at baseball:

It's awesome to watch these guys (Pirates). I threw some heat. I was a pitcher. I think mostly I struck out a lot of kids because I was that much bigger. My parents seriously had to bring my birth certificate to games.

On not having Casey Hampton with the team:

Hamp was one of my great friends on the team. We hung out together all the time. I knew I could alway go into Hamp's room and find a snack. His favorite: COOKIES-he kept them in a secret spot (at camp).

Da Beard is still around:

I'm going with the shaved head this year to look really psycho. I couldn't get around to shaving Da Beard.

Brett also talks about why he's not "inked", where he stands on his celebration sack dance..and MUCH more!

Listen to the interview HERE.

Stop back this weekend for a very special fan story!




August 1, 2013

They're BAAACCKK...

Brett's Bearded Beauties returned to camp this past weekend!

Same gals, different t-shirts!

Dressed in their customized "We're Back! Bigger, Better, Beardier" tee's... and of course their trademark beards, Brett's Bearded Beauties invaded the Steelers Women's Training Camp for the second year in a row. Heads turned as they charged onto the field with their fierce game faces and fluffed up beards.

From Dawn Conley, one of the bearded beauties:

My name is Dawn Conley. I am one of Brett's Bearded Beauties. I wanted to ask if you could thank Brett from all of us again this year for coming over and taking another picture with us at camp. He really made our day and my mom was so excited that she got to hug him. She's been a die hard Steeler fan all of her life (all of the bearded beauties are actually) whether they win or lose. It really made her feel special.

Thanks to Dawn, and all her bearded pals, for once again, making the trip to attend the Women's Camp and to surprise Da Beard!

Photos:

We've added more photos to the Training Camp Gallery, so be sure to check 'em out.

Brett checked in with the crew at Steelers.com today:

"Our style of defense is all about consistency, going out and playing consistent week in and week out."

He discussed the defensive line and his teammates Ziggy Hood and Cam Heyward.

And, of course (while wearing his Pittsburgh Pirates hat) he talked about being excited about how well the Pirates are playing.

Listen to the interview HERE.

The boys are back in town...

Be on the lookout...

The Da Beard Gear crew arrived in Latrobe today, along with LOTS of new merchandise. You'll find them at Dino's Sports Lounge through August 4. They are normally there from 11 a.m. until the afternoon, when they may leave to watch practice. They return to Dino's afterwards for the evening..so stop on in and say hello!

Signing information:

Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew want to thank Steeler Nation for their support, so they are holding a FREE autograph signing on Friday, August 2 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at Dino's! Yes, we said FREE!

Fans can bring one item (per person) to be signed free by Keisel. Due to the time constraints, Brett will not be able to pose with fans for photographs. He only gets a limited time away from camp, and he wants to ensure as many fans as possible get to have an item signed. We thank you for understanding.

Sorry, NO mail-in items will be accepted for this signing.




July 31, 2013

Stairway to SEVEN, baby

Brett chatted with Mike Prisuta, WDVE, about his role as "Da Conductor" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recently.

On the The Pittsburgh Symphony:

"I've become a big fan of the Pittsburgh Symphony. We go probably to 10 shows a year, at least."

On being a guest conductor:

"The crowd was awesome..I just kinda fed off the crowd. The lead singer was AWESOME! I fed off those guys and had a blast!"

Keisel has a musical background...

"When I was young in church, we would sing in the choir & occasionally they would take some of us up to conduct..so I had a little bit of experience in that area."

When asked what Led Zeppelin song represented the 2013 Steelers:

"Come on Mike...you know this! Stairway to SEVEN, baby!"

Read more about Brett's conducting experience in the July 18 news below.

You can listen to his short interview with Mr. Prisuta HERE.

Brett will also be on with the WDVE morning crew later this week from training camp.

Photos:

We've added more photos to the Training Camp Gallery, so be sure to check 'em out. They include one of Alex Pollack who wore his #99 Keisel jersey to training camp. No big deal you say..fans wear #99's jersey to training camp everyday. Well...Alex wore it to the BENGALS training camp! Check out his photo to see the reaction. Also, we think this guy deserves to be followed around on Twitter, don't you? Who know what he'll do next! Click his name to reach his Twitter page.

Thanks Alex! And, thank you to all who have sent photos. We love them! If your photos have not been added yet, don't worry..we'll get to them.

Training camp news:

The following are a couple great sites which provide daily news:

Steelcityinsider.net

Steelers Depot

Venue change for night practice on August 2:

The Steelers annual Friday Night Lights practice scheduled for Friday, August 2, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium will be moved to Saint Vincent College, the team announced today. The event will be FREE to the public.

For more details, and the schedule for Friday, please visit Steelers.com.




July 29, 2013

Photos, photos...and more photos

First, some camp news from 99:

July 27: You need rain in order for things to grow. We are growing together as a team. #holdtightroots #construction continues.

July 29: I'm excited to see who rises up today and who gets scared. #pads.

Today was the first day the team practiced in pads.

Photos:

Steeler Nation never disappoints. We asked for training camp photos, and we sure got 'em!

Melanie Gordon sent us some great photos of #99 on the first day of camp that was open to the public.

Some 1st day of camp photos, since I may have been slightly photo-stalking Brett. We don't let a little drenching rain get us down...until they force evacuation! You can really see the leadership role he has, consulting with the coaches and older players or leading drills.--Melanie

You can view her photos, and other photos of #99 at camp HERE.

Da Beard on Da canvas:

David Garren emailed our site prior to when camp started to see if Brett would be holding another autograph signing at Latrobe this year. He had done a painting of #99 that he was hoping to get autographed.

At that point, we were not sure, but he waited patiently until we found out. Unfortunately, the date of the signing (August 2-information is in the post below), did not work for him.

So, we were trying to figure out a way to get the painting signed. Well, Da Beard solved the problem by making sure to sign the painting at camp!

Thanks for signing my painting today at camp. Thank you for all of your help. I will be at Dino's Friday to stock up on the gear.--David

So, he was able to get his awesome painting signed, AND can also now make it to Dino's to check out the new merchandise- WIN-WIN!

Want to add your training camp photos to Brett's gallery? Send them to:

trish@brett-keisel.com.

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We love to share fan photos!

Free autograph signing:

Brett will once again be holding a free autograph signing at Dino's Sports Lounge. Details are below in the July 27 news.

Dino's is known for their amazing wings, sports atmosphere and outstanding service. Shelby Hebenthal, one of the great employees at Dino's, waited on Brett and Big Ben last weekend:

They were wonderful, and I love having them come to Dino's Latrobe. They are really nice, and I enjoyed waiting on them!

Also, Brett's Bearded Beauties were back at the Steelers Women's Training Camp. We'll have photos and news posted about their visit soon!

Thanks to all who have sent photos...keep 'em comin'




July 27, 2013

Free autograph signing

Latrobe autograph signing:

To show his appreciation for the all the support from Steeler Nation and Da Beard Nation, Keisel will be signing autographs on Friday, August 2 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA.

Da Beard and his crew will be there to greet Steeler Nation and to unveil the latest Da Beard Gear merchandise. Grab a peek at the new gear HERE.

From Brett:

I will be at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe on 8/2 to sign autographs with my crew. See you there!

Signing information:

Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew want to thank Steeler Nation for their support, so this will be a FREE autograph signing! Yes, we said FREE!

Fans can bring one item (per person) to be signed free by Keisel. Due to the time constraints, Brett will not be able to pose with fans for photographs. He only gets a limited time away from camp, and he wants to ensure as many fans as possible get to have an item signed. We thank you for understanding.

Sorry, NO mail-in items will be accepted for this signing.

Stop in to meet Keisel and his crew... and grab some of Dino's famous wings!

The Da Beard Gear crew will be in Latrobe from August 1 - August 4.

"My daughter, who attends college and I are very close, so we decided that our trip this summer would be to go to Steelers camp at Latrobe. It was awesome! The players are so approachable and fan friendly. All I can say is AWESOME. The high light of camp was the invitation (to all) to come to a local bar where Brett would be signing items for free. We went and stood in line when it was our time, Brett said hi, smiled and gave my daughter a wink. such a nice man. --From Don Woodring, who attended the free signing last year. Today's news photo was sent by Mr. Woodring.




July 26, 2013

Ready to work

Keisel, and Da Beard arrived at training camp ready to work today.

Keisel hinted at his much anticipated arrival via Twitter last night with a couple clues:

If you're wondering how I'm going to be arriving at camp this year, I'll give you a hint....my ride is Black and Gold! More clues to come.

My rides not a School Bus or a Cat. But you may need a hard hat.

His social media pages and our email lit up with guesses by fans on what mode of transportation he would arrive in today...

Keisel tweeted a photo of a large wheel...then the media located his yellow DUMP TRUCK!

That was fun. Excited to be at camp! Can't wait to see all my brothers. #thehuntbegins--Keisel, after his arrival.

Brett arrived, ready to get down to work, in his hard hat and new Da Beard Gear t-shirt (information on purchasing the shirt is below).

Social media chatter:

How'd you get to work today. Guessing its not like Brett Keisel..AND Brett Keisel: future Tonka truck driver!"-- Will Graves- AP

This is how Pittsburgh Brett Keisel arrives to training camp: in a dump truck!--KDKA

Brett Keisel showed up in a yellow dump truck, dumped his one piece of luggage on lawn in front of dorms. Also wore a Steelers hard hat.--Ray Fittipaldo- Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

New Gear:

We are excited to announce new gear has been added to Brett's offical Da Beard Gear! For those attending camp, you can stop by Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA. from August 1- August 4 to meet the Da Beard Gear crew and check out the merchandise. Please be aware, the crew cannot take credit card payments at Dino's, but there is an ATM machine there.

Can't make it to Dino's? No worries, you can shop the Online Store to purchase your gear!

There are some great new items so be sure to stop by and check them out!

Training camp photos:

Click HERE for photos from camp.

Also, be sure to stop back each day for more camp information and photos. I will usually update each evening.




July 25, 2013

Fan Photos and Camp Info

Today's news photo comes from Ellen Gotshall. Brett is holding her adorable nephew, Levi at training camp in 2011.

Brett was sooo nice and is truly just an all around down to earth good guy and genuine Steeler!!-- Ellen

We appreciate Ellen sharing her photo!

View more training camp photos HERE.

Want to add your training camp photos to Brett's gallery? Send them to:

trish@brett-keisel.com

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We love to share fan photos!

Beardie:

We've seen photos of children named after Keisel, of dogs and cats named after Keisel,but I think this is a first...

A bearded dragon named after Keisel!

Long story, but ended up with a homeless bearded dragon. Wasn't really enthused about it until my brilliant son suggest we name it Keisel (it does have a reddish tint). The beardie and I have definitely bonded, and this year I made him a jersey. Thought you might enjoy the picture.--Sharon Cress

Training Camp 2013:

The day we've all waited for all since February is about here! Players report to camp tomorrow!

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has an informative (and funny) guide to camp HERE.

FYI:

Please remember, training camp is a great time to obtain player autographs, but it is NOT a guarantee. The players are happy to greet fans and sign autographs, but their main focus is on preparing for the upcoming season. There are times when they are instructed by coaches to go straight to the trainer, doctor or meetings directly after camp so autographs are not always possible. There are also times when they have media, family or other obligations and they cannot stay and sign for fans.

From what I have witnessed, and judging by the positive emails and photos I receive, the majority of the time the players do try to sign for as many fans as possible, but there are times when they simply cannot get to each and every fan.

They greatly appreciate Steeler Nation's support everyday at camp, and try to get to as many fans as possible, but they cannot guarantee autographs to all.

From the Steelers organization: The best time to obtain autographs from the players is after practice. There are areas designated for fans to stand to obtain the autographs. There is no formal setting for player autographs on a daily basis.

Fans have always been great and very understanding, but I wanted to post a reminder.

Brandon Brawdy:

One amazing fan story from last year's camp came from the Brawdy family. Their son Brandon, who recently passed away, had an amazing experience with the players at camp last summer. His family is staying strong and carrying on the mission to wipe out childhood cancer!

From August 2012:

As soon as the horn signaled the end of Steelers’ practice on Wednesday, Brandon Brawdy’s smile was a mile wide, but nonetheless the 15-year old looked slightly overwhelmed when he saw the entire team heading his way.

It was a moment he had been waiting for since his family contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer almost a year ago, sharing with them his love for the Steelers and wanting to find a way for him to meet some of his favorite players, in particular defensive end Brett Keisel.

“It’s an amazing honor,” said Keisel. “First off that they can have one wish in the world and it’s to hang out with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the day. That’s a remarkable honor for this organization. For him to want to meet me is incredibly humbling. It means a lot to me."

Read the entire article, and view a few more photos from Brandon's exciting day here.




July 23, 2013

Da Beard and crew heading to Latrobe

It's that time of year again...Da Beard and the Steelers are heading to Latrobe for training camp!

And, as they did last year, the Da Beard crew will make their way to Latrobe too! They will be at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA. from August 1- August 4.

Dino's is known for their wings, so be sure to stop in there and meet the crew, check out the Da Beard Gear merchandise and sample those award-winning wings!

When we have specific times of when they will be at Dino's, we'll let you know. Stay tuned....!

We're excited to see all of the Da Beard Nation fans from last year, along with some new faces!




July 21, 2013

Da Beard was very excited...

...to support Big Ben at his golf tournament!

I'm thinking that is the golf version of his sack dance?

Brett attended Ben Roethlisberger's Second Annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational on June 3, 2013. The golf tournament was a fun time for all of the 118 golfers who attended, and it also raised A LOT of money for some great causes.

From BigBen7.com:

The tournament was a huge success – 118 golfers, including teammate and friend Brett Keisel, Mr. Art Rooney II, Steelers Great Franco Harris, Penguins Great Mario Lemieux, and former Steeler and current ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge, joined Ben on the course for a full day of golf and games to benefit his Foundation.

The event raised over $100,000 for both of Ben’s Foundation causes: The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia as well asK-9 Police and Fire Units across the country.

Click here for photos of Da Beard on Da Course.

Check out more photos (and news) from the event, and from Ben’s charity fundraiser, held the night before his tournament HERE.

Thank you to Erin and BigBen.7.com for the photos.




July 18, 2013

Coming to a concert hall near you...

Da Beard as the CONDUCTOR!

So much fun Rocking out with the The Pittsburgh Symphony and Windborne Music. These folks are super talented. Thanks for letting me conduct!!--Da Beard (Da Conductor)

Brett and his wife Sarah had an amazing time tonight listening to the talents of Brent Havens, Randy Jackson, Dan Clemens, Powell Randolph, George Cintron and Allegra as they played The Music of Led Zeppelin..

From the Windborne Music website:

The music features a massive array of songs from the Zeppelin catalog, many of which already had orchestration. It was a perfect fit for orchestras. Whether the orchestra is playing the lush harmonies afforded the songs or playing the lick-based lines that were created by Plant, Page and John Paul Jones, the driving tunes allow the musicians to dig into their instruments and rock with the band or play counterpoint melodies to the guitar solos or singer.

The concept was to keep the band as close to the original recordings as possible and to wrap the orchestra around the band as one big entity. Rather than the orchestra being a separate part of the music it becomes another instrument within the band. The show even features an Electric Violinist. Some of the songs that you may hear on the show are Kashmir, Black Dog, Good Times, Bad Times, All of My Love and of course Stairway to Heaven. And just so you know, it's a rock show with rock lighting... and even a mirrorball. Come to the concert ready to be amazed!

Da Beard gives the performance two thumbs up...

This Led Zeppelin show that the Pittsburgh Symphony is putting on is legit. Yinz come check it out. They won't disappoint.--Brett

Visit the Windborne Music website to view more show dates.

Twitter chatter...

@pghsymphony:

Who's that on stage with the PSO? Brett Keisel of the Steelers! Pittsburgh worlds collide in Heinz Hall.

@dolleyor:

Showing your refined side again!

@PSOMusicians:

You're the man, Brett!!

@kkpujia:

Brett Keisel just conducted an amazing version of Led Zeppelin Dancing Days.

@MarkMaddenX:

Brett Keisel as guest conductor at Pgh Symphony Zep show was AWESOME. I wish all NFL players were like him. He's an exception to the rule.




July 14, 2013

It's a great day to be alive...

...And to be fishin' in the great state of Wyoming!

Beating Browns in July..... Priceless!

Shout out to Dooley & Zeller! Wyoming never disappoints. How 'bout this native cutthroat trout they put me on!"--Brett.




June 24, 2013

A Wyoming Spirit

"I typically dress like this. Thanks to Denny Karchner for capturing it. And to The Backwoodsman Magazine for the cover."---Keisel

Brett was honored to grace the cover of The Backwoodsman magazine for their July/August edition.

This portrait was done by Denny Karchner, Karchner Western Art.

From Mr. Karchner's website:

This is Pittsburgh Steeler Defensive End, Brett Keisel from Greybull, Wyoming. I posed him where he hunts, which is up on the famous Carter Mountain Range. This is located right above where we live in Cody, Wyoming. He and his father Lane, have hunted this area for many years. Matter of fact, this is the very area that I hunt as well. It’s absolute God’s Country with a view that is second to none!

Around Brett’s neck is a grizzly bear claw necklace along with turquoise and bone necklaces as well. He is holding an original “Lancaster” muzzleloader rifle that was made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It is almost 200 years old.

One little side note, if you look close, you will see a small pair of buffalo tracks after my signature. This is to commemorate Brett’s High School mascot and my company name.

Want to order a print? Click HERE.

To order a copy of the magazine, click HERE.

Thanks so much to Denny Karchner for his amazing painting! Also, thank you again to The Backwoodsman Magazine and to Charlie Richie, Associate Publisher & Special Assignments Editor for The Backwoodsman Magazine, for the cover!


June 17, 2013

Fishin' with Da Beard

Today was a day for kids and fans. Brett hosted a group of both on a fishing trip today to The Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club . He held a contest for fans to enter, and he also included a group of awesome children from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

They were treated to a day of fishing, autographs and amazing food from celebrity chef Joseph Tambellini.

The group were even given Da Beard fishing vests to bring them good luck.

From Dave Crawley, KDKA:

Far from the thunderous fans of Heinz Field, at a placid pond in Bridgeville, Steeler Brett Keisel is fishing with some very young cohorts. His fishing buddies are four boys from Children’s Hospital.

“I think they’re just enjoying coming out and doing something different and maybe getting to do it with the bearded one is not so bad either,” Keisel says.

The Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club teamed up with local appliance dealers to make this a special day for patients like young Tyler Skarzenski. Tyler says it’s commendable for the Steeler defensive end “to be willing to spend a day just to give some kids an awesome experience. And it is an awesome experience.”

Nine-year-old Luke Ball and his family moved here from Oregon, five years ago. His mother, Stacie Ball, says, “We knew Luke would eventually need a heart transplant, and we came to Pittsburgh for the hospital.”

Ball had enough heart to reel in the biggest fish of the day.

“The families and the fight that the kids have shown that go to the hospital has really inspired me,” Keisel says. “And to have an opportunity to come out here, and get out of the hospital for a little while, breathe some fresh air, share a few laughs, catch a few fish, what’s better than that?”

Video:

Watch a quick video (courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette), from the fishing expedition HERE.

Photos:

You can view a few photos HERE..

From Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC:

"Thanks so much again for letting some of our patients and families enjoy a day of fishing with you! We appreciate your support!"

Special thanks to those who helped Da Beard make this event possible:

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Don's Appliances

Hillmon Appliance Distributors

Joseph Tambellini

Smith's Hotdogs

The Marbury Group




June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

“When I was coming to my first training camp in 2002 my dad told me the only thing I could control was how hard I worked and how much I wanted it.

I couldn’t control how many reps I was going to get, where I was going to play. The only thing I could control was how hard I was willing to work and how far I was willing to go to get what I wanted.

That really stuck with me when I was younger and clueless.”--Brett, talking about his father, Lane.

Read more stories from Brett's teammates about how their father's impacted their lives HERE.

Happy Father's Day to Brett, Lane and to all the dads, granddads, uncles and moms filling dual roles of Steeler Nation!

June 15, 2013

Da Beard a celebrity tweeter

Brett was the surprise celebrity tweeter at the Pirates game last night. Using the hashtag #AYCTBucs, he kept fans entertained via Twitter while the Pirates won in a shut out.

Some of Brett's tweets:

"Seriously this is best park in the MLB! What a skyline. Oh and we up 2-0!"

"Seriously might consider being an MLB ump when I'm done. Only if they allow beards."

"Shut aaaaht! You know I like that. Way to go Pirates. Had a great time at the game. Thank you!"

On Brett becoming an umpire:

Mike Shel talks to Brett about his style of umpiring: HERE.

Keisel meets a special fan...

Brett also had the chance to say hello to Connor Michalek at the game:

From Craig McConnell via Twitter:

"Huge thanks for taking time to meet Connor and his teammates yesterday. Great day for the kid."

"Great meeting you guys. I'm a huge Connor fan!"--Keisel

Their photo was used for today's news story.

Seven year-old Connor Michalek is a Hampton resident who has battled severe brain and spine cancer for several years but has continued to play baseball through all of his ups and downs. Baseball has been one of the few things that has helped distract him and his family from the many hours of doctors visits, testing and intense chemotherapy.

There will be a benefit for Connor at the McCully Field Complex on Monday night June 17th.

For more details on the event, please click HERE.

They are hoping to pack the park with fans and well-wishers who can bring along signs, banners, anything to show your support of young Connor. ROOT Sports TV will also be there to capture the event for a feature story in an upcoming Pirates broadcast.

Photos:

To view a few photos from the game last night, click here.

We want to give a big thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and to Cassie Huether for the photos and commentary!

Fan tweets:

Thanks also to all the media and fans who took part in the #AYCTBucs night. Here are a few tweets:

From Bill Brink (Pittsburgh Post Gazette):

"Attempting to confirm if Huntington or Hurdle asked Keisel if he could pitch Saturday night."

Side note-Brett's mom did verify that he pitched a no hitter when he was a kid..so maybe that's a possibility? If the umpire thing doesn't work out, of course!

"HE should run for mayor when football's over. There is no athlete that pulls for everything in any city like him."--scott Meier .

"Just showed Brett Keisel on the screen and everyone freaked out!"--Kaitlin Lamp.

"They should have intersport games. Give Keisel a Bucs jersey and have him roam the outfield and tackle Dodgers outfielders."--Rob.

"Little known fact: Brett Keisel's brother has a beard that is equally impressive."--Stef.

Brett's brother, Chad attended the game last night with Brett. And, it is true..his beard is just as impressive as Da Beard's!

"Brett, you are the best supporting the Pirates ! The best.--Mary .

Keisel even impressed a non-Steelers fan:

"I am not a Steelers fan by any stretch of the imagination, but Brett Keisel treats the fans better than anyone I've ever seen."--Jeremy Brown.

We couldn't post all the tweets, but appreciate everyone who took the time to participate! Go Pirates!




June 11, 2013

Training Camp 2013

Mini camp, which is the last of the offseason workout program began today and will last until Thursday. Then in a little over a month, TRAINING CAMP 2013 gets underway!

What will Da Beard arrive in this year? Last year was the Kubota tractor, any guesses on this year's transportation?

View the training camp schedule on the right side of this page under 2013 Training camp Schedule.




June 10, 2013

First goal-WIN DIVISION

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Brett Keisel told me there are reasons to be optimistic the Steelers can get back to the Super Bowl, despite their 8-8 record last year, their loss of talent to free agency and other means and what seems to be a general opinion that they won’t do much better than they did in 2012:

“People can say and believe what they want to believe. But in this locker room we feel we have the team and the talent to get back and our first goal is to get back and win our division. Good things have happened around here when we won our division . . . that’s our mentality.”

Keisel: A Chili Connoisseur:

Michelle Wright, WTAE, spoke with Brett about being a judge at the 4th Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off held at at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

Find out what she had to say about his chili judging skills, and check out #99's biggest (and maybe furriest) fan HERE.

View photos of Keisel and teammates at the event here.




June 8, 2013

Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off

Is there someone cooler than Keisel? If so, we think he may have met him today.

Keisel and teammates Cam Heyward and David DeCastro were part of the celebrity judge team for the 4th Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off held at at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort today.

100% of proceeds from the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cookoff will go to the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.

From Michelle Wright, WTAE:

Steelers lineman Brett Keisel is currently at Nemacolin Woodlands for the 5 Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cookoff and Brewfest. Which altogether sounds pretty awesome.

And Keisel wasn't ever the coolest person there. Well, I use "person" in a weird way. Because I mean the awesome dog with the tongue sticking out. You see him, the one in the sunglasses, Brett Keisel jersey and don't-care-attitude.

Some chili is gonna inevitably feature cilantro as a starring ingredient and chillKeiseldog will be all "we're good."

View photos of Keisel and teammates at the event here.

Thank you to Michelle Wright (@tvmichelle) of WTAE for her commentary and photos. Thanks also to @CamHeyward and Stephen Brosky for sharing their photos!




June 6, 2013

Father's Day Sale

Nearly everything in the online store is on sale! Even if you think your dear ol' Dad has everything, just remember, he could always use some more Da Beard Gear! Happy Father's Day!

From tees to hoodies, from beanies to camo gear, the crew at Da Beard Gear has dad covered.

You can even purchase an autographed photo of #99 as he runs into the end zone for a TOUCHDOWN!

Da Beard Gear is the only place to get official Brett "Da Beard" Keisel gear, so stop on by their site and help dad GET HIS BEARD ON!

Keisel feels this could be a big year for the Steelers, so get your gear now and be ready to cheer him and the team on this season!




June 5, 2013

"It's important for me to be here"

Brett spoke with the media today about the importance of being in attendance and what the defense can do to create turnovers.

From Steelers.com:

On attending all the OTA's:

"This is my team, I feel like, so I think it's important for me to be here. We have alot of young defensive linemen and I wanna show them that even an old guy can come out here and work..even an old guy can go in the weight room and work out after practice..if I can do it, they can do it."

On what feel he has for the defense this year:

"I feel like we can be really good again. We've made an emphasis on trying to get some turnovers here in OTA's. I think that will be important this year to try and get more turnovers..get more sacks. I look for us to be tough."

Listen to the entire interview HERE.

And, from Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

Brett Keisel might be the oldest player on the Steelers defense at 34, but you would never know it. His enthusiasm and boundless energy reflects that of some of the young defensive linemen he mentors daily at the team’s OTAs.

“It’s not a secret that I’m one of the older guys on the team, the oldest guy on the defense,” said Keisel. “If it is that way (and it’s the last year), I want to do everything I can in my power to hopefully help lead this team to another championship.”

Also, from Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net:

Cameron Heyward’s searching for a role these days, or at least something more defined than “first sub for either Keis or Zig.”

I don’t really know,” Heyward said. “Keisel didn’t take the snaps today. I’ve just got to be ready to play when my number is called.”

The scuttlebutt – nothing official could be confirmed – is that Heyward is preparing himself for a head-to-head battle with not Keisel but with Hood at this coming training camp. Hood, of course, is entering the final year of his contract, as is Keisel. The obvious difference between Hood and Keisel is that Hood just turned 26 and Keisel will turn 35 in September.

But before anyone can make a snap decision on which player the Steelers will re-sign, there’s also this difference:

Keisel made the Pro Bowl in 2010, was an alternate in 2011, and led the team with a career-high 40 QB pressures in 2012. The number of pressures not only exceeded the runner-up by 21, it was second-most of the Dick LeBeau II era.

Those are extraordinary accomplishments for a 3-4 end in this scheme. Even the great Aaron Smith made only one Pro Bowl, and it took an outside linebacker, James Harrison, to top the pressures count with 44.

"When the day comes that I do hang it up, Cam’s worked hard and I will gladly hand the torch off to him. But, that day’s not coming soon.

I’ve been in here almost every day, and he’s in there, too,” Keisel said as he pointed to the weight room. “He’s been working his butt off, and it shows. He looks bigger and stronger. He’s got a great feel for the defense. He’s just waiting for that opportunity, and when he gets it he’ll be ready to shine.”

Read the entire article, and much more Steelers news HERE.




May 29, 2013

Give credit to genetics

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net:

It may have been BYU Day down on the South Side yesterday – with the BYU coaching staff in town to study the defense, Brett Keisel standing up and flexing his leadership, and newcomer Loni Fangupo finally getting noticed – but let Steelers OTA No. 4 be remembered as the day first-round draft pick Jarvis Jones took his first reps with the first team as the blind-side pass-rusher.

“I just told him run to the ball. That’s our thing,” said Keisel, who played next to Jones at defensive end.

“He looked good out there. They had a couple runs right at us and he held his ground.”

Keisel put in a full day at the South Side. Before his morning workout he met with the defensive coaching staff of his alma mater, BYU, and then after lifting he riled the troops with his late-practice orders to “Finish strong!”

Keisel then stayed late after practice to work on technique with a couple of rookie defensive ends – Nick Williams and Brian Arnfelt – and then made his rounds with the media. That was all before team meetings. And if Steelers fans had their way, the 34-year-old Pro Bowler would’ve hit the front office later in the day to talk about a contract extension.

“Well, it is my last year on my contract,” Keisel said. “I’m kind of looking at where it could potentially be my last year. I don’t know. I’m going to go through the season and see what happens. If it is, I want to go out with another ring. That’s my focus.

“I’m not really worried about if this is my last minicamp, or if this will be my last training camp. I’m just enjoying still being here and enjoying still being able to compete.”

Keisel was asked why he seems to get better each year.

“My dad would say ‘genetics,’” he said with a laugh.

Thank you to Mr. Wexell for allowing us to share his article. Visit his website for the latest Steelers news, tidbits and information.

Also,

From Alan Robinson, Trib Live:

With James Harrison gone, defensive end Brett Keisel is the oldest player on defense.

“It's weird to be the old guy on the block,” he said.

Keisel, who will be 35 in September, said one of the added responsibilities of being an elder member of the defense is helping new players when they arrive from college.

“They're coming from 4-3s, and they basically have to forget everything they've been taught through college and start fresh,” he said. “It's hard because you're used to doing things one way and you have to switch your stance up and what not. But they're doing it.”

And,

From Steel City Roller, Behind the Steel Curtain:

The Beard may be showing a few more tinges of gray, but his warrior's heart continues to beat just as strongly as it ever has with no regard for his age. If Keisel passes on nothing more than his drive, desire and passion for Steelers football, his tutelage will pay dividends in the long run.

Fishing with Keisel:

News on how to enter a contest to "Fish with Keisel" is below. The deadline to enter is May 31.




May 23, 2013

Keisel Teams Up With Children’s Hospital For VIP Fishing Trip

As we mentioned in the May 19 news (below), Brett is hosting a fishing trip which will include four lucky contest winners and four special children from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

"Kids are always wanting to do new and interesting things. They want some way to get out of the hospital and do something different, so I think it will be great."--Brett, in an interview with KDKA today.

Besides the fishing, Keisel said the day will include an autograph session and lunch.

“Of course, I like to eat a lot, so we have a great chef coming in to put on a barbecue, so it’s a lot of fun,” Keisel said.

In order to enter, you have to be at least 18-years-old and must have a valid PA. fishing license.

Several fans have checked on obtaining a one-day PA fishing license. They say it is possible, but we suggest checking as you will be required to have one for at least that day.

The deadline to enter the contest is May 31, so hurry up and get your entry in to win!

How to enter:

Fans can click here for Don's Appliance and Hillmon Applicance locations to enter in person.

You can also click the link to Don's Appliances or Hillmon Appliance Distributors to enter electronically. Once you visit either site, the contest flyer will appear and you can click on the photo to enter. It will pop up an email for you to send. Please include your name, address, telephone number and date of birth (you must be 18 or older to enter). Also, please enter "Fishing with Keisel" in your email subject line.

FYI: We are aware of an issue when trying to enter electronically via a mobile phone. For now, you can enter via a computer or IPad/tablet (or in person if you are local to the area), but not through a mobile phone (for some). We will let you know if this can be fixed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Read the post below for more information. Good luck!

Watch Brett's interview with KDKA HERE.

OTA's (Organized Team Activities):

The first round of OTA's wrapped up today, and the team had a surprise visit from Aaron Smith!

"Good first week of OTA's. Highlight today was a guest appearance from my friend Aaron Smith who currently weighs 245. He played at 305."-Keisel

You can view a few photos from the OTA sessions HERE!




May 19, 2013

Fishin' with Keisel

“Fishing is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your family. I am honored to partner with Hillmon Appliance and Don’s Appliance. We are looking forward to a very special day.”--Keisel

WIN A VIP FISHING TRIP WITH BRETT KEISEL!

To get a closer look at the flyer, please click here.

Don's Appliances and Hillmon Appliance Distributors are partnering with Brett Keisel and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to offer lucky customers as well as select patients, an opportunity of a lifetime!

Participants will spend a day in the outdoors with two-time Superbowl champion and defensive captain, Brett Keisel.

The event will be hosted at a private hunting and fishing club. Celebrity chef, Joseph Tambellini, will host the lunchtime barbeque.

Included in the trip:

A half day private trip to a stocked lake.

A commemorative Da Beard fishing vest.

An autograph session.

A lunchtime barbeque hosted by celebrity chef, Joseph Tambellini.

Rules and Regulations:

You MUST be 18 years old or older to enter and you MUST have a valid PA fishing license to participate.

The deadline to enter the contest is May 31.

How to enter:

Fans can click here for Don's Appliance and Hillmon Applicance locations to enter in person.

You can also click the link to Don's Appliances or Hillmon Appliance Distributors to enter electronically. Once you visit either site, the contest flyer will appear and you can click on the photo to enter. It will pop up an email for you to send. Please include your name, address, telephone number and date of birth (you must be 18 or older to enter). Also, please enter "Fishing with Keisel" in your email subject line.

FYI: We are aware of an issue when trying to enter electronically via a mobile phone. For now, you can enter via a computer or IPad/tablet (or in person if you are local to the area), but not through a mobile phone (for some). We will let you know if this can be fixed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please be aware, you cannot use the "Click Here" link to enter through the photo used on this site. You must use the link provided above for the stores websites.




Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo Steeler Nation! We know Mexico truly has a HUGE Steelers fan base, which the players greatly appreciate. Brett and some of his teammates went to Mexico City last year to host a couple fan camps. The turnout was amazing and the players were quite impressed and thankful for the experience.

Below are some of the fan remarks and photos we received after the players hosted the fan camps.

El Beardo goes to Mexico City

"Thanks to Steeler Nation in Mexico! Your enthusiasm and appreciation for our team is incredible. Gracias mi amigos!"-Keisel after his weekend in Mexico City hosting Steelers fan camps.

Today's news photo is from Francisco Guadarrama Garcia: "Respect El Beardo. Thanks Brett for a very fun day."— with Ely Leñero Reveles and Flaco 'tres Tres.

Keisel, Ryan Mundy, James Harrison, Charlie Batch and Emmanuel Sanders represented the Steelers in Mexico City this weekend for two fan camps. Steeler Nation Mexico could not have been more excited for the players to arrive and get the camps going! From the moment the camps were announced a few months ago, the site started receiving emails from excited fans waiting to meet Da Beard (or El Beardo as the WDVE crew refers to Brett).

A few messages and emails received through Twitter, Facebook and email:

It was a pleasure to have you here in Mexico. Thanks for all your kindness. See you in Pittsburgh.--Fernando Von Rossum

Brett, thank you for the fun weekend! It was awesome meeting you and for being so kind and willing with your time.--Alex S.

You are a beast on the football field and gentleman in person. So down to earth and outgoing. Thank you for giving me something to cherish forever! Go Steelers--Tomas Fierdo

I think that today is in my top ten better days of my life! Thanks Brett for coming to Mexico.--Hector E. Sanchez A.

Well, Mr. Keisel, I hope you're having a blast in my town, Mexico. I told you Steeler Nation is huge in Mexico. Thank you for taking time of your busy life to go and teach young Mexicans how to play the game I love!--Danny Arguelles

I met Da Beard! Have watched him on my TV for years and never thought I'd get the chance to shake hands with my idol. And to find out he's truly a great person and very classy! Thank you to all of the Steelers who took time to visit us. Will never forget it.--Edgar D.

Photos galore:

You can view some photos here.

April 27, 2013

Draft News and Fan Blitz

Too much stock in 40 times and drills. The GAME is about playmaking. Sounds like the kid can play. Welcome to the Steelers, Jarvis (Jones)."--Brett, after the Steelers drafted Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker from Georgia with their 1st round selection.

Brett also sent congrats to a fellow BYU player, Ziggy Ansah who was drafted by the Detroit Lions:

Congratulations to Ziggy Ansah! See you Nov. 17th in Da Burgh.

For more news on the Steelers draft picks, visit Steelers.com.

2013 Fan Blitz:

The Steelers held their annual Fan Blitz at Heinz Field today. Steeler Nation was out in full force to meet some of the new Steelers faces, and some of the vets and retired players.

Brett attended the event and had a great time meeting all the fans and playing with the children:

Fun times Heinz Field during the Fan Blitz. As always, Steeler Nation is amazing!

View photos from the event HERE.




April 26, 2013

Draft day-Looking Back (part two)

The post below is a look back at the 2002 draft, with notes and news from Brett's NFL draft time experience. It was originally posted on April 20, 2012 and we have had several requests to "repost" it, so we figured with today being draft day, it was a perfect time to take a trip down "Draft Day Memory Lane"...

THE CALL

And, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

...DL Brett Keisel.

On April 21, 2002 the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Brett Keisel late in the 7th round.

"I picked up the phone and the caller asked 'How would you like to be a Pittsburgh Steeler?'"

"As fast as I could say yes, I did.

It was just unbelievable. Pure joy. I can't even begin to explain it. It is just an exceptional feeling. It's a dream come true..a dream I've had since the third grade."

From Marlys Good's article, Steelers choose Keisel in 7th round: Greybull Standard, -April 25, 2002:

Sunday afternoon. Time running down in the football draft that had sports fans glued to their television sets all weekend. Then the magic words--"and the Pittsburgh Steelers select...DL Brett Keisel.

Just seconds before the news hit the screens, the phone rang in the home of Brett's parents, Connie and Lane Keisel, in Fairview Utah.

"I picked up the phone and the caller asked 'How would you like to be a Pittsburgh Steeler?' As fast as I could say yes, I did. It was just unbelievable. Pure joy. I can't even begin to explain it. It is just an exceptional feeling. It's a dream come true..a dream I've had since the third grade."

The Greybull High School grad said that when he was younger, he wasn't sure the dream would be realized, but, "Once I started playing at BYU, I knew this day would come."

Pro scouts had been looking at Keisel during his junior year, but when he was injured as a senior, his confidence waverled slightly.

"I wasn't so sure. You always wonder what is going to happen-injuries and things like that. You never know. I could have blown a knee and been all done. You just take everyday, don't think about it, and just go play."

He ended up having an outstanding senior year for the Cougars, played in the Senior Bowl, where he had another outstanding performance, then signed with an agent, and began working out in Phoenix through Jan. and part of Feb. From there he went to the Combine in Indianapolis. It was a wake up call.

"There were 32 teams, each with about 10 people and about 40 people from each position. It was huge. You always wonder, but it was so crazy. There were so many people and you think 'What are my chances?' but you just do the best you can."

It was originally thought that Keisel would be picked in an earlier draft, But Saturday came and went. "Then Sunday I kept thinking 'it will come this morning.' I thought the fourth or fifth round. It still didn't come, didn't come and didn't come. By the sixth round I started getting calls (from different teams) asking me if I wanted to come play there, what kind of a system I liked playing under, but no one was picking me up"

While Brett was on the phone, the 35 or so guests, which included his brother and sister-in-law, Chad and Jamie and their sons, Gabe and Zack from Greybull, youngest sister Kalli, who is attending BYU, and extended family and friends, that included Greybull grad Sarah Johnson, were trying to get information to see what was going on. "Then it came on the screen and our whole house cheered."

Lane Keisel was perhaps more nervous during the wait than his son. "He is undoubtedly my most intense-biggest fan, and he was having a harder time that I was I think," Brett said with emotion. "He kept going outside, coming back in, going back out."

In a statement follwing the draft, Steeler Coach Bill Cowher said, "And Brett Keisel, the last guy we took, defensive lineman, defensive end. Played opposite Ryan Denney at BYU. Good, tough, motor guy that, again, plays hard. He can grow into the 290 range. We love his speed. Just has to learn to work and play in the scheme."

Brett just laughs, "I can do that (gain weight)."

Surrounded by family:

Connie Keisel knew in high school that this was what he wanted, and that he had chosen football (college-level) over basketball because he thought he had a better chance of going to the next level. "But I honestly didn't think it would happen. You just support them, love them and help them."

Connie said that, "It is just a real thrill. So few get this chance. Looking on the web page, we saw about 25 signed as free agents, but they (Steelers) signed just seven or eight in the draft. I though, 'Wow. They chose Brett above all the others there!'"

The Keisel house was packed with about 35 people, down from the 75-plus expected originally until a full-blown blizzard kept some away. "We had a pretty good time Saturday," she said, but by Sunday the mood had changed.

"We were all exhausted; emotionally drained. All of us were tense and felt so horrible for Brett. There was so much emotion." Connie said her son would watch the draft, go downstairs to play some pool, come back up, then disappear to play Ping-Pong. But then came "the call" and all the suspense and waiting was over.

Brett leaves Fairview Thursday, but had to do a little shopping before making his Pittsburgh debut. There will be rookie camp, press conferences and a banquet, and "I have to get some 'rags' to wear," he said.

His mother explained that her son is not exactly a clotheshorse and his casual wardrobe would have to be expanded to include some dress clothes. But, she predicted, the first purchase will probably be a "new truck. He's been driving a little dumpy car for the past few years."

Always a Buff:

Brett might be a "Utahan" now. And he might have been a BYU Cougar during his college years, but he hasn't forgotten his roots.

He sharpened his teeth on opponents while playing for the Greybull Buffs, in football, basketball and track. And he knows he has a huge following in his home town.

'To my fans back there, I want to just say thanks for all the support-there is plenty more to come. I love Greybull. It will always be home. I'll always be a Buff."

Thank you to Connie Keisel for the photos (and articles) used in today's news post. The first one shows Brett receiving "The Call" from the Steelers (along with his brother Chad who was watching it all unfold on television). The second photo is of Brett with his adorable nephews, Gabe and Zack, as he waits to hear his name called in the draft.

Check back Sunday for some post draft reflections, and a current day reflection write-up on Keisel from Jim Wexell, author and publisher of Steelcityinsider.net.

Stay tuned!




April 25, 2013

Draft day-Looking Back (part one)

The post below is a look back at the 2002 draft, with notes and news from Brett's NFL draft time experience. It was originally posted on April 20, 2012 and we have had several requests to "repost" it, so we figured with today being draft day, it was a perfect time to take a trip down "Draft Day Memory Lane"...

With Draft time quickly approaching, we thought it would be nice to take a trip down "Draft Day Memory Lane"..all the way back to the 2002 draft. You know..the one that brought Brett Keisel to Pittsburgh.

On April 21, 2002, Brett Keisel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. How he ended up with the Steelers is an interesting story..but first let's take a look at the day before the draft. Before Keisel, from the small town of Greybull, Wyoming, knew if or when he would be drafted into the big leagues.

From Dick Harmon's article, All Keisel can do now is sit, wait. (The Front Row-April 20, 2002):

Brett Keisel comes from a real American family. His kin likes wide open spaces, horses, freshly baked pie, a good deer hunt, friends that don't lie and a fireproof flag.

On draft day, Brett will be at his parents' home located on a small ranch in Fairview. There he'll be relaxing with his older brother, Chad, who'll come down from Greybull, Wyo. They'll be pitching a few horseshoes and shooting pool as ESPN blares on and NFL draftees go down like solitaire cards.

Once upon a time, after Brett's father, Lane, retired as an Orem firefighter and moved his family and wife, Connie, to Wyoming, their son kept growing like a bull. He was the biggest kid in town, and in high school, nobody but skinny Matt Koeller was taller than Brett. It would take two of Matt to be as thick as one Brett.

After earning all-state honors in basketball and football, Brett did the natural things thing as the town's best athlete-he moved on to college, where he enrolled at BYU.

This weekend, it's uncertain if Brett will be drafted. If he is, he'll be the first player from Greybull drafted since Wyoming linebacker Jim Crawford ended up with the Raiders.

This week, Brett received all kinds of phone calls from NFL teams. Calls on Thursday alone were from the Redskins, Eagles, Dolphins, Jaguars Packers and Steelers.

Scouts wanted to know if he'd stubbed his toe; if he was healthy as the last time they saw him; if he pulled a hamstring, groin or calf muscle pitching horseshoes; and if all his numbers from the tests were on the level heading into draft day. Some wanted to know where he could be reached if he got drafted.

For Brett. who hobbled around much of BYU's 12-2 season with an ankle sprain and a hamstring pull, it's exciting. "It's a dream come true," he says.

Life has changed since he limped off the field at the Liberty Bowl. He's healed. He played well in the Senior Bowl. He's been through the NFL Combine where he was tested, jabbed, timed, probed and X-rayed. NFL gurus have toyed with his body and his mind. one question that he was asked was if he could kill little animals.

"It was weird," he says. "Some questions were goofy."

Now, Brett is a world apart from last December. His future is on the line. The next 48 hours, his life will be in a sort of suspended animation. He's at the mercy of ex-jocks, men with caps and grease pens and chalk boards.

"It seems like forever since I put the pads on and played football, " he says.

If he amounts to anything come Monday in the eyes of the NFL, Brett credits his coach, Gary Crowton, and conditioning coach, Jay Omer.

"They pushed us to the limits and it's been great," Brett says.

The next two days will seem even longer once the draft starts this morning. You can only toss so many horseshoes with big brother Chad. Shooting pool will also grow old.

He'll get the call or his agent will. Or there will be no call at all and free agency will call his number.

This is serious business now. Playing games is no longer for fun, but for money, and Greybull's once giant manchild is waiting like a hay field to be moved.

"I'm going to just relax. Whatever happens, happens. I did everything I could and I can't do anything more, " Brett says.

It's a simple approach and one that should work for this guy who could be happy in a wide open field or a crowded stadium.

Somebody just needs to call. Big Brett is waiting as well as a regular big guy can do.

Check back tomorrow for the story of Keisel's draft day experience, complete with interviews from Brett and his family, and a photograph of Keisel as he receives "The Call" from the Steelers. We will also have comments from Brett's first NFL coach, Bill Cowher, as he talks about the 2002 draft picks, and a great current day reflection write-up on Keisel from Jim Wexell, author and publisher of Steelcityinsider.net.

Stay tuned!




April 21, 2013

"Big Dude" Helps Battles Cancer

Linda Harper knows she needs to stay strong and positive in her fight against breast cancer. So, she decided to enlist the help of a few Steelers players, or their jerseys, while she undergoes chemotherapy.

From her email to the Ben Roethlisberger website last month:

“I am 46 years old and was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I will start chemo next week. That should last 4-6 months, then surgery and radiation. I have no doubt I will beat this. I do not want anything from this website, just wanted to let you know that I will wear my Big Ben #7 jersey to my first chemo treatment…Big Ben has overcome so many obstacles in his personal and professional life…what an inspiration.

I will take my next round in my Brett Keisel #99 jersey…big dude…will help me kick cancer’s a**.

And, the third testament will be in my Troy #43 jersey. We all need someone to pray for us and I know if he knew me he would say a prayer for me….then I will start the rounds all over again with Big Ben #7….GOD BLESS STEELER NATION AND GOD BLESS ME!!! All of this will take place in St. Vincent’s hospital in Jacksonville, Florida…Go Steelers!”

As she said, Linda wore her #99 jersey to her next round of chemo. Her husband, Lane sent this message:

"My beautiful wife, Da Beard & Jack Lambert."

View a photo of Linda in her #7 jersey, HERE.

Linda is a true inspiration to all! We wish her the best and ask you all to keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

Thank you to the Harper's for sharing their photos and to Erin, from BigBen7 for sharing the original post.

Evening update:

Ben Roethlisberger's website posted an update to Linda's story, so please click on over to read it. Your thoughts and prayers, and the power of Da Jersey's (and Jack Lambert) are working!




April 18, 2013

RIP Brandon Brawdy

Last February we brought you the story of young Brandon Brawdy's courageous battle with Desmoplastic Small Round Blue Cell tumors (DSRCT)- a very rare childhood cancer. He and his family vowed to "fight this thing like crazy", and that they did.

We are saddened to pass along the news of Brandon's passing with you.

From his father, Brett Brawdy today:

"Brandon, you have taught me and your ma so much since your battle started! We will always love you bubba! Your battle is now over and I can picture you with your wings! RIP my best friend! Love ya!"-Dad

Brandon was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation last summer. His wish was to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers and meet one of his favorite players, Brett Keisel.

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

As soon as the horn signaled the end of Steelers’ practice on Wednesday, Brandon Brawdy’s smile was a mile wide, but nonetheless the 15-year old looked slightly overwhelmed when he saw the entire team heading his way.

It was a moment he had been waiting for since his family contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer almost a year ago, sharing with them his love for the Steelers and wanting to find a way for him to meet some of his favorite players, in particular defensive end Brett Keisel.

“It’s an amazing honor,” said Keisel. “First off that they can have one wish in the world and it’s to hang out with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the day. That’s a remarkable honor for this organization. For him to want to meet me is incredibly humbling. It means a lot to me.”

"I can not say enough about what the Steelers and Brett Keisel have done for my son. It was a trip of a lifetime and every single player and coach took the time to talk to Brandon and sign a ball for him."

Please keep Brandon and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

You can visit their Facebook Page to leave your thoughts and condolences and to learn more about DSRCT.




April 15, 2013

Offseason program begins

“It’s great to see so many guys come out, especially after a disappointing year last year. Everyone is here on the first day ready to work and hopefully get back on the winning side of things.

I just wanted to show you don’t have to just be a young guy to want to be here. That is why I have been here 12 years. I made it a point, especially in my younger days, to be at all of these. It shows you want to work to get better and you want to keep your job. That is what it’s all about.”-Keisel, on the start of the Steelers offseason workout program.

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

The first regular season game isn’t until September, but football season got underway for many Steelers’ players on Monday with the first day of voluntary workouts. Players are permitted to do conditioning work at the team’s practice facility with the strength and conditioning staff, and there was a large turnout for the first session, including a mix of veterans and young players.

More from #99:

“A lot of teams would be happy to be 8-8, but we are not. We are looking at it as very disappointing. You have to find ways to correct the mistakes. You have to get guys who are ready to step up and play. We are a young team now. Everyone has said how old we are for a long time. We have a lot of young guys that have to seize this opportunity and play great ball.”

Read more HERE.

Thoughts & prayers to the city of Boston, those involved with the Boston Marathon, and police, fire & EMT personnel. --BK Team




April 11, 2013

Steelers Country

Pittsburgh architectural illustrator and digital artist, Charles Ott Jr.(also known as the Steel City Artist) created this detailed sports art digital painting titled "Steelers Country", featuring our own #99.

From his website:

The Steelers art shown has garnered wide popularity amongst the fans of Steelers Nation in Pittsburgh and around the world. Every once in awhile, I donate my sports art for charitable events hosted by our Pittsburgh athletes at local charity fundraisers and summer golf outings. My sports art is presently on display in corporate offices, fitness clubs, sports bars and even in the private collections of some notable professional athletes.

Charles Ott has graciously offered to donate a portion of the sales for this print to the Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF). Brett and his wife Sarah are Advisory Board Members for HCEF and work closely with the cause to help ensure that children who are homeless have access to the same educational opportunities and experiences as their peers.

From Mr. Ott:

Steel City Artist will be auctioning off #100 signed & numbered limited edition prints of his detailed sports art digital painting titled "Steelers Country". The artist will be donating a percentage of the total sales from this painting at the end of April towards the Homeless Children's Education Fund in Pittsburgh which Brett and his wife Sarah proudly support. The painting can be viewed in the link provided below and is available in five different sizes. The full-color artist enhanced giclee paintings are reproduced onto Epson heavyweight acid-free photographic luster paper and look amazing. The Steelers art makes unique & collectible gifts for any Steelers fan to display in their sports game room or office. Be sure to check out Steel City Artist's other immaculate hand-drawn pen & ink illustrations and colorful digital paintings.

Click HERE for a closer look at the print and Mr. Ott's generous offer.

The prints are very reasonably priced, starting at $25.00 for an 8x10.

Click HERE to view more of his work, and to place an order.

Ott has many other Steeler players to choose from also, incuding Ben Roethlisberger, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and more. For this current offer, the donation to HCEF is for the sales from "Steelers Country" prints only.

Thank you to Charles Ott Jr. for his generous offer and for sharing his amazing artwork with us! Please share his link and work with your friends, family and social media pages.




April 1, 2013

The White House Easter Egg Roll

"Awesome day today at the White House! NFL Play 60 station was definitely a hit for kids at the Easter Egg Roll. Thanks for having us!"--Brett, after his day at the White House.

Brett was invited to participate in the 135th White House Easter Egg Roll today. He brought along his family and they had a great time with all the families attending the annual event.

From Steelers.com:

Keisel was there on behalf of the NFL’s Play 60 campaign, encouraging kids to stay active and play for 60 minutes a day.

“It was amazing,” said Keisel. “When we got there I couldn’t help but think about the last time I was at the White House, with my teammates celebrating the Super Bowl XLIII victory.

Keisel, along with 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin, Giants receiver Victor Cruz, and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, led kids in fun and games, but also got a treat of their own when they met President Barack Obama.

“It was awesome,” said Keisel. “It wasn’t just Mr. President but it was the whole first family we met. It was an honor for me. I told him Ambassador (Dan) Rooney said hello. I gave him some ‘Beard’ gear. He knew about the beard and who I was and that was an honor for me. I hope he goes out and drains some threes wearing the ‘Beard’ gear.”

More from Brett on the event:

"“I really appreciate the NFL’s Play 60 movement because I know with my kids if they don’t get outside and play for a day they go crazy. It’s so much better for them, so much healthier to get them active and do things kids need to do to be healthy and happy.”

Read more of the article, and view some photos HERE.

Now, how cool would it be to have a photo of President Obama in Brett's Da Beard Gear!

WJ36Support:

This online raffle was set up for Weston Johnson, a football coach from Brett's home state and a good friend of the Da Beard Gear Crew. Mr. Johnson is fighting a battle with Metastatic Melanoma.

His friends and family established it to show their support to Weston and to help with his medical bills.

The auction has some amazing items up for grabs including signed jerseys from Brett and Ben Roethlisberger! They also have a signed football from Joe Montana and a signed baseball from Evan Longoria. Not a sports fan? Well, they also have a signed poster from Chris LeDoux and so much more!

The auction will run from April 1-April 10. You can access it at Sheridanmedia.com.

Be sure to check it out!




March 31, 2013

Rollin' eggs & more

The 135th White House Easter Egg Roll:

Brett is scheduled to participate in the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll today (April 1)!

This year's theme is "Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!"

From The White House:

On Monday April 1, 2013, the First Family will host the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year, more than 35,000 people from all 50 states will be joining us on the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll.In addition to all the fun and games, the day's activities — which will include sports courts and cooking demonstrations — will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines, which are key pillars of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

You can watch the live streaming of the Easter Egg Roll HERE.

WJ36Support:

This Facebook page was set up for Weston Johnson, a football coach from Brett's home state and a good friend of the Da Beard Gear Crew. Mr. Johnson is fighting a battle with Metastatic Melanoma.

His friends and family established the page to show their support to Weston and to announce an online auction which will take place starting today.

The auction has some amazing items up for grabs including signed jerseys from Brett and Ben Roethlisberger! They also have a signed football from Joe Montana and a signed baseball from Evan Longoria. Not a sports fan? Well, they also have a signed poster from Chris LeDoux and so much more!

The auction will run from April 1-April 10. You can access it (beginning sometime April 1) at Sheridanmedia.com.

Be sure to check it out!




March 22, 2013

Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off

Alright Steeler Nation, here is your chance to set Keisel's taste buds on FIRE!

Brett will once again be a celebrity judge for the 4th Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off held at at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on June 8!

More celebrity judges to be announced soon.

Participants can compete in three categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. You will compete for over $5,000 in cash prizes with a $2,000 prize to the 1st place Red Chili!

Ready to get cookin'?

Before you do, be sure to learn more about the event here.

Not a cook? Well, stop on by anyway to say hello, taste the chili and check out the gorgeous Nemacolin Woodlands Resort!

The event has no gate fee. Guests may choose to take part in any of the following event activities (fee involved): Chili Tastings, Beer Tastings and All-Access Passes. Information is available here.

100% of proceeds from the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cookoff will go to the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department.

View photos of Keisel at last year's event here.

Thank you to the awesome crew at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for all their information and for linking to Brett's website. We appreciate it!




March 22, 2013

Jr. Genuis

Abby Keisel, Brett's niece put together a project for the Jr. Genius fair at her school. She chose to do a presentation on the Steelers, focusing on the team's history, what goes on at training camp, and what it takes to stay in shape to compete in the NFL.

As seen in today's news photo, Abby had a table set up complete with a poster of the Steelers history, including the year the Steelers organization began, the amount Mr. Rooney paid for the team, and the years and locations of Superbowl titles the team won (complete with scores). It is evident she did her research!

The table also included GameDay programs from the team, Brett's Whirl magazine cover, and various items from the Steelers and her Uncle Brett. There was information on "What Moves You, a program Brett was affiliated with a few years ago to get kids active, and a photo of Brett's teammate, Ben Roethlisberger. Of course, the presentation would not be complete without photos of Brett with Da Beard and without!

Great job by Abby on her presentation and we appreciate her sharing it with us. Many of you may remember, her brothers Gabe and Zack also did their Jr. Genius project on the Steelers and Uncle Brett a few years ago.

View some photos from Abby's presentation HERE.




March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

We hope Steeler Nation has a great St. Patrick's Day! It's great to see so many fans GO GREEN in their Da Beard Gear St. Patty's Day t-shirts!

Today's photo was sent by Randy Hyder, Lauren Hyder, Jesse Newcomer, Amanda Bach & crew. They were gettin' their green beards on at The Pony Grill and Bar in Sheridan, Wyoming.

View more photos of Da Beard Nation in their green gear HERE.

Thank you for the great response to the St. Patty's Day shirts. They are officially SOLD OUT!

Please have a fun, and safe St. Patrick's Day!

We also would like to wish Brett's mother, Connie a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!




March 6, 2013

Da Beard Gear World Tour

Da Beard Gear merchandise sure does get around! We've had photos sent from Wyoming, Utah, India, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Afghanistan and Peru...just to name a few.

We are glad to see the awesome response to the St. Patrick Day t-shirts. Get your orders in soon so your shirt will arrive by St. Patty's Day!

Today's news photo is from Joseph Mescia...lookin' good in green!

Click HERE to see fans (and Brett's teammates) sporting their Da Beard Gear.

Da Beard Nation has also been tweeting about their extra surprises they received when placing an order through Da Beard Gear. For the month of February, any online order was eligible for a free item, which could include merchandise (some signed) and autographed photos. Visit Brett's official Twitter feed to see the photos.

Champions for Children event:

"Always an enjoyable time at the Homless Children's Education Fund Champions For Children event. Met a lot of people making a difference for our community." -- Brett

The Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) held their annual event this past Monday. Brett and his wife, Sarah attended as honored guests. They are past recipients of the HCEF Champions for Children award. This is an annual award given for having a significant positive impact on the lives of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.

Read more about their involvement with HCEF by clicking on the "Brett in the Community" tab above.




February 22, 2013

Steeler Nation Spotlight

We have seen Keisel's mug as a tattoo, on salsa, shirts and many have used the name Keisel for their children...but this fan took it to another level!

John Vosburgh can actually say Da Beard has his back...or his truck's back that is.

John's "Steelers" themed truck leaves no question of who his favorite NFL team is, or who is favorite player is. From the inside to the outside, there are signs of Steelers gear.

The most prominent is the rear of his truck where the vinyl graphic of "Fear Da Beard" is displayed.

The vinyl graphic of Pittsburgh Steeler Brett "Da Beard" Keisel was created from a photo of an original oil painting by artist Scott Spillman and produced by Signature Graphics, Tempe, AZ.

I am sure John's amazing truck garners a lot of looks, but Da Beard's scary stare may also prevent tailgating!

We loved seeing the Da Beard Gear sticker also!

Thank you to John for sharing his photos. Click HERE for a closer look of today's news photo, and at several other angles of the "Fear Da Beard" truck.




February 17, 2013

The Power of the beard

Brave the Shadow for Dave:

Bob Work (shown in today's news photo) contacted us several months ago about his event which was inspired by Brett's Shear Da Beard event.

He (and several others) would be shaving their hair to raise money in honor of a friend who lost his battle with cancer.

Here are a few details about our shave event. Inspired by 'Da Beard', we decided to hold our own shaving event here in Central New York. It was called: bravetheshavefordave. Money was raised in honor of our friend Dave Lennon, who passed away last year at the age of 43 from cancer. We had about 80 people who courageously came out and battled the snow to attend.

All totaled we raised over $3000.00 for Cancer Research and a Scholarship Fund for students graduating from Dave's High School. We had quite a few people jump in spontaneously the day of the event! We had 5 people shave their heads including one brave woman. One of Dave's friends, Paula, went without shaving her legs for 5 long months just to take it off for our event. And of course, quite a few beards were grown out to be shearred that day as well!

The event was a big hit and we are already getting requests to see if this is going to be an annual event. Every little bit we do, can hopefully, take us closer to finding a cure and maybe even irradicate cancer all together. Cancer is a terrible thing that has affected us all, and for one day we felt like we could do something about it.

So, thank you and Brett for your continued support. --Bob

Thank you Bob and all who attended and participated in Brave the Shadow for Dave! We hope the event continues annually!

Benjamin Beard

The following email comes from Holly Wagner:

I wanted to write you and tell you about our youngest son and the "Benjamin Beard".

Our son Benjamin was born on 12-27-12. He was born with congenital heart defects. He has been at children's since the day he was born. Today he finally had his repair surgery completed.

This is where the "Benjamin beard" comes in. My husband is not shaving his beard until we bring our precious Benjamin home. As you can see it has gotten to be pretty beefy over the past 6 weeks. He reminds me of Brett with the big bushy beard.

Holly also sent an update today:

I wanted to update you on Benjamin. He had his repair surgery last Monday. Since our little fighter has had 3 cardiac arrests and has kept fighting! He is on life support and we thing things are moving towards a transplant. But yet this tiny baby fights on. He is such a miracle!

Please keep Benjamin and his family in your thoughts and prayers!

We appreciate Holly sharing her story and photos with us.

"Benjamin Beard" is another example of the power of Da Beards!




February 15, 2013

We have a winner

We had over 5,000 amazing entries, so choosing a winner was tough. Scott Spillman helped us judge and he was so impressed that he graciously donated a second set of cards so we could have TWO winners!

The question: "What does it mean, to you, to be a Steelers fan?

The winning entries:

It was a late December game in the beautiful old ash tray that was Three Rivers Stadium. I was home from college on winter break and my pop scored two tickets to go to church together on a cold, windy winter day. I don't think the boys were in the playoffs that year, but it didn't matter. Nor did it matter that our seats were way up in the top tier of the 500's, literally the second to last row of the stadium. What did matter was that I was going to see the Steelers with my old man, and there ain't nothing else like that in the world.

The first half was relatively normal, albeit cold...the kind of cold that seeps right up through the black and gold blankets you have laid down on the ice cold plastic seats. At halftime we went to get some nachos and the like and returned to our upper echelon of football fantasy. Then, it began snowing. Hard. So hard that they brought out snow plows to clear the out of bounds lines around the field. Apparently the players could not see the hash marks. We could barely see anything either, save for the best uniforms in all of football blurring in and out of a cyclone of white.

I don't remember if we won, I don't remember if it ever stopped snowing. And I don't remember if my Dad knew I was sneaking sips of his Iron City or not. I do remember walking in the door to our house and greeting my Mom and Brother with a smile wider than the Monongahela. I remember looking at my lil bro and telling him that the next game was his.

Being a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers is about family, tradition, and roots.

It's about knowing where your friends and family are every Sunday in the fall, and knowing exactly what they are doing. It's about your loving, incredible girlfriend giving up those Sunday afternoons in the fall to a bunch of big, sweaty men.

It's about your Ma being around three boys on those Sundays and putting up with them whether they win or lose. It's not about rich or poor, or where you come from, or the color of your skin. It is about joining together as one, in support of one.

It's about having hero's who don't just leave their mark on the field, but off it as well.

It's about the Terrible Towel. It's about Myron Cope. It's about the Rooney's. It's about a city.

A beautiful city that was nearly uprooted with the fall of the mills. A beautiful city that saw a lot if it's inhabitants move away to find work, but continue to love their Steelers no matter where they are.

It's about Steeler Nation, and having representation and a place to watch the game all over the country. It's about realizing that seventy-five percent of your t-shirts have only two colors on them. It's about believing and winning and losing and team work. It's about learning some fundamentals of what it means to be a person, at a very young age.

It's about learning how to fill the void that is the offseason. It's about being in fear for your life from the long arm of the law. It's about being in fear for men who line up opposite from the law of The Beard.

It's about 20 division championships. It's about 8 AFC Championships. It's about 6 Lombardi's. It's about one team, and one city. It's about a countless Nation.

And then, of course, it's about that little part that's indescribable. That feeling that rushes through you when you see the boys in black and gold running out of the tunnel. It can only be described, for lack of a better term, as magical.

I believe Jack Lambert said it best... "If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler."

This is what it means, to me, to be a Pittsburgh Steeler fan. And I consider myself damn lucky to be born into this family.--Mike Mihm

Winner #2:

To me, being a Steelers fan is more than just rooting on the team and waving my terrible towel, its a lifestyle, a friendship, a passion, a family...a bond.

I cheer for the Steelers, pray for them, support the causes the players get involved in, wish them well, feel sad when they are down, stand up for them when people try to bring them down and I'm happy when they are being the best they can be. I bleed black n yellow!

I became a Steelers fan after listening to the games on the radio. I loved Myron Cope, I loved everything he was about and I could hear his love for the Steelers echo thru the radio speakers. I was just a young girl then, but he made me fall in love with football and the greatest team; the Steelers. One of the greatest feeling I've ever experienced was being at Heinz Field, surrounded by thousands of other Steelers fans, surrounded by what seems like family. Being a Steelers fan is about dedication, unity, and love..."Steel lightens your work, brightens your leisure and widens your world..."Jen Seal

Close contenders:

We had SO many worthy entries and we wanted to share a few with you:

What does it mean, to you, to be a Steelers fan." Its a lifestyle,its a seven days a week,24 hours a day 365 days a year obession.Good teams,bad teams and in between.Its going to camp to watch them and meet some players after.Its saving coins or mad money or selling what you need (short of selling my first born)to buy tickets for games.Its traveling all over for a chance for a autograph or giving blood to Central blood bank to be in their locker room. Its following the players on twitter and facebook.Its checking their fan sites like Brett's and Ben's.Its never getting enough.It never,never,never gets old.Its what I do,who I am.Its a lifetime thing.--Leslie S. Slack

It means:

Early fall goosebumps. Neverending watercooler discourse. Sunday morning nerves. Jerseys on casual Friday. Black and gold x-mas ornaments. Renegade on the iPad. Gameday rituals. Solitary fistpumps and city-wide celebrations. Everything.-- Drew

It's FAMILY. It's knowing no matter where you are in the USA or abroad, when you run into someone else wearing the Black & Gold, (and you ALWAYS run into someone..) it's an immediate smile, a hello and a Here We Go! Steeler Nation is an extension of the locker room- we support our guys by supporting each other. We're a big group of friends...that haven't all been formally introduced. --Annette Filippone

It means strength, blue collar ... The look in the eyes of your favorite players and know that on every game day, every series, every snap, that they are going to give you everything that they have. It means tradition ... that, win or lose, you can hold your head high, knowing you are a part of a fan base that doesn't fracture at the lose of a game or a down year. You know from history that nothing will keep them down and that they will learn from mistakes and come back stronger and that YOUR fan base will grow bigger as it has in my family not only from the hard work you have shown on the field, but for the lives you have changed off the field. Fear Da Beard!!!--Steven Gilmore

It means I am part of something larger than myself that stands for history, dedication, tradition, hard work, giving back, success, and a blue collar work ethic. Oh and cool guys with awesome beards.--James Angerett

Those were just a few of the thousands of entries. Every entry was different and wonderful and we wish we could post them all. They will be saved and may be used at a later date one the site, so thank you all!

Thank you also to Scott Spillman, Haydee Sampedro and Anne Cooper for assisting us in judging the contest.

If you are interested in purchasing the cards, or any of Scott's prints, visit his site here .

First photo was designed by HowlingWolf79.




February 12, 2013

Contest Time

To thank fans for all their support for Shear Da Beard, we wanted to hold a contest to raffle off a set of Scott Spillman's Game Face series cards. So many fans were not able to attend the event where the "Fear Da Beard" print was raffled, or they attended and did not win the raffle, so now is your chance to try to win a set of Steeler Cards (which includes a smaller version of the "Fear Da Beard" print).

Steelers "GAME FACE" collectors cards are a set of six high quality 5" x 7" collectors cards made from Scott Spillman's original paintings of many of your favorite Steeler players.

Please note..the cards do NOT come framed. I believe the frame you see in the photo can be found at places like Hobby Lobby.

How do you enter to win?

E-mail: trish@brett-keisel.com with the answer to this question:

What does it mean, to you, to be a Steelers fan."

There obviously is no right or wrong answer here. We're looking for a GREAT reason to give you this one-of-a-kind set of cards, so dazzle us with your answer!

The deadline to enter is 5:00 p.m. on February 13, 2013. No entries will be accepted after that time. Good luck!

Please only email the address of this site, which is listed above. You can also access the email by clicking on Contact at the top of this page. No entries will be accepted through any of the social media pages.

Please, one email per email address only (subsequent emails from the same address will be discounted).

Thank you so much to Scott Spillman for donating a set of cards to give away for this contest. Mr. Spillman has such a generous heart and donates to many Steelers events every year. He has been a great supporter of Mr. Keisel and his website for many years and we greatly appreciate him. Please take the time to visit Scott's website.




February 8, 2013

More from Shear Da Beard 2013

The event is over, fans have gone home, and Da Beard is gone.

However, Da Beard will live on forever as it helps cancer programs for kids at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC..

"The beard is becoming a symbol of hope for our kids in our cancer centers."--Christopher Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital.

Many parents, and children, who are or have been patients at Children's Hospital have also sent thank you emails and messages for all the work Keisel does to support them.

The children got together to send a special gift for Keisel to thank him for all he (and Da Beard) do to support them.

“To know one player in particular, and the Steelers as a whole organization, is thinking about them and doing something just for them not only helps with the financial impact, but it really lifts the spirits of all of the kids. The people here view his huge mammoth beard as a sign of his affection for Children’s Hospital and his support for all of our patients. They love it.

You see a lot of fake beards being worn by the kids for solidarity and team spirit.”--Dr. Jake Cooper, an attending physician in hematology and oncology.

Quotes courtesy of Steelers.com

A few more photo moments from last night:

Brett's 4-year-old son had the honor of being the very first to Shear Da Beard last night.

Jacob and his mother, Sarah were welcomed to the stage, and the crowd cheered Jacob on as he got the first swipe.

Afterwards the camera caught a touching moment between Brett and Jacob.

Brett also later commented that his daughter, Grace, did not recognize him when she first saw his cleanly shaven face. He said he had to talk to her a bit so she could recognize him by his voice.

Aaron Smith and his son, Elijah, attend the event each year. Elijah is shown here getting his turn to Shear Da Beard.

The idea to shave it the last three years to benefit Children’s Hospital’s cancer programs arose because of his friendship with former teammate Aaron Smith, whose son Elijah was treated for leukemia at the hospital.

"Aaron Smith taught me so much about being a man, football and living. Their family got a lot of help from children's hospital. I am giving back in honor of them and what they have done for me in my life." --Keisel

What does Aaron Smith think of Da Beard being gone?

"He'll probably shave it tonight, and tomorrow have half a beard back... he's like a Chia Pet!"--Aaron Smith

Ben Roethlisberger attended the event to help Shear Da Beard.

We noticed he wore a little something extra in addition to his "Shear Da Beard" t-shirt.

Ben wore elbow-length gloves as he cut a snippet of Keisel’s beard.

He joked saying the gloves were because he sits next to Keisel at team meetings and knows all of the food Brett has eaten that day ends up in his famous Da Beard!

I just loved this photo of Mr. Rooney with Brett.

You can see a larger version of it, along with all the others in the PHOTO GALLERY.

Video:

The Steelers put together a great video tribute from last night. Watch it HEE.

Special thanks:

We want to say thank you to Jergel's Rhythm Grille for providing the venue for Shear Da Beard III. They did an amazing job and everyone had a great time.

Also, thank you to WDVE and Randy Baumann, Eat'n Park, Da Beard Gear, SportClips, Diehl Automotive Group, The Pittsburgh Steelers, Children's Hospital UPMC and Head & Shoulders for Men.

Thank you to artists Scott Spillman and Denny Karchner for their generous donations of prints for the auction and to Brett's teammates and coaches, along with Dan Rooney, for their donations and contributions to the auction. Thank you to Chris Higbee, Donnie Iris and Randy Baumann for their performances.

We also want to give a BIG thank you to ALL who attended the event and all who donated to it. Without your support this event would not be possible.

As Big Ben said last night, "ONLY IN PITTSBURGH!"




February 7, 2013

Da Beard is Sheared

Da Beard is gone. Thanks to all those who participated!

For the third year straight, Brett sheared his beloved Da Beard to benefit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

The classic rock song “Renegade,” the anthem of the Steelers’ defense, blasted over the loud speakers, fans were decked out in black and gold, and there was excitement and anticipation in the air.

It might sound like the atmosphere at Heinz Field on game day, but instead it was the crowd at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille on hand to watch Steelers’ defensive end Brett Keisel shave his beard. Yes, a packed house to watch someone shave their beard. “This is what makes Pittsburgh special,” said Keisel. “They have grasped on to this idea and really made it what it is today. If the fans didn’t respond to it the way they did, I wouldn’t do it.”

“Brett’s beard really has taken on a life of it’s own and Shear Da Beard has become a great annual event to support cancer programs and research at Children’s Hospital,” said Christopher Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital. “We’re extremely grateful to Brett, and more importantly to his wife Sarah for letting him grow the beard back each season.”

Keisel began growing the beard before the start of the season and promised to not shave it off until season’s end. The idea to shave it to benefit Children’s Hospital’s cancer programs arose because of his friendship with former teammate Aaron Smith, whose son Elijah was treated for leukemia at the hospital. Keisel knows what great care the Smith family received at the hospital and this is his way of giving back.

“I think it speaks to what team is and what this team is,” said Tomlin of Keisel’s reason for choosing Children’s Hospital to benefit from the fun event. “We care for one another and it provides avenues where we can share personal trials and learn from them and see the platform and opportunity we have to help others.”

Read Ms. Varley's entire article, complete with a picture of Keisel-minus Da Beard- here.

Brett had a few surprise, celebrity barbers stop in to help Shear Da Beard. HEEAATTHH Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward, Coach Tomlin, Coach LeBeau, Coach Mitchell, Charlie Batch, Aaron Smith and Mr. Rooney all got a chance to take a swipe at Da Beard. The cutest celebrity barber of all was Brett's son, Jacob who had the honor of being first to shear Da Beard!

Photo Gallery:

You can view some photos from the event here.

We will add more photos, news and hopefully video as they become available!




February 6, 2013

Less than 24 hours...

...Til Da Beard is sheared!

"The End is near."----Keisel

Brett will have Da Beard sheared by some awesome celebrity surprise barbers tomorrow night at Jergel's Rhythm Grille in front of a SOLD OUT crowd.

All proceeds will benefit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

The crowd will enjoy great food, drinks, entertainment, and of course the LIVE shearing of Da Beard!

We could also be treated to Keisel joining the WDVE crew to sing their famous hit "Fear Da Beard"!

The Da Beard Gear crew will be there with merchandise so feel free to stop by to say hello!

We appreciate all who purchased tickets to help benefit such an amazing cause.

The event will have an auction for some great one-of-a-kind memorabilia. One item being auctioned is a print of "Fear Da Beard" by artist Scott Spillman.

"Chance to win a print of this Spillman original that resides in my house tomorrow at Shear Da Beard!"--Da Beard

Take a moment to visit the website of Scott Spillman .

You can order a "Fear Da Beard" print and more. He has a great Game Face Series of prints which include fan favorites such as, Hines Ward, James Harrison and Ben Roethlisberger. All are very reasonably priced.

Mr. Spillman graciously donates prints to many Steelers events to be auctioned for charity.

Shear Da Beard sponsors include: Da Beard Gear, SportClips, WDVE, Diehl Automotive Group, The Pittsburgh Steelers and Children's Hospital UPMC. Also, special thanks to Northwest Savings Bank for their current promotion (along with Keisel): "Put on Da Beard for Da Kids." Information is on the right side of this page.




February 5, 2013

Da Beard says thank you

Da Beard launched a campaign to raise money for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC. With the help of Northwest Savings Bank, their patrons and Brett's fans, Da Beard's campaign was HUGE!

From Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC:

Thanks to Northwest Savings Bank who presented a donation of $35,000 to Children’s Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology on behalf of their “Da Beard” campaign with Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel! In December and January, Northwest Savings Bank patrons donated $1 or more and had the opportunity to write their own name and message on the iconic image of Keisel’s beard. The beards were then displayed in the bank offices. Thanks again for your support!

And, from Da Beard:

Thanks to Northwest Savings Bank and all those who participated in the Da Beard campaign! 35K to Oncology/Hematology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC!

Steeler Nation and Da Beard Nation came through once again!

The Countdown is ON...

Brett is set to shear Da Beard at Jergel's on Thursday. Once again, all funds raised will go to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

The event is SOLD OUT!

The Da Beard crew will be on hand selling merchandise, so be sure to stop by and say hello!




January 30, 2013-evening update

Newest MANE MAN

Meet Head & Shoulders newest Mane Man, C.J. Wilson!

From Michael Sabbia, H & S Brand Manager:

This season Head & Shoulders launched the Troy Polamalu School of Deeper Learning, an online university with Troy, Brett Keisel and comedian Rob Riggle serving as instructors. Fans all season long have gone to Deepliketroy.org to gain insight on ways to get deep in their lives.

Super Bowl week serves as a “graduation” of sorts, where we will be finishing the semester/season as the “Official Shampoo of the NFL” and get started on our third season working with Major League Baseball as their “Official Shampoo.”

Da Beard welcomes the newest Mane Man:

This season I’ve had the pleasure to serve as Dean of Students and Professor of Facial Hair at the Troy Polamalu School of Deeper Learning.

C.J. Wilson is the latest Head & Shoulders Mane Man. I’m excited to have C.J. Wilson join Troy and me as the newest Head & Shoulders mane man. He has some great hair, but his beard needs some work!

Hangin' with Rod Woodson:

Keisel and Rod Woodson on Radio Row in New Orleans.

Photo courtesy of Chris Law, NFL Producer @TheEisenPodcast @NFLFantasy.

Da Beard's keys to a great beard:

Click here for Keisel's "three components of awesomeness."

Check out the post below for more news on Da Beard's adventures today!




January 30, 2013

The fun in NOLA continues

Brett and Da Beard continued their walk of Radio Row today as hair correspondents with Head & Shoulders for Men.

Brett talked about the upcoming Super Bowl, how tough it is to be there and not play..especially when his arch rival's are playing, and he spoke of his time with Head & Shoulders.

It's my second year working with Head & Shoulders and it's been deep. This season, Troy and I, along with comedian Rob Riggle, taught a series of online courses at DeepLikeTroy.org- Keisel

SVP & Russillo:

Brett joined Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo on air today.

He was asked who he wanted to win the Super Bowl this year:

"It's tough...we beat them (the Ravens) with Charlie Batch. They're bitter rivals for us. But, the 49'ers are goin' for a 6-pack..we like walkin' around sayin', 'Hey man, we're the only ones with the Iron City 6-pack.' So, I hope it's a 20-overtime tie."

He does feel the Ravens will pull out the win though 24-17.

Find out why HERE.

Brett also compares his beard to Troy Polamalu's hair, saying the "hair" is much more humble than the "beard". We encourage fans to visit Deepliketroy.org to earn their degree from the School of Deeper Learning.

If you have not watched Troy Polamalu School of Deeper Learning videos, then click on over to the website. Very entertaining (and enlightening)!

The Doug Gottlieb Show:

Brett spoke with Doug Gottlieb about what happened with the Steelers this season, saying they didn't make enough splash plays. He feels the team is very close to returning to the Super Bowl:

"We have a lot of great young talent."

Spies are everywhere:

Watch the mischief Da Beard got into while in New Orleans

Brett's time in NOLA is almost done. We'll post a photo gallery soon of his adventures.




January 29, 2013

Da Beard hits Radio Row

Da Beard had a busy day today hitting all the stops on Radio Row for Media Week. He is there as a hair correspondent for Head & Shoulders for Men.

I tried to keep up with all his interviews, but I may have missed a few. Below are some of the highlights with links to podcasts, if available.

The Herd with Colin Cowherd:

We know Colin is in awe of Da Beard, so interviews are always fun for Brett on The Herd.

Brett comments on his favorite memory from the Super Bowl (it's a good one), Pittsburgh's inconsistent season, what facing the Ravens is like, Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and more.

Click HERE to listen.

First Take:

Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Steelers DE Brett Keisel discuss Joe Flacco's contract status with the Ravens.

Click HERE to listen.

He also is asked to rate Ravens QB Joe Flacco and said " I don't think he's as good as Ben (Roethlisberger). "

The Rise, 95.7 The Game-with The Rise Guys:

Brett Keisel joined The Rise Guys and said that he wants the 49ers to lose the Super Bowl, so they don't match his Steelers with their 6th Championship ring.

Thee problem is, he doesn't want the Ravens to win either!

He also talks about being on Dib's Mount Beard-More.

And, Mount Beard-More...Da Beard made the list, but who else joins him?

Listen to where Da Beard ranks on Dib's Mount Beard-More HERE.

790-The Zone:

Brett talks about his legendary beard, Head and Shoulders for Men and of course about the Pittsburgh Steelers and what it's like to win a Super Bowl.

Click HERE to listen.

Fox Sports Radio with Jay Mohr:

What is the best thing Da Beard has had to eat since arriving in New Orleans? What question would he ask players during Media Week? Does he shampoo his beard with Head & Shoulders for Men? Also, what is the favorite sport of Brett's son?

Find out HERE.

Keisel also talks about wanting to get to another Super Bowl..and he gives a shout out to Greybull High School, Snow College and BYU.

Who is Da Beard rooting for in SB 47...

He said he can't root for Baltimore, but he doesn't want San Francisco to get a 6-pack. So, he said feels Ravens will win..but is rooting for a tie.

Brett had a couple more interviews today, and will have more tomorrow. We'll get podcasts posted soon!




January 28, 2013

Da Beard Tackles Media Week

My beard and I are headed back to the Super Bowl Media Day as Head & Shoulders “Hair Correspondent.

I’m looking to get to the root of Sunday’s deepest storylines, from pre-game hair rituals to stand out NFL beards. --Keisel

Brett... and Da Beard are heading to SB XLVII Media Week!

He will be there as a "Hair Correspondent" with Head & Shoulders for Men.

Brett attended Media Week last year and was a big hit on shows such as Mike and Mike, The Herd and more.

He will be appearing this year on numerous shows Tuesday and Wednesday. We will post podcasts and photos, when available.

Brett and the Head and Shoulders for Men team will be announcing a surprise also..so be sure to catch him LIVE from Radio Row tomorrow and Wednesday!




January 25, 2013-evening update

Fan lovin' Friday

An inspirational fan:

Meet Lupita Garcia, a proud mother, wife and member of Steeler and Da Beard Nation!

Lupita has been fighing ovarian, cervical and breast cancer for over three years.

From Lupita:

It's me, Lupita from Facebook. Thank you for responding to me. I feel blessed to just have you acknowledge me. I've been a Steelers fan forever and love the beard.

As you can see, I am batting an epic battle against cancer. It hasn't been easy, but I do my best. I hope to one day be cancer free..hopefully soon.

Lupita made a video (we'll see if she can post it on Facebook for all to see), with her daughter. She was asked what message she wanted to impart to others battling cancer:

To never give up..to never lose hope, because hope is unstoppable.

She credits her family, friends (including her Facebook fans) for giving her support, positive affirmations and feels cancer has brought her closer to everyone in her life.

Another thing which turned "bad" days into "good" ones, is her Relay for Life pillow.

It was a comfort to me when I was fighing chemo and I was feeling sick.

Lupita and her family would like to start a foundation to provide Relay for Life pillows to others fighing cancer or any battle. They need help naming the foundation and spreading the word. So, let's help her out Steeler Nation!

You can visit Lupita on Facebook: mrsgarcia6801, or email her: mrsgarcia68@yahoo.com. Send her some positive thoughts or ideas for her Foundation!

Please tell Brett that I truly love him as a person and a player. My goal is to meet him one day.--Lupita

Thank you to Lupita Garcia for her inspirational story and for reminding us to NEVER LOSE HOPE!

Respect the Beard, Fear the Diesel:

This photo was sent to Brett from Marc Crudgington, via Twitter.

His son, Jake (shown with Jake's brother Luke) is wearing the "Respect the Beard, Fear the Diesel" shirt.

Both boys look like they'll be ready to take on a few O-Lineman in a few years!

Thank you to Marc, Jake and Luke for sharing the photo.




January 25, 2013

Da Beard & crew say thanks

Da Beard and his crew want to say thank you Steeler Nation for all of your support...

So..they will be adding a BONUS in all orders placed during the month of February.

From now until the end of February we will be throwing in something for FREE with EVERY order that is placed in the online store! It could be anything from koozies, stickers, t-shirts, hats, hoodies or even autographed photos or t-shirts. It's just our way of saying, "Thanks" to #DaBeardNation for all of your support and business throughout the past year. Happy shopping!!!

No exchanges or returns on freebie merchandise.

Now is a great time to stock up on your beard gear!

Click the STORE link above to enter the online store.

Today's news photo is from Brett's lovely niece Kelsi, and her adorable family.

As for me and my family, we cheer for DA BEARD!--Kelsi

Keisel didn't have to look far for mentors:

We posted Brett's mentoring story a few days ago (check the January 22 post).

What was Aaron Smith's reaction to Keisel naming him as one of his mentors?

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

“I am honored and a little shocked. I always had a way of doing things and you always hope that someone catches on to doing things that way, what I would consider the right way. I think he has done that and expanded on it even more.

That is something professional athletes should always hold on to. You don’t know whose life you will impact. I always just tried to lead by example. I always felt you would get more done by your actions than just by saying words. I am a big believer in that. It’s nothing I was looking to do, I just believed there was a way to conduct myself and be an example, especially for the younger guys.”

Read the entire article, and learn more about Brett's other mentor, his uncle Ben Smith, HERE.

Stop back tonight for a Fan Lovin' Friday post!




January 22, 2013

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and the Steelers have partnered with The Mentoring Partnership to help shine a spotlight on mentoring.

Who mentored Brett Keisel?

Brett filmed a video with The Mentoring Partnership to discuss the person (people) who mentored him in his childhood and with the Steelers.

Click HERE to find out who mentored Keisel.

From Kristan Allen, with the Mentoring Partnersjip:

We were fortunate to have the opportunity to talk with Brett and learn more about his mentors. What a great story he shared! Brett was so gracious in participating and helping us spotlight mentoring during National Mentoring Month. It truly was an honor to meet and work with him...what a great guy!

More information on their goal

Mentoring is about providing extra support and encouragement to someone else. January is National Mentoring Month and we're highlighting mentoring in the 'Burgh. Did you know that more than 26,000 kids are currently being mentored by 140+ mentoring organizations in our community? That’s something to celebrate, but it's important to remember that there is still a need for mentors. 988 kids in Pittsburgh are currently on waiting lists for a mentor and now is the perfect time to volunteer with a program and help eliminate the wait for a mentor. Contact The Mentoring Partnership to learn more about mentoring and volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood.

You can also keep up with their work, and help them raise awareness of mentoring in Pittsburgh by liking their Facebook Page and following their journey on Twitter.

Thank you so much to Kristan Allen for providing all of the information and photos/video. Thank you also to the Pittsburgh Steelers for their assistance. The Steelers will be highlighting The Mentoring Partnership and Brett's involvement soon. We'll let you know once it's posted.




January 18, 2013

Catching Up

Playing catch-up on many news items today!

Good news...

Thanks to those of you who have purchased tickets to Shear Da Beard! Shear Da Beard is sold out. Da Beard Nation is strong and prompt!-- Keisel

For those who cannot attend, don't worry..we'll post photos here on the website.

Also, if you cannot attend, but want to still make a donation in honor of Da Beard, you can do so HERE.

Please remember, the event is for those 21 and older. Also, no outside autograph items permitted into the event.

Shear Da Beard sponsors include: Da Beard Gear, SportClips, WDVE, Diehl Automotive Group, The Pittsburgh Steelers and Children's Hospital UPMC. Also, special thanks to Northwest Savings Bank for their current promotion (along with Keisel): "Put on Da Beard for Da Kids." Information is on the right side of this page.

Fan messages:

We wanted to share a few messages sent by fans to Brett over the last week or so.

Thanks Brett for making my grandsons day / year. He was #56 for the coin toss at the season finale and we got the picture from the paper today of you walking out on the field with him. You were looking at each other and we could tell he was in awe of you. He is a young 3 sport athlete and he looks for positive role models. Thanks for being that. You are a class act. He is a student of each sport. --Rick Lambing

Thank you to Mr. Lambing for sending us a great photo of his grandson with Brett.

Hey Brett, I just want to say, that I am a huge fan of the steelers, always have been, always will be. However, you and Heaaaathhhh are my two favorite players of all time. I work at the Omni William Penn and have made you guys dinner every Saturday (you were home) throughout this rough season, and served you breakfast several Sundays. It has been an Honor and privilege to say I cooked for and met guys as amazing as you and Heath. Keep up the hard work, and keep growin that beard, we love it!!!!-- Cody Emerson West

Brett, they say in life your occupation is what you DO...not who you are... In your case, I would have to disagree with that statement. There are all sorts of men that walk onto a football field on any given Sunday and they are there to perform a job just like everyone else. The passion you show for the sport of football on and off the field as well as the compassion you show toward the general public with the charity work you do exemplifies what a roll model and professional athlete is made up of and makes you who your are. Seeing the good that can come out of the game has driven me to coach Football for young boys and girls for the last 5 years to have the opportunity not only to make them good athletes on the field...but good upstanding members of the public by showing them the sportsmanship that you and your team mates show us every Sunday. I have been a Steeler fan since April 22nd, 1974 and because of players like you, the Rooney organization and the standards they set for their franchise....a Steeler fan is all I will ever be. Win, lose, or draw...its Steeler Nation all the way!! Come back in 2013 healthy and ready to win! Happy New Year!--Mike Drog

Thanks for all the hard work you put in everyday. I know fans like me appreciate the interaction with the players. Get well soon!-- Patrick Shushereba

Thank you for all the wonderful emails and messages!

Da Beard is happy hockey is BACK:

I LOVE that the Pens are back! This is amazing. Pittsburgh has packed Consol for the scrimmage. Not surprised.--Keisel, who attended the scrimmage on Wednesday.

Good luck this season to the Pittsburgh Penguins!

View their website and schedule HERE.




January 8, 2013-evening update

Archery Trade Association Show 2013

Brett joined Ben Roethlisberger and Merril Hoge today at the Archery Trade Assocation Show (ATA) in Kentucky. From the ATA website:

The ATA Trade Show is the archery and bowhunting industry’s LARGEST show. It’s also the industry’s MOST INCLUSIVE show. The ATA Trade Show is a member-driven event to promote commerce within the archery and bowhunting industry. Owned and operated by the ATA, the show is closed to the public and is an order writing event.

Tommy Troyer, of T.R.U. Ball Archery, tweeted today's news photo from the show saying:

Hanging with Big Ben, Brett Keisel, and Merril Hoge. #awesomeweek2013 #ifeelsmall"

Amy Hatfield, from ATA website tweeted a photo with Keisel, calling his beard the "baddest beard in football."

Brett also spoke with Matt Coffey, Archery Times, about his visit to the ATA Show.

He discusses why he attended the show, what type of gear he was interested in and when he finds time to hunt.

You can read some from his interview HERE.

Sounds like it was a good trip for Keisel and company, along with all who attended the show.

Keisel also stopped by to visit The Bowdudes where he took a photo with Brett Nelson.

From the Bowdudes website: The Bowdudes are just a bunch of average guys who love archery. We compete, hunt and work on our own equipment. We didn’t invent archery, everything we know we’ve learned from someone else…JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN MODERN DAY ARCHERY!!!!

If you enjoy Archery and Bowhunting, be sure to visit the sites mentioned in today's post for all the latest news.

Thank you to all who posted and sent photos! Looked like everyone had a great day.

Shear Da Beard 2013:

Information on the event is listed below in today's earlier news post.




January 8, 2013

Shear Da Beard III

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, from an interview on WDVE this morning.

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 7, 2013

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 Chris Higbee and Donnie Iris. Also, Brett and the WDVE crew "hinted" we could hear a live performance of "Fear Da Beard"!

Tickets are $25, 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!

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 and Children's Hospital UPMC. Also, special thanks to Northwest Savings Bank for their current promotion (along with Keisel): "Put on Da Beard for Da Kids." Information is on the right side of this page.




January 2, 2013

Looking in the rearview mirror

Well, 2013 is here and the Steelers are in the unusual position of not being in the playoffs.

The team still gave us a lot to cheer for throughout the 2012 season!

We decided to take a "look in the rearview mirror" to highlight some of the fun moments of the season that was 2012, as we start looking forward to the 2013 season.

Keisel had a really good season, and in case you missed any of it, we'll recap some of it.

This ranks among his best seasons with a team-high 40 quarterback pressures and 4.5 sacks.

Brett also led the defensive linemen with 46 tackles.

These are the official numbers listed by the NFL. Although, I counted a few more tackles.

Starting with...

Training Camp 2012:

Fans, teammates and media have discussed what vehicle Keisel would drive into camp this year. Not sure any of them guessed correctly.

Players have been arriving at camp in over-sized SUVs, luxury sports cars and the like, but defensive end Brett Keisel made the entrance of the day in a huge orange Kubota Tractor. Keisel pulled up behind the dorm then dumped his luggage from out of the front loader.--Via Steelers.com

Keisel also became a father for the third time at camp. He and his wife, Sarah welcomed a baby boy to their family.

Brett was a fan favorite at camp, signing autographs for kids, adults and he even had his own group of fans called, "Brett's Bearded Beauties"!

Da Beard, along with his Da Beard Crew held a free autograph signing to thank fans for their support.

Captain Keisel:

Brett was named a Co-Captain of the 2012 team, along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

I am honored to be named a captain of a storied franchise like the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m really excited about this team. We’ve got a lot of quick, young talent. --Keisel

Season highlights:

The Steelers defense did not start off the season as expected. There were many injuries and they were not causing the turnovers as they had in the past. After Week one the former #1 defense was ranked #15.

We’ve got some things to work on. --Keisel, after the loss to Denver.

And work on it they did...a few weeks later, the defense climbed to #5.

Finally a stack of hotcakes. Good team Win! Onward and upward. It was Steeler weather. So we had to play Steeler football.--Keisel, following the 27-12 win over Washington.

Against the NY Giants:

From George Bretherton, The New York Times:

This time the moment came less than a month ago, and it seemed very real. It can best be described as the annual notion that the aging Steelers are on the road to decline.

Guess what? That idea looks wrong again.

On Oct. 11, red flags shot up when Tennessee tight end Jared Cook caught a third-down pass from Matt Hasselbeck with less than a minute to play against the Steelers.

The stunning 26-23 loss came two plays later when Titans kicker Rob Bironas made a 40-yard field goal as time expired.

Guess what? The Steelers haven’t lost or allowed a fourth-quarter touchdown since their Music City Meltdown. In the Steelers’ 24-20 victory on Sunday, they dominated in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Giants, 14-0, while not allowing them a first down.

Brett Keisel (34), Harrison (34) and Ryan Clark (33) sparked the Steelers’ defense on the Giants’ second series, another three-and-out that yielded only 3 yards.

Against KC:

What a game for #99! From the start of the game it was clear #99 was ready to go. He sacked Chiefs QB Matt Cassel twice, had at least four quarterback hurries (Keisel leads the team in QB pressures) and eight tackles on the night. He was all over the field last night and looked to have tipped the pass from Cassel in OT, which Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons intercepted to seal the win for the Steelers.

From the Twitter page of CBSSports-PIT:

"On third down, Matt Cassell saw nothing but Beard, and bowed down before it."

Yes, for those who remember the penalty from the Bengals game, this is the SAME pose Keisel was penalized for..yet he's done the pose for ELEVEN years with NO penalty!

Batch takes down the Ravens:

Charlie Batch, filling in for #7 due to injury, did what many (excluding his teammates) did not think he could do...lead his team to a win over the Baltimore Ravens.

I'm proud of him (Charlie Batch). We all believed he could do it. We're a team in there....we trust each other..we beleive in each other.--Brett, following the win over Baltimore.

Back on top:

The Steelers defense, led by their beloved Coach LeBeau, climbed back on top at #1 by seasons end. They were eliminated from the playoffs after a loss to the Bengals, but the team did not throw in the towel. They went on to close their season out at Heinz Field with a "W".

Keisel injured his MCL in the closing game against the Browns, and had to leave before halftime. Coach Tomlin stated it was an MCL sprain which would not require surgery.

Keisel Chatter:

From Bleacher Reports: "Brett Keisel led all defensive linemen with 46 total tackles, and he was third on the team with 4.5 sacks. Keisel's play also forced most teams to run the other way and towards Ziggy Hood.

From Ed Bouchette, on being asked if the Steelers needed to get younger at the DE position: "Keisel is their best and most productive defensive end, so don't be in a hurry to push him out the door."

We 100% agree Ed!

There were many highlights in between what we've posted here. Feel free to scroll down this page, and hit the Archives page for a more detailed account of each game. You can also read about the amazing fan stories we received and Brett's charity involvement with his own causes and those of his teammates.

Thank you Steeler Nation for all your support, win or lose, every week. Your involvement with the social media pages has been amazing and very appreciated, along with all your kind emails and messages. If you want to try to keep up with Keisel, which is not easy to do but well worth trying, click on the FB and Twitter links above (in the banner) to follow and like him.

Be sure to check in with us here on the website over the offseason to see what is going on with #99 and the Da Beard Gear crew!

We will post some photos and news on the events Keisel attended to support his teammates soon.




December 30, 2012

Defense finishes #1

Steelers 24, Browns 10

For the fifth time, Coach LeBeau's defense finished with a ranking of #1.

From Mike Prisuta, Steelers.com:

The Steelers entered the final regular season weekend ranked No. 1 in pass defense and No. 2 in rushing defense, as well as No. 1 in total defense. In addition to that edge they enjoyed over the 49ers, the Steelers also were 30 yards ahead of the New York Jets in passing yards allowed, but 57 yards behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in rushing yards allowed.

They stayed ahead of the Jets in passing defense by allowing the Browns to finish with 182 net yards passing while Buffalo put up 225 net passing yards in its win over the Jets. But the Steelers were unable to catch the Buccaneers for No. 1 against the rush after allowing the Browns to finish with 138 net yards rushing while the Falcons were gaining only 65 against Tampa Bay.

"We talked about that (last) week. It would have been great to get it all around (rushing, passing, and total defense), but our defense played tough this year amid a lot of adversity and put us in positions to win games and that’s all you can ask for.

We really came together and that’s what it takes, everyone playing together, knowing their role, knowing their job. This is a physical game and you have to have a team that’s ready to play. Our defense played tough through the second half of the season.”--Keisel

Keisel's injury:

Brett left the game shortly before halftime with a knee injury. Coach Tomlin said it could be his MCL, but they are still running tests. No other information is available, at this time.

We appreciate all the emails and social media messages from Steeler Nation. Thank you for sending positive thoughts and prayers.

From Ken Laird (@Ken_Laird), via Twitter:

Steelers DE Brett Keisel enters last year of contract, talks about what changes might come to team:

"There's always changes, I don't know where it's going to be. We'll have a new team next year. Who knows if I'll even be there. It's always new, always fresh. With the frustrating season that it was, we've got to get some guys in there that can play. Hopefully we'll get some good draft players. We'll see what happens."

Today's news photo is of Jordan Miller. He sent a photo via Twitter thanking Keisel for the signed cleat. Brett brought cleats out during pre-game warm-ups to pass out to fans. Several teammates did the same with gloves. Many fans have emailed to say thank you.




December 27, 2012-update

All things Brett Keisel

Blue Cougar Football recently conducted an interview with Keisel to talk about his football career, his charity work, his future after football and his Monday Night Football intro.

Yes, I know many of you are interested in his explanation of the Monday Night Football introduction! I receive dozens of emails about it.

From the interview:

The grandpa of former Brigham Young Cougars in the NFL is Brett Keisel. He is in his 11th professional season—all with the Pittsburgh Steelers. BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL spoke with Keisel the Diesel recently to ask him about his NFL career, his abundance of charity work, and whether his Monday Night Football introduction is a sign that he is at odds with BYU.

Despite Keisel advancing in age, his production has not slipped. He has 45 tackles on the season, which is already good enough for fourth best in his career. With one game to go, he can conceivably eclipse his third best tackles total (48 in 2011). Keisel’s 4.5 sacks this season is just one sack behind his career high of 5.5 (2006).

When asked about his personal success on the field this season, Keisel used one word to sum up the way he felt about it: blessed.

“I feel blessed to still go out and get the job done,” Keisel said. “I have enjoyed the season. It has been up and down, but we can still make the playoffs. It is an exciting time.”- This interview was conducted prior to last week's game.

And..the question many have been waiting for...

Why does Brett not mention BYU in his prime time games:

On Monday Night Football the starting lineups are announced with a brief video of each player stating his name and where he played college football. In his MNF clip, Keisel doesn’t say BYU, but gives the name of his high school--Greybull High School.

When told that mentioning his high school has caused some Cougar fans to think BYU and he had a strained relationship, Keisel wanted to make it clear that, “That is not true.” He went on to explain, “That intro was filmed five years ago. I guess they don’t take the time to update their intros very often. They haven't asked me to do another one since. The one before was BYU. I thought I would switch it up to give my small town some love.”

Brett also discussed his love of Pittsburgh, his future and his charity work. Read the entire article HERE.

From the Blue Cougar Football Twitter page:

"Loved interviewing Keisel. Very humble. Always blows me away when guys who are so successful have such a down to earth perspective on life. "

Check out the previous site update from today in the post below.




December 27, 2012

News and notes

The Steelers revealed their 2012 Steelers MVP today. Each player voted and the winner was....HEEEAAATTTHHHH Miller!

"MVPEEEEAAATH HEEEAAATTTHHHH..Very much deserved my friend."--Keisel

Brett went on to say:

“I was teasing him a while back about being the team MVP and he was like, ‘yeah, right,’”. He doesn’t think that way. That is just the humble Heath Miller. That’s what we all love about him, his humility and the way he carries himself.

We all appreciate Heath for the way he goes about his business. He is the silent assassin, doesn’t say much but is always in the right place, doing the right things. He is one of the hardest working guys I have ever met. He definitely deserves this honor.”

For my ballot, I didn’t just put Heath, I put Heeeeeath.” We love it when we hear that at games. We love Heath. He deserves to be MVP.”

Read more about Heath winning MVP HERE.

Heath was also voted into the Pro Bowl, along with Maurkice Pouncey.

Heath, of course, will not be able to play due to his injury from the Bengals game.

We all wish Heath well in his recovery!

Pro Bowl chatter:

We thank everyone who voted for #99 to go to the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, he was not selected. Nor were any of his defensive teammates (as starters). Ryan Clark and Lawrence Timmons are alternates. Also, Ben Roethlisberger and Shawn Suisham were named as alternates.

Congratulations to all the Steelers who were selected, along with all the players who were selected throughout the league!

From Ed Bouchette via Twitter:

Shouldn't the NFL's No. 1 defense have at least one in the Pro Bowl? Here are some deserving #Steelers:

Ryan Clark. He made it last season, and I thought he played even better this year.

Brett Keisel. He made the Pro Bowl two years ago. This ranks among his best seasons with a team-high 40 quarterback pressures and 4.5 sacks that is a half-sack off the lead.

Ike Taylor. He should make at least one Pro Bowl as a lifetime achievement.

Keenan Lewis. He’s among the league leaders with 28 passes defensed. He has no interceptions, though, and that often is the only stat voters look at when they pick cornerbacks.

Also, Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: gave out his grades by position from the Bengals game. How did our D Line score?

"BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the first Bengals back in 44 years to have four 100-yard games in the past five outings, but he was held to 14 yards on 15 carries, including just 7 yards on 10 carries in the first half. What's more, he had six runs of zero or negative yards. The Bengals had trouble handling NT Casey Hampton, who had a big stop for minus-5 yards on second-and-1. DE Brett Keisel was superb again, getting 1 1/2 of the six sacks on Andy Dalton.

Keisel commented on Ben Roethlisberger's play following the Bengals game:

"I know I have two Super Bowl rings because of his play. He has been a tremendous leader for us and this year hasn't gone our way. I appreciate his efforts and this won't deter me from thinking he is a great quarterback."




December 23, 2012

"We knew we needed to play tough"

"We knew we needed to play tough and we did that. I was proud of our defense today. We had some young guys step in there in the back end and play tough. Cortez Allen in particular. Those guys are gonna have a bright future, so I was happy to see the way they played today."--Keisel, from his post game interview.

The Steelers lost to the Bengals 13-10, which eliminates them from post season play.

From Ralph N. Paulk, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Steelers’ defense stands tall in defeat

The Steelers‘ defense wasn‘t perfect Sunday, yet it crafted a performance that defied a disheartening 13-10 setback to AFC North rival Cincinnati that erased the team from the playoff picture. The NFL‘s top-ranked defense crippled the Bengals‘ ground game at Heinz Field. Cincinnati averaged a dismal 0.9 yards per carry on 16 carries.

A defense that struggled all season to create turnovers finally snatched the ball away to give a fading offense chances at redemption. Cornerback Cortez Allen, manning the corner for injured Ike Taylor, intercepted two passes, and safety Ryan Clark recovered a fumble. The Steelers, with linebacker Lawrence Timmons blitzing and safety Troy Polamalu disrupting blocking schemes, tormented quarterback Andy Dalton. They registered six sacks, hammered Dalton to the ground eight times and flattened running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis behind the line of scrimmage six times.

The Steelers, who face the Cleveland Browns in the season finale Sunday, are likely to finish ahead of San Francisco as the league‘s top-ranked defense for the second year in a row. If so, it will mark only the second time since 1990 the Steelers will miss the playoffs with the best defense in the NFL.

“It‘s a shame that those guys played that well defensively and we lost,” receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. “They gave the offense so many opportunities to close it out, but the next thing you know they‘re back on the field because we gave it right back.”

The Steelers‘ defense surrendered only two field goals, including Josh Brown‘s game-winning 43-yarder with four seconds remaining. The Bengals‘ only touchdown was scored by cornerback Leon Hall, who returned a Ben Roethlisberger interception 17 yards to give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Defensively, the Steelers appeared to make enough plays to prevent the Bengals from beating them for only the third time in 13 games. With the exception of receiver A.J. Green‘s 20-yard catch that positioned Brown for the game-winner, the defense tossed a net over Cincinnati.

“This is the most arrogant as I‘ll ever be: I‘ll take this defense — man to man — with any defense in the league,” said Clark, who later tweeted he had no words to “capture the disappointment.” “When it comes time to play, you give me my 11 against somebody else‘s 11, I‘ll take mine every time.”

I think Steeler Nation would agree with you Ryan!

Brett had a great game, and was nominated for Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

The honor went to Cortez Allen, who as Keisel said, stepped up big time. Brett had five tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Why the penalty:

#99 was penalized after sacking Bengals QB Andy Dalton. When Keisel did his typical shoot-an-arrow sack celebration, referee Mike Carey penalized him 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct “for going to the ground.” It was the same sack celebration Keisel has done for years but the first time he ever has been penalized for it. (Information courtesy of the Steelers).

Brett: " I've been doing it for eleven years. They told me i couldn't go down to a knee and shoot a weapon."

Listen to part of Keisel's post game interview HERE.




December 20, 2012

THANK YOU

We would like to say thank you to all who participated and supported the 65 Roses Sports Auction this year.

Your generosity helped to raise over $80,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

From Sarah Steele, Development Manager-Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Western PA Chapter:

"We had a very fun time, and it was exciting to meet Brett, and we are so grateful to have him as our honorary chair!

We are able to let you know that with Brett’s help, we were able to net over $80,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!!! The live auction brought in over $9,000, our Silent Auction brought in over $11,000 and Bid for a Cure brought in just shy of $4,000. Bid for a Cure is an opportunity in which people donate money directly to our cause, Brett was gracious enough to sign mini helmets so that the first 10 people that bid received an autographed mini helmet. Our first bid was $1,000, which was absolutely wonderful!!

Brett brought along amazing players, and we were truly thankful for his participation!

Everyone was so impressed with the lineup that he brought for the autographs.

I hope he and Sarah were able to have some fun as well.

We had some other local celebs there as well, Pittsburgh Dad (Curt Wooten), Donnie Iris, Randy Baumann and Jory Rand.

We appreciate all of Sarah's help in sending information regarding the event and the totals raised!

Ms. Steele also gave thanks to artist Scott Spillman , who graciously donated prints from his Game Face collection to the event.

His prints alone raised over $1300!

Scott donates prints to many Steeler events, and he also sells the prints to fans. Stop by his website to view his amazing work.

Thank you again to ALL the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure the event went smoothly and everyone had fun. Thank you to Brett's teammates who attended which included, Heath Miller, Casey Hampton, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Stevenson Sylvester, Charlie Batch, Shaun Suisham, Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote just to name a few. Thank you to Pittsburgh Dad, Randy Baumann, Donnie Iris and Jory Rand, the fans who attended and the many others who helped to make the event spectacular.

And, a BIG thank you to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for all their research which will one day find a cure!




December 16, 2012

Overtime loss

The Steelers lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Cowboys. They needed the win to keep an edge in the crowded AFC North, but were not able to pull it off yesterday. All hope is not lost, as they face the Bengals next weekend in a division showdown.

From Dale Lolley, SteelCityInsider.net:

Unlike last week's disheartening loss to San Diego, the Steelers went toe-to-toe with the Cowboys. They showed up. They competed. They just came up short.

The Steelers made some big mistakes to be sure.

But down two of their top three corners - and later the top three - and with two rookies on the offensive line, the Steelers hung in a game on the road with a team whose strength is its passing game and pass rush. They certainly looked a lot better than Cincinnati did Thursday night or Baltimore did on Sunday.

And, Bob Labriola, Steelers.com: also pointed out a positive point:

Another situational win for the Steelers defense on the second Dallas series. On second-and-goal from the Pittsburgh 7-yard line, James Harrison punched the ball out of DeMarco Murray’s hand and Brett Keisel recovered at the 8-yard line. Dallas had seven first downs and 128 net yards of offense in the first quarter but only a 3-0 lead.

It was a tough loss, for sure, but the season is not over. The team has two games left, one against the Bengals and one against the Browns. Win and the Steelers enter the single-elimination-tournament!

Game photos:

Click here for game photos!

Help Da Kids:

Please check out the December 12 news below for information on a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.




December 14, 2012

Busy night for Da Beard

"What a fun night! Got to read the Grinch with the lovely Martina McBride, and then rock out with my friends at the WDVE party."-- Keisel

Brett had a busy performance night on Thursday. He attended the Martina McBride concert at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, and was honored to be selected to read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

From Martina McBride via Twitter:

"Tonight our guest Grinch is... Drumroll please....Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive End Brett " the Diesel" Keisel!"

Today's news photo is from Ashley Giugliano via Twitter. Her review of Keisel's performance:

"Martina McBride couldn't have picked a better person to read the story of grinch!! You had such enthusiasm!"

And, from Lauren via Twitter: "Brett Keisel really just performed at the Martina McBride concert..no words."

Get a closer look at Ashley's photo and another from singer, songwriter and pianist, Kira Small HERE.

DVE Christmas Party:

Keisel has been a regular attendee (and performer) at the WDVE Christmas Party, and this year was no exception. The event was held last night at Diesel in front of a packed house.

Keisel joined the DVE crew onstage to sing "Fear Da Beard"-which caused the crowd to go wild chanting "Keisel"!

Click HERE for photos and a video of #99 performing "Fear Da Beard" with the DVE crew.

View the WDVE Christmas Party Gallery HERE.

Loved seeing the Da Beard Gear logo in the background during the performance! Nice touch.




December 12, 2012

Da Beard is on a quest

"Children's Hospital does so many great things for our wonderful city and these kids."-- Keisel

Brett was on the WDVE Morning Show today to announce Da Beard is on a quest to raise money for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

PUT ON DA BEARD FOR DA KIDS:

Now through January 18, stop by any participating Northwest Savings Bank offices and donate from $1 and up, and your donation goes directly to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC!

You will receive your own Da Beard to put a message on, which will be displayed at the bank.

Please take time to stop by Northwest Savings Banks to fulfill Da Beard's quest to help Da Kids!

Click here for a closer look at the flyer and the sponsors.

Brett also announced he will, once again, make an appearance at the annual DVE Christmas Party, which will be on December 13 at Diesel Club Lounge.

We may see and hear Keisel chime in with the WDVE crew to sing "Fear Da Beard" LIVE!




December 9, 2012

“You have to respond"

"The whole game felt out of hand. It didn’t feel like we were in the game at all. That’s the tough thing. I feel like we have a good football team. It’s tough to go out and perform that way and try to figure out why.

“You have to respond, you have to. We have to have a good week of preparation and respond, show what type of character this team has. It’s just frustrating. It’s frustrating to see us make flashes, to see us have the makings of a good team and not be able to perform the way you know you’re capable of performing.”-- Keisel, from his post game interview.

Brett is right, this one was frustrating. The Steelers lost to the Chargers 34-24, in a game they really needed to win. It was fortunate for the team that the Bengals and Ravens both lost also.

The Steelers are tied with the Bengals by record, but would hold the tie-breaker over them, for now. The two teams will face each other one more time this season in what could determine a wildcard appearance for one of them.

Before the team can concern themselves with the Bengals, they will prepare for next week's game against the Cowboys.

We know they can bounce back and get things going in the right direction again!

Read more on the game HERE.

You can watch more of Brett's post game interview HERE.




December 6, 2012

Keisel’s soft side comes out to fight CF

"Emma loves this big guy so much."-- Kristina Chichilla, mother of Emma (CF Ambassador who attends the event each year with Brett).

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

Steelers’ fans are accustomed to seeing the tough side of Brett Keisel, the burly defensive end who loves nothing more than sacking opposing quarterbacks.

But on Thursday night the softer side of Keisel was on display, as he hosted the Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Sports Auction, spending time visiting with children with the disease as well as raising funds to help find a cure for the disease.

“It’s for these kids tonight,” said Keisel. “I have been able to develop some relationships with young children who have cystic fibrosis and are doing great. I am proud of them and their fight. Helping these kids out who have to deal with it every day is what it’s all about. It’s tough for them and their families. You talk to them and you don’t know they have it, they look radiant, beautiful and happy and it makes me smile to see them that way.”

“We are raising money and awareness for children with cystic fibrosis and it’s making a difference,” said Keisel. “That is my favorite part. They tell me each year that we are getting closer to a cure and that is why we do this. The more awareness we can bring to it the closer we are to getting a cure.”

“When you have a guy who is a leader on the field and he steps off the field and plays a role in an organization like ours, it’s amazing. He leads our families out of a desperate area where they feel like he is on our team, we are not by ourselves, Brett Keisel is helping us. It means the world to our organization and the patients and families that battle this.” --Pat Joseph, executive director of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis.

Read Ms. Varley's entire article (and view a few photos) HERE.

Brett was joined by teammates Heath Miller, Casey Hampton, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Stevenson Sylvester, Charlie Batch, Shaun Suisham, Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote. Randy Baummann and Donnie Iris also attended. Mr. Keisel thanks all of his teammates, the media, donators, supporters and the MANY volunteers who supported the event by attending.

We will post photos tomorrow from the event.




December 6, 2012

Da Beard on SVP & Russillo

Keisel was a guest via satellite today on SVP and Russillo.

Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo asked him about the season, Big Ben and of course his famous beard. Brett also reveals one of his favorite books!

Listen to the interview HERE.

Also, I've done a partial transcript of his interview:

On beating the Baltimore Ravens:

"We believed in Charlie and we were able to make enough plays to kick a field goal there at the end to get a big win we needed."

On Big Ben's status:

"He (Ben) said he felt good today. He said he just needed to get hit so I volunteered to smash him up. I'm that type of friend. I'm a team guy and if they need me to go test his shoulder out then I'll carry my pads today and give him a little lick. I think he's looking pretty good. I was surprised how well he threw it yesterday."

On Dick LeBeau:

"The guys a mastermind. He really spends countless hours breaking down film and trying to get an edge in this game that we play. He does an amazing job and we all follow his lead."

Fighting for the playoffs:

"We kind of dug ourselves into a hole early on this season. We still keep our eyes on the prize and still we see have an opportunity to get into the single elimination tournament. You guys know the month of December is huge in the NFL and if we can get hot during this month and carry that into next month that'll be big. The last several Super Bowl champions are the ones that get hot in the month of December."

On Coach Tomlin:

"He's a great coach. I've really enjoyed playing for him and he finds interesting and new ways to motivate us each and every week. It's been a blessing to play for him."

Does shaving the beard make it come back stronger:

That's what I believe. My beard is twice as strong now than it was in 2010 and I've shaved it off twice."

What if you can't grow a beard:

"Get a wig. I'll send you some beard gear, that's probably the best thing that's gonna happen.

On how Brett can grow a beard:

" I tell people I'm an avid hunter, I grew up on venison. I think maybe that outdoorsman in me just grew on my face."

Scott Van Pelt promised to tweet photos of himself in the Da Beard Gear Brett offered to send him so stay tuned!

Ryen Russullo said he was surprised Brett even used weapons to hunt-"just assumed it would be with his bare hands."

From Brett:

Big Hamp and Wallace rockin the newest threads Da Beard Gear. Get yours today!

Click on Store (beneath the banner above) to order.

Remember, each order enters you in a contest to win a signed, game-worn #99 jersey and more!

As you can see by the Da Beard Gear official models, Casey Hampton and Mike Wallace...the crew has added a new winter hoodie, a new long sleeved t-shirt and a visor. All will keep you warm on those cold winter days!




December 4, 2012

December ball

"Hopefully we can grab this momentum and ride it and win these December ballgames coming up and go into the playoffs hot.”--Keisel, from his post game press conference.

More from Brett's post game interview:

"I'm proud of him (Charlie Batch). We all believed he could do it. We're a team in there....we trust each other..we beleive in each other."

We are going to enjoy it today and then we got some December football to get to down the stretch. I might even smile a little bit tomororw...but I am really going to enjoy it today!"

Listen to more from Keisel's interview, courtesy of WDVE, here.

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

This 2012 NFL regular season is coming to a close, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are getting healthier and playing better. Their seventh win gets them closer to a spot in the postseason, and how they handled the week leading up to this game, and then how they performed in it, revealed their identity.

The 2012 Steelers are an every-hand-in-the-pile team, and last Sunday they proved it can be their winning edge.

Read the entire article, here.

Win the jersey off Keisel's back:

From the Da Beard Gear crew:

It's that time of year again, Da Beard Nation!

The Great Bearded One is once again giving you the chance to win the jersey off his back.

If you place an order between November 1st, 2012 and December 20, 2012, you will be in the running to win an autographed, game used Brett Keisel jersey!

There will also be runner up prizes such as autographed photos, game worn cleats and game gloves.

Happy shopping and good luck!

With the holiday season fast approaching, this is the PERFECT time to order Da Beard Gear for family, friends, or yourself!

Click on over to the Da Beard Gear store to check out all their merchandise. From t-shirts to beanies (which are back in stock) to koozies and stickers, they have something for every Da Beard fan! The new winter gear line is now available, which includes a new hoodie, visor and a long sleeve t-shirt.




December 2, 2012

Kicking off December with a division win

Steelers 23, Ravens 20

So many counted the Steelers out of this game. The media and fans were calculating if the team could still make the playoffs with a second loss to Baltimore..before the game was even played.

Thank goodness Coach Tomlin and the players were not doing the same. They knew they had the talent and drive to beat the Ravens in Baltimore, even without their franchise quarterback.

Shaun Suisham secured the win by making a 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game. Backup quarterback, Charlie Batch led the team down the field and set it up for Suisham to kick the game winning score.

Keisel had three tackles and almost had a sack on Ravens QB Joe Flacco. It ended up being a good thing he did not get the sack, as he caused Flacco to throw under pressure which led to a Ryan Clark interception.

Coach Tomlin on the win:

"It was a big, necessary win for us tonight in a hostile environment. We don’t take that lightly. We’ll appreciate it tonight and the efforts of men in less than ideal circumstances no doubt. We expect them to do the job and they were able to do it. It was a tough physical and mental battle and we persevered. We had some injuries. Ike Taylor has an ankle, maybe a lower leg. We have to get an MRI on that and we’ll have some clarity on that, maybe a little later. Emmanuel Sanders had an AC joint and was able to go back into the game. Will Johnson probably has a concussion. We’ll evaluate him and see where that leads us. The rest of them are bumps and bruises. Obviously, it’s a necessary victory for us tonight. We didn’t necessarily make it as easy as we could have. We turned the ball over on their half of the field a couple times. We had a significant chunk on a third down, a seemingly third down conversion, we turned another one over. We’ll continue to work on those things. We’re not going to apologize for our shortcomings. We will acknowledge them and continue to work on them."

Coach Tomlin on the Steelers defense:

"The big thing is I appreciate the fact that they didn’t let go of the rope. They’re fighting and potentially frustrating things happen. We gain a turnover, we give it back. I take responsibility for that on the reverse pass. I am trying to search for a significant play. More than anything they showed their mettle because they didn’t let those circumstances get them down. They were angry, but it didn’t steal their love for the play and the game. They played extremely hard and when you do that you are going to get opportunities and they created some."

Congratulations to Charlie Batch on being named Steelers Digest Player of the Week!

Read more on the game here.

If Brett's post game interview is posted, we'll add it to the site along with photos.




November 29, 2012

Time for some winter gear!

Brrr...it's getting cold out there (for some of us) and Da Beard Gear wants to help keep you warm and in style with their latest Da Beard Gear merchandise.

The front of the new long sleeve t-shirt reads "Da Beard Football" with "Da Beard" logo in the center of the chest. The back reads "Keisel 99" with a faux zig-zag stitch to replicate the numbers that are sewn on the actual jersey.

It comes in sizes Small-4X.

Visor:

This visor beanie is Yupong brand.

The "Da Beard" logo is embroidered and offset on the left side of the hat. The logo measures 3 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide.

One size fits most, uni-sex.

Let your beard keep your face warm (ignore that last part if you're female) and this beanie keep the top of your noggin' nice and toasty during those long winter months.

This would make a cool stocking stuffer, or a great gift for yourself.

Santa may even appreciate the warmth it brings on those long, cold sleigh rides.

Winter Hoodie:

Many of you asked if the crew would add a new hoodie this winter and they listened.

Stay warm this winter while sporting our latest "Da Beard" hoodie.

The hoodie is black in color and brand is Port & Company. It features the "Da Beard" logo in camo on the center chest with "Keisel 99" on the right sleeve.

The hoodie also comes in sizes Small-4X.

You can see a larger image of the new hoodie (and all the gear) by visiting the Da Beard Gear store.

Don't forget, you can also purchase autographed photos of #99 through the Da Beard Gear store.

Da Beard Gear contest:

Now is a great time to purchase Da Beard Gear since every order enters you in their contest to win a signed game-worn #99 jersey!

There will also be runner up prizes such as autographed photos and game worn cleats.

The contest ends on December 20, 2012. Also, they are offering free shipping (domestic only) on orders $55 and over!

Click HERE to shop and place your order.

Good luck and happy shopping!

Any lucky winners...feel free to send a photo with your prize. We'd love to post it here on the website.




November 28, 2012

Meet Keisel and his teammates

Meet Brett and his teammates, enjoy amazing live and silent auctions...and help out a worthy cause- The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

Do you bleed black and gold?

If so, then the 65 Roses Sports Auction is an event you won't want to miss.

Join Keisel on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 for a once in a lifetime opportunity. He will be your host at this unique event, and many of his Steelers teammates will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs! Also joining us that evening will be Randy Baumann, the legendary, Donnie Iris, and YouTube sensation "Pittsburgh Dad".

Live and silent auction preview:

This exciting event also features a live and silent auction with memorabilia from your favorite hometown teams and much more! This event offers the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

Here is a preview of some of the amazing auction items:

Jerome Bettis autographed and framed jersey.

Scott Spillman limited addition Brett Keisel print.

Walt Disney World hopper passes.

Over 15 Steelers, Penguins and Pirates autographed jerseys.

Get your tickets and more information (there is also a link to make a donation to the CF Foundation) HERE.

Once the event is sold out, ticket sales will be closed so get your tickets ordered. Don't miss out on this annual sport spectacular!

The guest list is amazing. This is a great chance to add to your Steelers autograph collection.

Thank you so much to Sarah Steele, Development Manager- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Western PA Chapter for the information.

To see photos from previous years 65 Roses Sports Auctions, please click HERE.


November 25, 2012

Turnovers costly

Turnovers are said to be game changers, and that was the case today in the 20-14 loss to the Browns. The Steelers committed an uncharacteristic 8 turnovers, which enabled the Browns to halt their losing streak against Pittsburgh and get the win.

The game started off well with Keisel batting a Brandon Weeden pass on the first Browns possession. This set Lawrence Timmons up for a pick six as he ran the interception back 53 yards for a TOUCHDOWN!

Keisel also had three tackles and a sack. He was also in on Jason Worilds sack on Brandon Weeden.

Cool archery release after the sack!!--From CCatJ via Twitter.

Keisel played lights out today. The tip and block for Timmons was huge. Way to be a team.-- From Kyle Przelenski via Twitter.

Coach Tomlin on the loss:

That was an ugly performance. That is ours. We own it. When you turn the ball over the way we did today you are not going to beat anybody. That is just the reality of the National Football League. I am surprised it was that close given the turnover situation. We are not looking for comfort. We understand that we are not going to have much support after a performance like that. We probably deserve that. We have to go back to work and get back to playing fundamental football. We were highly penalized; we turned the ball over. When you do those things you are going to lose. I don’t care who’s playing quarterback.

Read more on the game HERE.

Video:

Watch #99 set up the interception for Timmons, and throw in a block for the touchdown: HERE.

Look to the right of the page for the link to the video, under Big Play Highlights.

Looks like someone is trying to give Da Beard a little competition?

This photo was sent by Darren (via Twitter-Darren5222).

Thanks for the photo!

We will add game photos and post game interview news if they become available.

Next game:

The Steelers will travel to Baltimore next Sunday to take on the Ravens in another important AFC-North showdown.




November 22, 2012

"If it flies, it dies"

"IF IT FLIES, IT DIES" is a saying we heard from Keisel several years ago on a pheasant hunt, and he still follows that motto today according to Bob Pompeani, KDKA:

Many hunters will spend the holiday weekend in the woods going after deer, turkey or pheasants. This week, the Steelers’ defensive lineman Brett Keisel and some of his teammates grabbed some guns and headed to a local hunting and fishing club. And they took KDKA’s Bob Pompeani along with them.

For players who make their living hunting quarterbacks, hunting pheasants provides a nice day of relaxation.

“If you miss, you don’t eat,” says Keisel. “One of the great American pastimes, which is hunting.”

But this day was all about Keisel and his teammates taking to the beautiful 146-acres of the Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club in Bridgeville and having a friendly competition while also raising money for Children’s Hospital.

Read more from Bob Pompeani's interview with Harrison and Keisel HERE.

Was the hunt successful? By the looks of Mr. Pomepeani's photo...it sure was!

Congratulations is in order!

Ben and Ashley Roethlisberger welcomed their son to the world last night! Best wishes to their family!




November 19, 2012

"This one stings"

Steelers 10, Ravens 13

"Unfortunately, we didn't make enough plays to get a win. They're a good team. We fought hard...you gotta accept this one and move on. When a team gets turnovers and a special teams touchdown, they usually win. This one stings. This one hurts. The guys played tough on both sides of the ball and it just didn't go our way tonight. We gotta accept it and move forward. There is still a good chunk of football left."--Keisel, from his post game interview.

The game against the rival Baltimore Ravens started out well for the Steelers. Backup quarterback, Byron Leftwich ran for a 31-yard touchdown on the first series. On the first offensive play for the Ravens, Joe Flacco attempted to go deep. It didn't work out as Keisel beat his man and delivered a hard, clean blindside hit on the quarterback. Two plays later, the Ravens punted.

Each series went back and forth with each defense stopping plays each time. As Keisel pointed out, the difference in the game was the punt return for a touchdown by the Ravens and the interception of Byron Leftwich.

Game chatter:

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

The Steelers defense had a fine night, and that was the case in how they dealt with all facets of the Ravens offense. Ray Rice averaged 2 yards a carry; Torrey Smith had one catch for 7 yards; the Baltimore offense finished with 200 net yards; and in 11 possessions that were not kneel-downs, the Ravens punted eight times and missed a field goal.

From Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

The defense did what it had to do on a night that backup quarterback Byron Leftwich played in place of injured Ben Roethlisberger and had his struggles.The defense gave the team a chance to win by playing its best game of the season. It nearly pitched a shutout, basically holding the Ravens to one field goal drive. The Ravens finished with 200 yards of offense and punted on eight of their 11 possessions.

The dominance started on the Ravens' first offensive play. Defensive end Brett Keisel slammed into Flacco as he threw, forcing an incompletion. This would not be a good night for Flacco, who couldn't get the Ravens into the end zone.

Good defenses always talk about turning a short field for the opponent into a field goal instead of a touchdown. The Steelers did that on the Ravens' second possession, which started on the Steelers 12 after Ed Reed picked up the fumble by Wallace and returned it 17 yards. First, nose tackle Casey Hampton, then linebacker LaMarr Woodley made big plays on two runs by the Ravens. Early in the third quarter, Woodley was stout against the run again, tackling Rice for no gain on a third-and-1 play from the Ravens 39. Rice -- one of the best backs in the NFL -- finished with 40 yards on 20 carries.

Read more from Mr. Cook here.

Click here to watch Brett's post game interview.

Shout out...

Brett's close friend and Da Beard Gear partner, Michael McGuire was recently named the Super 25 Coach of the Year!

From the article in the Casper Star Tribune:

Michael McGuire had a feeling Big Horn's returning talent was a good fit for the system he hoped to install. And the former Riverside head coach and Sheridan assistant wasn't wrong. The Rams rolled to an undefeated regular season and the Class 2A East Conference championship before falling just one point shy of a state title game berth.

"It all just kind of fell together," McGuire said.

But the final piece fell in place on Friday, when McGuire was named the Casper Star-Tribune's Super 25 Coach of the Year. The top 25 high school football players in the state were honored on Friday, the 22nd year the newspaper has selected the all-class all-star team.

"Congratulations to Michael McGuire for being named Super 25 coach of the year in Wyoming. Well deserved my friend."--Keisel




November 16, 2012

It's a FAN FRIDAY!

Today is FAN FRIDAY here at the BRETT KEISEL website!

Today's news photo was sent by Valerie Harris (the photo is from Steelers.com) of her brother, Steve.

"This is a picture of my brother, Steve, that was on The Pittsburgh Steelers facebook page from your game Monday Night.

I don't know about his beard being in competition with yours, but I do know he is one of your biggest fans."

Great to see another Da Beard reppin' the #99 throwback!

From fan Dottie Holland Simpson:

"Ready to take on a school full of Ravens fans (Catonsville High School, Catonsville MD) in my favorite player's jersey."

Great photo, Dottie!

Way to show your Steeler Nation pride in Ravens land!

Hope your arm heals soon!

We hope everything went well at school and thank you for sharing your photo!

Always nice to see Steeler Nation all over the world!

According to our website statistics (and from the photos we receive), the website has visitors from all over the world-Steeler Nation is truly special.

From Darcie Ford Addington:

"This is a picture of my cousin, Jason Ford.

Tell me he's not in a beard competition with you!

He's also a Wyoming boy (and a HUGE Steelers fan)."

Those Wyoming guys sure know how to grow beards!

Nice work Jason!

Not sure how long Jason has been growing his beard, but Darcie is right...he could give DaBeard some competition!

Be on the lookout for our annual Beard Contest, which is usually towards the end of the season.

From Bobbi Lyn Cooper, New Castle, PA:

"My son, Brady, had his game face on for MNF!

He was SO excited to give Brett a high-five after warm-ups.

Here is a picture of Brady with the hat that Brett gave him.

Thanks to Brett & the Steelers for making his night so special!"

Fun photo Bobbi! Thanks so much!

And, from Stephen Bowers who is always a great supporter of this website and #99!

Stephen is wearing a Da Beard Gear Breast Cancer Awareness shirt, along with a Da Beard Gear hat.

Thank you Stephen!

Thank you to all who took time to send their photos. We couldn't post them all, but loved seeing them!

Ravens game talk:

From Steelers.com:

When Coach Mike Tomlin said “It’s Ravens’ week for us,” during his press conference on Tuesday, his players easily understood what he meant. In other words, on Sunday night be ready for a battle at Heinz Field.

“It’s going to be a backyard brawl,” said guard Willie Colon. “That is the nature of the game. We are both the bullies of the block when it comes to this division. We are both fighting for the big picture. It’s going to be a good one.

This week will also be about protecting the home turf for the Steelers, who are 4-0 at Heinz Field this year, something they take great pride in.

“We like winning at home,” said defensive end Brett Keisel. “We expect our crowd to be a big factor in this game, give us some noise out there and hopefully we will come away with a win.

“People know what is at stake. It’s one of those games each team understands they need to have in order to win the division, in order to get where they want to get. You have to win these types of games. We are ready to lay it all out on the line to get a win.”

The game will be nationally televised on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.




November 13, 2012

Double sack night

Steelers 16, Chiefs 13 (OT)

A win is a win. It wasn't exactly how we had it planned it, but its good to get a win, especially to fight against adversity. That's 4 hotcakes. Onward and upward! --Keisel, from his post game interview and social media message to fans after the late night win.

Brett and his teammates were excited to play on Monday Night in front of all their fans at Heinz Field. The weather was dreary, which is just how the Steelers like it.

From the start of the game it was clear #99 was ready to go. He sacked Chiefs QB Matt Cassel twice, had at least four quarterback hurries (Keisel leads the team in QB pressures) and eight tackles on the night. He was all over the field last night and looked to have tipped the pass from Cassel in OT, which Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons intercepted to seal the win for the Steelers.

From the Twitter page of CBSSports-PIT:

"On third down, Matt Cassell saw nothing but Beard, and bowed down before it."

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Gerry Dulac called Brett "The Bearded Wonder" after his play last night.

And, retired Steelers defensive lineman, Chris Hoke had this to say via Twitter about Keisel:

"My player of the game... Brett Keisel he has been everywhere on defense!"

Brett was also considered for Steelers Digest Player of the Week honors. The award went to Lawrence Timmons for his game sealing interception in overtime.

Read more on the game here.

It was a great win for the Steelers, and a great game for Keisel. The bad news was that Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Clark were injured during the game. The severity of injuries are unknown, but we may learn more after Coach Tomlin's Press Conference today.

Brett talked to reporters about Ben and the possibility of backup QB Byron Leftwich filling in for Big Ben, if needed:

"He's a great quarterback. We don't know whats going on there...hopefully it's not too serious, but you know he's the leader of this time and we'll see what's going on."

"B Left-if he goes in there we expect to win games with Byron. If that's the case, (Byron filling in for Ben) we expect to keep rollin'."

We all hope Ben and Ryan are doing well and will await official news from Coach Tomlin. We appreciate all the emails and social media messages asking about Ryan and Ben, but please be aware, Mr. Keisel does not discuss specifics on injury news regarding himself or teammates. Coach Tomlin will advise fans and the media of any information the team wishes to make available. As fans, we can just keep the players and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

We will have more news and game photos posted when they are available.

Keisel gives a Veterans Day salute to his nephew, Wes Johnson and his home state of Wyoming:

Click here to watch the video.




November 12, 2012

Special Steeler Nation Veterans Day Shout Out

Today, and everyday, we thank our veterans for all they have done for our wonderful country.

We wanted to do a special shout out to an armed services couple who have been such big supporters and friends to Brett's website, back in the days when it was unofficial, and now.

Today is a day we celebrate our Veterans for all the sacrifices they make on our behalf!

Meet Dave and Keri Bassili!

We came to know Dave and Keri Bassili in 2009, both of the US Army and die-hard Steelers fans, after they met Brett during an autograph signing he was doing. Dave was about to deploy overseas and they made a quick stop in Pittsburgh to take in a game, and attend the autograph signing. Both had their photo taken with Brett. Dave had this to say about meeting Keisel:

"Sincerly nice guy who is playing out of his mind this season!"

View a few more photos from the autograph signing here.

Since then, the Bassili's have always sent us great photos of their trips to see the Steelers play. They are attending a game later in the season so we look forward to more great photos.

We wanted to do a special Veterans Day post, so we thought of Dave and Keri, and asked Dave to write about what the military means to him. Busy as he is, he graciously said he would do it for us.

From Dave Bassili (US Army CW4):

When Trish (Manager of BrettKeisel.com) asked me to write a little something about being a Veteran, I felt a true sense of gratitude and thankfulness at the great outpouring of support our country now provides its Veterans. The request came ironically at a time where the installation I am currently serving at was holding our “Welcome Home” salute in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and the Veterans who did not have the admiration and support of their nation.

These men and women are the epitome of what it means to be a Veteran. We talk and hear about words like duty, selfless service and honor. These veterans received nothing from the American people; nothing except condemnation, abuse, and indignity. Most returned home to getting spitted on or called a baby killer for doing what their country told them to do. Sure, some made horrible mistakes, but just like Abu Ghuraib, My Lai represented only a small population of the military.

So let’s talk about duty, selfless-service and honor. I deployed to Iraq four times from 2003-2010. During those four deployments, Bangor, Maine was the first place I landed when I returned for R&R leave and redeployment. More often then not, we always seemed to arrive there at 0’dark thirty in the morning. Each and every time, we were always greeted by Vietnam veterans and their spouses and family members; always with two simple words…Welcome Home! These men and women lived the same values out of service as they did in harm’s way. Being a veteran is about doing something for the greater good of this country and putting your own personal wants and needs at the end of the line.

These men and women selflessly made it their duty to honor us by welcoming home each and every service member that walked off those thousands of airplanes. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

It really dawned on me that most of us have been spoiled by the outpouring of support this country has demonstrated to its Veterans, especially if one looks at our politics and sees how seemingly divided we must appear to the world.

I think pro football players particularly appreciate the sacrifices of America’s veterans – especially the men in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

This team in particular emulates the values of duty, self-less service and honor.

More often then not, each player is more so about the team and not about themselves – a band of brothers!

Whether it is 99 taking a double team or 25 flying in from the hash marks sacrificing his body to stop the play, the team is full of men sacrificing for the greater good of the team.

I would be remiss to leave out my beloved Steelers Nation. No fan base in the world sacrifices their nerves, happiness, and pride then the fans that bleed Black and Gold.

We live with the drops on second and ten, the holds or blocks in the back on a punt return for six, and horrible hits to the head that result in bruised ribs; all to keep believing that they will not be denied. It always makes Monday’s better with the Steelers win on Sunday.

But even when the boys get over-matched, Steelers Nation can still be seen on the cars we drive to work, the banners that hang in our yards, and the clothes we wear to the store. Duty, Self-less service and Honor…values not reserved only to the Military, but demonstrated by all of those associated with greatness. Our country was built on them, and we could all probably use a little more of it.--Dave and Keri Bassili

View some closer images of the photos Dave sent us here.

Also, this heartfelt email was sent to Brett by Thomas Walters yesterday:

"My name is Thomas Walters and I am a disabled veteran. I just want to thank you for everything you do in support of the military and veterans.

I am currently living in New Mexico where I am trying to get back into hunting after not being able to do it (military obligations, etc, etc.) Because of my disabilities some days are better than others. I used to live in Saxonburg (just north of da 'burgh) when I was a kid and grew up hunting in the mountains around there with my Father and Grandfather.

Just remember one thing, we as veterans, love what you do on and off the field. Take care of yourself, we need more people like you around.

Thank you to the Bassili's and Mr. Walters for taking the time to email with their stories. Your service to our country is appreciated every day, but especially today, on Veterans Day! Thanks to all who serve or have served this wonderful country!




November 9, 2012-evening update

Take the jersey off Keisel's back

From the Da Beard Gear crew:

It's that time of year again, Da Beard Nation!

The Great Bearded One is once again giving you the chance to win the jersey off his back.

If you place an order between November 1st, 2012 and December 20, 2012, you will be in the running to win an autographed, game used Brett Keisel jersey!

There will also be runner up prizes such as autographed photos, game worn cleats and game gloves.

Happy shopping and good luck!

With the holiday season fast approaching, this is the PERFECT time to order Da Beard Gear for family, friends, or yourself!

Click on over to the Da Beard Gear store to check out all their merchandise. From t-shirts to beanies (which are back in stock) to koozies and stickers, they have something for every Da Beard fan!




November 9, 2012

Keisel ready for MNF

""It’s always exciting knowing you’re the only game everyone is watching. We’re excited to play in front of our home fans." --Keisel, talking about the upcoming Monday Night game against KC.

Brett also spoke with Mark Madden from 105.9x about the upcoming game and more.

On if the KC game has the potential for a let down:

"We take it one week, one game at a time. Not taking them (KC) lightly. They have a good running attack. We need to shut down the run. Monday Night Football at Heinz Field.. what could be better than that!"

On how he's feeling:

"I feel much better..first part of season was a little rough, I wasn't 100%, not making excuses, but I'm starting to feel a lot better..getting in the groove. I feel great. I really enjoy going out with these guys and competing."

Does #99 want to be in the backfield for a trick play:

"I'm all for that. I wanna be out on the field all the time. I really enjoy playing."

On whether Ben Roethlisberger should be in the discussion for league MVP:

"No question about it. Nobody's played as good as he has, in my opinion, and no one has been as consistent as he has. So, yes I very much think that he should be at the top of that list."

Brett also discussed his Defensive Coordinator, Dick LeBeau, taking on Eli Manning and more. You can listen to the entire interview HERE.

Steeler Nation strong in Frostburg, MD!

This photo is from Darren Johnson, with his lovely fiance, Britteny and their adorable daughter, Jada!

Darren said he's letting his beard grow, but knows he has not quite reached Da Beard status yet.

Thanks to Darren, Britteny and Jada for sharing their photo.

Autograph signing:

Brett will be signing autographs at Diehl Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Viper in Robinson on November 10. He will be there from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. so stop by and say hello to Da Beard (and Brett).




November 8, 2012

Knowing who the true heroes are

"Thanks for a great time at the 171st Air Force base! We appreciate all you do."--Keisel, after his visit to the base.

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

As Steelers Jonathan Dwyer, James Harrison, Doug Legursky and Brett Keisel entered one of the hangers at the Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing in Pittsburgh, you could see the excitement on the faces of those who serve this country, seeing players they cheer for on Sunday afternoons right in front of them.

But for the players, on this day they weren’t the heroes, the ones people look up to. Not even close. It was the men and women in uniform who were the heroes.

“You get to see what they do to protect and serve us and give us the freedoms we have,” said Harrison. “It’s obvious they are the true heroes. We go out here and play a game and we consider it battle. They go out there and put their lives on the line and they don’t come home. I’m going to come home after a game.”

The visit, done in conjunction with USAA, was a part of the Steelers “Salute to Service” in honor of Veteran’s Day. The players were there to say thank you to those who serve the country and learn a little bit more about what they do on a daily basis.

“It’s a great opportunity and we are so happy they came here,” said Colonel Tony Carrelli, Wing Commander at the guard base. “One of the great things about a guard unit is we are a community Air Force, we are the Pittsburgh Air Force. We are strong to our ties to the community. There is such great support. Any time we can host someone on the base it’s a great opportunity because they are so supportive of us.

“It was awesome,” said Keisel, who has family currently serving and many military veterans in his family as well. “All of these people here are our heroes. They protect us, protect all of our rights. To have the opportunity to and bring my son and show him about these guys and what they do is awesome.”

Read Ms. Varley's entire article here.

View more photos here.

And, view a video of the visit here.

Check out the news from November 7 for information on the 65 Roses Sports Auction to be hosted by Mr. Keisel.




November 7, 2012

Event reminder: 65 Roses Sports Auction

Join Brett and many of his teammates on December 6, as he hosts the 65 Roses Sports Auction.

The event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

From the CF website:

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit with your Pittsburgh Steelers. This unique event, hosted by Steelers team captain and Honorary Chairman, Brett Keisel, includes your very own keepsake football that can be used during the autograph session by attending Steelers players, buffet style dinner and more. Don’t miss out on this annual sport spectacular which also features a live and silent auction with memorabilia from your favorite hometown teams and much more!

The event will be held at McFadden's Restaurant in Pittsburgh.

More details, including the time and information on purchasing tickets can be found on the right side of this page, under Events and Appearances.

This is a great chance to meet Mr. Keisel and his teammates. The guest list is amazing and you will be able to use the keepsake football provided with your ticket to obtain autographs from your favorite Steelers. Please note due to the popularity and demand of this event, we are unable to permit outside items to be brought to the event for autographs.

You can view photos from previous years of the event here.

We hope to see you at the event on December 6!

To learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please click here.




November 5, 2012

The Revenge of the Steelers’ 30-Somethings

From George Bretherton, The New York Times:

This time the moment came less than a month ago, and it seemed very real. It can best be described as the annual notion that the aging Steelers are on the road to decline.

Guess what? That idea looks wrong again.

On Oct. 11, red flags shot up when Tennessee tight end Jared Cook caught a third-down pass from Matt Hasselbeck with less than a minute to play against the Steelers.

The stunning 26-23 loss came two plays later when Titans kicker Rob Bironas made a 40-yard field goal as time expired.

Guess what? The Steelers haven’t lost or allowed a fourth-quarter touchdown since their Music City Meltdown. In the Steelers’ 24-20 victory on Sunday, they dominated in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Giants, 14-0, while not allowing them a first down.

Brett Keisel (34), Harrison (34) and Ryan Clark (33) sparked the Steelers’ defense on the Giants’ second series, another three-and-out that yielded only 3 yards.

Read more about the other 30-somethings who contributed big plays, including Ben Roethlisberger and Casey Hampton, here.

"We got your back Coach":

After the fake field goal called by Coach Tomlin failed, the Steelers defense knew they had to have their coach's back.

From Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Fortunately for the Steelers, their defense had already turned the game around. In fact, from the moment New York went ahead, 20-10, with 1:32 left in the third quarter, Dick LeBeau's forces flat out suffocated Eli Manning and one of the most accomplished fourth-quarter offenses in the modern NFL. Excluding its three punts, New York ran only nine plays in the fourth quarter (three three-and-outs), nine plays that netted minus-18 yards. It was precisely that gathering dominance that notarized the mental license for Tomlin's goofy special teams caper.

"When we came off the next time, [Tomlin] said, 'Way to have my back!' We're starting to play together as a team, which is what it takes to beat We're starting to get better."-- Keisel

Read the rest of Mr. Collier's article here.

Post game interview:

Listen to Keisel's post game interview here.

Game photos:

Click here for game photos!




November 4, 2012

Triple stack of hotcakes

"Triple stack of #hotcakes! Da Boys played tough tonight. Proud to be a Steeler! Onward and upward!"-- Keisel, after the 24-20 win over the Giants.

The Steelers knew this would be a tough game. The Giants are the defending Super Bowl champions, and they have been playing great football on both sides of the ball.

And, traveling to New York and New Jersey would be tough after Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy devastated the states.

The team was not put off about having to travel there and back as a one day trip, they were concerned for the people who lived there and who were going through so much more than anyone could imagine.

"When you look at it, it's a minor inconvenience considering what those people in New York and New Jersey went through. You have seven million people without electricity, and a football game pales in comparison to that. You just hope you can do your best to take their minds off such a travesty for a couple of hours by playing some football."-- Max Starks

"Not having power to go to and from work, they're really fighting through it, so this is minor compared to what they're going through."-- Keisel

The Steelers made the decision to travel on Sunday instead of Saturday so they would not take up hotel space from those in true need of shelter.

Game news:

The Steelers defense started off tough forcing the Giants to punt on their first possession, and they held strong throughout the game.

From Steelers.com:

On the Steelers’ first touchdown drive, which was set up by Ike Taylor’s interception, Isaac Redman carried six times for 34 yards on a drive that covered 58 yards on 11 plays. The touchdown came on a pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Emmanuel Sanders, who went high for the ball and came down with both feet inbounds along the back of the end zone.

The game started off well, but with some questionable calls, the Giants got themselves right back in it and took the lead. Refusing to give up, the Steelers held strong and found a way to win...and afterwards got right back on a plane to head back to Pittsburgh.

Read more on the game here.

I will post more news and photos tomorrow evening. Get some rest Steeler Nation! And, please take time to send some positive thoughts and prayers to those still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy.




November 2, 2012

Fan lovin' Friday

Keisel and the Steelers are so fortunate to have a huge and loyal fan base supporting them year round.

We appreciate all the photos fans are sending and we wanted to share some on the site today for a FAN LOVIN' FRIDAY!

In today's news photo it looks like someone has a little crush on Da Beard.

For those who follow the always entertaining, always hungry Hamptons Gut on Twitter...this is his adorable almost-three-year-old daughter.

From DaGut:

"My daughter turns 3 next week and this is what she wanted to get! First thing she says is he has a cute hair "do" and then sneaks a kiss."

Brett and his teammates really enjoy the antics of Hamptons Gut, and we think you will too..so be sure to follow Hamptons Gut on Twitter.

His bio: "Large, round, soft and lovable. I enjoy short walks to the fridge during the week and snacking on quarterbacks during the weekend."

Fans support of the Da Beard 4 Da BOO+Bees shirts:

Fan Teri Harkins shopwing off her new Da Beard shirt and her own version of Da Beard!

Thanks to all the fans who purchased the fun t-shirts to benefit breast cancer research.

From the sales, Brett and his Da Beard Gear crew donated 5k to Glimmer of Hope.

See the October 30 news for details and photos.

View more photos of fans and Brett's teammates wearing the t-shirts HERE.

Thank you to Brett for the free autograph signing held at training camp:

Keisel and his Da Beard Gear crew held a free autograph signing this past summer during training camp. They wanted to thank fans for all their support. Many fans attended, as did Brett's teammate Antonio Brown and Brown's adorable son AB JR.

From fan Don Woodring who attended the event with his daughter:

"My daughter, who attends college and I are very close, so we decided that our trip this summer would be to go to Steelers camp at Latrobe. It was awesome!

The players are so approachable and fan friendly. All I can say is AWESOME.

The high light of camp was the invitation (to all) to come to a local bar where Brett would be signing items for free. We went and stood in line when it was our time, Brett said hi, smiled and gave my daughter a wink. such a nice man. She still talks about how much she likes him. so when she comes home for thanking, we will put our Keisel Jerseys on for pictures to post. I posted a picture of Keisel signing my daughter's mini helmet.I love the picture."

You can view more photos from the signing HERE.

Halloween fan photos:

Halloween brought out many versions of Da Beard and his teammates. Check out our Halloween Gallery.

Also, click here for previous fan photos.




November 1, 2012

No Shave/Movember & other news

November must be Da Beard's favorite time of the year as it kicks off No Shave November and Movember!

We like Jake Smith's idea:"I think that November should be renamed "National Brett Keisel Month."

In all seriousness, the annual monthly event does a lot to raise money for prostate cancer awareness, which is a worthy cause so we hope you will take time to learn more about the annual event.

From Ron Cook, Post-Gazette.com:

'Old guys' back to their same tricks:...

James Harrison, one of the many 30-somethings on the Steelers defense, was musing Sunday about the numerous critics who piled on after the defense was largely responsible for three losses in the first five games by blowing fourth-quarter leads. "Every year we've been getting old, for what, five or six years now? What have we been? At least top five [in the NFL] for the last 10 years? We've been getting old for so long that, at some point, they're eventually going to be right. If they say it long enough, eventually it's going to happen."

Maybe Harrison is on to something. Maybe it's not quite time to say that two of the more scrutinized defensive players are done. Linebacker Larry Foote and defensive end Brett Keisel made quite a resurgence Sunday. They were active and productive in the 27-12 win against the Washington Redskins and against the Cincinnati Bengals the week before when the defense made three fourth-quarter stops to save a 24-17 win.

"I expect to be there for my teammates. I want to be in the right spot for them all the time. But, occasionally, I'm not. I hate that. But it's what you do with what's left [of the season] that's important. Do you sit back and feel sorry for yourself? Or do you buckle down and work harder and start making plays?"

Keisel went with the latter option. He made a huge play late against the Redskins, tackling Logan Paulsen for a 7-yard loss after the tight end caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage. Keisel was credited with four tackles, a quarterback hurry and one pass defense.

Keisel:

"I still feel like I can play. If I couldn't do it, I don't think coach [Mike] Tomlin and the Rooneys would have me out there. We're in the business of winning games. They're not going to play someone who can't help us win."

Read Mr. Cook's entire article here.

Donation drive for NJ and NY:

Jergel's Rhythm Grille will be holding a donation drive to send much needed supplies to Hurricane Sandy victims in NJ and NY. Visit their Facebook Page for the details.

More Da Beard Halloween photos:

Click here to view more Halloween photos sent by fans.




October 31, 2012

Black and Gold Halloween

Trick-or-treaters are out in full force, and from the looks of it, the Steelers are well represented.

Today's news photo of Head & Shoulders for Men's, "Mane Men", Da Beard and Troy Polamalu, was sent by Steve.

From the Da Beard, to the throwback jersey, Polamalu-like hair and the pink breast cancer awareness wrist bands, these two did an amazing job pulling off the Da Beard and Polamalu look!

Brett asked via social media who was going dress as Polamalisa for Halloween, and Denise Petrilli Klaiber answered the call!

She pulls off the "Polamalisa look perfectly, don't you think?

We are loving all the photos fans are sending and you will too!

Check out our Halloween Gallery.




October 30, 2012

Giving back

Brett and his Da Beard Gear crew established Da Beard Gear merchandise as a way to give fans what they wanted...a piece of Da Beard. From t-shirts, hats and hoodies to koozies, stickers and kids gear they wanted to spread the "Da Beard" look.

Da Beard and his crew also wanted to find ways to give back to fans and the community, and they did just that with the new Da Beard gear breast cancer awareness shirts unveiled earlier this month for breast cancer awareness month. They said proceeds would be donated to breast cancer awareness, but did not reveal which foundation would receive the funds.

Last night, at Heath Miller's Bid for Hope event, Brett Keisel surprised Diana Napper, founder of Glimmer of Hope with a $5000.00 check, which came from the proceeds of the pink Da Beard Gear breast cancer awareness shirts!

"I want to thank everyone who purchased the pink shirts from Da Beard Gear. 5K donation was made tonight at Bid For Hope. Well done everyone!"--Keisel, via his official Twitter page.

From Steelers.com:

Defensive end Brett Keisel presented Glimmer of Hope with a check for $5,000 from the sale of his pink Da Beard Gear t-shirts during October, a shirt specially designed to help the fight against breast cancer.

“We just wanted to do something to give back,” said Keisel. “Heath and his family mean a lot to us. Plus my wife Sarah had an aunt that was close to her pass away from breast cancer. My Da Beard Gear crew got together with a witty idea and I was impressed to see the shirts raised that much money in such a short amount of time.”

Read more on Heath's event, and view a few more photos here.

Also, watch a video from the event with Heath and his teammates, including Keisel talk about the importance of Glimmer of Hope, here.




October 28, 2012-evening update

Stacking hotcakes

"Finally a stack of hotcakes. Good team Win! Onward and upward. It was Steeler weather. So we had to play Steeler football.”--Keisel, following the 27-12 win over Washington.

On a day where people living in Pittsburgh, and all over the U.S. were preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the Steelers unleashed a hurricane of their own on the unsuspecting Washington Redskins.

Ben Roethlisberger and his offense came out strong, scoring early with a touchdown pass to Leonard Pope.

The defense had talked about the need to stop Washington QB, RG III. Other teams had not been able to contain him an entire game, so they knew this would be a huge task.

From Jarrett Bell, USA Today:

Robert Griffin III rolled through Heinz Field on Sunday, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in no mood to serve as gracious hosts for the NFL's most electric rookie.

He was chased, corralled, badgered and pummeled.

It was a hard-knocks lesson of a game for Griffin III, who completed 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards, and rushed just five times for eight yards. Besides the Week 5 loss to Atlanta, when he left with a concussion, they were Griffin III's lowest totals of the season.

The Redskins opened with a nifty 15-yard run by Josh Morgan on an end-around. But by and large, the razzle-dazzle that has spiced up Mike Shanahan's scheme -- read-option runs, play-action fakes off ghost runs and other assorted sleight-of-hand tricks -- did nothing to fool a defense that prides itself on sound fundamentals.

And, from Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

What went right in the game:

On an attempted throwback screen to tight end Logan Paulsen, Brett Keisel diagnosed the play and dropped Paulsen for a 7-yard loss that set up a third-and-17 from the Steelers 24-yard line with about five minutes left in the game. Two incomplete passes later, the Steelers took over on downs with their 27-12 lead intact.

Keisel on RG III:

"He's a great athlete. We knew he was. We knew in order to be successful we'd have to have guys on him on every snap, keep him in the pocket. I think for the most part, we did a pretty good job."

More, from Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.Net:

The Steelers’ 400th win in their modern history could only be won this way:

A 100-yard rusher, a sharp quarterback, and defense.

Punishing defense. Classic Steelers football.

“It was Steeler weather,” Brett Keisel pointed out. “So we had to play Steeler football.”

On a cold and drizzly October afternoon, the Steelers punished rookie quarterback Robert Griffin and the Redskins in a 27-12 win.

Read more from Mr. Wexell here.

Game photos:

Click here for game photos!

Hurricane Sandy:

We hope everyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy and its remnants stays safe. If there is a lapse in updating on the website thorughout this upcoming week, it will be due to power outages from the storm. We appreciate your understanding.


October 28, 2012

Da Beard in training

David Kutek was told he could choose his own costume this year for Halloween.

So, adorable (and clever) two and a half year old David grabbed his #99 helmet, Steelers uniform, football and of course he added the legendary Da Beard to complete the costume of his favorite player.

From his mother, Angela:

"This is my son David. He is 2 1/2 and this was his idea for his Halloween costume! Loves Da Beard!"

Thank you to Angela and David Kutek for sending the photo.

We hope he has a great time dressed as Da Beard!

Looks like his beard could already give Keisel some competition!

Da Beard O' Lantern ...

Johnny Vogt decided his front porch needed a change.

Others carve witches, goblins, and black cats into their pumpkins to place on their porches, but Johnny wanted something different...something a bit classier.

" Da Beard O' Lantern really classes up my front porch!-- Johnny Vogt

What an amazing carving job! Wonder if any trick-or-treaters will dare step onto Johnny's porch?

View larger images of David and Johnny's photos, and more Halloween themed photos here.

Reminder..Brett Keisel Outdoor Adventure Sweepstakes:

Brett still needs a pheasant hunting partner!

We posted in the October 13th news about the contest to hunt with Brett and and a few others.

The Hunt with the Black & Gold will take place on November 20, 2012. It includes lunch with the players, guides and dogs at a local private hunting and fishing club.

Pick up an entry form at Gander Mountain stores in stores in Erie,Greensburg, Johnstown, Moon Township, Washington and West Mifflin. Entries will be accepted through October 31, with the winner announced in early November.

This is your chance to meet and hunt with Da Beard! Brett is excited for the hunt and to meet the winner:

"I am looking forward to partnering with Gander Mountain. Spending time with my family in the great outdoors is my favorite activity. This promotion is the perfect opportunity to spend time with our great fans at a first class pheasant hunt."

Hurricane Sandy:

We hope everyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy and its remnants stays safe. If there is a lapse in updating on the website thorughout this upcoming week, it will be due to power outages from the storm. We appreciate your understanding.


October 26, 2012

Fear the Beard

From Mike Massucci:

"Our son Luca before his Halloween party at school. He likes to yell FEAR THE BEARD!"

I know he is probably supposed to look scary, but he's too adorable to pull off scary!

Thank you to Mike and Luca for sharing their photo. Fans on Twitter and Facebook LOVED it.

You can view a larger version of the photo, along with other Halloween photos, here.

We also added a great pumpkin carving of Da Beard done by Misty Tompkins, so be sure to check it out.

Keisel talks RG III:

"He is as advertised. He's as fast as anyone out there and he's going to be very tough to stop."

The game against the Redskins is Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Also, visit the Da Beard Gear World Tour Album to see a photo of Pam Mangol Bitner and her lovely mother wearing their new Da Beard Gear BOO+BEES shirts at Steelers Ladies Night Out.

We really appreciate all who have purchased the new breast cancer awareness shirts. If you are thinking of ordering one, do so soon as supplies are running very low. Proceeds from the sales will go towards breast cancer research.




October 25, 2012

2013 Pro Bowl voting underway

The ballot for the 2013 Pro Bowl is open and voting is underway.

For the 33rd time, the annual contest between the AFC and NFC will take place at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will be played on January 27, 2013, one week before the Super Bowl.

Teams will be announced December 26, 2012 on NFL Network.

You Vote, They Play...

It's that simple. Vote for your favorite player or players as many times as you'd like (we hope you vote a lot since voting is UMLIMITED). Fan votes are combined with votes from players and coaches, so we can make a difference!

The link we are providing will take you directly to the Steelers ballot, so each time you click on a position, the eligible Steelers will show first.

We're making it as easy as possible for you to vote to send as many Steelers as possible to Hawaii!

Click HERE to vote.

The link will also remain on the right side of this page, under Pro Bowl for your convenience.

Voting ends December 17 following the Jets-Tennessee game.

Thank you in advance for voting.

And, thank you to Matt Solomowitz for creating the Pro Bowl slogan.

Want to read more about the Pro Bowl? Click here .




October 24, 2012

Steelers to unleash killer bees

"They’re bumble-bees. Killer bees. Go up and look at that team from 1934, it’s a pretty interesting set of cats, you know? I think it’s cool, you know, it gives us something a little different to wear and it’ll be fun to go out and put ‘em on display and hopefully get a win in them." -- Keisel, talking about wearing the throwback jerseys this weekend.

To many fans dismay, the Steelers announced they would be wearing their throwback jerseys this weekend against Washington. This is the first time this style will be worn, and many fans have already given them a thumbs down. There are also many fans who like them, and guess who else likes 'em?

Brett Keisel!

Read his thoughts (via Ken Laird) here.

When I first saw them, I wasn't sure what to think, but after seeing them on the players, I like them too! You can see some more photos of the throwbacks from Steelers.com here.

A DaBeardly Halloween:

Charlene Sommers Offutt designed a Da Beardly Gnome to share with us!

The detail is amazing, and you can view it, along with many other Da Beardly creations here.

Shavin' for charity:

We all know Keisel says good-bye to Da Beard after each season in a shaving event to benefit Children's Hospital. Well, meet Bob who will also be shaving his beard for charity in February!

"Here is my beard about 7 weeks in. Will be shaving it for charity in February in honor of my best friend who passed away due to cancer. I love the new shirts! --Bob

Thanks Bob! And, thanks to all who have purchased the new Da Beard Gear Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts!

View some photos of fans and Brett's teammates wearing them HERE.




October 23, 2012

Halloween is around the corner

And, Steve H. is already set with his costume! Any guesses as to who he is dressed up as?

If you plan to dress up as Da Beard this Halloween, send us a photo! We'd love to post it on the website.

Need help with your Da Beard look? Check out this Da Beard Mask!

Halloween photos:

Click here to view some more Halloween photos, including some amazing carved pumpkins!

Da Beard goes PINK:

Da Beard Gear added two new t-shirts to their merchandise line. They are in honor of breast cancer awareness month, and all proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.

Be sure to order your shirt soon as supplies are running very low!

Click here to see both designs. Brett's favorite is the pink BOO+BEES shirt.

Signed photos:

Brett and his Da Beard Gear crew are now offering autographed photos of #99 for purchase. There are four different photos. Click the STORE link above, or click on the link to the new t-shirts to view them.

View some photos of fans and Brett's teammates in the new shirts HERE.




October 22, 2012

Big divisional win in Cincy

Steelers 24, Bengals 17

"This is the happiest I’ve been at .500 ever, I think. We need to keep things going and start stacking wins.

"It was interesting, it was a chess match there for awhile. We got in a hole you know in the beginning and we responded. We responded the way good teams do. You don't panic. Everyone is saying, "Oh the steelers are panicked", but we stuck to the game plan, had trust in each other to make plays and we did enough today to win." -- Keisel, from his post game interview.

From Mike Prisuta, SteelCityInsider.net:

Doug Legursky sat in a pair of uniform pants splattered by blood and looked like a guy who had no interest in taking them off. “That’s a part of the game when you don’t wear gloves,” Legursky observed. “I’m a bloody mess out there but I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Not after Steelers 24, Bengals 17.

Not after a team that had limped into Paul Brown Stadium at 2-3 and quickly fallen behind the Bengals 14-3 had managed to suddenly gather itself and literally run Cincinnati over. That’s what made Sunday night worth savoring. That and the extreme circumstances attached to the Steelers’ first AFC North Division battle of 2012 based on that 2-3 record and their 0-For-The-Road showing through previous trips to Denver, Oakland and Nashville.

Coach Tomlin talks about the team holding A.J Green:

"Big time ball for us. Like we said it was a collective effort. Rush, coverage, Dick (LeBeau) called a good game. He mixed in some zones. It was necessary to get us out of there.

Interception was turning point of the game:

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

It seemed as though the Steelers were slogging their way to a loss to the Bengals, mired in holding penalties and a couple of early turnovers in a game they trailed at the time, 14-6. What they needed was a splash play, and LaMarr Woodley provided it with an interception on a play where the ball first slipped out of Andy Dalton’s hand and then bounced off the back of an offensive lineman’s helmet. The Steelers capitalized on the takeaway to score the tying points before halftime.

Read more here.

The Steelers also were helped out by the Houston Texans who beat the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the day. Also, the Bengals have now lost two division games in a row..one to the Browns and now to the Steelers.

20 Questions with Brett Keisel:

Sports Illustrated recently sat down and asked Keisel 20 rapid fire, quick hitting questions about a variety of not-so-serious topics.

Click here to check out the question and answer with #99!




October 18, 2012

Thanks for your support

""My mother lost her courageous battle with breast cancer four years ago. As a Steelers fan, and supporter for breast cancer awareness, I proudly wear Da Boo-Bees shirt!!" ---Mike LeValley

Thanks to all who purchased one of the new breast cancer awareness tees from Da Beard Gear. And, thanks to all who are helping to spread the word on the shirts. Proceeds go to breast cancer research so every purchase brings us one step closer to a cure!

We appreciate the photos being sent of fans (and Brett's teammates) in their breast cancer awareness t-shirts. You can view a few photos HERE.

From Mike Prisuta's article, Big Games, Then There's This One:

"We’re not panicked. Some people in here might say we are. I would say our backs are against the wall and we’ve gotta start winning some games, especially on the road.

This will be a big test for us. It’ll be interesting to see how we respond knowing the level of importance this game has in our season. I want to see us go out and play the way we’re used to playing around here, playing for 60 minutes. Playing as well as we did in the first half in the second half."-- Keisel

You can read the entire article here. It requires a subscription, but the cost is well worth it for all the articles and content provided.

Now, it's time for some Advanced Music Appreciation with Polamalu, Founder & University President of the Troy Polamalu School of Deeper Learning, and Keisel who is the Dean of Students, and Professor of Facial Hair.

From Doug Farrar, The Shutdown Corner Interview: Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel talk about hair, air guitar, and what comes after football:

"Yeah, man -- we're air guitar professionals. Notice how we express ourselves with our facial expressions, and our impressive fingerings. It was a lot of fun. -- Keisel

See what you think of their air guitar skills HERE.

Brett was also asked about life after football:

"Yeah, I've thought about it. I think I'd like to stay in football somehow, but I feel like when I'm done, I'll need to get away from it for a little while. This is my 11th year, and I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But I really and truly enjoy coming to work -- we have a great group of guys and they make it fun. It's been a blessing to be a part of it, and to win Super Bowls, but I try to keep the focus on playing while it's here. Like Troy says, you never know when it's going to be gone."

Read more of Doug Farrar's interview with Troy and Brett HERE.




October 17, 2012

Troy Polamalu School of Deeper Learning

Brett and Troy Polamalu headed back to school Tuesday, not as students, but as guest lecturers at the University of Pittsburgh to unveil the Troy Polamalu School of Deeper Learning through Head & Shoulders for Men.

Keisel is the Dean of Students, and of course the Professor of Facial Hair.

"It's been great doing this whole thing with Troy for Head & Shoulders School of Deeper Learning. I feel lucky to be a part of it. " --Keisel, from this video on Steelers.com.

Pitt students were thrilled to see Da Beard and Polamalu on campus. Deanna Felicissimo tweeted: "Just shook Troy Polamalu and Brett Keisel's hands. This is so worth the tuition!"

Click here to watch a series of fun videos with Keisel and Troy explaining the art deeper learning.

Making the rounds:

Brett is making the rounds this week on the interview circuit, discussing the upcoming game against the Bengals, the state of the defense and more. In case you missed the interviews, here are a few links...

Steelers.com.

ESPN

FSDayBreak

NFL AM




October 15, 2012

Keisel's chat with the media

"We gotta play better, we gotta seize crucial moments in the game, and make plays when they're there and finish teams out. We haven't done it this year. We are working to correct some mistakes and go to a tough divisional game this week. Gotta work harder, work smarter, and focus on the little things."

Listen to the rest of the interview via Steelers.com.

The Steelers take on the Bengals on October 21 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For those heading to Cincy, here are some ideas from Gretchen McKay on how to do your trip up right. She offers lodging, eating and sightseeing tips to various attractions in Cincinnati.

Sharp dressed men...and women and children:

Click here to view photos of the Steelers and their families on the runway for the Steelers Style Fashion Show.

Brett and his family, along with his teammates and their families, put on quite a show for the fans.

Willie Colon won the SWAG award. Check out the photos and see if you agree. They all looked great!

Also, Check out this exclusive, never-before-seen bonus footage from the 2012 Steelers Style Fashion Show. Follow the players and their families from the red carpet to the runway and backstage from Steelers.com.

Da Hunt with Da Beard...info below in October 13 news.




October 13, 2012

Da Hunt with Da Beard

Want to hunt with Da Beard and other Pittsburgh players?

If you are 18 years of age or older, enter to win a chance from Northwest Savings !

The Hunt with the Black & Gold will take place on November 20, 2012. It includes lunch with the players, guides and dogs at a local private hunting and fishing club.

Denise Petrilli Klaiber and her husband (shown in today's news photo) won last year and had a great time with Keisel and Doug Legursky. Thank you to Denise for sharing her personal photo with this site.

Ready to enter? Just click HERE for more details and GOOD LUCK!

Congratulations to Heath Miller. His #89 college jersey with UVA was retired today. Heath and his family attended the game where he was honored at halftime.




October 12, 2012

Last second loss

The Steelers lost to the Titans 26-23 after a last second field goal by Tennessee.

There were positives from the game such as Ben Roethlisberger passing Terry Bradshaw in Steelers all-time career passing yards after his 17-yard pass to Heath Miller. And, Isaac Redman became the first Steelers running back to have a 100-yard game receiving since Frenchy Fuqua had four catches for 116 yards against Cleveland on Nov. 29, 1970.

The Steelers defense held strong when the Titans made it to the 3-yard-line, holding them to only a field goal, and Lawrence Timmons had a nice interception in the second half.

Read more on the game here.

The Steelers once again had to deal with numerous injuries to key players like, Troy Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley and later in the game, Rashard Mendenhall. They have never used injuries as an excuse, and are not doing so now. The entire team is working to correct past mistakes while moving forward to their next opponent.

The Steelers will face the Cincinnati Bengals next on October 21.




October 10, 2012

Toughest venues: Strong as steel

ESPN.com tapped more than two dozen NFL players, owners, general managers past and present, scouts, and pundits to determine the NFL's toughest venues.

Listed at number 4 was Heinz Field.

Over the past 30 years, the Steelers are tied with Green Bay for the most home wins (129) among NFL teams. Over the past decade, their .728 home winning percentage is No. 3 overall.

Three Rivers Stadium came into being in 1970, replacing Forbes Field, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers that form the Ohio River. As spectacular as the water views were, Three Rivers was just another one of those cookie-cutter, multipurpose stadiums like the ones built in Cincinnati, St. Louis and Philadelphia.

But something extraordinary happened in this blue-collar, big-shouldered steel city. The Steelers happened, winning four of six Super Bowls from 1974 to '79. The fans waved their Terrible Towels and cheered their magnificent Steel Curtain defense, the explosive offense, an entire team of future Hall of Famers -- and Three Rivers was their cathedral.

And then, in 2001, they blew it up. On a cold February day, 4,800 pounds of explosives took down one of sports' greatest home-field venues. In 19 seconds it was all gone.

But not the Steelers' advantage. Heinz Field, which sprung up just 80 feet from the old stadium, has been every bit as rugged on opposing teams. Maybe it's because the Steelers have sold out 352 consecutive games, going back to 1972.

Last December, a Sports Illustrated poll -- based on the responses of 321 NFL players -- revealed that Steelers fans were the second-toughest to play in front of.

What makes Heinz Field so tough?

"The fans. We have the greatest fans in the world. There are instances where you see teams struggle with the noise. Times like that stick out in my mind."

Read the entire article here.




October 7, 2012

"We needed this win bad"

Steelers 16, Eagles 14

The Steelers defeated the Eagles 16-14 at Heinz Field today. They are now 2-2 on the season.

From Keisel's Post Game interview:

"“We still feel like we can play, we still feel like we can play with anybody.

For the most part we did pretty good today. We need to force teams to three points when they get to red-zone but 14-points is good enough usually in the NFL to get you a win.

That turnover down there [in the first quarter] in the red-zone that was big. Big turning point in the game, if they get even three points there we lose this game.

That’s a great team. They’re beat some good teams already this year. We’re even keel now, .500. We’ve got to work on going to a place on the road and getting a win, we haven’t done that yet this year. So that’s our focus.”

On the return of Harrison:

"Harrison is a “great player, we expect him to be a force for us out there. It was good to get his first game back and to get a win.

We’re all excited about that and excited that for the most part he made it out of the game healthy. He’s done a great job of staying in shape, he’s a work-a-holic. That’s why he’s in such great shape and able to play the full game today, and he’s a difference maker.”

From Bob Labriola-Defense does its part in the win :

The Eagles managed just 14 points, and Philadelphia also was held to a season-low 246 total net yards.

Running back LeSean McCoy contributed 53 yards on the ground, a season-low for McCoy, on 16 carries. Quarterback Michael Vick was limited to 16 yards rushing and 175 through the air, a season-low passing total for him. And the Steelers’ defense doubled its turnover total for the season by collecting a pair of fumble recoveries to match the two turnovers Pittsburgh had produced on defense in the first three games.

And the Steelers’ defense did all of that despite losing strong safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) prior to halftime.

Read more of Mr. Labriola's article here.

Read more on the game here.

Listen to Brett (and other members of the defense) post game interview here.

Coach Tomlin did not know the severity of Polamalu's or Woodley's injuries yet. He did indicate it would be a short week for both of them to try to recover as the Steelers play again this Thursday against the Titans.

Check out the news below (from October 3) for info on the new breast cancer awareness t-shirts from Da Beard Gear. Proceeds will go to breast cancer research.




October 3, 2012- Second update

Da Beard goes PINK

No, Brett didn't dye Da Beard pink, but he and his Da Beard Gear crew went pink with some new t-shirt designs to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.

There are two fun styles being offered. For those asking, Da Beard's favorite is the all pink shirt.

Da Beard Nation...support a great cause by sporting these Da Beard Breast Cancer Awareness Tee's. Proceeds from sales will be donated to benefit breast cancer research!

Pre-orders are being taken now with shipping to begin on October 9.

Get a closer look at these one-of-a-kind-offical-Keisel-merchandise t-shirts and place an order: HERE.

There are two different shirts available. To see both of them (front and back), click on over to Da Beard Gear.

The shirts will make nice gifts for breast cancer survivors, friends, family and of course for yourself! They will sell quickly so don't wait too long to order.

Steeler Nation and Da Beard Nation... let's stand strong in the fight against breast cancer and join together to show our support of those battling breast cancer, the survivors and those loved ones and friends we have lost.

The previous update below has quotes from Brett's chat with the media today.




October 3, 2012

Back to work

The Steelers returned to the practice field on Monday in preparation for their game against Philadelphia on Sunday.

The team announced some great news today following practice: "Full participation in practice today, by all players."

Keisel talks about the return of James Harrison :

"James is a great, great player. When he's out there, he's definitely a difference-maker for us. Teams have to account for him and possibly have to double-team him. It creates opportunities for others."

Tidbits from Brett's interview on SiriusmxRadio:

The defense have been hearing the "old" tag for a long time now and it doesnt bother them. Just need to go out & execute.

LeBeau has handled things the same way he does after wins.

Carter and Worilds still trying to grap concepts of nickel & dime defenses. Will get better.

This week will need to keep Eagles QB Michael Vick in the pocket.

Thank you to the crew at Steelers Depot for the transcript from Brett's radio interview.

NFL Pink- A Crucial Catch:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the NFL is going pink to support it. Players will wear pink gear during games as will coaches and other team members.

Fans can learn more about "A Crucial Catch HERE.

You can schedule your yearly mammogram, buy or bid on pink gear, learn about ongoing fundraisers or make donations. Be sure to visit the website and share it with family members and friends. You could save a life!

Thank you to John (Steelers organization) for the information.




September 30, 2012

Who's got SWAG

It will be offense versus defense to see which unit has the most SWAG at the 2012 Steelers Style Fashion Show on October 5.

Team captain for the offense will be Maurkice Pouncey and team captain for the defense will be Brett "Da Beard" Keisel.

The captains were asked which unit is best dressed:

"No question-the defense. We got the most swag by far..we'll let the tape tell that story." --Keisel

"We'll see who wins the Swag award." -- Pouncey.

Keisel, on being asked to Co-Captain the event:

"It's exciting. Mr Rooney asked me to be a co-captain so I can go out there and obviously show that I have the best style on the team. Pouncey and I will be looking smooth.

It's always fun.. you get to interact with the fans. Usually guys use this time to get their Christmas cards done 'cause their kids are all dressed up and their wives are all dressed up."

Event details:

STEELERS STYLE FASHION SHOW

Celebrate a Night of Football/Fans/Fashion

Date: October 5

Location: East Club, Heinz Field

Time: 6:00 Cocktails and Style Lounge 7:00 Dinner 8:00 Show

Dress: Cocktail/Business Attire

Benefits: UPMC Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center

Cost: $250 per person. Table $2500 and suite $3600.

Tickets: Click here to purchase your tickets to the event.

More than 40 players -- including LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison and Ryan Clark -- will model fashions from Nordstrom, American Eagle, Nike and more. Some will be accompanied by their wives and children. Greta and Art Rooney II and Mike and Kiya Tomlin will chair the event, a tradition for more than 30 years.

New to the event will be a Steelers Style Lounge for fans to obtain the fashions they see on the runway that night. It will also be open on Saturday and Sunday.

To read more on the event and the Steelers Style Lounge, click here.

Thank you to Steelers.com for the event information!




September 23, 2012

"I'll own this"

No one stood taller in the Steelers' locker room just now than Brett Keisel, whose neutral-zone penalty essentially handed Oakland a TD:

"There were several things there that I did that helped them. So I'm going to take the heat on this one. We let them come back and get this win, and we've got to chew on that. And we've got to chew on it for two weeks. ... We've got to get better in a lot of areas on defense. I've got to get better. ... Blame this one on me. I'll own this." -- From Dejan Kovacevic.

The Steelers lost 34-31 to the Oakland Raiders tonight. Pittsburgh led for most of the game, but Oakland came back to tie the score at 31-31. As time expired, the Raiders scored a field goal to get the win.

To read more on the game, click here.

We will post more news and photos tomorrow evening. The team has a BYE next weekend, so the next game will be on October 7 against Philadelphia.




September 23, 2012

Q & A with Brett Keisel

Mike Bires, TimesOnline, recently interviewed Keisel regarding his journey to Pittsburgh from small town Greybull, Wyoming.

Brett Keisel loves spending time in the great outdoors. As a native of Greybull, Wyo., a small town located at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, he’s always been an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. “It's a way of life,” he said.

For the past 11 years, Keisel’s life’s work has been playing defensive end for the Steelers. Selected in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft, he will go down in Steelers’ history as one of the franchise’s best late-round picks.

From the Q & A:

After your college career at Brigham Young, you headed to Pittsburgh as a seventh-round long shot. Do you remember your mindset when you first got here?

“I do remember very well. I drove here from Wyoming with my wife (Sarah). She was actually my girlfriend at the time. As we drove out here, I had a lot of anxiety. I wasn’t sure if I was built to be a 3-4 defensive end. And once I got here, I‘d watch Aaron smith and Kimo von Oelhoffen. They were big, strong guys (in the 300-pound range) who would push people back. I was only about 265 at the time. I felt like I was more adept to play outside backer than to play defensive end. I remember when I first lined up on the D-line, I said to myself ‘What am I doing down here?’ “But as a seventh-round draft pick, that was a lot of my motivation. I felt I was better than that. So I kind of had a chip on my shoulder when I came in. I knew you only going to get so many opportunities when you’re a late round pick. So you have to make them count.”

Since 2006, you’ve been a starter. Since then, you’ve started in two Super Bowl games. And in 2010, you were chosen for the Pro Bowl. You and Aaron Smith (2004) are the only Steelers defensive ends to make the Pro Bowl since L.C. Greenwood made it for a sixth time in 1980. What did the Pro Bowl honor mean to you?

“It meant a lot. It’s tough for Steelers defensive ends to make it because of the scheme we play. You know, we’re taking on a lot of double teams and freeing up plays for our linebackers to make. I remember how hard Aaron Smith used to work and I always thought how awesome it would be for him to make the Pro Bowl. So when I got to go, it was a great honor that was greatly appreciated.”

What was it like growing up Greybull?

“It’s a very small town. There’s one stop light in it. About 1,500 people in the whole town. We played Class 2-A football. There are four classifications in Wyoming. We weren’t the smallest but we weren’t close to being the largest. Probably the biggest thing about growing up in Greybull was learning how to work. My parents taught me, my brother and my sisters how to work. They instilled in us a great work ethic. That also created great times with the family. We spent a lot of time with the family working on our place.”

Brett goes on to talk about the the honor of being named a team captain this season, his favorite big game harvest and his future with the Steelers. Read the entire interview here.

Also... Brett was featured in a segment of 'NFL Films Presents': Fear the beard. The link for it is below the Keisel Kam photo on the right side of this page.




September 19, 2012-Contest Winner Announced

And..we have a winner!

Mark Leingang was our winner on the BrettKeisel.com Scavenger Hunt!

His answers:

1. BYU, Snow College

2. Pro Basketball Player

3. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Homeless Children's Education Fund

4. Da Beard Gear

5. Basketball, Track

6. 2002

7. Popcorn

8. DaBeard Nation T-Shirt and CAMO DA BEARD FLEX-FIT HAT BLACK/GOLD STITCH

9. Greybull High School

10. Scott Spillman

Thank you to the thousands who entered the contest! And, thank you to Scott Spillman for providing the print to give away!

You can order a print of "Fear Da Beard" from Mr. Spillman. Information is on the right side of this page. He also has prints of other players in his "Game Face" series.

Also, thank you so much for ALL the Happy Birthday emails, Facebook messages and tweets to Brett on his 34th birthday! They are all appreciated.

We will have more contests to come so stay tuned!




September 19, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRETT

"Today is Brett Keisel's 34th birthday ... he's turned out to be one of the best 7th round draft picks in Steelers history." -- Mike Bires.

Brett celebrates his 34th birthday, and one lucky fan will win an awesome present!

First annual BrettKeisel.com scavenger hunt!

The 34th person to email the CORRECT answers (email information is below) wins!

ALL answers can be found on this website or through the link to Brett's merchandise website. Answers may differ on other websites or searches, but only answers found on the two mentioned websites will be accepted as correct.

1. Name the two colleges Brett attended.

2. If Keisel was not a football player, what career did Brett say he would choose?

3. Name two organizations (causes) Brett works with.

4. Name Keisel's official beard merchandise line.

5. Name two sports (other than football) Brett played in high school.

6. What year was Brett drafted by the Steelers?

7. What is Brett's "TV watching" snack?

8. List two items sold through Brett's official merchandise line.

9.What high school did Keisel attend?

10. Name the artist who created the "Fear the Beard" painting.

Submit your answers to: trish@brett-keisel.com

Contest entry rules:

Entries MUST be received by EMAIL ONLY.

No entries will be accepted through any of the social media pages.

Please, one email per email address only (subsequent emails from the same address will be discounted).

Correct answers to the questions are all on this website or the link to Brett's official merchandise website. It is possible Mr. Keisel has given different answers elsewhere to some of the questions we used, so to make it fair, the only correct answers we will accept are the ones used on this site and his merchandise site.

The prize:

The lucky winner will receive a print of "Fear Da Beard"! Da Beard owns the original, but the artist created prints for fans to order and he has graciously allowed us to use one of the prints as a prize in Brett's birthday scavenger hunt.

Once we have a winner, we will announce it here.

Good luck and happy hunting!

Thank you to Haydee for finding the perfect birthday cake photo to use.




September 16, 2012

10th straight win at home

"We (the defense) just calmed down after Jets scored on 1st two drives...so much for Steelers having an old defense." -- Keisel, from post game interview.

Steelers 27, Jets 10

The Steelers defeated the Jets and are now 10-0 in home openers. They are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC North with Baltimore and Cincinnati.

From NFL.com:

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers smothered the New York Jets in the second half of a 27-10 victory Sunday.The Jets did little offensively after two early scoring drives. Mark Sanchez passed for 138 yards and a touchdown, but New York hardly looked like the offensive juggernaut that piled up points in a 48-28 opening-week blowout win over Buffalo.

STAT THAT STANDS OUT:

The New York Jets had 10 offensive possessions in the game. They scored a touchdown on their first and a field goal on their second. On their other eight, they punted six times and had the clock run out on them at the end of each half. And in the second half, their offense crossed midfield only once. -- Bob Labriola.

Read more on the game here.

Keisel stats:

Brett had five tackles during the game.

More game news and photos will be posted tomorrow evening.

Is it Brett...or...

Tall Cathy from 96.1?

Da Beard Gear:

Click on the Store link above to view Brett's official merchandise.

We appreciate your patience while we restocked some items which were previously sold out.

Also, be sure to follow the Da Beard Gear crew on Twitter to keep up with new gear and contests. Speaking of contests, they may have one coming up once they get to 2000 followers..so stay tuned and spread the word to follow them.




September 14, 2012-afternoon edition

Who wants to SHEAR DA BEARD??

"Children's Hospital is such an amazing place. People come from all around to get the treatment they can get at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh because the doctors are so great.. and the nurses. Please give a donation. It really goes a long way." -- Keisel

Da Beard called in to the WDVE Morning Show today to talk about the upcoming game against the Jets, and to make a special offer to fans.

WDVE is holding their annual Radiothon to rock donations for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Brett surprised the DVE crew by offering a special "Da Beard" incentive to those who donate.

Listen to his incentive here.

Donate:

Call 412-692-8900 or click here to donate online.

On playing at Heinz Field:

"It's sacred ground. Our fans make it a very tough place for opponents to come in and get a win. I love this place, I am proud of where I'm from, but I very proud also to be a Pittsburgher. I'm proud of this team. We're excited to get back out there and get a win."

More news on DVE's Radiothon is below from the morning update.




September 14, 2012

Become a rock star

Now is your chance to become a ROCK STAR for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, with the crew from WDVE!

Shear Da Beard 2013:

Donate $100.00 and you are registered to win a VIP package for Shear Da Beard 2013! And, you also get to SHEAR A PIECE OF DA BEARD at the event!

Also today, until 10:00 a.m.(EDT), every $50.00 donation will be registered to win an autographed Brett Keisel football!

Let's help WDVE ROCK the donations for Children's Hospital!

Donate:

Call 412-692-8900 or click here to donate online.

Make a difference in the lives of so many deserving children and their families!

Listen live to the radiothon on WDVE until tomorrow.

Also, visit Ben Roethlisberger's website to see what he donated to the radiothon!

I will post Brett's interview with WDVE from this morning once it is available.




September 13, 2012

Thursdays news and notes

Jets-Steelers game talk:

Jets Coach Rex Ryan:

"This week we’re playing Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh. This is our third time playing them, and our third time playing at Pittsburgh. It’s about as tough a place to play as there is in football. The fans are outstanding.

"You have to go in there, this is as tough a place as we talk about playing in, and it’s based on the fact that they have an excellent football team and they get after it. They have seven players who are over 30 years old on their defense. You see that. They don’t make mistakes.

Last year they only gave up two plays over 40 yards in the passing game. They don’t beat themselves. They’re smart. Dick LeBeau is a tremendous coordinator.

They’re extremely physical up front. Casey Hampton and [Brett] Keisel do a good job up front.

They’re pretty darn good over there, this just in, obviously, the best defense in the league last year, perennial top-five defense in every statistical category. So we know it’s going to be tough sledding there."

Click here to read more about Ryan's take on playing Pittsburgh.

Military families and veterans thank Keisel and the Steelers for Heroes at Heinz event:

"I want to say thanks for taking your time to be at the Heroes at Heinz Field yesterday. My son Austin Rodriguez has Asperger's Syndrome/Anxiety/OCD and has had a hard time lately. I can see from the pictures my husband took that you & the other Steelers players really made him happy yesterday. Thank you & God bless!" -- Best regards, Heather Conroy Rodriguez

Austin also had a nice message for Mrs. Imler!

"Playing catch with Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood, Ryan Mundy and Will Allen at Heinz Field was unbelievable!" -- Alex Clites.

"So impressed with how great Brett was with all the vets & kiddos. Thank you Brett" -- Danielle DiVittorio

You can read more of Danielle's thanks (along with photos) to the Steelers players who attended here.

"Playing catch with Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood, Ryan Mundy and Will Allen at Heinz Field was unbelievable!" -- Alex Clites.

View some photos from VA Pittsburgh (including one of Keisel and veteran Jared Schomer showing off their beards), here.

And, you can read a few more comments, with links to photos, in the September 11 news below.

From the Da Beard Gear crew:

"We'd like to congratulate all who were lucky enough to win one of the Brett Keisel autographed pictures in our latest contest. We had winners from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, Illinois, Maryland, Florida and California. Pretty awesome representation of Da Beard Nation!!"

Keisel and Pouncey will be stylin' when they rock the runway as: Co-captains of Steelers Style 2012: Football/FANS/Fashion!

"“We are all really excited to get out there and strut our stuff. Fans get to see us show off our fashion as players, and it’s a great way for them to interact with us. It’s such a fun time for our team. We even give out an award to the player who has the best style.” --Brett

The event will take place on October 5 at 6 p.m. in the East Club at Heinz Field. Read more from Steelers.com here.

This is a great opportunity for fans to see the players, and some of their families, show off their personal styles as they have fun on the runway.

Click here to view a slideshow from the 2011 Steelers Style Fashion Show.




September 11, 2012

Heroes at Heinz Field

“You think about how lucky we have it to be in this great country. One of the reasons it is great is these folks here. They put their lives on the line for all of our rights and freedoms. It means a lot to come here and tell them thank you.” -- Keisel, speaking of the military veterans he met today at Heinz Field.

From Steelers.com:

On a night at Heinz Field when it was all about saying thank you to the military, all Coban Shaw wanted was an opportunity to say thank you to the Steelers. It was something he has tried to find a way to do the last six years, and on this night, on the field with some of his heroes, he was finally able to do so.

Shaw was one of about 75 military veterans who took part in “Heroes at Heinz Field,” an event annually hosted by the Steelers and VA Healthcare VISN 4 to honor veterans who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan.

So as Shaw, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury while deployed that still brings severe headaches, met some of the players taking part he finally had that chance to say thank you.

“I have always wanted to share my thanks with the team about making a bad day better,” said Shaw. “It was a bright spot for me. I am humbled by this event. It blows my mind. These were my heroes growing up. I was born in 1975 so I just thought the Steelers won Super Bowls. My whole life has been the Steelers.”

Saying thank you definitely wasn’t a one way street. For the players who attended the event it was their turn to do the same, and for Brett Keisel it took on special meeting. His father, Lane, as well as all of his uncles on both sides of his family served in the military. His cousin Shane Keisel was deployed to Iraq, while his nephew Wes Johnson served in Afghanistan.

“It’s amazing to see all of these guys,” said Keisel. “Speaking from a military family I really appreciate their service. They are the true heroes. We are honored to be able to share a little bit of what we do with them.

The veterans shared stories of their deployment with all of the players, which included Will Allen, Drew Butler, Ramon Foster, Ziggy Hood, Keisel, Doug Legursky, John Malecki, Ryan Mundy, Max Starks, Shaun Suisham, and Greg Warren, opening up to them about the good and the bad of what they went through.

From Gary Myers via Twitter:

"Thank you for coming in on your day off to hang out with us."

From Coban Shaw via Facebook:

"Thanks so much Sir. It was so great to finally meet you!"

And, from Sara Shaw:

"Brett- Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with my husband. There are no words to express how difficult the last six years have been on our family, war wounds are ugly and tonight was a wonderful event that was very needed. We appreciate all that you do to support our Veterans. God bless you!"

Click here to read the entire article. You can also view more photos here.




September 10, 2012

"We’ve got some things to work on"

Steelers 19, Broncos 31

“We’ve got some things to work on. We’ll go home, check it out and hopefully rectify it.” -- Keisel, from his post-game interview .

From Bob Labriola Steelers.com:

What went right: The Broncos won the toss and elected to receive, and the Steelers defense allowed a couple of first downs, before getting off the field with a three-play series that had Troy Polamalu tackle RB Knowshon Moreno for no gain, then Ike Taylor broke up a pass for Demaryius Thomas, and then Larry Foote sacked Peyton Manning for a loss of 5 yards that set up a punt.

On Denver’s second offensive possession – on a third-and-1 – Willis McGahee fumbled and LaMarr Woodley recovered to give the Steelers possession on the Denver 47-yard line.

“We don’t ever like to give up that many points and we feel like we’re a better defense than that. We feel like we stopped them pretty good in the first half and we wanted to be better in a lot of areas.” -- Keisel, on the defensive performance.

This game marked the return of Peyton Manning, in a Broncos uniform.

Brett, on the return of Manning:

“He was real sharp. He is a great quarterback and he got them the win today.”

On the team as a whole:

We’ve got some things we need to get better at. We’ll take a look at this and hopefully learn from our mistakes.”

Brett's post-game interview came from Jim Wexell, Steel City Insider.

We all know the Steelers will bounce back from this loss. The next game will be at Heinz Field against the NY Jets.

Thank you for all the nice emails regarding Brett giving a shout out to his hometown of Greybull, Wyo. in the Sunday Night Football introductions last night.




September 7, 2012

Two more days until kickoff

The Steelers begin their season against the Broncos in two days. The game will be nationally televised on NBC. It is an away game for Pittsburgh, but we know it will seem like a home game with all the black and gold faithful there. Hope to spot lots of fans in their Da Beard Gear there also!

If you wear your gear, send us a photo to post on the site! Our email information is above, under Contact.

Starting strong is a key:

“It's crucial to get started off on the right foot. We are facing a very tough opponent. Every game is important, especially AFC games. We’re excited about this opportunity, this team, going out and getting a strong start to our season. That catapults you into the rest of the season.

We are working hard to make sure that it is good. I am excited to see what this team can do for 60 minutes.

Keisel has high expectations for the team. He knows they lost some veterans in guys like James Farrior, Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke and Hines Ward, but he thinks the nucleus of veterans who remain, combined with an infusion of youth is the perfect mix.

I think the sky is the limit for this team. We have a lot of young, capable players in this locker room. They are going to get some opportunities here early. We have to be great on all three phases of the game if we expect to go where we want to go.

Every year you have a new locker room, you have new guys step up and make plays for you. That is the way it is. We miss those guys, love them, they were legendary, but we have to continue to move forward.”-- From Steelers.com.

Mutal beard admiration:

As mentioned in the September 4 news, Keisel met with the Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan for batting practice.

Click here to read more on their mutual beard admiration.

And, ever wonder what songs Keisel has on his ITunes playlist or the first car he owned?

Well, Tall Cathy from 96.1 has answers to those questions and more in her new "Five Questions" segment! Listen here.

Hunt for VII contest ends 9/9:

Check out the right side of the page, under the Keisel Kam photo for information on the contest. Get entered by September 9!




September 5, 2012

Keisel: The Man Behind ‘Da Beard’

From Matt Pawlikowski, Examiner.com:

When you think of “Mr. Irrelevant” in football, that usually means a spot on ESPN during the draft, and a warm body to fill training and mini camps during the summer, before the bags are packed for home. Eleven years ago, the Steelers’ defensive lineman was just three picks shy of becoming inconsequential. But Brett Keisel has proven himself by making the Pro Bowl and earning his spot in Super Bowls. Keisel has also become a leader and a role model to his teammates.

The son of a fur trapper, Keisel is a mountain man of sorts, and while his “Grizzly Adams” appearance to some might be scary, for Steeler nation it has become a staple and “Da Beard” seems to give the Steelers strength like Hercules’ hair did.

There is more than football and Da Beard to Keisel, though. He is a true ambassador to the city of Pittsburgh. Take training camp this year. While most players like their rest after a long day of practice, Keisel payed homage to his fans by signing free autographs at a local restaurant called Dinos in Latrobe.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg. His involvement in the community is what makes him to many an Angel.

The first year of “the beard,” Keisel put on an event called “Shear the Beard” after the season, and it raised over $40,000 for UPMC Children’s Hospital. During the spring he took a group of people fishing, all for charity, and this summer he helped make the wish of a young boy, Brandon Bawdy, who has a rare form of cancer come true.

Click here to read the rest of this enjoyable article.

You can also click on the "Brett in the Community" link above for more information on the causes Brett and his family support.




September 4, 2012

News, notes and quotes

"It's exciting. Now it's time to go.. it's time to let the chips fall where they may. Let's rock & roll. Let's get this thing started."--Keisel, in an interview with WDVE's Mike Prisuta.

You can listen to the whole interview here.

Keisel talks about the replacement referees:

""I know that these guys are coming in here doing the best that they can, but it's really out of our control. It doesn't matter if we have flag football officials, we've got to go out and play the best that we can and hopefully get a few calls along the way."

Click here to read the whole article.

On how the team will do with new faces:

"We had the No. 1 ranking last year, but we can improve ourselves by getting more turnovers. That's been a point of emphasis, and we need to stop people from scoring touchdowns in the red zone. But I think we have to guys to be capable of doing that."

Read more here.

And, from Jim Wexell (SteelCityInsider.net), more team news.

From Steelers.com today:

Keisel and Hanrahan sport the Burgh’s best beards...

Defensive end Brett Keisel and Pirates All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan have the most recognizable and best known beards in Pittsburgh, and all of sports for that matter, and on Tuesday they had a chance to compare them when Keisel took in the Pirates batting practice.

“His is good,” said Keisel of Hanrahan’s beard. “You can tell he puts time into it. It’s a commitment. Any time you want length and success, you have to make a commitment and that is what he is doing. I think it looks good.

“It’s awesome,” said Hanrahan. “I wish I was fortunate enough to grow one like that. I can only grow it on my chin. He has a big following with that beard. I just started mine two years ago and it’s kind of gross, kind of disgusting, but that is how people recognize me.”

Read the rest of the article, and see some great photos of Brett with Hanrahan and his teammates, here.

Today's news photo (via Steelers.com) shows Da Beard and Hanrahan did some hat trading. Hanrahan tweeted to Keisel to say thanks for bringing him some Da Beard Gear merchandise.




September 3, 2012

Team captains Named

Congratulations Captain Keisel and Captain Roethlisberger!

"I am honored to be named a captain of a storied franchise like the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m really excited about this team. We’ve got a lot of quick, young talent." -- Keisel, from an interview with Jim Wexell-SteelCityInsider.net .

From Steelers.com today:

The Steelers selected two players to serve as team captains for the 2012 season, the team announced through a vote of their teammates today.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will serve as the offensive captain, while defensive end Brett Keisel will serve as the defensive captain.

Read more here.

Heading to Denver next weekend?

Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post Gazette , offers some ideas for "must sees", lodging, eating and an option for those without a ticket to the highly anticipated game!




August 31, 2012

Steelers wrap up preseason with a "W"

Steelers 17, Panthers 16

Most of the starters sat out the final preseason game, which gave a chance for the back-ups to try to solidify their spots on the Steelers roster.

QB Charlie Batch started the game off well with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders to put the Steelers on the scoreboard at 7-0. Chris Rainey had a great game with two punt returns for touchdowns. Unfortunately, both were called back due to penalties.

To read more on the game (and injury updates), click here.

Keisel was held out of the game as a precaution, due to his ankle injury.

From a quick interviwe with #99 during the game:

He was asked how he felt being the "older" guy:

"I feel like I am getting younger."

On his leadership role:

"I want to be a guy these young guys can look up to on and off the field."

On the Steelers defense:

"I think we can be really special this year."

On his already massive beard growth:

"It's gonna get outta control once the snow starts falling in the 'Burgh."

Does his newborn son have a 5:00 shadow yet:

No, but my four year old is starting to have one.

I just paraphrased Brett's answers..not verbatim. Sorry!




August 30, 2012

Steeler Nation Spotlight is on...

Riley and T.J. Murray!

From their dad, Scott Murray:

Taking my sons Riley (10) & TJ (6) along with my nephew Adam to their first Steelers game was exciting enough. They were in awe of all the players as they warmed up and yelled as their favorites came out of the tunnel. They were really excited about the chance to maybe get an autograph.

As the warm-up ended and the players were heading back to the locker room we saw Brett Keisel, also known as "the big beard" in our house, heading towards us.

I was really happy that the boys were going to get their jersey signed by 'Diesel', but instead Brett simply reached into the stands and gave each of my boys one of his gloves.

Their faces lit up, and admittedly mine did too. What an incredible gesture and a moment that will last for their lifetime. They have already been Steelers fans since birth, but I know they will be fans of Brett & Da Beard for life now. Thanks Brett for making their experience even more amazing.

The gloves look a little big for the boys right now, but I'm sure they will grow into them! Thanks to the Murray's for sending the email and photo!

Steelers Luncheon:

The Steelers held their annual luncheon today with fans.

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com :

Excitement was in the air on Thursday afternoon at the annual Steelers Kickoff Luncheon, held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. Fans decked out in their black and gold packed the ballroom for the luncheon, which is hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, to help kickoff the team’s 80th season.

“It’s always a great way to get the season started and see so many people here ready to go,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “Last weekend we played in Buffalo and I think we set a new record for Steelers fans on the road for a preseason game. It was pretty amazing. We are looking forward to continuing that kind of support. We appreciate all of the enthusiasm and support you do provide us.

Alameda Ta’amu introduced Brett Keisel, the Steelers Walter Payton Man of the Year last year.

“It’s always exciting because you know the regular season is right around the corner,” said Keisel. “That is what is exciting for me. We hang out with the fans, watch the highlights from last year and see a rookie think they have to get up there and give a speech and stumble through it. It’s exciting for me because I know the season is coming.”

View photos from the luncheon here.

The Steelers will wrap up the preseason with a game against Carolina tonight. It will be broadcast locally on KDKA.




August 29, 2012-evening update

A wish comes true for young Steelers fan

From Steelers.com today:

As soon as the horn signaled the end of Steelers’ practice on Wednesday, Brandon Brawdy’s smile was a mile wide, but nonetheless the 15-year old looked slightly overwhelmed when he saw the entire team heading his way.

It was a moment he had been waiting for since his family contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer almost a year ago, sharing with them his love for the Steelers and wanting to find a way for him to meet some of his favorite players, in particular defensive end Brett Keisel.

“It’s an amazing honor,” said Keisel. “First off that they can have one wish in the world and it’s to hang out with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the day. That’s a remarkable honor for this organization. For him to want to meet me is incredibly humbling. It means a lot to me."

Read the entire article, and view a few more photos from Brandon's exciting day here.

Today's earlier news story can be read below.




August 29, 2012

Fear Da Beard

Steeler Nation..,this would make a great edition to any Steelers collection:

"Fear Da Beard" Limited edition Giclee prints, by artist Scott Spillman, are now available on museum quality paper and canvas.

These prints are limited to ONLY 500 and are signed and number by the artist and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Brett owns the original 30" x 40" painting that these print are made from.

This is the same print which caused a bidding war at Brett's annual "Shear Da Beard" event earlier in the year. Coach Tomlin prevailed with his bid of $5000.00. Scott Spillman graciously donated the print for Brett to auction at the Shear Da Beard event.

Order your print here.

Please note, the shopping cart will not work with iPhones or iPads.

View more from artist Scott Spillman.

You can view fans with their Spillman prints, and a great drawing of Keisel by Scott here.

Thank you to Scott Spillman for sharing his amazing work with Steeler Nation!

Information on ordering the Fear Da Beard print is also located on the right side of this page.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Isaac. Thank you to all the men and women working to keep them safe.




August 28, 2012

News and notes

"The defense continues to give us a short field, which is big. Hopefully that’s a signature of our ball here in 2012." --Coach Tomlin, following the Bills game.

From Dale Lolley:

"Man did the Steelers keep bringing the wood with their pass rush Saturday night against the Bills.

The Steelers hit Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick so hard so many times that he will likely wake up in a cold sweat seeing Lawrence Timmons and Ziggy Hood bearing down on him. Dick LeBeau was bringing a few more blitzes in this one and they were successful. They didn't necessarily result in sacks, but those QB hits take a toll.

And, Craig Wolfley talks about the defense in his "View from the Sidelines" column:

"It’s vintage Dick LeBeau to “play your gaps” on a second-and-2 and LaMarr Woodley powered up the ham hocks and drove the Bills TE about five yards into the backfield. LaMarrr was setting the edge while in a locked out position on the TE and looking straight at the ball carrier. Ziggy Hood fought through a double team and strung it out at the line of scrimmage. Right behind him was NT Steve McClendon getting front side on the Bills’ center. The Bills’ back, Fred Jackson, had nowhere to go, so he planted and headed north.

DE Brett Keisel beat the pants off the backside tackle to come down the line and crush Jackson for no gain. Sweet Marie, this is defensive football like it was drawn up on the board.

Da Beard just walked by me, heading for the locker room sitting on the doc’s table. He was getting his ankle checked and walked past with an I-don’t-think-it’s-too-bad look on his face.

News from Tomlin's presser today:

Brett was held out of practice yesterday and today. Coach Tomlin said they will "err on the side of caution" in regards to practice and game play for the final preseason game Thursday. You can check Quick Notes on the right side of this page for any injury related news.

Congratulations to Heath Miller, who will have his UVA jersey retired. A well deserved honor!

Hunt for VII Contest continues:

The contest will run through September 9. Details are on the right side of this page under the Keisel Kam photo. Good luck Steeler Nation!




August 25, 2012

Steelers defeat Bills

Steelers 38, Bills 7

The Steelers are now 2-1 in preseason play after defeating the Buffalo Bills tonight. The defense held the Bills to seven points and caused three turnovers which led to three Steelers touchdowns.

You can read Tomlin's press conference notes here.

You can read more on the game here.

Keisel injury:

Coach Tomlin stated Brett left the game with a mild high ankle sprain. Tomlin went on to say Keisel was held out of the game just for precaution. Brett told the media he would be fine. We will update you further as the week goes on if more news becomes available. You can check for "Quick Updates" on the right side of this page.

For those who were not able to see the game, NFL Network will replay it Monday, August 27th at 4:00 pm AND on Thursday, August 30th at Noon.




August 23, 2012

Steeler Nation Spotlight is on...

Matthew Cooper!

We first posted an email from Matthew's dad, Joseph on August 12:

"I just wanted to tell you what a great job the Steelers Organization does at the St Vincent'sTraining Camp.

My son Matthew has been a big fan of the Steelers for many years. He is 21 and has a very rare condition called Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome. I never thought that he would ever get the opportunity to meet any of the Steelers, as he had asked to do many times.

I was transferred to Washington, PA from VA and learned of the Training Camp through a coworker at EQT. This was a prime opportunity to make one of Matt's wishes a reality, so I took a day off last week so he could attend.

I would like to thank Brett and the whole organization for allowing the fans this opportunity to come out and get close to their idols. He got to meet Steely McBeam, which was one of the highlights of his visit.

Please extend our gratitude to everyone for making a wish come true for a very special young man.

More excitement for Matthew:

Joseph emailed us again recently to thank the Steelers and Ryan Clark:

Trish, I sent you an email and picture of my son Matthew with Steely McBeam at Training Camp a few weeks ago, which you posted on Brett's Website. Since then one of the greatest things to ever happen to Matt or myself transpired last night at the Steelers/Colts game.

Upon entering the gate, we received 1st & Goal Scratch Tickets. When Matt scratched his he had won a pair of Pre-Game Field Passes.

We were escorted down to the field by Steelers Personnel where we remained until after the opening kick off. While there Matt received a practice ball from one of the coaches, a visit from Ryan Clark, who tried to trade him out of his hamburger hat, and an opportunity to put on a Superbowl Ring and have his picture made.

Again I have to thank and congratulate the Steelers Organization on a job well done and for making yet another wish/dream come true for Matt.

He had asked for this many times over the years and I had told him this would probably never happen. When he scratched that ticket, I knew God had blessed him with a dream come true.

Matt has never been able to do the things that normal kids do but he loves life and is a blessing to our family and everyone he meets. He is a true and loyal fan of the Steelers!

He said that the hamburger hat was now his lucky hat and that Ryan Clark was his new best friend, lol! Now he has me trying to locate him a #25 Jersey and a Super Bowl Ring (replica) for his collection.

Please thank the Steelers for this experience! --Joey Cooper

Thank you to Matthew and Joseph for sharing their story and we can see why Ryan wanted to trade for the hamburger hat..pretty cool!

Check out the August 22nd news for information on the Hunt for VII contest!




August 22, 2012

Contest Time

How would you like to win an autographed photo of BRETT KEISEL?

Da Beard and his crew are holding a Hunt for VII contest and 7 lucky fans will win an autographed photograph of Keisel!

Wondering how to enter?

It's simple...just place an order through Da Beard Gear from today through the season opener on September 9, and you are automatically entered.

The Da Beard Gear crew will randomly place autographed photos of Keisel in orders when they ship.

The store has two new t-shirts in and lots of other gear, so head on over and GET YOUR BEARD ON!

You can also click the Store link (beneath the banner) to shop Da Beard Gear.

More game news:

Keisel did not win Olympic gold, but he did receive a gold medal from Jim Wexell, publisher SteelCityInsider.Net.

From Mr. Wexell's article, Medal Stand: Vets Debut in Style :

Last week I watched the Steelers’ newcomers closely and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals accordingly. This week I’ll start with a couple of veterans who made their first preseason appearances in the Steelers’ 26-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Gold Medal:

Brett Keisel – The right defensive end read screen to Reggie Wayne on the first play and got out to provide blanket coverage of the Hall of Fame receiver to be. Keisel’s big play, though, was made after getting past a guard and then a tackle to pressure Luck into throwing Ike Taylor’s pick-six. Keisel was a standup middle linebacker on the play, and he also did some standup DE, but his base play against the run – forcing the Colts’ OTs to run block on their side of the line – will be so important with Casey Hampton out of the lineup.

Read more of Wexell's weekly game analysis, predictions and interviews at SteelCityInsider.Net.

Training Camp:

Camp is over, but we received a couple more photos to add to the gallery.

Thank you again to everyone who sent photos of #99! We appreciate it.

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.




August 20, 2012

The day after

The Steelers are now 1-1 in preseason play after defeating the Colts last night at Heinz Field.

The players have moved out of their temporary living quarters in Latrobe, PA and will return to their normal in-season practice routines.

""It's a great chance to build your team. A lot of times, you don't realize what you’ve got in a kid until he plays at game speed. It's scary, because injuries can happen to anybody. But at the same time, it's necessary…You get a feel for your team early on. You never know what's going to happen throughout the course of the season." -Brett, on why the preseason is important.

Dave, at Steelers Depot, gave his thoughts on the defense plays last night. His thoughts on Keisel:

Brett Keisel on the Steelers first defensive snap had great recognition of running back screen and blew it up.

Players I thought stuck out during game were Keisel, McLendon, Woodley, Allen, Timmons, Bryant, Robinson and Golden.

Click the Steelers Depot link above to read Dave's entire analysis of the defense. His website is a great place to keep up with Steelers news.

Brett talks about Colts rookie quarterback, Andrew Luck:

"He's a tough kid. He's a good quarterback. I think he's going to play a long time. (Colts offensive coordinator) Bruce (Arians) is, I'm sure, a happy man." -- (Will Graves, AP Sports.)

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.




August 19, 2012

Steelers get win in front of home crowd

Steelers 26, Colts 24

"It feels great. This is a fantastic place, and what makes it fantastic is the beginning of that word, “fans.” We love it here. We have the greatest fans in the world." -- Brett talking to Teresa Varley, Steelers.com during the game tonight.

Read more from his talk with Ms. Varley here.

Brett played in his first preseason game of 2012 and had two tackles. Since it was the second preseason game, the starters did not stay in long.

The Steelers defense intercepted Colts quarterback Andrew Luck twice, with one of the interceptions being a pick six by Ike Taylor. Luck threw the interception as Keisel was bearing down on him.

Colts quarterback Chandler Harnis was also intercepted.

“It’s a big goal of ours this year — we have to get more turnovers and get our offense back on the field, if we can do that, I think we’ll win a lot of games.” -- Keisel, from an article by Alan Robinson, Trib Live.

Game photos:

Click here to view a couple photos. I will add to the gallery if more photos become available.

Listen to Keisel's post game press conference here.




August 18, 2012

Wishes really do come true

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

As 13-year old Christopher Naegeli watched the Steelers morning practice at training camp, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came behind him, then knelt down beside him and started talking football.

The teenager who a few minutes earlier was joking with his mom and sister, got quiet and shy, meeting his hero for the first time. But after a few minutes Naegeli, who has spina bifida and came to camp through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, warmed up not just to Roethlisberger but also to Coach Mike Tomlin, LaMarr Woodley, Ryan Clark, Brett Keisel, Dick LeBeau, Larry Foote and the rest of the players who came over to meet him, sign his football and joke around.

Read more and view more photos from Christopher's day with the Steelers here.

Home Run Derby:

Coach Tomlin held a Home Run Derby last night, and while it may not have been as high scoring as we see during the All-Star break of MLB, the players had a great time.

Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net reported that Keisel was the captain of the defense and Ben Roethlisberger was the captain of the offense.

The defense prevailed, thanks to Larry Foote who scored the lone home run of the evening.

You can read more on the game (and view photos) here.

Camp photos:

You can view the Training camp Gallery here.

There are several pages of photos.

Thank you to all the fans who attended camp to support the Steelers. Steeler Nation is truly the best. We appreciate all the photos you sent of #99 from camp! Let's get ready for Steeler Football 2012!




August 17, 2012

Brett's Bearded Beauties are a hit

"I'm used to seeing lots of guys with fake beards, but not a single woman, let alone several showing up as a bearded army.

I had to go over and tell them I liked what I saw. When I first saw them I though, man, those girls are real Bearded Beauties. They live up to their name." -- Keisel in an interview with Rebecca Nordquist-ESPN the Magazine.

Shown in the photo with Brett are (from left), Beth Elder, Bonnie Liska, Dawn Conley, Christine Taylor and Poppy Prichett.

Brett's Bearded Beauties arrived at the Steelers Women's camp in their Bearded Beauties t-shirts and of course wearing their own version of Da Beard.

The Bearded Beauties were awarded "Best Dressed" at camp.

Lookout guys, you may have some competition in the annual beard contest we hold on this site! Ladies-don't toss those beards out yet!

Pick up the latest copy (August 20 edition) of ESPN the Magazine to read more.

Thank you to Rebecca Nordquist and ESPN for helping Brett's Bearded Beauties go nationwide!

Thank you to Cassandra Buncie from BlackNGoldGirls for all her help in connecting us with Brett's Bearded Beauties. Be sure to visit her website for some awesome Black N Gold Gear.

You can also read an article Cassandra wrote about the Women's Training Camp here.

From the article:

“Brett’s Bearded Beauties” took camp by storm, led by matriarch Bonnie Liska, her two daughters and close family friends. This is their eighth year at camp, and this year they were rewarded for their creativity by Brett Keisel himself. Nearing the end of practice, he crossed the practice field to take a moment to thank and speak with the group.

“I was like, ‘Mom, Brett’s crossing the field. Mom, he’s coming this way,’ and before I knew it it he was right in front of us,” said Dawn Elder Conley. “Brett was so awesome. He asked us about our day and thanked us for our effort. Camp gives us this opportunity. It’s something we cherish and as a family will continue to do.”

Photos of the group with their namesake landed in newspapers as far away as California.

Starters to get more work vs. Colts:

From Steelers.com:

The Steelers play their second preseason game on Sunday night when they host the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field and as expected the starting units will see more playing time.

“I’d like for them to play about twice as long as they did last time out,” said Tomlin. “That’s always a general reference but I always reserve the right to change it based on circumstance, performance, time of possession and things of that nature.”

You can read the entire article here.

Reminder: The Sunday night game vs. the Colts will be nationally televised on NBC at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Steelers brings smiles to kids:

From the Steelers.com blog:

The Steelers hosted Variety the Children’s Charity at camp on Thursday, giving the kids a chance to meet some of their favorite Steelers players after practice and bringing huge smiles to their faces.

Click here to view a couple photos from the visit.

Keisel met with NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth at practice Thursday. Steelers.com reports the NBC crew was in town preparing for the Sunday Night game.

Photos:

To view photos from camp click here.

There are several pages of photos.

We still have many more fan photos to post so check back over the weekend.




August 15, 2012

News and more photos

From Steelers.com today:

Defensive end Brett Keisel missed the Eagles game because of the birth of his third child, son William Atticus, but will be back in action on Sunday night against the Colts.

“I am excited to get a game in,” said Keisel. “We get to play in front of our fans. It’s going to be exciting.”

“I hope we can get after him,” said Keisel of Luck. “I am sure Bruce has a good idea of what we run here. He is a great quarterback, a lot of potential. Hopefully we can rattle him a little bit.”

Keisel kids are good luck:

Keisel is hoping the birth of his son is a good omen for the team.

When his oldest son Jacob was born the team won Super Bowl XLIII. The year his daughter Grace was born the Steelers lost in Super Bowl XLV.

“Every time we have had a kid we went to the Super Bowl so I want that trend to continue,” said Keisel, who said William and his wife Sarah are doing well. “I had my son we won Super Bowl XLIII. I had a daughter we lost Super Bowl XLV. So I had another son because I wanted us to win.”

You can read the entire article here.

Today's news photo is of fan Brittany Vinglish sporting the female version of Da Beard. You can see a larger version of the photo, and more here.

There are several pages of photos.




August 12, 2012

Fan photos and messages

It's a fan Sunday here at BrettKeisel.com! Thank you to all who have sent photos, emails and messages from camp. Steeler Nation is amazing!

Biggi, from BHR.Photography sent some great photos of Keisel from camp.

You can view a few of them, along with all camp photos here.

She has more photos of Brett and his teammates here for viewing and for sale. The prices are reasonable so check 'em out. Please do not edit or remove the watermarks if you share, and be sure to give BHR. Photography credit. It was very gracious of her to share her professional photographs.

From Joseph Cooper:

"I just wanted to tell you what a great job the Steelers Organization does @ the St Vincent'sTraining Camp. My son Matthew has been a big fan of the Steelers for many years. He is 21 and has a very rare condition called Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome. I never thought that he would ever get the opportunity to meet any of the Steelers, as he had asked to do many times.

I was transferred to Washington, PA from VA and learned of the Training Camp through a coworker at EQT. This was a prime opportunity to make one of Matt's wishes a reality, so I took a day off last week so he could attend.

I would like to thank Brett and the whole organization for allowing the fans this opportunity to come out and get close to their idols. Although my son didn't get to meet Brett, Ben, Heath, Troy, Antonio, etc., he did get a few autographs from other players and got to meet Steeley McBeam, which was one of the highlights of his visit.

Please extend our gratitude to everyone for making a wish come true for a very special young man.

Click here to see a larger view of Matthew's photo and to see a fan photo from 2005 of Brett with Alexandria Harman, who met him at a Steelers basketball game.

Thanks again for all the messages and photos!

Reminder... camp will be closed tomorrow so no public practice. View the remainder of the schedule on the right side of this page, under Training Camp 2012.

Also, please remember, training camp is a great time to obtain player autographs, but it is NOT a guarantee. The players are happy to greet fans and sign autographs, but their main focus is on preparing for the upcoming season. There are times when they are instructed by coaches to go straight to the trainer, doctor or meetings directly after camp so autographs are not always possible.

They greatly appreciate Steeler Nation's support everyday at camp, and try to get to as many fans as possible, but they cannot guarantee autographs to all.

From the Steelers organization: The best time to obtain autographs from the players is after practice. There are areas designated for fans to stand to obtain the autographs. There is no formal setting for player autographs on a daily basis.

Fans have been great and very understanding, but I wanted to just post a reminder.




August 10, 2012

It's a boy!

"I'm proud to announce that my wife and new son are doing great! Babies sure are a miracle. -- Brett

Congratulations to Brett and his family on the birth of their son!

Steeler Nation is happy for the Keisel's:

Newest member of DaBeard Gear Crew! -- Da Beard Gear crew

Congratulations to you and Sarah from HCEF! We are so happy for the both of you. -- Homeless Children's Education Fund

Congratulations @bkeisel99 on the birth of your son!! Little, Bitty, Bearded, Steeler, Baby!!! -- Misty

Congrats on the baby big man! All the best this season - I'm sure the baby will bring some luck to Steeler Nation an your family! -- Michael West

Congratulations to #99 Brett Keisel and his wife on a new baby boy! Here's to a happy, healthy and beautiful family life -- Alison Onega

CONGRATS!!!!! Yes babies are a miracle; and they also grow up in the wink of an eye! -- Haydee Sampedro

Congrats to Da Beard and family on their latest bundle of joy! -- Anne Cooper

Congratulations Brett!!! May a billion blessings rain upon your new baby and the rest of your family. -- Diana M. Davis-Alvarez

Congratulations! Does he have a beard yet? lol Seriously, congratulations. Hope baby and mama are doing well. -- Jack Anderson

Mr Keisel, congratulations you and wife, and I wish you nothing but blessings, and thank you for adding one more family member to the STEELERNATION. -- Danny Arguelles

Huge congrats on the Little Miracle my man! Nothing like holding your son for the first time -- Rob Gratson

You'll love the name J-I-M, Keis. It's old, but rock-solid. -- Jim Wexell

And, more congrats from the folks over at SteelersXTreme and Steelers Universe!

Thank you to Steeler Nation for all the messages via Facebook, email, Twitter and various fan forums. We could not post all of them, but greatly appreciate the outpouring of well wishes and congratulations.

And, from Steelers.com today:

Steelers make a wish come true

Safety Troy Polamalu made a day at training camp special for 11-year old Teddy Theys, who got to meet his favorite Steelers player and many others thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Theys attended one of the team’s morning practices, receiving a personal welcome from Coach Mike Tomlin before meeting Polamalu and hanging out with him on the practice field.In addition to meeting Polamalu, Theys also met Brett Keisel and Ben Roethlisberger on the field, and then the rest of the players once practice ended.

Read the entire article, and view more photos here.

Photos:

To view photos from camp click here.

There are several pages of photos.




August 9, 2012

First preseason game in the books

Steelers 23, Eagles 24

They say the game isn't over until the final whistle blows. This was true tonight for the Steelers as the Eagles scored a field goal with just seconds left in the game clock, giving them a 24-23 lead over Pittsburgh.

Tomlin, in his post game press conference, termed this game as "lessons learned" for his young Steelers.

Keisel update:

Thank you for all the emails and messages regarding Brett's absence tonight. He was excused tonight for a family matter, but he is fine. We appreciate your concern. Steeler Nation truly has the best fan base!

Photos:

To view photos from camp click here.

There are several pages of photos.




August 7, 2012

From this morning

Keisel was interviewed by the NFL AM this morning. If you missed it, don't worry! We have the link to listen to his interview courtesy of NFL AM.

He was asked about his "ride" to training camp. Keisel, (who arrived on a Kubota tractor), said he decided to take his "work" vehicle to camp.

Brett talked about the first game of the season, which is against the Denver Broncos:

"We got some tricks. It's going to be exciting going against the legendary Quarterback in Peyton Manning. We are excited for the game and we're gonna be ready."

And, of course his legendary beard was mentioned:

"Two months in growth goin' right now. It's gonna be bigger and better than ever."

Listen to the entertaining interview here.

Two years ago today:

The great Dick LeBeau was inducted into the Hall of Fame. We posted a link to his amazing speech underneath the Keisel Kam photo to the right.

Photos:

To view photos from camp click here.

There are several pages of photos.




August 3, 2012-evening update

Friday Night Lights

“Words can’t explain how much Aaron has taught me, not just on the football field but about being a man. I look up to him so much I don’t know if I will ever be able to repay him for what he has taught me.

It will be emotional, but I have had time to wipe the tears away and enjoy and celebrate the career he had. I will never be able to repay him for what he has done for me and the organization.” -- Keisel talks about his friend and teammate, Aaron Smith.

The Steelers annual night practice was tonight. Fans and players look forward to it every year. This year was special though. Prior to the start of practice, four players officially retired as Pittsburgh Steelers.

Willie Parker, Joey Porter, Marvel Smith and Aaron Smith attended the practice and were brought onto field in front of their teammates, the Steelers Organization and Steeler Nation to retire from the game of football as Steelers.

From Steelers.com:

The lights will be shining on four former Steelers one last time on Friday night as they officially retire from the NFL as Steelers at the team’s night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.

Willie Parker, Joey Porter, Aaron Smith and Marvel Smith, all members of at least one Super Bowl winning team, will be honored prior to the practice.

“All four are great Steelers,” said defensive end Brett Keisel, who played with each of them. “They were great players here. Aaron has taught me so much, how to play, approach it, play with technique. Marvel Smith, we competed like crazy when I was a younger player, he used to dominate me. “All four of them are Pro Bowlers. Joey was our fearless leader. He had a method to his madness for sure. And Willie, he was a great player that came from free agency and worked his way into a starting role.”

Keisel is happy all four will get a proper send off and thank you by the thousands of fans expected at the night practice.

Click here to read the entire article.

You can also click here for interviews with the retired players.

Photos:

To view photos from camp click here.

There are several pages of photos. The site will be undergoing updates for a few days, so I will update more photos from Friday Night Lights and camp once the updates are complete.




August 3, 2012

Training camp rolling along

Camp is moving along. Hard to believe it's time for Friday Night Lights and the first preseason game is next week!

Thank you to all the fans who are sending photos of their time at camp. Today's photo is of Sean Madden. He is an adorable three-year old who came all the way from Maryland with his family to visit camp.

From Sean's mother, Jackie Madden:

"I wanted to thank you for taking the time to stop and meet our son Sean yesterday. It was the highlight of an exciting day for him. Thanks so much!"

From his great grandmother, Anna Vilani:

"Brett, it was so nice of you to take time out to talk to my Great Grandson, Sean on Wednesday at the Steeler Camp. He is a great 3 year old fan of the Steelers and his parents came from Maryland for Sean to see the Steelers in person. We are all Steelers fans who are proud of our team! Go Steelers! Thanks for being so kind. God Bless."

And, from his grandmother, Kathleen Moran:

"That's my grandchild. We brought him up well. Go Steelers!!!! Couldn't stop talking about fist knuckling Brett. Hope he doesn't ask Pop Pop for a truck like that on his sixteenth birthday!"

Sean and family: THANK YOU for coming to camp!

Visit Brett's official Facebook page to see all the greetings from Steeler Nation! We all wish Sean and his family the very best!

WDVE media day:

Brett (and Da Beard) met with the WDVE Morning Crew to discuss training camp, his arrival to training camp, and the upcoming season.

Missed the interview? Don't worry, we have you covered. Click here to listen.

You can catch all the interview they did with Brett's teammates also here.

Fear Da Beard 2012:

The updated version is here.

Photos:

To view photos from camp and Brett's autograph signing, click here.

There are several pages of photos.




August 2, 2012

Fans excited to meet #99

Fans attending camp are hoping to collect as many Steelers autographs as possible. And, the players are helping out as best they can. Keisel and his teammates hands are probably cramped from all the autographs they are signing, but they love it.

Today's news photo is of JoJo Gratson who collected TONS of autographs on his Devine Pets dog.

JoJo's dad, Rob, said he was proud to have #99 sign the dog "right on top."

The Gratson's are HUGE Steelers fans, and have been awesome supporters of Brett and this website. You can view more of their photos in the training camp gallery.

The dog was designed by Tammy Devine Palmer, of Devine Pets. She is in the process of making one for EVERY player on the Steelers roster, and she said she needs to complete 14 more to finish. Tammy also donates many of them to various charities. Visit her site if you want to order one.

She made this one special for Da Beard. One fan named it, "Doggie McBeard".

Great work Tammy!

Keisel has enjoyed all the fans attending camp. It's great to hear from fans about how thrilled they are to get to meet him and his teammates "up close and personal" and we appreciate all the photos being sent to us to share here on Brett's website. Keep 'em coming!

Magazine alert:

Remember Brett's Bearded Beauties? If not, check out the news below from July 29. ESPN The Magazine loved their creativity and contacted us to interview the ladies and Mr. Keisel. The issue should be out next week. We will keep you posted.

Kick Off the 2012 Season at Annual Steelers Luncheon:

For ticket information, click here.

Ike Taylor, Antonio Brown and Da Beard wearing their new 2012 Da Beard Gear Hunt for VII shirts!

Da Beard Gear:

The crew is no longer in Latrobe, but you can still order gear online. Click the STORE link above.

To view more photos of teammates and fans wearing their Da Beard Gear, click here.

Photos:

To view photos from camp and Brett's autograph signing, click here.

There are several pages of photos.




July 31, 2012

Back to camp

The players got a small break on Monday as there was no practice. Today it was back to work though, and the fans returned with the players to Latrobe.

NFL.com reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala caught up with Keisel to see how training camp was going for him this year.

From her article:

Brett Keisel is everything you think he is. Yes, the beard -- already in midseason form -- is fun. Yes, the fact that the veteran defensive end drove a tractor to camp was fun -- ludicrously so. But Keisel is still motoring on the football field, too. He doesn't even look remotely like a guy entering his 11th season -- or like he's thinking about slowing down. "What? No," Keisel said when asked if camp gets old a decade in. "I love this."

To read her entire article, which includes her observations on the Steelers training camp, click here.

Da Beard Gear Crew:

Sadly, their time in Latrobe had ended, and they are making the journey back home to Wyoming. The good news is, they will be shipping your orders once they return home so be on the lookout for your gear!

Don't worry if you did not make it to Latrobe to purchase your Da Beard Gear. You can order online by clicking on the STORE link beneath the banner.

Photos:

To view photos from camp and Brett's autograph signing, click here.

There are several pages of photos.




July 29, 2012-evening update

Keisel loves the intensity

“That’s the way we want it. We want it intense. It’s the job of those of us who have been around to make sure the intensity stays this high.”" -- Brett, after practice today.

From Steelers.com:

With the players in pads for a second straight day the intensity continued to build as the Steelers practiced on Sunday afternoon at St. Vincent College.

Keisel did his part before practice got rolling, firing the guys up and getting them ready to go.

“It’s a great sport,” said Keisel. “It allows you to go out and compete in the most physical way possible. That is what I was trying to tell them…relax, let’s go out there and compete and fight and have fun.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Photos:

To view photos from camp and Brett's autograph signing, click here.

There are a couple pages of photos.

Reminder:

The players have the day off on Monday, so there is no public practice.




July 29, 2012

Brett's Bearded Beauties

Da Beard Nation has hit Latrobe!

From Mike Bires, Times Online:

At practice Saturday, five fans watched from the sideline wearing fake beards that resemble the famous facial hair of Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel.

But what made these five spectators stand out even more was the fact they were women.

“We’re the ‘Bearded Beauties,’ ” said Bonnie Liska of Jeannette.

Several months ago, Liska and four of her relatives and friends decided to attend the annual women’s football clinic the Steelers host at training camp each summer. To spice up their experience, they decided to attach bears to their faces when they were allowed to watch practice.

“You girls look great!” Keisel said as he posed with them for a picture during a break in practice. “Did you all have fun today?”

You can read the entire article here here.

From Brett to the Bearded Beauties:

"I had the pleasure of meeting these lady's today who participated in woman's fantasy camp."

Click here to watch a video from camp, and to see what award the "Bearded Ladies" won.

Thanks to Brett's Bearded Beauties- Bonnie Liska, Beth Elder, Dawn Conley, Christine Taylor, and Poppy Pritchett for reppin' Da Beard Nation!

Photos:

To view photos from camp and Brett's autograph signing, click here.

There are a couple pages of photos.

Check out the news below for information from the free autograph signing Keisel and his Da Beard Crew held today!




July 28, 2012

Da Beard Mania

Keisel and the Da Beard Gear crew held a free autograph signing event today at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe. As a surprise to fans, Keisel brought a teammate along.

He teased Da Beard Nation with this post on Facebook and Twitter prior to the meeting:

"We are on our way to Dino's. I have a special guest with me. He can only stay for a few minutes cuz he has a press conference at noon."

Fans picked up on who it was immediately since most had heard of Brown's new contract announced Friday, and knew he had a press conference scheduled today.

Brown and his son, Antonio Jr. arrived with Da Beard and the fans were thrilled!

From Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew following the signing:

"Thanks to everyone who showed up to Dino's. Nice meeting everyone!"

Thanks also to Antonio Brown (and Antonio Jr.) for the surprise visit, and congratulations on your new contract! Well deserved!

For those who missed Brown's press conference, you can listen here.

It was great of Antonio to give a shout out to Da Beard Gear and Keisel. His son was sporting the new Hunt for VII shirt, as Brown said: "We just came from a gathering with Brett Keisel at Dino's so we are definitely on board for FEARIN' THE BEARD!"

Thank you to all who attended, and a huge thank you to Dino's Sports Lounge for hosting the Da Beard crew during camp, and for allowing Keisel to hold his autograph signing event there. The guys encourage everyone to head over there for Dino's great food. They suggest trying the wings and ribs.

Photos:

To view more photos from the signing event today, and a few photos from camp, click here.

Thank you to all who have posted via Twitter and Facebook to say thank you to Keisel for the autographs at camp! You can view the tweets and Facebook messages by clicking the social media links at the top of this page.

Join Da Beard Nation! Click the Store link beneath the banner to purchase Keisel's official Da Beard Gear merchandise!




July 26, 2012

Free autograph signing

Latrobe autograph signing:

Keisel will be signing autographs on Saturday July 28 from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA.

Da Beard and his crew will be there to greet Steeler Nation and to unveil the latest Da Beard Gear merchandise.

From Brett:

I will be at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe on 7/28 from 11am-12pm to sign autographs with my crew. See you there!

Signing information:

Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew want to thank Steeler Nation for their support, so this will be a FREE autograph signing! Yes, we said FREE!

Fans can bring one item (per person) to be signed free by Keisel. Due to the time constraints, Brett will not be able to pose with fans for photographs. He only gets a limited time away from camp, and he wants to ensure as many fans as possible get to have an item signed. We thank you for understanding.

Sorry, NO mail in items will be accepted for this signing.

Stop in to meet Keisel and his crew... and grab some of Dino's famous wings!

The Da Beard Gear crew will be in Latrobe from July 25-29.

Da Beard Nation shirts:

Da Beard Gear added a couple new shirts which have been a hit with Keisel's teammates. One was posted below in the July 26 news, and today they released the Da Beard Nation shirts!

Get a close up look here.

Camp news:

Keisel talks about the rookies:

“You never want to let a rookie beat you, ever. Coach Mitchell told me that a long time ago. He said, ‘I would never let a rookie block me, ever.’ So that’s just the mentality you have. You want to come in and show these young guys how we play football and what type of defense we have.” - From Steelers.com.




July 26, 2012-afternoon/evening update

Keisel ready to see what young players can do

From Steelers.com:

Defensive end Brett Keisel is looking forward to the first training camp practice, when the speed picks up and the team gets their first real look at what young players are capable of.

“I am very excited,” said Keisel. “We have a young group of guys coming in here. This is where you define your team and figure out who is going to help you win games throughout the season. You don’t know what guys are capable of until they put on the pads and go full speed. It will be interesting to see who steps up and makes plays.”

You can read tne entire article here.

We will continue to update training camp news and photos as they become available.




July 26, 2012

Hunt for VII

The 2012 Hunt for Seven begins!

Be one of the first to get your hands on one of these beauties! The front has a shot of Keisel doing his QB sack celebration and the back has the 2012 season schedule.

Da Beard Gear unveiled one of their new t-shirt designs yesterday and the consensus was...they are a HIT!

Keisel's teammates and Steeler Nation love them. They were not going to be available on the website until next week, but due to the large volume of fan requests, they are available NOW!

Click the STORE link above (below the banner) to enter the world of Da Beard Gear-Keisel's official merchandise.

To get a closer look at the new t-shirt, click here.

More new gear is available at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe. THe Da Beard Gear crew is there dailyn, until July 29, from 11am-2pm and 6pm-close. You can meet the crew and check out the latest in Da Beard Gear merchandise. The rest of the new merchandise will be added to the website for online sales soon.

Latrobe autograph signing:

Keisel will be signing autographs on Saturday July 28 from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA.

Da Beard and his crew will be there to greet Steeler Nation and to unveil the latest Da Beard Gear merchandise.

Signing information:

Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew want to thank Steeler Nation for their support, so this will be a FREE autograph signing! Yes, we said FREE!

Fans can bring one item (per person) to be signed free by Keisel. Due to the time constraints, Brett will not be able to pose with fans for photographs. He only gets a limited time away from camp, and he wants to ensure as many fans as possible get to have an item signed. There is no guarantee that every fan will get an autograph as it will depend on the number of fans there. We thank you for understanding.

Sorry, NO mail in items will be accepted for this signing.




July 25, 2012-see late evening update below

Da Beard arrives

Fans, teammates and media have discussed what vehicle Keisel would drive into camp this year. Not sure any of them guessed correctly.

Brett arrived to Latrobe in a Kubota tractor.

From Steelers.com:

Players have been arriving at camp in over-sized SUVs, luxury sports cars and the like, but defensive end Brett Keisel made the entrance of the day in a huge orange Kubota Tractor. Keisel pulled up behind the dorm then dumped his luggage from out of the front loader.

Keisel did not drive the tractor the entire way from home, but just the last 20 miles of the trip – which took about an hour.

“I got some looks,” said Keisel. “People were like what is this guy doing. It was a lot of fun. I love driving these things because it reminds me of my childhood.”

Keisel joked that next year he might have to arrive on some type of live stock, maybe even a horse. “I think that was the rumor; that I was going to come in on a horse,” said Keisiel. “I was like, that is a good idea, I wish I would have thought of that.”

Media comments on Keisel's arrival:

Mike Prisuta (Times): "Keisel has Da Beard almost in mid-season form."

Matt Maesel (WJAC-TV Sports): "Brett Keisel showed up in this ride today. Said he drove it on the parkway....Riiight. Awesome nonetheless."

Alby Oxenreiter (WPXI-TV): "Brett Keisel showed up to training camp on a tractor!"

CBS Twitter: "In the over-the-top arrival dept., Brett Keisel's Kubota front-loading tractor wins hands-down thus far."

Da Beard arrives in Latrobe also:

"Da Beard Gear is excited to be in Latrobe, PA July 25-29 for the opening of Steelers Training Camp.

Our newest designs as well as the classics will be available from 11am-2pm and 6pm-close at the place with the best wings around, Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe.

We hope to see the entire Beard Nation as we begin the Hunt for 7!!"

View photos of Brett's arrival today here.

View more photos of the players arriving at camp here.

Late evening update:

From Mike Bires, Times Online:

For his 11th training camp, Brett Keisel wanted to arrive in style. So he drove one of his favorite vehicles -- a bright range Kubota tractor.

“This has to be a first,” said Keisel, the Steelers’ veteran right defensive end. “It’s my way of saying ‘Hard work pays off.’”

Keisel got the tractor -- a M4070 model that he calls the “Bad Boy” -- from his friends who own an outdoor power equipment store in Washington, Pa. In exchange for appearing in a commercial for the store, Keisel was given a tractor to use on his farm in the North Hills.

“We have a deal going,” Keisel said. “They let me drive one around my house a little bit to work on my fields. So I thought it would be a fun idea to show up to camp with this.”

Click here to read the entire article.




July 23, 2012

Training Camp 2012

Latrobe..here we come!

It's that time of year again...training camp 2012 begins on July 25.

The players report on Wednesday July 25. The first official practice will take place Thursday, July 26. The first practice open to the public is scheduled for Friday, July 27, at 2:55 p.m. Only the afternoon practices are open to the public.

Camp schedule:

For the camp schedule and directions, click here.

Keisel autograph signing:

Keisel will be signing autographs on Saturday July 28 from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA.

Signing information:

Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew want to thank Steeler Nation for their support, so this will be a FREE autograph signing! Yes, we said FREE!

Fans can bring one item (per person) to be signed free by Keisel. Due to the time constraints, Brett will not be able to pose with fans for photographs. He only gets a limited time away from camp, and he wants to ensure as many fans as possible get to have an item signed. We thank you for understanding.

Sorry, NO mail in items will be accepted for this signing.

From the Da Beard Gear Crew:

"Da Beard Gear is excited to be in Latrobe, PA July 25-29 for the opening of Steelers Training Camp.

Our newest designs as well as the classics will be available from 11am-2pm and 6pm-close at the place with the best wings around, Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe.

We hope to see the entire Beard Nation as we begin the Hunt for 7!!"

Stop by the website throughout camp as we will be posting photos and news daily. We hear Antonio Brown is excited to see what kind of car Da Beard will drive to camp..so stay tuned.




July 20, 2012

Da Beard autograph signing

Latrobe autograph signing:

Keisel will be signing autographs on Saturday July 28 from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA.

Da Beard and his crew will be there to greet Steeler Nation and to unveil the latest Da Beard Gear merchandise.

From Brett:

I will be at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe on 7/28 from 11am-12pm to sign autographs with my crew. See you there!

Signing information:

Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew want to thank Steeler Nation for their support, so this will be a FREE autograph signing! Yes, we said FREE!

Fans can bring one item (per person) to be signed free by Keisel. Due to the time constraints, Brett will not be able to pose with fans for photographs. He only gets a limited time away from camp, and he wants to ensure as many fans as possible get to have an item signed. We thank you for understanding.

Sorry, NO mail in items will be accepted for this signing.

Stop in to meet Keisel and his crew... and grab some of Dino's famous wings!

The Da Beard Gear crew will be in Latrobe from July 25-29.

Photo note:The photo used for today's announcement is from the Da Beard autograph signing in Sheridan, Wyo last summer. Brett is with Michael McGuire (Da Beard Gear crew member) and Lance Christensen.




July 18, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises screening

From Dan Gigler, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

"The Dark Knight Rises" producer Thomas Tull, Legendary Entertainment CEO and a minority owner of the Steelers, hosted the screening as a salute to Pittsburgh.

And red carpets? Nah. Try red bricks instead. The VIPs came in on the same sidewalk as everybody else, a point not lost on Steelers guard Doug Legursky, who was in attendance along with at least a dozen teammates. "This is the Pittsburgh premiere. We're just walking on gum-filled bricks down here," he laughed. "At the L.A. premiere, they'll [put down] the red carpets. We like it this way a lot better."

Some who attended the screening included, Keisel, Heath Miller, Max Starks, Doug Legursky, Hines Ward, Jerome Bettis, LaMarr Woodley, Jerricho Cotchery and Greg Warren.

Da Beard's review of the movie:

"Man, it was awesome. First off, the movie is incredible.

For Thomas (Tull) to allow us to be a part of this great movie, it's a real honor.

It's weird seeing my face up there, but it was cool."

Video:

Watch a video of the Steelers arriving, watching the introduction and being interviewed here.

Max Starks gets signed:

Max was signed yesterday to a one-year deal with the Steelers!

From Keisel:

"My man Max is back! Congratulations!!"

Da Beard Gear days at camp:

We are excited to announce that the Da Beard Gear Crew will be hanging out with Steeler Nation and selling merchandise at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA. on July 25-29. Exact times will be available soon.

The Da Beard Gear Crew is very excited to work with Dino's and we look forward to seeing Steeler Nation GET THEIR BEARDS ON as the Steelers begin their Hunt For 7!

Stop by Dino's Sports Lounge for a bite to eat (we hear their wings are Da Best), meet Keisel's Da Beard Gear crew and check out the latest official Brett Keisel merchandise!

From Dino's website: Pittsburgh sports fans drive out to this beloved Latrobe bar for the atmosphere, and to chow down on Dino's most popular fare — the Wings of Joy," Steel says. Sports memorabilia adorns the walls, much of it dedicated to the Steelers, who train in Latrobe, about 35 miles or so from downtown Pittsburgh.

What better way to kick off the Hunt for 7 then with fellow Da Beard Nation fans! Wear your gear, or purchase it from the Da Beard crew at Dino's!

Click the STORE link below the banner to see current merchandise available.

Stay tuned for more news on the events at Dino's!




July 13, 2012

Keisel lends a hand

Football played an important role in Brett's life growing up, and of course, it still does. He wants the same for the children at Rock River School in Wyoming, so he helped lend a hand to get a football program started there.

From Eve Newman, Laramie Boomerang:

Rock River School will field a six-man football team starting this fall. Principal Ron Leathers said Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, who grew up in Greybull (Wyo.), helped arrange a $5,000 matching grant from the National Football League.

With the help of 26 donors from the community, the school raised more than $7,000 in three days to match the grant, giving it $12,700 to launch the program.

Leathers said the school and the community are very excited about the new program, which gives students another fall sport to play in addition to cross country.

“I think it will add a lot of excitement to the school and give our boys something to look forward to in the fall,” he said.




July 12, 2012

Ask the Diesel

The Diesel took some time to answer a few questions submitted by fans recently. You can scroll down on the right side of this page to look over previous "Ask the Diesel" questions and answers.

Ask the Diesel:

I live in central Pennsylvania and love to kayak and fish. My question is: Brett I know you are an outdoorsman but have you had the chance to fish for any PA smallmouth? If so, what's your personal best? Secondly you are in PRIME musky country In Pitt. Have you got a chance to hunt any muskies? You are my favorite player on and off the field. Thank you for your time man!- Rob Swann

I haven't had the chance to fish for either. Todd Haley says he knows a good place for Musky and agreed to take me sometime.

Does the added weight of da beard give his neck and delts more of a workout? - Connie-- long time Steelers fan in Arizona

DaBeard is light as a feather and strong as a Bull.

I was wondering if there's any kind of crazy things/ adventures ( like a bucket list) that you'd like to do?- Dan, NYC

I would like to sky dive one day.

What has been your favorite game so far in your career?- Bob Simmons, Hudson, NY

Hard to pick a favorite. Tough to beat 2 Super Bowl victories.

I know that Mr. Keisel is an avid hunter but I am not sure of his shoe size. I wear a size 15 and cannot find hunting boots in that size. If it were possible in passing to find out what outfitter he used to have boots made, it would be greatly appreciated. - Justin Doty

I wear a 14. Cabela's has some large sizes as well as Gander Mountain.

Any advise for a young DE player?- Michael Jablonski Worthington, Ohio

Don't let anyone outwork you.

I am always wondering what does it take to be a professional football player? What is your motivation to step on the field and be the greatest of all? And one completely irrelevant question, what genre of music do u listen to?- Sina Talebian

There is a lot of work that's involved in being a Pro. You have to handle business when nobody is watching. Do all the little things that will help you succeed. I have a strong desire to win, and I love to compete. I listen to everything..depends on what mood I'm in. My favorite band is Pearl Jam.

Where can I find your jersey, man? I have checked Steelers.com and NFL.com. Any idea where to find adult and youth sizes. I see fans on message boards & all over social media looking for them so I know they would be a big seller! - John Timmons Chicago, IL

Thanks. I'm working on getting jerseys to sell on my website. Stay tuned.

Thank you to everyone who sent questions. If your question was not answered in this segment, it may be in a later one. Thank you also to Brett for taking the time to answer the questions!




July 11, 2012

Terrible Towel draws attention everywhere...

Even at a Super Bowl victory parade for the New York Giants!

NYC police sergeant, Alex Lago shows Steeler Nation going strong amidst the thousands of Giants fans cheering on their Super Bowl winning Giants team.

He held his Terrible Towel up proudly for all to see saying "it was a good time and it was all in good fun."

Lago has been a Steelers fan since childhood, although he's from New York. His co-workers tease him about being a Steelers fan as his desk at work is covered in Steelers gear.

Tough to be a Steelers fan in New York, but as we all know, Steeler Nation is EVERYWHERE!

Thank you to Sergeant Lago for sharing his photo, which appeared in the Pittsburgh Press after the parade.




July 10, 2012

Startin' these babies off right!

Sharing a name...

Amanda Coleman tweeted a photo of her son, who has something in common with Brett.

They both share the name KEISEL!

Keisel was a month old in this photo.

He's lookin' good surrounded by the Terrible Towel!

Steeler Nation fans Curt Brown and his wife shared a couple photos of their kids, Camden and Savannah.

From Curt:

Just thought you might enjoy these photos of my kids! We train them right here in western North Carolina. Big time Steelers following here. We were In Pittsburgh for the last Bengals game. Brett had an awesome game and of course Steelers win 35-7. Keep working hard and lets get number 7!

Curt is also a big fan of Da Beard Gear merchandise:

Da Beard Gear is by far and away the coolest memorabilia out there!

Thanks to the Brown's and Amanda for sharing their photos with us. And, good to know they're startin' those babes off right by teaching them all about Steeler Nation!

More Mexico City photos:

Click here for photo sent by Hector E. Sánchez A.

Thanks to Hector and to all who shared photos from the camps!

Da Beard Gear Crew:

Be sure to read the post below for information on Da Beard Gear Days at Training Camp!




July 9, 2012

Da Beard Gear days at training camp

We are excited to announce that the Da Beard Gear Crew will be selling merchandise at Dino's Sports Lounge in Latrobe, PA. on July 25-29. Exact times will be available soon.

The Da Beard Gear Crew is very excited to work with Dino's and we look forward to seeing Steeler Nation GET THEIR BEARDS ON as the Steelers begin their Hunt For 7!

Stop by Dino's Sports Lounge for a bite to eat (we hear their wings are Da Best), meet Keisel's Da Beard Gear crew and check out the latest official Brett Keisel merchandise!

From Dino's website: Pittsburgh sports fans drive out to this beloved Latrobe bar for the atmosphere, and to chow down on Dino's most popular fare — the Wings of Joy," Steel says. Sports memorabilia adorns the walls, much of it dedicated to the Steelers, who train in Latrobe, about 35 miles or so from downtown Pittsburgh.

What better way to kick off the Hunt for 7 then with fellow Da Beard Nation fans! Wear your gear, or purchase it from the Da Beard crew at Dino's!

Click the STORE link below the banner to see current merchandise available.

Stay tuned for more news on the events at Dino's!




June 26, 2012

Steelers a hit at camps in Mexico

From Steelers.com:

Brett Keisel knew that the Steelers had a huge following in Mexico, but he never realized how big until he was part of two fan camps the team hosted this past weekend in Mexico City, Mexico.

“It was amazing,” said Keisel. “I heard Steelers Nation has a huge following in Mexico, but it blew me away when I got down there and saw how many people were there, how excited and grateful they were to see us. It was an eye-opening experience. You figure we never play there, but they know so much about the game and are huge fans.”

The Steelers hosted a one-day Fan Camp that drew 650 adults at Tecnológico de Monterrey University at Santa Fe. Keisel and teammates Charlie Batch, James Harrison, Ryan Mundy and Emmanuel Sanders, as well as Steelers alumni Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley, conducted individual drills, teaching the group the ins and outs of the game.

The following day 350 kids attended a Youth Camp where the players taught individual drills needed to participate in football, all the while encouraging the kids who might not have experience playing the game.

“The attitude of all the Steelers involved made the event and the experience a blast for all the participants,” said Christian Septien, from Pasion Acerera in Mexico. “Both groups, kids and adults, had the opportunity of meeting players and seeing that beyond being excellent athletes, they are excellent human beings who are willing to share experiences, knowledge, a smile or a good time. The fans really appreciate all the efforts.”

Click here to read the entire article, and to view the photo gallery and video.

And, click here for photos sent to this site of Keisel at the camps.




June 23-24, 2012

El Beardo goes to Mexico City

"Thanks to Steeler Nation in Mexico! Your enthusiasm and appreciation for our team is incredible. Gracias mi amigos!"-Keisel after his weekend in Mexico City hosting Steelers fan camps.

Today's news photo is from Francisco Guadarrama Garcia: "Respect El Beardo. Thanks Brett for a very fun day."— with Ely Leñero Reveles and Flaco 'tres Tres.

Keisel, Ryan Mundy, James Harrison, Charlie Batch and Emmanuel Sanders represented the Steelers in Mexico City this weekend for two fan camps. Steeler Nation Mexico could not have been more excited for the players to arrive and get the camps going! From the moment the camps were announced a few months ago, the site started receiving emails from excited fans waiting to meet Da Beard (or El Beardo as the WDVE crew refers to Brett).

A few messages and emails received through Twitter, Facebook and email:

It was a pleasure to have you here in Mexico. Thanks for all your kindness. See you in Pittsburgh.--Fernando Von Rossum

Brett, thank you for the fun weekend! It was awesome meeting you and for being so kind and willing with your time.--Alex S.

You are a beast on the football field and gentleman in person. So down to earth and outgoing. Thank you for giving me something to cherish forever! Go Steelers--Tomas Fierdo

I think that today is in my top ten better days of my life! Thanks Brett for coming to Mexico.--Hector E. Sanchez A.

Well, Mr. Keisel, I hope you're having a blast in my town, Mexico. I told you Steeler Nation is huge in Mexico. Thank you for taking time of your busy life to go and teach young Mexicans how to play the game I love!--Danny Arguelles

I met Da Beard! Have watched him on my TV for years and never thought I'd get the chance to shake hands with my idol. And to find out he's truly a great person and very classy! Thank you to all of the Steelers who took time to visit us. Will never forget it.--Edgar D.

Photos galore:

You can read more comments from fans who attended the camps, and view their photos here

A huge thanks goes out to all who sent us photos and comments. They are greatly appreciated!

You can also read more fan comments by visiting Brett's official Facebook and Twitter pages. The links are at the top of this page. If you don't follow him on Twitter or Facebook, now is your chance! Keep up with the latest news, photos and contests through his social media pages.




June 21, 2012

What a birthday

Billy Borman had a great day on Monday. Not only did he get to attend Big Ben's Youth Football Camp, and not only was it his birthday...but he was also surprised to see his favorite player as an assistant at the camp.

From an email Billy's mother, Leslee sent:

I just want you all to know that my son traveled from Raven country up to PA to attend Ben's Football camp. He never thought that he would get to see his favorite player!

HE LOVES THE DA BEARD!! Brett gave him a high 5! He really made his day, not to mention it was his birthday!

I just wanted to say thanks for making it so special for him!

Click here to view camp photos sent to the site.

Happy Birthday Billy! Sounds like you had a great day!

Da Beard Gear help out the community:

From the official Twitter page of Big Horn Rams Football:

Thanks to Brett Keisel and Da Beard Gear for helping sponsor our Lil Ram Football Camp!

Way to go Da Beard Gear and good luck this season to the Rams football team!

Da Beard Gear offers official Brett Keisel beard merchandise. They also are proud to sponsor the Lil Ram Football Camp and are looking forward to being involved with other community programs.




June 20, 2012

El Beardo headin' to Mexico City

"I'm excited to go down and meet Mexico Steeler Nation!"

Keisel chatted with the Morning Crew on WDVE today.

As usual, he provided quite an entertaining interview.

Highlights:

When Keisel was asked why he thought Mexico had such a huge Steelers fan base:

"Because we're winners. Mexican Nation recognizes the six Lombardi's we have in our building..which is more than any other NFL franchise. Why wouldn't you wanna root for us?"

The DVE crew chimes in: MUCHOS LOMBARDI's!

Can El Beardo speak Spanish?

"All the Spanish I know is from the mouse on Looney Tunes. I know a little bit but not very much. The last Spanish class I took was in high school." They'll just be lookin' at me and lookin' at Da Beard."

Where are you in the growing (of Da Beard):

"It's coming back strong. We finished Mini Camp & I had a small beard..decided I am gonna let this thing go from now on. It'll be bigger and more beautiful than ever."

Talking about the NFL Films segment that will feature Brett this fall:

"I sang the Fear the beard song for them!"

How many years he has left in the league:

"Oh man, I'm gonna play forever. The beard started my second career so really I'm only in my third year now. The beard has to get a Lombardi!"

Click here to listen to the entire interview.

There is much more he talks about, including the fun he had at Ben Roethlisberger's football camp. He also gives Ben some advise about throwing a pass to EVERY single camper, so be sure to check out the fun interview.




June 19, 2012

The biggest quarterback in the NFL

From Jessica Sinichak, Cranberrypatch.com:

Ben Roethlisberger took to the football field Monday—but it wasn’t to face down an opposing defensive line. For the second year in a row, the Steelers quarterback is hosting the Highmark Ben Roethlisberger Football ProCamp for boys and girls ages 7 to 14 at Seneca Valley's NexTier Stadium.

Joining Roethlisberger on the field Monday was the Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, who tossed a football with attendees during a mini-game. The move prompted a ProCamp announcer to describe Keisel, sporting his trademark beard, to the crowd as “The biggest quarterback in the NFL.”

William Dupray sent some great photos of Assistant Coach Da Beard. His children, Jack and Hannah attended the camp from Fairfax, VA.

Click here to see his photos and more. Thank you to Mr. Dupray and to all who took the time to share their photos and stories from camp!

To learn more about Ben's football camp, and to view more photos, visit BigBen7.com.




June 18, 2012

Da Beard goes to camp-see evening update below

The Steelers training camp is over a month away, but Keisel did go to camp today. He joined Ben Roethlisberger at his annual youth football camp.

From Brett today:

"Had a blast at Bens football camp! These kids are hilarious. One kid caught a long ball from Ben and all the parents had to do jumping jacks!"

You can view photos of Brett at the camp here.

If you have photos you would like to share, please email trish@brett-keisel.com.

Thank you for all the emails from parents who said their kids were thrilled to see Da Beard at camp. From the messages and emails we are receiving, it sounds like the kids had a great first day of camp with Big Ben and his helpers!

To learn more about Ben's football camp, and to view more photos, visit BigBen7.com.

The photo used for today's news was taken by Stephen J. Nesbitt, Michigan football beat writer and @michigandaily managing sports editor, ESPNU campus rep and Pittsburgh P-G intern.

More photos from the Nemacolin Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off:

JC Covalesky sent some great photos with Brett from the chili cook-off, along with this email:

Here’s a few pictures. I met Brett when I traveled from Southern California to judge the finals tables for the Five Alarm Mountain Madness chili cook-off held recently at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

As a lifetime STEELERS fan, living away from the Pittsburgh area since I was 17, it was an AWESOME experience and weekend. Brett, Michele & Bob (Rosenthal), Carol & Dave (Hancock), and I spent Saturday evening together after the chili cook-off ended.

I’ve always considered Brett to be a “Class Act” and found out first hand that he is much more!

Thank you to JC for the photos and email, and to all who sent camp photos!

Click here to view his photos, along with others from the chili cook-off.

And, speaking of camp...

The 2012 Steelers Training Camp begins on July 25. To view the schedule, scroll down the right side of this page.

The Da Beard Gear crew will be at camp from July 25-29, so be sure to stop by and say hello to them, and check out Keisel's official Da Beard Gear merchandise. We hope to spot lots of Da Beard Gear at camp!

Evening update:

A sampling of the emails and social media messages we have received today:

Brett, thank you so much for the surprise, well it was a surprise to us at least, appearance at Ben's football camp. My son was excited to meet Ben and it was an added bonus to meet you also. The time you and Ben spent with the kids was amazing. My older sons have been to camps before held by professional athletes but the athlete never stayed the whole time. They just made a quick appearance. Not the case at this camp. Thank you!" --Mary Jones

I know u r talking about my two girls from Indiana that won't stop talking to you and Ben! Great day! Best camp out there!--Joe Mulinaro

It was awesome! My son LOVED it! You were amazing with the kids! The jumping jacks were fun!--Jaime Filek Melio

Brett, you are a class act. This is probably your last time off before training camp, and we know you have a family, yet you took time to make these kids day! You will always be a champion to your fans!--Sara Petrowsky

Loving that Brett came out today for the kids. They are having a blast at Ben's camp. Thanks Mr. Keisel!!!--Michele Rodi

Keisel the Diesel made my daughters day. She loves Da Beard and always makes her Fear Da Beard face. We will never be able to afford a game at Heinz Field, so this was perfect. She was able to actually meet you face to face and had a blast!--John Dye

My son saved up his own money to go to Ben's camp. He's a huge fan of you and Ben. When you walked on the field, I wish I'd had a camera to capture his expression. The excitement in his face is something I will treasure forever. I know you have kids so you know how it feels to see your child's face light up. Thank you for doing that for all the kids today. You're one heck of a man. Please tell your parents thank you for raising such a wonderful person.--Jessie Spiro

Da Beard is a great athlete and personality, but he's an ever better person. Class act all the way. Thanks for being so involved today. It was clear your focus was not the media or fan attention, but it was on the children and they realized it. --Ed Carey

We appreciate all you do for your fans Mr. Keisel! It was awesome to finally get to see you in person after we've followed your career. Not only were you great today at camp, but your great everyday in all you share on your website. You have a great team. We love having a one stop place for news and photos and your gear is the best!--Tim Spiegal

We could not post all the emails and messages, but thanks to all who sent them. There are a few more posted under photos in the gallery, so be sure to check them out!




June 15, 2012

Mini camp wraps up

“I’m a faith guy. I believe we’re going to hoist that Lombardi in New Orleans.” --Keisel on the 2012 Steelers (Mike Prisuta interview).

Day three of mini camp was a short one, and the team is now off for a bit until July 25 when training camp opens in Latrobe, PA.

Here are a few quotes and observations from #99 over the last few days:

From an interview with WDVE's Mike Prisuta:

On opening the season in Denver:

"Luckily we're gonna have a chance to go back out there and hopefully rewrite some wrongs."

On the rookies:

"I'm impressed with some of these guys so far. We've always gotta have young guys coming in & helping every year.

Advise Keisel gives to the rookies:

"There's an opportunity here, and you guys need to take advantage of it. You can't just step into a great organization like this and think you're gonna make the team overnight. You gotta put forth the work, put forth the effort. Do something everyday that impresses these coaches so you can be on this team that's hopefully going towards a championship."

Click here to hear the whole interview.

And, from Jim Wexell's website, Steelcityinsider.net:

Brett Keisel on young players that have impressed him:

“I like our young linebacker No. 51 (Sean Spence), he’s moving around well. No. 46 (Adrian Robinson) is moving around pretty quick. And little 2-2 (Chris Rainey) is like lightning in a bottle, he’s gonna be tough.”

To read the entire interview, written by Mike Prisuta, subscribe to Steelcityinsider.net There are also many free interviews to read on Wexell's site, but the paid membership is well worth the price.




June 14, 2012

Mini Camp-Day Two

The Steelers wrapped up day two of their three day mini camp Wednesday. They will have one session today before mini camp ends. The team will be scheduled to report to training camp towards the end of July. Reports state training camp will begin in Labrobe on July 25.

From Mike Prisuta's Twitter feed:

Brett Keisel on working against Adams repeatedly Wednesday: "I beat him most of the time but that's just me. He's got potential."

Keisel on Adams and David DeCastro: "They want them to come in and contribute right away. So far I think they like what they see."

Read more on how day two went from Steelers Depot.

Da Beard Gear update:

The Da Beard Crew will be headin' to training camp this year! Be sure to stop by and say hi to them. They love meeting the fans of Steeler Nation. We hope to see many fans sporting their Da Beard gear there.




June 13, 2012

Keisel set for changes

Veteran DE will be expected to help lead a younger group with many new faces.

From Matt Pawlikowski, Lancaster Online today:

For 11 years, Steelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel has heard it all. From when he was a seventh-round draft choice, just three picks shy of bearing the label, "Mr. Irrelevant," where most thought he would not make the team, to comments that age has crept up on both him and his vaunted unit, there always have been doubters.

All Keisel has done is not only make the Pro Bowl, but also earn two Super Bowl rings to go with it. Even more important is the respect he garners inside the Steelers locker room as a leader. This year he will be looked up to even more, as the team faces what many have called a "changing of the guard."

"They are calling me the old general, but it's great. I've been hearing that for a long time even when I wasn't old," Keisel said. "I feel so lucky. I've been here my whole career, so watching some of these younger guys take a more predominant role and watching them grow, that's what the Steelers are all about."

While there will be a lot of new faces vying for positions on the defense, especially at left cornerback, where Gay was a starter, Keisel welcomed the young blood.

"A lot of these kids need to get ready," Keisel said. "We need to have several sets who can rotate in and out on the line, guys who can come in to spell us and keep us fresh. A lot of them have an opportunity."

"It's different, but as a veteran every year is different. Every year you have a new team, every year you have a new crop of young guys come in, so it's exciting."

Read the entire article here.

Mini Camp chatter:

Keisel: "I am very impressed on how Ben has grasped this offense. We are only going to go as far as he can take us.”--From Mike Prisuta's Twitter feed.

Check out the post below for photos of Brett at the Nemacolin Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off this past weekend.




June 12, 2012

Nemacolin Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off

Who better to judge a Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off than Pittsburgh's own Mountain Man, Brett Keisel? He was one of the celebrity guest judges at the event which was held at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort this past Saturday.

Fellow Beardsman Matt Stark (shown in the photo to the left) was on hand at the event, and shared some great photographs.

Da Beard may have some beard competition this season from Matt!

Click here to view his photos and a couple others sent by fans.

Thanks to all who attended the fun event!

Check back later for news on mini-camp, which began today.




June 6, 2012

Help dad GET HIS BEARD ON

Father's Day is just around the corner. Why not treat dad or that special guy in your life to a unique one-of-a-kind gift this year? Help them "GET THEIR BEARD ON" by gifting them with a hat or t-shirt from Da Beard Gear.

This is the one and only place to purchase official Brett Keisel beard merchandise.

Don't let dad get left out of the beard craze...click this link to GET DAD'S BEARD ON!

OTA Tidbits:

From Mike Prisuta's Twitter feed today:

Brett Keisel on what he's seeing: No. 51 (Sean Spence) is moving around well. No. 46 (Adrian Robinson) is moving around pretty quick."

Keisel also had this to say of Chris Rainey; "Little No. 22 is like lightning in a bottle. He's gonna be tough."




June 4, 2012- Evening update

Goin' fishin' with #99

“Why not do something charitable where people can bid on coming out spending the morning with us fishing you know we’re out here fishing anyways so we might as well do something to benefit others." -- Keisel

Keisel decided to go fishing today, and he took along some lucky contest winners!

From KDKA today:

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel took a group of lucky contest winners fishing today at a sporting club in Bridgeville.

If there’s anyone in southwestern Pennsylvania that looks more like a mountain man than Keisel, he’s hard to find.

“I grew up like, ‘…This is so much fun being out in the wild and see shooting stars and catching fish,’ you know that’s what I love doing and that’s what I’m trying to pass on to him (Brett's son),” Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel said.

Click here to read the entire article. Click here to watch a video from today's fishing trip.

Da Beard on Da Cake

Cake designer extraordinaire, Robin Vogel put her amazing skills to work again to create another Da Beard cake. This time she used the Da Beard Gear t-shirt logo from this past season.

To view Robin's other Da Beard cake, click here.

If you missed the previous update from this morning, check out the post below.




June 4, 2012

The Bearded Sage

From Dan Gigler's (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) article, Steelers' Heyward, Hood hold up their end:

In the 30 years that the Steelers have employed the 3-4 defense, there have only been 20 primary starters on the ends, and 16 did so for multiple seasons -- Goodman, Beasley, Keith Gary, Keith Willis, Edmund Nelson, Donald Evans and Kevin Henry to name a few. With rare exceptions, it's been an orderly procession of veterans breaking in, teaching and ultimately passing the torch to younger players.

Recently retired Aaron Smith made his first career start in 2000, just down the line from five-year starter Henry. A few years later, in 2003, rookie Brett Keisel studied under veterans Smith and Kimo Von Oelhoffen. Keisel first started in 2006, and with Smith began the tutelage of first-round picks Ziggy Hood in 2009 and Cam Heyward last year.

Now Keisel finds himself in the role of the bearded sage at the position with Hood and Heyward vying to replace Smith -- and the crater-sized vacuum of leadership and skill he leaves behind. Hood has the inside track, having seen significant starting time in the past two seasons in place of the oft-injured Smith. Keisel believes Hood is ready.

"Ziggy's been fortunate because since the day he got here he's been basically forced into playing," Keisel said. "When Aaron went down his rookie year, he had to come in and play right away so he has those mental reps, those physical reps, those game reps that you can't get any other way. "You can go out here and practice all you want, but until you take it out and do it at game speed -- it's a whole other level. Luckily for him, he's been doing that now for three years, so stepping into this role as the starter from the get-go I don't think will be a big transition at all for him."

Keisel also talks about Cameron Heyward:

"I believe in him, I do. I feel like he's the type of guy that has the type of character that's going to come in and keep the ship rolling in the right direction," Keisel said. "I have all the confidence in the world in Cam, and when the day comes when I hang up the old No. 99, he'll do a great job."

Which -- for 30 years -- has been the Steelers plan.

Click here to read the entire article.

Da Beard spotted in the Big Apple:

"Just met a very nice fan in Riverside Park, NY. She was rocking a Steelers hat along with her young child. Steeler Nation in the Big Apple!" -- Keisel

The fans sent Brett (via Twitter) the photo they took with him saying:"Thanks for being awesome. Steelers fans in NYC love ya!"

From the Da Beard Crew:

"DaBeardNation... who would like to see DaBeard Gear and crew in Latrobe this July?"

They also hinted there may be some contests in the upcoming weeks..so stay tuned! Sounds like some exciting opportunities await Da Beard Nation!

Keep up with Da Beard Gear on Twitter here.




June 1, 2012

Mop crop

As mentioned in the May 18 news below, 10-year-old Riley Toth decided he wanted to do something to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. So, after reading about Keisel's Shear Da Beard event, Riley set up an event of his own.

He had his mop cropped to benefit Make-A-Wish. In doing so he raised an amazing $3,800!

Riley's mother, Robyn, sent a before and after photo. As you can tell, Riley had quite a mop to crop!

His mom admitted she cringed when Riley told her his idea to cut his gorgeous hair, but said when she learned of his intentions to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she was all for it.

From Mrs. Toth:

Now he (Riley) told me he wants to start a company where, if people donate to Make-A-Wish, we can help them organize their fundraising event.

When he told the crowd that this experience was the best of his life, he truly meant it and I have a funny feeling our lives will never be the same again.

Yes, as we mentioned, he is only 10-years old!

What an amazing and caring young man.

Scroll below to the May 18 news to read more about Riley's inspirational event.

Thank you so much to both Robyn and Riley Toth for sharing their story.

OTA's:

Two rounds of OTA's are now in the books. Click here to see a few photos of Keisel attending the OTA's.




May 25, 2012

Da Beard is back

“It’s different, but as a veteran, it is different every year. Every year you have a new team. There are a lot of great opportunities for some of these young guys to get a grasp of the offense, defense or special teams like I did.” --Keisel, speaking on returning to the field for OTA's (organized team activities).

To listen to Brett's entire interview, click here.

Memorial Day Tribute:

Steelers coaches and staff honor fallen heroes on Memorial Day-Click here to watch the video.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Updated on Riley Toth:

Thank you for all the kind emails and social media comments on Riley's Make-A-Wish event (news on the event is posted below). Riley's mom, Robyn, is going to send some photos of Riley-before the shearing and after. We will post them as soon as they're received.


May 18, 2012

Shear Da Hair

No, Brett isn't shaving his head, but he inspired 10-year-old Riley Toth to do so.

From Sharon Lee Tegler, Capital Gazette.com:

When Shipley’s Choice Elementary fourth-grader Riley Toth came up with the idea of shaving off his long blond hair to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, his mother Robyn cringed.

She adored his long locks, but she acquiesced and now she’s glad for it. By promising to cut his hair in return for donations, her son raised an amazing $3,800.

In accordance with the stunning response, Riley’s official “shearing party” mushroomed from a small gathering at the Toth house to a festive event for more than 100 people at Kinder Farm Park. Luckily, Friday evening’s gorgeous sunset provided a perfect backdrop for the outdoor occasion.

Friends, family members, classmates and sports team pals dined on pizza and snacks and teased Riley about his soon-to-be-gone hair. The 10-year-old said his fundraising idea was inspired by Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive lineman Brett Keisel who shaved his beard in February to raise money for cancer research.

Please click here to read the rest of Riley's inspirational story.

From Riley's mother, Robyn Toth: "Thank you Brett for inspiring children to follow in your footsteps."

Thank you Riley Toth for setting an amazing example for others.




May 16, 2012

Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off

Alright Steeler Nation, here is your chance to set Keisel's taste buds on FIRE!

Brett, along with Cameron Heyward, Phil Bourque, and Arron Asham will be the celebrity judges for the 3rd Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off held at at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on June 9!

Participants can compete in three categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Over $5,000 in cash prizes with a $2,000 prize to the 1st place Red Chili!

Ready to get cookin'?

Before you do, be sure to learn more about the event here.

Hat, hats..and more hats:

Brett is wearing the official Da Beard Gear Flex-Fit Hat. It's a hit with both men and women (and kids have been known to wear 'em too)!

The hat comes in S/M and L/XL.

You can check it out here.

Click here to view Keisel sporting the camo version of the hat and also the 2012 Steelers New Era hat.


May 7, 2012

Mother's Day...

...is May 13--which is rapidly approaching. Are you ready?

Sure, flowers and candy are nice, but how about a gift that will bring your mom's inner beard out? Something fierce, yet feminine, like the Da Beard Ladies Burnout Tee shown here.

Show mom you thought about her gift...stepped outside of the "routine" gifts and bought her what she really wanted: Da Beard Gear!

If your mom is a ballcap kind of gal, Da Beard has you covered with the Da Beard Flex- Fit Hat (which also comes in camo style). If she is a beach, pool or boat kinda gal, how about a Da Beard drink koozie to keep her drink nice and cool on those hot summer days!

Click on over to Da Beard Gear to view all of their items. We know you will find something to put a big smile on mom's face...or a ferocious Da Beard growl! Make mama happy this Mother's Day with a gift from Da Beard Gear!

Da Beard is heading to Mexico City:

Brett, James Harrison, Ryan Mundy and Emmanuel Sanders will be hosting two Steelers fan camps in Mexico City, Mexico.

From Steelers.com:

The one-day Fan Camp for adults will take place on Saturday, June 23, in Mexico City at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe. The fan camp will include individual drills directed by Steelers’ players. The one-day Youth Camp on Sunday, June 24, will introduce the kids to a number of individual drills needed to participate in the game of football.

Registration:

Click here to register.

For those who are attending the camps, feel free to send us your photos. We'd love to post them on the site.




May 2, 2012

News and notes

May is here and we know what that means...time for OTA's and mini camp!

The Steelers will hold mini camps on May 22-24, May 29-31 and June 4-7. Mini camp dates will be May 4-6 (rookies) and June 12-14.

Da Beard is heading to Mexico City:

Brett, James Harrison, Ryan Mundy and Emmanuel Sanders will be hosting two Steelers fan camps in Mexico City, Mexico.

From Steelers.com:

The one-day Fan Camp for adults will take place on Saturday, June 23, in Mexico City at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa Fe. The fan camp will include individual drills directed by Steelers’ players. The one-day Youth Camp on Sunday, June 24, will introduce the kids to a number of individual drills needed to participate in the game of football.

Registration:

Registration will begin on May 4. The article on Steelers.com includes the link to register.

Event reminder:

Alright Steeler Nation, here is your chance to set Keisel's taste buds on FIRE!

Brett, along with Cameron Heyward, Phil Bourque, and Arron Asham will be the celebrity judges for the 3rd Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off held at at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on June 9!

Participants can compete in three categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Over $5,000 in cash prizes with a $2,000 prize to the 1st place Red Chili!

Ready to get cookin'?

Before you do, be sure to learn more about the event here.




April 24, 2012

Hard work pays off

From Steelers Digest, December 2011:

Though not highly drafted, Keisel didn't need much time to become highly regarded by his new employers.

"This guy has so much athleticism," said John Mitchell, then and now the Steelers D-Line coach. "He's a guy who could have played at a major college basketball program if he wanted to. He could run. He could have been a track athlete."

Keisel almost immediately became a game changer as a member of the Steelers special teams.

"He was a demon," remembered Mitchell. "Here's a guy who's 6-foot-6, close to 300 pounds, flying down the field and taking the heads off people. That's where he got his chance. Then when some guys left, Brett stepped in, and he never looked back. He's such an intelligent player. He's one of the best technique players I've ever coached."

By the start of the 2006 season, Keisel was ready, and the team allowed veteran DE Kimo von Oelhoffen to leave as a free agent. Brett Keisel was a starting DE in the NFL, for the defending Super Bowl champions.

To read the entire article, click here.

#99 was making a name for himself with the Steelers organization and with Steeler Nation. He harassed quarterbacks with pass deflections and his sacks became well known by fans and teammates.

He was known for his athleticism and and smart play.

From some of Brett's teammates on the D-Line:

Aaron Smith:"There's no doubt in my mind that he's the most athletic. The way he can run, move and the things he can do-there's no more of a complete athlete than him on this team."

Ziggy Hood:"There isn't anyone he can't run down. That shows a lot about his character. We never think we don't have a chance to make a play, because there's always positive energy coming from him."

Cam Heyward:"He's a beast. Sometimes he's the most athletic player on the field, for either team. He's a great leader. He always wants to be better in practice."

A few of #99's accomplishments:

Two-time co-winner of the Hard Hit award.

Co-awarded the “Chief Award”, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media.

Two Super Bowl victories..three Super Bowl appearances.

79 yard interception return for a touchdown.

Selection to the Pro Bowl (he was unable to play due to a Super Bowl berth).

Named Steelers 2011 Man of the Year Award.

The above is not his entire list of accomplishments, but just a few. You can read more about Brett's Bio by clicking the link below the banner.

Keisel is not only a great person on the field, but off the field as well. He works closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and with the Homeless Children's Education Fund. You can read more about his work with them, and others, by clicking the link to "Brett in the Community" above.

Legendary Beard:

Not many players have double identities. Keisel has been known for several nicknames: The Diesel and Mountain Man to name a few. A few years ago, Keisel decided to grow out his beard. He would stop shaving in the summer, usually before training camp, and then "let it go" until the end of the season. The first year resulted in a Super Bowl berth.

"I think it just came from Pittsburgh. We've got a great hockey team and they grow their playoff beards out and I saw those guys looking burly and thought, ‘You know what? After mini camp in June, I've got seven months until the Super Bowl and we're trying to win our seventh Super Bowl, so I'll see if I can let this thing (grow) for seven months and this is the result."

Keisel called it "Da Beard" and the name grew to epic proportions. Fans were enamoured of Brett Keisel and Da Beard.

His beard had its own Facebook and Twitter pages and there is a "Beard Yourself" site where fans can upload their own photo to see how they would look with a legendary beard.

The media caught on and Brett and Da Beard gained a national following. He filmed a national commercial for Head & Shoulders for Men with teammates Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward, and they (Brett and Da Beard) attended Media Week for Super Bowl XLVI.

Everywhere they went fans (and the media) wanted a piece of Da Beard. "Fear the Beard" became a hit slogan.

At the conclusion of the last two seasons, Keisel has shaved his beard for charity in an event called "Shear Da Beard." Fans could attend to watch the legendary beard be shaved to benefit cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

After this past years event:"Even though Da Beard is no more, its legend will live on forever. All proceeds raised during the event, and through donations for those who could not attend, will be donated to cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC. Da Beard will be fighting cancer for years to come!"

Each event raised over $40,000 for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

Da Beard Gear:

In 2011, Brett and two close friends, Michael McGuire and Will LeDoux, launched Da Beard Gear-a place for fans from all over the world to GET THEIR BEARDS ON!

From the Da Beard Gear site:

You have just discovered the OFFICIAL gear of the beard voted by NFL Network as the greatest in NFL history! Grown by 2 time Super Bowl Champion and 2011 Pro Bowler, Brett "The Diesel" Keisel of the Pittsburgh Steelers. DA BEARD has an identity all its own. From the rugged Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming to the Three Rivers of the Steel City, DA BEARD gear will leave you looking savage while showing your support for DA BEARD! So wherever you may be in the world... GET YOUR BEARD ON!

Da Beard was already well known, but the launch of Da Beard Gear propelled the name worldwide. Fans from all over the world wanted to get their beards on.

In true Keisel style, he and the Da Beard Gear crew made sure to launch the gear with an autograph signing in Wyoming-Brett's home state.

Keisel's fans, friends, family and teammates helped to spread the word, and Da Beard Gear became a huge success. Click here to see photos of them in their Da Beard Gear.

Yet another venture turned into success by hard work from that kid from Wyoming. Not bad for a guy drafted in the seventh round (242nd overall)!

Fans... training camp and the new season are just around the corner-be sure to stock up on your official Keisel Da Beard Gear so you're ready!

Have a suggestion for new merchandise you would like to see Da Beard Gear offer? Let us know!




April 22, 2012

Draft day-Looking Back (part three)

Brett Keisel's dream since the third grade had come true on April 21, 2002 when he was drafted into the NFL. Now, it was time to do what he had done his whole life...work hard and prove to the Pittsburgh Steelers that he belonged on their team.

From an interview with Steelers.com:

"I am just still in shock and glad I can come out to Pittsburgh and hopefully get a spot."

You can read the whole interview here.

Coach Cowher talks about drafting Keisel:

Brett Keisel, the last guy we took, defensive lineman, defensive end. Played opposite Ryan Denney at BYU. Good, tough, motor guy that, again, plays hard. He can grow into the 290 range. We love his speed. Just has to learn to work and play in the scheme."

Proving some wrong...

An excerpt from a blogger who gave a Steelers Draft Day Analysis:

Draft Day Impressions: The Steelers really wanted Keisel's linemate, DE Ryan Denney in the 2nd round, but Cower nemesis and Buffalo GM Tom Donahue traded up with the 49ers to steal him away. So instead, the Steelers settled for Keisel in 7th. He probably will never start a game for the Steelers, but you never know until you put the pads on and play the game, as Hall of Famer Chuck Noll used to say. Grade: C, predicted grade after 3 years: D

The blogger certainly called that one wrong! Not only would Keisel become a starter, he would become a key player in two Super Bowl wins, a number 1 rated defense, and he would be selected to the Pro Bowl, which as Steeler fans know, is very difficult for a Defensive End in the Steelers system.

In fairness to the blogger, he did update his "Draft Day Impressions" to say he was both surprised and impressed with Keisel's play year after year.

If you are wondering about the "talk" of Ryan Denney, and how we ended up with Keisel instead of him, Jim Wexell explains it in his current day reflection of Brett's career.

For those not familiar with Mr. Wexell, he is an author and a publisher at Steelcityinsider.net.. If you are not a subscriber to his site, you are missing out on great draft, player and game analysis. It's worth a visit (or several visits) to his site.

I asked Mr. Wexell if he had time to write a little something about what he remembered from when Keisel was drafted. I knew he was busy with draft analysis, so I just expected a quick quote, but he provided so much more. This is one of my favorite write-ups on Brett, and I know you will enjoy it also!

From Jim Wexell:

When I look back into my notes from draft weekend 2002, I'm reminded that Brett played opposite Ryan Denney on the defensive line at BYU. I remember that Denney was supposed to be the Steelers' second-round draft pick that year. That information came out after the Bills had drafted Denney right before the Steelers' turn, and Bill Cowher hit the roof because his nemesis Tom Donahoe -- fired two years earlier by the Steelers -- was the Bills' GM.

Cowher ordered a phone dump of the premises and found out one of the secretaries had called Donahoe that day, and so she was fired (she maintained innocence of Ryan Denney throughout, and those who knew here believe her).

But anyway, the Steelers were "stuck" with Antwaan Randle El and, as I like to say, Brett Keisel in the 7th round because Cowher had scouted Denney so extensively that he had to take a BYU DLman.

Isn't that typical of Cowher's dumb luck? I don't even know what became of Denney's career but we do know that ARE and Keis were key players in the run to Cowher's Super Bowl title.

Of course, the Steelers had been scouting the BYU DL since 2001 when they added Chris Hoke after the draft as a free agent. Hoke obviously was still with the team in 2002 and I asked him about that BYU DL with him, Brett and Denney.

"We were all real close and we played a lot of pranks on each other," said Hokie. "Me and Hans Olson (Colts) were always pulling jokes, and Keisel, a great guy, was always in on them." Who was usually the butt of the jokes?

"You know Ryan Denney, the guy who was drafted by Buffalo? He was the butt of a lot of jokes. He couldn’t handle it. Either could (Simanli) with the Patriots. We’d take their helmets, hide their helmets. They’d get pissed. We had a lot of good times.

"At BYU, when we won a game, the following Thursday our Dline coach had us all over and his wife made homemade donuts and homemade ice cream. And on Halloweeen once we all dressed up. We had fun times. We pulled a lot of jokes on each other and sat around and laughed. Keisel’s a great guy. I’m really excited. He’s the first guy I really know out here, and it will be good for him, especially on the field. I remember when I first came in, it was crazy. I’m giving him a little edge."

Why are so many of you BYU D-linemen landing in the NFL?

"I think it’s a tribute to our (retired) Dline coach. In the last two years he has five guys in the NFL. He taught us a great deal."

Are the systems similar?

"No, we ran a 4-3. I don’t know how it works out. Keisel’s real athletic, too, so I think that once he gets the defense down and gets more comfortable he’ll do really well."

At the time, Keisel was lauded by draft analysts for his athletic ability, but was criticized for his change-of-direction skills and hand usage. Obviously he's overcome those negatives in a sound, bordering on spectacular, 10-year career.

And he still has some great years ahead. He's been durable and still seems fresh. I see no signs of wear or tear, and he's moving up into a true leadership role with the team. I've heard that Mike Tomlin intends to name him defensive captain this season.

It's funny that Brett's taking on the Aaron Smith persona of consistent, reliable team leader, and that we in the media are always asking him about Smith's affect on him as a mentor, and Brett, ever the humble, gracious man, falls right in line and gives great praise to Smith as a mentor, but I think it's time we all give Brett his due as his own man. He's different than Aaron. Maybe he's not the run-stopper Aaron was (who is?), but Brett is probably a better pass-rusher and might just be a better playmaker. He's also a more vocal leader, so he's not just Aaron Smith II, no matter how much that title may honor Brett.

You know, sometimes we all believe the humility stuff that's spewed by classy people, and I just hope we're not all buying in completely because Brett is a great player and leader in his own right.

So here's to 10 more years of Brett Keisel, and then to 15 years from players like Cameron Heyward and those Brett has and will continue to influence. It's a circle of success, this Steelers Way.

Well said Mr. Wexell and thank you so much!

Read more on Brett's career, including statistics from his first year with the team, here and here.

Scroll down for parts 1 and 2 of the Draft Day Look Back series.

Thank you for all the great comments on Facebook and Twitter wishing Brett a Happy Anniversary and thanking him for coming to Pittsburgh! They are appreciated!




April 21, 2012

Draft day-Looking Back (part two)

And, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

...DL Brett Keisel.

On April 21, 2002 the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Brett Keisel late in the 7th round.

"I picked up the phone and the caller asked 'How would you like to be a Pittsburgh Steeler?'"

"As fast as I could say yes, I did.

It was just unbelievable. Pure joy. I can't even begin to explain it. It is just an exceptional feeling. It's a dream come true..a dream I've had since the third grade."

From Marlys Good's article, Steelers choose Keisel in 7th round: Greybull Standard, -April 25, 2002:

Sunday afternoon. Time running down in the football draft that had sports fans glued to their television sets all weekend. Then the magic words--"and the Pittsburgh Steelers select...DL Brett Keisel.

Just seconds before the news hit the screens, the phone rang in the home of Brett's parents, Connie and Lane Keisel, in Fairview Utah.

"I picked up the phone and the caller asked 'How would you like to be a Pittsburgh Steeler?' As fast as I could say yes, I did. It was just unbelievable. Pure joy. I can't even begin to explain it. It is just an exceptional feeling. It's a dream come true..a dream I've had since the third grade."

The Greybull High School grad said that when he was younger, he wasn't sure the dream would be realized, but, "Once I started playing at BYU, I knew this day would come."

Pro scouts had been looking at Keisel during his junior year, but when he was injured as a senior, his confidence waverled slightly.

"I wasn't so sure. You always wonder what is going to happen-injuries and things like that. You never know. I could have blown a knee and been all done. You just take everyday, don't think about it, and just go play."

He ended up having an outstanding senior year for the Cougars, played in the Senior Bowl, where he had another outstanding performance, then signed with an agent, and began working out in Phoenix through Jan. and part of Feb. From there he went to the Combine in Indianapolis. It was a wake up call.

"There were 32 teams, each with about 10 people and about 40 people from each position. It was huge. You always wonder, but it was so crazy. There were so many people and you think 'What are my chances?' but you just do the best you can."

It was originally thought that Keisel would be picked in an earlier draft, But Saturday came and went. "Then Sunday I kept thinking 'it will come this morning.' I thought the fourth or fifth round. It still didn't come, didn't come and didn't come. By the sixth round I started getting calls (from different teams) asking me if I wanted to come play there, what kind of a system I liked playing under, but no one was picking me up"

While Brett was on the phone, the 35 or so guests, which included his brother and sister-in-law, Chad and Jamie and their sons, Gabe and Zack from Greybull, youngest sister Kalli, who is attending BYU, and extended family and friends, that included Greybull grad Sarah Johnson, were trying to get information to see what was going on. "Then it came on the screen and our whole house cheered."

Lane Keisel was perhaps more nervous during the wait than his son. "He is undoubtedly my most intense-biggest fan, and he was having a harder time that I was I think," Brett said with emotion. "He kept going outside, coming back in, going back out."

In a statement follwing the draft, Steeler Coach Bill Cowher said, "And Brett Keisel, the last guy we took, defensive lineman, defensive end. Played opposite Ryan Denney at BYU. Good, tough, motor guy that, again, plays hard. He can grow into the 290 range. We love his speed. Just has to learn to work and play in the scheme."

Brett just laughs, "I can do that (gain weight)."

Surrounded by family:

Connie Keisel knew in high school that this was what he wanted, and that he had chosen football (college-level) over basketball because he thought he had a better chance of going to the next level. "But I honestly didn't think it would happen. You just support them, love them and help them."

Connie said that, "It is just a real thrill. So few get this chance. Looking on the web page, we saw about 25 signed as free agents, but they (Steelers) signed just seven or eight in the draft. I though, 'Wow. They chose Brett above all the others there!'"

The Keisel house was packed with about 35 people, down from the 75-plus expected originally until a full-blown blizzard kept some away. "We had a pretty good time Saturday," she said, but by Sunday the mood had changed.

"We were all exhausted; emotionally drained. All of us were tense and felt so horrible for Brett. There was so much emotion." Connie said her son would watch the draft, go downstairs to play some pool, come back up, then disappear to play Ping-Pong. But then came "the call" and all the suspense and waiting was over.

Brett leaves Fairview Thursday, but had to do a little shopping before making his Pittsburgh debut. There will be rookie camp, press conferences and a banquet, and "I have to get some 'rags' to wear," he said.

His mother explained that her son is not exactly a clotheshorse and his casual wardrobe would have to be expanded to include some dress clothes. But, she predicted, the first purchase will probably be a "new truck. He's been driving a little dumpy car for the past few years."

Always a Buff:

Brett might be a "Utahan" now. And he might have been a BYU Cougar during his college years, but he hasn't forgotten his roots.

He sharpened his teeth on opponents while playing for the Greybull Buffs, in football, basketball and track. And he knows he has a huge following in his home town.

'To my fans back there, I want to just say thanks for all the support-there is plenty more to come. I love Greybull. It will always be home. I'll always be a Buff."

Thank you to Connie Keisel for the photos (and articles) used in today's news post. The first one shows Brett receiving "The Call" from the Steelers (along with his brother Chad who was watching it all unfold on television). The second photo is of Brett with his adorable nephews, Gabe and Zack, as he waits to hear his name called in the draft.

Check back tomorrow for some post draft reflections, and a current day reflection write-up on Keisel from Jim Wexell, author and publisher of Steelcityinsider.net.

Stay tuned!




April 20, 2012

Draft day-Looking Back (part one)

With the 2012 Draft Day quickly approaching, we thought it would be nice to take a trip down "Draft Day Memory Lane"..all the way back to the 2002 draft. You know..the one that brought Brett Keisel to Pittsburgh.

On April 21, 2002, Brett Keisel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. How he ended up with the Steelers is an interesting story..but first let's take a look at the day before the draft. Before Keisel, from the small town of Greybull, Wyoming, knew if or when he would be drafted into the big leagues.

From Dick Harmon's article, All Keisel can do now is sit, wait. (The Front Row-April 20, 2002):

Brett Keisel comes from a real American family. His kin likes wide open spaces, horses, freshly baked pie, a good deer hunt, friends that don't lie and a fireproof flag.

On draft day, Brett will be at his parents' home located on a small ranch in Fairview. There he'll be relaxing with his older brother, Chad, who'll come down from Greybull, Wyo. They'll be pitching a few horseshoes and shooting pool as ESPN blares on and NFL draftees go down like solitaire cards.

Once upon a time, after Brett's father, Lane, retired as an Orem firefighter and moved his family and wife, Connie, to Wyoming, their son kept growing like a bull. He was the biggest kid in town, and in high school, nobody but skinny Matt Koeller was taller than Brett. It would take two of Matt to be as thick as one Brett.

After earning all-state honors in basketball and football, Brett did the natural things thing as the town's best athlete-he moved on to college, where he enrolled at BYU.

This weekend, it's uncertain if Brett will be drafted. If he is, he'll be the first player from Greybull drafted since Wyoming linebacker Jim Crawford ended up with the Raiders.

This week, Brett received all kinds of phone calls from NFL teams. Calls on Thursday alone were from the Redskins, Eagles, Dolphins, Jaguars Packers and Steelers.

Scouts wanted to know if he'd stubbed his toe; if he was healthy as the last time they saw him; if he pulled a hamstring, groin or calf muscle pitching horseshoes; and if all his numbers from the tests were on the level heading into draft day. Some wanted to know where he could be reached if he got drafted.

For Brett. who hobbled around much of BYU's 12-2 season with an ankle sprain and a hamstring pull, it's exciting. "It's a dream come true," he says.

Life has changed since he limped off the field at the Liberty Bowl. He's healed. He played well in the Senior Bowl. He's been through the NFL Combine where he was tested, jabbed, timed, probed and X-rayed. NFL gurus have toyed with his body and his mind. one question that he was asked was if he could kill little animals.

"It was weird," he says. "Some questions were goofy."

Now, Brett is a world apart from last December. His future is on the line. The next 48 hours, his life will be in a sort of suspended animation. He's at the mercy of ex-jocks, men with caps and grease pens and chalk boards.

"It seems like forever since I put the pads on and played football, " he says.

If he amounts to anything come Monday in the eyes of the NFL, Brett credits his coach, Gary Crowton, and conditioning coach, Jay Omer.

"They pushed us to the limits and it's been great," Brett says.

The next two days will seem even longer once the draft starts this morning. You can only toss so many horseshoes with big brother Chad. Shooting pool will also grow old.

He'll get the call or his agent will. Or there will be no call at all and free agency will call his number.

This is serious business now. Playing games is no longer for fun, but for money, and Greybull's once giant manchild is waiting like a hay field to be moved.

"I'm going to just relax. Whatever happens, happens. I did everything I could and I can't do anything more, " Brett says.

It's a simple approach and one that should work for this guy who could be happy in a wide open field or a crowded stadium.

Somebody just needs to call. Big Brett is waiting as well as a regular big guy can do.

Check back tomorrow for the story of Keisel's draft day experience, complete with interviews from Brett and his family, and a photograph of Keisel as he receives "The Call" from the Steelers. We will also have comments from Brett's first NFL coach, Bill Cowher, as he talks about the 2002 draft picks, and a great current day reflection write-up on Keisel from Jim Wexell, author and publisher of Steelcityinsider.net.

Stay tuned!




April 16, 2012

Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off

Alright Steeler Nation, here is your chance to set Keisel's taste buds on FIRE!

Brett, along with Cameron Heyward, Phil Bourque, and Arron Asham will be the celebrity judges for the 3rd Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off held at at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on June 9!

Participants can compete in three categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. Over $5,000 in cash prizes with a $2,000 prize to the 1st place Red Chili!

Ready to get cookin'?

Before you do, be sure to learn more about the event here.




April 4, 2012

News and notes

The Steelers released their 2012 Preseason Schedule today. The team will have one nationally televised game on August 19 against the Colts.

The away games are against Philadelphia and Buffalo. The home games are against the Colts and the Panthers.

Nike unveils new uniforms:

The Steelers released photos of the new Nike uniforms yesterday. You can click here to take a look.

Fans comments via email, Twitter and Facebook have been positive in regards to the new uniforms.

From the Da Beard Gear crew: "We love em, cuz they didn't change the Steelers much! Best uni's in sports!"

What does #99 think?

“The Pittsburgh Steelers are a storied franchise. It’s built around a winning tradition. Part of that is black and gold. I can’t imagine the Rooneys switching to a new uniform.

But we’ll be looking sharp out there in our new Nike uniforms and hopefully they will help us win a lot of games and bring that seventh Lombardi Trophy we are all looking for.

I am one of those guys that are really superstitious about my jersey,” said Keisel. “I used to tape underneath my pads. They are telling me I don’t have to tape anymore. It’s form-fitted. I am excited to wear it. Nike has the best product out there. It’s time for a change and we are looking forward to our new Nike uniforms.”

Update on Coach Kirby Wilson (via Steelers.com):

Kirby Wilson, badly injured in a Jan. 6 fire at his home in a Pittsburgh suburb, visited the Steelers practice facility this afternoon. Wilson’s appearance was a visit and not a return to work, but it still marked another milestone in the significant progress he has made in his rehabilitation.

Great news!

And, for those of you who have asked if the new uniforms will have any Da Beard accessories...I doubt it BUT you can get your beard fix at Da Beard Gear!

They offer official Brett "Da Beard" Keisel tee's, hoodies, hats, stickers and more! Get your gear before training camp and the new season starts!

Keep up with Keisel this offseason via his official Twitter and Facebook pages. The links are at the top of this page. Brett just posted a few photos from his recent fishing trip on the Green River.




March 13, 2012

Steelers basketball 2012

I posted a few of the upcoming games for the Steelers basketball team on the right side of this page, under Steelers Basketball. It is not the full schedule, and I will update with more games as they become available.

Please be aware, I do not have information regarding which players will be appearing at each game.

The games are a lot of fun and proceeds from them goes to various charities. If you can get to one (or more) of the games, you'll have a great time..and you'll be helping out a great cause!

There are autograph sessions with the players, and many times there are raffles with great prizes.

Click here to see some photos of Keisel playing basketball from previous years.




March 6, 2012

Fans name their favorite Keisel moments

Awhile back we asked fans what their favorite Steelers games or plays were. Next, we wanted to hear about their favorite Keisel moments or plays.

Via Facebook and email, fans sent in their favorites.

Can you guess the play fans named the most as their favorite?

The play fans liked the most was Brett's 79-yard interception return for a touchdown against Tampa Bay in 2010.

INT for touchdown vs. Tampa Bay! --Muhammad Usman

My favorite Keisel moment was his pick six in Tampa Bay. Watching him score that TD and seeing the excitement on his and his teammates faces is something I won't ever forget. -- Joanna Dixon

Watching the Diesel lumber down the field to score the TD was the awesome. The big guy can move! #99 deserved that pick six! -- Josh Douglas

Other fan favorites:

My favorite player (Woodley) causes, and my wife's favorite player (you) recover the fumble that locks the 6th Trophy. --Shawn Cooper

Gabbert sack for a 10 yard loss against Jax! --Richard Grizzard

Brett leading the way for Harrison's pick 6 super bowl against Cardinals! Brett is an anchor & love his superb D line work! He's always headed up against the other teams best offensive lineman and still shines every week! --Brandon Johnson

Playoffs a few years ago against the Chargers diesel sacked rivers for a huge loss... Place went nuts!!! --David Dodson

I was at the Denver game in 2009 when #99 sacked Denver QB Orton not once, but twice. Great memory! -- Dan Rogers

There are too many great plays to name, but watching his pass deflections in about every game is amazing. The big guy can jump higher than anyone I've seen and his arm reach is incredible. -- John Mercury

I saw Brett's sack on Carson Palmer (when he was with the Bengals) a few years back. He beat out several O-linemen. Was my first Steelers game and he rocked it! -- Shannon Spector

Any time he gets an arrow from his back quiver and shoots his longbow after a sack. -- Aaron Ward.

THE KREW's FAV "SIR BRETT's" moments are EVERY GAME when he's DONE his J.O.B. & ya can tell b/c "THE STEAM" is usually com'n off his HEAD & ICILES are form'n on DA'BEARD we all KNOW & LOVE! Also, a SPECIAL FAV' for THE KREW is being AMAZED by BRETT DAILY...as he NOT only plays the ROLE of HUBBY, DADDY, SON, ETC. but he CONTINUE'S to give TIRELESSLY to "1 NATION & many OTHERS who BENEFIT greatly from *BRETT: Just being BRETT & a FAN FAVORITE*! Thank you, SIR..."1 NATION loves you: 365...24/7!* PS: We need another PHOTO SESSION & CHAT...THE KREW misses YA! -- Denise Petrilli Klaiber

Strip sack on Tom in the Burgh this past season. I proposed to my fiance on that trip! --Matt Kerr (Matt, we hope she said YES!)

You're such a big part of our Defense , it's hard to pick one but the Brady sack was beautiful and your touch down against Tampa . I was running with you in the living room. My kids thought I had Gone crazy. You rock! --Anne Gros-Gean Long

The strip sack of Brady was by far my favorite #99 moment. You played a great the whole game and then sealed it with the strip sack! -- Jeff Honaker

Goin' back to the beginning:

I remember when Brett was just starting out with the Steelers. I was sitting next to my dad and watched this big old dude wearing #99 barreling down the field and just demolish a blocker on a kickoff... I grabbed the media guide and looked him up immediately. I've known to look for Keisel every play since. -- Nick Sero

Coach should show rookies on special teams tape of the way you did it when you were on special teams Diesel. You worked your tail off to prove yourself and were explosive. Hard work paid off! -- Wayne Durbin

Off the field favorite moments:

How about a shout out when he did Steelers Ladies Night? Loved it! I'll always love his sack dance. -- Pam Mangol Bitner

I met Brett at Ladies Night and was so impressed with how down to earth he was. Such a sweet guy! I love him on the field but think he is just as great off! -- Sarah E.

I love all his sacks and great play on the field, but what makes me love #99 even more is all he does off the field. The money he raises for Children's Hospital through Shearing his beard is amazing. He takes his role in the community seriously and always seems to be involved in helping raise money for various causes. -- Gina Oxley

I loved his TD against TB! I also love the work he does with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has raises so much money for research and it is so great seeing him so involved. He doesn't just lend his famous name, he also takes time to learn about various treatments and he is so great with the kids at the 65 Roses Sports Auction. It's clear they are near and dear to his heart. -- Brenda N.

Thank you all for all the comments and emails! We could not post all of them, but we appreciate each and every one of you who took time to comment and email us!




February 24, 2012

Shear Da Beard II a giant success

Thanks to Mr. Keisel (and Da Beard), WDVE, The Pittsburgh Steelers, Head & Shoulders, Sport Clips, PNC, Diesel Club Lounge, and of course, STEELER NATION, the Shear Da Beard II event raised close to $40,000 for cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC!

Between the original Shear Da Beard and Shear Da Beard II, about $80,000 was raised. Amazing! Da Beard may be gone (for now) but its legend will live on forever!

If you still wish to donate to Children's Hospital, in honor of Da Beard, please click here.

Also, don't forget about the Shear Da Beard photo sale. All proceeds benefit The Homeless Children's Education Fund and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Click here and here to view the galleries.




February 21, 2012

Freebie February

Freebie February days are winding down at Da Beard Gear! Fans have EIGHT days left to place their order and possibly get it for FREE!

For orders placed in the Online Da Beard Gear store during the month of February, we will select FIVE of those to be completely free of charge! No matter how large or small your order is, it will be eligible to become a freebie.

From a happy winner:

"We ordered our Da Beard stuff last week. Can't wait 2 get it!! Also, thanks for our FREE order. We still can't believe we actually won. THANKS!!"--Kathy and Rob-Warren, OH

Will you be the next lucky winner? GET YOUR BEARD ON at Da Beard Gear and find out!

Camo Gear

We know DA BEARD looks good in Black and Gold, but DA BEARD looks SAVAGE in camo!

Check out the selection of camo gear which includes t-shirts and hats.

The front of this camo t-shirt has DA BEARD logo with KEISEL 99 on the back. The logo and wording is black with a gold outline.

A perfect addition to any hunters attire.

OH...ladies

Show your support for Da Beard in this "burnout" tee.

Da Beard logo printed with a distressed look on the front.

Athletic, snug fit, capped sleeves with a solid color rib neck trim. Unique dyeing process gives this garment a tone-on-tone appearance.

Hoodie time

As the colder weather begins to grip Da Beard Nation we are now offering a nice warm hoodie.

The hoodie is made by Gildan. It is all black (the white piping/outline in the photo is just there for aesthetics), 50/50 cotton/poly blend.

The front has DA BEARD logo printed with a diamond plate and steel look while the hood has KEISEL 99 printed on it.

View the gear in closer detail, along with all the other items offered at Da Beard Gear here.

Whether you need some warm gear for the winter, like a beanie or hoodie, or want to stock up on t-shirts, stickers and drink koozies for the summer and upcoming season, Da Beard Gear has something to fit your needs.

Training camp will be here before we know it, so now is a great time to stock up.




February 15, 2012

EDUCATION: A CIVIL RIGHT FOR ALL CHILDREN

On Friday, February 10, U.S. Attorney David Hickton joined Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane, Allegheny Intermediate Unit Executive Director Dr. Linda Hippert, and Homeless Children’s Education Fund Director Charles LaVallee, to generate awareness of the challenges facing children and youth experiencing homelessness. The goal is to ensure that homeless children are enrolled, attending, and succeeding in school.

"Children and youth experiencing homelessness are faced with unique barriers to obtaining an education and represent the most educationally at-risk student population,” said U.S. Attorney Hickton. “The simple fact is that the homeless children crisis is a civil rights issue. By law, these children deserve equal protection and opportunity.”

Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education reported an increase in homeless children and youth enrolled in the 2009-2010 school year, bringing the numbers to a total of 18,204 across the state – this presents a 55% increase over a three year period in Pennsylvania. These numbers, which do not include non-enrolled children, have been attributed to many things including the recent recession, the high unemployment rate, and the foreclosure crisis. These numbers only include those enrolled in school and do not include those yet unidentified.

Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel put it all into perspective saying, “As a father of two children myself, the rights and future of these kids mean so much to me. I want children experiencing homelessness to have the same education and opportunities my kids have.”

Brett and his wife, Sarah are Advisory Board Members for The Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) and work closely with them throughout the year.

Read more about their work in the "Brett in the Community" section above. Click here to learn more about HCEF.

Also, be sure to check out the news from February 15 to see how you can help donate to their cause through a Keisel/Da Beard photo sale.

Champions for Children:

The Thirteenth Annual Champion for Children's Benefit will be held on March 5, 2012. Brett and Sarah were awarded with the Champions for Children award in 2011, and will be in attendance this year at the event.

The event will be held at the Rivers Club. There will be a buffet, live music for dancing and an auction where one can bid on a variety of amazing items. One prize package is entitled the "Keisel Special":2 sets of VIP tickets for the St. Vincent 2011 Steelers Training Camp; 2 Steelers jerseys - one signed by Brett and the other by Troy Polamalu, and a basket of Steelers gear.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door should you not have purchased them ahead of time.

General admission is $100. Patron tickets are $300. American Express, Visa, and Master Cards as well as personal checks and cash are accepted. We cannot, however, accept bank debit cards. Have a question or wish to purchase tickets in advance? Call HCEF at 412-562-0154.

Please be aware, this event does not include an autograph session with Mr. Keisel. Please refrain from bringing items to be autographed. Thank you!




February 15, 2012

Photo sale for great causes

If you missed Shear Da Beard II, or if you attended but want something to commemorate it, we have a great news for you!

Photographer Carol Maurin, owner of Carol Maurin Photography, took some amazing photos at the event. She captured the introduction of Da Beard, the shearing, parts of the auction and..of course...the return of Brett "The Sharp Dressed Diesel"!

She is offering us the chance to purchase prints, mugs, photo key chains, buttons and magnets to remember the event. The prices are great and best of all, you will be helping two worthy causes with your purchase, as all proceeds go to The Homeless Children's Education Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

This is a very generous offer by Carol Maurin and Mr. Keisel. Both want to make this a big donation to both causes, so please spread the word!

These are unique photos from a one-of-a-kind event. Grab your chance to own a keepsake item showing Brett's legendary beard, or showing him Da Beard-less. There are also photos of his teammates, coaches and the entertainment groups.

Click here to view the gallery.

To check on prices, click on the photo you are interested in. Next, click at the bottom right of the page on "Add to Cart" and the prices will appear. At the top right of the price chart you will see Prints and Products. The prints are the prices to order prints of the photo, and the products are the mugs, buttons and other novelty items.

The original, first edition Da Beard:

Carol and Brett held this same promotion last year, when he sported the first edition Da Beard. You can view and order prints (before and after the shearing) in that gallery also. All proceeds there also benefit the Homeless Children's Education Fund and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Click here to see the gallery.

There are some great photos in both galleries. Carol perfectly captured Brett's personality in each photo. Both photos shown in today's news are available for sale. Visit her galleries to see larger copies with better resolutions.

Thank you to both Carol and Brett for making this possible!

While on Carol's website, be sure to view her other galleries. She is very talented, so keep her in mind if you need a photographer in the future.

Information on both The Homeless Children's Education Fund and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation can be found in the "Brett in the Community" section above.




February 13, 2012

Fans thank Da Beard

I wanted to share an email sent from Jennifer Lips. Her niece, Heather met Brett when he visited Children's Hospital last week.

From her email:

Brett, On 2/6/12, you visited my 14 year old niece, Heather, at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

You saw her when she was up and doing well, but just 3 days before, we were not sure if she was going to make it. She was on a ventilator for 6 days, in a medically induced coma, and the doctors could not give us an exact diagnosis.

Just wanted to mention a word of "thanks" for spending time with her. Although she admitted she didn't know who you were, she thought you were so nice and she keeps repeating what you told her before you left the room, "get better beautiful". She thought that was awesome.

I am thrilled to inform you that she left the hospital with the basket you gave her and great memories of a Steeler who took his time to visit her.

Many thanks to you Brett for your kindness and thoughtfulness!

Jennifer Lips-Proud aunt of Heather Lips.

Jennifer and her family sent the lovely photo showing Heather's mom, Charlene, and Heather with Mr. Keisel. They granted permission to post the email here on the site. Also, Jennifer sent an update on Heather, saying "She is continuing to get stronger and will be starting rehab at the Children's Institute next week. Unfortunately, she's not allowed to return to school this year. It's hard for her because she likes school and is a good student."

Please keep Heather Lips and her family in your thoughts and prayers!

Fan reaction to Shear Da Beard:

"From mountain man to GQ. I bet your wife will LOVE seeing your face again. Thanks for not only being an awesome Steeler~ thanks for being an all-around good guy:)"--Amy Shorr Staff

"Just a shout out from Packer Nation to commend you on the great job you guys are doing for the kids....my friends kid is a patient there and it's great to see you guys give back to the community.--Tom Schuster

"Brett, I am a Patriots fan, so I don't have a ton of love for the Steelers-lol, but after seeing what you did for Children's Hospitla and seeing how Steeler Nation rallied around you, I will always have a spot in my heart for the Steelers. Of course, only when you aren't playing my team!"--Susan Preest

"I may be a Colts fan, but it's hard not to root for #99 after what he did for those kids. My son was at our local Children's Hospital for 2 years and I know how difficult it is as a parent watching your child go through pain. Seeing Mr. Keisel and his teammates visit with the kids made my day. He inspired me to start sending gifts to families and kids there. I may be part of Colts Nation, but Steeler Nation is a close second now thanks to Brett."--Tom Schaffer

"I just seen this on the news, my 2 year old daughter is currently at childrens on the 9th floor, and I just want to thank you....people like you make a difference, for kids with cancer."--Christa Walker

"Mr. Keisel, It is fantastic to see an athlete who appreciates what he has, loves what he does and gives so much back to his community. Thank you for all you do!--Bill Paananen

"Does Chad need a job as an O-lineman?"--Bruce Clark

"Da Beard faintly whispered "I'll be back..."--Kyle Simpson

"Good job Elijah! Prayers for you and your family were answered. Look forward to hearing about Elijah's Army again. Thanks Mr. Keisel for all you do for all of Pittsburgh."--Tina Smith

"When my son was in Children's many years ago he was able to meet several Steelers. He was very sick and at 9:00 PM the doctor came in and said "why is he here?" He had gain so much strength after their visit & We were on our way home by 11:00 PM Thanks. it means a lot to those kids."--Gay Vroble

"Let them know how much it REALLY does mean to the kids that they visit. I was in Children's for four months straight with leukemia when I was 13... it was the brightness of your day when a Steelers player showed up and could turn an awful day into a smiling day!"--Renee Minnemeyer-Climo

"Brett, last night's event is just another exhibit of why I am proud to say I am a member of the Steeler Nation. God bless."--Rob Swan

"Trish, please let Brett know how thankful we are to him and his teammates for visiting our child at Children's Hospital. They gave us reason to smile after a very rough week, and we cannot put into words how grateful we are. Seeing our child smile for maybe the first time in days is something we will treasure for the rest of our lives."--Gina

"We loved seeing Brett's family there to support him and so cool seeing them in dabeard shirts and caps!"--Sharon Post

Thank you to all who took the time to email or comment on Brett's social media pages. We were not able to post every single message, but they are all appreciated. Da Beard may be gone, but its legend will live on!




February 10, 2012

Da Beard was sheared

What a great way to end the reign of Da Beard II! Da Beard is gone (for now) and the Diesel is back.

Even though Da Beard is no more, its legend will live on forever. All proceeds raised during the event, and through donations for those who could not attend, will be donated to cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC. Da Beard will be fighting cancer for years to come!

This was all made possible by the generosity of Mr. Keisel, his family, teammates, coaches, sponsors and most of all..by the FANS! Diesel Club Lounge was packed with fans all there to support this great cause.

From KDKA:

"Even now, looking in the mirror it’s strange because I’ve had the beard for so long, but it was a great night down here. Pittsburgh, of course, showed up. That’s what makes Pittsburgh special, though is they have grasped onto this idea and really made it what it is today. If the fans didn’t respond the way they did to it, I wouldn’t do it."--Keisel speaking to KDKA after the event.

Final totals are not yet known. Last year the event raised over $40,000! Fans were there from all over the country to pay tribute to Da Beard and to support Children's Hospital. Steeler Nation is truly Da Best!

I will also say, it was great to receive emails and Facebook messages from fans of other "Nations", such as Green Bay, New England, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver, and the Colts..just to name a few. All commented that, while they were not Steelers fans, they were impressed with Mr. Keisel's generous act and loved seeing all the fans rally with him.

Video:

Click here to watch some video highlights of the event.

Photos

You can click here and here to see photos from the event.

The t-shirts and hats worn by Brett, his family, coaches and teammates at the event can be purchased from Da Beard Gear.




February 9, 2012

The Da Beard-less Keisel-see update below

Da Beard is no more. Shear Da Beard II was held tonight at Diesel Club Lounge to benefit cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

Who got the first swipe at Da Beard?

Fittingly, the honors went to Aaron Smith's son, Elijah who battled leukemia at Children's Hopsital.

Some of the other celebrity barbers included, Art Rooney II, Coach Mike Tomlin, defensive line coach John Mitchell and teammates James Harrison, Doug Legursky, Heath Miller and Chris Hoke.

The crowd witnessed two shearings for the price of one as Father Beard (Brett's dad, Lane) had his beard sheared also.

Fans in attendance commented that Brett and James Harrison were the best auctioneers ever. Coach Tomlin must have felt the same as he was said to have purchased a Keisel portrait during the auction.

We will post the amount of money raised for Children's Hospital once final totals are complete.

You can click here to see some photos from the event. We will add more soon.

It was great seeing Brett's coaches, family and teammates sporting Da Beard Gear at the event! If you have not ordered yet, now is a great time to do it. Five random orders will be selected to receive their order FREE! It's Freebie February at Da Beard Gear!

Stay tuned for more news and photos!

Update:

Click here to read more about the event tonight!




February 7, 2012

Shear Da Beard II

The shearing is nearing! Two more days until Da Beard is gone. Keisel is set to have his beard shaved on Thursday, February 9 at Diesel Club Lounge.

From Brett: "Only a few days left until Shear Da Beard. If you collect Steeler memorabilia you will want to be there.

I'm auctioning off some one a kind items. You can get your beard on with some Da Beard Gear and jam to Chris Higbee and Donnie Iris!

Not to mention watch my teammates, coaches, and friends cut this animal off my face. All towards a great cause at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC. See you Thursday!"

Click here to order your tickets. Hurry, before they are all sold out.

The event is sponsored by: WDVE, PITTSBURGH STEELERS, HEAD & SHOULDERS, SPORT CLIPS, PNC, DIESEL AND LOCAL BAR + KITCHEN. EVENT IS 21+ ONLY.

For those who cannot attend the event, but wish to donate to Children's Hospital, please click here.

More details on the event are posted on the right side of this page under Events and Appearances.

Click here to see a larger view of the event announcement.




February 6, 2012

Da Beard takes in a Pitt game

Keisel (and Da Beard) attended the Pitt game against Villanova this weekend, with Pitt winning 79-70.

Brett tossed some t-shirts into the crowd at halftime, which made the fans (especially the ZOO section) very happy!

Today's news photo was sent by Rhonda. Brett is shown with Lizzie Martin (left) and Emily McTish, Rhonda's niece (right). Both are juniors at Pitt.

Thanks to Rhonda for sharing the photo and congratulations to Pitt on their win!

As many of you know, Brett works closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and hosts a fundraiser, The 65 Roses Sports Auction, yearly to benefit CF research.

You can click here to read more about Brett's involvement with the event, and about Doug Sarkis who is also involved with the event. You can also read more about Brett's work with CF in the "Brett in the Community" section (the link is at the top of this page).

Freebie February:

Looking to add to your Keisel collection? Now is a great time to order from his official merchandise line, Da Beard Gear. Why? Because it's Freebie February!

For orders placed in the Online Da Beard Gear store during the month of February, we will select FIVE of those to be completely free of charge! No matter how large or small your order is, it will be eligible to become a freebie. Note: Contest winners will be notified shortly after their order is placed if they are one of the lucky five. Good Luck!

If you are attending Shear Da Beard II, order your gear soon so you can wear it to the event. It would be great to see a lot of Da Beard Gear in the crowd!

Shear Da Beard II:

Check under Events and Appearances on the right side of this page, for details on the event! There is also a link to donate to UPMC if you cannot attend the event.




February 3, 2012

Ask the Diesel

Have a question for Brett "The Diesel" Keisel? Send it in, and the Diesel just may answer your question here on his site! Information on "Ask the Diesel", along with previously answered questions, is on the right side of this page, below the Steelers schedule.

Latest additions:

Q. What is your favorite childhood memory?-- Haydee S. -New Mexico

A. As a young boy my favorite memory was camping with my parents and brothers and sisters.

Q. Brett, what is the name of the company that make those wrist guards/braces that you and alot of players wear. Been trying to find them everywhere with no success for my son who's a D lineman. Any help would greatly be appreciated! Thanks!-- Scott Kramer

A. Donjoy makes the wrist rockets I wear. They work great.

Q. What is your favorite food?-- Gabe Johnson, Pittsburgh PA. (By the way I love my Da Beard Gear. Getting ready to order some more!).

A. My favorite food is Meat and Taters.

Q. What is your recommendation for a great dinner spot for a first time Burgh visitor? --Ashley Meade

A. There are several great places to eat but if you come to Pittsburgh you have to try Primanti's. (Click here for locations and menu.).

Q. What is one of your favorite vacation spots?-- Brandon M., Chicago, IL.

A. The Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming.

Q. One place we must visit when coming to Pittsburgh for the first time-besides Heinz Field? --Sarah Evans

A. Mt. Washington. Incredible view of the city.

Thank you to all who sent questions! Keep them coming.

The countdown is on the Shear Da Beard II!

The shearing will take place on February 9. Details on the event, and a link to order tickets is under Events and Appearances on the right side of this page. If you cannot attend, but wish to donate to the event, there is also a link to do so.

Fan response to Shear Da Beard II:

As a parent with a child in the care of Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh in the oncology department, I just want to thank you. Many athletes have causes because of their children, but only a Steeler would take up a cause for his teammates child. Your heart is as big as your beard. Thank you.--John Gorham.

I may not be a Steelers fan Brett, but what you are doing is great for the kids.--Robert Rickard

If you lost anything while growing this beard...I'm sure you'll find it when you shear the beard!--Betty Hazlett

Great cause wish I could be there to see that. This is why I love the Steelers they always give back just as much love as they get. STEELERS4LIFE!!--Nanatte Brooks

Brett, my daughter spent years in and out of our local Childrens's Hospital in Columbus, Oh. being treated for cancer. I know how important donations are to hospitals because we were blessed to receive donations to help with medical funds for our daughter. She is doing well after 5 years in and out of the hospital. She is doing well because of people like you who realize the importance of donating to important causes such as cancer. I wasn't a Steelers fan before, but you can bet I am now. I cannot attend the event, but I made a donation in my daughters name. Thank you on behalf of all parents and kids who have dealt with cancer. You are making a difference!-- Tom, Columbus, OH.

I live too far away to attend the event, but will donate to this cause. You doing this for your teammate (and for all the children who are dealing with cancer) reminded me how important it is to give back. Even if we can't donate money, we can donate time. I recently went through your website, and was amazed at all you do in the community outside of football. Thoroughly refreshing. Your parents sure raised you well!--Sharon S, Columbia, SC.

Love the beard, but love the idea you are shaving it for such a great cause.--Melissa Dixon

Are we sure Brett didn't take Troy's shampoo?--James Bonchin

Thanks to all who emailed or commented on Brett's social media pages! We couldn't include every email or comment, but all are greatly appreciated.

Freebie February:

Be sure to check out the news below for information on FREEBIE FEBRUARY at Da Beard Gear! Great time to stock up on your Keisel merchandise. If you are attending Shear Da Beard II, we'd love to see Diesel Club filled with Da Beard Gear!


February 2, 2012

Freebie February at Da Beard Gear

Looking to add to your Keisel collection? Now is a great time to order from his official merchandise line, Da Beard Gear. Why? Because it's Freebie February!

For orders placed in the Online Da Beard Gear store during the month of February, we will select FIVE of those to be completely free of charge! No matter how large or small your order is, it will be eligible to become a freebie. Note: Contest winners will be notified shortly after their order is placed if they are one of the lucky five. Good Luck!

If you are attending Shear Da Beard II, order your gear soon so you can wear it to the event. It would be great to see a lot of Da Beard Gear in the crowd!

Fan email:

An email from Todd Caldwell, Pendleton, IN.:

I unfortunately missed Brett earlier in the day on Monday but after a break at work, headed over to Pan Am Plaza in the afternoon.

I changed into my DA BEARD hoodie and waited around because I knew (thanks to your Facebook posts) that Brett was going to be on Scott Van Pelt around 2:45. I managed to catch Brett just before he entered the secure zone at the ESPN set and he took time to shake my hand and pose for a quick photo. He thanked me for wearing the hoodie and said it looked really great.

I had a security guy ask me about the hoodie and when I explained who DA BEARD was, the guard said he had a chance to be around Brett at the Mike and Mike show and that Brett was a super nice guy.

Living in Indy, I get way too much Colts stuff so having Brett in town was great. He is a great representative of the Steelers and it showed. Please pass along my thanks to him for coming to Indy and taking the time to chat with fans.

Almost forgot, DA BEARD hoodie got a quick shot on ESPN too. The other photo attached is me in the background of The Herd after Brett’s appearance. Although you cant really read it, that’s me in my DA BEARD hoodie.

Click here to see his photos.

Check the news below, or on the right side of this page (under Events and Appearances) for details on Shear Da Beard II.




February 1, 2012

Appearances and photos

Shear Da Beard II (also known as the Second Annual Mountain Man Makeover) will be held on Thursday, February 9 at the Diesel Club Lounge (1601 East Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA). Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the shaving ceremony will commence at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25.00-the price includes admission to the one-of-a-kind event, your first drink, appetizers, opportunities to win lots of prizes, and live entertainment provided by Donnie Iris and the Chris Higbee Project. Attendees will also be able to purchase limited edition items, such as a framed before and after photo of Keisel-which comes with or without a lock from his famous Da Beard!

And, of course, you will be on hand to witness THE SHEARING OF DA BEARD!

The celebrity barbers have not been announced, but Brett said possibly Aaron Smith and his son, Elijah may be on hand. Also, his father, Lane (Father Beard) will be there, and plans to shave his beard too!

Two shearings for the price of one!

Read more about Father Beard, why Brett chose Children's Hospital and about Da Beard showing up at a Pitt game here.

Brett is donating all proceeds from the event to cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

Ready to order your tickets?

Click here to order your tickets. Hurry, before they are all sold out.

The event is sponsored by: WDVE, PITTSBURGH STEELERS, HEAD & SHOULDERS, SPORT CLIPS, PNC, DIESEL AND LOCAL BAR + KITCHEN. EVENT IS 21+ ONLY.

Also, thank you to artists Scott Spillman and Denny Karchner, Western Art for donating prints they did of Keisel to be auctioned at the event! Click on the respective links to view their amazing work! Also, you can purchase prints of the portraits each did of Brett. The information to order Denny's portrait of Brett is here. and the information for Scott's is on the right side of this page, under "Fear the Beard" prints.

The prizes last year were amazing and everyone had a great time, so if you are able to attend, I highly suggest it!

Click here to see a larger view of the event announcement.

For those who cannot attend the event, but wish to donate to it, please click here.

Thank you to Andrea Kunicky, and everyone at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC for providing the donation information!

Brett to speak on behalf of the Homeless Childrens's Education Fund (HCEF):

Mr. Keisel and US Attorney David Hickton will hold a press conference in February to "generate awareness of the plight and promise of children and youth experiencing homelessness, and to facilitate their enrollment, attendance, and success in school in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act."

From the press release:

At the 2011 Summit II in Pittsburgh, U.S. Attorney David Hickton said:

"Homeless youth and children are faced with unique barriers to obtaining an education. They are also the most educationally at-risk student population. Children experiencing homelessness are more likely to drop out than graduate and more likely to become homeless and unemployed as adults… The homeless children crisis is a civil rights issue. Homeless children deserve equal protection and equal opportunity under the law.”

Brett and his wife, Sarah have been committed advisors, supporters, and partners in our efforts to provide “Hope through learning” to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Thank you to HCEF, Mr. Keisel and US Attorney David Hickton for all they are doing.

To learn more about the Homeless Children's Education Fund, please click here.

You can also read more about Brett's involvement with them by clicking on the "Brett in the Community" link at the top of this page.

SB Media Day Photos:

Visit the Head & Shoulders for Men Facebook Page for more photos of Brett at Media Day this week!




January 31, 2012

Da Beard the star of Media Day

Keisel's time in Indianapolis with Head & Shoulders for Men is winding down today. He had several media interviews Monday (links to the podcasts are in the January 30 news), and today he switched places and he was the media. Da Beard was the official hair correspondent for Head and Shoulders for Men.

From Brett's Twitter page today: "Just pulled up to the media tent at #SuperBowl46 with @HSforMen. Things are about to get Hairy."

Keisel had "hair" questions for Tom Brady, Justin Tuck and Wes Welker, just to name a few.

The verdict on Keisel as a media correspondent?

From Brett Arthur, National Post,

Brett Keisel’s beard is the star on Super Bowl media day.

Just when you figured there was no real star of Media Day, there it was, in all its glory. It was Viking-like, wavy, towering, magnificent. It could only be one thing: Brett Keisel’s beard.

The Pittsburgh defensive lineman was here, attached to the beard, and spent his time asking players what shampoo they used, since he was here for Head and Shoulders.

But it didn’t matter what he asked, or what they said. That beard. Even ol’ Inez snuck a peek, when she could. So sure, some people tried to be unusual, and garner attention. But Brett Keisel’s beard is here, everyone. The rest of you can all go home.

You can read his entire article (and view a photo of Keisel, the correspondent) here.

Visit Brett's official Facebook page (the link is in the top right corner of this page) to view photos of Keisel's time in Indy. We'd love you to "like" the page, but even if you are not a "Facebooker", you can still view the page without joining.




January 30, 2012

Keisel takes on Indy

Brett made his way down Radio Row today in Indianapolis. He was there with Head & Shoulders for Men, appearing on various ESPN shows such as Mike and Mike, The Herd and Sportscenter.

Keisel talked about the Steelers, the Super Bowl and of course about his legenary beard. Just about every person who interviewed him commented on how amazing the beard looked. Brett gave credit for Da Beard's greatness to Head & Shoulders for Men, saying it made his beard "more full" and "more beautiful" then ever.

Twitter abuzz over Da Beard:

"I touched it and got electrocuted. The Beard has special powers." --Jason Romano.

"D-lineman Brett Keisel is on our set! We need a separate chair for his beard!"--Mike & Mike.

"Can I touch your beard? It's so soft!!"--Colin Cowherd, The Herd.

A few of Keisel's podcasts:

Mike and Mike

The Herd

Scott Van Pelt Show

NFL Network

NFL Network

The Jim Rome Show

Keisel chat:

Some fans chatted live online with Brett. Click here to read the transcript.

Be sure to visit Brett's official Facebook and Twitter pages (links are at the top right of this page) for more photos and news from his travels today. He gave his Super Bowl prediction (winner and score) on Facebook. Check it out to see if you agree.

Thank you to Head & Shoulders for Men for sending Keisel to Indianapolis. Stay tuned to see what he will be up to on Tuesday!




January 28, 2012

Keepin' up with Da Beard

Da Beard will be in Indianapolis with Head & Shoulders for Men during Super Bowl week. So far, there are three appearances for him on ESPN .

January 30 appearances:

Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN Radio/ESPN2) at 9:00 a.m.

The Herd (ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS) at 10:30 a.m.

Scott Van Pelt Show (ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS through 3 p.m. ET) at 2:45 p.m.

Please be aware, times are approximates.

Click here for the entire ESPN schedule.

If you are in the Indy area this week, be sure to stop by the Pan Am Plaza to see Keisel! Wear your Da Beard Gear!




January 27, 2012

Da Beard is headin' to Indy

Keisel will be in Indianapolis next week with Head & Shoulders for Men. Be sure to follow his Twitter and Facebook pages (links are at the top right of this page) to keep up with Da Beard as he chats with several ESPN personalities.

Tweet from ESPN:

Steelers DE Brett Keisel will be on-set w/ ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike Monday in Indy. Come to Pan Am Plaza to see the beard!

You can also send questions in to SportsNation for Brett. Click here for more information.

Shear Da Beard II:

As you know, Da Beard's days are numbered. The shearing is set for February 9. Details are in the January 25 news. All proceeds from the event benefit the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC. For those who cannot attend the event, but wish to donate to it, please click here.

Thank you to Andrea Kunicky, and everyone at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC for providing the donation information!




January 26, 2012

Best wishes to Chris Hoke

"When I walked in here 11 years ago as an undrafted free agent, I had a lot of dreams. But in my wildest dreams I would have never believed that I would be standing before you guys like I am today, 11 years later. I think everything happens for a reason, but I am glad I went out playing well. I gave everything I had to this game. I have no regrets. I am blessed to be able to go out on a high note like that.” --Hoke, from his press conference today.

Keisel, Hampton and Aaron Smith all attended the press conference and you could tell by the look in Hoke’s eyes it meant the world to him to have them there.

"The support I’ve gotten from these guys over the years and the relationships we’ve built, not just with each other but with our families and children, it’s been great", said Hoke.

Keisel talks about what Hoke means to him:

"He means so much to me personally,” said defensive end Brett Keisel, proudly wearing a Brigham Young t-shirt, the school both he and Hoke attended. “He took his job so seriously and worked so hard every day. Everyone that was around him saw that. It resonated through all of us. There will be a big hole left in the defensive line room without him in there. He had a great career here. He is a great guy, a great competitor and a big reason why we won two Super Bowls.”

Click here to read more and to see the photo gallery (courtesy of Steelers.com).

Best wishes to Mr. Hoke and his family! Thank you for all you've done on and off the field.

Pro Bowl updates:

Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Ryan Clark, James Harrison and Mike Wallace are in Hawaii preparing for the Pro Bowl. Catch updates on the fun here.

Shear Da Beard:

The shearing is on! Check out the news from January 25 (below) for all the details! Get your tickets now-they are limited!




January 25, 2012

Da Beard's days are numbered

Keisel was on WDVE this morning with a big announcement. Shear Da Beard II (also known as the Second Annual Mountain Man Makeover) will be held on Thursday, February 9 at the Diesel Club Lounge (1601 East Carson St. Pittsburgh, PA). Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the shaving ceremony will commence at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25.00-the price includes admission to the one-of-a-kind event, your first drink, appetizers, opportunities to win lots of prizes, and live entertainment provided by Donnie Iris and the Chris Higbee Project. Attendees will also be able to purchase limited edition items, such as a framed before and after photo of Keisel-which comes with or without a lock from his famous Da Beard!

And, of course, you will be on hand to witness THE SHEARING OF DA BEARD!

The celebrity barbers have not been announced, but Brett said possibly Aaron Smith and his son, Elijah may be on hand. Also, his father, Lane (Father Beard) may be there. According to Brett, his dad is still sporting his own beard.

Brett is donating all proceeds from the event to cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.

Ready to order your tickets?

Click here to order your tickets. Hurry, before they are all sold out.

The event is sponsored by: WDVE, PITTSBURGH STEELERS, HEAD & SHOULDERS, SPORT CLIPS, PNC, DIESEL AND LOCAL BAR + KITCHEN. EVENT IS 21+ ONLY.

For those who cannot make it, but would like to donate to the event, I will post a link (if available) to do so.

The prizes last year were amazing and everyone had a great time, so if you are able to attend, I highly suggest it!

Click here to see a larger view of the event announcement.

I will also post the information on the right side of this page, under Events and Appearances, so you can locate it anytime.

Click here to see photos from the inaugural Shear Da Beard.

Da Beard Gear:

If you have purchased Keisel's official Da Beard Gear, this is a perfect event to wear it! We hope to see lots of Da Beard Gear at the event. If you want to order, click on the "Store" link below the website banner. Show your love for Da Beard at Shear Da Beard II!

Also from the interview:

Keisel said his injury is healing well and, for now, no surgery will be needed. Great news!

Celebrating a promise kept:

Click here to read about Brett's attendance at a Penguins game recently, which celebrated the graduation of RMU's first graduation cohert of Pittsburgh Promise. There is a photo of Brett and James Farrior with some of the graduates, and the article explains more about The Pittsburgh Promise School.

Update:

WDVE posted a link to their interview with Keisel. Click here to listen.




January 11, 2012

Paying it forward

We all know how important helping others is to Mr. Keisel and his teammates. They host and attend benefits to raise money for various causes every year.

Brett also held a "Pay it Forward" contest this past Thanksgiving to give fans a chance to tell how they helped others. We read about so many great things Steeler Nation did for others.

Ten-year-old Hunter Dittman took the "Pay it Forward" theme to heart recently during the Parker Polar Bear Plunge. The event was held January 1 (you can read about it in the December 29 news below).

Anyone who donated to the cause was entered in a drawing for an autographed football Mr. Keisel donated.

Hunter won the football and was excited since she is a huge Keisel fan. She wore his jersey while taking the plunge in the 38 degree water!

What did Hunter do with the football?

From an email sent by Scott Dittman:

Even though she loves the ball, she has decided to donate it back to Camo Cares/Hunt Of A Lifetime so it can be used to raise more money for sick kids during their event in Fryburg, PA on June 23rd, 2012, where she is a volunteer.

Camo Cares/Hunt of a Lifetime raises money to help terminally ill children fulfill their dream hunt.

More from Mr. Dittman:

We had well over 500 plungers this year, setting a new record. More importantly, we more than DOUBLED the charitable donations from last year, going from $4,000 to over $8,500! Brett's autographed football and shaving my beard in the water gathered over $2,700 as a part of that total, which meant I had my head shaved as well.

Scott went on to thank Brett for his donation.

Today's news photo is of Hunter with the signed football from Brett. Click here to see a larger version of the photo, and one of Scott as he is about to have his beard (and head) shaved.

Thank you to Scott for sharing the photos and news, to Hunter for such a caring heart, and to Mr. Keisel for his donation to the great cause!




January 10, 2012

Best of Da Beard contest winner

January 9, 2012

Steeler Nation proud of their team...

...and they've shown it through emails and messages on Brett's Official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Here are a few of what we received:

"Steeler Nation loves you and we are proud of the great come back. Get healthy in the off season and come back with a vengeance!!!" --Haydee Sampredo

"Great season. Hope you get well soon and also hoping for another town hall meeting. Proud of all of you!"--Anne and Emily Cooper

"Bro....it's all good! There is NO TEAM that is more resilient through injury & circumstances...I am PROUD to support & be a fan such an AWESOME organization & you guys the players! You guys are the model for what "TEAM" means and for how you go about your business. From Coach T down to the staff...love y'all my brotha & no doubt we WILL BE BACK for that "#7" next season! Be Blessed...BLACK N YELLOW 4LIFE for the Good Ole Mississippi!"-- Danny Green

"*GOOD NITE until we HAVE FUN again in SEPT 2012* ....LUV ya Fella's! THANKS 4 the EFFORT! Now you can MEND! CONGRATS to the BRONCO's...May they ENJOY their Well Deserved BIG WIN & to the STEELERS for giv'n us the "BEST GAME" of the WK-END! May the REST follow your lead? That's what GOOD FOOTBALL is ALL about! As ALWAYS....24/7 & 365! ....THE KREW ....PS: B sure to let us KNOW WHEN you'll be DONAT'N DA'BEARD & once again being "HEAVEN SENT"???"--Denise Petrilli Klaiber & Kaliber Krew

"It was a tough loss, hate to see the season end, but one thing about the Steeler Nation.....we love our tean, win or loose....get thoes injuries all healed (I know you just hated leaving the game) and we will begin again the 'hairway to seven' quest next season."--Erin Confer

"THANK YOU FOR A GREAT SEASON! You gave it your all. Now heal fast for next year! Much love." -- Boss Steeler Chick

"To Mr. Keisel and the team: Thank you for yet another great season. We were with you for the wins and the losses and are proud of you no matter what. Get healed and healthy and we'll see you back next season. Have an enjoyable offseason."-- Scott Johnson

"You guys are a class act from the front office down.. I bleed Black and Gold.. and love being part of the steeler nation.... looking forward to a healthy 2012 season." -- Jeff Shifflett

"Thank you for a great season...proud Steeler fan. Hope you come to Valley High School in March for DARE basketball. May the entire Steelers team have good health!" -- Keith Piecka

"Thank you for your tremendous season and your hardcore effort. Good luck with the healing from your injuries. We look forward to an even greater year next season!" -- Hy Simhan

"Steelers Defense still has a place in my heart! Thanks for a great season." -- Megan Laughlin

"So proud of the way you guys fought back to get in the game!! Keep your heads up!"-- Carolina Quintero

"You guys are still the best Defense the NFL has ever seen Brett !! Sorry about the loss, I feel it with you even though you guys did all the work !! Hope all of you have a quick and complete recovery !!" --Brian Shook

"Da Beard will be back! Thanks to you and the team for always making us proud. You are all class acts on and off the field. Not many fans can say that about their teams these days, but Steeler Nation sure can. Thanks for all your interaction on FB and Twitter. You are great to us fans and we are lovin' your Da Beard Gear. Hope to see it stick around!" -- Tim Hess

"Trish, please tell Brett we hope he is ok and gets healed. He is a leader on our D and we need him back. Rooneys better realize it. Thank him for all he does during games and off the field with CF and other causes. Because of his efforts they are making progress with CF and we applaud him!" --Shannon Patterson

"Keisel, heal up my man. You are da best. Team isn't same when you aren't out there. Thanks for all you and the team do. Stay classy. Hope to see you do another chat with fans. I would love to be able to talk with you even if just for 1 question." --Paul Snyder

"Prayers for a speedy and uneventful recovery. A part of me is relieved season is over so that my beloved players can heal. We had a winning season and made playoffs. Thank you." -- Deborah McCabe

"I'm proud of you guys! Win or lose, you guys give it all you've got and your fans, the Steeler Nation, is proud of you! Heal quickly & we'll get em next year!" -- Beth Burks

"I hope u feel better soon Da Beard!! Da Beard Strong in AZ!" --Tito Medina

"I hope you get well soon Brett. Take care and get better for next season." -- Scott Spillman

"Thank you to the Steelers for giving us another great season. So many teams never make it to the playoffs year after year, yet we are treated to it pretty much every year. That is due to your dedication and focus. Bless you and your family. And, thanks for dabeard Gear. We love it and we love your website. The updates are great since we don't get alot of Steelers news in NE." --Susan Fetters

"Keisel, you and teammates played lights out all season. Didn't end the way we wanted, but when we say there is always next year, we are serious. There is always a next year for our black and gold. We are spoiled by post season play and SB wins-and we love it. Thank you. Love this site and dabeard stuff. You have good people helping you out. Anytime I email it is answered so quickly and kindly. You are so great to the fans and I really enjoyed the chat you did a few months ago. Can we do it again?" --Tina Hammond

Sorry we could not post every email and comment, but stop by the Facebook and Twitter pages (links at the top of this page) and check out the great comments, and feel free to leave one of your own!

The photo used for today's news (the first photo) was designed by Michael Johnson.




January 8, 2012

Tough way to end great season

“Really, not a lot to say. I’d like to extend congratulations to the Denver Broncos, their staff and players. They played a good football game, of course, and did the job and won. They persevered. I’m proud of our guys and the way they fought but, obviously, we’re not in it for the moral victories, it wasn’t enough. They made the significant plays tonight, particularly the chunks that allowed them to win. We accept responsibility for that like we have through many, many legs of this journey this year. But we fell short."--From Coach Tomlin's post-game press conference.

Despite being riddled with injuries, the Steelers never gave up in their overtime loss to Denver (29-23). They were down by 10 points late in the game and came back to tie the game 23-23, sending it to overtime. The Broncos won the ever important coin toss and scored a touchdown on their first possession to get the wildcard win.

To read more on the game, click here.

I will update any injury news on Keisel, if it becomes available.

It was a tough ending to a great season. The team finished strong at 12-5 and gave fans reasons to cheer each week as another hotcake was stacked. There were bumps in the road, but the team (and fans) never gave up. They fought hard each week until the final whistle blew tonight in overtime, ending their season.

Check back for more news throughout the week, along with a year end wrap up. The Best of Da Beard contest winner will be announced Tuesday.

We appreciate all the positive messages on Facebook and Twitter. Steeler Nation truly has the best fans!

A message from the Da Beard Gear crew:

Thanks for all your support this year. Best fans in the world without doubt! Love you guys and we will be back!




January 4, 2012

Friday news and notes

Articles of interest:

Ron Cook: Longtime veterans approaching finish line.

Defensive end Brett Keisel said he tries not to think about the gang breaking up. He had a superb year and is expected back next season for his 11th NFL season despite the fact he will turn 34 in September. He said there already is a different feel in the locker room and meeting rooms without Smith and Hoke, another extremely popular player. Smith joined the Steelers as a fourth-round draft choice in 1999, Hoke as an undrafted free agent in 2001.

"We've been together for a third of our lives," Keisel said. "During the season, we spend more time with each other than we do with our families.How awesome would it be for those guys to go out as champions?" Keisel asked. "I mean, they're already champions and they'll always be champions. But to get back to the big dance and win it, man, that would be the perfect ending."

From the Washington Post: Road show: Steelers fans make themselves right at home in any stadium.

Broncos linebacker Joe Mays was strolling through the grocery store earlier this week when he spotted a family decked out in Pittsburgh Steelers garb. The invasion of Pittsburgh fans has already begun. In his own neighborhood, no less.

Wait until Sunday.

Billed as Broncos country, this region will be transformed into Steelers territory with Ben Roethlisberger & Co. arriving in the Mile High City for a first-round playoff game.

And, if you haven't read the article, Brett Keisel: Grounded by Greybull, from the December 24 Steelers Gameday, here is a link. You won't want to miss it.

Best of Da Beard Contest:

The contest is now closed. We have some great entries so picking a winner will be tough. Check back next week to see who won. Thanks to all who took the time to enter.

Click here to see the entries.

Da Beard Gear Fan Appreciation:

Any order placed (while the Steelers are in the playoffs) with Da Beard Gear will receive a free Da Beard sticker and drink koozie! The link is above under Store. Get your beard on with Da Beard Gear!

Thoughts and prayers:

Go out to Kirby Wilson and family.

Coach Wilson suffered serious injuries during an early-morning fire at his home.

Coach Wilson has been with the Steelers organization since 2007.

Sports writer Jim Wexell said this about Coach Wilson:

"Wilson is a unique character and one of the most loved people in the building here on the South Side.

The Steelers issued an official statement, which can be read here.




January 4, 2012

Fear the Beard prints

This amazing painting was created by artist, Scott Spillman .

“Fear the Beard” is now available in a very special limited edition Giclee print. Brett owns the original, but Scott is offering fans a chance to purchase a print.

This print is of the highest quality and limited to a very small edition of only 500 prints. The prints are available in 16 x 20 inches and 11 x 14 inches. Each print is hand signed and numbered by Scott Spillman, the artist, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

The cost is as follows:

For 11 x 14 signed and numbered prints - $35.00.

For 16 x 20 signed and numbered prints - $55.00. Shipping is not included.

You can see a closer view of the painting here.

Ready to add this one-of-a-kind print to your collection?

For credit card orders, call 727-389-6185.

To pay through PayPal check or money order, you can email Mr. Spillman.

Email: da_beard_prints@yahoo.com to get the order process started.

Please include your name, address, an email address you can be reached at, and the size print you would like. Also, if you have any questions, you can email Mr. Spillman and he will be happy to assist you.

Learn more about Scott Spillman and his work here.

Keisel talks about playing on the road:

"We'll be fine going on the road. It can be done. We've done it before."

Talking about Ryan Clark not playing in Denver:

"This is a great game but it isn't worth your life. He's lost a lot of his body parts going out there and playing. Mundy and (Will) Allen need to step up and play great ball."




January 3, 2012

Brett Keisel: Grounded by Greybull

Brett was featured in the Steelers Gameday program on December 24.

From the article:

He's a long way from Greybull, and he has been for quite some time. But that only refers to physical distance. Emotionally, mentally and spiritually, he's never left.

Greybull, Wyo. is located between the Bighorn National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. It's a town of less than 2,500 people and has one traffic light. Greybull is Brett Keisel's hometown, where he was raised, where he was taught the important things a boy needs to become a man. "It's a different place," said Keisel. It's definitely slower there. It's hard to explain if you've never been there. I love going back and recharging my battery.

By the time he was 10, Brett was assigned a handful of duties on his family's cattle ranch. one of which was learning how to drive the work truck. "I will never forget learning how to drive a stick shift. 3500 Chevrolet, when I was like 10-years old," said Keisel. "Dad put me in the truck and was like, 'Go straight. When it's done, push the clutch in and shut the key off.'"

Nowadays, it's hard to find a teenager who has those types of skills, let alone one who does daily chores. Convincing an adolescent to put down the cell phone or IPad can pass for parenting in some homes, but for Brett, those years of his life were dedicated to family and hard work. "My dad taught us how to work," Keisel said." Growing up on a farm, you need your family's help. It was great work-ethic training."

It wasn't all work; at least that's not how he remembers it now. There always seemed to be time for the outdoors, those hunting and fishing trips with his family, particularly with his father, Lane. The appreciation for hunting and fishing in the Keisel household is passed down from generation-to-generation. It's a way of life, a way for the family to bond, and Lane taught Brett all there is to know about the wild. To this day, Keisel calls the first bow-and-arrow that Lane bought him "one of my favorite gifts growing up."

Lane Keisel taught his son at an early age to respect nature, to learn about and understand his surroundings. Still an avid hunter and fisherman, Brett remembers and lives by those lessons. "The biggest thing I enjoy about hunting is just being outdoors," said Keisel. "I love seeing what's on Mother Earth, listening to Mother Earth. Just the atmosphere of that solitude, it's so peaceful."

Peaceful, except for those times when you come across a grizzly bear. Or come face-to-face with a mountain lion. Keisel has done both and lived to tell about it, even though he will admit, "It's one of those things that can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up."

Ben Roethlisberger has been on several of these expeditions with Keisel, and so he knows first-hand what it's like to spend a week with a modern-day Jeremiah Johnson. "We actually rode horses up into the mountains," said Roethlisberger, who once traveled to Wyoming with his father and two uncles to enjoy the Keisel experience. "We camped, hunted and fished for a whole week. We were 10,000 feet up in the mountains. To have that trip was just awesome."

Listen to Roethlisberger and Keisel talk about the outdoors, and you can hear the banter of brothers, of two men who love a lot of the same things, and each other. Roethlisberger tells the story of 'out-fishing' Keisel during that trip to Wyoming, and Keisel finds a way to acknowledge defeat and take credit for the win at the same time.

Brett goes in the article to discuss more about his hometown, his brother and how he almost choose a different career path. He also talks about his wife, Sarah and their children. There are also some great quotes from Brett's coaches and teammates. This is definitely a great read!

Click here to read it. You will enjoy the inside off-the-field glimpse of Keisel's life and background.

Reminders:

Check the post below for information on the Best of Da Beard Contest and the Fan Appreciation promotion from Da Beard Gear.

Click here to see some of the photos we have received for the contest.

Fan photos:

Julie Amsden sent some great photos of Keisel from the Browns game Sunday. Check them out here.




January 2, 2012-Part two

Best of Da Beards Contest

It's that time of year again! The playoffs are here, so let's show off those playoff beards!

The Second Annual Best of Da Beard Contest:

Send us a photo of your playoff beard, and we'll select the best "Da Beard" to win a "Get your beard on" t-shirt from Brett's official merchandise line, Da Beard Gear .

Anyone can enter. Women may need to get creative. You can click here to check out the entries last year. Jeremy Abbott, who is on page two, was the winner last year.

Email photos to: trish@brett-keisel.com.

Please include your name and where you are from (if you wish).

Show us those playoff beards Steeler Nation! Best of luck to everyone.

The deadline is Friday January 6, 2012 at noon (EST). The winner will be announced here on the site on January 10.

Da Beard Gear Fan Appreciation:

Mr. Keisel and the Da Beard Crew are very appreciative of all the support Steeler Nation (and Beard Nation) gives the team year round and for the support you've shown for Brett's official merchandise line, Da Beard Gear.

To show their appreciation, any orders placed through Da Beard Gear while the Steelers are in the playoffs, will receive a free Da Beard sticker and drink koozie!

Now is the time to get your playoff beards on with Da Beard Gear!

The photo above is of Tom Obenrader, with his godson. Even infants love Da Beard Gear!

Check out more holiday photos sent of fans with their Steelers or Keisel gear here.




January 2, 2012

Ringing in 2012 with a "W"

It was a cold, blustery day in Cleveland, Ohio yesterday, as the Steelers started 2012 off with a win over the Browns 13-9.

A few defensive stats:

The defense did not allow a touchdown in four of the final six games.

It was the 11th time this season and sixth in the past seven games that the No. 1-ranked pass defense did not allow a 200-yard passing game.

Peyton Hillis, who had 211 yards in his past two games, was held to 30 yards on 10 carries. DE Ziggy Hood and Brett Keisel each batted passes, and NT Casey Hampton clogged the middle well enough to keep Hillis from getting started.

Stats courtesy of Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

To read more on the game, click here.

Keisel had 3 tackles, a pass deflection and forced fumble during the game.

Playoff bound:

The Steelers are the 5th seed and will travel to Denver to play the Broncos on January 8 at 4:30 p.m. (CBS). The complete playoff schedule is here.

"It's going to be wild. It's going to be wild and crazy like the playoffs always are."--Keisel in his post game press conference.

Keisel talks Tebow:

He's gotten them into the post season. He's gonna be a challenge. "He's great at getting out of the pocket," said Brett Keisel, "and we'll have to adjust to the option..try to keep him contained and in the pocket."

From John Dudley, GoErie.com:

Brett Keisel, the Steelers' bearded, sage defensive end, made it clear that he remembers exactly what former NFL lineman-turned-analyst Warren Sapp said about Pittsburgh's defense at the start of the season.

"Too old, too slow -- done," Keisel said Sunday in a corner of the visiting locker room at Cleveland Browns Stadium, where the Steelers used another dominating defensive performance to complete a 12-4 season with a 13-9 win over the Browns.

Keisel spat the words more than he spoke them.

"We're a good defense," Keisel added, and the evidence backs him up.

The Steelers head into the playoffs having allowed only 48 points in their final six games. They've limited six of their past seven opponents to fewer than 300 total yards. They've looked, for the most part, not so old, not so slow, and definitely not done.

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.

Congratulations...

To Hines Ward and Heath Miller!

Ward now has 1,000 career receptions. He is only the eighth player in NFL history to do so!

Mr. Keisel posted this message via social media last night:

How 'bout my main man and true pro Hines Ward! Congratulations to one of the best WR to ever play the game.

You can follow #99 on Twitter and Facebook-the links are at the top of this page.

Heath Miller passed the great Lynn Swann to become fourth on the Steelers All-Time receptions list!

We hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year! Thank you for all your support of the website, Da Beard Gear and on the social media pages. Steeler Nation has Da Best fans in the league!




December 29, 2011

News, quotes and awards

Looking for something to do New Year's Day... before the game, of course?

Parker Polar Bear Plunge: Freezin' For A Reason:

Scott Dittman (shown in today's news photo) will be participating in the Parker Polar Bear Plunge, and he sent this email to thank Brett for his donation of a signed football:

Just wanted to drop a line and say THANK YOU to Brett for the donation of an autographed ball for the Parker, PA Polar Bear Plunge for charity on January 1st.

As a part of the charity, I've grown out my Beard since Oct 1st. It will be shaved off in the frigid water of the Allegheny River... and if enough money is raised, they will be shaving my entire head.

Last year we had almost 500 jumpers, and early indications are that we will have around 1,000 jumpers this year (with an estimated 3000 spectators). This easily makes the Parker Polar Bear Plunge the largest around.

The proceeds benefit several charities, including the Boys And Girls Club and Hunt Of A Lifetime.

Knowing that Brett is an avid hunter, I wanted to bring this charity in particular to his attention. Last year, I was heavily involved in their yearly Camo Cares event held two hours north of Pittsburgh, where we managed to raise $40,000 to help terminally ill children fulfill their dream hunt.

Event information (including how to win the Keisel autographed football):

Plunge is at 2:00 pm on New Years Day, Registration starts at 11:00 am.

The plunge is at Parker City, PA Boat Ramp and the cost is $10.00 per participant.

Local bars and restaurants open early, and there is entertainment in several packed venues afterward for the "de-icing parties" that go until well after midnight.

Football information:

This year, there is an additional way to donate via "The Beard Fund: Save It Or Shave It". Each donor will be entered in a drawing for a Brett Keisel autographed football.

The highest donor will get to shave Scott Dittman's beard or designate someone else to do so while in the cold river water (he'll be sporting a Keisel jersey, of course).

If enough money ($2,500) is raised for this portion of the charity, they are going to shave his entire head. All money from The Beard Fund will be donated to the Parker Polar Bear Club to be distributed to four charities.

You must be present to win. The drawing for the ball will be held right before the plunge.

Of course, non-jumping spectators are encouraged to come enjoy the atmosphere, join the party and donate to the great causes.

The plunge benefits, Camo Cares (in support of Hunt Of A Lifetime): sending children with terminal illnesses on their dream hunts, Madelyn Stewart: local 2 year old girl with a severe blood disorder, Boys & Girls Club Of The Allegheny and Parker Volunteer Fire Department.

Visit their Facebook page to see the flyer, and for more information on the great event. Even if you are not up to the actual PLUNGE, it will be a fun event to watch take place... and you could win a Keisel autographed football while helping out four worthy causes.

If you cannot attend, but would like to donate, you can send donations to: Parker Polar Bear Club PO Box 266 Parker, PA 16049.

Thanks so much to Scott for all the information!

Keisel talks about the upcoming Browns game:

“It’s all about playing good football at the right time. We need to build off of last win and hopefully get another one this week and carry that into the playoffs.”

On Charlie Batch:

"A lot of guys would have chased a paycheck. Charlie could have done that. But this is home for him. He's happy here. He's involved in the community and this is a great organization to play for."

Pro Bowl 2012:

Congratulations to Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace, Maurkice Pouncey, Antonio Brown and Troy Polamalu on their selections to the Pro Bowl. Keisel was selected as a 3rd alternate. Thank you to all who voted!

Team awards:

Steelers MVP this year is Antonio Brown! The Chief award went to James Farrior and The Joe Greene Great Performance Award went to Marcus Gilbert. Read more on the awards at Steelers.com.

Check out what Steeler Nation received for Christmas (a few new photos were added today) here.




December 26, 2011

Steeler Nation holiday photos

The holidays were good to Steeler Nation! Their team had a big win on Christmas Eve, and will be playoff bound, and judging from the photos we received, Steelers/Keisel gear were received by many!

Fans sent photos of their Da Beard Gear, Brett "The Diesel" Keisel salsa, Hairway to Seven shirts and more!

The photo used in today's news header is of Stephen Bowers and friends/family. I'd say they are definitely huge fans of #99..sporting his jerseys, Da Beard shirt and hat and his "Respect the Beard" shirt from last season!

Stephen is always great about sending photos of Brett from training camp, games and from the Shear the Beard event.

The Steelers are set for the future...

This future Steeler is all set to play NOW! He has the uniform, football and #99 on his helmet!

It will be awhile before the number 99 is available, but it's great he's thinking ahead.

He sure picked some big shoes to fill, but he has plenty of time to prepare.

Good to know we have a future replacement to carry on the legendary number!

The Steelers have a great future!

Thanks to Michael McGuire for sharing the photo of our future Steeler.

Christmas Keisel-style...

Louis Scombordi had a very Keisel Christmas!

He has on a Da Beard Gear shirt and hat, along with Brett's jersey and salsa.

Louis said he's getting ready for the playoffs Keisel-style!

We couldn't agree more.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their Christmas photos!

More fan Christmas photos are posted here.

A few posts from Facebook:

"Merry Christmas Brett, my dad loves his Da Beard shirt!!! You rock!!!" --Sarah Cushing

"Merry Christmas,Brett! My brother loved his new t shirt and I was the only one in Morgantown on Monday night who was rockin' the Da Beard -Hunt for 7 tshirt."--Bill White

"I got a Steelers scarf and a camo Terrible Towel to hang in my office at Quantico. Great win yesterday. Got to watch with my dad and brother. Merry Christmas!:-- Theresa Conte

You can also see what else Steeler Nation received for Christmas on Keisel's Official Facebook Page and on Da Beard Gear's Official Facebook Page. You must send a friend request to be added to the Da Beard page.

Be sure to add yourself to both pages to stay up-to-date with Keisel news and contests! Also, be sure to add Brett's Official Twitter Page and Da Beard Gear's Official Twitter Page.

Check out the post from December 25th and the one below from earlier today. Both are great articles on Keisel!




December 26, 2011

Steelers' Keisel is a gift that keeps on giving

Brett Keisel is not 'just a bearded guy from Wyoming,' he is a local treasure whose abundant and tireless charity work is his way of saying thanks for what he and other Steelers receive from the community.

From Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette:

The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced Tuesday night during -- I know this will be hard to believe -- a made-for-television gala on the NFL Network. Don't be surprised if Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel makes the AFC squad. He has been that good all season. He has been the best, most consistent player on a stout defense that has led the team to an 11-4 record and the AFC playoffs.

But, if Keisel is named to the Pro Bowl -- quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and safety Troy Polamalu appear to be the Steelers' only locks -- it won't be his greatest honor. Earlier this month, he was the team's nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which goes to the player who combines on-field excellence with outstanding community service. It's the league's highest honor -- better than any of the player of the year awards -- if you think about what's really important. The winner will be announced during Super Bowl XLVI week in Indianapolis.

Johnny Unitas won the first NFL Man of the Year award in 1970. Payton won it in '77, and the award was named in his honor after his death in '99. Former Pitt quarterback Dan Marino won it in '98. Past Steelers winners were Franco Harris, Joe Greene, Lynn Swann and Jerome Bettis.

"Man, those guys are living legends," Keisel said. "I'm just a bearded guy from Wyoming."

Let's start with that beard. With Keisel, that's the only place to start.

The beard is famous, to the point it has taken on its own personality. Keisel swears it has great power. I think he really believes it helped the Steelers get to the Super Bowl last season. He's convinced it will get the team there again this year and finish the job with a win in the big game. You saw the beard squished under Keisel's chinstrap Saturday when the Steelers beat the St. Louis Rams, 27-0, at Heinz Field. You see it on a variety of T-shirts all over town. You see it in one of Polamalu's hilarious national television commercials for a hair-care company. After the Steelers season ends -- after Super Bowl XLVI, Keisel insists -- you'll see it shaved off in public for charity for the second consecutive year.

"As heartbreaking as it was for us to lose the Super Bowl last season, it was heartwarming to come home and do something good with the beard," Keisel said. "We were able to throw an event together in about a week where I shaved it off and we raised $40,000 for Children's Hospital. It wasn't me that raised that money. It was the city of Pittsburgh. I was just glad to be a part of it. Children's Hospital is very dear to me because of [teammate] Aaron Smith's situation and the help they've given [his son] Elijah."

Elijah Smith was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 when he was 4 and is cancer-free today. "Had his last treatment Friday," Aaron Smith gushed after the game against the Rams. "After three years, two months and two days!"

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation also is close to Keisel's heart. He got involved with the charity six years ago and has devoted countless hours to it. "The first function I went to, this little girl, Emma, who must have been about 4 at the time, came running up to me and gave me the biggest hug," Keisel said. "She had her backpack with her oxygen and the tubes in her nose and she tells me, 'Thank you so much for coming to my party!' She just stole my heart."

Keisel has worked hard to spread the word about Cystic Fibrosis. You see him on television doing a public-service announcement with a little boy named Anthony, who has the disease, which frequently attacks the lungs. "A lot of great research is being done," Keisel said. "Kids are living longer and they aren't on oxygen all day anymore. They're really making strides toward finding a cure."

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation had one of its big fund-raisers -- the 65 Roses Sports Auction -- Dec. 1 at a Downtown restaurant. Keisel was honorary chairman and brought many of his teammates with him, including Roethlisberger, James Farrior, Casey Hampton, Heath Miller, Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward.

"The guys never hesitate," Keisel said. "It's something easy for us to do and it means so much to the kids ... "I look at it this way. The city we're in and the position we're in, we have to give something back. The Pittsburgh Steelers mean so much to this city and people give us so much. How do we not give something back? That's what I try to tell the young guys. 'Plenty of people need our help. Find something close to you and get involved with it.' "

Keisel also has devoted efforts to the American Heart Association, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Animal Friends of Pittsburgh, the Salvation Army's Project Bundle Up and the Read Across America program.

The man rested Sunday. He spent a quiet Christmas at his home with his wife, Sarah, and children, Jacob and Grace.

Clearly, Keisel has found plenty of time for his day job. This has been his best season. "I would say so," he agreed, grinning behind that beard.

Keisel long has been a big part of the Steelers defense, which ranks No. 1 in the NFL. It's hard to put up big stats as a 3-4 defensive end, but he leads the team with 33 quarterback pressures. He has broken up eight passes with his long arms. He has three sacks.

"I think I've been productive," Keisel said. "I've tried to be a leader for the young guys."

You can read the entire article by Ron Cook here.




December 24, 2011

The Buck and the Beard...

Steelers lineman Brett Keisel is an avid outdoorsman.

From John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette:

The morning after the Steelers' 13-9 win over Kansas City, Brett Keisel slept in. It was a Sunday night game, the team's chartered plane had touched down at Pittsburgh International Airport in the wee hours, and the defensive end still felt sore all over in the morning.

But Monday, Nov. 28, was a special day for Keisel -- the opening of Pennsylvania's statewide rifle deer season. A longtime hunter and outdoorsman from the Wyoming wilds, Keisel climbed out of bed and into a Beaver County tree stand, where he scored an eight-point.

"My [deer] was shot . . . in Western Pennsylvania with my Ruger .25-06 . . .," he wrote on his Facebook page. "One-shot kill at about 120 yards. Deer was 100 percent wild, so is hunter."

Weeks later, Keisel's teammates were eating venison sausage snacks in the locker room -- "provided by the fruits of my labor," he said -- while in the hallway at the Steelers' South Side training facility, Keisel talked about hunting.

"I try to hunt every year. The first couple of years [in Pittsburgh] were kind of hard, you know, because I really didn't know where to go," he said. "But I got in with some friends who have some property around here. I got a few deer, but I'm just enjoying getting out in the woods and listening to Mother Earth."

A veteran hunter, Keisel proudly credits his father for teaching him everything he knows about the outdoors. Growing up on 1,000 acres of Wyoming hunting land, Keisel said he started early.

"My dad has had me in the woods since I could walk," he said. "He's taught me how to track, how to read markings, read the wind, all of that stuff. ... We had a lot of great hunting. We hunted pheasants and ducks and geese -- all of that right on our own place. I was definitely spoiled growing up . . . hunting elk and mule deer and pronghorn. We've hunted moose, a lot of coyotes. I've hunted mountain lion. Just about all the big game American species."

Keisel talks more about what hunting means to him, instilling a love of the outdoors in his children and more in the article.

You can read the the entire article here.

Game news and photos are in the post below.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!




December 24, 2011

A holiday win

The Steelers kicked off the holiday weekend with a shutout of the Rams 27-0. The Steelers can win the AFC North next week with a win over Cleveland and a Cincinnati victory over Baltimore.

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown while the defense pitched its second shutout of the season as the Steelers beat the St. Louis Rams, 27-0, today at Heinz Field.

The Steelers improved to 11-4 and remain in contention for the AFC North title. They need to beat the Browns next Sunday in Cleveland, and for the Ravens to lose to the Bengals in Cincinnati to win the division — and get no worse than a No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.

The Steelers were able to beat the hapless Rams (2-13) and rest ailing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in their final regular-season game at Heinz Field.

Charlie Batch started in place of Roethlisberger -- who is nursing a high-ankle sprain but dressed as an emergency quarterback -- and turned in a workmanlike performance. The 14-year veteran completed 15 of 22 passes for 208 yards and an interception. His 46-yard strike to Mike Wallace early in the fourth quarter set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Mendenhall that put the Steelers ahead 20-0 and put the Rams away.

The Steelers yielded 103 rushing yards to Steven Jackson, but little else to St. Louis' offense. They tormented Kellen Clemens, sacking him three times.

Keisel stats:

Brett had three tackles and a pass deflection during the game.

Post game video:

Click here to watch part of Keisel (and his teammates) post game interviews.

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season!




December 20, 2011

"We will learn from this and move forward"

In a game which included two game-delaying power losses, the Steelers could not hold on to their division lead, as they lost to the 49'ers 20-3.

From Keisel's post-game press conference:

Did you get to see your quarterback [Ben Roethlisberger] at all today? What did you think of him going in the way he did?

“He is a tough guy going in with one leg. I know that he would like to have a few plays back, but that is the nature of this game. We like his killer instinct, love his competitiveness and we will learn from this and move forward.”

Did this game hurt any more because you guys had a chance to control the AFC North race?

“I don’t think so. It stings anytime that you lose, especially like this when it is not really close in the fourth quarter. We have a close game coming up on Saturday. We have to learn from this one and move forward to that one. We still have two games left in the regular season and we need to focus on that.”

Talk about the lighting situation. How weird was that?

“They need to add some wax to the candle stick. It was weird, lights going out. I have never seen anything like this, but whatever. It would have been more memorable if we would have won. It was a strange night from the get-go. Lights go out then we get out there and the lights go out again. It was just a strange evening.”

After a tackle by #99, Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden had this to say about Brett:

"You know, Brett Keisel doesn't get enough credit for being a great athlete!"

To read details from the game last night, click here.

Time to move on:

"''We better lick our wounds pretty quickly because we have a quick turnaround here."--Mike Tomlin-from his post-game presser.

The Steelers have a short week, as they face St. Louis on Saturday.

A message from Da Beard Gear:

We would like to thank everybody in Da Beard Nation for your participation in the latest contest. The winners of the Brett Keisel autographed pictures and game worn jersey are currently being notified. Congrats to the winners! We here at Da Beard would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

If you are a winner of the photos or jersey, feel free to send us a photo with your Da Beard Gear and the contest prize. We'd love to post it in the gallery. Email information is at the top of this page, under Contact.

Also, we want to thank all of you who voted to send Keisel and his teammates to the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl teams will be announced at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 on a special NFL Total Access 2012 Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network.




December 17, 2011

Keisel artwork

This amazing painting was created by artist, Scott Spillman .

Brett owns the original painting and Scott Spillman is offering fans the chance to purchase prints of it.

The cost is as follows:

For 11 x 17 signed and numbered prints - $35.00.

For 16 x 20 signed and numbered prints - $55.00. Shipping is not included.

You can see a closer view of the painting here.

Ready to add this one-of-a-kind print to your collection?

Email: da_beard_prints@yahoo.com to get the order process started.

Please include your name, address, an email address you can be reached at, and the size print you would like. Also, if you have any questions, you can email Mr. Spillman and he will be happy to assist you.

Learn more about Scott Spillman and his work here.

Reminder:

The Da Beard Gear contest to win a signed photo of #99 or his gameworn jersey ends on 12/19. You still have time to get entered by placing an order with Da Beard Gear.

All orders through 12/19 are automatically entered to win. Five random winners will receive an autographed photo and one grand prize winner will receive Keisel's gameworn jersey from the Patriots game!




December 15, 2011

"Beard Gear Galore"

Brett wasn't kidding when he told Mark Madden, 105.9X there was "Beard Gear Galore" here on his website.

His interview with Madden is a good one where he discusses his Beard Gear, workout routines, teammate Chris Hoke (who is doing well after his surgery-per Mr. Keisel), the Steelers being 10-3 and his good friend and teammate, Ben Roethlisberger.

Click here to listen.

New Da Beard Gear item in the line-up!

The photo above is of a new hoodie the crew added. Fans asked for cold weather gear, and once again the Da Beard crew came through:

"As the colder weather begins to grip Da Beard Nation we are now offering a nice warm hoodie. The hoodie is made by Gildan. It is all black (the white piping/outline in the photo is just there for aesthetics), 50/50 cotton/poly blend. The front has DA BEARD logo printed with a diamond plate and steel look while the hood has KEISEL 99 printed on it.

To get a closer look at the sweatshirt, click here.

It comes in sizes small-4X. Of course, it is also included in the Da Beard contest which runs through December 19. All orders are automatically entered to win a signed #99 photograph or his gameworn jersey from the Patriots game. Check out the prizes in the December 12 post below.

Thanks to all who have ordered from Brett Keisel's official merchandise line.

Da Beard Gear also offers t-shirts, hats, beanies and other novelty items. Their link is above and is always at the top of this page, under STORE or on the right side of this page under DA BEARD GEAR.

HAIRWAY TO SEVEN:

The new Hairway to Seven shirts are a hit! Featuring the "hairy cat" combo of Brett Keisel and Troy Polamalu, the new slogan is catching on with Steeler Nation. Don't be left out of the craze!

Order your shirt or sweatshirt here.

Keisel prints:

Artist Scott Spillman will be offering prints from a painting he did of Keisel. I will post the information soon!

Reminders:

December 19 is a busy, busy day for Steeler Nation and Beard Nation. The Da Beard Gear contest ends, the Steelers play Monday night football AND fan Pro Bowl voting ends following the Monday night game.

Please be sure to keep voting for #99 and his teammates. Brett is still behind in the DE category so we need to ROCK THE PRO BOWL VOTE through December 19.!

Vote HERE.




December 13, 2011-evening update

"A couple of hairy cats"

As posted earlier today, Brett and Troy Polamalu teamed up to produce a new t-shirt entitled: HAIRWAY TO SEVEN.

They were naturals for this promotion...as Brett said, "We're a couple of hairy cats."

How does Keisel think Da Beard looks on the shirt?

"I gotta say it's got the beard lookin' golden as ever." He also gave Polamalu's famous locks some love saying, "Troy's hair obviously is glossy."

To watch a video of Brett helping out on the production line, click here.

You can also view a slideshow, with close-ups of the shirt, here.

Ready to order? Click here.




December 13, 2011

Hairway to Seven

We've heard of "Stairway to Seven"...well now there's Hairway to Seven!

This is a NO SCISSORS ZONE!

From Todays Champs:

"We've got 6, what's next? It's the Hairway to 7, and thanks to our hairy friends Brett Keisel and Troy Polamalu, we've got the hair to do it! This one-of-a-kind, collector's edition t-shirt is available now. Get one for yourself and one for that other fan in your life."

Click here to order the shirt.

From WPXI today:

“Troy and I wanted to give the fans something they could collect, something that's unique."--Brett Keisel.

Get your orders in now, as demand will be high for these shirts.




December 12, 2011

Time is ticking away...

The Da Beard Gear contest to win a signed photo of #99 or his gameworn jersey ends on 12/19. You still have a week to get entered by placing an order with Da Beard Gear.

All orders through 12/19 are automatically entered to win. Five random winners will receive an autographed photo and one grand prize winner will receive Keisel's gameworn jersey from the Patriots game! The photo to the left is of the jersey and signed photo you could win. Both would be great items to add to your Steelers collection!

Da Beard Gear offers t-shirts for men, ladies and kids along with drink koozies, hats and beanies. Most of you have probably seen Brett and his teammates sporting the gear. Click here to see photos from the Da Beard Gear World Tour.The album is made up of Keisel, his teammates and fans wearing the gear.

Feel free to send photos with your Da Beard gear for us to add to the album. Email information is under Contact at the top of this page.

Next game:

The Steelers take on the 49'ers on December 19 for Monday Night Football!

Pro Bowl voting ends 12/19:

Have you voted today? Please be sure to vote Brett and his teammates to the 2012 Pro Bowl. The annual contest of the AFC and NFC’s best will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

Even if they have to decline the Pro Bowl invite due to a Super Bowl appearance, it is still an honor to be selected by your fans, coaches and fellow players.

Defensive players on the ballot include: Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood, Casey Hampton, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, William Gay, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, and Ryan Clark.

Offensive players on the ballot include: Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Hines Ward, David Johnson, Heath Miller, Marcus Gilbert, Max Starks, Ramon Foster, Chris Kemoeatu, and Maurkice Pouncey.

Click HERE to vote.

We thank you for voting for #99 and his teammates. Let's swarm Hawaii with the black and gold!

Just imagine watching Keisel's signature bow and arrow sack celebration Aloha-style!




December 8, 2011

Toughing it out

The Steelers notched another division win under their belts by beating the Cleveland Browns 14-3. Browns quarterback Colt McCoy started off well, driving his team down the field, but the Steelers defense held strong and would not allow them to score a touchdown. The Browns settled for a field goal, which would be their only points of the game.

The Steelers offense, led by Ben Roethlisberger answered the Browns score with a touchdown to make the score 7-3.

Later, in the second quarter, as the crowd at Heinz Field was cheering loudly, the stadium all of the sudden went deafingly quiet. On the ground was Roethlisberger, obviously in pain.

He limped off the field and was immediately taken to the locker room. The media reported that while X-rays were negative for a broken bone, he reportedly suffered a high ankle sprain and they were not sure he would return.

Even Ben's teammates were unsure of his return, but as halftime ended Ben was warming up to begin the third quarter.

“He’s the toughest guy around. You could see how he was hobbling around out there. We came in here, we didn’t see him during halftime. I think everyone was kind of getting ready to go out without him. And then we get out there and he’s taking snaps. People want to hate on him, but the guy’s one of the toughest competitors in this game.”-- from Steelers.com.

Keisel stats:

Brett had six tackles during the game. Da Beard even got a mention by the NFL Network analysts:

"Keisel is 6'5..his beard is 6'7."

Brett talks about the Steelers defense during his post game interview:

"It was a tough game...holding a team to three points, especially when they went down and made that on their first drive. I'm proud of our defense."

Listen to more here.

From Bob Labriola, Steelers.com:

Old, slow and done saved the day. Whatever chance the Steelers still have to pass the Baltimore Ravens and win the AFC North Division and then reap the postseason rewards that seem certain to be part of those spoils, they owe to their defense.

Yes indeed, the group that Warren Sapp called old, slow and done – maybe his own last gasp to remain relevant and possibly separate himself from the countless other talking heads – is playing pretty decent football, and it has on a relatively consistent basis throughout a regular season now into mid-December. It might not be traditional Steelers defense, but it’s effective in the style of the NFL in which it has to compete.

There is no more shutting down of opponents in the NFL anymore, not quality opponents anyway. Pitch-and-catch is too easy and the rules are too friendly to shut people down on a consistent basis. Now you have to be satisfied with finding ways to keep the point total down, and the Steelers have done that. That they were able to do it against the Browns allowed the game to turn out the way it did.

This Steelers defense is giving the team a chance to win, and it has been doing that all season.

You can read the whole article here.

You can read more on the game, here.

Click here to view game photos.




December 7, 2011

"Putting everything together"

Keisel joined Gregg Giannotti and Jim Colony, hosts of The Fan Morning Show this morning to discuss the upcoming game against Cleveland. He talked about how the team is "putting everything together" and gearing up for the game Thursday.

Listen to the interview here.

Defensive MVP:

Who did Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, say he would select as the Steelers MVP's?

On the offensive side he picked Ben Roethlisberger. On the defensive side he picked...yep...#99!

His reasons: "He does more at the point of attack, has a gazillion pressures on the QB and he's tipped balls that have turned into interceptions. You know, in that sense you should give him some interceptions."

Listen to Ed's interview here.

MVP talk comes in at about the 7:16 mark.

Steeler Nation Shout Outs:

I received a couple emails from fans I wanted to share.

From Bryan Merritt, Woodruff SC:

"Brett thanks for the autograph at the Carolina pre-season game!! We have been voting for pro bowl everyday!!!!"

Great sign Bryan, and thanks for sending votes Brett's way for the Pro Bowl!

From Adam Hughes:

"Dear Da Beard:

I would just like to start out by saying that the power of the beard runs deep in Western Pa. On Nov 26th I played in my second high school alumni football ball game. Being in my mid 30s and playing against guys 10 to 15 years younger then myself this is not a simple task. I was so sore after last years game I wasn't even going to suit up this year. I was approached at the end of October from one of the coaches asking me play because they were in need of a Center. Now, I had a beard at that time but mind you it was short and well trimmed. This is were I knew what I needed to gain the power and strength to play this year. I needed the "Power of Da Beard". So to the dismay of my loving wife I let the sucker grow. I am proud to say that I was able to play the entire game and pancake a number of defensive linemen. So thank you Brett Keisel for showing me the way.........and the beard!" --Adam Hughes-Riverside Panther Class of 1995.

Thanks for the email Adam. Sounds like the "Power of Da Beard" came through for you!




December 5, 2011

Feeling lucky....

Enter Da Beard Gear's contest and you could be the lucky winner of Keisel's gameworn jersey from the Patriots game. Keisel had an awesome game, which included a strip sack of Tom Brady, and you could win a keepsake to commemorate it!

How do you get entered?

It's simple...place an order with Da Beard Gear (store link is beneath banner above or click link in first sentence) by December 19 and you are automatically entered. Five random winners will receive signed Keisel photographs, and one GRAND PRIZE winner receives the jersey!

Da Beard Gear offers hats, shirts, beanies, camo gear and other novelty items...all official Brett Keisel beard merchandise.

Game talk:

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Report Card: DEFENSIVE LINE B

It was a strong performance when it mattered, especially from NT Casey Hampton and DE Brett Keisel, who did a nice job pressuring QB Andy Dalton. Cameron Heyward provided the big spark when he blocked Mike Nugent's 33-yard field goal on the first series.

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net:

Brett Keisel was asked if he was disappointed that he couldn’t grab Andy Dalton in the end zone for a safety late in the first half.

“No,” Keisel said. “I wanted to get six there instead of just two.”

Of course, one snap after the near-safety Antonio Brown returned a punt 60 yards for six. Good decision, Keis.

Congratulations are in order:

Wide receiver Hines Ward and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger each achieved significant milestones. Ward, who caught five passes for 30 yards, became the 19th player in NFL history with at least 12,000 receiving yards. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Art Monk as the only receivers with 12,000 career receiving yards and multiple Super Bowl rings. Roethlisberger became the Steelers' all-time leader in pass completions (2,026), passing Terry Bradshaw with his final completion. (Courtesy of Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ).

Brett "The Diesel" Keisel salsa:

Information on where to purchase the delicious salsa is on the right side of this page. Fan reviews are great, but don't take our word for it-try it for yourself. You'll love it!




December 4, 2011

It's a SWEEP!

"If we can play well in all three phases, we'll be a tough team to beat down the stretch."--from Keisel's post-game interview.

"They beat us in every area today," said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. "They beat us on offense, beat us on defense, and beat us on special teams."--From Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis after the game.

Coach Lewis was correct. The Steelers played well in all areas as they defeated the Bengals 35-7 today. This gives them a sweep of their division opponent and keeps them in the running for a playoff berth.

The Steelers defense swarmed and harassed the Bengals all day, holding them to just seven points. Bengals QB Andy Dalton was sacked three times by James Harrison (one sack helped along by Keisel). Brett chased Dalton into the end zone and almost had a safety. Keisel had four tackles on the day and a QB pressure. He was nominated for Steelers Digest Player of the Week , but the honor went to teammates James Harrison.

Good reads on the game:

Round 2 goes to the Steelers Defense.

9-3 Steelers batter Bengals.

9-3 Steelers batter Bengals.

Click here to view game photos.

The Steelers have a short week as they work to prepare to host the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. The game will air on NFL Network.




December 2, 2011

Holiday shopping ideas

Having a hard time thinking of a gift for that Keisel or Steelers fan on your list? Here are some ideas any fan would be thrilled to receive...and maybe you will also find a little something for yourself!

Da Beard Gear;

If you are looking for a t-shirt, hat or novelty item, look no further than Da Beard Gear .

They offer one-of-a-kind Brett Keisel merchandise that any Keisel or Steelers fan would love.

Now is a great time to order-all orders received by December 19 are automatically entered in a contest to win a Keisel signed photograph (5 to be given away) or the GRAND PRIZE which is Brett's gameworn jersey from the Patriots game. The same jersey he wore during the strip sack of Tom Brady!

All you have to do is place an order, and you may get lucky with a bonus gift!

Da Beard gear now offers a ladies t-shirt (look on the right side of this page under Da Beard Featured item for a photo), and to keep your head warm, they offer Da Beard beanies!

The photo for today's news is of Jeff with his kids Brittney and Jacob. Jeff is wearing a Da Beard Gear hat and Jacob has a Da Beard t-shirt on. Brittney is wearing the t-shirt sold last year to benefit some causes Brett supports. The family is from Eldred, PA.

Thanks to Jeff for sharing his family photo with us!

Brett "The Diesel" Keisel salsa:

Heading to or hosting a holiday party? Pick up some Keisel salsa to take along with you! It comes in mild, medium or HOT so there is a flavor for everyone! Check the right side of this page to see where you can purchase it or to order online.

65 Roses Sports Auction:

The event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was last night. Keisel hosted and was joined by many of his teammates, incuding Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller and Casey Hampton.

From Steelers.com:

Earlier this week Brett Keisel was named the Steelers 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year. On Thursday night he proved why he is the recipient of the honor as he served as the honorary chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Sports Auction, one of the many things he does in the community.

It’s a chance for him to show his softer side, as hidden behind the mountain man with the beard is someone whose heart is huge and whose passion for helping children in need is hard to match, especially when seeing some of the young CF Ambassadors he has gotten to know over the years, including nine-year old Emma Chichilla and three-year old Anthony Sarkis.

“It’s great to see the kids I have gotten to know and watch grow up,” said Keisel, whose wife Sarah joined him at the event. “They suffer through this horrible disease but are doing better. They are doing great each year. Last year Emma didn’t even need a backpack with oxygen in it for the first time. She is doing much better. I am very excited about seeing her and Anthony.”

While the event is a wonderful reunion for Keisel and the kids, it’s also about raising awareness of the disease and funds to help battle it and find a cure.

“They tell me each year they are getting closer to a cure,” said Keisel. “Each year more and more kids are living longer and getting better. The more we can do to help raise funds and awareness, the better.

“Knowing that what we are doing is working is the best. You can see it when you talk to the kids or meet new people each year. They all talk about how thankful they are and there is hope for a cure.”

Read the entire article Steelers.com:

Thanks to all who have emailed to say they had a great time at the event, and to say thanks to Mr. Keisel for his work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!




December 1, 2011

News and Notes

Thanks to everyone who participated in Brett's Town Hall Meeting last night. There was a big turnout by Steeler Nation. The questions were great and everyone had fun.

Thank you to Ben Schmitt and the Concert-oh crew for all their help before, during and after the chat. I've received numerous comments from fans thanking Ben and Concert-oh for their help and for providing the chat, and the comments on Brett's Facebook page were positive also.

ROCK THE PRO BOWL VOTE:

Fan voting will be coming to an end soon, so please get your votes in often! Even if #99 and his teammates cannot play due to a Super Bowl appearance, it is still a huge honor to be selected to the Pro Bowl.

Click HERE to vote.

We thank you for voting for #99 and his teammates. Let's swarm Hawaii with the black and gold!

Just imagine watching Keisel's signature bow and arrow sack celebration Aloha-style!

Keisel is having another great season and was recently selected as Steelers Man of the Year. Let's also help him add a Pro Bowl nod to this season!

From NFL Network:

With the strength of the AFC residing in the North this season, it’s no surprise our Pro Bowl picks come predominantly from that division. And three of our more surprising selections come from a Cincinnati Bengals team that is only one game behind 8-3 Pittsburgh and Baltimore for the division lead. After watching the coaching tape, here’s who we believe have played at a Pro Bowl level through Week 12:

Brett Keisel, Steelers – Keisel is one of the key cogs that makes the Steelers defense work. He can line up at a variety of different spots; with his hand in the ground or as a stand-up end. He is relentless in his pursuit of the QB, and while he may not put up big numbers, his versatility, perseverance, and toughness create opportunities for the vaunted Pittsburgh linebackers to make big plays.

You can read their entire list here.

FYI:

The winner of the Facebook contest will be announced on Facebook tonight so be sure to visit Brett's official page to see who won. The link is at the top right of this page.

Brett will be hosting the 65 Roses Sports Auction tonight to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. Information on the event is on the right side of this page under Events and Appearances.

The Da Beard Gear contest will run through December 19! Be sure to order your gear so you are automatically entered!




November 30, 2011

Town Hall Meeting is tonight

The countdown is on to round two of Keisel's Town Hall Meeting with fans. He will be answering YOUR questions live starting at 6:30 p.m. (EST) tonight!

Ben Schmitt, with Concert-oh sent some helpful tips to get you logged on and ready to chat with #99. He also included a telephone number you can use to contact him if you experience technical difficulties.

Concert-oh Tips:

Join us at www.concert-oh.com

Join the Town Hall meeting with Brett Keisel by clicking on the red JOIN button.

To participate, DIAL IN using the passcode/PIN or choose the CALL ME option. Use the third (streaming) option for listen only.

Click on the vertical WEB CAM tab (far right) to see Brett Keisel. To make his image larger, left click on his image and select: Floating.

Select hand icon in the top right banner to be heard. Brett Keisel will unmute you when ready.

Feel free to use the public chat window for texting.

For technical difficulties – call 412-607-1508.

Please be patient when calling as Ben may be busy helping someone else at that time.




November 29, 2011-evening update

Oh ladies...

Brett and the Da Beard crew promised something for the ladies, so here you go!

From the Da Beard Gear site:

"Hey Ladies! We FINALLY have a shirt for you! Show your support for Da Beard in this "burnout" tee. Da Beard logo printed with a distressed look on the front. Athletic, snug fit, capped sleeves with a solid color rib neck trim. Unique dyeing process gives this garment a tone-on-tone appearance. 55% cotton/45% poly blend."

And, to keep us warm this winter, the Da Beard crew added beanies to their line-up:

"Let your beard keep your face warm (ignore that last part if you're female) and this beanie keep the top of your noggin' nice and toasty during those long winter months. On the front is Da Beard logo and the back is the number 99. Comes in black or camo, 100% acrylic, knitted, uni-sex.'

Both of these items, along with all the other items on the Da Beard Gear site, are included in the contest to win autographed photos of #99 or the grand prize (Brett's gameworn jersey from the Patriots game)! So, click on over to Da Beard Gear and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping...or get something for yourself-you deserve it. Through December 19, six random orders will receive great prizes!

To see larger views of the new items, visit the Da Beard Gear site.

I will post some ideas for Keisel-related Christmas gifts soon, so be sure to stop back!




November 29, 2011

Keisel Named Steelers 2011 Man of the Year

From Steelers.com today:

Brett Keisel plays a huge role in the Steelers success on the field, but off the field, his role in the community is just as important. For his efforts, Keisel has been named the Steelers 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Keisel will be one of 32 NFL teams’ Man of the Year winners who qualifies for the league’s national 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The award recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well his playing excellence. The overall winner will be announced during Super Bowl XLVI week in Indianapolis.

Keisel gives his time to a number of charities in the Pittsburgh area. During the 2010 season, Keisel grew his now world-famous beard. Once the season ended, he held a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Cancer Research Center, called “Shear the Beard.” A sold-out crowd of spectators, teammates, family and friends watched the beard disappear. In all, the event raised more than $40,000 for the Research Center.

Keisel is honorary chair of the annual Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Sports Auction. The event raises money for research in finding a cure for the disease. He also serves as the Steelers spokesman for the NFL-American Heart Association Play 60 Challenge and has visited area schools conducting assemblies encouraging youth to stay active and exercise 60 minutes per day.

You can read the entire article here.

The article goes on to mention many other things Brett and his family do off the field to help others. Great read!

Congratulations to Mr. Keisel on such a wonderful honor! Thanks to Brett for all he does on and off the field.




November 28, 2011

Getting it done

The Steelers kept fans on the edge of their seats, but in the end they got the job done, beating Kansas City 13-9.

The Steelers defense stepped up big with four turnovers in the game.

I'm proud of our defense. We needed those [turnovers]. We haven't been getting them. Coach [Dick] LeBeau said turnovers will come in bunches and they did [Sunday night]."--Brett Keisel.

"Defense stepped up huge. They carried us."--Ben Roethlisberger.

Brett had two tackles and a fumble recovery in the game. You can rewatch his fumble recovery here.

Read more on the game here and here.

Click here to view game photos.

Be sure to get registered for Keisel's Town Hall meeting. News is in the post below.




November 27, 2011

Countdown is on to Town Hall Meeting

Are you registered yet for Brett's Town Hall meeting through Concert-oh?

The live chat with fans is November 30, so be sure to register now so you're set to chat it up with #99!

Brett had a great time interacting live with fans a few weeks ago in the first Town Hall meeting, and he's excited to have even more fans join in this time.

Click here to register.

Site note:

The website will not be updated again until Monday afternoon due to routine maintenance. I will update all game news from the Sunday night game at that time. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Be sure to check the post below to learn about the contests we have going on currently.




November 23, 2011

Lots of contests

Keisel has several contests going on currently, so this post will help you keep up with all of them!

Da Beard Gear contest:

Order anything from Da Beard Gear through December 19, and you will automatically be entered in the contest. Five customers will win an autographed photo of Keisel and one lucky grand prize winner gets Keisel's game jersey from the Patriots game! Yes, the same jersey worn when he strip sacked Tom Brady!

Facebook contest:

Are you following #99 on Facebook?

If not, click on over so you can enter into our Facebook only contest. Details are on the page. The winner gets a pair of signed, gameworn cleats!

FEAR “DA BEARD”, LOVE THE SALSA!

You can purchase the salsa at Western PA Giant Eagle stores and online here.

Also, the Best of Da Beard contest is still going on through November 30. Send PLB Sports photos of you and your friends showing off your best Keisel-like Beard. Winners can win Brett Keisel autographed footballs and other great prizes.

Click here to see how to enter.

Information on the contest and where to purchase the salsa is also on the right side of this page.

Now you are up-to-date with all our contests. Good luck to all of you. If you win, feel free to send us a picture with your item so we can post it on the site. The email address is under CONTACT at the top of this page.

Social Media:

Keisel is active in social media these days, so follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook! The links are at the top right of this page. Also, his Da Beard Gear Crew are fun to follow and like. You can keep up with their latest merchandise and contests on Twitter and on Facebook.

You will need to be logged in to Facebook, and send them a friend request to see the Facebook page-quick and easy process. You can also view all their merchandise by clicking the STORE link at the top of this page.

They should have some new gear out soon to add to their exciting line-up!

Big thanks to Becky Miller for today's news photo depicting two items Keisel is giving away- his jersey and cleats!




November 21, 2011-Evening update

Notes, quotes and appearances

Brett will once again host the 65 Roses Sports Auction to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. The event takes place on December 1 at McFadden's-Pittsburgh (211 North Shore Dr.).

Join Keisel and some of his fellow Steelers to raise funds to fight Cystic Fibrosis. Walk away with a one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia and meet some of Pittsburgh's greats, including local celebrities Steve Blass, Greg Brown, Randy Bauman and the Pirate Parrot. A commemorative football, complimentary stationed buffet, silent auction, live auction, lots of surprises and great fun are included!

A link for more information, and a registration form can be found on the right side of this page under Events and Appearances.

You can read more about Brett's work with CF by clicking on the "Brett in the Community" link at the top of this page.

Town Hall Meeting-Live Chat Round 2:

Keisel a great time interacting with fans during his live Q & A a couple weeks ago, so he wants to do it again. Round 2 of his live chat will be November 30 at 6:30 p.m. (EST). This is a chance to get your questions answered live by Da Beard!

Brett will be live via web cam chattin' it up with fans! You do not need a webcam to participate, but you will need to register (unless you are already registered from the last chat).

You can register now-the link is on the right side of this page under Event and Appearances.

FEAR “DA BEARD”, LOVE THE SALSA!

You can purchase the salsa at Western PA Giant Eagle stores and online here.

Also, the Best of Da Beard contest is still going on through November 30. Send PLB Sports photos of you and your friends showing off your best Keisel-like Beard. Winners can win Brett Keisel autographed footballs and other great prizes.

Click here to see how to enter.

Information on the contest and where to purchase the salsa is also on the right side of this page.

Da Beard Gear contest:

Order anything from Da Beard Gear through December 19, and you will automatically be entered in the contest. Five customers will win an autographed photo of Keisel and one lucky grand prize winner gets Keisel's game jersey from the Patriots game!

Winners will be announced on December 19.

Keisel talks about the rest of the schedule:

“We’ve got to win out. We have to take it one game at a time and win each game if we want to be in the post-season. A lot of teams are in the same spot in the AFC. It’s going to be important winning finishing out November and going into December.”

“It’s great to get that bye (one of the benefits of winning the division). It’s nice to get that and get rested up. But we have also went in as a late seed, a sixth seed and won it that way. It just depends. As long as you are playing good football and getting into that where the team is really playing good team football at the end of the year you will give yourself an opportunity.” --From Steelers.com.




November 21, 2011

ROCK THE PRO BOWL VOTE

Have you voted today? Please be sure to vote Brett and his teammates to the 2012 Pro Bowl. The annual contest of the AFC and NFC’s best will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

Even if they have to decline the Pro Bowl invite due to a Super Bowl appearance, it is still an honor to be selected by your fans, coaches and fellow players.

Defensive players on the ballot include: Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood, Casey Hampton, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, William Gay, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, and Ryan Clark.

Offensive players on the ballot include: Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Hines Ward, David Johnson, Heath Miller, Marcus Gilbert, Max Starks, Ramon Foster, Chris Kemoeatu, and Maurkice Pouncey.

Click HERE to vote.

We thank you for voting for #99 and his teammates. Let's swarm Hawaii with the black and gold!

Just imagine watching Keisel's signature bow and arrow sack celebration Aloha-style!

Meet Keisel:

I received this email from Alyson Faber:

Hi Trish, I'm a big fan of your website, and a huge fan of Brett Keisel's!

I thought I'd share a picture of my own personal version of Keisel...she's a 6 month old bull mastiff puppy :) She's already 55# and I can almost guarantee that she'll be a bruiser, just like #99!

Keep up the great work with the website, it's much appreciated!-Alyson Faber, Go Steelers!

Check back later today as I will be posting about some upcoming Keisel appearances! Also, be sure to check the news below (November 15) for the sweet contest through Da Beard Gear!




November 15, 2011

New Da Beard Gear contest

The Da Beard Gear crew has an exciting new contest with some fantastic prizes!

All orders placed today through December 19 will automatically be entered in a prize contest. Five random customers will win autographed Keisel photos.

As if that wasn't enough, there is a sixth prize.

THE DA BEARD GEAR GRAND PRIZE: Keisel's game jersey from the Patriots game. The one in which he sealed the win with a strip sack of Patriots QB Tom Brady!

This contest is simple, place your order with Da Beard Gear and see if you get lucky!

Click here to check out their merchandise.

There is something for everyone. They carry adult and childrens sizes in t-shirts, stickers and drink koozies and hats. There is even a line of camo gear!

This is a great time to do some holiday shopping or to pick up a few items for yourself. And, SIX random customers will get lucky by winning either a signed photograph or a game worn #99 jersey. Winners to be anonounced December 19.. The only tough part of this contest is deciding where to display your winning items!

Everyone looks great sporting Da Beard Gear! Check out LaMarr Woodley proudly showing off his gear.




November 14, 2011

Steelers get division win

"Gotta get that seventh win if we're going to win our seventh Lombardi (Trophy)." -- Brett Keisel, from his post game interview, courtesy of Scott Brown-Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Steelers defeated the Bengals 24-17 to earn their first AFC North win. They are now 7-3 heading into the bye week.

William Gay secured the Steelers win with his late fourth quarter interception of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

"It just felt good to get one, man. It's been crazy how those just haven't come our way." -- Keisel talking about the two interceptions by the Steelers defense.

Read the entire article (by Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) here.

From KDKA:

The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking to shake off a last-second loss to the Baltimore Ravens last weekend as they headed into Cincinnati Sunday afternoon for a showdown with the Bengals. It was a game of possible playoff implications as the Bengals (6-3) and the Steelers (7-3) met for the first time this season. They’ll play again Dec. 4 at Heinz Field.

While the Bengals rallied and tied up the game in the third quarter after falling behind the early, the Steelers never trailed and managed to hang on for a 24-17 victory.

Rashard Mendenhall ran for a pair of touchdowns in the win, and the Steelers – who came into the game with only two interceptions all season – intercepted rookie quarterback Andy Dalton twice in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Cornerback William Gay anticipated Dalton’s throw and stepped in front of Jerome Simpson for the clinching interception inside the Pittsburgh 20-yard line with 2:27 left to play.

Read more on the game here.

Steelers salute Dalton:

The Beard shaved The Red Baron. But Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said he approached Dalton after the game and told him he was impressed. Later he told the media that Dalton didn't force it and the Steelers just made plays.

Click here to read what Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu and William Gay had to say about Bengals QB Andy Dalton.

Keisel had a good game against the Bengals, with five tackles (one for a loss) and a batted pass.

Click here to watch parts of Keisel's post game interview.

Click here to view game photos.

Congratulations to William Gay who was named Player of the Game by Steelers Digest!

The Steelers have a bye next week and will return to on the field action on November 27 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The game will be nationally televised on NBC at 8:20 p.m. (EST).

Pro Bowl voting reminder:

I know many of you will be looking for something to do next Sunday since the Steelers are off (other than rooting for the Bengals to beat the Ravens). How about clicking on over to the Pro Bowl ballot and voting to send #99 and his teammates to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl?

Town Hall Meeting-Live Chat Round 2:

Keisel a great time interacting with fans during his live Q & A a couple weeks ago, so he wants to do it again. Round 2 of his live chat will be November 30 at 6:30 p.m. (EST). This is a chance to get your questions answered live by Da Beard!

Brett will be live via web cam chattin' it up with fans! You do not need a webcam to participate, but you will need to register (unless you are already registered from the last chat).

You can register here.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please feel free to email me (email address can be found by clicking CONTACT at the top of this page). The chat is a lot of fun and a great chance to talk with Brett and interact with other Steelers fans.

On the day of the chat, I will post a phone number to call for anyone who experiences technical difficulties with logging on or with the chat itself. Ben Schmitt, with Concert-oh, was a huge help last time, and he will be available again. Please be sure to register now so you are ready to roll on November 30.




November 10, 2011

Keisel talks about Bengals game

From Steelers.com:

For the last eight seasons Brett Keisel, James Farrior and others on the Steelers defense were accustomed to preparing for the Cincinnati Bengals with Carson Palmer at the helm.

But they will face a new challenge this week when the two teams meet at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Palmer is gone, traded to the Oakland Raiders, and rookie Andy Dalton has taken over under center for the Bengals, leading them to a 6-2 record so far this season.

“There is no Carson Palmer, no Ochocinco,” said defensive end Brett Keisel. “It’s different. We are going to have to really get ready for these different guys. They are playing with a lot of energy. They are playing great football. It’s going to be a handful."

“They are playing smart ball, taking care of the football, not having turnovers. He has really picked those guys up on his shoulders and is playing great.”

Dalton, who is the NFL’s 15th-rannked quarterback, has completed 158 of 257 pass attempts for 1,696 yards and 12 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 85.0.

Click the Steelers.com link above to read Teresa Varley's entire article.

Midseason All-Division team: AFC North:

AFC Blogger Jamison Hensley handed out his midseason awards today.

Who won the award for best Defensive End in the AFC North?

BRETT KEISEL!

Defensive end: Brett Keisel, Steelers. He's more than just a beard. Keisel shows up at critical times, whether it's stripping the ball from Tom Brady at the end of games or knocking down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

To see the rest of the awardees, click here.

Congratulations to Brett and to his teammates who also made the list!

Pro Bowl 2012:

Have you voted today? Be sure to get your Pro Bowl votes in for Keisel and his teammates. Fans count for 1/3 of the total votes so please vote now and vote often! It's quick, easy and free- no registration necessary!

The link is on the right side of this page, under Pro Bowl, but you can also click here to vote.

We thank you for voting for #99 and his teammates. Let's send all the black and gold we can to Hawaii!

Just imagine watching Keisel's signature bow and arrow sack celebration Aloha-style!




November 8, 2011

News and Notes

Fan reaction to Brett's Town Hall Meeting last week has been very positive. I've received numerous emails from fans thanking him for doing the live chat and for his interaction on his social media pages.

Here are just a few:

"Thank you so much for the chat you did with fans. It was amazing to be able to talk with you and see you, especially since I live too far away to be able to attend games or to go to events you are at. It gave me and my family a chance to see and speak with our favorite player and it was free! Thank you to the people who set it up for you and to your site for promoting it so we knew about it and mostly to YOU, Mr Keisel for giving fans like me a chance to get to know you!"-- Christine.

"Thanks Mr. Keisel for being the coolest athlete ever. You rock on the field and off. I could never have imagined getting to catch a glimpse of you outside of on TV, let alone seeing you live and being able to talk to you! Amazing. Made my whole year. Please do it again for all us fans who can't get to a game or to training camp."--Justin

"Brett, thanks for being a stand up person. You were so sweet to do that chat, although I missed it (sorry, was at work) I got to hear all about it on Facebook from fans and know they had a great time. I will catch next one for sure even if I need to take a vacation day. I love interacting with you on social media. You are one of the rare ones who truly interacts. Love your Da Beard Gear also. Ordered shirts and hats so far and am waiting on the ladies line, hint hint."--Lisa, Arizona.

"Trish, please tell Brett we loved the chat and we are following him on his pages and love his site. He is so great to share so much with fans and i love how everything is always so up to date. Please let him know Steeler Nation appreciates him-and you and Da Beard people!"--Larry, Montana.

"Trish, please thank the people at Concert-oh for being so helpful and patient with us non-computer folks. Ben was great!"--Alex.

Those are just a few of the emails I have received. Thank you to all who took time to email and I am glad you enjoyed the chat!

I also received some nice emails regarding Da Beard Gear:

"Got my da beard hat today and it fits great. High quality and I am proud to wear it everywhere I go!"-- Brandon.

"Thank you to Da Beard crew for the quick delivery. My husband loves his shirt and hat and when women's line comes out I'll be ordering for myself." --Lisa.

"Da Beard merchandise is fierce! Got my shirt and will be ordering camo here soon. Shirt is great quality and I've washed it several times with no fading. Thanks Keisel!"--John W.

Be sure to GET YOUR BEARD ON with Da Beard Gear!

Also...

This is a nice write-up on Brett's Town Hall meeting.

The photo used in today's news is of Brett (wearing his Da Beard Gear) with Ben Schmitt, the Marketing Specialist for Concert-oh. He was very helpful to all of us in getting the chat set up, and in making sure we all understood how to interact. Thanks to Ben and the whole Concert-oh crew for all their patience and help!

And...

Behind the Steel Curtain picks a "Play of the Game" each week. This week their selection was: Hampton, Keisel, Harrison Stop Ray Rice. Click here to read their breakdown of the play.




November 7, 2011

"We'll find a way to respond."

"It was a tough one. They're a good team and you gotta give them credit, they beat us today. We have to do better."-- From Keisel's post game press conference.

Brett was also asked if this loss will be tough to put behind them:

"For today...today and tomorrow it's gonna be tough, but we got a bunch of tough guys in here. We'll find a way to respond."

You can listen to part of his press conference here.

Coach Tomlin on the loss:

"Guys fought extremely hard. I feel like we have a really good football team. We`ll have more opportunities to show it."

The 23-20 loss to the Ravens was a heartbreaker. It was a tough, physical game that was fought hard until the end. Keisel had five tackles on the night and helped set up some great stops on Ravens QB Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense.

To read more on the game, click here.

Game photos:

Click here to view photos.

Moving on:

The Steelers will face the Cincinnati Bengals next week, who are on a 5-game winning streak. This will be another tough division battle. We all know our Steelers will regroup and will be ready to put a halt to the Bengals winning streak!

Keisel:

We'll lick our wounds and we have another tough one next week. There's a lot of football left to play."




November 4, 2011

Steeler Nation Shout Out

We have a double shout out this week! I posted adorable Rooney yesterday, and today we have a shout out to Rick Roosa-big time Steeler fan and equally big time Keisel/Da Beard fan.

From his email:

"Hello BEARD-NATION!"

"My name is Rick Roosa and I live in Congers, NY (30 min. from Manhattan, 6 hrs from PITT). I was inspired to grow my beard late last season when I noticed the greatness growing from Brett’s face. Unfortunately the 7th Lombardi Trophy was unable to be attained on February 6th. It was on that day in my grief, I decided to shave my beard. I also made a promise to myself. From that day forward, I will not shave to the end of this 2011 season."

"I thought I’d start my playoff beard early by about 10 months. It has been a great experience! People love the beard and I get a lot of support from men and women alike. Unfortunately, my girlfriend Julia has not been as enthusiastic about my reach for “Legendary Status”. However, she takes it in stride and realizes sometimes a beard has to do what a beard has to do."

" I’m a big fan of Brett’s, and I was proud to make a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to receive a chunk of “Beard I”. It also came with a before and after shot from the "Shear The Beard" event in February."

" I actually got a chance to meet Brett this weekend after the Steelers/Titans game. It was great to meet the man who spent a lot of time talking, signing, and taking photos with the fans. I was very proud to get the chance to be photographed with Brett and Da Beard! I’ve attached some photos to show-off my own attempt at greatness. STAY STRONG BEARD-NATION!!! "

Thanks to Rick for his email and photos.. and of course for all his support for the team and Da Beard! Another awesome member of Steeler Nation!

Fan photos:

My friend Haydee attended her first Steelers game when the team played Arizona. Her family traveled from New Mexico to Arizona to cheer on the Steelers. She took some great photos of Keisel which you can view here.

Thank you Haydee for sending the pics to share.

And,

Thank you again to Concert-oh.com and especially to Ben Schmitt for providing the forum for Keisel's Town Hall Meeting last night! Ben was great with helping everyone get set up and logged on and with helping during the chat. I've received numerous emails thanking him and everyone at Concert-oh..and of course, also thanking Mr. Keisel for taking the time to chat with fans.

It was a great evening and hopefully we can do it again.

Reminder;

PLB Sports is sponsoring a "Best of Da Beard" contest to promote Brett's new salsa line.

From their website:

Send us photos of you and your friends showing off your best Keisel-like Beard. Winners can win Brett Keisel autographed footballs and other great prizes. To enter, please email your photos to info@plbsports.com.

Get your entries in! Click here to order Brett's awesome salsa which he declares is "THE BEST IN TOWWWWNNN!" You can also see the first winner of the weekly prize.

You can purchase his salsa in Western PA Giant Eagle stores and one fan emailed to say it is being sold in Niles, Oh Giant Eagle stores too, so check your local store to see if they have it.




November 3, 2011- see evening update below

Brett Keisel Fired Up for Baltimore Rematch

It's a big game. It's always a physical game."-- From Keisel's interview today with KDKA AM’s Larry Richert and John Shumway.

When asked about how fans can help the Steelers Sunday:

"We need 'em to be loud and get crazy. Make Heinz Field what it is, which is a hard and wonderful place to play."

When asked about making the game sealing strip sack of Tom Brady last week:

"It was a great feeling. I'm just happy we got a big win in front of our fans at Heinz Field."

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Reminder:

Keisel's Town Hall Meeting is tonight! This is your chance for a live Q & A with Brett "The Diesel" Keisel. He will be taking live questions from fans via web cam. The event is being hosted by Concert-oh.com.

Be sure to get registered NOW so you're all ready to go when the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on November 3!

Let's show Keisel our support by gathering a large group of participants!

Click here to read more and to register-it's free!

Steeler Nation Shout out:

This is a photo from Bob and Di Nagy of Billings, Montana.

From their email:

This is our dog "Rooney" waiting impatiently for THE STEELER/Patriot game on Sunday...in Billings, Montana!!! ...where Brett is a "hometown" favorite!

Thanks to the Nagy's for sending the photo and to adorable Rooney for being such a great fan!

Rooney probably gets real impatient when bye week rolls around!

Goes to show Steeler Nation is truly made up of all kinds...humans and animals!

Evening update:

Steelers Speak-Brett Keisel edition:

Teresa Varley of Steelers.com sat down with #99 to talk Steelers football and.. of course they talked about Da Beard!

Click here to listen.

Also, thank you to all who participated in Brett's live chat tonight. You helped make it a success. Steeler Nation rocks!




November 2, 2011

Photo of the Week

Keisel's strip sack of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was selected by the Steelers as their Photo of the Week! Get a better view of it, and order a copy here.

Analyst Merril Hoge was on WDVE this morning talking Steelers football. When asked about the talk of moving Keisel to a linebacker position at times, Hoge had this to say:

"That dude (Brett Keisel) makes more plays that are critical-important that get overlooked...He does it every week and is one of the most underrated players in football. You could utilize him like that (as a LB) however; I think they need him in the trenches. On third down they always do that with him-he's a versatile guy."

To listen to Mr. Hoge's entire interview, click here.

The part about Brett comes in about six or so minutes into the interview.

Da Beard Gear Halloween contest:

The winner of the autographed photo of Da Beard is Patrick Varine.

Patrick said: "The beard is real. Actually, pretty much everything is real except my ability to put a sack on Tom Brady."

To see a larger version of the photo and also a second one of Patrick, click here.

Congratulations to Patrick and thank you to all who entered the contest. Da Beard Gear will have more contests to come!

In order to stay informed of the latest official Keisel merchandise and of new contests, be sure to follow Da Beard Gear on Twitter and on Facebook.

Reminder:

Keisel's Town Hall Meeting is November 3. This is your chance for a live Q & A with Brett "The Diesel" Keisel. He will be taking live questions from fans via web cam. The event is being hosted by Concert-oh.com.

Be sure to get registered NOW so you're all ready to go when the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on November 3!

Let's show Keisel our support by gathering a large group of participants!

Click here to read more and to register-it's free!




October 31, 2011- Happy Halloween

News and Notes

"I'm just so proud of everybody especially on the defense where so many guys are stepping in and playing for starters and we're still able to play winning football. That's what makes a great team. Hopefully, we're on our way."--Keisel (from Gene Collier's article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

You can listen to Brett's post game interview here.

I added a few more game photos here.

Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, lists his "Game Clinching Moment" from the win over NE:

DE Brett Keisel usually lines up on the right side of the Steelers defense, but on first down from the Patriots 22 with 19 seconds remaining, he lined on the left side and sacked Tom Brady, forcing a fumble that resulted in a safety when Troy Polamalu punched the ball through the end zone. "First time I lined there the whole game," Keisel said. "I saw that nobody was rushing from the left side so I thought I'd go over there and try that side."

Reminder:

Keisel's Town Hall Meeting is November 3. This is your chance for a live Q & A with Brett "The Diesel" Keisel. He will be taking live questions from fans via web cam. The event is being hosted by Concert-oh.com.

Be sure to get registered NOW so you're all ready to go when the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on November 3!

Let's show Keisel our support by gathering a large group of participants!

Click here to read more and to register-it's free!

Reminder #2:

Da Beard Halloween contest:

Send us your Brett "Da Beard" Keisel Halloween costume photos.

The best costume depicting Keisel and Da Beard wins a signed photo of Da Beard!

Email your entries to trish@brett-keisel.com.

Again, no entries will be accepted through any social media pages.

The contest will run until 12:00 p.m. (EST) on November 1.




October 30, 2011

Strip sack seals the victory

Keisel sealed the deal for the win over the Patriots today with a strip sack which led to a Steelers safety. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was trying to lead his team down the field for the game winning touchdown, but #99 was not about to allow it as he sacked Brady, stripping the ball from him.

From Shalise Manza Young, Boston Globe:

"With 18 seconds left, quarterback Tom Brady was standing tall, surveying the field, and didn’t see Brett Keisel coming. The veteran defensive end smacked the ball out of Brady’s hand, and in the scrum to get the loose ball, Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu punched the ball toward the end zone."

Coach Tomlin on the win:

"Boy that was a great win for us, at home, in front of our fans, versus a very good football team. We played good, fundamental football today, and that’s the recipe. We were where we were supposed to be, doing what we were supposed to do, for the most part in all three phases. It was enough to get a victory."

Steelers Defense earn Player of the Week honors from Steelers Digest:

From Steelers.com:

The typical procedure is to pick an individual, but when it comes to the performance of the Steelers defense against the New England Patriots last Sunday at Heinz Field, that’s just not possible.

No James Farrior. No James Harrison. LaMarr Woodley injured a hamstring and missed the last 20 minutes of the game. Ike Taylor played through an injury. So did Keenan Lewis. Ryan Clark, too.

So many individuals made key contributions. Before he was injured, Woodley had two sacks. Larry Foote played a solid game and handled Farrior’s duties as the quarterback of the unit. Taylor’s coverage was solid all day. So was William Gay’s. Troy Polamalu was flying around. Ziggy Hood was mixing it up along the line of scrimmage. And when the defense needed somebody to make a play to close it out, Brett Keisel stepped up with a sack/strip.

The Steelers allowed the NFL’s No. 1 offense only 213 net yards, they allowed the Patriots to convert just 30 percent on third down, they held Wes Welker to six catches for 39 yards, and they limited Tom Brady to only one play of more than 20 yards.

Congratulations to the D and to the entire team on the 25-17 win over the Patriots!

To read more on the game, click here.

Keisel stats:

Brett had another big game with a strip sack, pass deflection and two tackles!

Game photos:

Click here to view photos.

Pro Bowl Slogan Contest winner:

Matt Solomowitz received the most votes, and he is the winner of Brett's 2012 Pro Bowl slogan. His slogan will be shown on the right side of this page under Pro Bowl. Congratulations to Matt and we thank him for his design and slogan!

Thank you to all who voted-it was a close decision as all 3 finalists sent in amazing ideas! Please remember to keep voting to send all the Steelers to the Pro Bowl. The link is at the right side of this page under Pro Bowl.

I will post more news and photos as they become available, so be sure to stop back!

Reminder:

Da Beard Halloween contest:

Send us your Brett "Da Beard" Keisel Halloween costume photos.

The best costume depicting Keisel and Da Beard wins a signed photo of Da Beard!

Email your entries to trish@brett-keisel.com.

Again, no entries will be accepted through any social media pages.

The contest will run until 12:00 p.m. (EST) on November 1.




October 27, 2011

Twitter contest-Keisel style

Halloween is around the corner as is a big game for the Steelers! Keisel wants to celebrate both by holding a contest to give a fan two tickets to the game against New England this Sunday!

From Brett's Twitter page tonight:

"Enter for 2 tix to Sunday's game tweet me a pic of you in your best Keisel costume for Halloween. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!"

Brett's Twitter handle is @bkeisel99. The link is also at the top right of this page. If you are not on Twitter, you can sign up here. It's quick and easy-and free!

The contest ends at 9:00 a.m. EST on October 28, 2011.

Can't wait to see the winner...good luck to all of you!

Nice article from Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net on Heath Miller...with several witty comments by Mr. Keisel throughout it. Thanks to Mr. Wexell for sharing his article with us!

If you don't already subscribe to his site, it's well worth looking into doing so.

Keisel spoke with 93.7 The Fan today about the upcoming Patriots game and his salsa. Click here to listen.

Information on Pro Bowl voting is below, along with a link to the ballot.




October 25, 2011

Pro Bowl 2012

This is a busy, busy post tonight! Lots going on so be sure to read the entire post.

Voting is underway for the 2012 Pro Bowl! The NFL returns to Hawaii for the 2012 Pro Bowl. The annual contest of the AFC and NFC’s best will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium.

Steelers on the ballot from the offense include Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Hines Ward, David Johnson, Heath Miller, Marcus Gilbert, Max Starks, Ramon Foster, Chris Kemoeatu, and Maurkice Pouncey.

Defensive players include Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood, Casey Hampton, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, William Gay, Ike Taylor, Troy Polamalu, and Ryan Clark.

Balloting is open until Monday, Dec. 19 at the conclusion of Monday Night Football (Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.).

The Pro Bowl teams will be announced at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 on a special NFL Total Access 2012 Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network.

Voting is easy, free and unlimited! No registration necessary and you can sort the ballot by position or team. You will locate Keisel under the defensive ends. We thank you for voting for #99 and all of his teammates. Let's send all the black and gold we can to Hawaii!

Just imagine watching Keisel's signature bow and arrow sack celebration Aloha-style!

Click here to vote.

I will post the link also on the right side of this page under Pro Bowl.

Pro Bowl slogan contest finalists:

We thank you for ALL the amazing entries received for the slogan contest. Steeler Nation came through big time for #99! Since we're asking you to do the voting, Mr. Keisel wants to give fans the chance to choose his slogan for the 2012 campaign. He narrowed it down to three, and YOU get to make the final decision.

Before sending your vote, please carefully read the instructions:

The finalists slogans, complete with graphics, can be found here.

To vote for your favorite, please email me through the site email: trish@brett-keisel.com.

Please do not message votes through any social media pages. And, when emailing your choice, please just send the number you are choosing. They will be labeled 1, 2 or 3. Please DO NOT send the photo--just the number of the photo.

One vote per email address please.

Voting will close at 12:00 p.m.(EST) on October 30. The winner will be announced after the Steelers game. We will then post their slogan on the site and social media pages for all to see. They also will win an autographed photo of #99.

We all thank you for your help in choosing a winner and for taking the time to vote for all the Steelers to head to Hawaii!

A special thanks to artist, Rebecca Miller for her help with the contest. As usual, we asked for her help at the last minute and she came through!

Congrats to all the finalists and again...thank you to ALL who entered. Keisel has a great group of fans!

Da Beard Halloween contest:

Yes, you read correctly...another contest...another chance to win an autographed Keisel photo!

Keisel and the Da Beard gear crew were so appreciative of all your hard work with the slogan contest, with building up the social media pages and for being the best fans in the league..so they want to give Steeler Nation and Beard Nation a chance to win a photo of Da Beard!

Send us your Brett "Da Beard" Keisel Halloween costume photos. The best costume depicting Keisel and Da Beard wins! Easy enough?

Email your entries to trish@brett-keisel.com.

Again, no entries will be accepted through any social media pages.

The contest will run until 12:00 p.m. (EST) on November 1.




October 24, 2011-evening update

Da Beard Jr.

Matthew Sarkis, age 6, planned his own Halloween costume this year. Who did he choose to dress up like?

Well, Da Beard of course.

Great job Matthew!

Matthew could have started a new trend in Halloween costumes!

Thank you to Matthew and his mother, Melissa for sending the photo to share with us.

Pro Bowl slogan contest:

Thanks to all who entered. Steeler Nation really came through for #99! Brett narrowed it down to 3 choices, which will be posted here soon. He wants fans to select the winner, so check back to see the finalists and to send us your vote for the winner!

Keisel plays air guitar with musician Nick Marzock:

This photo is from the Bid for Hope event last week. Thank you to Nick for the photo.

Click here to see larger views of both photos.

Post game press conference:

You can listen to Brett and other members of the defense talk about the win over the Cardinals here.

Be sure to check out the news below to learn about a chance to participate in a live virtual web cam Q & A with Keisel!




October 24, 2011

Keisel to host town hall meeting

Keisel will be hosting a one-hour virtual town hall meeting where he will take fan questions through an audio line from people who will use a virtual hand-raising tool. He will appear live via web cam.

The event will take place on November 3 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The virtual meeting will take place through Concert-oh.com and fans can register now to get signed up for the virtual event!

Click here to get registered. It's free to sign up and you will have a chance to see #99 live via web cam and ask him questions! We get so many questions from fans through the website and Ask the Diesel segment, so this is YOUR chance to ask Keisel LIVE!

Let's make this a fun and successful event Steeler Nation! Be sure to spread the word to your family, friends and throughout your social media pages.

Concert-oh.com integrates video, audio, desk top sharing and more! Read more about them here.

Thank you to Ben Schmitt for sending the information to share.


October 23, 2011

Steelers defeat Cardinals 32-20

It’s great to put together a winning performance on the road. It’s something we hadn’t done definitively to this point. I like our efforts on all three phases. We made the necessary plays. We had some signature splash plays on defense. We made critical third down conversions on offense in the second half, things we didn’t do a week ago. All positive signs. Largely we are pleased to come into a venue like this and get a “W” and move on.--From Coach Tomlin's post-game press conference.

The Steelers defense were without several key starters today, but still found a way to harass Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb, causing an interception, a safety and Kolb was sacked twice by LaMarr Woodley.

Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes, including the longest in team history of 95 yards to Mike Wallace.

Great team win by the Steelers!

#99 had two tackles and disrupted Kolb and the Cardinals line throughout the game.

You can read more on the game here.

Game photos:

Click here to view photos.

Also, check out the news below from last week to learn about the "Best of Da Beard Salsa" contest (links are also on the right side of this page) and check back tomorrow for information on Pro Bowl voting. We will also be announcing the winner of the Pro Bowl slogan contest.

A message from Brett to Steeler Nation:

Stacking wins like hotcakes! I love it! Onward and upward. Steeler Nation, you were amazing today! Thanks for the support in AZ!

Be sure to check out his new official Twitter and Facebook pages. Links are at the top right of this page.

We would also like to wish Aaron Smith a speedy and healthy recovery!

Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, posted a few tweets regarding Aaron Smith:

"We love him. We respect him. The least we can do is go out and win games for him.” -Brett Keisel

"Steelers players talked about dedicating 2011 season to Aaron Smith. Sounds like an inspired move to me."--Dejan Kovacevic




October 22, 2011

Previewing the Arizona game

Some team defensive fun facts from Steelers.com:

The Steelers defense looks to allow less than 150 passing yards for the fifth time in the last six games.

Pittsburgh’s defense will look to hold their sixth straight opponent to 20 points or less (0, 20, 17, 17, 13).

Some Keisel fun facts, also from Steelers.com:

Tied career-high with two sacks (in Jaguars game), his first multi-sack game since 11/9/09 vs. Denver (2.0) and the fourth of his career during the regular season.

Now has 19.5 career sacks.

Game preview

From Michael Rushton, The Sports Network:

After losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, the Arizona Cardinals were viewed as a team on the rise. A team in distress may now be a more accurate description. As for Pittsburgh, the franchise continues to set its sights on a third NFL championship game appearance in four seasons.

Steelers Defense:

Kolb figures to be in for another long day on Sunday, as he goes against the league's top-ranked defense. Pittsburgh is allowing only 270.5 yards per game, including an NFL-best 157.7 yards through the air. The Steelers are also fourth overall with an average of 17 points allowed per game.

Pittsburgh held the Jaguars to 76 net passing yards, marking the fourth time in the past five games it has held its opponent under 150 passing yards. That 76-yard total was also the team's fourth-lowest output under Tomlin.

Pittsburgh brought the pressure in a big way as well, notching five sacks versus the Jaguars, including four in the first half for the first time since Nov. 3, 2008. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (27 tackles, 5 sacks) and defensive end Brett Keisel (15 tackles, 2 sacks) both had two sacks, with Keisel matching a career high. Woodley, meanwhile, has multiple sacks in two straight games, and inside linebacker James Farrior (42 tackles, 2 sacks) also had a quarterback takedown in addition to a club-leading 11 tackles. Safety Ryan Clark (38 tackles) ended with 10 stops, while Woodley had eight and Polamalu (40 tackles, 1 sack) five before exiting. Woodley has grabbed Pittsburgh's only interception this year.

Read the entire game preview here.




October 21, 2011

"The best salsa in town"

Brett was a guest of the morning crew on WDVE this morning. He discussed his new salsa line, declaring it "The best salsa in TOWN!"

He went on to say: "You gotta have it for tailgating...that's what it's for."

More from his interview:

The WDVE crew wanted to know (and many fans have emailed asking this same question) how hard it was to eat salsa with the beard?

"It's not too bad, you have to have technique, you have to have technique when working with the beard-in anything ya do..brushing your teeth, waking up in the morning. I mean...waking up in the morning it'll punch ya in the face."

BRETT "THE DIESEL" KEISEL SALSA can be purchased in Western PA. in Giant Eagle stores and online at PLB Sports.

When asked if beard extensions were used for the Head and Shoulders for Men commercial:

"A few, not too many, but most was mine, most of it's natural. And, Head and Shoulders, boy what a great job it's done for the beard. I think it's never been fuller thanks to Head and Shoulders."

Field talk:

When asked if playing his best football right now:

Yeah, I feel like I am but that's what I expect. Every year I want to improve, every year I want to get better. Every year I want to become more of a leader for these younger guys. I wanna show them what is expected when they're playing Steelers football. So, that's just the way I approach my business. I love coming down here to work with these guys. I really enjoy competing with them..and winning. I am happy about where my game is at right now, but I can always do better."

Arizona talk:

When asked about Beanie Wells:

"He's a young, up-and-coming back, I think he's a good back, I think he sees holes well, I think he's just young. He's doing some good things for them...we gotta shut him down if we expect to get out of there with a "W"."

He went on to say the Steelers are not close to their potential yet..feels they can do a lot better in all three phases.

Keisel's signature sack celebration:

Said it's a possibility he would utilize some of the dance moves Hines taught him during the Head and Shoulders commercial shoot (click here to watch the video).

When asked about his signature move-the bow and arrow sack celebration:

"I love the arrow, I think the fans love the arrow..it is archery season."

Brett liked the idea WDVE proposed about Heinz Field promoting the arrow by having "Bow and Arrow Day" at Heinz Field and giving away suction cup bow and arrows to fans before the game.

What music does Da Beard listen to pre-game:

"I've been on this Johnny Cash kick. I've also been listening to this guy called the White Buffalo too-another bearded man."

If WDVE posts the podcast of the interview, I will post it on the site so you can listen to the entire interview. Keisel was entertaining, as always.

Also, be sure to visit PLB Sports website to check out the great contest they are running. It's perfect for Beard Nation! They have great weekly and monthly prizes. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest, but you can order your Keisel salsa from their site.




October 20, 2011

Keisel’s play gaining notice for Steelers

He’s probably as good an athlete as I’ve ever seen at defensive end in terms of running, jumping, hand-eye coordination,” LeBeau said. “We’ve talked for years that he could be a linebacker, but (defensive line coach John Mitchell) won’t let us touch him.”--From an article on Yahoo Sports.

More from the article:

If things had worked out a little differently a decade ago, Brett Keisel never would have needed “Da Beard” to get noticed. Taken in the seventh round of the 2002 draft out of BYU, Keisel at the time wondered if the Pittsburgh Steelers would groom him to play outside linebacker. The franchise has built a consistently dominant defense over the years partially based upon converting pass-rushing college defensive ends into All Pro-caliber outside linebackers. Pittsburgh elected to keep the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Keisel on the line—a position that, in Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 scheme, isn’t as glamorous.

While linebackers such as James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley rack up sacks, the job description for ends Keisel and Aaron Smith is more anonymous. Keisel’s teammates recognize and appreciate his work, even if few others do.

He’s one of the best out there,” Pittsburgh defensive end Ziggy Hood said. “He’s a very under-the-radar guy who makes a lot of big splash plays. It’s not even the big plays that make you go, ‘Wow,’ it’s the other things that he does that catch your attention if you’re watching the tape. That’s something I idolize in him.”

“It’s tough to be a scheme like this,” Keisel said. “You have to be unselfish. That’s the first thing they preach when you come in here as a young guy: ‘We don’t expect you to make a lot of plays. We expect you to go your job, to hold the point of attack, to keep a couple guys on you and free up our linebackers.’ “That’s how it’s always been here. We kind of relish that. We’ll take LaMarr and James being the great players they are … and winning Super Bowls. That’s what matters to us, is winning.”

But winning two Super Bowl rings didn’t get Keisel the endorsement deals. “Da Beard,” however, has. Keisel—and some exaggerated facial hair—appear in a shampoo commercial along with Polamalu and his celebrated hair.

“You know, the beard’s done a lot for me, it really has,” Keisel said. “It’s been fun, I’ve had great responses from my teammates, from Steeler Nation, so that part of it’s been a lot of fun. I can’t say that the beard is the reason my game is what it is, because it’s not. But it does help me. It makes me unique and I like that.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Pro Bowl contest:

The Pro Bowl slogan contest is closed. We will announce the winning slogan once it is selected. Thank you again to all who entered. Steeler Nation is very creative!

Please be sure to check out the BRETT "THE DIESEL" KEISEL SALSA post in the October 19 news and read about the new contest to go with it!




October 19, 2011-evening update

Steelers' Keisel improves 'D' by more than a hair

Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post Gazette may not be a huge fan of Da Beard:

The beard is taking over center stage again. I get that. But this is ridiculous: "The beard is back and it's helping our team win," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel insisted.

Nonsense.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it until I see Keisel's beard make its first tackle or bat down its first pass or get its first sack.

But, he is a huge fan of the guy with Da Beard:

The story here this morning is not about Keisel's beard or its new T-shirt -- "Da-Beard" -- which can be purchased at brettkeisel.com. It's about Keisel's ability, which too often gets lost in all of his hair and doesn't get nearly the recognition it deserves. He was the best defensive player on the Heinz Field lawn Sunday in the Steelers' 17-13 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, apologies to linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who had two sacks.

What a difference Keisel has made since returning to the lineup after missing two games with a knee problem. The same defense that was gashed for 86 yards and a touchdown by Indianapolis running back Joseph Addai and 155 yards and a touchdown by Houston's Arian Foster in his absence stiffened almost immediately. Tennessee's Chris Johnson managed 51 yards on 14 carries in the Steelers' 38-17 win Oct. 9 and, although Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 96, he needed 22 carries and took a solid beating.

There was so much more to his performance than his work against the run. He tackled Jones-Drew for a 3-yard loss on a screen pass. He batted away another pass at the line of scrimmage, something he seems to do just about every week. And, I almost forgot, he had two sacks.

The second one was huge, coming on the first play after the Jaguars took possession at their 23 with no timeouts and 1:01 left.

It's not much of a reach to suggest Keisel, 33 and in his 10th NFL season, is the Steelers' best defensive lineman. Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton have been out with injuries after slow starts. Chris Hoke was injured Sunday. Ziggy Hood, in his third season, still is learning. Rookie Cameron Heyward is a mere baby in Dick LeBeau's defense.

"I'm just trying to be a mentor and a leader for these young guys," Keisel said. "I'm trying to be someone who is accountable. To do that, I have to go out in practice and work hard, then carry it into the games and help this team win."

In the Tennessee game, Keisel leaped to deflect a pass that was intercepted by Woodley. Sunday, he got way up again to swat another pass away. That makes at least one such breakup in eight of his past 12 games going back to last season when he made his first Pro Bowl.

"That's something I've tried really hard to incorporate into my game," Keisel said. "I know I'm not going to get to the quarterback every time. But I'm long. I try to get my hands up on every play."

The man's athleticism is impressive, as good as any defensive end's in the league, if you believe the Steelers coaches. That goes back to his high school days when he was a basketball player of some renown in Wyoming. "I was decent, but I always fouled out. I guess I liked to get physical."

To read Mr. Cook's whole article on Keisel, click here.

AFC Hardware:

Keisel was nominated for AFC Defensive Player of the week by the NFL. Other nominees were Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Jets linebacker Calvin Pace and NY Jets Cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis was announced as the winner today. Congratulations to the winner and all the nominees!

FEAR “DA BEARD”, LOVE THE SALSA:

Be sure to read the post below to check out the launch of BRETT "THE DIESEL" KEISEL SALSA! There is also a contest to go with it. I will also post the information on the right side of this page soon. Get your Da Beard on with BRETT "THE DIESEL" KEISEL SALSA!




October 19, 2011

FEAR “DA BEARD”, LOVE THE SALSA

We are excited to announce the launch of BRETT "THE DIESEL" KEISEL SALSA!

From the PLB Sports website:

Brett Keisel of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Geronimo Salsa are proud to present the BRETT “THE DIESEL” KEISEL line of salsas, which are available in 3 flavors: Mild, Medium, and Hot. Get your jar today! It is a must have for any Black & Gold tailgate party.

FEAR “DA BEARD”, LOVE THE SALSA!

It will be available at Western PA Giant Eagle stores later this week. Don't worry if you are not able to get to Western PA, PLB Sports has you covered! You can order the salsa directly from the from the PLB Sports website!

Geronimo Salsa Presents: Brett Keisel’s “Best of Da Bear Contest”

What launch party would be complete without a great contest?

Visit PLB Sports website to view details of the contest and to enter. You have many chances to win great prizes, and of course you can order your BRETT "THE DIESEL" KEISEL SALSA!

No purchase necessary to enter the contest.

Please be sure to read the information on the contest as entries are to be sent through PLB Sports, not this site. The contest runs until November 30 and includes weekly and monthly prizes!

While on their site, be sure to check out the long list of other products they offer. PLB Sports is located in Pittsburgh, PA, and is the # 1 Website for Sports & Celebrity Endorsed Products.

Come on Steeler Nation, this is your chance to include Keisel at your next tailgate party or get together-Keisel salsa that is! This is a one-of-a-kind item, which with Brett's face on the label, makes for a great collectors item. Visit their site to check out the contest details and get going on sending your photos in for a chance to win amazing prizes! Brett says the salsa is GREAT, and we know you will love it too.

Show your love for Da Beard and make this contest and Brett's new salsa a great success!

Get your Da Beard on with BRETT "THE DIESEL" KEISEL SALSA!

Click here to see a closer view of the salsa jar label.




October 18, 2011

News and Notes

Neal Coolong, from Behind the Steel Curtain breaks down the "Play of the Game" from the win over the Jaguars:

The Steelers defensive scheme is based on disguising the intentions of each defender. There is a lot of movement from the front seven as well as the secondary, and a quarterback - rookies in particular - can get confused easily.

The plan is to create pressure through misdirection, but in some cases, the intention of the play fails. When that happens, it comes down to 1-on-1 match-ups.

In those cases, the Steelers couldn't be more happy to have DE Brett Keisel on their side. His return after a knee injury sidelined him earlier this year has definitely ratcheted up the amount of pressure they're bringing, and when a CB blitz fails, they can count on Steeler Moses to whip his assignment.

Click here for the breakdown of Keisel's sack, complete with photos.

Cooling: "Keisel dominated this game, and there are four or five plays worthy of this space from him alone. This one highlights Keisel's value, and how the Steelers defense is good enough to win the play despite it not being exactly what they had planned.

From Coach Tomlin's Press Conference today:

Is Brett Keisel doing anything different with guys being out?

"No, he IS Brett Keisel. He is doing his usual things."

A very Da Beard Halloween:

Melanie Gordon, from Pleasant Gap, PA carved this Da Beard pumpkin and sent it to share with us.

From her email: "This weekend we celebrated another Steeler's win and did some early Halloween decorating with pumpkin carving. I made one especially in tribute to my favorite player, I hope you enjoy the photos."

We sure do enjoy them, but not sure you'll have many trick-or-treaters with Da Beard there staring them down!

Thanks for sharing your amazing talent. Click here to see a larger version of the pumpkin and to see her Steelers one!

Da Beard Gear World Tour Album:

Click here to see the latest spotting of Da Beard. Alex and Jessie, from Utah, sent us a great photo from Heinz Field this past weekend.




October 17, 2011-evening update

Looking for Da Beard gear vendors

Busy, busy day for updates!

Da Beard Gear has received many requests from fans wishing to purchase their merchandise locally. As of now, you can buy online or in person in Brett's hometown of Greybull, Wy. We would like to see Da Beard Gear offered at other locations to make it more accessible to fans.

Any businesses wishing to carry Brett Keisel's official merchandise line can email us: trish@brett-keisel.com for more information.

This would be a great opportunity for you to market to Steeler Nation, one of the largest fan bases!

Da Beard in a Head and Shoulders for Men commercial:

Visit Brett's Facebook or Twitter page to see it. You won't want to miss it!

For more game news, check out the last two posts. And, be sure to read about Brett and Da Beard Gear's challenge to fans regarding Twitter in the post below.




October 17, 2011

"We got the win. Now it's onward and upward."

From Ralph N. Paulk, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Keisel was easily the most energetic player on the field in the fourth quarter. He had two of his three tackles for a loss during the Jaguars' last three possessions.

"Defensively, we had a couple of big three-and-outs in the fourth quarter," Keisel said. "We got the win. Now it's onward and upward."

You can read the entire article here.

And, from Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

DEFENSIVE LINE B-

Brett Keisel had one of the more dominating performances in recent years, registering two sacks and three tackles for losses and also deflecting a pass at the line of scrimmage. It was a big lift for a line that was playing without two starters and also lost NT Chris Hoke early in the second quarter.

Also, from Gerry Dulac:

FEAR THE BEARD: The Steelers sacked rookie QB Blaine Gabbert 5 times, none bigger than when DE Brett Keisel dropped him for a 10-yard loss on the Jaguars final possession. "Any time they're out of timeouts and you get a sack, it's pretty devastating for the offense," Keisel said.

Click here to read the whole article.

Game photos:

Click here to view photos.

Thank you for the numerous emails and messages complimenting Brett on his big game and the Steelers win yesterday. And, thank you for all the nice comments on both Twitter and Facebook. If you are not on Brett's new social media pages yet, be sure to click the links for them above (on the banner) to join in the fun!

Speaking of social media...

Brett's official Twitter page and Da Beard Gear have a great promotion going on currently. Their goal is to reach 10,000 followers by Wednesday. They are close, but need our help. If the page reaches 10K by Wednesday, Brett and the Da Beard gear crew will be giving away Hunt for Seven t-shirts, and Da Beard koozies and stickers!

Check out the gear by clicking the STORE link above, and follow their page by clicking the Twitter link in the banner-at the top right of this page.

Also, be sure to click the Facebook link in the banner to "like" Keisel's official page. There may be giveaways there in the near future so jump on board!

Be sure to enter the Pro Bowl contest mentioned in the October 14 news. And...check in with us tomorrow for another fun contest!

Also, check out the news from yesterday (below) to read more about the game.

There is a lot going on in Keisel-land!




October 16, 2011

Double sack game for Da Beard

I’m trying. I’m trying to be a good leader for these guys. I’m trying to be someone who’s accountable and someone who helps this team win.” --From Keisel's post game interview courtesy of Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net.

The Steelers defeated the Jaguars 17-13 and Keisel had a huge game with two sacks, six tackles, including two for loss, and a pass defensed. Brett was awarded with the Steelers Digest Player of the Week award.

Congratulations to Brett and the Steelers on the win.

More from Mr. Wexell's article:

The great Deacon Jones once said that sacking a quarterback was like taking down an entire city. Well, Brett Keisel, how did it feel to take down the entire city of Jacksonville on Sunday?

“Just trying to make a play to help us win,” said Keisel.

And James Farrior agreed with Da beard.

“That pretty much sealed the deal, that sack,” said Farrior.

The Jaguars – who’d rallied from a 17-0 deficit – had the ball at their own 23 with 1:01 remaining and no timeouts.

On the first play of the series, Keisel and outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons ran the same twist that earlier in the game – from the Jacksonville 22 with 1:01 remaining in the first half – resulted in Keisel tackling Maurice Jones-Drew for a three-yard loss on a screen pass.

So it was déjà vu all over again when Keisel beat his man for a 10-yard sack. By the time Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert could get up and scramble out of bounds, the clock was down to 26 seconds.

Two completions and a spike set up Gabbert for a 48-yard Hail Mary attempt that was broken up in the end zone by Ike Taylor and Ryan Clark.

Any thoughts while the ball was in the air?

“Don’t let him catch it,” Keisel said. “Please, please just knock it down and let us get out of here with a win.”

Keisel’s plea was answered, just as he’d answered Farrior’s plea at the start of the series.

He dominated,” said linebacker Larry Foote. “One series he made all the tackles. That’s why he’s a Pro Bowler.”

Be sure to read the entire article here. You'll be glad you did!

Thank you to Jim Wexell for allowing me to post the article. If you are not a member of SteelCityInsider.net, you should check it out. Well worth the membership.

Read more on today's game.

Funny Dan Fouts (CBS sports commentator) comments from today's game:

When asked if was intimidated by Keisel's beard-he admitted, "Yes".

When Keisel tackled Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, Fouts commented, "He wrapped his beard around Maurice Jones-Drew's ankles."

Thanks to Anne for sending me those comments!

Don't forget to check out the Pro Bowl contest going on-information is listed in the October 14 news.

I will post more news and photos from today's game as they become available.




October 14, 2011

Pro Bowl contest

Steeler Nation, it's time to put your creative hats on to help #99! Pro Bowl voting is just around the corner, and we want to use a one-of-a-kind unique slogan for him. Who better to do this than a fan!

The photo you see was created for the campaign slogan last year, by artist and fan Rebecca Miller.

You do not have to design the photo, we just need a slogan. Becky has graciously offered her services again to design a photo to go with the winning slogan.

Brett will select the winner, and the slogan will be used on this site and on his official social media pages (links above in the banner) to encourage fans to vote for #99.

The winner will receive an autographed photo of Brett "Da Beard" Keisel.

So get your creative hats on and send us some great ideas to choose from.

Please note:

Entries will only be accepted through the site email: trish@brett-keisel.com --none will be accepted through any social media pages.

One entry per email address will be accepted (subsequent emails from the same address will be discounted).

And, please refrain from profanity, unsportsmanlike or negative sayings and any crude language. This is a slogan that will be seen by children and adults, so have fun with it, but keep it clean.

The slogan needs to contain Brett's name or an easily recognizable nickname, such as "Da Beard." So go ahead -- get creative, Steeler Nation!!!

Entries will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. EST on October 20, 2011.

Also, when Pro Bowl voting starts we will be encouraging fans to vote for all of Brett's teammates. The Steelers are a team and we want to send as many of the black and gold as we can to Hawaii!

Game talk:

Keisel talks about the task of stopping Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew:

“A big, big, big portion of their offense goes through him. He is tough to stop, low to the ground, has great feet, great balance, and an incredible ball carrier. That is going to be our goal this week, get after him and hopefully we can contain him. Not only can he run the ball great but he can catch out of the backfield, screen plays. That is one thing that makes him such a threat. He is one of those guys everybody needs to be keyed on and we will be.”

“That is the game we expect to play. It’s something we can build off of. It’s just one game and we can still have a lot of improvement. Every team is trying to pack a good running back. That is the NFL. Everyone knows the importance of a good running game. We expect to see that week in and week out. We have been good around here about stopping the run. Hopefully we can build off of last week and continue that this week.” - From Teresa Varley's article at Steelers.com.




October 11, 2011

Project Bundle-Up

“The best part is meeting the kids, talking to them, seeing how they are doing and helping them pick some warm attire for these cold Pittsburgh winters. I had a great time. Any time you get to be around a kid like Don, he is awesome. He lifts your spirits, he is happy, he loves life. “It makes me proud to come and be a part of this.” --Brett talks about his participation with Project Bundle-Up.

From Steelers.com:

On a beautiful fall evening with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, the last thing on the mind of most people was shopping for a winter coat.

But for 45 kids from the Pittsburgh Westside Salvation Army there was nothing else they would have rather been doing. Steelers players took the kids shopping at Macy’s at Ross Park Mall as a part of Project Bundle-Up, a Salvation Army program that provides winter outerwear for needy children in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The children that take part in the shopping night are selected based on their need, with Project Bundle-Up possibly being the only way the kids will be able to get new winter outerwear.

One child who certainly won’t forget the night is Don, a well-mannered, well-spoken 12-year old who was there with his younger brother and having the time of his life shopping with Brett and Sarah Keisel.

“I am honored to be here. I am stunned,” he said. “I never thought I would get this chance. I am so honored to be in Brett’s presence. I really enjoy being in his company. He is awesome. He has the perfect spirit. I never thought in a million years I would be doing this with a Steelers player.

“It’s a night I will never, ever forget. I will tell my kids this story. I got to meet this famous football player. He is number 99, almost 100. He is almost perfect, but nobody is perfect but he is close to it.”

As Keisel stood listening to Don, he was playfully putting hats on his head, smiling and laughing. But you could also see how touched he was, understanding the impact that all of the players who took part had on the kids.

Click here to read the whole article, and here for a few photos from the wonderful event.




October 10, 2011

News and notes

Are you following Keisel on Twitter? I hope so, because this doesn't look like the face of a guy you want to say no to, does it?

Be sure to give #99 a follow and spread the word to Steeler Nation.

I will get the link posted on the banner soon, but here is his page: @bkeisel99.

He's having a great time on Twitter so go ahead and join him!

Da Beard, Brett's official merchandise line also has a twitter page and we would love Steeler Nation to follow it: @dabeardgear.

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette:

A quick look at the top performances from Sunday's game:

FIRST PICK: The Titans momentarily threatened to get back in the game when RB Chris Johnson scored on a 1-yard run to make it 28-10 and CB Alterraun Verner recovered an onside kick. But, on the next play, DE Brett Keisel tipped a Matt Hasselbeck pass, and OLB LaMarr Woodley came up with the team's first interception of the season, resulting in a field goal. "That was a great play by Brett Keisel," Woodley said. "That play doesn't happen without Brett Keisel getting his hands up."

Da Beard contest update:

The "Hunt for Seven" contest is over. There were 2 winners from PA, 2 from WY, and one each from MN, MO and OK. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who participated. Even though the contest is over, you can still GET YOUR BEARD ON...click the Store link above to check out Keisel's official merchandise.

Game photos:

Click here to view photos.




October 9, 2011

#99 is back and team gets big "W"

"Feels great to come back in front of our fans and get a "W". Nice to get a win, nice to get back out here and play. I'm happy! - Brett from his post game interview.

I'd say we're all happy to have Keisel back and happy to see the team get a big win (38-17) over the Titans.

The defense would be without starters, Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton and James Harrison due to injuries, but they wouldn't let that deter them back as they held the Titan's Chris Johnson to just 51 rushing yards on the day and the Titans, as a team, had only 66 yards.

Those guys are great players but we have good depth here. This is the National Football League. Guys are going to go down; that’s part of the game.“You have to have guys step in and play.” - Keisel (Source: Mike Prisuta, WDVE).

Roethlisberger, with an injured foot, led the offense to five touchdowns, with punter Danny Sepulveda helping out by faking a punt to throw a 33-yard completion.

All in all, this was a great team effort.

Keisel stats:

Brett returned to the field in great form with 4 tackles and on Seattle’s first offensive play following the recovery of Rob Bironas’ onside kick in the third quarter, he batted Matt Hassebeck’s pass into the air, and LaMarr Woodley came down with the ball for the Steelers’ first interception of the season. (Source-Bob Labriola, Steelers Digest).

To read Mr. Prisuta's article, D-line plays its game, click here.

To listen to Brett's post game interview, click here.

Guess who entered the wonderful world of Twitter...

It's official folks, Brett Keisel has an official twitter account! It is in the process of being verified, so I wanted to let all of you know it is his official account! Be sure to give him a follow and spread the word to Steeler Nation.

I will get the link posted on the banner soon, but here is his page: @bkeisel99.

Da Beard, Brett's official merchandise line also has a twitter page and we would love Steeler Nation to follow it: @dabeardgear.

We want to thank all of Keisel's fans for the tremendous support shown to him by all of Steeler Nation. Proud to be part of the best group of fans anywhere!

More game news and photos to come tomorrow!




October 6, 2011

The Diesel looks to return

"It felt really good," Keisel said of the knee, which he injured against Seattle. "It's just a matter of going out and doing football movements and trying to do it at full speed. There wasn't anything that indicated that I wouldn't (play Sunday)." - From Scott Brown's article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review today.

Keisel sound bites

"I know people want to bury us, but we'll be OK."- On the team's 2-2 record. (Source: Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazette.)

“He is an amazing player, one of the best backs in the league, no question about that,” said defensive end Brett Keisel, who will return to the lineup after missing the last two games with a knee injury. “He is so explosive and has such good feet. He is a patient runner. A lot of runners these days will run up and hit the hole if it’s not there. He will wait for the hole to open up and no one can catch him. He is definitely a handful. We all have to be gap-sound and play team ball.” - On the Titans Chris Johnson.

“We have a lot of pride with our run defense and it hasn’t been up to par to this point,” said Keisel. “We definitely need to get that turned around if we want to win games. “There is tradition here. We still have a lot of the same guys who have been here year in and year out. We need to put it together and do it for 60 minutes.”

“The biggest thing is going out and preparing each week, working on your techniques out here in practice. We don’t tackle but you can break down and get in a tackling position where you know you will be able to make that play. You have to carry that into the game, carry your practice work into the game and we will be ready to go.”-(Source: Steelers.com.)

Light the Night:

The annual Light the Night walk was held last night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Keisel and teammates attended wearing their "Team Elijah" shirts to honor Aaron Smith's son, Elijah who is bravely battling leukemia.

“It’s a great night. We all love Aaron and the Smith family. I am proud of the way they handled this whole situation with Elijah. We are one big family. We support and help each other out as much as we can. To do this for Elijah and all of those who suffer from leukemia is something we enjoy and has become a tradition here. Elijah has done amazing. He is getting close to kicking this thing in the butt. We love him and support him, and doing this is our way of showing that."

Read more about Elijah and his courageous journey here.

Da Beard Gear Hunt for Seven Contest winding down:

The Da Beard Gear crew reports there is one more autographed Keisel photo to give away. What better way to celebrate #99 returning to the field than by purchasing your official Keisel gear. The Hunt for Seven t-shirt is perfect for any fan. Each order has the chance of being randomly drawn (for a short time longer) to receive an autographed photo of the Diesel! So, click the STORE link above and get your beard on!

Click here for a closer view of the shirt.




October 2, 2011

"We've got some work to do"

From Coach Tomlin's Post Game Press Conference:

"We've got some work to do. It's not anything mystical. We will remain together. We will stay singularly focused on our work. We understand our issues are fundamental and they really are. We've got to do the basic football things a little better than what we are doing right now in order to be successful against some of the people we are playing. We have to tackle better, we have to block better. We will start that process tomorrow."

The Steelers lost to the Texans 17-10, in a game where many players suffered injuries. Tomlin will update Tuesday, during his weekly press conference, the extent of the injuries to Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison, Rashard Mendenhall and Aaron Smith.

Tomlin will probably give the status on #99 also Tuesday and I will update when news is available.




September 29, 2011

Round two of "Ask the Diesel"

Thanks to all who have sent great questions for the Diesel to answer. I posted five new ones for you to read. They are on the right side of this page, under the "Ask the Diesel" section. The newest are posted first. This is a great way for fans to get to know Brett a little better off the field. They also make for great contest questions, so keep up on your Diesel trivia!

Quick updates:

Located on the right side of this page, under Quick Updates, you will find any injury updates or quick news items.

Upcoming game:

The Steelers will travel to Houston, TX to take on the 2-1 Texans Sunday. Kickoff is at 1:00 pm. (ET), and will be shown on CBS (regional coverage) and locally on KDKA.

Check out some game notes from Steelers.com here.

Official Keisel merchandise:

Need your beard fix? Click on over to Da Beard Gear to view #99's official Da Beard merchandise line. The link is above under STORE.




September 26, 2011

AFC road win

The Steelers survived a game that came down to the last four seconds as they beat the Colts 23-20 on a Shaun Suisham 38-yard field goal.

The game went back and forth and kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final Steelers drive in which Ben Roethlisberger took the offense on a 60-yard drive that Shaun Suisham capped with a 38-yard field goal to win the game.

Coach Tomlin summed up the win:

“We don’t care how it looks. We just want to get out of stadiums with wins, particularly road stadiums and AFC ones.”

Keisel was not active in the game due to a PCL injury. I will update on his status as the week progresses.

For more game news, click here.

Da Beard Gear World Tour:

Tito Medina, a big Keisel fan from Arizona sent us this picture wearing his new Da Beard Gear t-shirt. Click here for a larger view, and to see all the other locations Da Beard has been.

Great Keisel moment:

Today is the anniversary of Brett's pick 6! Relive his interception and 79-yard touchdown by watching the video posted under the Keisel Kam photo to the right. Also, be sure to check out all the comments about his great play.




September 22, 2011

Greybull location to offer Da Beard Gear

Brett's hometown of Greybull, Wyoming will be selling Da Beard gear at The Greybull Building Center. It is located at 617 1st Avenue South in Greybull.

This gives Keisel's hometown the opportunity to purchase their official Brett Keisel Da Beard Gear merchandise in person!

For those not local to Greybull, don't worry...you can still purchase the merchandise online by clicking the STORE link above. Be sure to check the merchandise site often to see the new items being added. Thanks to all who purchased Da Beard Gear!

Reminder:

Look under Quick Updates on the right side of this page for any injury or quick news updates.




September 21, 2011

Steeler Nation is everywhere...

Steeler Nation spotlight: Bret Champlin

Bret Champlin celebrated his birthday, in his #99 jersey, along with his lovely wife Maria, and their adorable daughter Sierra at a Steelers fan club in El Paso, TX.

He sent a couple photos along with this email:

This is a couple pics of me and my daughter and wife and the Brett Keisel jersey they got me, celebrating at the fan club in EL PASO TX! My b-day was on sept 11th. I was wishing for a win, but being with my family and friends and watching the STEELERS on my b-day was the best! I'm originally from NY, south of Buffalo and like 10 mins from Penn.-- 4 hrs from PITT. But, ended up residing here in El Paso, TX after the Army. Glad I found a huge fan base here! I love how Brett seems down to earth and loves fishing and hunting from what I've read! I do as well! He's not this flashy guy trying to be all Hollywood and I love his style! You guys should come up with a mossy oak da beard t-shirt.. or fish camo Da Beard shirt and hats since he loves to fish as well! Just a suggestion." - Big fan, Bret Champlin.

Click here to view larger copies of the photos. Thank you to the Champlin family!

Keisel news:

Coach Tomlin confirmed yesterday that Brett has a Grade 1 PCL strain. He is listed as questionable in the game against the Colts this week, and it was reported that Brett did not practice today. I will post any further updates on the right side of this page under "Quick Updates".

Thank you for all the nice emails wishing Keisel a speedy recovery and thank you again for all the birthday messages. He truly has the best fans!




September 19, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRETT-See update below-winner announced

Today Brett celebrates his 33rd birthday, and one lucky fan will win a present!

To have a chance to win an autographed Brett Keisel game glove, be the first to email me with the answer to the following question:

What did Keisel recently say was his favorite pizza topping?

The answer was posted recently on the site, so if you've been keeping up with a new segment we introduced, this will be easy! The answer is still here, so if you are not sure, then you can find it on the site.

The correct answer will be the one listed on the site only.

E-mail: trish@brett-keisel.com

Please only email the address of this site, which is listed above. You can also access the email by clicking on Contact at the top of this page. No entries will be accepted through any of the social media pages.

Please, one email per email address only (subsequent emails from the same address will be discounted).

Thank you to Mrs. Keisel for the photo of Brett used in today's news!

More game news:

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

DEFENSIVE LINE A

After allowing 170 yards rushing in Baltimore, the unit responded by holding Seattle to 31 yards on 13 carries, with no run longer than 8 yards. DE Brett Keisel had a quarterback hit and batted a pass and DE Aaron Smith got good pressure and forced plays inside. Even backup Steve McClendon got in on the action with a half-sack.

And, from Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

Nothing could have made a neater narrative for the Steelers than to see their defense bounce back, schematically and spiritually, from that abomination in Baltimore last week. And man, that script sure erupted to life Sunday with the 24-0 shutout of Seattle at Heinz Field.

Did you see Troy Polamalu soaring Superman-style into Tarvaris Jackson for a sack? Or James Harrison one-arming Jackson like a flapjack?

Or Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel swarming side to side to quash the run? Or Ike Taylor spooking Seattle's coaches to the degree that Jackson threw his way twice all day?

On the inside, though, the reaction was about as subdued as I was hoping it would be. Time and again, defensive players were asked whether they had just expunged that Baltimore game, and each reply came with a bristle.

Keisel: "I don't think it goes away. We did need to respond to what happened, but this was really just one game."

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, in the surprise of the day, pretty much abandoned the blitz for the first three quarters. The Steelers still moved the outside linebackers back and forth and — finally — moved Polamalu back closer to the line of scrimmage, but most of the heat had to come from the defensive line. That's exactly what veterans Keisel, Smith and Casey Hampton brought, thus freeing up the linebackers.

"It was about as simple as you get, and I don't think Seattle saw that coming," Keisel said, grinning through the beard. "Coach LeBeau's got a pretty good poker face."

To read the entire article, click here.

Update:

The winner of the Keisel autographed glove is Austin Pierce from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Congratulations to Austin and thank you to all who entered. We had over 500 entries and everyone had the correct answer which came straight from the "Ask The Diesel" section. Send in your questions for The Diesel to answer! The site and Da Beard gear will do more contests in the future so check back often. We appreciate your support!

Great deal from Da Beard Gear:

In honor of Da Beard's birthday today, those who place an order today or tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday) will receive a free drink koozie and sticker with their order! Great incentives to place your orders today or tomorrow! The STORE link is at the top of this page (under the banner), so click on over to check out Keisel's official merchandise line.




September 18, 2011

SHUTOUT

The Steelers won their home opener in true Steelers style-with a SHUTOUT win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Fans were waving their Terrible Towels and cheering their team on as the Steelers won 24-0 to become 1-1 on the season.

Steelers Defense:

The Steelers did not allow the Seahawks to cross midfield until 10 minutes left in the game and limited them to 164 total yards.- From an article by Mark Kaboly- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

From Keisel's post-game press conference:

On responding to the loss last week:

"We needed to respond... we did. Anytime you're in a fight and you get beat up like we did, you wannna come back and respond. And, it's really just one game...we just won one game. We gotta build on this and continue to move forward if we wanna be a good team."

On what made the difference in this week's response to the game:

"I think it was just watching our performance last week and watchng how bad we played individually and collectively... and we're better than that. I think it was just everyone looking at themselves in the mirror and understanding what you can do to help this team be better and going out and putting it on tape on Sunday."

To watch other parts of his interview, click here.

Brett's injury during the game:

Coach Tomlin discussed it during his post game interview saying: "Keisel has a potential grade-one PCL injury. We are going to get him evaluated and go from there. He potentially could have gone back in the game but it was so late in the contest. We have capable young guys and we played them."

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.




September 15, 2011

LeBeau’s “Hawaii guys"

From Clare Farnsworth, Seahawks.com:

The Seahawks venture into Blitzburgh on Sunday for the Steelers' home opener. But it could just as easily be called LeBeauburgh, because of the impact coordinator Dick LeBeau has had on the team – and the game.

It goes by Blitzburgh, proudly and appropriately.

But the Steelers’ rabid, towel-waving fans in Pittsburgh just as easily could claim to be residents of LeBeauburgh when they pack Heinz Field on Sunday for the team’s home opener against the Seahawks. It is, after all, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau who put the Blitz in Blitzburgh – and a Steelers defense that has ranked first or second in the NFL in sacks the past four season, including a league-high 48 last season and 53 in 2007.

“He’s an amazing coach. He’s had an amazing career and impact,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of LeBeau, a Hall of Fame cornerback for the Detroit Lions before he devised the zone blitz that has changed the way defense is played in the NFL and, of course, the way offenses play because of it.

LeBeau’s scheme features overloading the defense to one side. Then it becomes a guessing game for the offense as it who’s rushing and who’s dropping into coverage – as opposed to the send-an-entire-side-of-the-field style of blitzing the late Jim Johnson used while defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles.

LeBeau, 74, is in his second stint with the Steelers. He was their defensive coordinator in 1995-96, when Blitzburgh was populated by linebackers Kevin Greene, Greg Lloyd and Chad Brown, cornerback Rod Woodson and safety Carnell Lake – all Pro Bowl selections; or “Hawaii guys,” as LeBeau refers to them. His second stint began in 2004. The names of the players have changed, but the results have been the same thanks to defensive tackle Casey Hampton, safety Troy Polamalu, linebackers James Harrison, James Farrior, Joey Porter and LaMarr Woodley and defensive ends Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel – this generation of LeBeau’s “Hawaii guys.”

LeBeau hasn’t influenced only his players; it’s the other coaches he has worked with – as well as those who have copied what he’s done. “When he speaks, I listen, because when something comes out of his mouth, it’s like the gospel truth,” is the way Steelers D-line coach John Mitchell once put it.

Click here to read the entire article.

Quest for Lombardi #7 kickoff contest...

The contest is still going on, so fans still have a chance to win an autographed Keisel photo! Place an order with Da Beard Gear and you could be a lucky winner!

The store link is above, or click this Da Beard link!

Da Beard Gear have added some new designs and items so click the link above and GET YOUR BEARD ON!




September 11, 2011

"We'll respond accordingly..."

From Coach Tomlin's press conference after the loss today:

"We don't like it, but we accept it. We'll respond accordingly."

The good news is, according to Coach Tomlin, there were no significant injuries to mention. James Harrison suffered a knee injury, but so far Tomlin said it is not serious.

The 35-7 loss to Baltimore was tough, but we know the team will bounce back and prepare for next week, and as Coach Tomlin said, "We'll respond accordingly."

Keisel had four tackles during the game.

I will add game photos as I see them. Click here for photos.

Steeler Nation:

Sent several emails and Facebook messages after the game. I have posted a few of them below.

"STEELERS R STILL NUMBER ONE IN MY HEART." - Virgie Mattis

"Regroup for sure, and get those Ravens next time. It's just one game. We got a long season to go." - Anne Cooper

"Saw #99 in on a few Ravens today. We will regroup and be back next week. STEELER NATION FOREVER." - Frank Wisor

"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.... We love our Steelers and Da Beard! The Medina's our looking forward to next week!" - Tito Medina

"It was a tough loss but I know #99 and Steelers will move forward and put this one loss behind them. No worries." - Jeremy Kapp

Go Diesel! You're a beast. This was one loss and we're looking forward to many W's and many sack dances from you!" - Tim Hatfield

Thanks everyone for all the positive messages and emails. The season is just beginning and we have many more games to look forward to this season!

Looking ahead:

The Steelers home opener is against Seattle at 1:00 p.m. next Sunday.




September 10, 2011

Da Beard goes SAVAGE

From the Da Beard Gear website:

We know DA BEARD looks good in Black and Gold, but DA BEARD looks SAVAGE in Camo! The front of this camo t-shirt has DA BEARD logo with KEISEL 99 on the back. The logo and wording is black with a gold outline. Brand of the shirt is Anvil and is 100% (pre-shrunk) cotton.

You can get a closer look at both sides of the t-shirt here.

It comes in adult sizes small-3X and don't forget to pair it with the Da Beard camo hat!

News from around the web:

From Ed Bouchette's article, 2011 NFL Preview: 3-4 ... Shut The Door A Legacy of Excellence , in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

The Steelers welcome another member of the 30 Club to their maturing defense. This time it is the defense itself; the "34" turns 30 this season in Pittsburgh. • Installed in 1982 by Chuck Noll and Woody Widenhofer, his defensive coordinator, this will be the 30th consecutive season in which the Steelers use the 3-4 as their base defense, far longer than any team in the NFL.

"That's amazing, how time flies by," said Widenhofer, now retired and living in Florida. "Pittsburgh has made a tremendous commitment to that defense. They believe in it, and they go out and draft people who can play."

Steelers defensive coaches have massaged it through the years, and one -- Tony Dungy -- took some of its "cover two" philosophy with him to Tampa Bay. Another, Dick LeBeau, helped revolutionize the way defense is played in the NFL by introducing the zone blitz to the Steelers as part of their 3-4 in the early 1990s when he served first as their secondary coach before becoming defensive coordinator.

LeBeau has coached the 3-4 and 4-3 and has run his zone blitz in each, but he says the 3-4 allows for more versatility and puts a premium on speed. The jobs of the three linemen are, in simple terms, to take on the blockers and not let them get out on the linebackers, who swoop in to make plays. Good linemen also will push offensive linemen back, crowding the pocket for the quarterback and not letting him step into his throws -- or chasing him out of the pocket.

The current trio of Smith, Casey Hampton and Keisel likely is the best in the 30-season history of the 3-4 defense for the Steelers. Each has made the Pro Bowl.

"Every year, you look at Aaron and Casey, they don't have a lot of tackles, but they're the best at what they do along with Brett," said backup nose tackle Chris Hoke, who joined the Steelers as a rookie in 2001. "They take up their blockers, make you play. They do a good job making the play that comes to their gap. That's why James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison make so many plays. They have three good guys in front of them who take up their blockers."

Read the entire article, here.

Avoiding a trap season:

What path might the Steelers follow and can they break the streak and become the first Super Bowl loser to return to play in the championship game?

"I hope so. I hope we're not a .500 team or subpar team,'' defensive end Brett Keisel said. "I hope we can get right back into things. We definitely have the athletes. I think we have more starters coming back than anybody. It's on our shoulders. We all just need to play together at the right time and, hopefully, we can. "We have a good team. There's no reason why we shouldn't win games this year." -- From Ed Bouchette's article, 2011 NFL Preview: The goal? Avoid trap season Super Bowl: After the Loss.

Congratulations to Troy Polamalu on his new contract!




September 8, 2011

Steeler Nation is ready for some football...

...And they sent some messages for Brett and his teammates to get the 2011 season rolling:

"Hello, I just wanted to share the attached picture (to the left) of my son's classroom door (Mrs. Demko's Kindergarten class at Center Elementary School in Plum) from last year that won 1st place in the school's Steelers door decorating contest! The students traced their hands and cut them out to make Brett's beard! Fear the Beard! Go Steelers! Best of Luck for a successful 2011-2012 season...we'll be watching to see how long the beard grows this year!! I hope the beard will have a little super bowl winning charm in it this year too!" - Darcy Kane and Dylan Kane

"Diesel and the Steelers ferocious D rock the house on Sunday!" - Tito Medina

"GOOD LUCK WE GONNA BE .. SEVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SALUDOS! PLEASE GO FOR OUR SEVEN VICTORY.... GO STEELERS AND GOOD SEASON BRETT GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!" - JORGE CORTES AND MY NICKNAME IS EL PODEROSO IN ENGLISH THE POWERFUL, GUADALAJARA MEXICO

"Best of luck Brett and the team this season... Go Steelers!" - Love, Billie Jo and Greg, Pittsburgh, PA

"Best of luck to you and your teammates. May God keep you all healthy. Bring home no 7!!!! GO STEELERS!!!!" - Haydee, NM

"Keisel, you are such fun to watch on the field and the work you do off the field to help others is inspiring. Wishing you and your teammates a great season filled with fun and lots of wins!" - Mandy, Alaska

"Have a great season Brett! I know you will make Steeler Nation proud!" - Denny Karchner. Denny is shown here with the portrait (.09 Seconds Remaining) he created for Brett.

"Brett, best wishes for a great start to this new season. Denny and I are looking forward to some awesome STEELERS football. We'll be cheering you on. Be careful! Now, go kick some NFL butt! GO STEELERS and CHEERS FOR DA' BEARD!" - Leigh Karchner

"Good Luck Steelers. Let's show them purple birds some good old fashion Sloberknockin' Steeler Style Football. Here We Go Steelers Here We Go!!!!!" - Frank Wisor

"We are behind the Steelers 100% and are looking forward to many TD's for the offense and sacks for the defense!" - Alysa H., NY

"Here we go Steelers, Here We go! Will be cheering you on from Coach's Bar and Grill-big time Steelers bar here in Columbus, OH. Excited to see my Steelers back in action! Good luck this season guys!" - Cory Henson, Columbus, Oh

Diesel, wishing you a sack filled season mixed with many interceptions! Go #99!" - Erica S., Cambridge, Ma

"Number 7 coming up... good luck Steelers!" - Russell Keisel (Uncle Bull)

"We love the STEELERS!!! Let's go, fight, win....!" - Carma J White

"Let the Diesel roll!!!" - Bryan Merritt, SC

This Terrible Towel was decorated by clients at Passavant Memorial Homes in Harmarville, PA. They decorate their facility each season and dress in their Steelers gear each Friday according to Tanja Porter who works there. You can read more about them in the August 26 news below.

"Good luck sunday Brett!" - Erin Lynn, Chicago. IL

"#99 and Steelers...ROCK THE HOUSE this season! I'd love to see Keisel with another pick 6."Tom Snyder, Charlotte, NC

"I have always been a fan of Keisel but after reading on his new site all he does for charity, I respect him even more. What a great person and someone fans can look up to. Same goes for all the Steelers. Our team does so much to help others it makes me so proud to be a fan!" - Heather Brubaker, Gibsonia, PA

"Keisel, I love your new site and Da Beard gear. Thanks for letting fans have a chance to show their Da Beard pride and for letting fans get to know you better through your site. Best of luck for a great season for you and the team. Prayers for you and team to stay healthy! Thanks for always being such a great example to all!" - Mary, Swanton, Oh

"I wish the best of luck to Brett and the entire Steeler team, but most of all I wish them all a healthy season! Healthy players is the key to a successful year." - Anne and Emily Cooper, Saint Albans, WV

"LET'S GO DA BEARD AND STEELERS!!!" - Brad Lee Jones (Brad took the picture to the left of Keisel and Aaron Smith)

"Brett and the team-so glad you're all together again this year. Hunt for 7 is ON!" - Shelby King, Nashville, TN

"Go Steelers! My family and I are so excited to see the season finally here. Thanks to Brett and the team for staying classy during all the lockout mess and a special thanks to Mr. Keisel for all he does with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. My nephew has CF and seeing Brett take such an active interest is heartwarming. I am not sure how Brett and the guys find so much time to help others, but I am glad they do it. I hope Mr. Keisel is able to read these messages and know how much we appreciate all he and the team does both as players on the field and as gentlemen off it." - Missy McDaniel

"Take care of business this season like you always do Diesel!" - Rocko, Nevada

Brett, thanks for making your home state proud with all you do on and off the field and thank you for keeping us up to date with your website. We don't get enough Steelers or Keisel news in Wyoming." - Shelley, Wyoming

"You all are the BEST! You represent the best there is about football. Hard hitting, no nonsense football. Our guys beat your guys....only we beat you more than you beat us! Kick some serious Raven butt, they deserve your best so give it to them. Lets get #7 this year, you deserve it." - Stickchaser

"I want to wish #99 and all of the Steelers good luck this season. I hope all stay healthy too. I will be watching the game with my fellow Steelers fans at my house. We rotate houses each week and thank all of you Steelers for giving us a reason to gather, to cheer and to celebrate each season. Also to the Da Beard people-you are the best. I love all my gear and hope to be able to get some more soon." - Bill, Pittsburgh, PA

"I am super excited to see what sack dance #99 breaks out this year and hope to see tons of sacks and another interception for TD sure would be cool!Take it to da house, da beard!" - Terry Collins, Wytheville, VA

"I wish you huge success in all you do Mr. Keisel. You are such fun to watch every week and I pray for you to stay healthy and to have a wonderful season. Thank you for always being so interactive and outgoing with us fans!" - Amy Riley, Shreveport, LA.

"Bring on the sack dance! Look forward to the dance every game and #99's dances never disappoint. Keisel seems like such a down to earth genuine kind of guy and I really enjoy keeping up with his career." - Melissa Porter, Charleston, WV

"Any chance Keisel will be breaking out a sack dance on Dancing with the Stars? No matter, as long as we can see him break it out during the season then I am happy. Best of luck to all of you this season. Time for #7!" - Sherry

"Good luck to all the Steelers in 2011. Steeler Nation loves ya!" - Ryan Godown, Nebraska

"Brett, bring your sack dance to Hawaii! Pro Bowl for sure this year. Best of luck to you and I'll be voting like crazy when it's time to get you into the Pro Bowl." Nathan, Honolulu, HI

"I've been waiting so long for the first Steelers game of the season, and it's almost here. Best of luck to Keisel and teammates for a great season and beyond." - Russell King

"Da Beard, best of luck this season. Hope you found a way to keep moustache from irritating you during game. Beard Power is back and going to lead us to the postseason! I live in the Cleveland Browns territory but proudly wave my Terrible Towel and now my Da Beard shirt proudly!" - Tommy, Shaker Heights, Oh

"Da Beard and Da Brett are looking primed and ready to go this season. Same with Troy's hair and Big Ben! So excited to see all the team take the field and I'll be wearing my new Da Beard hat every week." - Rick

"Brett, thanks for the beard man! I think it's great how much fun you had with it and how you shaved it for charity. You are so gracious in letting us fans get to know you through your site and now through your gear line. In case you don't realize it, we appreciate all you do for us as fans. The Ask the Diesel questions are fun and the way you respond and interact with fans is so appreciated. Thank you and have top notch season." - Susan Farrell

"Really like the new gear shirts and hats. So hard to find Keisel attire where I live so thanks for making it available to all! Best of luck for a great season!" - Katie Pierce

"Hunt for Seven"-what a great theme for this year. Best of luck attaining your goals and best of luck in your career which I hope is nowhere near ending!" - Allen G., Atlanta, GA.

"Best wishes to a class act-Brett Keisel. You are great example of someone who just gets it. You are always gracious to the media and to fans and in the way you respect your family. Tell your mom and dad they raised you right! I wish nothing but the best for you and all your teammates." - Alexandra Murphy, Saratoga, Fl

"Excited to see you have a great season #99. We have followed you ever since you were drafted and we've been to every game you played in Denver. Good luck to all of you in your quest for the next ring." - Darron, Denver, Co.

"Keisel and the team: I know you'll get it done this year. Your teamwork is the best and you never give up. I may live in Colorado-but I call it Keisel country. We see #99 jerseys everywhere we go. " - Wayne

"I want to wish Brett and his teammates best of luck as they start this season. I will be watching in Ohio, where there are truly more Steelers fans than Bengals or Browns fans. My group of friends will all be wearing either a #99 jersey or Da Beard shirt. We also all have your Respect the Beard shirts from last season. Can't wait for Sunday to see you back on the field." Sharon, Grove City, Oh

"Good luck Brett. I am so thankful for your website. I live in Boston and we only get Patriots news. You're my favorite player (I am from Utah) so being able to keep up with you through your site is great. I wear my Keisel jersey every Friday to work and will be purchasing a Da Beard shirt to wear on Mondays after all your wins." - Megan K., Foxboro, MA

"Going to be a great season-I know it already. We will be there cheering you on at Heinz Field for every home game #99. We sit in a section filled with Keisel fans and love it when you run out onto the field. Good luck to all the team this year!" - Matt M., Pittsburgh, PA

I found this to be a fitting way to end the messages:

"We prayed and prayed, hoped and hoped that this day would arrive! As the lockout drug on, there were moments of doubt that were made so much more tolerable because an incredible number of our Steelers interact so freely with us, the citizens of Steeler Nation.

From James Harrison's antics with wild boars and snakes in AZ, to the Pouncey Planking posts... to Woodley just shakin' and bakin' all over the Ravens... to our very own Mountain Man Keisel keeping up with us... the road through the lockout to a short but sweet training camp was made so much better!! THANK YOU for that!!

Sunday, September 11 I'll be where I usually am: with 50 - 75 of my Terrible Towel twirling fellow fans at a local bar in Nashville, TN. We rock the house and are just SURE the Steelers know we're out in force!

It will be bitter sweet, however. Our thoughts, prayers and reflections will certainly be present for the victims of 9/11/01 and our Nation as we continue to heal. It's difficult to believe that was 10 years ago....

So, this Sunday..... we'll be cheering for our Steelers and for the USA! Neither can ever truly be defeated!

HERE WE GO STEELERS!! - Annette Filippone, Nashville, TN

Thank you to all who took the time to email such wonderful messages! Keisel and the Steelers are lucky to have the best fans in the league!

Reminder:

Be sure to order your Da Beard Gear (click STORE link under banner) for a chance to win an autographed Keisel photo! There will be seven random winners drawn from orders received so make sure you're that next LUCKY winner! The new "Hunt for Seven" shirts can be pre-ordered and will look great at any tailgate parties, office parties or anywhere you want to show your Steelers pride!




September 6, 2011

Da Beard...Heath Miller..and some giant elephants

From the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium website:

Two big Steelers met up with the world’s biggest land mammals at the Zoo on Saturday.

Defensive end Brett Keisel and tight end Heath Miller stopped by the Zoo for a pep rally featuring our elephants. Both the players and the pachyderms wore black and gold as the crowd waved Terrible Towels. Tall Cathy from KISS 96.1 hosted the rally, which saw 20 fans win autographed towels, footballs, and photos with the players.

To see several photos of Brett and Heath from the pep rally, click here.

Looked like the pachyderms liked Keisel's Da Beard t-shirt!




September 2, 2011

Hunt for Seven

Da Beard Gear unveiled a new t-shirt design yesterday. It features our favorite Steeler Super Hero on the front, and the location of each "hunting ground" on the back. You can view the front of the t-shirt below in September 1 news, and the back of the t-shirt is shown in today's news.

Click here for a closer look at the design, which also shows how it looks on the actual t-shirt.

You can pre-order the shirt now through Da Beard gear (click STORE link above) and orders should ship around September 10. It comes in adult and youth sizes.

Thank you to Denny Karchner, Western Art, and Elliot Fernandez for the amazing new t-shirt design!

From Elliot Harrison of NFL.com:

Dominating Steelers defense won't fall off in 2011:

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, soon to be 74, told all who would listen that "age is just a number" during his Pro Football Hall of Fame acceptance speech last summer. Considering the antiquity of his current defense, he'd better be right.

For the purposes of 2011, he is.

First, the facts. Nine significant contributors on Pittsburgh's defense are either over 30 or will turn the not-so-magical age this season. And many Steelers players, James Harrison most notably, believe their aggressive defense has been singled out by the NFL as not playing within the rules.

This has allowed some to conclude the Steelers' defense is an old, neutered dog. But all that noise will translate to a hill of beans once the real bullets start flying. After the league's 2010 midseason crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits, there has been nothing in the play of Harrison, LaMarr Woodley or Ryan Clark that suggests a real lack of aggression. On 99 percent of NFL plays, the game is too fast for players to think about holding up on leveling a ball carrier.

And the age thing as the "it" factor in professional football is a bit overstated, particularly in Sixburgh's case. Players take care of their bodies far better than those of yesteryear, so while crossing 30 might be huge for a running back, it doesn't necessarily affect a defensive lineman as adversely.

Pittsburgh left end Aaron Smith is 35 and coming off injury. He's also one of the smartest players to play the position. As in, ever. His backup, Ziggy Hood, could start for 75 percent of the teams in the league. At the other end, Brett Keisel had one of his best seasons in 2010. Casey Hampton is a plugger in the middle, which contributed to Pittsburgh being the best run defense in the league. Throw in that the organization took highly touted defensive end Cam Heyward (who looks pretty good) with its first-round pick, and the line should be more than OK.

So tap the brakes with the comparisons to Golden Girls. They ain't that old, and they sure as heck aren't going soft.

Read the entire article here.

Cake anyone?

Robin Vogel created this fierce, yet delicious looking, masterpiece based on the Da Beard logo.

From her email:

"I'm not saying that making the cake today helped the Steelers win... but it certainly didn't hurt!"

You can click here for a better view of the cake. Thanks to Robin for sending the photo..and for making all of us hungry!

Reminders:

Brett and Heath Miller will be appearing at the Pittsburgh Zoo September 3. Information is below in the August 29 news or you can click on the link (Pittsburgh Zoo)above.

"The Quest for Lombardi #7" kickoff contest...

From the next 100 orders the "Da Beard" crew receives through their website, they will randomly select SEVEN orders and add autographed Brett Keisel photos to them. Seven lucky winners in all!

Can't think of a better way to kickoff the Quest for Lombardi #7!

The store link is above, or click this Da Beard link!




September 1, 2011- game update below

New Da Beard t-shirts

Da Beard Gear added an exciting new t-shirt design today!

Keisel and the Da Beard crew are ready to start the 2011 season, and now fans can join in on the fun by purchasing this new t-shirt, complete with our favorite Steeler Super Hero on the front, and the schedule of stops for the tour on the back.

And, by pre-ordering the shirt now, you have the chance of winning a signed photo of Keisel, courtesy of the "Quest for Lombardi #7 contest" Keisel & the "Da Beard" crew announced last night. Details are in the news from August 31 below.

The shirt comes in adult and children's sizes. You can pre-order it now and they should ship out on or near September 10. Order yours before they sell out!

Closer look at the t-shirt:

You can get a closer look at the new t-shirts here.

Also, Da Beard Gear has several other t-shirts and merchandise to choose from, and will be adding women's gear soon!

Thank you once again to artist Denny Karchner for the amazing design for the new t-shirts. You can view more of Denny's work (including his work with Keisel) on his site.

Thank you to all who are ordering the Da Beard Gear items and we hope you love the new design as much as we do!

We appreciate all your feedback and suggestions. Many requests have come in for women's gear and the Da Beard Crew are busily working to make it available soon.

Final preseason game:

The Steelers defeated the Panthers 33-17 in their final preseason game. They end the preseason at 3-1.

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

The Steelers accomplished their goal by making it through their final preseason game without serious injury.

No injuries tonight, but the trauma will happen for many over the next two days; coach Mike Tomlin must pare his roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday. Many of those cuts will come Friday, only hours after the Steelers wrapped up their 3-1 preseason with a 33-17 victory against the Carolina Panthers. The game was typical for a preseason finale, in which the only outcome any coach cares much about is his team's health.

Because of that, Tomlin rested more than a few starters -- 12 of the 22 regulars did not play, some because of injuries. Those starters who did not play included Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Heath Miller, Rashard Mendenhall, James Harrison, James Farrior, Troy Polamalu, Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton, and the injured -- Bryant McFadden, Maurkice Pouncey and Ike Taylor. All but possibly McFadden should be ready to go for the regular season opener Sept. 11 in Baltimore.

Keisel had 3 tackles during the game. Since it was the final preseason game, he played just a short time.

Click here to read the whole article.

Click here for preseason game photos of #99.




August 31, 2011-second edition

Quest for Lombardi #7 kickoff contest

You asked for a Q & A with Mr. Keisel and he agreed. As mentioned before, "Ask the Diesel" is located on the right side of this page under the 2011 schedule. You also asked for more contests, and once again Mr. Keisel and the Da Beard crew agreed, so contest #2 is here!

Quest for Lombardi #7 kickoff contest...

The Steelers held their annual kickoff luncheon today (news below), and now #99 and the Da Beard crew are holding a kickoff contest of their own.

How does it work? Glad you asked!

From the next 100 orders the "Da Beard" crew receives through their website, they will randomly select SEVEN orders and add autographed Brett Keisel photos to them. Seven lucky winners in all!

Can't think of a better way to kickoff the Quest for Lombardi #7!

The store link is above, or click this Da Beard link!

Keep visiting the "Da Beard" store as they will be adding a new t-shirt design very soon!




August 31, 2011

2011 Kickoff Luncheon

The Steelers held their annual kickoff luncheon today at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. It is called the "unofficial" kickoff of the season for the team.

From Steelers.com:

Football fever was in full swing on Wednesday at the annual Steelers Kickoff Luncheon, held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown. The luncheon, which is hosted by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, is the unofficial kickoff of the 2011 season.

Emcees Bill Hillgrove and Craig Wolfley introduced the players and coaches, with Dick LeBeau getting the loudest and longest ovation for the second straight year. Several played up their ovations, having fun with the crowd, including Troy Polamalu who did his best “pageant wave” to the crowd, while James Harrison egged the crowd on to be louder putting his hand behind his ear, and Brett Keisel showed off his new beard with pride.

To watch a short video from the luncheon, click here and to view some photos from the event, click here.

The opening game against the Ravens is September 11. We all know it will be a physical game so fans need to get tough and "GET THEIR BEARDS ON" for gameday. Click the STORE link above to order your Da Beard Gear so you will have it by September 11th! Thanks for your continued support of Keisel's official merchandise line!

Steelers Style Fashion Show:

The Steelers players and their families will rock the runway at the Heinz Field East Club on October 6.

For more information, click here.

Rookie Cameron Heyward:

Talks about working with his defensive line teammates in a Q & A with Mike Bires, Beaver County Times:

Q: What’s it like to play on a defensive line that includes guys like Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel and even Ziggy Hood?

A: “It’s the best D-line in the NFL. These guys are solid pros. It’s an honor to play with them.”

Preseason coming to an end:

The last preseason game will be tomorrow night against the Carolina Panthers. Gametime is 8:00 p.m.

Thanks to all who have sent questions in for the next segment of "Ask the Diesel"...keep them coming!




August 29, 2011

Ask the Diesel

We have added a new feature to the site called "Ask the Diesel". In order for it to be successful, we need your participation. This is your chance to "Ask the Diesel" questions you've always wondered or wanted to know about him!

Brett has already answered a few questions which you can find on the right side of this page under the schedule. You can also read about how to send your questions. Please include your name and we would like to know where you are from, but it is not a requirement.

Please use the site email which is located at the top of the site: CONTACT and read the information in the section regarding the types of questions that will be accepted.

Everyone loves a Mountain Man:

Artist Denny Karchner has once again teamed up with Keisel to create a masterpiece. This time Denny portrayed Keisel as a Mountain Man. He had Brett pose where he hunts, and for those from Brett's hometown of Greybull, Wyoming, be sure to check out a Greybull tribute added to the portrait!

Visit Denny's Western Art collection to view a better copy of the portrait and to read Denny's blog about the detail put into it. Very interesting!

You can purchase a print and view more of Mr. Karchner's Western Art here.

View Denny's full collection of Steeler and Western Art which includes the :09 Seconds Remaining portrait he did of Brett this summer.

Brett and Heath Miller to attend pep rally:

Both Brett and Heath will be at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium on September 3 for a pep rally hosted by Tall Kathy of Kiss 96.1. There will be chances to win great prizes. The pep rally starts at 11:00 a.m. and you must arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to be eligible to win the prizes.

Here is a link for more information regarding Brett and Heath's appearance at the Pittsburgh Zoo .

Thanks to Rob Gratson(from Twitter) and Erin from Big Ben 7 for the heads up!




August 28, 2011

Steelers take down Falcons 34-16

The Steelers defeated the Falcons in front of thousands of screaming fans at Heinz Field last night. Antonio Brown got the crowd going within seconds of kickoff when he returned the opening kickoff 51-yards to set up a quick touchdown for the Steelers. Brown also caught 2 touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger. Big night for him!

The defense harassed both Falcons quarterbacks all evening sacking them twice.

In the last two games, the Steelers defense has recorded eight takeaways that have included six interceptions, one of which was returned 95 yards for a touchdown.

Keisel stats:

#99 had three tackles and he deflected a Matt Ryan pass into the hands of Lawrence Timmons who got the interception.

For more game news, click here.

You can watch game highlights here.

Unfortunately, the game was not without injuries. Back up quarterback, Byron Leftwich left the game with what was later reported as a broken arm. Center Maurkice Pouncey left the game with an ankle injury and Keenan Lewis left the game with an injured knee. NT Casey Hampton also left the game with an injured elbow.

Check out this article on the Steelers defense from Bucky Brooks , NFL.com.

For any new photos, click on the Photo link at the top of this page and then click on Last Uploads.




August 26, 2011

News and Notes

Renee Stredney, from Ohio, was one of the winners in the Da Beard Training Camp contest. She is shown wearing her Da Beard hat, with the photo she won from the contest. You can click here to see a larger version of her photo, and to see her handsome son Hayden in his Da Beard hat.

Steelers vs. Falcons:

The Steelers will take on the Atlanta Falcons Saturday at Heinz Field. Coach Tomlin said the starters will probably play at least until halftime for this game.

To read more on what Tomlin had to say you can click here.

Also, for those not in Pittsburgh, you can listen to the game on WDVE or you can purchase a special preseason package from NFL.com.

Passavant Memorial Homes loves the Steelers:

Tanja Pater works for Passavant Memorial Homes in Harmerville, PA and sent some photos of decorations her clients made to show their black and gold pride.

From her email:

I work at a facility that works with mentally challenged individuals. Every year at football season we decorate for the Steelers, and every Friday we all dress in our Steeler gear. We wanted to send you a picture of our terrible towel that our group made. Some of our clients come to Steeler camp and games also, and they enjoy it very much. We hope you all like our terrible towel. We work with mentally challenged helping them with their daily activities and work programs. We just wanted to let the steelers see how much some of these guys really enjoy them and support them. We have one in particular who is pretty much everyday dressed in Steelers.

Click here to view their awesome decorations. Thanks to Tanja and the clients at Passavant Memorial Homes for their support of the Steelers and for sending us their photos.

For all who are in the path, or will be affected by Hurricane Irene, please be safe.




August 24, 2011

Family Guy

WHIRL magazine spoke with Keisel recently about his family:

Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel revels in his family — which not only includes his wife and kids, but his teammates whom he thinks of as brothers.

“The best thing about training camp, honestly, especially this year, is being able to be around your brothers again.“Seriously, this team is so close.”--Brett Keisel.

Brett's teammates feel the same way about him:

Brett is my wingman. I can't say enough about him. He's a great guy, but a great competitor, too. As good of a football player he is, he is an even better person."--Aaron Smith

"Brett is a cool cat. He is a country guy with a little swagger--And you rarely ever find that."--Casey Hampton

A few Keisel quotes from the article:

On the effect the lockout may have on players:

“We are lucky, because we are a veteran team, so a lot of us can run the defense in our sleep. These young guys have a tough hill to climb, because we usually have OTAs, and they have a chance to learn the defense, so that when they come to training camp, we can run it full speed. But, the strong ones will push through, and the weak ones will perish.”

One positive note about the lockout:

“I had a lot of chances to spend time with my family — usually I wouldn’t have had that time, if we were in OTAs and other things."

On possible new items for Da Beard Gear:

A couple of friends and I got together and created a logo for the new gear (Da Beard Gear). We have gotten some emails about getting some items for the ladies, so we are working on that. I’m just trying to give beard love to the fans."

On getting back to work:

I think that everyone is excited — including us and the fans....there’s no better time than now to get back into the big dance — and we will do that.”

You'll want to read the entire interview, which discusses his generous charity work, more on his beard and some of his thoughts on life after football (which we all hope is a long time down the road). There are also some great photos of #99 in the article!

You can read it all here.

Da Beard Gear:

More items have been added to the site. You can now order drink koozies featuring the Da Beard logo-no tailgate party is complete without them! And, you can order Da Beard stickers. Perfect to advertise your support of #99..stick 'em on your windows, bumpers, books..anywhere you want to show off your Da Beard love! Click on the store link above to check out the expanding list of items Da Beard Gear has to offer.




August 22, 2011

Thank you to Da Beard crew

Sarah Swenson, from Minnesota, was one of the winners of the Da Beard Training Camp Contest. She received her autographed Keisel photo from the Da Beard crew and sent a photo with it along with a nice email:

"Thank you very much for the autographed photo. I really like the throwback uniforms, so it was cool receiving a photo featuring one. It looks good in the frame and I'm happy to add it to my collection. Da Beard Rules!"

You can see the photo of the winners in the August 15 news. And, you can see a larger version of Sarah's photo with her "prize" here.

Thanks to Sarah and Renee for entering the contest, and thanks to Sarah for sending such a nice email!

2011 Kickoff Luncheon:

The annual kickoff luncheon will be on August 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. It will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown (600 Commonwealth Place Pittsburgh, PA).

The 2011 Steelers Kickoff Luncheon will feeature the 2011 Pittsburgh Steelers, Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Steelers Alumni, plus a viewing of the 2010 Highlight Film and a 2011 season preview. There will also be a silent raffle and auction and alumni autographs.

For ticket prices, and more information please click here.

Steelers crush TV ratings:

Read all about it.

Da Beard Gear:

Added some exciting new items. Last week they added larger sizes in t-shirts for adults and children's t-shirts. This week...the additions are drink koozies and stickers. Click on the Store link above and check out all the Da Beard gear. There are many ways to "Get your beard on"!




August 19, 2011

Post game talk

The Steelers domination of the Eagles has been the primary topic of discussion by fans and the media.

Here are some nice articles to read:

James Walker, AFC North blogger shares his observations here.

Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, gives his thoughts here.

And, Steel City Insider discusses the game here.

You may want to give some thought into subscribing to SteelCityInsider.net as Jim Wexell and his colleagues provide great insight into the games and players.




August 18, 2011-Evening update below

Preseason home opener

Everyone ready for some football? It's the preseason home opener tonight, so Heinz Field will be rockin' the Terrible Towels (and we hope to see some Da Beard gear in the stands too). For those who are not able to attend the game, you're in luck as the game will be nationally televised on FOX network at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Brett was on 105.9 The X today and spoke about the game tonight against the Eagles and about the depth of the defensive line. You can listen here.

Evening update:

Tweet from Scott Brown, of the Tribune Review:

"We want to take care of our home grass in front of our fans. That was our main objective today."--Brett Keisel

Well, the team certainly took care of that objective!

The Steelers looked good on both offense and defense in their 24-14 defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles. By half time, the defense had intercepted Eagles quarterback Michael Vick three times. Eagles back up quarterback Vince Young also was intercepted later in the game to bring the total to four picks (and one fumble recovery) for the mighty Steelers defense.

Read more on the game here.

The next preseason game will be on August 27 against the Atlanta Falcons.




August 17, 2011-Evening update below

Beard Talk

Keisel did an interview with Channel 11 Sports reporter Bill Phillips, urging him to regrow his "hockey beard" for the entire football season.

Brett also talked about the great things he has been able to do for charity with his beard, like raising over $40,000 for Children's Hospital with his "Shear the Beard" event a few months ago.

Click here to watch the interview.

Nice to see Willie Colon gettin' his beard on at camp yesterday! You can click here to see photos of fans (and Brett's teammates) wearing Da Beard gear.

Thanks again to all who have supported Da Beard Gear.

View training camp photos here.

Also, check out the links in the last couple news stories for fan photos sent to us from camp!

We are receiving many emails from fans who are starting their playoff beards now...sounds like Steeler Nation is ready for a great football season!

Evening update:

"THE BEARD IS COMING BACK...Brett talked with Tunch and Wolf on 970 ESPN about the return of his famous beard, a contest with his dad and brothers, and he tells a very funny story about Chris Hoke's training camp roommate. Listen to the entertaining interview here. Keisel's interview is from August 10-Hour 1.

Thanks to Jackie for the heads up on the interview!

Also:

Da Beard gear has added some larger sizes in t-shirts for adults and youth gear is here! For all of you kiddos out there who dream of growing a beard as beautiful as The Great Bearded One, Mr. Keisel...you can start by ordering an official youth Da Beard t-shirt!

The store link is under the banner above and on the right side of this page under "Da Beard Online Store."




August 16, 2011

Training camp winding down

Training camp 2011 is coming to an end as of tomorrow. The last public practice was today and the players will hold private practice Wednesday before breaking camp.

Photos:

Click here to see some photos Renee Stredney took at camp on August 6.

And, click here to see photos of fans (and Brett's teammates) wearing Da Beard gear.

Thank you to all who have sent photos from camp!

Game day:

The game against the Eagles will be nationally televised on FOX Thursday so be sure to have your Terrible Towels and Da Beard Gear ready to cheer on #99 and the Steelers!

Coach Tomlin held a press conference today and indicated the starters will probably get 20-25 reps in the game Thursday.

You can click here to read more about what Tomlin had to say today.




August 15, 2011

Playing catch-up-Evening update below

Sorry for the delay in updates! We have a lot to catch up on.

First, we had a winner in the Da Beard Gear Training Camp Contest. Sarah Swenson and Renee Stredney attended camp August 6 and proudly displayed their Da Beard Gear t-shirt. Renee also ordered a hat which I will post in the gallery. Thank you to both ladies for supporting Da Beard gear! Each won an autographed photo of #99.

Da Beard Gear...

Will be adding new items to their store soon. Some new items will be ladies apparel, new t-shirts, drink koozies and stickers. Be sure to check their site in the next few weeks to take a look at the new gear. Remember, Da Beard Gear is Brett Keisel's official merchandise line.

First preseason game...

The Steelers used their starters sparingly in the loss to the Redskins. Keisel had three tackles while he was in the game.

Photo extravaganza...

I received many fan photos this past week and really appreciate all who took the time to send them.

Sarah Swenson attended camp August 6 and sent some great photos to share. You can click on her name to check out her latest photos, and to see the ones she took last year.

Billie Jo Yakubik attended camp again on August 14 and sent more photos. Click on her name to see them. She captured some good ones of Brett sporting his Da Beard Gear hat.

Thank you ladies for sharing your pictures with us.

You can also click here to view more training camp photos.

Movie star...

Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller and Brett pose in the Steelers locker room August 6 just before they suited up for their roles as the Gotham Rogues in the movie, “The Dark Knight Rises”. The home team Rogues, coached by Bill Cowher, will take on the Rapid City Monuments at Heinz Field, which has also been transformed for it’s role in the movie!

Thank you to Erin, Big Ben 7 for sharing the photo from the set.

Injury update...

Keisel sat out of practice Sunday with what was reported as a slight ankle injury.

Evening update...

Thanks to Big Ben and Brett's teammates for their support of Da Beard gear. Click here to see a couple photos of Big Ben in his gear and to see where else Da Beard has been.




August 5, 2011

Talking night practice

Keisel (wearing his Da Beard hat) and Smith talked about why they like night practice, while Hamp...we're not sure what he likes. Click here to find out.

Also, Lexi Fanty attended camp yesterday and sent a few photos of #99 to share.

She was very excited to also get to meet Big Ben. You can see a photo she took with Ben and read her story here.




August 4, 2011

Practice is on...for everyone!

From Greg Aiello's (NFL PR) twitter account today:

"Our office was notified at 4:54 pm ET that the players have ratified the new 10-year CBA."

This means all players, including signed free agent players are now able to join their teams on the practice field.

You can check out the list of free agents for the Steelers, and keep up with camp updates here.

Camp photos:

Click here.

You can also see some behind-the-scenes photos of camp and catch some player interviews through the Steelers Training Camp Diary.

From the diary today:

A lot of young players have gotten reps, trying to make up for some lost time without an offseason program.

“It’s been beneficial for those guys,” said defensive end Brett Keisel. “(The playbook) has been toned back. We probably have one-eighth of the playbook in now. It’s going slow. There is a lot to this defense. I don’t see them picking up all of it up for at least half the year.”

The advantage the Steelers do have is experience, with veteran players able to pick things right up without much work.

“We have a lot of guys who can miss the entire offseason and run the whole defense the next day,” said Keisel. “That is one of the perks about very here so long.”

Da Beard Gear training camp contest:

Training camp is underway and Da Beard Gear wants to say thanks to the fans who are supporting Keisel's new merchandise line and website. It's also a great way to celebrate the end of the lockout and thank fans for their support throughout it.

Fans have been emailing asking when we will be holding a new contest...the answer is NOW!

Be the FIRST to email the site with a photo showing you sporting your Da Beard Gear at training camp and you win an autographed photo of Brett 'The Diesel' Keisel and we will also post your photo here on the website.

The photo will need to show you are at the 2011 Steelers training camp.

If you have not ordered your Da Beard gear yet, it's time to get busy. They have added a new camo hat which is a must have for all you hunters, or also anyone who loves camo gear! Da Beard gear offers one-of-a-kind items and is the only place to purchase official Brett Keisel gear just like Keisel himself had on when he arrived at camp.

Click here to purchase your official gear.

Entries will ONLY be accepted by emailing the website: trish@brett-keisel.com. They will not be accepted through the Facebook or Twitter pages.

Show Keisel your support and "GET YOUR BEARD ON" with Da Beard gear!

Site maintenance:

The site may not be updated from August 6-August 14 due to updates and maintenance. I will be able to add photos, so you can keep up by clicking on the PHOTO tab above and then clicking LAST UPLOADS. Also, you can keep up through the FB and Twitter links at the top left hand banner.




August 1, 2011

Camp photos

The players have today off, so I thought I would take time to update the photo gallery.

Thank you to those who have sent photos. Anyone who attends and has some photos of #99 they would like to share can send them to me. The email address is under Contact above.

You can check out the latest fan photos from Billie Jo Yakubik here and more photos here.

You can keep up with training camp news here.

Da Beard Gear training camp contest:

Training camp is underway and Da Beard Gear wants to say thanks to the fans who are supporting Keisel's new merchandise line and website. It's also a great way to celebrate the end of the lockout and thank fans for their support throughout it.

Fans have been emailing asking when we will be holding a new contest...the answer is NOW!

Be the FIRST to email the site with a photo showing you sporting your Da Beard Gear at training camp and you win an autographed photo of Brett 'The Diesel' Keisel and we will also post your photo here on the website.

The photo will need to show you are at the 2011 Steelers training camp.

If you have not ordered your Da Beard gear yet, it's time to get busy. They have added a new camo hat which is a must have for all you hunters, or also anyone who loves camo gear! Da Beard gear offers one-of-a-kind items and is the only place to purchase official Brett Keisel gear just like Keisel himself had on when he arrived at camp.

Click here to purchase your official gear.

Entries will ONLY be accepted by emailing the website: trish@brett-keisel.com. They will not be accepted through the Facebook or Twitter pages.

Show Keisel your support and "GET YOUR BEARD ON" with Da Beard gear!




July 29, 2011

Training camp underway

The first open practice of training camp 2011 was today and Steeler Nation was there to cheer on their team, and they of course congratulated Ben Roethlisberger on his recent marriage.

Various media reports said Keisel and Hampton had great practices. The afternoon practice was shortened due to the weather.

You can keep up with training camp news here.

Training camp photos:

Click here to see photos of Keisel at camp.

The Diesel arrives:

Watch video of Brett arriving at camp here.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette liked Keisel's arrival enough to put him on the front page of the paper today! You can view it here.

Even the Post Gazette wants readers to get their beards on!

Da Beard Gear training camp contest:

Training camp is underway and Da Beard Gear wants to say thanks to the fans who are supporting Keisel's new merchandise line and website. It's also a great way to celebrate the end of the lockout and thank fans for their support throughout it.

Fans have been emailing asking when we will be holding a new contest...the answer is NOW!

Be the FIRST to email the site with a photo showing you sporting your Da Beard Gear at training camp and you win an autographed photo of Brett 'The Diesel' Keisel and we will also post your photo here on the website.

The photo will need to show you are at the 2011 Steelers training camp.

If you have not ordered your Da Beard gear yet, it's time to get busy. They have added a new camo hat which is a must have for all you hunters, or also anyone who loves camo gear! Da Beard gear offers one-of-a-kind items and is the only place to purchase official Brett Keisel gear just like Keisel himself had on when he arrived at camp.

Click here to purchase your official gear.

Entries will ONLY be accepted by emailing the website: trish@brett-keisel.com. They will not be accepted through the Facebook or Twitter pages.

Show Keisel your support and "GET YOUR BEARD ON" with Da Beard gear!




July 28, 2011

Keisel arrives at camp

Brett turned heads when he arrived at camp in a Kubota truck earlier today.

Players reported to training camp today at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.

The media took notice of Brett's choice of cars and his apparel, which of course was Da Beard Gear-Brett's new merchandise line.

The players had their conditioning test today and will have practice tomorrow. You can check out the training camp schedule on the right side of this page.

Click here to listen to Keisel's quick press conference from camp.

Tweets:

Some funny tweets from media today:

"Steelers DE Brett Keisel shows up in a tiny work truck and a "baby beard." He says the big beard is coming back if the team makes a deep run."

Brett Keisel, on who the best dancer was at Roethlisberger's wedding: "Me, of course."

Best car: Keisel's agriculture 50mph truck.

To see a few photos of Brett's arrival at camp, click here.

Training camp contest:

Be sure to read the July 26 news for information on the Da Beard training camp contest!




July 27, 2011

U2 & Da Beard rock Heinz Field

For the last United States stop in their 360 Tour, U2 chose Heinz Field to perform. They played last night in front of an estimated 64,000 people.

And, of course Brett and Da Beard were there to see it all!

Click here to see a couple photos Brett sent of Da Beard enjoying the show. You can also view the other photos in the gallery to see where else Da Beard has been.

Another Da Beard sighting:

Keisel (wearing his Da Beard hat) was one of the first to arrive at the Steelers facility yesterday which was the first day the players could return after the lockout.

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The re-opening of NFL facilities to players brought a trickle and later a steady stream of Steelers to team headquarters Tuesday.

Players didn't do much beyond getting physicals, but for Brett Keisel, the day represented an end to his summer of boating, fishing and spending time with family and friends. And the veteran defensive end was OK with that.

"This time of year, subconsciously, your body's telling you it's time to get back to work," Keisel said.

Plenty of work lies ahead for Keisel and the Steelers with the team prepared to report to training camp Thursday at St. Vincent. But relative to other teams that have or will experience significant turnover, the Steelers are in good shape. Their coaching staff returns largely intact as do most of their starters on offense and defense from the team that made it to the Super Bowl last season.

The lockout, which ended Monday after wiping out all offseason practices, will adversely affect the Steelers less than most teams.

"I think we're one of those teams that can go to camp and be on the practice field the next day and be able to run our whole defense, really," said Keisel, who made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season. "A lot of us have been here for a long time, so hopefully, that's going to be a benefit for us."

To read the whole article, click here.

Aaron Smith:

Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, spoke with Brett about Smith recently:

I talked to him a little bit the other day. It will be great to get him back out there. i dont know what all is going on with him, but I know he's excited and has been working hard to get back out on the field and do what he does best, which is compete. He's heathy. He is, I think, ready to rock.''

Training camp contest:

Be sure to read the July 26 news for information on the Da Beard training camp contest! Also, training camp news is listed in the July 25 news and on the right side of this page.




July 26, 2011

Da Beard Gear training camp contest

Training camp begins in two days and Da Beard Gear wants to say thanks to the fans who are supporting Keisel's new merchandise line and website. It's also a great way to celebrate the end of the lockout and thank fans for their support throughout it.

Fans have been emailing asking when we will be holding a new contest...the answer is NOW!

Be the FIRST to email the site with a photo showing you sporting your Da Beard Gear at training camp and you win an autographed photo of Brett 'The Diesel' Keisel and we will also post your photo here on the website.

The photo will need to show you are at the 2011 Steelers training camp.

If you have not ordered your Da Beard gear yet, it's time to get busy. They have added a new camo hat which is a must have for all you hunters, or also anyone who loves camo gear! Da Beard gear offers one-of-a-kind items and is the only place to purchase official Brett Keisel gear just like Keisel himself wears.

Click here to purchase your official gear.

Entries will ONLY be accepted by emailing the website: trish@brett-keisel.com. They will not be accepted through the Facebook or Twitter pages.

Da Beard Revenge Tour:

Keisel phoned into the WDVE crew for a quick interview today. He talked about what he has done this offseason to keep in shape, his amazing dancing abilities, his trips to the dentist and of course he talked about "Da Beard". He has officially named this season: DA BEARD REVENGE TOUR. Listen to his interview to hear what #99 has been up to, and to hear about the contest his brothers and father challenged him to recently!

Click here to listen. As usual, it's a very entertaining interview.




July 25, 2011

Are you ready for some football

“It is a great day for everyone in the NFL and our fans everywhere. We are excited that we will be back to football this week. We were able to negotiate an agreement that is fair to both the owners and the players and it happened through a combination of hard work and determination from both sides. We are looking forward to getting to Saint Vincent College for training camp and preparing for the 2011 season.”--Art Rooney II

The long offseason is officially over! The Steelers will report to training camp at St. Vincent College on July 28.

The first official practice will take place Friday, July 29. The first practice open to the public is scheduled for that afternoon at 2:55 p.m. Only the afternoon practices are open to the public.

Click here for information on training camp, including a schedule and directions.

If you attend camp, and have some photos of Keisel you would like to share, feel free to send them to me to post here on the site. Also, be sure to purchase your Da Beard t-shirts and hats so you can wear them to camp. The link to Da Beard Gear is above under "Store" and on the right side of this page. Da Beard gear is the official merchandise line of Brett Keisel.

You can see a larger version of the schedule above (created by Rebecca Miller) by clicking here.




July 21, 2011

We're official! - See new updates below

Welcome to the official website of Super Bowl Champion and winner of NFL's Best Beard, Brett Keisel!

We hope you enjoy browsing through the photos and articles. Some areas are still "under construction" so be sure to check back often.

Click on the tab above entitled "Brett in the Community" to get a glimpse of the various causes, events and activities the Keisel's support and you can read letters of appreciation some various foundations sent talking about the work Brett and Sarah do for their causes.

Also, be sure to visit Da Beard Gear, Brett's official merchandise line, to GET YOUR BEARD ON!

Keisel has been wearing the official Da Beard Gear t-shirt and hat at various events and around town, and now fans have a chance to do the same!

The link is at the top under "Store" and on the right side of this page. Once you purchase your gear, send us a photo of you with it and we'll post it in the Da Beard Gear World Tour album. Be sure to tell us your name and where you are from so we can track where Da Beard gear has been!

Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew appreciate all your support and we hope you enjoy the new site!

July 22, 2011

News and notes

Training camp news:

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

National Football League owners will have to wait a little longer to see if the 10-year collective bargaining agreement they overwhelmingly voted to ratify will receive similar approval from the players. But, if it does, the Steelers will open training camp Wednesday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe -- at least three days earlier than they would have normally reported.

If the agreement gets the approval of the players, who still have to re-certify as a union, team president Art Rooney Ii said the Steelers will re-open their South Side training facility to their players on Saturday and start training camp July 27 -- the day every NFL team is allowed to report to training camp.

"If the deal goes according to plan, we'll have the guys report on Wednesday and we'll have practice on Thursday," team president Art Rooney II told the Post-Gazette Thursday night. "Opening on the same day for every team was the fairest way to do it, given that we didn't have an off-season."

As usual, I will post training camp news and photos here, so be sure to check in!

If you attend camp, and have some photos of Keisel you would like to share, feel free to send them to me to post here on the site. Also, be sure to purchase your Da Beard t-shirts and hats so you can wear them to camp. The link to Da Beard Gear is above under "Store" and on the right side of this page.

Da Beard Gear World Tour:

Bill Stinchcomb sent in a photo of him wearing his new Da Beard Gear hat. Click here to see it and to read his message.

Thanks Bill! Also, thanks to Doug Sarkis, Bill Wolfe and Diana Napper for their nice messages for Brett and Sarah. The messages are posted on the "Brett in the Community" page above.

Penguin Bookshop Festival:

As mentioned last week, Brett attended the festival and read a few of his favorite children's books to the crowd. You can see what books he chose and a few photos here.

Thank you to Peggy Neal, from HCEF for the mention on their website!




July 14, 2011

Event reminder

Brett will be making an appearance at the Penguin Bookshop Children's Festival on Saturday June 16. The Penguin Bookshop is in Sewickley, PA.

This event will be an effort to accumulate donated books geared towards teens for the Homeless Children's Education Fund. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Click here for more information on the festival and for suggested teen reading donation items.

Keisel is scheduled to appear at 11:00 a.m. and will be reading some of his favorite children's books to the crowd. More information, including times is in the July 5 news and on the right side of this page.

Please be aware, this is NOT an autograph signing event. It will be a fun-filled day so be sure to bring your family to the festival and drop off some books to help children in the area. Thank you for your support!




July 13, 2011

:09 Seconds Remaining

Brett headed to Cody, Wyoming to pick up the portrait he commissioned from Denny Karcher. Like all of us, Brett loved the portrait.

Mr. Karchner needed to name the portrait and suggested to Brett: ":09 Seconds Remaining" since in the portrait Keisel is looking at the scoreboard, which Brett agreed was a great idea so the portait was officially named.

Denny sent some photos to share. One of them shows how much Brett loved the portrait.

Click here to see the photos, and also to see the portrait.

View Denny's full collection of Steeler and Western Art.

Denny said he and his wife, Leigh (who took the photos Denny shared) had a wonderful time with Brett at their ranch. Brett signed some items for friends of Denny's. One such item was the glove Brett was wearing when he scored his touchdown last season. He had given it to a fan in the stands, and it turns out, Denny knew her and was able to get the glove from her to have Brett sign it.

"Brett even signed a few things for the neighbor kids! Leigh and I can't begin to say what a gracious and kind guy he is! What a great afternoon! "GO STEELERS!!"-Denny Karchner

Keisel was also at the ranch to pose for a "Mountain Man" photo shoot with Denny and Leigh, so Denny's next masterpiece will be coming soon!

Happy Birthday Denny!




July 12, 2011

Da Beard launch a hit in Wyoming

Da Beard Gear launched in Sheridan, Wyoming last Friday at the Pony Grill and Bar. Fans got one of the first up close looks at Keisel's new official merchandise line, and they were able to have items signed by #99 himself.

Keisel and the Da Beard crew wanted to give Wyoming the first glimpse and from the looks of the photos and from the emails I have received...Wyoming loved the gesture. Fans expressed their thanks to Keisel for choosing Wyoming as many of them are not able to get to Pittsburgh to get an autograph or to meet Brett. Keisel has always been generous and thankful to Wyoming as he also hosted an autograph signing last summer in his hometown of Greybull, Wyoming to raise funds to save the town swimming pool.

Michael McGuire, one of Brett's partners in Da Beard Gear, sent several photos from the Sheridan event. The photo above is of Keisel with McGuire and some members of the Sheridan Broncs football team. It was great to have them attend. Also, two winners of the Milward Simpson award, Kayla Woodward and Austin Woodward were on hand to join Brett (the 1997 winner of the award) for a photo.

Click here to see Michael's photos and some other fan photos. If you have pictures you would like to add to the gallery, feel free to send them!

You can also view the Da Beard Gear World Tour album. Click here to see where Da Beard has been.

Purchase your Da Beard Gear so we can add you to the gallery!

Thanks to the city of Sheridan and the Pony Grill and Bar for a great time at the Brett Keisel signing! Thanks for the support and remember to Get Your Beard On!-From Keisel and the Da Beard Crew




July 8, 2011

#99 and Da Beard arrive in Sheridan

Brett and the Da Beard Gear crew were at the Pony Grill and Bar tonight for an autograph session and to unveil Da Beard gear to Wyoming.

Fans are emailing to say what a great time it was and how excited and grateful they were that Mr. Keisel chose Sheridan for the event.

The Da Beard crew and Brett are also grateful:

Thanks to the city of Sheridan and the Pony Grill and Bar for a great time today at the Brett Keisel signing! Thanks for the support and remember to Get Your Beard On!

For those who could not make it tonight, visit the Da Beard Gear store to check out the official merchandise line of Brett Keisel.

If you attended and purchased some gear, send a photo with it and we will post it in the Da Beard Gear World Tour album. Click here to view the photos we have so far.

We will continue to add to the album, so be sure to check back.




July 7, 2011

Sheridan, Wyo! Are you ready for some...

Fun.. with #99 and Da Beard gear? We hope so because Keisel and Da Beard Gear will be arriving in Sheridan tomorrow. Brett will be signing autographs at the Pony Grill and Bar in Sheridan, Wyoming on July 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Brett and his Da Beard gear partners want to give Wyoming one of the first close-up looks at the new beard merchandise line. Don't miss out on your chance to "GET YOUR BEARD ON" with #99 and the Da Beard crew!

Feel free to send us a photo of you wearing Da Beard gear to add to the Da Beard Gear World Tour galley!




July 5, 2011

Story time with Keisel

What does #99 do when he's not busy on the field crushing offenses? One thing he likes to do is read, so he wants to make sure all children have books available to them.

On July 16 he will be reading two of his most memorable children's books at the Penguin Bookshop Children's Festival.

This event will be an effort to accumulate donated books geared towards teens for the Homeless Children's Education Fund.. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

The event will be held at Penguin Bookshop at 420 Beaver St. in Sewickley, PA. The festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 4:00 p.m. Keisel is slated to appear between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

If you are in the area, be sure to stop by for some fun family time which will include face painting, ice cream, a visit from Elvis the Penguin and of course story time with Brett!

Click here for more information on the festival and for suggested teen reading donation items.




July 1, 2011

News, notes and photos

Upcoming autograph signing:

Check the June 27 news below for Keisel's upcoming autograph signing news. This is the first chance many will get to see his new merchandise line, Da Beard Gear in person.

If you attend the event and take photos, feel free to send them so we can post here on the site. And, if you purchased your Da Beard gear, send us photos of you wearing it and we will add them to the Da Beard Gear World Tour gallery.

There has been a lot of positive response to the merchandise and we appreciate the support fans have shown.

Site update:

The new official Brett Keisel website is under construction and will be ready to unveil soon. As previously mentioned, the content will remain the same although the site will be have a totally new design. We will add Da Beard gear information so fans can have a one-stop place for news on #99 and to purchase their offical beard gear!

Photos:

I added some more photos of Keisel taken at Big Ben's Football Camp. Click here to see photos of Diane Reynards kids who attended the camp.

Get your beard on...in Bermuda:

Renee Minnemeyer-Climo surprised her husband Chad with a Da Beard t-shirt for Father's Day. They were on a cruise in Bermuda and sent a couple photos of him sporting the shirt from their balcony on the cruise ship.

What a great Father's Day gift and Bermuda sounds like a great place to "get your beard on!"

Click here to see the photos.

Thanks to Diane and Renee for sharing their photos.




June 27, 2011

Autograph signing

Brett will be at the Pony Grill and Bar in Sheridan, Wyoming on July 8 to sign autographs from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Da Beard Gear will be available to purchase so stop by and "GET YOUR BEARD ON" with #99!

This will be a great way to add to your Steelers autograph collection, or to start one, and you can check out Da Beard Gear-the official beard gear of Brett Keisel.




June 23, 2011

Da Beard goes to camp

As mentioned earlier, Keisel was there to lend a hand to Big Ben at his Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp at Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA this week.

And, thanks to some fans who just happened to have their cameras with them, we have some photos of #99!

Anita Doddroe took her grandchildren to camp again this year and said it was a great time again.

Anita:

"We had a great time at camp again this year. And, actually, one of the campers demonstrated Brett's "down the river" post-sack dance and did a pretty good job. Brett then did the dance himself, much to the delight of all the campers! He threw in a bit of the "bow hunter", too.

You can view Anita's photos here.

You can see a video of the boy Anita mentioned doing Brett's sack dance, and of Brett performing it also through the link in yesterdays news.

Cindy Dupray's children also attended camp and she shared some great photos of Keisel which can be seen here.

Thank you to both ladies!

Fan emails:

I wanted to thank Mr. Keisel for taking the time to help out at Mr. Roethlisberger's camp. Ben and Brett were so great with the kids and really showed the kids the importance of being good teammates. My kids (and myself) are huge Big Ben fans so this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us that was made even better by Brett being there and being so great with the kids. I also need to get a tee shirt like Brett's. We all liked it so thanks for the info you put on the website. - John R.

The look on my son's face when Brett Keisel walked onto the field was priceless. Ben and Brett are his favorite Steelers and this made his year. Brett was amazing with the kids & I think he had as much fun as they did. He was patient and signed so many autographs after a long day so I wanted to thank him. In these times of seeing so many negative stories about how athletes interact with fans or kids, it was heartwearming to see how well Ben and Brett (and the other teammates also) treated the kids. They weren't bothered or impatient and it was easy to see they love the game of football and they love kids. I would bet Brett is an amazing father! - Sharon

Thank you for taking the time to share your stories!




June 22, 2011

Football camp and Posti's Pizza

What a great combination...football camp and pizza!

Ben Roethlisberger held his annual youth football camp this week and of course Keisel stopped by to help-and to enjoy some great pizza!

It was good to see #99 sporting one of his Da Beard Gear t-shirts and we appreciate all the emails from fans saying how much they like the shirt. For those who asked-you can click the Da Beard Gear link above to purchase a shirt just like it!

Ron and Cher Post of Posti's Pizza supplied all of the pizza for the campers and for Ben and his teammates who attended the camp. I can't imagine how many pizzas they had to make to feed that large crew!

You can click the Posti's Pizza link above to view the two locations for the pizza shop voted #1 pizza shop in Mars and Evans City.

Also, #99 fans, they will be featuring a "Fear the Beard" 2-topping pizza. Check with them for details on when it will be available.

You can see some photos Potsi's Pizza took of Brett at camp here and here.

And...

You have to watch this video Lizabeth Gray took at camp yesterday. It shows a camper who, in Brett's words, perfects his "row the boat" (or "Down Rivers") sack dance. Of course, Keisel shows the campers his version too.

Be sure to watch the video (it's short) to the end to see a cute little girl rush over to give Ben a hug after catching a pass from him. It's adorable and shows how appreciate the campers were of Ben and how much fun they all (Ben and teammates included) had at his camp. It is mentioned in the video that Roethlisberger threw 500 passes so that each camper had the opportunity to catch a pass from him. It is obvious how involved Ben is with his camp. Instead of just lending his name to it, he lends his time and seems to have as much fun as the kids.

Be sure to visit Posti's Pizza to sample their delicious pizza and to tell us all about the "Fear the Beard" pizza (when it's available). Thanks to them for sharing their photos and for supplying Ben's camp with lunch each day.




June 20, 2011

Ranking the Defensive Starters

Chris G. a Steelers featured columnist with Bleacher Report, ranked the Steelers defensive starters.

While I may not agree with where Chris ranked Keisel, he did provide some good information from last season.

From the article:

In only 11 starts, Keisel had 33 tackles and three sacks. He also has shown to be excellent at getting his arms into a quarterback's passing lanes.

Keisel had seven pass defenses last season, nearly four times more than the rest of the defensive line combined. On top of that, he had a highlight reel 79-yard interception return for a touchdown and two forced fumbles.

It is Keisel’s athleticism that separates him from the rest of his defensive line teammates. None can match his speed and leaping ability.

Click here to read more and view the other rankings.

Also...

Denny, the artist mentioned in the news below, has posted more of his work leading up to the finished portrait on his website. Click here to check it out. You will also be able to see better versions of the portrait on his site.

I have received numerous compliments on his work which are well deserved. If you like what you see, feel free to also contact Denny and let him know. His contact information is on his site. He's a great guy and obviously a big Steelers and #99 fan. He would love to hear from you!




June 17, 2011

The Keisel Masterpiece

This amazing portrait was created by artist Denny Karchner. He completed it for Brett and will be doing some other work with him also. Denny was kind enough to share the completed version with us.

Denny has worked with several Steelers players and personnel in the past, and said he was "honored" and "humbled" to be working with Mr. Keisel.

It sure is easy to see why Brett wanted Denny to paint his portrait. The details Denny captured are incredible.

Please visit his site to learn more about Denny and his work. The Steelers section is here.. You can read about his work with them and see his other Steelers commissions.

Denny will be adding the Keisel portrait soon, including the various versions as he worked until completion. It is very interesting to see the portrait as it is built.

Thank you to Denny for sharing his work!

You can see a larger version of the completed portrait here.

Da Beard Gear

Have you purchased your Da Beard Gear yet? As you can see, even kids can get their beard on! Josh and Kortney Fackrell are showing their ferocious (yet adorable) Keisel stares.

If you have photos showing with the Da Beard gear on, send 'em my way. My contact information is above. Please be sure to include your name.

To view a larger version of this photo, and to see some De Beard Gear, click here.




June 10, 2011

Help dad GET HIS BEARD ON

Father's Day is just around the corner. Why not treat dad or that special guy in your life to a unique one-of-a-kind gift this year? Help them "GET THEIR BEARD ON" by gifting them with a hat or t-shirt from Da Beard Gear.

This is the one and only place to purchase official Brett Keisel beard merchandise.

Don't let dad get left out of the beard craze...click this link to GET YOUR BEARD ON!

Thanks to all who have purchased and supported Da Beard Gear...keep spreading the word! You can also read a message to fans from Brett on the Da Beard Gear site.

Also, I've received several nice messages from people who have received their hats or t-shirts and they are thrilled with the design and quality. Thank you for taking the time to email and if you would like to send a photo of you in the gear, please do so. We would love to post some photos. My contact information is at the top of this page under "Contact".




May 24, 2011

Ward wins Mirror Ball Trophy

Hines Ward and his dancing partner, Kym Johnson did what they set out to do...win the Mirror Ball Trophy on Dancing with the Stars!

Ward impressed the judges week after week, earning high marks consistently. He was supported by his teammates who attended the show, teammates who urged fans to vote, and of course by Steeler Nation who made sure he had the fan votes to add to his high judges scores.

Keisel joined teammates Chris Hoke, Ziggy Hood and Willie Colon Monday night to watch Dancing with the Stars and they spoke with KDKA about Ward's chances of winning.

Brett predicted correctly on who the winner would be:

“There’s zero question that Hines is the best dancer on the show."

Keisel on Dancing with the Stars...?

Brett was asked if he would ever follow in Ward's footsteps and join the show:

"I don't know...ya know...I think I got some moves. You know... I can shake it a little bit. I think with some practice I could maybe make it happen."

To read the article and watch the short video with the players, click here.

Congratulations to Hines and Kym!




May 19, 2011

Looking back...

Steelers Digest did a "Year in Review-Looking back at key dates of 2010" in their latest issue.

From the article:

September 26, 2010:

In two games so far, the Steelers offense has one touchdown-on a 50-yard run in overtime of the opener-to its credit, but that changes in Tampa. Batch passes for three touchdowns, two to Mike Wallace, and the defense puts together another smothering performance in a 38-13 win over the Buccaneers. Brett Keisel's 79-yard touchdown return with an interception is the defense's 10th takeaway of the season.

Special Mention:

Brett and Sarah received a special mention in Whirl Magazine for their work with the Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF).

As mentioned previously on this site, the Keisel's were honored with the Champions for Children Award at HCEF's annual Champion for Children's Event this year.

“Sarah and Brett have supported HCEF for seven years by giving their time, talents, and treasurers. They truly are champions in our community for children and youth experiencing homelessness throughout Allegheny County.” -Bill Wolfe, Executive Director of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund.

To read the story in Whirl Magazine and to view some photos, click here.

Get your beard on:

Be sure to read the news below (May 15) for information on the new "Da Beard" gear website!




May 15, 2011

Ready to Get your beard on...!

Fans have emailed me for months asking where they can find "Da Beard" gear. I am happy to announce the launch of the Official "Da Beard" gear website!

This is the place to purchase genuine OFFICIAL Brett "The Diesel" Keisel beard merchandise. The site currently offers hats and t-shirts and will have more items later.

Visit the site and be among the first to support the beard that was voted "Best Beard" of all time by NFL Network.

Don't find yourself left out of the beard craze...click this link to GET YOUR BEARD ON!

I will post a permanent link to the "Da Beard" gear site soon. Be sure to spread the word all over Steeler Nation!

There will also be another exciting announcement regarding this website coming soon...stay tuned!




May 13, 2011

America's Game: Featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers

Tired of the offseason? Ready for Sunday football...

Thanks to NFL Network, Steeler Nation will have Sunday football on May 15, 2011!

They are airing five episodes of "America's Game" featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers. So, clear your schedule this Sunday or set your recorders, and prepare to spend the day reliving memorable Steelers moments through the eyes of some of the men who made the Steelers great.

Schedule:

2:00 p.m. – 1974 Steelers: Re-live the story of the 1974 Steelers through the eyes of Joe Greene, Andy Russell and Franco Harris. Narrated by Ed Harris.

3:00 p.m. – 1975 Steelers: Re-live the story of the 1975 Steelers through the eyes of Lynn Swann, Mike Wagner and Dwight White. The 1975 Steelers were voted as the 7th greatest Super Bowl-winning team of all-time by a panel of football experts. Narrated by Bruce Willis.

4:00 p.m. – 1979 Steelers: Re-live the story of the 1979 Steelers through the eyes of John Stallworth, LC Greenwood and John Banaszak. Narrated by Ed Harris.

5:00 p.m. – 2005 Steelers: Re-live the story of the 2005 Steelers through the eyes of Bill Cowher, Jerome Bettis and Joey Porter. Narrated by Tom Selleck.

6:00 p.m. – 2008 Steelers: Re-live the story of the 2008 Steelers through the eyes of Mike Tomlin, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu. Narrated by Jon Hamm.

Thanks to Erin for the heads up!




May 12, 2011

Pitch for Hope Women’s Baseball Clinic

A Glimmer of Hope is hosting a fun event to raise money for breast cancer research!

Pitch for Hope will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at PNC Park. It is a women's baseball clinic featuring Pirate players, brunch, and a ticket for the Pirates afternoon game vs. the Phillies. The cost for the amazing event is $50.00. All participants will also receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Don't miss out on a great opportunity to learn hitting, pitching, fielding and more from Pirates coaches and players on the PNC Park playing field, and at the same time you'll be helping to raise funds for breast cancer research!

To view the schedule for the day and to register to attend, click here.

Participants must be at least 14 years old.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate to A Glimmer of Hope in their cause to combat breast cancer, click here.

More information on A Glimmer of Hope is here.




April 21, 2011

Hundreds Attend Spaghetti Dinner For Injured Officer

"I've always respected what these guys have to go through, and you know, to see this type of situation...to see Pittsburgh come out and do what they do ...it doesn't surprise me one bit. It's an awesome night and that's why I love being from here."--Brett Keisel, who attended the event.

From VNO7.com-courtesy of KDKA:

Hundreds turned out Saturday for a benefit dinner held to honor a Cranberry Township police officer, Cpl. Dan Hahn, who was critically injured while chasing a suspect in February.

To watch a short video from the dinner, which includes an interview with Cpl. Dan Hahn and Brett, click here.

Also,

I added a few photos of Brett from the Hampton High School basketball game he participated in last week. You can click here to see them.

The article from the game is here.

To see a slideshow of Keisel, Roethlisberger and teammates, click here.


April 19, 2011

NFL releases 2011 schedule

The Steelers kick off the regular season against their AFC North rival, Baltimore on September 11.

From Steelers.com:

The Steelers will play five nationally televised primetime games, it was announced today when the NFL released its 2011 regular season schedule.

Pittsburgh’s nationally televised primetime games at Heinz Field include one against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8:20 p.m., and another on Thursday night, Dec. 8 at 8:20 p.m. against the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh’s other national primetime games include road contests Sunday, Sept. 25 at Indianapolis (8:20 p.m.), Sunday, Nov. 27 at Kansas City (8:20 p.m.) and Monday, Dec. 19 at San Francisco (8:30 p.m.).

To read the entire article, and to view the full 2011 schedule, please click here.

I will also have the schedule posted on the right side of this page.

You can read what James Walker, AFC North Blogger had to say about the Steelers schedule here.




April 15, 2011

Pittsburgh All-Star Footballers

The name of the team may have changed, but the fun they bring to fans at local schools has not. Each offseason many of the Steelers play basketball as a team throughout the area to help raise money for various charities. The team had been known as the “Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers" for many years, but are now called the “Pittsburgh All-Star Footballers Basketball Team" due to the NFL lockout.

Last night Keisel, Roethlisberger and teammates played basketball at Hampton High School in a game to benefit the Hampton High School senior class.

You can watch a short video from the game here.




April 12, 2011

2011 Preseason Schedule Announced

There are many unknowns in regards to the NFL this year. As fans, we all hope a deal is worked out soon so we can follow the Steelers on their quest for another Superbowl championship.

What we do at least know is who the team will face in preseason play. The schedule was announced this afternoon.

The dates and times are not set yet for three of the games, but the Steelers do have one nationally televised game on the FOX Network. It will be against the Philadelphia Eagles.

2011 Preseason schedule:

Week 1: Washington Redskins

Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles (August 18 @ 8:00 p.m.)

Week 3: Atlanta Falcons

Week 4: Carolina Panthers

For more news on the schedule, click here.




March 25, 2011

Keisel the Diesel promotes the Kubota Diesel

It's the offseason, but Brett is keeping busy with a new gig. He filmed a commercial for Murphy Family, Inc. featuring several Kubota tractors.

You can watch the commercial here.

Brett mentions his favorite Kubota tractor is...you guessed it...The Kubota Diesel!

From the Murphy Family, Inc. website:

Murphy Family Inc. has been the local leader in Outdoor Power Equipment since 1960. We have been growing ever since, recently expanding our showroom and service area. As we surpass 50 years of serving your power equipment needs, we look forward to helping you in every way possible in the future. They are located at 585 East National Pike in Washington, PA




March 21, 2011

Ward needs Steeler Nation

Dancing with the Stars begins tonight! Hines Ward joined the season 12 cast, and he will need the help of Steeler Nation to win his quest for the mirrorball trophy.

Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) allows fans to cast votes to keep their favorite dancers in the game, so be sure to support #86 by voting all season!

You can read more about DWTS and voting procedures here.

This will be good practice to get us ready for Pro Bowl voting later in the year!

Pittsburgh All-Star Footballers Basketball:

I will post any games I find for the Steelers basketball team on the right side of this page under Steelers Basketball. Please keep in mind, I do not have a list of which players will be playing in each game.




March 10, 2011

Splash plays

Adam, from the Steelers Lounge recently wrote a piece called, Steelers Defense: Who Makes the Splash Plays?

From the article: Mike Tomlin and the Steelers are always talking about splash plays. Otherwise known as big plays. Plays that not only change games, but also win games. On defense that can be anything from interceptions, to forced fumbles, to tackles in the backfield, to sacks and so on and so forth.

I went back over the 2010 stat sheet and tallied up all of the splash plays (interceptions, sacks, tackles for loss, pass defenses, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries) to figure out the leaders on a position-by-position basis, and to also ask the question: should we care who makes them?

These numbers also include plays made on kick and punt coverages. And away we go…

Defensive line:

Brett Keisel (13), Ziggy Hood (5), Nick Eason (3), Casey Hampton (2), Chris Hoke (2), Aaron Smith (1), Steve McClendon (1).

This is the third time in the past four years — and second year in a row — that Brett Keisel has topped the list for defensive linemen.

Click here to read Adam's entire article.

Champions for Children event update:

From the Homeless Children's Education Fund: "THANK YOU to everyone who came and supported our 2011 Champions for Children event on Monday. We had over 300 people in attendance and we raised more than $130,000! Without your support HCEF could never accomplish the work that it does each day."

Brett and Sarah were honored at the event with the Champions for Children Award.




March 8, 2011

Additional photos and memorabilia available

Keisel and photographer Carol Maurin have another great offer for fans. As mentioned in the February 18 news here, Brett's photo gallery was made public for fans to order pictures, mugs, photo buttons and more to commemorate his beard, with ALL proceeds going to benefit the Homeless Children's Education Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Fans can still purchase the "beard" photos, and now they can also purchase photos (and memorabilia) of the cleanly shaven Keisel!

Click here to view all the available items.




March 1, 2011

Fan photos and event news

I received some great fan photos recently. Amanda Raffensperger sent several nice photos she had taken with Brett over several years. You can click here to see them.

Stephen Bowers attended the "Shear the Beard" event and sent some great photos which you can click here to see.

Thank you to both Amanda and Stephen for sharing their photos!

21st ANNUAL YMCA CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT:

Keisel will be hosting the celebrity golf tournament to be held on May 6, 2011. Team Entry Fee is $800, which includes: lunch, dinner, tournament gift, on course snacks, and drinks & golf with a celebrity.

All proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA of Laurel Highlands youth programs and facilities.

For more details or to enter the tournament, call Steve or Bea at 724.547.9662.

Event reminder:

Brett and Sarah Keisel will be honored with the Champions for Children Award on March 7, 2011 at the The Twelfth Annual Champions for Children Benefit.

News on the event is in the February 16 news and on the right side of this page, under Events and Appearances.

Thank you to all the fans who sent such lovely emails thanking Brett for all he did to raise money for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, The Homeless Children's Education Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.




February 24, 2011

The day after-updated with videos

The big event is over...the beard is history...yet its legend will live on forever. Proceeds from the "shearing" will benefit Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Chris Gessner, president of Children's Hospital, said some of the money raised can help right away, while some will fund research projects seeking future cures and treatment programs.

So, thanks to "Da Beard" and Steeler Nation, the beard will live on as it helps numerous children.

Fans can own a piece of the beard, in a framed "before" and "after" photo of Keisel (which can also be purchased without a piece of the beard). Click here for information.

Also:

Don't forget about the Carol Maurin photo and memorabilia sale, which you can read about in the February 18 news. Proceeds from those sales benefit two great organizations.

More from "Shear the Beard":

From Bill Brink, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel climbed the stairs to the stage, arms outstretched, as machine-generated smoke poured around him from the ceiling. Rock music serenaded his audience and vibrant lights flashed his silhouette against the backdrop, rapid-fire.

Then he got a haircut.

Sitting in a barber's chair on the stage Thursday night at Diesel Club Lounge on East Carson Street, Keisel watched helplessly as celebrity barbers, including Steelers president Art Rooney II, defensive end Aaron Smith and wide receiver Hines Ward, snipped bits and pieces of his luscious beard away. The proceeds of the event went to the cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Before the celebrity shavers disposed of the beard -- bits and pieces of it will be sold with before and after photos of Keisel -- the crowd watched a tribute to the beard, from the respectable-yet-tame look against the Miami Dolphins in Week 7 to full-fledged mayhem before the Super Bowl. Then Rooney dug in.

"I hope this is the only time he cuts me," Keisel said while introducing Rooney.

With his beard in an angled, uneven state, Keisel left the stage for part two and finished the job himself. When he reappeared, in a suit and tie, he had retained a much shorter version of the beard.

"I'm always going to try to keep just a little piece of it with me," he said. "It gets scared when it's all alone."

You can read the entire article here.

And:

From Karen Price, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Keisel emerged (after shaving) to the sounds of "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top, no longer looking like he could have been a member of that hairy band. The mass of facial hair he started growing in June to help change the Steelers' luck was reduced to little more than a one-day growth.

Keisel made a promise: The beard will be back. "The beard will decide when the time is right to come back," he said, "and it will all of a sudden appear."

You can read Ms. Price's entire article here.

Also:

Click here to read a great article from Steelers.com about the event.

Photos:

You can click here to see photos from the event.

Videos:

"Shear the Beard" Renegade tribute video.

Video highlighting the shaving of the beard on stage and backstage.

More information on the event is to the right-under the Keisel Kam photo.

Those still wishing to donate can so so through the link to the right, under the Keisel Kam photo. Thank you again to Steeler Nation for making the event such a big success! And, thank you to Mr. Keisel and all who made "Shear the Beard" possible.




February 24, 2011-post shearing update

The beard is officially history

"The beard that has been feared must now be sheared."-WDVE Morning Show.

"Da Beard" is officially gone. Celebrity barbers who helped to shear it were, Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, Doug Legursky, Art Rooney II and Coach John Mitchell.

You can see a couple photos, one of the shearing and one of the finished product.

You may have to scroll through the timelines of the Twitter pages I linked to locate the photos. I will add photos to the gallery here when they are available.

From Bill Brink, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Steelers president Art Rooney, defensive end Aaron Smith and receiver Hines Ward took up the barbers' scissors and helped defensive end Brett Keisel shave his long, thick beard Thursday at Diesel Club Lounge on the South Side. More than 400 fans paid $25 each to watch the event.

You can read the entire article here.

Photos and video:

You can click here to see photos from the event.

For more event photos, including pictures of the entertainers, event hosts, Brett's teammates and much more, click here.

And...

For those who could not attend the event, click here to watch a video.

Thank you to all who attended the event, and to all who could not attend but donated to help Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC!




February 24, 2011

"Shear the Beard" time is here

Although some in the Twitter world are trying for a last minute stay of execution, Keisel confirmed with the WDVE Morning Show that the beard will officially be history tonight.

"I woke up this morning and I have to admit, I was a little sad...it's really been special." He went on to say that it was time though for the historical beard to be shaved.

For those who are already in mourning over the "shearing of the beard", Keisel did say: "The beard will be back eventually, when the time is right."

He also told WDVE they would probably need beard buckets to clean up the shavings tonight.

Walker's Fab 40:

James Walker, AFC North Blogger, ranked the top 40 players in the division.

Where did Keisel land on the list? He was ranked #24. Brett was not on the list last year, so it was great to see him acknowledged this year.

Read what Mr. Walker had to say about #99 here.

Keisel on 105.9 The X:

Brett also was on the 105.9 The X Morning Show with Tim and Bob today. He would not reveal the identity of the celebrity barbers scheduled for tonight, but he did say they would include Pro Bowlers and future Hall of Famers.

Brett said there would be great entertainment, food, drinks and a highlight video. Attendees will be entered into raffles and will have the opportunity to buy great memorabilia to mark the historical event.

Brett also spoke about this past season and playing for Dick LeBeau.

On the season:

"It was a great year. Looking back, having time to reflect on it now, it really was a great year. We really did overcome a lot and we did come up a little bit short there at the end, but you have to be proud of where we went. I don't think too many people thought we could get back to the big dance and it was great to get back there...my daughter was born... and I scored my first touchdown. It was just a great year."

On Coach LeBeau:

"It's been one of the best things in my career..I definitely wouldn't be the player I am without his input in my life, so to be able to play for him has been one of the ultimate things in my life and I'm proud of that."

I will post the links to the interviews if they become available.

Visit the February 17 & 18 news for information on how you can attend his event tonight, donate towards it, and how you can order memorabilia to benefit great organizations.

Also, check back next week for another announcement regarding a golf event Keisel is hosting in a few months.




February 23, 2011

Updates and reminders

Brett is scheduled to appear on the 105.9 The X Morning Show with Tim and Bob. He should be on around 9:35 a.m. (EST).

You can click the link above to listen live.

Also, Steve O’Reilly, from Skinnypost.com wrote a really nice article on Keisel and the work he does off the field to help others.

Please click here to read it.

Reminders:

"Da Beard" will be history in less than 24 hours. "Shear the Beard" is tomorrow, and if you haven't purchased your tickets, you need to do so quickly! Seating for the historical event is limited. Check out the February 17 news for information on the extravaganza and how to order tickets. There is also information on how to donate to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC! in honor of the beard, for those who cannot attend the event.

Also, please check out the February 18 news for information on how to own a photo of Keisel with "Da Beard"-all proceeds of this sale go to two great organizations! You can order photos, mousepads, mugs, photo buttons and more. They make great gifts for yourself or others, and you will feel great about helping out the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Homeless Children's Education Fund!




February 18, 2011

Own a piece of history and help two great organizations

The frenzy over "Da Beard" has been incredible. Steeler Nation watched in awe over the growth of the magnificent beard-from June when it was just a bit of stubble- all the way to February when it reached epic proportions. The national media attached to it during the Super Bowl XLV frenzy. Everyone wanted a piece of the famous beard that launched numerous Twitter accounts, Facebook pages and even a website where fans could make their own Keisel beards. The beard is historical, being ranked as the #1 beard of all time by NFL Network.

Thanks to the generosity of Brett and Sarah Keisel and photographer Carol Maurin, fans can own a piece of history. They are opening up the "Keisel Gallery" to fans who wish to purchase a photo of #99 featuring "Da Beard". Photographer Carol Maurin took some fantastic photos of Brett, all capturing his great personality! This offer is great in itself, but there is more. ALL proceeds raised through this sale will benefit two organizations Brett and Sarah support. They are the Homeless Children's Education Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Fans not only have the opportunity to purchase a keepsake photo of Keisel, but they can also help two worthy organizations.

The Keisel gallery:

Please click here to enter the gallery and view the amazing work by Carol Maurin of Mr. Keisel.

The prices are listed, and they are very reasonable. You can order prints of various sizes and you can also order mugs, mouse pads and photo buttons (which will be perfect to wear to games). Each item gives fans a chance to own a keepsake piece of Steelers history.

For those interested in learning more about Carol Maurin's work, please click here.

Also, please remember the photographs are copyrighted and owned by Carol Maurin. Please do not copy and post them elsewhere without her permission. If you wish to post on your website or social media site regarding the sale of the photos, please refer people to Carol Maurin's website (listed above) or to this website. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Carol Maurin also generously donated two matted and framed 11x14 images (signed by Carol Maurin and Brett Keisel) to be auctioned at the "Shear the Beard" event next Thursday. So, if you attend the event, be sure to check them out.

"Shear the Beard"

Information on the event is posted below. It has been updated with donation information for those who cannot attend the event.




February 17, 2011

Shear the beard

D-Day for the beard is almost here! Brett spoke with members of the WDVE Morning Show today and announced "it was time for The Diesel to transform back into Brett Keisel."

In typical Keisel-style, he is making sure a worthy cause benefits from the beard shaving extravaganza. All proceeds benefit cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC!

Brett and WDVE (along with many sponsors) also made sure fans could take part in the fun. "Shear the Beard" will take place on February 24, 2011 at the Diesel Club Lounge (1601 EAST CARSON STREET-Pittsburgh PA). The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the "shearing" will commence around 7:00 p.m.

The celebrity barbers are top secret and there will be live entertainment provided by Donnie Iris and The Chris Higbee Project.

You won't want to miss the "Ultimate Mountain Man Makeover" where you will have opportunites to purchase limited edition items, such as a before and after photo of Keisel-which may include a lock of his infamous beard!

The cost to attend this one-of-a-kind event is $25.00. You will be a part of history as you witness the "shearing" and you will be helping a great cause! It's a win-win situation for everyone...well for everyone except "Da Beard".

From the ticket website:

Join us for this Ultimate Mountain Man Make-over as the Steelers Brett Keisel shaves his infamous beard, by Surprise Celebrity Barbers! Join the Steelers and WDVE at Diesel to raise money for the Kids! All proceeds benefit cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Your first drink and appetizers are included in your $25 ticket price, and there will be Limited Edition items for purchase--- you can own a priceless lock of Brett's beard!! AND...Live performances with Donnie Iris and The Chris Higbee Project!! All for $25---and for a GREAT CAUSE! No outside items to be brought in for autographing please. Plus Door Prizes!! For more info- call Dana 412.431.8800

Ready to order your tickets?

Click here to sign up to help Keisel raise money to benefit cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and to witness the "Shearing of the Beard."

Tickets sales are limited, so be sure to order soon!

If you have any questions, you can contact the phone number given above, or email me and I will try to assist you. My email address can be found under "Contact" at the top of this page.

From Mr. Keisel:

“This is something I thought would be a great way to give back to the City of Pittsburgh and show what Pittsburgh means to me. Children’s Hospital has not only helped a lot of people on our team, but it helps Pittsburghers and people from everywhere, every day. It’s a great place that can use some money and I am happy we can help.”-From Steelers.com

You can read the entire Steelers.com article, which talks about whether "Da Beard" will ever return, here.

Donation information:

For those fans who are unable to attend the event, but wish to support Brett and Children's Hospital by making a donation (in honor of the beard), please click here.

The site allows you to also order the photo of the "before and after" beard look-with or without a piece of the actual beard. If you wish to donate less than what is listed under the selections, just look to the left of the page and you will find other options. Thanks to all who are able to attend the great event and also to those who donate in honor of it.




February 16, 2011

The Twelfth Annual Champions for Children Benefit

As many of you know, Brett and Sarah Keisel work closely with the Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF). Because of their hard work to help children, Brett and Sarah will be honored with the Champions for Children Award on March 7, 2011 at the The Twelfth Annual Champions for Children Benefit.

Click here to read a message from the Mr. and Mrs. Keisel and to read about the work they have done with HCEF, along with other award recipients being honored at the event.

From the HCEF website:

Once again guests will be savoring the fine wines, spirits, and food pairings of the Rivers Club's Chef Jim Gelzheiser and sampling the exquisite sweet treats provided by local chocolatiers.

And as always, we will be offering a silent and live auction, all proceeds of which, as well as a share of proceeds from the sale of Brett Keisel's Respect the Beard T-Shirt – Fear the Diesel, will directly support the educational programming that provides "hope through learning" for the children who will be homeless in Allegheny County at some time during 2011.

The auction contains many great items, including some "Keisel specials" you can bid on. You can view the items to be auctioned here. You do have to be present at the event to bid on the items.

The event information, along with how to register to attend, will be on the right side of this page under, Events. I will also include information on how to donate to HCEF, even if you cannot attend the event.

Congratulations to Brett and Sarah on their award. Thanks to HCEF for all they do to help children!

Thank you also to Zachary Marsh for providing the information regarding the event!

To view a couple photos from a January social hour held in honor of Brett and Sarah, click here.

Once you click the link, then click on Celebration of Hope Through Learning, which is beneath the photo on the left side of the page, and you can see the two photos from the social hour.

Beard shaving update:

In answer to the numerous emails I am receiving asking regarding whether "Da Beard" still exists, the answer is...for now it does. There are plans to shave it, and I will keep you posted on any details when they are available.




February 14, 2011

Even big guys get report cards

Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, played the role of "teacher" as he handed out his final grades for the 2010 Steelers season.

What grade did #99 and the D-Line earn?

Defensive line - A

They lost DE Aaron Smith for the final 13 games, including postseason, and DE Brett Keisel for six in the middle of the season and still were the unsung reason the Steelers set a franchise record for fewest yards rushing (1,004). It was also the third lowest total in a 16-game season in NFL history. Attention and acclaim isn't easy to achieve in a three-man line, but Keisel finally earned an invitation to the Pro Bowl. Smith's injury has a silver lining because it allowed for the rapid development of DE Ziggy Hood.

New photo:

Josh Krysak met up with Brett before SB XLV and was nice enough to share a photo. Many of you may remember Josh from the "Support the beard" contest on this site a few weeks ago, as he was one of the many who entered. He did not win the contest, but Brett did tell Josh his beard was "awesome". Click here to see the photo.




February 9, 2011

Looking in the rearview mirror

Coming into the 2010 season, many felt the Steelers had too much to overcome. They would be without their star quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger for the first four games of the season and their defense was aging. The team was left out of playoff and Super Bowl discussions by much of the media. What people tend to forget is this Steelers team thrives on being the underdog and they excel at proving their critics wrong. They do not care about what the critics say... what they care about is each other. They want to win for their teammates, coaches and owners..and for their fans. The players are not concerned with their individual statistics as much as they are concerned about doing what it takes to win.

It’s all about team – offense, defense and special teams. It’s about how close this locker room is. Maybe a better word, team is a sub-word, family is better. You start with the coaches, owners, and the Rooney family. We are family. That is the better word.”Ben Roethlisberger, on the success of this year’s team.

Brett Keisel is just one of the players who exemplifies this each and every season. His play on the defensive line does not always attract attention from the media, but it sure does attract attention from opposing offenses and from Steelers linebackers. His play helps to either stop offenses before they even get started, or it allows his Steelers teammates to get in position to make big plays.

Keisel works hard each and every offseason and during training camp to prepare himself for the season. His hard work paid off this season as he harassed opposing offenses with sacks, pass deflections, tackles and even a pick-six.

Brett's teammates and coaches have always been aware of what a great player he is, but this season it was clearly evident to everyone else, as #99 was selected to his first Pro Bowl. This had been a goal of his, and is a big accomplishment for a defensive end who never gets near the recognition he deserves (except from his teammates and coaches, of course).

Keisel and his fellow D-Line teammates are always content with their fellow defensive teammates getting credit for the big splashy plays, which are set up by the D-Line, but it is still awesome to see #99 get recognition for his work by earning a Pro Bowl selection.

A few Keisel highlights from the 2010 season:

Atlanta game-Steelers 15, Atlanta 9 (OT)

The team got Steeler Nation's hearts racing in game one, but they calmed us down with a win in overtime.

"The chips were against us there at the end. Troy made a great play, and you think you just kick the field goal, and you win. Sometimes that doesn't happen, and you have to go back out there and make a stop. That was big." "I'm very happy with the way we finished the game, stopping them down there and having the big run at the end. It's a great start for us. We like starting [the overtime] in those types of situations. We have a lot of veteran guys on defense that have been in situations like that before. We understand if we keep points off the board we'll give our team a chance to win."-From Brett's postgame interview.

Tennessee game-Steelers Steelers 19, Titans 11

What a game for the birthday boy!

Steelers fan Anne Cooper sent this message to Brett's fan page two days prior to his birthday:

"Happy early birthday Brett! Hope lots of sacks, tackles and maybe even an interception are on your gift list." Two of her wishes were definitely on #99's gift list yesterday: Keisel had two tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. He also was extremely close to having a fumble recovery!

“It was incredible, said Keisel. “The guys all sang happy birthday to me in the locker room after the game.

Keisel, of course, played a prominent role in the Steelers’ 19-11 manhandling of the Tennessee Titans. He helped hold 2,000-yard runner Chris Johnson to 34 yards rushing, and also sacked Kerry Collins in the fourth quarter and forced a fumble on the play.

The team plane returned to Pittsburgh from the one o’clock game in plenty of time for Keisel to get home and open presents with his wife Sarah and two-year-old son Jacob. “Having my son help me blow out the candles, there’s not much that can top that,” Keisel said. “The whole day was just perfect.”-From an interview with Jim Wexell-Steelcityinsider.net.

Tampa Bay game-Steelers 38, Buccaneers 13.

What BIG game for #99! His first interception for a touchdown!

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Defensive end Brett Keisel scored the Steelers' first defensive touchdown of the season when he made his first career interception in the third quarter and rumbled 79 yards to the same end zone where James Harrison scored his unforgettable touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII.

“I had great blocking. It was a fun play. I haven’t scored since I was like 18 years old, so it felt great. Last time I scored was when I was back in high school, so it feels great. I had a great convoy with great blocking. They might need to use me as a tight end a little bit.”

“I thought, you got to score, you got to score, you got to score, because I knew if I didn’t score I would never hear the end of it. Everyone would say he is getting old, he can’t run like he used to, so it was a great feeling. Coach [Dick] LeBeau tells us all to run to the ball and I was just running to the ball and it popped up into the air and I took it to the house.”

Brett earned the honor of being named the AFC-North High Energy Player of the Week and was named to ESPN's Top 10 best plays of week 3."

Brett suffered a hamstring injury during the season and would miss a few games, but he came back as strong as ever in a big divisional game against the Ravens.

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Report card vs. Ravens-Defensive Line- A:

Another strong performance by a unit that plays unselfish and disciplined. The return of DE Brett Keisel solidified the league's No. 1 rush defense, holding the Ravens to 43 yards rushing through three quarters, including just 11 yards on 11 carries in the first half. DE Ziggy Hood had one of the two sacks on QB Joe Flacco in the first half and did a good job at the point of attack in run defense.

The Steelers defeated the Ravens 13-10 and Brett had four tackles and a pass deflection during the game.

In another big division game against Cincinnati, Brett was considered for player of the week honors from Steelers Digest due to his six tackles and batted pass at the line of scrimmage.

The Steelers defeated the Bengals 23-7 and two of the touchdowns came from the mighty Steelers defense!

“I’m proud of the guys and the way we played today. We scored two touchdowns. Most of the time when that happens, you’re going to win the game.”- Brett, during his post game interview.

Carolina game:

Pittsburgh still has a wealth of stout stoppers in place even if the difference-making safety is again held out. The inside linebacker duo of Lawrence Timmons (121 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INT) and James Farrior (100 tackles, 5 sacks) may be the best in football, while nose tackle Casey Hampton (18 tackles, 1 sack) and end Brett Keisel (26 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) are outstanding space eaters who enable the playmakers behind them to roam free.

The above information is from The Sacramento Bee.

This was a nationally televised Thursday night game and #99 shined: Brett had six tackles, a sack and another pass deflection. He also received many kudos from the announcers on his great play AND on his awesome beard-which was featured at the end of the game.

The Steelers faced the Browns for the last game of the season, and needed a win to become AFC-North Division champs.

The Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 41-9 to seal the AFC North Division Championship title and a second round seed and first round bye in the playoffs.

The game started off with Troy Polamalu displaying why he is the teams MVP this season. He intercepted Browns QB Colt McCoy on the Browns first series. Ben Roethlisberger capitalized on the turnover with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace on the Steelers first play.

From Keisel's post game interview

"The biggest turning point of the game was that pick. We never looked back after that.”

Brett had a great sack with a forced fumble, and a pass deflection during the game.

The playoffs:

The Steelers entered into postseason play, defeating first the Ravens and then the Jets. Brett had big games versus both teams.

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Defensive Line: A The Ravens had just 21 yards rushing on nine carries in the first half and finished with only 35 yards on 18 carries, but one play hurt the NFL's No. 1 rush defense -- a 14-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice that gave them a 7-7 lead. Big plays by DE Ziggy Hood and a fumble recovery by DE Brett Keisel were big factors in the second-half comeback. Hood had a sack on third down on the final series.

During the Jets game he had seven tackles and put pressure on Jets QB Mark Sanchez throughout the whole game.

More from Mr. Dulac:

A big goal-line stand on four plays from the Steelers' 2 was the deciding moment in the second half, even though the Jets were starting to gouge them with the run. They held the Jets to just 1 yard rushing on five carries in the first half, but the Jets had 69 yards rushing after halftime. DE Brett Keisel and NT Casey Hampton batted passes at the line of scrimmage to further disrupt the Jets passing game.

Super Bowl XLV:

Yes, Keisel-the late round draft pick-was heading to his THIRD Super Bowl!

"It was a dogfight-we knew it would be. We jumped to a good lead early on...you know you gotta give the Jets credit-they didn't lie down and we knew they wouldn't. We didn't come out and play well in the second half, but we did enough to win. WE'RE GOIN' TO DALLAS!"-Brett during a post game interview with ESPN.

The Steelers lost to the Packers 31-25. The loss was tough, but #99 and his teammates have every reason to be proud of all they accomplished! I know Steeler Nation is proud.




February 9, 2011

Oh...what a season!

What a season for #99 and the Steelers! It may not have ended the way the team and fans hoped it would, but we certainly had many reasons to cheer this season. The Steelers were written off by many analysts and so-called experts. Once again, we heard the defense was "too old" and since Ben Roethlisberger was out for the first four games, we heard the offense would get off to a slow start. The Steelers paid no attention to the critics as they went 3-1 with back up quarterbacks, and only got stronger when Ben Roethlisberger returned.

The "old" defense harassed offenses each week, finishing the regular season with the best rush defense in the National Football League and coming close to finishing with one of the best in league history.

From Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

After allowing the Cleveland Browns to rush for 43 yards on 17 carries in a 41-9 victory, the Steelers set a franchise record for allowing the fewest yards rushing in a season (1,004) and fewest yards per game (62.8). That eclipsed the old record of 1,125 yards allowed in a 12-game season in 1953. The former yards per-game record was 74.7, set in 2001.

The Steelers came within 34 yards of tying the NFL's record for rushing yards allowed in a 16-game season (970), set by the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

Some other defensive highlights this season:

• The Steelers were the only NFL team to allow just one run longer than 20 yards in 2010.

• They allowed just two teams -- the New York Jets (106) and New England Patriots (102) -- to rush for more than 100 yards against them. No other team rushed for more than 75 yards.

• They did not allow a 100-yard rusher all season and just one in the past 50 games.

These stats were compiled from the regular season.

#99:

Keisel had a phenomenal season, filled with a couple exciting firsts. Brett scored his first pick-six versus Tampa Bay, and he capped off his season with his first selection to the Pro Bowl. Hard to top those amazing accomplishments, but he did with his third trip to the Super Bowl! All of this made for a great season for #99.

Check back for a longer recap of Keisel's awesome season!

You can click here to watch the Steelers season in images-courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

I am receiving numerous emails about "the shaving of the beard" and at this time I do not have any information. Brett mentioned during interviews that he wants to do something involving raising money for two charities he works closely with, so I will keep you posted if I hear anything else.

I want to say thank you to #99 and the Steelers for a great season. The team thrilled us, while also causing a few heart palpitations, and they brought us another AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance. This was done with the same class and resiliency the Steelers players and organization always display. I am proud of the team and all they accomplished this season!

Also, I'd like to thank fellow Keisel fans for visiting this site. Brett definitely has a great fan base! All your votes (along with Brett's great play on the field) helped get #99 selected to the Pro Bowl. I appreciate all of you for the great responses to contests on the site, for purchasing the "Respect the Beard" shirts which benefit two great charities Brett supports, and for all your wonderfully positive support of Keisel and the Steelers. Steeler Nation truly has the best fans in the league!




February 6, 2011-post game update

Tough loss...

It was a tough loss to the Packers (31-25), but in typical Steeler style, the team never gave up. They fought 'til the end just as they have done all season. The team gave fans reasons to be proud from game one to the end of regular season play, through the postseason and all the way through Super Bowl XLV.

"We're not into moral victories. We came here to win the football game, of course, and we didn't do that, Green Bay did and we congratulate them."--Coach Tomlin.

"We'll go into next year feeling like we'll take another shot at it. It takes a few days to recover from this game, so we'll lick our wounds for a couple of days and then get back to work for next year"--Art Rooney.

From Keisel's postgame press conference:

“It was real tough. It was a great game. We just came up short.”

"I have a lot of respect for him. He is the reason they won. He is a phenomenal guy.”--on Aaron Rodgers play during the game.

“We’re not dead, keep playing. We fought back but we came up short.”--on what was said at halftime.

“Yeah, we felt like, ‘here we go.’ We had been down before at halftime during the playoffs. It felt like things were working our way but you can’t have three turnovers to zero and expect to win, especially when their defense scores a touchdown. Usually when that happens they are going to win.”--on the momentum in the second half.

You can read game news

SB XLV photos:

You can view photos here.




February 6, 2011

Greybull proud of hometown guy

From Jack Nowlin, Star-Tribune staff writer:

There were no Pittsburgh Steelers banners welcoming us into town. No houses painted black and gold or, sadly, no outlandish beards in honor of this town's favorite NFL player -- Brett Keisel.

But make no mistake about it, the majority of this Greybull's 1,800 residents will be cheering for the Steelers when they play the Green Bay Packers today in Super Bowl XLV.

Seth Hoblit, a senior at Greybull High School who admits to being a Denver Broncos fan, summed it up perfectly: "I'm more of a Keisel fan."

In Greybull, it's hard not to be.

Keisel, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive end for the Steelers, graduated from Greybull in 1997, but the town located in the heart of the Big Horn Basin is never far from Keisel's mind.

Oftentimes, during the televised player introductions, while most players say their name followed by the university they attended, Keisel will give a shout-out to Greybull followed by "Go Buffs."

His parents have since moved to Utah, but Keisel and his wife, Sarah, also a GHS graduate, own property in Greybull and return to town every summer.

"It's neat because when Brett comes home it's never like he has the position that he has," said Sherri Winkler, a lifelong resident of Greybull who owns The Sugar Shack downtown. "He's a real down-to-earth kid."

The odds of a player from a small town in Wyoming making it to the NFL are highly unlikely. After all, there are roughly 1,600 players in the League.

The fact that Keisel has developed into one of the NFL's best defenders -- he was named an alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl team last month -- is even more unlikely.

Keisel, however, always knew he would play in the NFL. And he made sure to let those around him know of his intentions to do so.

"It's been a dream he's had since he was in eighth grade," said Ed Johnson, who was Keisel's defensive coordinator at Greybull.

"We started him out at defensive end," Johnson said. "But the problem with that is that teams just ran away from him. Brett was just big, fast, strong and intimidating."

In recent years, Keisel has sent football cleats to all the players on the middle school team and helped raise more than $20,000 toward the high school's new swimming pool.

And, perhaps most importantly, he makes a point of not only coming back to Greybull when he can, but also takes the time to actually talk with and help the town's youth when he's here.

"Normally, you'd think we'd have to go up to him and start a conversation," said GHS senior Shane Clucas, "but he came up and started talking to us. He never made it seem like he was better than us."

So even though the signs might not be visible, make no mistake, today this is a Steelers town.

Click here to read the entire article.

SB XLV photos:

You can view photos here.

Thank you:

For all the "good luck" emails everyone sent the last couple weeks-and throughout the season for Brett and the Steelers. I've also received numerous emails from fans thanking Mr. Keisel for donating funds (through his t-shirt sales) to his two charities. The sales have been huge, so thank you to all the fans who purchased the shirts to help the great causes.

Congratulations to #99 and the Steelers as they prepare to finish their climb on the "Stairway to Seven."




February 4, 2011

The countdown is on

The Steelers will have a final walk through at practice tomorrow. Their families will have the chance to attend the practice to watch and then the players will be whisked away for the last night before the big game.

Coach Tomlin announced that Maurkice Pouncey and Aaron Smith have been ruled out for the game.

Respect the Beard shirts:

It's great seeing so many people wearing the shirts! Remember, part of the proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Homeless Children's Education Fund, so be sure to order one...or two. They are one-of-a-kind collectors items. Ordering information can be located on the right side of this page, under the Keisel Kam photo. I received my shirts this week and love them!

Keisel's Mane to Fame:

This is a "must see" video!

Interviews:

You can click here to read Keisel's interview transcript.

SB XLV photos:

You can view photos here.




February 2, 2011

Keisel's favorite all-time favorite Steeler

Brett sat down with Michael Irvin to talk about his all-time favorite Steeler. You can listen to the interview here.

Fear the Beard tribute:

Brodee Scott created the music and lyrics in his video tribute to Keisel. You can watch it here.

Thanks to Brodee for sending the video!

Also,

I received a message from a Steelers fan who wanted to thank the team for getting us to another Super Bowl. He went on to talk about an encounter he had with Brett (or the Bearded King as Mr. Allen calls him).

"I would also like to extend a personal thank you to THE DIESEL. My family and I saw him in the parking garage at the Consol Saturday night and, in the midst of us hollering, he took the time to acknowledge us by pointing at me and my modest beard and stroking his infamous and(# 1 ranked) beard. I felt as though I'd been dubbed a bearded knight by the bearded king.That is a memory that neither my family or I will ever forget. My seven year old son said it was the best night of his life and I'd have to agree it was mine too. I'm glad to see Ben is growing his beard out. Now if he and Brett can only talk Heath into growing a beard, 'cause I think he has a great beard face. Born and raised to bleed black and gold."--Brian Allen, Wampum, Pa.

SB XLV photos:

You can view photos here.




February 1, 2011

Fun with Media Day

Today was Super Bowl XLV Media Day, and Brett and several of his teammates decided to have some fun with it by transforming their hair "Polamalu-style".

Keisel had his own podium, and he fielded questions about the upcoming game, Ben Roethlisberger's style of play, and of course about his beard, which is now nicknamed (with help from Deion Sanders)..."Da Beard".

Click here to watch his press conference.

Jim Rome (ESPN) is thoroughly enamored with "Da Beard", calling it "a monumental accomplishment." He also said: "The most awesome thing in the entire state of Texas right now is the Steelers DE's beard."

SB XLV photos:

You can view photos here.

And, for more tidbits from Media Day, click here.

FYI:

As you all know, many states are experiencing adverse winter weather. If, at some point, in the next day or so the site is not updated as regularly, it will be due to power outages from the storms. Hopefully that won't happen, but I wanted to give advance warning.




January 31, 2011-evening update

Media galore

The Steelers arrived in Dallas to a sea of fans and, of course, reporters. Click here to read an interview Brett did with Sporting News.

Beard talk with Brett's parents-

From Lee Benson, Deseret News:

The key to the Pittsburgh Steelers making it to the Super Bowl is sitting right here in Lane Keisel's ranch house.

Well, half of the key.

Last June, eight long months ago, Lane and his son Brett, who plays defensive end for the Steelers, were hunting in Wyoming. They hadn't shaved on the trip. Both of them had a pretty good start on a beard.

"Brett said, 'I'm not going to cut mine until we make the playoffs,'" remembers Lane. "I said I'd grow mine too.

"It was a good luck kind of thing."

One person who is not a bit surprised that no male in the family has shaved since last June — not Brett nor Lane nor Brett's brother Chad nor his brother-in-law Paul nor any number of other relatives, or that it was Brett who got it started — is Connie Keisel.

"Brett's always had this ability to have fun, to remember that it's still a game," says his mother.

To read the whole article, click here.

And...continuing with the beard theme:

From Michael David Smith, PFT:

Super Bowl week is when legends are made: Joe Namath’s guarantee. Lynn Swann’s catch. John Elway’s helicopter.

And now we can add one more: Brett Keisel’s beard.

“The beard — the beard is why we’re here,” Keisel said today. “It’s unleashed Super Bowl powers on our whole team and hopefully it can win us one more.”

Read more here.

Thank you to Erin, from BigBen7.com for sending the link to me!

Erin is also collecting good luck messages for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers team which she will post to Ben's website on Thursday of this week. If you want to send a message, email her: bigben7website@gmail.com. Please include your name and where you are from when sending your message.

SB XLV photos:

You can view photos here.


January 31, 2011

They have arrived

The Steelers arrived safely at DFW airport today. Fans could see Terrible Towels waving in the cockpit window as the plane taxied on the runway.

You can watch their arrival here.

Keisel was fourth off the plane, preceeded by Mr. Rooney, Coach Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger. The analysts on NFL Network thought Brett was either a member of the Blues Brothers or Brad Pitt.

It’s impossible to over-hype the beard:

From Adam Rankin, NFL.com:

We all have those Christmas presents that we don’t use. A tie rack, an automated coin sorter and any CD bought at Wal-Mart that edits out all the profanity. For the Steelers’ Brett Keisel, it is a razor his wife gave to him. From a side view, it is obvious that razor won’t be used.

“I am thinning on top, so I had to do something,” Keisel quipped.

“I don’t even remember what my face looks like.”

Should have given him more conditioner (which he was adamant to point out he did use).

The beard did dominate the conversation when Keisel and a select group of Pittsburgh Steelers met the media Monday shortly after arriving in town, but Keisel did answer some football questions. When discussing the team of the decade, he said the Steelers aren’t there yet.

“We are just a good team trying to get better.”

As for beard of the decade, that competition is over.

SB XLV photos:

You can view photos here.


January 30, 2011

Keisel sings for the media

From WPXI :

Brett Keisel tells reporters what song pumps the 6 time Super Bowl champs up before games and he sings it for Channel 11 News cameras!

Click here to listen.

Reminder:

Be sure to order your "Respect the Beard" shirts before they run out! A portion of the proceeds from this collector's edition t-shirt will benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The Homeless Children's Education Fund. Please support these great causes.

I received this message from Douglas Sarkis:

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western PA and Chair of the 65 Roses Sport Auction, of which Brett is the Steeler's Spokesman, we wish to thank him for choosing the CF Foundation as one of his causes to receive some of the proceeds from this great shirt!!!!!!

For more information on the 65 Roses Sports Auction, visit the Articles page on this site or the Photo Gallery.

You can also click here to watch a PSA Keisel did for the CF Foundation.

Information on ordering the shirt is on the right side of this page under the Keisel Kam photo.

SB XLV photos:

I started a new gallery for the upcoming game and the activities leading up to it. Click here to see a few photos.

Click here to see the Steelers schedule for the upcoming week.




January 28, 2011-evening update

Steelers crowd gives players a great send off

"We're gonna bring back #7, baby! Get ready!--Brett at the Super Bowl pep rally.

The Steelers held a pep rally for the team tonight which was aired live on Steelers.com. Fans were treated to a replay of the AFC Championship game and were entertained by bands, the Pittsburgh Poison Dance Team and House of Soul. Then the players took the stage and were quite entertaining themselves.

Brett was introduced to the excited crowd as a first time Pro Bowler-and the KDKA announcers all said it was "about time" he was selected.

Brett got the crowd screaming even more when he sang "Pittsburgh's goin' to the Super Bowl" for them. He had his "Respect the Beard" shirt on as did some of his teammates.

Steelers.com may have the video replay up later.

Blue Chip Players:

ESPN ranked all 106 Super Bowl players. Keisel was listed at #16.

To see the rankings, click here.

If you want to order a "Respect the Beard" shirt, the information is on the right side of this page under Keisel Kam.




January 28, 2011

Shirt sales to benefit good causes

Based on the number of positive emails I am receiving, fans are loving the new "Respect the Beard" shirts being sold. Fans love the photo and they also like that Brett took the picture himself.

What fans may like even more is that part of the proceeds raised from the shirt sales will benefit two charities Brett works closely with: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Homeless Children's Education Fund. Information on both charites can be found on the right side of this page under Keisel Causes.

From an interview with KDKA :

Steeler Nation has grown to “Respect the Beard.”

Steeler and Pro Bowl defensive end Brett Keisel is the latest player to get his own shirt from All Pro Embroidery. The motto? “Fear the Diesel.”

“It’s been fun and it’s taken off and I just wanted to share a little piece of me with everyone that wants it,” Keisel said.

Brett actually gave All Pro the picture. So the motivation behind that wild look in his eyes?

“I took the picture one morning just as I woke up,” he said. “And I wanted to do something that people would remember. I think I captured it.”

The “Fear the Deisel” shirt is not authorized by the Steelers or licensed by the NFL, but it is endorsed by Brett Keisel. Part of the proceeds from the shirt will benefit two of Brett Keisel’s charities – Cystic Fibrosis and The Homeless Children’s Education Fund.

Thank you to KDKA for listing this website in the article.

You can click the KDKA link above to watch Brett's interview and to see him sporting the new t-shirt.

Information on ordering the shirt is in the January 27 news and also on the right side of this page, underneath the Keisel Kam picture.

Let's all support Keisel in his effort to raise money for his charities by purchasing the awesome shirt! Who knows, it could be a collectors item someday.

Kudos for the beard keep coming:

NFL Total Access listed the "Top 10 Beards" of all time last night.

Who was the winner?

Click here to find out.

From t-shirt company website:

This was posted today, January 28:

SHIPPING: Orders placed today will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail (usually takes 2-3 days to deliver) on Monday, and should be received before next weekend. Here we go!

Also, as far as I know the shirts can only be ordered online, but I will update if I find information of them being sold in stores.




January 27, 2011

Late round draft "gem"

Keisel chatter:

From Devon Moore's article, Steelers Steals: List Of Colbert's Top 10 Mid To Late Round Draft Gems :

Brett Keisel is one of the best late round steals in recent memory. He cut his chops for four years as a backup before getting his opportunity to start in 2006, and has certainly made the most of it. As a prototypical 3-4 defensive end, Keisel is powerful enough to take up blockers, yet also nimble enough to drop back into coverage in some of Dick Lebeau's zone blitz schemes. The Steelers showed their appreciation to him by signing him to a 5 year contract in 2009, a long term deal that the organization is not known to normally give to linemen on the other side of 30 years old. He rewarded them with a Pro Bowl caliber year in 2010, his first.

And, from Green Bay Packers interviews discussing the Steelers D Line:

"They have three big guys, three really big experienced guys up front. DE Brett Keisel. He's got the best beard in the NFL. Hood might have been drafted to replace Keisel, but Keisel kept his starting job and he kept Hood on the bench (to start the 2010 season). Keisel has missed some time this season due to a hamstring injury, but he's started their last seven games. He also has seven pass defenses over those past seven games, and he's probably the defensive lineman most likely to deflect a pass."

Respect the Beard t-shirt:

From WPXI :

Pittsburgh Steelers fans now have a chance to wear Brett Keisel's famous beard… well, sort of. Keisel is the latest Steeler to have a t-shirt made in his honor.

"Fear the Diesel" T-shirts began printing Thursday morning. It features a photograph of Keisel with a full beard. The makers of the shirt said the picture used was not professionally taken, instead it was a photo taken by Keisel himself.

The managers at All Pro Embroidery said Keisel took the picture at arm's length and sent a high resolution download to their store so the shirt could be designed as fast as possible.

James Harrison and Woodley also have shirts on the market. Keisel's shirt sells for $18.99.

To order the shirt, click here.




January 25, 2011

News and notes

Hairy situation:

From Shalise Manza Young, The Boston Globe:

Playoff beards are nothing new. Players, coaches, and others grow them, vowing not to shave until the season is over. But Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel began growing his beard after Pittsburgh’s minicamp in late spring, and now, months later, it is a bushy sight to behold.

While Keisel talked with reporters about his beard, Ben Roethlisberger walked by and quipped, “The worst thing about winning is you have to keep that beard.’’

Keisel’s wife feels the same way — he joked that she was in the stands cheering that the Steelers were winning, but at the same time cursing since it meant she had to live with the beard for two more weeks.

The worst part of having a face covered in hair?

“I feel like a cat coughing up hairballs, but it’s all worth it,’’ Keisel said, smiling.

Speaking of beards:

I have received numerous emails asking about the "Beard Me" website. Initially I had no idea what people were talking about. Then I received an email from Nick Cobler, one of the three creators (or "Men behind the beards") of KeiselBeardMe.com.

From their site:

Here we go Steelers, here we go! Get out yer terrible towel... and put on a terrible beard. A Brett Keisel beard, that is. Now is yinz chance to show yinz support for the Black and Gold on their quest for another Super Bowl Championship 'n'at.

And what better way than with a fierce playoff beard like #99! Just upload your picture, put on your Keisel beard, and email, post, or tweet to your friends and family. Lets show 'em Steeler Nation!

Take time to visit their site, you will have fun "bearding" yourself, and looking through their galley of photos!

Fan photos:

I received a couple new fan photos, which you can see here.

One photo is actually a drawing of Brett, which is amazing!




January 24, 2011

Keisel: "We're goin' to Dallas"

"It was a dogfight-we knew it would be. We jumped to a good lead early on...you know you gotta give the Jets credit-they didn't lie down and we knew they wouldn't. We didn't come out and play well in the second half, but we did enough to win. WE'RE GOIN' TO DALLAS!"-Brett during a post game interview with ESPN.

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

A big goal-line stand on four plays from the Steelers' 2 was the deciding moment in the second half, even though the Jets were starting to gouge them with the run. They held the Jets to just 1 yard rushing on five carries in the first half, but the Jets had 69 yards rushing after halftime. DE Brett Keisel and NT Casey Hampton batted passes at the line of scrimmage to further disrupt the Jets passing game.

"Support the Beard" contest winner:

The winner was selected by myself, and BigBen7.com administrators: Erin, Anne, Haydee, Misty, Heather, Jan and Billie Jo. The decision was not easy by any means, and I appreciate all who entered.

The winner is...Jeremy Abbott!

If you haven't already, please take time to look through all the entries here.

There were so many awesome beards to choose from, and even a Keisel look-a-like (Josh Krysak). We had some creative fans who had some fun with the contest, even if they didn't have a beard which made for a fun contest. For those of you with beards...NO SHAVING until after the Super Bowl!

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net:

The Beard had a good game, didn't it?

Keisel: "That’s right. It wasn’t me, it was the beard making those plays today.

Keep up with all of Mr. Wexell's articles here.

Steelers Digest...

Selected Rashard Mendenhall as player of the game. Also considered were LaMarr Woodley, who had four tackles, two for loss, plus a sack, two pressures and a pass defensed; Lawrence Timmons, who led the team with 10 tackles and added a pass defensed; Brett Keisel, who had seven tackles, including one for loss, and a pass defensed; and Arnaz Battle, who had three tackles on special teams.




January 23, 2011

Climbing the stairway to seven

Every time you go to the Super Bowl, it's a wonderful thing. It's just so terrific with what all we went through this year. I'm very happy for everyone in the organization." -Dan Rooney -- Steelers chairman emeritus, on the team's third Super Bowl trip in the past six years.

Steelers players donned their AFC Championship hats and t-shirts as Steeler Nation went wild celebrating their teams AFC Championship win over the Jets 24-19.

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Dallas may fancy itself as America’s Team, but that city is where the Steelers will try to put more distance between themselves and the Cowboys. And every other NFL franchise, for that matter.

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown, and the Steelers survived a furious second-half rally to beat the New York Jets, 24-19, Sunday night in the AFC Championship Game.

The Steelers (14-4) have a chance to win a seventh Super Bowl in Dallas, and a victory would give them two more Lombardi Trophies than the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers – their closest pursuers in the NFL’s benchmark for excellence.

Read Mr. Brown's entire article here.

Steelers.com also has game news.

#99:

Brett had seven tackles during the game.

To see photos from the game, click here.

I will add more news and photos as it becomes available. I will also announce the "Support the Beard" contest winner Monday.




January 20, 2011

"Support the Beard" contest entries

I want to say thank you to all who entered the contest, and to those who emailed to say they did not have a playoff beard, but they have been following Brett's all season.

I uploaded all the photos, and you can view them here.

You can click on any image to enlarge it.

I will announce the winner on Monday.

The photo used for today's news is of Brett's father, Lane (left) and his brother, Chad. As you can see, they also joined in on the playoff beard movement! Thank you to Connie Keisel for sending the photo.

Practice photos:

You can check out a few photos of #99 at practice this week here.




January 20, 2011

Brett's press conference

Keisel spoke with the media today. He talked about Ziggy Hood's big contributions to the team, the importance of having Troy Polamalu on the field, and of course he fielded questions about his now famous beard.

You can listen to the interview here.

Keisel fun facts:

Individual postseason information...

DE Brett Keisel:

• Has 30 career tackles (17 solo), three sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 13 postseason games.

• Finished with five tackles and recovered the fumble at the end of the game that sealed the Steelers’ victory in Super Bowl XLIII.

• Has three career postseason sacks, including two in the 2005 AFC Championship Game against Denver and one in the 2008 AFC Divisional Playoff Game versus San Diego.

• Team is 2-0 when he posts a sack in the postseason.

Steelers Speak:

Teresa Varley, of Steelers.com spoke with Brett for the latest edition of Steelers Speak. You can watch the entertaining interview here.

Support the beard contest:

The contest ends tomorrow so if you are planning on entering, be sure to email your entry to me soon. The contest info is the January 17 news. I appreciate all the people who have entered so far. Be sure to check back tomorrow evening to see photos of all the beards!

Also, thank you to all who have emailed or messaged me to congratulate Brett on his first Pro Bowl selection. He has a great fan base!




January 18, 2011

Keisel the Diesel

The same company who brought us the Fear the Beard t-shirts, now has new "Keisel the Diesel" shirts!

You can check them out here.

The shirts also come in black, and they have other great Steeler themed shirts here.

The t-shirt and the manufacturer/designer are not affiliated in any way with Brett Keisel or his management team.

Also today,

USA Today's Arin Karimian examines the key parts to the Steelers’ march to their AFC championship game matchup with the New York Jets on Sunday.

From the article...Defense — DE Brett Keisel

Background: A seventh-round draft pick (No. 242) in 2002, Keisel has spent his entire nine-season career with the Steelers. This season, he set a career high with two forced fumbles and tied a career best with seven pass deflections, despite missing five games with a hamstring injury. Keisel also made the first — and only — interception of his career during a Week 3 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown.

Impact: Keisel and second-year pro Ziggy Hood were left to pick up the slack after defensive end Aaron Smith tore his left triceps in Week 7 and missed the rest of the regular season. Keisel responded and made his first Pro Bowl when he was named as an injury replacement last week. Against the Ravens, Keisel hurried quarterback Joe Flacco several times while registering four tackles and recovering a fumble.

What they’re saying: ”We’re very excited to be going back to the AFC championship game but it’s all for naught if we can’t take care of it. … Hopefully we learn from the mistakes we made that got us beat (in a Week 15 loss to Jets), to correct them and not make them again.” —Keisel to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Thank you to Erin, of BigBen7.com for sending me the article link. Visit Ben Roethlisberger's official site to keep up with the latest news and photos of #7. Erin is also posting "good luck" wishes to Ben and the Steelers from fans, so if you have something to send, visit the site to see how to do so.

Contest reminder...

Be sure to check out the news from January 17 to read about the "Support the Beard" contest!




January 17, 2011

Support THE Beard Contest

We have all watched Keisel grow his playoff beard since summer. It has taken him and the Steelers all the way to the AFC Championship game, and some teammates have joined Brett in growing playoff beards of their own.

Now, it is time for Steeler Nation to show off their own playoff beards to support #99 & the Steelers! Email a photo of your playoff beard to me, and the "Best Beard" will win an autographed photo of the man with the #1 playoff beard-Brett Keisel!

E-mail entries to: trish@brett-keisel.com

Please only send one photo to post on the website. And, for the ladies, I don't want to leave you out so feel free to get creative. Design your own "pretend" playoff beard and snap a photo of yourself to send me. The same goes for guys too!

Entries will be accepted until Friday (January 21, 2011) at 2:00 p.m.(EST).

Be sure to include your name with the photo as each will be posted on the website.

More on the bearded one:

From Elizabeth Merrill's article at ESPN.com, "Brett Keisel's beard 'lives on'":

Brett Keisel emerged from the showers Saturday night, and there were hundreds of things to say. There was the Pro Bowl invitation he'd received earlier in the day, the first ever in a nine-year career. There was the fumble he pounced on that helped the Pittsburgh Steelers gut out a blood-and-mud 31-24 divisional playoff victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

"The beard lives on," he said.

Keisel is known as "The Diesel." He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 285 pounds. He didn't just grow a beard, he unleashed something so out of control that it looks as if two small animals were laid to rest on his face. Yet, it's clear he's part of the soul of this team. In a 10-minute span Saturday night, two players -- one current, one former -- walked up to Keisel to say they loved him.

Keisel has been growing the beard out since June, and he can't get rid of it now. Not with the AFC Championship looming. Not when the defense is playing so well.

"I don't mind the beard," Keisel said. "But I'm sick of the mustache getting into my food. I can't put my mouthpiece in without biting on it. "I'm sick of it, but I'm a team guy, and I'm going to ride this 'til the very end."

To read the entire article, click here.

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Mike Tomlin commented about how so many Steelers deserved to get credit for that game and after watching it again last night on DVR, it was hard to find someone who did not contribute to that victory. Among those who played a key role but will not be found in many stories this morning pointing it out were Ike Taylor, Emmanuel Sanders, Brett Keisel, Heath Miller, Rashard Mendenhall, William Gay, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons – you might just go down the list of players on defense.

Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams a Steelers fan:

STEELER PRIDE: Surely one of the happiest people in Utah about the Pittsburgh Steelers' 31-24 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC playoffs on Saturday was Jazz guard Deron Williams. Despite growing up in the Dallas area and being surrounded by Cowboys fans, Williams is a diehard Steelers fan.

Not too many Steeler fans in my household," Williams said. "(They're) all Cowboy fans. All my friends are Cowboy fans. Half of this team is Cowboy fans."

That left Williams on the receiving end of some ribbing when the Steelers lost to the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX when he was in middle school. That was the game where quarterback Neil O'Donnell infamously threw two costly interceptions in the second half, at times when Pittsburgh had the heavily favored Cowboys on the ropes.- From Andrew Aragon, Deseret News




January 16, 2011

That glorious beard

May Keisel NEVER trim that glorious beard. He is playing like a hero of ages tonight.- Fan quote from the Game Day thread at steelernation.com.

The Steelers will face the New York Jets next week at Heinz Field in the AFC Championship game. The game is at 6:30 p.m.

More news from the win over Baltimore:

From Fox Sports:

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he told his team at halftime that “we had kicked our own butts enough.” “Even in the midst of some adversity that we created for ourselves, and really Baltimore created, we didn’t blink,” Tomlin said. “We turned the ball over in the first half, and that’s why it was 21-7.”

Flacco was next seen on his back under a pile of black jerseys, and he spent much of the third quarter there. James Harrison sacked Flacco on the Ravens’ first play from scrimmage, the first of three sacks he had in the second half. In a game that was bully on bully from the start, the Steelers started gang-tackling and swarming the way the visitors had early, and the Heinz Field crowd responded.

From John Harris, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The Baltimore Ravens are always a threat to go all the way to the Super Bowl. Now if they can only do something about having to go through the Steelers to get there.

No matter how dominant Baltimore has played before facing the Steelers, the Ravens' rival brings out the worst in them.

How else to explain Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco fumbling the snap from center near the end of the third quarter and the ball tumbling directly to Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel at the Ravens' 23? It was the last of three consecutive Baltimore turnovers the Steelers converted into 17 points and a 24-21 lead.

"That snap popped right into my lap,'' the bearded Keisel said with a twinkle in his eye. "I just dove to the ground, and the ball was right there. It's nice to get a good lucky bounce like that.

From Bob Cohn, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

"To be down 14 against a great defense like that, the odds are against you, really," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said. "Fortunately, we didn't quit."

Mainly, the defense brought them back. The Steelers hounded the Ravens into three turnovers and five sacks — three by James Harrison — in the final 30 minutes to transform the game, and themselves, in their 31-24 win over Baltimore.

"I just know when we came out in the second half, we made enough plays to have an impact," Keisel said. "And that's what great teams do."

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Defensive Line: A The Ravens had just 21 yards rushing on nine carries in the first half and finished with only 35 yards on 18 carries, but one play hurt the NFL's No. 1 rush defense -- a 14-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice that gave them a 7-7 lead. Big plays by DE Ziggy Hood and a fumble recovery by DE Brett Keisel were big factors in the second-half comeback. Hood had a sack on third down on the final series.

Keisel on the Pro Bowl:

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

One goal that Brett Keisel set for himself prior to the season was making his first Pro Bowl.

Now that Keisel has accomplished that -- the Steelers defensive end was added to the AFC team Saturday as an injury replacement -- he would love nothing better than to pass on an all-expenses paid trip to Honolulu later this month.

“I do not want to go,” Keisel said after the Steelers exhilarating 31-24 win against the Ravens Saturday in an AFC Divisional playoff game. “I want to go all the way. I want to get that ring.”

That does not mean Keisel takes his selection to the NFL's all-star game, which will be played the week before the Super Bowl, lightly.

Keisel: "It is an honor and I’m proud of it.”

You can read Mr. Brown's entire article here.

You can read any of the above articles by clicking on their respective links. I can only fit pieces of them in to my post, but the articles are well worth reading in their entirety.




January 15, 2011

Steelers advance to AFC Championship game

Steelers 31, Ravens 24

The Steelers advanced to the AFC Championship game after their defeat of the Baltimore Ravens today. They will face the winner of the Patriots-Jets game.

From ESPN:

The Steelers (13-4) were trailing 21-7 at halftime after turnovers created two Ravens touchdowns. But they came back with the help of three Baltimore turnovers in the third quarter. It was so bad, the Ravens' minus-4 yards in offense wasn't the worst of it. Baltimore was outgained 263-126 as Joe Flacco was 16 of 30 for 125 yards as the Ravens became the eighth team in NFL playoff history to fail to gain at least 100 yards in the first three quarters. All eight teams lost.

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Steelers overcame a bumbling, fumbling first half by scoring three times off three third-quarter turnovers to roar from behind to a pulsating 31-24 playoff victory at raucous Heinz Field tonight.

With the game tied and the Steelers facing a third-and-19 at their 38 with just over two minutes left, Ben Roethlisberger uncorked a deep pass that rookie Antonio Brown caught and then held control by holding it against his helmet before his momentum took him out of bounds at the Baltimore four with 1:58 to go.

It took four plays plus a Ravens penalty but on third down Rashard Mendenhall ran up the middle for a touchdown to put the Steelers on top by seven with 1:33 left.

The Steelers will play the winner of Sunday's New York Jets-New England Patriots playoff game for the AFC championship Jan. 23. If the Jets win, the game will be in Heinz Field. If the Patriots win, it will be in New England.

Great weekend for #99:

Not only did #99 have a great game against the Ravens and advance to the AFC Championship game, but he was also selected to his first Pro Bowl! Read more here.

Congratulations to Keisel and the Steelers! I will add more news Sunday.

To see a couple of photos from the game, click here.




January 14, 2011

Keisel added to Pro Bowl roster

Brett has earned his first Pro Bowl invitation. As mentioned here a couple weeks ago, Keisel was selected as an alternate for the 2011 Pro Bowl. Well, he was notified Friday that he was officially added to the Pro Bowl roster! The Pro Bowl is on January 30, 2011, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

If the Steelers make it to the Super Bowl, then Brett will not be eligible for the Pro Bowl. So, #99 will either be heading to Texas Stadium in February for the Super Bowl, or to Aloha Stadium in January for the Pro Bowl. What a great way to start off 2011!

Congratulations to Brett and thank you to all who voted to send him to the Pro Bowl!




January 13, 2011

Cowher visits Steelers practice

Bill Cowher, former Steelers coach, visited practice today in Pittsburgh. Cowher was doing some work to prepare for Saturday's broadcast of the Steelers-Ravens game at Heinz Field.

From WTAE:

"He gave me a big hug and gave me a hard time about my beard," Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said. "He said he's growing his out, so we'll see if he sticks to it."

It was great to see him," Keisel said. "Have a lot of great memories with that guy. He gave me my first start in this business, so I love the guy. I really do."

Also today:

Brett was interviewed by Tunch and Wolf for their radio show today. You can listen to the interview here.

You can also click here to listen to an interview with Brett, Heath Miller and Troy Polamalu.

To see a larger version of the photo with Cowher and another one of Keisel "relaxing", click here.




January 12, 2011

Fan photos

Mark Bailey sent some photos of Keisel from the first Ravens match-up this season. He runs the website for the Indian Creek High School band. Their band went to Heinz Field to play for the crowd during pre-game festivities and at half time. What a great time for the band and a treat for the fans in attendance!

For those of us who weren't at the game to watch #99 in person, Mark shared some photos with us. Click here to see them. Thank you to Mark for sharing!

From the numerous emails I have received, it sounds like Steeler Nation likes the "Fear the Beard" t-shirts! If you missed the posting about the shirts, check out the January 7 news below. The same maker of those shirts also sent a link for another t-shirt Steeler Nation may like. Click here to see it.




January 10, 2011

It's the Ravens...again

The Steelers will face off against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday at Heinz Field. This is the third match-up of the season for the two division rivals, with the record being 1-1. The game will be at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

From Sports Xchange, SteelCityInsider.net:

Fittingly, Pittsburgh and Baltimore will meet for a third time this season Saturday at Heinz Field to determine who advances to the AFC Championship Game. The two teams have been trading bruises, insults and division championships for years as they dominated the AFC North (nee: Central) Division over the past decade. For the third time in the decade and second time in three seasons they will meet in the playoffs. One or the other has won the division crown eight of the past 10 seasons.

"We believe that's the No. 1 rivalry in football," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "It's a humbling thing to be a part of ... We have big-time respect for that football team, they've earned it. Hopefully, we've earned their respect."

Pittsburgh has won both post-season games played against Baltimore, each at Heinz Field - a 2001 playoff and the 2008 AFC Championship Game. The Steelers won six of the past 10 division titles and made the playoffs seven of the past 10 years. Baltimore has made the playoffs six of the past 10 years, including two division championships.

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.Net:

The Steelers have won two rings in the last five years, so naturally they’re considered a savvy group of hardened veterans. But on Saturday, in their playoff opener against the winner of today’s game in Kansas City, the Steelers will start only eight starters from both Super Bowls, and 14 starters from the last Super Bowl. That’s out of 24 starters.

“There are definitely a bunch of guys in here that haven’t been to the top of the mountain,” said defensive end Brett Keisel. “I’m not sensing nervousness. I think everybody’s excited to be in this position. But we hope to put these guys under our wing and show them how to prepare and get ready for this run.”

They did that last week. Before what amounted to a first-round playoff game Before what amounted to a first-round playoff game in Cleveland, the Steelers enjoyed “the best week of practice we had all year,” said Keisel. “The sense of urgency was there.”

And:

Gene Collier, from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a great article on the Steelers defense.

From Mr. Collier's article:

Throughout the regal history of professional football in Pittsburgh, a wealth of gifted people have taken the mere opportunity to play defense as an invitation to turn themselves into monuments.

Mean Joe Greene is probably the greatest Steeler ever, but for all his exhaustively documented accomplishments, for all his fully deserved gigantism in the comparative literature of the region, Joe Greene never did what Ziggy Hood has done. Just as Jack Lambert never did what Nick Eason has done, just as Ernie Holmes nor Big Daddy Lipscomb nor Ernie Stautner ever did what Chris Hoke and Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel and Casey Hampton have done.

This is the new history, and it's a little startling in its import.

The defenders who'll go back to work in earnest this week at 3400 South Water Street are not just the best run stoppers in the NFL as we know it this morning, but the best run stoppers in the history of this franchise.

"I feel good about it as a coach, but this all goes to the players," said assistant head coach John Mitchell, who's coached defensive linemen around here for 17 years with both an entrenched excellence and an impenetrable humility. "What we've got here is continuity. I got Aaron Smith when he was a kid, Casey Hampton when he was a kid, Brett Keisel, Chris Hoke, we all grew up together and we've reached an understanding."

"They understand the defense. They understand what I want. I understand what they can and can't do."

I think the neatest stat is that we only allowed one 20-yard run all year, because that's a credit to all 11 guys," Keisel said. "This hasn't been just about the defensive front. The secondary has tackled really well when backs have tried to bounce it to the perimeter."

To read the entire article, click here.




January 7, 2011

Fear the Beard

Are you a fan of "THE BEARD"? If so, this t-shirt is for you! It can be ordered on EBay here.

FYI...

The t-shirt and the manufacturer/designer are not affiliated in any way with Brett Keisel or his management team.

Reminder...

The Steelers are off this weekend due to a bye. They will begin post season play on Saturday, January 15 at 4:30 p.m. The game will be at Heinz Field against either the Colts, Ravens or Chiefs. It will be televised on CBS.

Also...

Be sure to read the news under this weeks Keisel Kam photo. The Keisel's will honored for their work with the Homeless Children's Education Fund.

Check out...

This video the Chartiers Valley High School Class of 2011 made to show their support of the Steelers. You can click here to watch.




January 6, 2011

Contest winner announced

The lucky winner of the signed Brett Keisel photograph is Michael Furey, from West Peoria, IL. Congratulations to Michael who correctly listed BYU as one of the colleges Keisel attended. Snow College would have been a correct answer also.

I appreciate all the fans who entered the contest, which included well over 2,000 people.




January 5, 2011

Time to celebrate-CONTEST WINNER UPDATE-see below

The Steelers are preparing for the playoffs and #99 is a Pro Bowl alternate (see the December 29 news for more information). Seems like cause for celebration!

To celebrate the Steelers great season and to thank everyone who voted to send Keisel to the Pro Bowl, I am holding a contest to win an autographed photo of Brett! To enter, send me an email naming one of the colleges Brett attended. The answer is, of course, on this site if you need help.

E-mail: trish@brett-keisel.com

Please only 1 entry per email address.

The 99th person to email me wins. I will post the winner once I have one. Good luck!

Please only email the address of this site, which is listed above. You can also access the email by clicki