Saturday, February 5, 2011

SO WHO'S PLAYING THEIR LAST GAME IN DALLAS?

ABOVE: Charlie Batch picked a bad year to have to declare bankruptcy as this     more than likely will be his final season as Ben's backup. Batch suffered massive losses when his property development plans flamed out along with the economy.


The Pittsburgh Steelers will be one of the last two teams playing their final game of the NFL season tomorrow night and once again they have a very strong possibility of having the final pick in the 2011 draft. But here's an interesting question that hasn't been discussed much since, of course, the main focus has been completely on the SuperBowl: Who won't be on the 45 man roster next season (if there is a season)? I thought it would be interesting, though, to speculate now, in advance of the SuperBowl, so that you might be able to glimpse a few of these athletes during what might be their final Steeler game.

What I've done is list all of the current active and practice squad Steelers and mark them with two different symbols. Those who I feel will most definitely be gone, I've marked with an "X". Those who are "on the bubble" will be marked with an "*". Of course it's just speculation, but it's part of the year-around fascination with the NFL. 

ABOVE: Antwaan Randle-El has become a master of the fair catch in a comeback season that has been largely forgettable.

Overall, I have 16 players who could go "either way" and three that I would be very surprised to see wearing the black & gold next season. More than likely though, I would expect to see seven to ten new Steelers making the final roster next year. This is an aging, heavily-veteran team, however the aging vets are amazing pure athletes. Of that group if any were to not make it back next season, that would probably be Aaron Smith. He's just been breaking down too frequently the last few campaigns.

ABOVE: It would be a great story if hard-luck wideout, Limas Sweed, could pull a miracle comeback, but that ship may have already sailed, unfortunately.

Guys like James Farrior and Hines Ward will more than likely be back. Their competitive fires still burn very brightly and I believe that both have at least one more season if not more left. Flozell Adams has been rock solid this season, but who knows, after 14 years and if the Steelers win the SuperBowl, he could just decide to go out on a high note.

But if your last name happens to be "Batch", "Sweed" or "Randle-El" you may want to start checking the "help wanted" ads.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 Final Roster 

No   Name               Pos      Stat.      Ht.    Wt   Birth.          Exp     College
71   Adams, Flozell  T        ACT      6'7"   338  5/18/1975    13    Mich. State     *
26   Allen, Will        DB      ACT      6'1"   200  6/17/1982     7    Ohio State      *
16   Batch, Charlie   QB      ACT      6'2"   216 12/5/1974     13    East. Mich.     
81   Battle, Arnaz    WR     ACT       6'1"   208  2/22/1980    8     Notre Dame    *
84   Brown, Antonio WR      ACT     5'10"  186   7/10/1988    0     Cent. Mich.
28   Butler, Crezdon DB      ACT      6'1"   191   5/26/1987    0     Clemson
25   Clark, Ryan       FS       ACT     5'11"  205  10/12/1979   9     LSU
74   Colon, Willie      T       RES      6'3"   315   4/9/1983      5     Hofstra
10   Dixon, Dennis   QB      RES      6'3"   209   1/11/1985    3     Oregon
27   Dwyer, Jonathan RB     ACT     5'11"  229   7/26/1989    0     Georgia Tech
93   Eason, Nick        DE     ACT     6'3"    305   5/29/1980    8    Clemson          *
79   Essex, Trai         G       ACT     6'5"   324    12/5/1982    6    Northwestern  
51   Farrior, James    ILB     ACT     6'2"   243    1/6/1975     14    Virginia  
50   Foote, Larry       LB      ACT     6'1"    239   6/12/1980    9     Michigan         *
73   Foster, Ramon    G       ACT     6'6"    325    1/7/1986     2    Tennessee
57   Fox, Keyaron     ILB     ACT      6'3"    235   1/24/1982    7    Georgia Tech
22   Gay, William     CB      ACT      5'10"  190    1/1/1985     4    Louisville
98   Hampton, Casey NT    ACT        6'1"   325    9/3/1977    10   Texas
37   Harris, Tuff        DB     RES       6'0"   198    1/23/1983    3   Montana
92   Harrison, James  OLB   ACT       6'0"   242    5/4/1978     7    Kent St.

76   Hoke,Chris          NT    ACT      6'2"   305     4/6/1976     9    Brigham Young
96   Hood, Ziggy       DE     ACT       6'3"   300     2/16/1987   2    Missouri
85   Johnson, David   TE      ACT      6'2"    260    8/26/1987    2   Arkansas State
13   Kapinos, Jeremy   P      ACT      6'1"    233    8/23/1984    2   Penn State      *
99   Keisel, Brett       DE     ACT      6'5"    285    9/19/1978    9   Brigham Young
68   Kemoeatu, Chris  G      ACT      6'3"    344      1/4/1983    6   Utah
4    Leftwich, Byron    QB    ACT       6'5"    250    1/14/1980    8   Marshall
64  Legursky, Doug     G      ACT      6'1"    315      6/9/1986    2   Marshall
23  Lewis, Keenan     CB     ACT       6'0"    208     5/17/1986   2   Oregon State
37  Madison, Anthony DB     ACT      5'9"    180     10/8/1981   5   Alabama
20  McFadden, Bryant CB     ACT       6'0"   190     11/21/1981  6   Fla. State      *
69  McLendon, Steve  DT     ACT       6'4"    280     1/3/1986    1   Troy              *
34  Mendenhall, Rash.RB      ACT      5'10"  225     6/19/1987   3   Illinois
83  Miller, Heath        TE      ACT      6'5"    256    10/22/1982  6    Virginia
21  Moore, Mewelde    RB     ACT      5'11"  209     7/24/1982    7   Tulane          *
29  Mundy, Ryan         SS    ACT       6'1"    209     2/11/1985    2   West Virginia
43  Polamalu, Troy      SS    ACT       5'10"   207     4/19/1981   8   USC
53  Pouncey, Maurkice   C    ACT       6'4"    304     7/24/1989    0   Florida
82  Randle El, Antwaan WR  ACT       5'10"  185     8/17/1979    9   Indiana         X
33  Redman, Isaac       RB   ACT       6'0"    230     11/10/1984  1   Bowie State
7    Roethlisberger, BenQB   ACT       6'5"    241     3/2/1982     7   Miami (Ohio)
88  Sanders, Emmanuel WR  ACT      5'11"   180    3/17/1987     0   SMU
61  Scott, Chris              T   ACT       6'4"    319      8/4/1987     0   Tennessee   *
72  Scott, Jonathan        OT  ACT      6'6"     318    1/10/1983    4   Texas
9   Sepulveda, Daniel      P   RES       6'3"    230     1/12/1984    4   Baylor          *
91  Smith, Aaron            DE  ACT      6'5"     298     4/19/1976   12  N. Colorado  *
89  Spaeth, Matt            TE   ACT     6'7"     270    11/24/1983   4   Minnesota    *
78  Starks, Max               T   RES      6'8"     345     1/10/1982    7   Florida         
6    Suisham, Shaun         K   ACT     6'0"     200    12/29/1981   5   Bowling Green 
80  Sweed, Limas          WR  RES      6'4"     220    12/25/1984   3   Texas           X
55  Sylvester, Stevenso  LB    ACT     6'2"     231     7/18/1988    0    Utah
24  Taylor, Ike                CB  ACT     6'2"     195     5/5/1980      8   Louisiana-Laf.
94  Timmons, Lawrence   ILB  ACT     6'1"     234    5/14/1986     4   Florida State
17  Wallace, Mike           WR  ACT     6'0"     199     8/1/1986      2   Mississippi
86  Ward, Hines             WR  ACT     6'0"     205     3/8/1976     13  Georgia
60  Warren, Greg            LS    ACT     6'3"    252    10/18/1981    6   UNC
56  Woodley, LaMarr       OLB  ACT     6'2"    265     11/3/1984     4   Michigan
97  Worilds,   Jason        LB    ACT     6'1"    262       3/3/1988     0  Virginia Tech
Abbreviations
ACT = Active
RES = Injured reserve
NON = Non football related injured reserve
SUS = Suspended
PUP = Physically unable to perform
UDF = Unsigned draft pick
EXE = Exempt