News

September 1, 2014

Steelers to honor Chuck Noll

From Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports:

Chuck Noll, who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers from 1969-1991, died in June at the age of 82. Beginning Sunday and throughout the 2014 season, the Steelers will honor Noll with a "CHN" decal to be worn on players' helmets.

“We wanted to do something,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said, according to the team's website. “And after we talked about it internally that seemed to be the most appropriate thing we could do. The team will wear it the whole season.

Three players on the current roster weren't born when Noll coached his last season in Pittsburgh, but the team's oldest member, 35-year-old Brett Keisel, is well aware of Noll's lasting impact on the organization.

“It's going to be incredible because of what Chuck Noll means,” Keisel said. “You think of that name, Chuck Noll, you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers, you think of the four Super Bowls they won in the 1970s, the domination that was created by him. I'm always thinking about those guys he drafted and the mentality he instilled in them.

It was the reason they were so good, because of the way they came and played together. It was all because of Chuck Noll. When you think about the Pittsburgh Steelers you think about championships and you think about Chuck Noll.”

Read the entire article HERE.




August 29, 2014

"I love this team..."

I love this team, I love everything that comes with being a Steeler.--Keisel, from his Post Game interview , available from the Steelers.

Brett also had a message for Steeler Nation following the game:

Felt good to be back out there tonight. Thank you for all the support.

Ron Cook, Pitsburgh Post Gazette pointed out the positives from last night's loss to Carolina:

Jarvis Jones, Brett Keisel and Daniel McCullers stood out. I know, Jones with his hair, Keisel with his beard and McCullers with his massive body always stand out. But the three men were noticeable Thursday because of the plays they made.

Keisel started at defensive end and played the first three series. His best play came when he hit Anderson as he threw, forcing an incompletion. The crowd loved that. Keisel is a fan favorite, one of the team's most popular players since the Super '70s days.

You can view a few PHOTOS from the game and photos sent from fans.




August 28, 2014

"I'm back in the saddle again..."

You hear this song? You hear it? I'm back...I'm back in the saddle again.

Man, that's my theme song right there, right now. Get back there in that saddle...don't matter how many times you get bucked off.

Get back in that bad boy and roll. I can't wait!-- Keisel, from the Sights and Sounds from the game video.

Be sure to watch the video to hear #99 sing!

Brett started tonight in the game against the Panthers. The crowd went wild as he ran onto the field.

The defensive starters did not stay in long, but #99 was in long enough to put pressure on Panthers QB, Derek Anderson and causing an imcomplete pass.

Brett graded himself at a "B", saying he "treaded water nicely out there after being told (by Coach Tomlin) that "he was going to be thrown in the deep end tonight."

From Brett's former teammate, Chris Hoke:

My man Brett Keisel looked good tonight. The old man still has game!

We will have MUCH more news for you tomorrow, so be sure to stop back and visit us.

You can view a few PHOTOS from the game.




August 26, 2014

Welcome back #99

We're proud to have Brett Keisel as a member of the community.--Dons Appliances, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC and the Homeless Children's Education Fund

Welcome back #99!

See how Dons Appliances shows their appreciation in this week’s City Paper.

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View a larger version of the ad HERE.

Thank you to Don's Appliances for a warm welcome back for our favorite #99




August 24, 2014

Q & A with Brett Keisel

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.Net

BK: It's great to be back here in the locker room. It's great to be around my teammates. It's great to just come to work. I enjoy the drive to work from my house. Go through the city and see the sites and know that I have work to do is a great feeling.

Q: Do players take the statistics personally?

BK:You have to have pride in what you do. You have to have pride in yourself as a defense and pride in yourself as a front.

Q: How much training did you do?

BK: About every day. I really tried to make sure I was ready if my number was called, and so I was getting after it. But it's a lot different going against my shadow than a 350-pound guard or 350 -pound tackle. Those are the things I really couldn't simulate. My wife's only a hundred pounds (laughs). She wasn't pushing on me too much. Those are the things I'm looking forward to, getting out and leaning on people again.

Q:Q: What's going to be your role?

BK: I haven't been told a role, no. I'm going to go out there and plan on playing. Whether that's starting or wherever they want me. I'm going to earn my role on this team, and where that is has yet to be determined.

Click on over to SteelCityInsider.Net to read the rest of Mr. Wexell's Q & A with Brett. It's a free article.

Site update:

You may have noticed some of the site has not been updated with the return of #99, such as the schedule. We are going to give Brett's site a facelift in a week or so. Once it is complete, we'll have everything updated.

Regrettably, the Photo Gallery was lost during an issue with our hosting company, but don't worry...I will work on uploading the photos once the new website is up and running. We appreciate your patience.




August 22, 2014

Family leads Brett Keisel back to Steelers

Scott Brown, ESPN.com recently had a chance to talk with Brett about his return to the Steelers.

From the article:

A starting job awaited him in Arizona when he boarded a flight to Phoenix early Tuesday morning.

What brought him back to Pittsburgh, where there are no guarantees as far as starting, was a pull even stronger than Brett Keisel's desire to play his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“It was really my wife and kids,” Keisel said Thursday night before leaving the visiting locker room at Lincoln Financial Field. “They took me to the airport and my kids were looking at me with doe eyes and wondering what’s going on and where are you going and how long are you going to be gone.”

Keisel had joked with coach Mike Tomlin before the game that he might try to sneak onto the field so he could play in his first game since late last December. The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder probably had to really restrain himself as he watched the Eagles go up and down the field against the Steelers’ first-team defense.

“I wish I could have helped. I never like watching,” Keisel said. “I’ll back go and look at [film] with them and try to correct some of the mistakes that were made.”

Keisel did not take part in offseason practices, and the five months he had off gave him more time to spend with his wife, Sarah, daughter, Grace, and sons Jacob and William. In the end, "Da Beard" could not leave them even if the Cardinals may have offered a better opportunity than the Steelers.

“[The offseason] really did bring us closer and going to the airport it just really put things into perspective for me,” Keisel said. “I’m just grateful that [the Steelers] helped work something out to where I could finish where I started.”

Thank you to Mr. Brown for another great article. Keep up with him HERE.

Da Beard makes flying fun...

Brett made Steeler Nation's day on Tuesday when it was announced he was returning to the Steelers.

He also made the day of young Sam McCusker, who was flying to Pittsburgh alone.

Huge shout out to Brett Keisel of the Pittsburgh Steelers! He made a little guy flying alone to Pittsburgh feel a whole lot better.

I love to see athletes doing nice things for the kids who adore them. An athlete’s actions toward the fans speaks volumes about the man and the organization he represents.

Brett’s actions spoke volumes of good on Tuesday night, when he not only made a nice gesture to a kid, but he did it with grace and enthusiasm!

Sam and his family are so grateful.--Rachel McCusker, Sam's mother.

Thank you to Rachel and Sam for emailing Mr. Keisel.




August 21, 2014

I hope to help lead these guys

It feels great to be back. I hope to help lead these guys and help turn these guys into accountable pros.Brett, talking to the media during the Eagles game.

On how he feels physically:

I've been training. I felt like I was going to play since about March. I hoped it would be here.

On considering the Cardinals:

I got in the flight. I was in Arizona for a couple hours. I'm grateful the Rooney's believed in me enough to come back.

On his role with the team:

We didn't get into that much. They just said 'We want you back'. We figured out a number and it worked out.

And, we're all glad it worked out too!

Brett took part in pre-game warm-ups and dressed for the game, but was not expected to play.

Coach Tomlin was asked when we can expect to see #99 back on the field:

We hadn’t decided that yet. Brett is a capable NFL lineman. We have been in continual communication with him. Glad to have him back in the fold. We’ll hammer that out as we get him up to speed in terms of game readiness. He is in great shape. We’ll see what the football looks like.

Watching the Sights and Sounds from the game, it is clear that Brett is THRILLED to be BACK IN BLACK!




August 20, 2014

Happy to see #99 back

Brett tweeted, "There's no place like home", announcing his return to the Steelers. We know he is thrilled to be back with his teammates and coaches.

And, judging from the thousands of emails, tweets and Facebook posts, Brett's family, friends, fans and the media are thrilled too.

Congratulations from the media, teammates and friends:

We have signed veteran defensive end Brett Keisel to a 2-year contract.--Pittsburgh Steelers

Welcome home Brett Keisel!--KDKA

Not sure what his role will be. Pretty sure the Steelers' D-line is better off with this guy than it is without him.- - Mike Prisuta

Brett Keisel is back with the Steelers !! I can relax now. All is right with the world today. Congrats big bro. Love ya boy!--Ryan Clark

Welcome back, Brett Keisel! Things would have been too clean shaven without you!--Seth Meyers

People talk about pass rushes, etc ..what I think about when I think of Brett Keisel is the human. The 1.28 mark,man.--Colin Dunlap, referencing this video with Brett and his new buddy Marty.

As someone who no longer covers Steelers, want to say nice to see you back where you belong. Just made postgame reporters' day!--Jory Rand

It's great to have THE BEARD back in the NFL. Congrats my man.-- Jason Romano

Steelers did not bring Keisel back to sit on bench, and he did not return to do so.-- Ed Bouchette

The beard is coming back!-- Cam Heyward

Congrats to Brett Keisel. Glad to have the power of the beard back!!!-- Matt Spaeth

Fear Da Beard. A Steeler Forever!-- Lisa Pompeani

All I can say is YES! Brett Keisel where he should be. Where he should finish. Thank you Steelers!-- Josh Krysak

Congrats to my buddy Brett Keisel for getting signed back to the Steelers!-- Chris Higbee

This is just a small number of the messages we have received. Stop by Brett's Twitter and Facebook page to view the tremendous outpouring of congratulations and support from Steeler Nation! Thank you all SO much! Brett is truly blessed and lucky to have such amazing fan base!

Today's photo was created by Randy Bish, Editorial Cartoonist with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. We loved the photo and always appreciate Randy's great work.




August 20, 2014

It's official

Signed up.--Brett, after signing his new contract with the Steelers.

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

Brett Keisel is happy to be staying in the black and gold.

For Brett Keisel, there really is no place like home and that is where he is going to be after the veteran defensive end signed a two-year contract with the Steelers.

“It means a lot to be back,” said Keisel, who spent the offseason as an unsigned free agent. “There really is no place like here, no place like home. It was tough, just the unknown. For them to give me the opportunity to come back means a lot to me and I can’t wait to get back to work. I still have a little time to not only get to know these men I am going to go to battle with, but just get back into football stuff. I feel great. I have been training my tail off with the thought that I am going to be back. It looks like all of that training has paid off.”

Read more HERE.

Brett is with team in Philadelphia for tomorrow night's game, but he is not expected to play.

Steelers depth chart changes:

Scott Brown, ESPN.com wrote about some changes made to the Steelers depth chart today

The ink had barely dried on the two-year contract that Brett Keisel signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday when he vaulted to the top of the depth chart at right defensive end.

Keisel is back at the position where he has started since 2006 with Stephon Tuitt, Nick Williams and Ethan Hemer listed behind him. Cameron Heyward is the starter at left defensive end with Cam Thomas, Brian Arnfelt and Josh Mauro listed behind him.

Prior to the re-signing of Keisel, Heyward had been the starter at right defensive end with Thomas the starter at left defensive end and Tuitt behind Thomas.

What is clear is the Steelers did not bring back "Da Beard" to play a limited number of snaps and mentor their young defensive linemen.

We want to thank EVERYONE for all the emails, messages and tweets being sent to congratulate Brett and to welcome him back home with the Steelers!




August 19, 2014

There is no place like home

There is no place like home! I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the Steelers. Time to get to work!!--Brett, on his return to the Steelers.

Steeler Nation and Da Beard Nation have been on pins and needles waiting to hear news of Brett's status with the team. It was a LONG wait, but well worth it in hearing the news that the Steelers made the smart move of BRINGING BACK BRETT!

I want to thank all of you for believing this would happen and for supporting #99 all these years. Time to get this season going!

Let's hear you Steeler Nation...."Here we go Steelers, Here we go..."




August 2, 2014

RIP Connor Michalek

We are sad to learn of the passing of young Connor Michalek. He passed away recently after a courageous battle with Pediatric Brain Cancer.

Brett had the honor of meeting Connor last year at a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

From June 2013:

Keisel meets a special fan...

Brett had the chance to say hello to Connor Michalek at the Pirates 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

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.

Connor was also a huge fan of the WWE. The WWE set up a charity fund called Connor's Cure to help with pediatric brain and spinal cancer research, as well as medical care for kids and their families.

Learn more about Connor and Connor's Fund HERE.

Please keep Connor's family in your thoughts and prayers. We are glad to hear Connor's courageous fight will live on and he will continue helping others through Connor's Cure!

Thank you to Craig McConnell for the information!




July 31, 2014

News and notes

First of all, we want to apologize for all the issues regarding the website this past week.

Due to extremely high traffic, our dedicated server crashed. We are now on a new dedicated and stronger server, so this should fix the issues. Unfortunately, we are still working on the photo album, so it is not availabl at his time. We regret any inconvenience.

Big Ben supports 99:

On the first day of training camp, Big Ben made it known that he is supporting the return of his good friend and teammate, Brett Keisel.

That’s my boy, one of my closest friends, been in my wedding. In honor, miss him, little bit of everything!--Ben, talking to Mike Prisuta, WDVE, on why he wore #99 to camp.

What did Brett think of the gesture?

I see ya 7.. I mean 99.

We ALL appreciate Ben's gesture and kind words. Let's hope the Steelers organizaton took notice!

Brett's status:

Brett is currently still a Free Agent. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert spoke to the media recently (when asked about Keisel's status) and said he has not ruled out the return of any veteran players: “We haven’t eliminated anybody from consideration because we don’t know what’s going to happen before the season. Even into the season there’s been times when we’ve brought back veteran players due to injury. If we have eliminated a player we always tell [him] don’t keep us in your thought process, if you have an opportunity don’t wait for us, something along those lines.”

Keep sending positive thoughts Steeler Nation! We want our #99 back!




July 19, 2014

From One Conductor to Another

Thank you Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra!

Wonderful performance. And, Lawrence Loh is superb.

Speaking from one conductor to another.--Keisel

To view the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra schedule, please click here.

The photo of Brett conducting is from a PREVIOUS orchestra performance.




July 14, 2014

Whatever it Takes

We are saddened to learn of the passing of a very brave young man. Tyler Hallsey passed away on Sunday evening.

“My heart lies at my feet in a million broken pieces. Pieces that will never fit together again.” –Chris Hallsey, Tyler's father.

Brett and Steeler Nation were first introduced to Tyler in August of 2013 when he attended a game courtesy of former Steeler and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge.

From our August 24, 2013 post:

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!

And, Tyler did just that. He fought bravely and encouraged others to do the same. He will be greatly missed, but his idea of doing "Whatever it Takes" is a message that will live on forever.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hallsey family.

You can visit Tyler's Whatever it Takes Facebook Page to offer condolences and words of support.




June 26, 2014

Hittin' the links for a good cause

Brett took to the links for the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Golf Invitational on Monday at Treesdale Golf & Country Club.

Brett was all smiles as he posed for photos and played golf with his friends and teammates.

Thank you to Erin, BigBen7.com,Tommy Iannarelli, Merril Hoge and Brian Cooper for the great photos!

The event benefits K-9 Police and Fire Units throughout the country, and Make-A-Wish!




June 22, 2014

Da Bearded Dad

Ben Roethlisberger held his annual Ben Roethlisberger Football ProCamp earlier this week. Young campers came from all over to attend the camp and catch passes from the two-time Super Bowl Champion.

The Prince family came all the way from Southport, North Carolina to attend the camp. As you can tell, Ricky Prince is not only a Big Ben fan, but also a Da Beard fan!

Da Bearded Dad posed for a photo for Erin from Big Ben 7 in his Da Beard Gear t-shirt and who could miss his AMAZING beard?

Seriously, where was this guy during the Best of Da Beards contest?

The Prince family had a great time at Ben's camp. We were glad to see Da Beard represented there also!

Thank you to Erin and to Debi Dolan-Prince for the great photos!

The second photo is Ricky with his adorable daughter, Ariana.

For more news and photos from Ben's camp, click on over to BigBen7.com

View more photos of fans wearing their Da Beard Gear in Brett's Da Beard Gear World Tour photo album.




June 20, 2014

The Heat is ON...

Or, at least it was last weekend at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort!

Brett, David DeCastro and Cam Heyward were celebrity judges for the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off. They were also joined by WDVE's Michele Michaels and Mike Prisuta.

The judges were tasked with helping to select Da Best Chili recipe...not an easy task..but it sure was a fun one-especially once the "pressure" was off and a winner was selected!

Thank you for joining us again!!!!--The Staff at Nemacolin

Pressure is off. Chili judging complete here at Nemacolin. Serious competition this year. Well done to all the contestants!--Keisel

The 1st Place ICS Red Winner, representing Nemacolin Woodlands Resort at the World's Championship, was Joe Harter! Congratulations!

Fans were excited to see all of the judges and were appreciative of all the time they spent with fans signing autographs, posing for photos and just having a great time. We posted several photos and fan comments in Brett's PHOTO GALLERY.

On Father's Day, Brett spent time with his family at Nemacolin:

Happy Fathers Day. I got to spend mine with my family and another animal with a great mane. Thanks Nemacolin!--Brett

it was great to have you here, stop back anytime!--Zoo Keeper Jo

Thanks to all who sent photos and emails and who posted to Brett's social media pages!

We regret the delay in posting. The website was being upgraded by our hosting company.

If you have not visited Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, you are missing out! Check out their website for all the wonderful ammenities they offer. From their website:

Situated on 2,000 acres, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, features 318 luxurious guestrooms, suites, Townhouses and Private Luxury Homes, including the Falling Rock boutique hotel, a recipient of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards.

In addition to the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, the resort offers 36-holes of championship golf on two courses - the Pete Dye designed, PGA-tested Mystic Rock and the traditional Links Course. For shooting, visit the Nemacolin Field Club, featuring the Shooting Academy, an outdoors sporting facility on 140 acres complete with 30-stations, wing shooting, a spacious lodge and Orvis® Endorsed Fly Fishing.

For a more rugged and adventurous experience, try the many offerings of the Adventure Center. Spend the afternoon or day at our Wildlife Academy, home of the Equestrian Center, animal nursery, animal habitats and educational programs. Black bears, zebra, buffalo, tigers and hyenas are just some of over 100 animals that currently call Nemacolin home.

For shoppers, there are 14 specialty shops in Heritage Court and throughout the Resort, plus nearby Uniontown boasts the ultimate outdoor store, Woodlands World.

As the seasons change, our ski facilities at Mystic Mountain offer both downhill and cross-country skiing enthusiasts, snowboarders and snow tubers a variety of snowsports. For a different winter experience, enjoy snowshoeing or dog sledding on the property’s winter trails.

Nemacolin also boasts an impressive collection of restaurants and lounges, including the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Lautrec, a forward-thinking fine dining experience. Lautrec has received a AAA Five-Diamond rating since 2008, making it the only such rated restaurant between east coast cities such as Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and New York and Chicago.

Vist their website for more information on the amazing resort.




June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

Fatherly advice remembered:

Marlys Good-Greybull Standard News :

Looking back on his high school and college years, Brett recalls that before every game his father, Lane would grab him and say, "Eye of the Tiger. Eye of the Tiger."

To Brett it had a special meaning. "I took that as the tiger is a dominant species and that was how I tried to approach the game, mentally. (It meant to me) that I would either beat or get beaten. That is how I approached every game (beat or get beaten) from high school to where I am now."

Lane said the phrase was lifted from Sylvester Stallone film "Rocky. It was the phrase his trainer used. If you look in the eye of the tiger there is something there – something that is unfathomable, something wild. It because our catch phrase," Lane explained.

I’ve always told him (all of my kids) to be a good person before you’re anything else. Everything else is just window dressing. And I have always counseled them to never bring dishonor on the family name. He’s proud to say they have all been true to those beliefs, and "what makes me the most happy is that all my kids like each other.

Happy Father's Day to Lane (Brett's father), Brett and to all the wonderful dads, grandparents and special loved ones who bless the lives of children.

Stay tuned for photos from the Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off yesterday at Nemacolin!




June 10, 2014

They caught the big one...

And then some...

Brett spent last Thursday morning having a great time with four awesome kids from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC at The Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club in Bridgeville.

One of the great fishermen, Aaron, hooked FOUR fish!

And, who can forget adorable Marty Fennell, with the line of the day:

Hey, Brett Keisel...I got a BIG hug for you coming!!

IF you have not watched the video with Brett and Marty, take a moment to HERE, courtesy of WPXI.

Sometimes it’s hard to just sit there and watch the line. But it’s all about patience. A lot of these kids, though, especially the ones from Children’s Hospital, they know a lot about patience. Sometimes it takes time for something good to happen. But it’s been a blast to come out and enjoy a beautiful day in nature with them.--Keisel

We added MANY more photos from the awesome day HERE.

Well deserved thanks from Brett:

"Thank you to Dons Appliances for sponsoring the event, to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC for sending kids out to enjoy a day in the outdoors, and thank you to Jack Albenze, Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club and Smith's Hotdogs for providing a fantastic lunch!"

And, a messages of thanks to Brett:

From Marty's mother, Christine:

I am the proud mom of Marty. I thank you all for such nice comments (regarding all the lovely comments on Brett's Facebook page).

Even though Marty has autistic tendencies, he's very vocal, and loves to hug and kiss and make others feel good too. Brett didn't prevent one hug or kiss on the cheek from happening. (and there were plenty).

He truly is a gentleman with a giant heart. I cannot thank him enough for sharing his afternoon with Marty, the other kids and even with us parents...Mr. Keisel, you are a special man and you will forever have a place in our hearts.

"I simply want to say THANK YOU and your team for allowing our attendance at this event. My grandson and I had a GREAT time and we do not know how we could ever repay. We thoroughly enjoyed the time spent there. On a personal note, if there is ever a way we can help contribute to the success of a future event--PLEASE let me know how we can be of help. Again---THANKS!!"-- George Bower, and his grandson, Sam

Our grandson, Brandon Welsh-King, was one fortunate enough to participate in the wonderful day of fishing with you, Brett. You are a true hero and a role model for so many young people. I have watched the videos several times, and I laugh and cry each time. God bless you.--Leslie Welch

Read more about the event in the June 5 news below.




June 8, 2014

Sunday Spotlight

Meet Olivia Stewart...

Olivia is a strong, brave beautiful 19 year old young lady who loves her Steelers and Brett Keisel is her favorite player.

From her boyfriend, Ryan Walker:

I've been a lifelong Steeler fan. I'm 25 years old and I live in Alexandria, PA.

The reason I'm writing you is because Mr. Keisel is my girlfriend and I's favorite player. Her name is Olivia Stewart. She is 19 years old and currently in the hospital battling life threatening liver rejection.

She had a liver transplant at the age of 2. She was born/diagnosed right after birth with Biliary Atresia. Now she is in the process of undergoing a second one.

She is currently admitted at the Nemours Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

With her being as big a Steeler and Keisel Fan as myself I just thought I could reach out and maybe, just maybe we could receive some words of encouragement during this trying process. She's an amazing girl and she has fight in her like the defense Mr Keisel plays on the defensive line.

Well, Ryan and Olivia...we thought we would post this message for all of Steeler Nation to see so Olivia will have prayers and thoughts of encouragement from the best fan base in the world!

We wish Olivia all the best and are sending positive thoughts her way!

Thanks to Ryan for sharing her story.




June 5, 2014

Fishin' with Da Kids

One of the reasons I love working with children from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is they continue to teach me about life. --Brett

Brett spent the morning with having a great time with four awesome kids from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC at The Alpine Hunting and Fishing Club in Bridgeville.

From WPXI:

CHP patient hooks catch of a lifetime with Steelers star:

He may be big, but Brett Keisel was no match for a fish today. He needed someone strong. And strong he got.

A Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh patient named Marty helped Keisel hook the catch of a lifetime on a fishing trip Thursday.

The two-time Super Bowl champ took several patients on the trip, which gave them a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.

From WPXI...Watch video, as one of those patients helps Keisel reel in a fish and celebrate his catch. It’s sure to leave you smiling.

This is one video you DO NOT want to miss...and we suggest having a tissue, or two, handy!

Line of the day:

Hey, Brett Keisel...I got a BIG hug for you coming!!-- Marty Fennell.

Brett had a BIG hug right back for Marty!

From Colin Dunlap, 93.7 The Fan:

If you watch this video of Brett Keisel and don't cry when the kid gives him a hug/kiss, then you are tougher than I am!

From Randy Baumann, WDVE:

Steeler fans- watch Brett Keisel show you why he's a great human. Warning: This video will make the room dusty.

Read more fan and media comments via Twitter and Facebook. Their links are at the top of the banner.

And from Dave Crawley, KDKA:

Far from screaming coaches and roaring crowds, Steelers veteran Brett Keisel savors the silence of the old fishing hole.

It’s also a happy outing for his new-found friends from Children’s Hospital. Aaron, 12, has hooked four fish, so far. It’s all in the wrist.

“I jerked it and hooked it real good, and reeled it in,” Aaron explains.

The bearded Steeler says it’s a learning experience for the kids.

“Sometimes it’s hard to just sit there and watch the line,” he explains. “But it’s all about patience. A lot of these kids, though, especially the ones from Children’s Hospital, they know a lot about patience. Sometimes it takes time for something good to happen. But it’s been a blast to come out and enjoy a beautiful day in nature with them.”

View photos HERE.

You can also view more photos via WPXI.

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

May 20, 2014

Hittin' the links for a great cause

Brett and teammates joined former Steelers Merril Hoge and Hines Ward for the Hoge-Ward Celebrity Golf Classic for children.

The Hoge Ward Celebrity Golf Classic for Children helps raise awareness and funding for the Caring Foundation. Merril Hoge and Hines Ward invited Steelers coaches and players and other local celebrities to play at the Southpointe Golf Club for the annual event.

You can check out Brett's golf technique HERE.

Thank you to Sally Wiggin, WTAE for sharing today's news photo of Brett with Steelers back-up QB Bruce Gradlowski.

View more photos from the event HERE.

Fans took to Twitter and Facebook to comment on Brett's golf swing and technique. Most gave him "high" marks, but they also wondered how many times he shattered the golf ball!

And, we received this lovely mention of Brett from Sally Wiggin, WTAE:

He is a great player! And a great man!




May 14, 2014

VIP Fishing Contest Winners

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the Dons Appliances VIP Fishing trip winners - George Bower and Sam Haver from Franklin Park, PA!"

The two lucky winners will join Brett for some fishing, great food and a private autograph session!

We want to thank ALL who entered the contest!




May 6, 2014

ShutAht2

Thank you Pens for the shutaaaaht! Great time at the game! -- Keisel

Brett and Heath Miller attended the Pens playoff game on Sunday to join fans in cheering on their Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bringin' down the glass...

Well, not quite...

From the Penguins Twitter account:

Heath Miller and Brett Keisel shown on the Pens jumbotron. Keisel bangs on the glass. Yes, the boards are still intact. Play resumes.

Fans went crazy both at the game and on social media.

Brett went on to congratulate the Pens on their next shutaaaaht last night:

Defense wins championships!

Today's news photo is from T.J. Kukla:

Big Big thank you to #99 Da Beard! Put a huge BOW on top of a fantastic father son weekend in Pittsburgh!

Photos...

Some lucky fans snapped a few photos of Brett and Heath. You can view them HERE.

Thanks to all who shared their photos!




May 5, 2014

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

Time is running out to get registered...so get your entries in NOW!

Brett Keisel VIP Fishing Event:

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

Register:

Type www.donsappliances.com in your browser.

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

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

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

Entries MUST be received by May 8th, 2014.

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

Rules:

Valid PA fishing license required.

Minimum age contest winner – 18 year or older.

Minimum age contest winners guest- 6 years or older.

No purchase necessary to win.

Winner will be notified by phone.

Contest questions: (412) 904-1969.

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

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

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




April 25, 2014

Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off

From Nemacolin Woodlands Resort:

Our Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off and BrewFest is BACK and so are our Celebrity Judges!! These Steelers can't get enough of the award-winning chili these cooks serve up!

Brett, Cam Heyward and David DeCastro will be on hand to judge the Chili Cook-Off at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on June 14.

This is your chance to set their taste buds on FIRE!

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!

This event includes FUN for the whole family, with chili tastings paired with People’s Choice Awards, celebrity judges, craft beer tastings, a Kidz Korner, adventure sports, live entertainment and much more!

The best part about the event...it benefits the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department!

Thank you to Nemacolin for the awesome (and yummy) event!

View photos from previous cook-offs HERE.




April 19, 2014

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

Contest reminder...

Brett Keisel VIP Fishing Event:

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

Register:

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

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

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

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

Entries MUST be received by May 8th, 2014.

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

Rules:

Valid PA fishing license required.

Minimum age contest winner – 18 year or older.

Minimum age contest winners guest- 6 years or older.

No purchase necessary to win.

Winner will be notified by phone.

Contest questions: (412) 904-1969.

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

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

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

April 18, 2014

Yinztastic

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




April 8, 2014

An Old Lion

From the art website of Baron Batch:

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

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

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

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

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

I will always say THANK YOU TO AN OLD LION.

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

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




April 6, 2014

Making Memories

From Jessica Potts Wagner:

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

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

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

He was in complete awe, as was I.

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

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

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

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




March 30, 2014

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

Brett Keisel VIP Fishing Event:

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

Register:

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

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

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

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

Entries MUST be received by May 8th, 2014.

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

Rules:

Valid PA fishing license required.

Minimum age contest winner – 18 year or older.

Minimum age contest winners guest- 6 years or older.

No purchase necessary to win.

Winner will be notified by phone.

Contest questions: (412) 904-1969.

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

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

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




March 23, 2014

The Keisel Car

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

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

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

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

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




March 17, 2014

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY

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

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

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

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

From the article:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




March 16, 2014

The First Annual Wild-CUT

Inspiration from Shear Da Beard...

From Christoper Lessick:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




March 9, 2014

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

Brett Keisel VIP Fishing Event:

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

Register:

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

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

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

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

Entries MUST be received by May 8th, 2014.

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

Rules:

Valid PA fishing license required.

Minimum age contest winner – 18 year or older.

Minimum age contest winners guest- 6 years or older.

No purchase necessary to win.

Winner will be notified by phone.

Contest questions: (412) 904-1969.

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

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

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




March 4, 2014

Get GREEN and BEARDY!

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

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

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

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




February 28, 2014

Hangin' with Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She is holding him to that promise!

Jeremy also has a message for his buddy Brett:

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

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

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




February 16, 2014

Autograph signing at Pittsburgh Auto Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

View a few other photos HERE.




February 7, 2014

What to do with TONS of snow...

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

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

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

Luckily, he says Da Beard grows back quickly!

And, from Anne Cooper, WV:

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

We agree... there is a definite likeness!

Photo courtesy of ImperfectWomen.com.

Check out more photos HERE.

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

Upcoming autograph signing:

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

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

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

Happy Valentine's Day Steeler Nation!




February 7, 2014

For those who could not attend Shear Da Beard IV

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

View video of the shearing HERE.

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

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

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

View LOTS of photos from the awesome event HERE.

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







February 6, 2014

Brett Keisel not ready for party to end

From Scott Brown, ESPN.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View LOTS of photos from the awesome event HERE.

More news below in the February 5 update.

Today's news photo is from WDVE.




February 5, 2014

Da Beard has been SHEARED

Goodbye Da Beard...hello Brett Keisel!

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

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

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

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

View LOTS of photos from the awesome event HERE.

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

We will have MUCH more news on the event soon!

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




February 5, 2014

Inspiring others

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

The event is SOLD OUT!

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

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

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

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

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

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




February 2, 2014

Autograph Signing event at Diehl Automotive Group

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

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

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

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

Now that is awesome!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View PHOTOS from the signing.




February 1, 2014

Five years ago...

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

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

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

From January 2009:

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the trip down memory lane!

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

From her interview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the entire article HERE.

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

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




January 31, 2014

Autograph signing with Da Beard

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

Date: February 1

Time: 1-2 pm.

Location: 1258 Pittsburgh Rd. in Butler, PA.

One autograph per person. No photographs.

The Diesel talks about The Bus:

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

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

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

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




January 30, 2014

Da Beard a hit with fans and media

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

Today's news photo:

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

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

From Jim Altman:

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

Thank you to Mike Piskorski for the photos!

Photos:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuck was quite impressed with Da Beard.

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

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

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

95.7 The Game:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to the interview HERE.

Links to a couple more interviews:

TSN Radio 1290

Dan Le Batard Show




January 28, 2014

Da Beard Tackles Media Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below is a link to photos.

Next stop...SVP & Russillo...

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

Listen: HERE.

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

On to the...Doug Gottlieb Show:

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

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

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

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

Photos:

Click HERE for photos from today's events.

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

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




January 26, 2014

Shear Da Beard News

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

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

From his website, NoahGalloway.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can also visit his amazing website HERE.

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

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

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




January 19, 2014

You never know...

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

We received this lovely email from Mary Hartnett:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




January 16, 2014

Greybull Alum And Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel Returns Home

Right place, right time.

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

From Mr. Koile's article:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




January 14, 2014

Shear Da Beard 2014

Mountain Man Makeover...

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

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

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

Event information:

Date: February 5, 2014

Location: Jergel's Rhythm Grille

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

Tickets: Purchase tickets HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




January 12, 2014

Wyoming at heart, Keisel beloved by Pittsburgh fans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




January 10, 2014

Steelers Star Keisel Loves Challenge of Hunting Deer, Elk

From Alan Clemons, Deer and Deer Hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is it about bowhunting that you enjoy so much?

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

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

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

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

That’s my natural outfit, really.

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

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

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

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

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

View more of Denny Karchner's work.




January 5, 2014

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

From Elizabeth Bloom:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read Ms. Bloom's entire article HERE.




December 30, 2013

Young Steeler Nation

Terrible Toddler Towels...

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

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

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

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

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

We know Brett loves those Utah fans!

Thanks for sending the photo.

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

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

Love the name...love the gear.

Thanks for being a part of Steeler Nation.

Thank you to #99...

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

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

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

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




December 26, 2013

"I am proud to be a Steeler"

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

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

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

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

From Jim Wexell:

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

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

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

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

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

Keisel talks about the young players:

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

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

Ryan Clark on Brett's play:

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

You can watch Brett's post game interview HERE.

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

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

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




December 26, 2013

Memorable moments against Cleveland

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

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

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

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

Check out Bob Labriola's HERE.

On the upcoming game against Cleveland...

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

And, from Scott Brown:

Brett Keisel deserves his due...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His career is proof of that.

Thank you to Mr. Brown for the wonderful tribute!




December 23, 2013

"I'm proud of our team"

From Dejan Kovacevic today:

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

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

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

Read more from Mr. Kovacevic HERE.

You can watch Brett's post game interview HERE.

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




December 22, 2013

A HUGE road win

Steelers 38, Packers 31

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

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

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

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

From Alan Robinson:

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

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

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

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

Read more on the game HERE.

99 returns:

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

Favorite tweet of the day:

From Jim Wexell via Twitter:

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

Video:

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

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




December 22, 2013

From newborn to 99

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

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

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

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

99 years young...

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

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

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

From Doug Sarkis:

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

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

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

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




December 20, 2013

"I bleed black and gold..."

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

From Ed Bouchette:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can read the entire article HERE.




December 18, 2013

Undercover Santa

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

Keisel Clause-ism's:

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

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

I just realized my pants are on backwards.

My man come give Santa a hug!

Startin to make some money for the Salvation Army now!

How 'bout them Pirates!

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

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

And, from a passerby in the crowd:

You're a big tall santa!

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

Watch the action HERE.

Photos:

You can view photos of Keisel Claus HERE and HERE.

Deals from Diehl Automotive Group:

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Everybody loves the DIESEL:

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




December 17, 2013

Keisel Claus is comin' to town

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

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

Keisel Claus is coming to town!

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

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

Hangin' with Keisel Claus:

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

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

Keisel working his way back:

From Coach Tomlin today:

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

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

United Way Autograph Signing:

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

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

Photo: Megan Marucco.




December 15, 2013

Big primetime win

Steelers 30, Bengals 20

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

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

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

Steelers believe as playoff hopes still exist:

From Teresa Varley:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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