Steeler Nation, with all the chatter this off-season of bad atmosphere and a void of leadership in the locker room, it’s refreshing to see a longtime veteran and fan favorite step up and lead by example. Brett “Da Beard” Keisel may be the oldest player on the defense at 34 years of age but no player seems more focused, passionate and full of desire about this upcoming season.
With the Steelers now starting a youth movement, it’s very important that guys like Brett Keisel pass along their knowledge, the ins and outs of the Steeler way and what is expected of a Pittsburgh Steeler.
Keisel not only has stepped up and taken on this role but seems to be enjoying every moment. Brett Keisel has been to every voluntary OTA session and even stays after and works out in the weight room with the young guys. Keisel has attacked these practices with a youthful energy and zest equal to his young teamates. Here are a couple quotes from a recent interview with Brett Keisel found at steelers.com
“This is my team, I feel like,” said Keisel. “I think it’s important for me to be here. We have a lot of young defensive linemen. I want to show them that even an old guy can come out here and work, even an old guy can go in the weight room and work out after practice. If I can do it, they can do it.”
“It’s not a secret that I’m one of the older guys on the team, the oldest guy on the defense,” said Keisel. “If it is that way (and it’s the last year), I want to do everything I can in my power to hopefully help lead this team to another championship.”
Keisel, now in his 12th year and last year of his contract, knows that his opportunities to win another championship ring may be growing slim and seems to be cherishing every second while it lasts. He definitely seems motivated to bring another ring to Steeler Nation!
One thing is for sure no Steeler player better represents what it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler than Brett Kiesel! Keisel thinks the Steelers still have a shot at winning a Super Bowl and he seems to be doing everything in his power to make it possible. Brett Keisel is a man on a mission!
Steeler Nation the Steelers future is in great hands and remember never underestimate the power of Da Beard!!!!
Read or watch the Keisel interview in full at http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Veterans-showing-leadership-at-OTAs/53ae7fa2-5685-44b9-b673-ef087560e8c4