Steeler Nation, the 2013 season is in full swing as the Steelers held their first team practice of the regular season .News came out the Steelers have officially named team captains for the 2013 season .
The Steelers named 4 captains, Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey on offense . Defensive end Brett Keisel and Safety Ryan Clark on defense.
Roethlisberger has been named a captain 5 of the last 6 seasons . Keisel is captain for a second straight season . Pouncey and Clark are captains for the very first time
Here are some quotes from some of the captains taken from Steelers.com \ Teresa Varley
Maurkice Pouncey: “It’s touching. Words can’t explain it, It’s humbling and exciting at the same time. It’s a great accomplishment and I appreciate it. Words can’t even explain how I feel right now.”
“It comes natural to me to get guys going. There is a lot that comes with it. Being a captain you are one of the guys that everyone on the team counts on. You have to come every week ready to play.”
Ryan Clark: “It’s probably the biggest honor I have received as a football player. The men in this building that play on our team mean so much to me. I am not going to change. I am not going to be any different. It’s those things I have done that have allowed me to be voted captain. It’s important to lead the young men on this team and the older guys to set an example on and off the field”
Brett Keisel: “Any time your teammates vote you as a leader and they respect you, it’s a tremendous honor.It’s something I don’t take lightly and the other three guys don’t either. We have several guys in this locker room that are leaders that might not be captains, so it’s going to be a collective effort to get ready to go and win games.”
“I think the biggest thing I learned last year as a captain is don’t hesitate. If I feel something, say something. You know the team respects you in that regard and will listen to you. That is the biggest thing, if you see something don’t hesitate to say it.”