Where there was so much hubris a year earlier, a dark cloud hung over the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepared for the 2010 NFL Draft.
Just like they did three years earlier, the Steelers flopped as defending champions, missing the playoffs in 2009. The organization was disgraced further when Ben Roethlisberger’s transgressions in Milledgeville, Ga., came to light.
Roethlisberger never was charged with a crime, but still faced a suspension at the beginning of the 2010 season. That surely wouldn’t help a team trying to bounce back from a disappointing 9-7 season. Disaster seemed imminent.
It turned out things weren’t as bad as they seemed for the Steelers.
Football as it’s known to the rest of the world took sport’s grandest stage in 2010. The word “vuvuzela” was added to the vocabulary of anyone who watched the World Cup in South Africa. Those horns that collectively sounded like a swarm of bees provided the soundtrack of the summer.
Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa created a buzz in t...