Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 5/7/12

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Charlie Batch #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers smiles on the sidelines during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Alltel Stadium on September 18, 2006 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
During the offseason we occasionally like to feature interesting stories about players and their lives off the field, this is one about Steelers QB Charlie Batch and other NFL players that participate in poker games for charity. Anyone that seriously follows football knows that the NFL forbids their players from taking part in gambling activities while under contract for an NFL franchise.  A lot of this is out of fear of their players getting influenced by bookmakers, thus potentially impacting games.  However, as Pokerlistings.com and others have reported on, the NFL has in the recent year relaxed this ban and has allowed their players to play in charity poker events. While many consider the game of poker to be one of gambling, charity poker events are usually held in a tournament format and players are usually not playing for a prize.  The prize pool is donated to charity with the top finishers receiving some type of alternate non-cash prize. Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch ru...
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