The Pittsburgh Steelers have a dominant team on the field. And their team of interns? Yeah, they were pretty dominant once before too.
Per ESPN, probable future Hall of Famer Alan Faneca headlines a group of former Steelers-turned-workers that includes wide receiver Hines Ward, cornerback Ike Taylor, quarterback Charlie Batch and offensive lineman Kendall Simmons.
Former Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes hopes to help out the organization in an advisory role in the near future.
"I'm not running around getting coffee, but sometimes you might grab the medicine balls for a drill," said Faneca, who spent 10 years opening up running holes for Jerome Bettis and other Steelers. "There's a mutual respect between guys and us, but at the same time you're at the bottom."
"The motivations are simple but varied. Faneca wants to discover whether he's cut out for coaching. Ward is on a similar path after expressing interest in the University of Georgia wide receivers coaching job two years ago," wrote ESPN.
"Batch wants to remain close to the game and keep his options open, though he's busy with his job as Steelers analyst for KDKA-TV."
"But the common thread: These players want to teach younger Steelers the Steelers' way, just as they learned it. Faneca said he received a modest check from the team as he left camp last year, but he was more concerned with sharing a 'personal connection' with other Steelers and learning from coaches Mike Tomlin and Mike Munchak in meetings."
Holmes said he believes that former Steelers are "brought into this family" to pay it forward.
"It's about a legacy," he said. "Here at Steelers Nation, everyone's a legend around here. As much information you can pass on to continue that trend, knowing the organization accepts you wholly in that same manner, why not pay your respects?"