Steelers “June Curse” Exacts Costly, Off Field Toll

Fortunately, the Pittsburgh Steelers passed through the month of June without suffering any sort of calamity whose impact will be felt on the field come September.

  • But of course they failed to dodge the dreaded “Steelers June Curse.”

There’s no way anyone can say that about the month in which the Steelers Nation lost “The Emperor” Chuck Noll. Chuck Noll’s impact on Pittsburgh, the Steelers and the men he coached has been lauded here and parts elsewhere and need not be recounted now. Even if his formal role with the Steelers ended long ago, his loss will be keenly felt.

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Steelers Lost Noll in June ’14

Yet, in terms of X’s and O’s, the impact is nill.

Still, there’s something eerie about the Steelers and the month of June since in this new millennium. Consider:

Of course, until proven otherwise, all of this is just coincidence. In the last year important figures such as Bill Nunn and L.C. Greenwood were lost outside of the month of June.

But no matter how you measure it, the month of June has not been kind to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization of late. Thankfully, its over. Into July an on to St. Vincents!

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Steelers Cut Nigel Malone, Omar Hunter; Sign Ryan Steed, John Rabe

It is barely 24 hours after the Steelers first 2013 training camp practice in full pads, and already the NFL dream appears to be over for two youngsters. Ed Bouchette is reporting on PG Plus as is Steelers.com that the Pittsburgh Steelers have waived defensive tackle Omar Hunter and cornerback Nigel Malone.

This of course does not mean that Malone’s difficulty cost him his dream, but clearly he did not help himself. Malone was originally signed to replace fellow cornerback Justin King. King fell victim to the Steelers infamous June curse, and was placed on injured reserve in June for undisclosed reasons.

But if the dream ends for some, for others it takes on new life. To take their places, the Steelers signed tight end John Rabe from Minnesota and cornerback Ryan Steed from Furman. According to Pro Football Reference, Ryan Steed spent time on the New Orelans Saints roster in 2012, although he accumulated no stats and did not appear in any games.

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