Can attention to detail deliver Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Steelers to the playoffs? - ESPN

2023-09-07 14:12:44  • 13 mins

PITTSBURGH -- A pristine, white logo sits in the middle of the speckled black and yellow carpet in the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room.

Ringed in light gray with the Steelers' traditional yellow, red and blue diamonds offset by the black block letters bearing the team name, the logo itself isn't unusual, and neither is its placement.

What is unusual, though, are the 10 stanchions surrounding it, roping off the 6-foot wide circle from foot traffic with retractable, flat nylon belts.

Plenty of teams have superstitions and traditions that keep them from walking on their logos. The Steelers talked about it for years, debated whether they should issue a no-contact edict to the locker room.

Minkah Fitzpatrick didn't make an announcement. Didn't write a note on the large white board that greets every player when they enter the locker room. Didn't send a message to a team group chat.

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Instead, after a brief conversation between the Steelers safety and the equipment staff, an order of stanchions was placed, delivered and assembled around the freshly steam-cleaned logo before the Steelers reconvened at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex for mandatory minicamp in June.

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