November 24, 2013

Miller wins "Project Bundle-Up" Award

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

Steelers' tight end Heath Miller was honored by the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania. Miller received the organization's Project Bundle-Up Award, honoring an individual or organization that has made a difference in the organization's efforts to provide warm winter outwear for the needy in the Pittsburgh area.

"It's a great charity because what you raise goes right back to the community we live in and helps those that are in need," said Miller. "It makes sense. It helps when you see directly where the money goes and who it benefits.

"We have the opportunity to make a difference in the community and generate income. If we can help others in need it's great, especially in the community where we live."

Read more HERE.

Congratulations to Mr. Miller!




November 24, 2013

Stacking hotcakes

The Steelers stacked their third straight hotcake today as they defeated the Browns.

From Ed Bouchette:

The Steelers won their third straight game Sunday, dominating the Cleveland Browns 27-11.

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. He completed 22 of 34 passes for 217 yards, no interceptions and no sacks.

The Steelers forced four Cleveland turnovers, three fumbles and William Gay's 21-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:27 to go in the game, his first career score on a pickoff. Gay also forced a fumble, and Troy Polamalu forced two fumbles.

Miller stats:

Heath had five receptions for 41 yards.

Way to go Steelers!

Congratulations to Ben Roethlisberger for earning Steelers Digest Player of the Week honors!

The Steelers have a short week as they face the Ravens on Thanksgiving Day.

To view the wild card standings click HERE.




November 18, 2013

A milestone and a big win

The Steelers defeated the Lions by a score of 37-27 yesterday. Heath also hit a milestone as he reached 5000 career receiving yards.

Congrats to #83!

Who does Miller congratulate?

Upon seeing Art Rooney after the game, Heath said: "Congratulations Mr. Rooney!"

Miller stats:

Tight end Heath Miller's eight catches matched a career high set twice previously, most recently against the Raiders last season.

The Steelers started out strong, holding a two touchdown lead in the second quarter. The Lions roared back and made the score 27-20 at the half, and the Heinz Field crowd became quiet.

Detroit WR Calvin Johnson caught six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns in the first half for Detroit, but the Steelers defense did not allow him to catch a pass at all in the second half.

The game momentum turned when the Lions lined up for a 27-yard field goal, but rookie holder Sam Martin took off with the ball and tried to run it through a gap on the left side of the Steelers' coverage unit. But Steve McLendon forced a fumble that Ryan Clark recovered, and the Steelers took over at their own 3.

Ben Roethlisberger went on to lead two touchdown drives which sealed the win for Pittsburgh.

Detroit remained winless in Pittsburgh since 1955, a stretch of 10 games (0-9-1).

Game notes from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Miller said the key play of the Steelers' decisive 97-yard drive in the fourth quarter was a 16-yard completion to Antonio Brown on third-and-9 from the 4. "Ben made good calls and put us in good situations, and we were able to move the ball down the field," Miller said.(From Alan Robinson).

Heath on #7's play:

"A lot of credit goes to our quarterback. He put us on his back, called a great game. We were in no-huddle most of the day".




November 10, 2013

Miller thanks military veterans

Heath and his teammates took part in the #SteelersSalute for our military veterans. Many veterans were invited to attend the game today and were honored by the organization, players and fans.

They also brought the team some good luck as the Steelers defeated the Bills by a score of 23-10

From Bob Labriola:

The game was a slog-fest early, with neither team able to generate much offense, and midway through the second quarter the game was a 3-3 tie.

The Steelers were awfully efficient on third downs in the first half, and the two they converted on the possession that began with 6:43 left in the first half turned the tide of the game.

On a third-and-3, Jonathan Dwyer burst over right tackle for 8 yards;then on the next third down - a third-and-4 - Ben Roethlisberger completed a pass to Antonio Brown for 24 yards. The possession ended with a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery, and the Steelers had seized control of the game.

Read more on the game HERE.




November 5, 2013

Miller accepts Ed Block Courage Award

From Teresa Varley:

During a recent Steelers practice tight end Heath Miller did what he normally does, caught everything thrown at him. At one point he extended his arms to pull in a pass and behind the line of scrimmage you could hear his teammates shout the familiar "Heeeeeath" that fans cheer every time he touches the ball.

It's a sign of the respect and admiration the players have for Miller, so much so that they voted him the 2013 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, presented annually to a Steelers player who has fought back from an injury or tough circumstances to return to the field.

Miller received the award at the 21st Annual Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Courage House Luncheon hosted by Steelers President Art Rooney II and his wife Greta, which benefits Holy Family Institute.

And, in typical Miller fashion, Heath accepted the award graciously, but said the true hero of the luncheon was Joan Bruno. Joan is a Holy Family Institute alumnus who overcame a childhood filled with struggles and heartbreak to go on to make more for herself, working for the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 33 years. She gives back to Holy Family Institute, raising money for them as a thank you for what they did for her.

Listen to Heath's speech HERE.

Congratulations to Mr. Miller and Joan Bruno on their amazing accomplishments!




November 1, 2013

Bill Belichick praises Miller

Patriots coach Bill Belichick knows going up against Miller can be tricky. Here is what he had to say about our favorite TE:

Q: Is Heath Miller more often in the passing routes than staying at the line of scrimmage?

BB: He definitely blocks in the running game but he's a hard guy to cover in the passing game.

He's big, he's instinctive, he's a big target, he has good hands, he's got a big catch radius, he's slick, he's experienced and savvy in his route-running.

So yeah, he's definitely a tough guy to cover in the red area, third down, play-action.

I'm not saying he's going to catch 100 balls in a season, but he's a productive pass receiver and yeah, they go to him. (From Coach Belichick's Press Conference).




October 31, 2013

Halloween- #83 style

"The Standard is the Standard":

Cynthia Filmore dressed up very convincingly as Coach Tomlin, and who else would Tomlin trick-or-treat with, but Heath?

Cynthia's boyfriend, Michael played the role of #83.

Michael looks ready to take the field with the Steelers!

Thanks to Cynthia and Michael!

Ready to take on Halloween:

Leticia Moreno Gonzalez reppin' #83 for Halloween!

Thanks for sharing Leticia, you look great!

Go HEEAATTHH!

We wish everyone a safe and Halloween!

It's always great seeing the Black and Gold out there on Halloween!









October 29, 2013

Rough loss

The game against the Raiders started off rough as Oakland QB, Terrell Pryor took off for a record-setting 93-yard touchdown.

The first half continued to go the Raiders way, but in the second half the Steelers began to mount a comeback. They were down 21-18 with one last shot to at least tie the game with seconds on the clock, but it wasn't meant to be this time.

It was a rough loss, but a positive is that this team never gave up.

Read more on the game HERE.

83 gives 7 a scare...

Ben spoke about the scare Heath gave him (and Steeler Nation) during the Raiders game, and about Heath's progress during The Ben Roethlisberger Show on 93.7 The Fan. Listen to what he had to say HERE.




October 23, 2013

Miller wins Steelers Ed Block Courage Award

From Teresa Varley:

Driven. Determined. Committed. Relentless.

Four words that are powerful when they stand alone, but when one person personifies what all four of them stand for, you know you are talking about someone special.

Steelers' tight end Heath Miller is someone special. His teammates know that better than anyone and that is why they voted him the 2013 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, presented annually to a Steelers player who has fought back from an injury or tough circumstances to return to the field. Miller will receive the award at the 21st Annual Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Courage House Luncheon on Nov. 5 at Heinz Field.

"It's an honor to win it," said Miller. "You would like to not be nominated for this type of award because it means you were injured. It feels good to have it in your rear view mirror and be back on the field with your teammates."

Miller suffered a knee injury on Dec. 23 against the Cincinnati Bengals, and finished the year on injured reserve. He spent the entire offseason working at the team's practice facility, fighting to get back on the field as soon as possible.

It's pretty remarkable if you sit back and think about the injury he had, how significant it was," said defensive end Brett Keisel, one of Miller's closest friends. "I didn't think he would be able to play at the halfway point of this season. It was that bad. On the other hand I understand Heath, the second he could start doing something, the second he could start rehabbing, he was there every day doing everything he could to make sure he could get back to playing form. It's not easy. It's a painful thing to deal with. It becomes monotonous. You feel like every day is Groundhog Day when you are rehabbing from an injury. It's not easy to stick to it.

"Getting an award like that, the courage award, it's not just about courage it's about you the person, we understand how much of a fighter he is, how great a competitor he is, and how great he is in the community. All of those things wrap into what that award is about and he deserves it."

Read the entire article, and how to buy tickets to the special event, HERE.

Bid for Hope XII:

From Diana Napper, founder of A Glimmer of Hope:

Thank you to Heath and Katie Miller, Alan Faneca and all the Pittsburgh Steelers that have once again given "HOPE" to young women fighting breast cancer.

Bid for Hope XII hosted by Restaurant ECHO was a tremendous success. We are very grateful to all.

Read about the event HERE.

Congratulations to Heath on winning the Ed Block Courage Award! And, thanks to the Miller's, Faneca's and to A Glimmer of Hope for all the support for breast cancer research!




October 21, 2013

40th career TD reception

The Steelers got a huge boost yesterday when they defeated the Ravens. Not only was it a division win, but they beat the current Super Bowl champs.

The running game was back as Le'Veon Bell for 93 yards. In all, they ran 29 times for 141 yards, by far their season high.

It's huge when you can have a balanced offense. Hopefully this is a building block moving forward.-- Miller, from his post game press conference.

From Ed Bouchette:

The Steelers wore their normal uniforms Sunday at Heinz Field and staged a throwback game instead. Back, back, back to the days when they ran the ball, played good defense and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led them on a late drive to win it.

It was a typical Baltimore-Steelers football game at Heinz, only it wasn't Joe Flacco and the Ravens pulling one out at the end this time. Flacco, whose team won the previous three regular-season games played at Heinz Field, came close when he directed his offense on a 73-yard drive to its only touchdown with 1:58 to go.

But that only tied it. Roethlisberger then took the ball and, erasing memories of those times in 2012 when he found himself in similar circumstances and did not get it done, led his offense 39 yards for the winning score.

It came off the right foot of Shaun Suisham with no time left, a 42-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, for a 19-16 victory. It was the ninth time in the past 11 regular-season games between these teams that the outcome was decided by three points or fewer.

40 for 83:

Congratulations to #83! His touchdown reception yesterday was the 40th of his career. He is the 5th player in Steelers history, and the first Tight End to reach 40 receiving touchdowns.

If you missed Heath's touchdown reception, click HERE to watch it.

View game photos HERE.

We will have news and photos from Heath's Bid for Hope event tomorrow!




October 13, 2013

Back to their winning ways

Steelers 19, Jets 6

The Steelers returned to their winning ways as they defeated the Jets today.

Coach Tomlin on the win:

It's a significant win for us to get that started for 2013. I told the guys in the locker room there was nothing mystical about it. We maintained possession of the football and we got the football.

In particular we got the football in the red area and that took points off the board. That was significant. Big splash plays defensively; maintained possession of the ball offensively. Hung together in the midst of the natural adversity football games present.

Hopefully this is a springboard of things to come. That is going to be our intention as we look at this like we looked at the other four before it with the sole purpose of getting better for our next opportunity.

We look forward to getting home and playing winning football in front of our fans. We've got a lot of work to do in order to make that occur. We look forward to getting back to work. It's a good feeling, not like you won the lottery, but it's still a good feeling nonetheless. (Via Steelers.com)

HEEEAATTHH:

Heath had six receptions for eighy-four yards total. You can watch his big 31-yard reception, and read more on the game HERE.

It's so great to see #83 back and hear fans, even at away games. chanting HEEEAATTHH!

Congratulations to the Steelers! And, the Browns and Ravens both lost, which helps!

Bid for Hope:

Heath talks about his upcoming event HERE.

More information on the event is below in the September 5 news.




September 29, 2013

HEEAATTHH gets familiar welcome in London

From Teresa Varley:

Regent Street in London was taken over by the NFL on Saturday with the NFL Fan Rally, which included Steelers and Vikings players.

Steelers' Coach Mike Tomlin, along with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu all spoke to the crowd and were welcomed with Terrible Towels and huge ovations.

Miller was welcomed with the traditional "Heeeeeath" cheer, that was almost as loud as what you hear in Heinz Field on a Sunday afternoons.

"It's pretty breathtaking," said Miller of the huge crowd. "Here we are in London and the fan support is awesome. We are excited to be here."

Steeler Nation is WORLDWIDE!

View a couple photos from the trip HERE.

Today's news photo was taken by Henry Hodgson, NFLUK writer.




September 11, 2013

Heroes at Heinz Field

From the Steelers:

Tuesday evening, 75 military veterans took part in "Heroes at Heinz Field", an event annually hosted by the Steelers and VA Healthcare VISN 4 to honor veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan who are now adjusting to civilian life.

Heath took part in the event, along with teammates Ike Taylor, Brett Keisel, Cortez Allen, Sean Spence, Zoltan Mesko, Mike Adams, David DeCastro, Bruce Gradkowski, Greg Warren and Jason Worilds.

Read more HERE.

Miller returns to practice:

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

Tight end Heath Miller's return to the playing field took another step in the right direction when he practiced on Wednesday and said he was able to take part in team drills.

"I practiced. Like I've said all along, I am just trying to add more stuff and continue to get better, and we will see where it takes us," said Miller. "I did a little bit of everything. I felt good. I'm sure we'll have to wait until tomorrow, and Coach (Mike) Tomlin will keep you up-to-date on the plan the rest of the week."




September 5, 2013

Bid for Hope 2013

Heath and Katie Miller will again be hosting Bid for Hope, to benefit breast cancer research through A Glimmer of Hope.

Bid for Hope XII:

The event is on October 21, 2013. It will be held at Restaurant Echo in Cranberry Township, PA.

Make a difference in the fight against breast cancer research, while enjoying an auction with items to please everyone!

Mix, meet and mingle with Heath and his teammates. Some players who have attended previous Bid for Hope events are, Brett Keisel, Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch and Alan Faneca (the Faneca's hosted the event before the Miller's took over).

Tickets include a while paneled football for player autographs at the event, a custom gift bag, heavy Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

If you cannot attend the event, but wish to donate to A Glimmer of Hope, you can do so HERE.

This is a fun event for both the players and attendees, so we hope you can make it!

Stop by our Bid for Hope Photo Gallery to view photos from the past Bid for Hope events.




August 31, 2013

Off the PUP list

Great news came via Steelers.com today.

Heath was removed the the physically unable to perform list!

From the Steelers:

The decision to activate Miller from the physically unable to perform list means the Steelers' Pro Bowl tight end can begin practicing with the team immediately. He then can be worked into the lineup whenever he is ready.

Had Miller stayed on PUP, he would have had to miss the first six weeks of the season, which would have meant he couldn't have been added to the roster until Monday, Oct. 7, which is the day following the Steelers' bye.

Steelers Pep Rally...Zoo Style:

Heath and Brett Keisel hosted a Steelers pep rally-ZOO style at the Pittsburgh Zoo today. They hung out with Steeler Nation and made some new friends, of the elephant variety.

From Steelers.com:

You would be hard pressed to find many people in Pittsburgh that make Brett Keisel and Heath Miller look small, but that was the case on Saturday when they met Tasha, an African Bush elephant, and the other elephants at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on Saturday.

Tasha weighs in at 8,695 pounds, which according to Tracy Gray, public/media manager at the zoo, that's more than the entire Steelers defense weighs. The elephants took part in the zoo's Steelers Pep Rally, showing off their team pride by waving a Terrible Towel and sporting black and gold.

Read the entire article from Teresa Varley, and view some photos HERE.

Pep rally photos:

Click HERE for a few more photos from the fun day at the zoo!

Video:

Watch a quick video with Brett and Heath as they meet Tasha HERE.

Thanks so much to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for holding the pep rally, and of course thanks to Tasha and all the animals who came out to greet the guys and Steeler Nation with their Terrible Towels!




August 27, 2013

Hearing from Heath

"I am feeling good. Still trying to get better every day and take it day-by-day. I am just trying to get stronger and better at what I am doing so when I come back I am ready to play and play at a good level."--Heath, from an interview on Steelers.com.

Miller began his road to recovery in the offseason, working out at the team's practice facility from the minute he got clearance from the medical staff. It's been a tough battle, one that he is ready to see come to an

"It's long. The hardest part is probably the ending part," said Miller. "I try not to get caught up in how long I have been doing it. I just try to focus on each day and stay strong mentally. I just try and get better and stack positive days together. I'll be happy whenever that day comes."

And, from Coach Tomlin today:

“He's doing great. He really is. We're going to look more hardcore at him when we get back from Carolina. But the fact that I mentioned his name would give an indication that things are progressing and progressing nicely."

Read more and watch Heath's interview HERE.

Steelers pep rally:

We may not know when we will see Miller on the field, but we do know where we CAN see him this weekend!

From the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium:

Join us on August 31 at the elephant yard along with Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel and Heath Miller for a Steelers Pep Rally, Zoo style!

Watch our elephants show their Steelers pride!

After the pep rally we will raffle off Steeler items. Be at the Zoo's admission gates by 10:30AM and receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win autographed Steelers memorabilia.

The pep rally is from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Stop by our sea lion training demonstration at 12:30PM to see the sea lions show their black and gold pride too!

This is a great way to get your family ready to start the 2013 Steelers regular season, so we hope to see a lot of Steeler Nation at Da Zoo!




July 27, 2013

Heath Miller: 'A Work In Progress'

Heath was placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list, so his work in training camp will be limited.

Mr. Miller spoke to the media a bit today.

From Abbey Way, KDKA:

It's been 7 months since Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller underwent reconstructive knee surgery, he was put on the PUP (Physically Unable To Perform) list on Friday and he is not sure if he will be ready to go for Week 1. Miller tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in week 16 of last year and he says his recovery is still a work in progress.

"I'm just keeping my focus on the short-term," Miller said. "And that's making every day positive and I think that will add up to a good outcome."

Miller participated in a modified practice at training camp today, consisting of light jogging, stretching and plyometric exercises until a rain delay postponed practice.

"I don't think it's easy for anyone to sit around and watch," Miller said. "It's what we love to do and it's why we are here, to be out here playing and be a part of the team, so it's never easy for anyone to sit to the side and watch."

Catch a glimpse of #83 as he is interviewed via Steelers.com.




July 26, 2013

Breakfast with Miller

From Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Virginia native Earl Heath Miller Jr. was known as the best college tight end in the country when he played for the University of Virginia. Since then, the 30-year-old has spent a productive career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning two Super Bowls, No. 83 is known for his quiet reserve, great hands and passion for the game. Off the field, he and wife Kate are focused on their children, who range

Ms. Sheridan posted a Q & A she did with #83...

I know you got attention as a high school and college athlete, but how do you adjust to it when you reach your level of success?

"I'm not sure I've ever totally adjusted to the attention that comes along with being a professional athlete. I think you appreciate the fans and try to put yourself in their shoes. I know when I was a kid I followed all professional sports. I try to remember those feelings I would have had as a kid to be able to meet a professional athlete and approach things that way."

Your children are young, but they get exposed to lots of professional athletes. Do they get excited?

"They're not old enough to realize, I guess. They just know dad goes to work, and he plays football. They think that's cool {laughing}. That's about all that they know."

If they ever want to play football, would you say, "Go for it"?

" I think so. You know, football has obviously opened a lot of doors for me. It has certainly been a very positive thing in my life. It's taught me a lot of lessons that I don't know if I could have learned anywhere else."

You had the concussion that everyone watched on television. Does that worry your wife?

" Yeah, I think it definitely causes her a lot of worry. She's a very strong woman. I think it probably worries her a lot more than she lets on. You know, during the season she is raising the three kids, and we are gone a lot of weekends. For training camp we are gone for three weeks. A lot falls on her shoulders. I owe her a great deal. It takes a special lady to be able to do what she does."

So are you working on a touchdown dance?

{Laughing.} "No, no. No one wants to see me dance. We'll leave it at that."

Read the entrire Q & A HERE.

Training camp opens today for players. Fans are permitted to attend starting tomorrow, July 27. Click HERE for the entire camp schedule, directions and information.

For those who cannot attend camp, don't worry! We'll post Miller news here so you can keep up!




May 31, 2013

Mini Golf Classic

The 16th Annual MiniGolf Classic hosted by Heath Miller to benefit Project Bundle Up was held last night.

Watch a short video with Heath HERE.

From Kasey who worked at the event: I helped cater that event yesterday!!! It was so much fun!! I felt like a school girl when I met Heath!!! He signed my football for my son too!! He's such an awesome guy!! My new favorite player!

View Kasey's photo with Heath, along with a few others, click HERE.

Thank you to WTAE Project Bundle Up and Kasey for their photos! Also, WTAE Project Bundle Up thanks all the sponsors: EQT, Horovitz Rudoy & Roteman LLC, LAMAR, Panera Bread, Peoples Natural Gas Company, PNC Bank, Professional Graphic Communications (PGC), and RMU Island Sports Center. A special thanks to the dessert sponsor REALTORS Educational Foundation and reception sponsor Walmart.

Also, a big thank you to Tim from Upbeat Entertainment, for volunteering his time last night.




May 22, 2013

On the Field with Heath Miller

OTA's (Organized Team Activities) started for the Steelers yesterday, and of course #83 was there. He is still healing from his surgery this offseason, but is able to run a bit and lift weights.

Heath took some time today to chat with Steelers.com about his rehab process:

Where are you in terms of your rehab process and what you're able to do right now?

I'm running around, lifting weights and trying to get stronger. Whatever (Head Athletic Trainer) John (Norwig) has me do every day, I've been able to do it. I'm doing well.

Sitting here today, do you think you will play the first game?

It's too far away to speculate. One thing I've learned with this thing, it's a long

Are you where you had hoped to be at this point?

I think so. I'm pleased with everything that I've been asked to do, that John has had me do so far. I've been pleased, he's been pleased with the way my knee has reacted. So far so good.

Read and watch the entire interview here.

So great to see #83 back with his teammates!




April 25, 2013

Draft Day Memories: Heath Miller

Happy Draft Day Steeler Nation!

As of now, we don't know which players the Steelers will select in the 2013 draft, but we do know who they took in the 2005 draft.

The Steelers used their No. 1 pick in 2005 to select Heath Miller, out of the University of Virginia.Let's take a look back at Heath's "Draft Day Memories."

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

The Steelers were the first interview I had. I was intimidated to go through it, the first one being the Steelers and Coach (Bill) Cowher. But it was probably one of the easiest ones I had. It was laid back, easy conversation and a pretty enjoyable interview for me.

I didn't know what to think about the interest teams showed. I tried to keep an open mind through the whole process and not get my heart set on one place in particular because the whole time everyone told me you never know what people are thinking, don't read into what they are telling you. You don't know if they are showing interest to throw other teams off. I took that to heart. Fortunately for me I was rehabbing from my injury so I tried to put my focus on that and realize I had no control where I ended up. I just wanted to be as healthy as I could be when I got there. I had a good feeling about being here, I felt like they liked me as a player and I certainly would have been happy if they picked me here.

Well, it turned out great for both Pittsburgh and Heath. The Steelers did pick him, and Miller has become one of their most talented and respected players ever since.

Read more about what #83 did on his draft day, and his feelings after being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers, HERE.

View some photos of Miller and teammates working out at the team facility HERE.




April 7, 2013

Let's catch up

The 16th Annual MiniGolf Classic:

Ready to putt with #83?

Heath will once again host the MiniGolf Classic to benefit Project Bundle Up.

From the event website:

Putt with Heath, veteran Steelers and your favorite WTAE-TV personalities. Sponsor a corporate team to enjoy all of the special VIP events! One participant from each team will enjoy dinner with Heath Miller. All team members will get a professional photo, desert reception, custom apparel, and more!

MiniGolf Details:

The event will be held at RMU Island Sports Center, Neville Island on May 30, 2013.

For more information, and to purchase tickets to "Putt With Miller", click HERE.

Project Bundle Up brings warm winter coats to children and seniors in Western Pennsylvania through the Salvation Army.

View photos from Heath's previous MiniGolf classics HERE.

Recent autograph signing:

Heath held an autograph signing with Everything Steelers.

To view photos from the signing, please click HERE.

Heath needs a hug:

Check out the latest creation from Bleacher Creatures!

A 10" plush Heath Miller figure!

Click HERE for ordering information, and to view their other Steelers figures available.

Thank you to Matthew Hoffman, President/CEO Bleacher Creatures, for the information!

Feel free to send us photos with your Heath Miller Plush figure and we'll post them here on the website!

Injury update:

Thank you to all who have emailed asking for an update on Heath's injury. Reports indicate there is not a time table for his return. as of yet. We will update you with any information available, but at this time there is no new information.

I am sure Mr. Miller and his family appreciate all of your well wishes and support.




December 30, 2012

Steeler Nation...

Sends well wishes to #83!

We all know Heath is beloved throughout Steeler Nation, so it is no surprise that I've received literally hundreds of emails and messages wishing him well with his surgery and recovery.

I thought I'd share some of them here...

Wishing you a speedy recovery. Get ready for next season to show you are still the best TE in the NFL. Will still be wearing my # 83 jersey for Sunday's game !!!--Jay Maxwell

Praying for you Heath! May God bless you to have a successful surgery and a wonderful recovery! The people of SW Virginia love you!--Lisa Vanover

Heath, I hope all goes well. Thank you for all you do for Steeler Nation on and off the field. Class act 24/7! -- Brent Morrow

Prayers for a complete recovery. God Bless.Thanks for all your hard work..made this season better for us!-- Diane Lukas

Praying surgery goes well and you heal quickly--you are tough and patient on the field so this should be a piece of cake! Hope to see #83 back soon but more importantly that you get strong and healthy for your family.--MJ Brigance

Mr. Miller, best wishes for recovery. Enjoy the family and down time. Congrats on the Pro Bowl nod. Well deserved. Really enjoy this website. I live out of Pittsburgh so tough to keep up with news so finding this site thrilled me. --Jodi Turnette

Heal well #83. Thanks for all the joy you gave us this season and every season. Love how positive you always are and how down to earth you are. Kudos to your parents for raising a fine young man. --Lisa Williams

HEEAATTHH, we love ya man! Thanks for all you do and I want to say thanks to the people who manage this website for keeping it positive just like you do. Visit alot of athlete websites and really enjoy how professional this is unlike many others. Heath, heal well and enjoy the offseason with the family." --Jeff Turner

God's speed in your healing Heath! From your biggest fans in Shippensburg, PA.--Suzanne Ream

Prayers for a speedy recovery Heath. Get well soon. Steeler nation loves and appreciates your hard work.-- Anne cooper

My son and myself are huge Steelers fans....sorry to hear about Heath....wish the best for him. Proud of him and how he plays.--George and Teddy Romas

Found your site on Heath...love it. Felt so bad when he was on the ground yesterday because he never stays on the ground. I have been a fan of his since the Steelers were on the board and I was yelling Heath and they got him. He has never not delivered. If you actually email with him, I would really appreciate if you tell him we are all pulling for him and here in St. Augustine, FL (I grew up in Dayton!). --Bill Beringer America

Hi! This is Ms. Miller and I'm a hopin & praying YOU get your surgery done and that YOU heal up perfectly!!!!! I appreciate all you do for the team and am extremely proud to cheer you on! You ROCK as a tight end!!!!!!!! I am very, very proud of YOU! I go by "Ms. Miller" for a simple reason; both my Mom & Dad are "Millers" as both thier families have the family name of Miller. So I'm a "Miller" times 2! Literally..... So, take care of yourself & family, enjoy your time with them and we'll see you next season! --Ellie Miller-D'Aloisio.....aka Ms. Miller

Thanks for giving your all every game. You conduct yourself like a champ on and off the field. Proud my kids want to wear #83!--Michael Boster

Thank you to all who sent messages to Mr. Miller. I could not post them them all, but they're greatly appreciated.




December 27, 2012

2012 Steelers MVP award goes to...

HEEAATTHH

Heath's teammates voted him their 2012 MVP.

Miller had a team-high 71 receptions and a career-best 816 receiving yards, and he tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with a career-high eight on the season.

Heath recently became just the third Steeler in team history to record 400 career receptions, and he also became the franchise's all-time leader in receiving touchdowns by a tight end, breaking Elbie Nickel's record of 37. Miller currently ranks third in team history in receptions (408), seventh in yards (4,680) and is tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns (39).

Miller is the first Steelers tight end to be named team MVP.

Coach Tomlin talks about #83:

"He has been rock solid for us and we really appreciate his efforts... a man who gave us everything he had all season."

Congratulations to Heath!

A couple other awards were also announced today via The Pittsburgh Chapter of Pro Football Writers of America. Casey Hampton was the recipient of the Pro Football Writers' "The Chief Award", which was established in honor of Steelers' founder, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. and presented annually to the member of the Steelers' organization who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media. Adams, the Steelers' second round draft pick in 2012, was the winner of the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award", given to the outstanding Steelers' rookie.




December 26, 2012-evening updates

Inside the locker room: Heath Miller

Teresa Varley, Steelers.com, spoke with Heath today. He stopped by the locker room after practice, amid handshakes and hugs from his teammates.

From her interview:

On his knee surgery to repair his ACL and MCL:

it will be done tomorrow (Thursday).

On the tackle:

It's never a comfortable position to be in. That's part of today's game, based on the rules that are being put in place

Timetable to return:

I think it would be unfair to predict how my body is going to heal or how the rehab process will go. I am just going to try to get better each day and see where that takes me.

Read the entire interview HERE.

Thank you to all who have emailed or messaged to send Heath good wishes. We will post some of your messages soon.

Pro Bowl update:

Congratulations to Heath and Maurkice Pouncey on their selection to the Pro Bowl!

Heath will not be able to play due to his injury, but was still honored to be selected:

"It's definitely an honor to be named to the Pro Bowl team. It’s not why I play the game, and I am sure all of our guys would say the same thing. But you take it as a compliment. I wish it were under different circumstances, but it's an honor and something to be proud of."-- Miller, after being notified of his selection.




December 26, 2012

Miller placed on IR

Coach Tomlin provided an update on Heath's injury in his weekly press conference:

"Tight end Heath Miller faces surgery after suffering an ACL and MCL injury, and possibly a partial PCL injury, in his right kee against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday."

"He has been rock solid for us and we really appreciate his efforts. We understand injuries are a part of the game, but unfortunately it brings his season to a close."

More from Tomlin:

"It's just an unfortunate injury to a man who gave us everything he had all season."

As expected, the Steelers announced today that Miller has been placed on IR (injured reserve). Miller, who had a team-high 71 receptions and 816 receiving yards, tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with eight on the season. He has 39 career receiving touchdowns, the most in team history for a tight end.

We wish Mr. Miller all the best with his surgery and rehab. Thank you for giving your all each and every game this season and we cannot wait to see you back on the field again for the black and gold!




December 23, 2012

Tough loss in many ways

Steelers 10, Bengals 13

Today's loss to the Bengals has eliminated the Steelers from post season play. It was a tough loss knowing the season would end next Sunday, but the team also suffered a loss when Heath was injured and had to leave the game.

Coach Tomlin stated Miller has a PCL and MCL injury. He may provide further information as the week proceeds, and if so, I will post the information. Unless it is an official statement from the coach, team or Mr. Miller, it will not be posted here.

Thank you so much for all the emails of concern and wishing Heath well! Hopefully all is well and he can spend some much deserved time with his family for the holidays!

Read more on the game HERE.




December 16, 2012

Honors for Heath

On a day where the Steelers lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Cowboys, Miller scored his eighth touchdown of the season and was named Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Why he won the award:

In a lot of ways, it was another day at the office for Heath Miller, but based on the kind of season he is having that's still a good day.

Miller caught seven passes for 92 yards and a 30-yard touchdown that tied the game, 10-10, at halftime. The TD gave him eight on the season, a single-season career high, and he also tied Louis Lipps for fifth place on the team's list for receiving touchdowns.

Listen to part of Heath's post game interview HERE.

2012 Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year:

Another honor for Heath was announced recently. He is a finalist for the 2012 Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year!

From Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette:

The end of each year brings award season and none handed out in the region are more prestigious than the Dapper Dan Charities Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award.

The nominees for the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year are Pitt defensive lineman Aaron Donald, Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Steelers tight end Heath Miller, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Penn State coach Bill O'Brien.

Miller is known as one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL and has been throughout his career, but this season he has added another dimension to his game as he is the Steelers leading receiver. He has caught 61 passes, seven for touchdowns, and he is the Steelers all-time leader in receptions by a tight end with 398.

The featured winners, along with a number of others, such as retired Steelers great Hines Ward, will honored at the 77th Annual Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction, presented by BNY Mellon Feb. 6 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Purchase tickets to the event HERE.

Cast your vote for the winner HERE.

The winners will be announced in late January.

Thank you to Mr. Zeise and Pat for the information.




December 7, 2012

Miller's Crunch

Tall Cathy from 96.1 Kiss Pittsburgh interviewed #83 for her latest "Ask the Steelers" segment.

If the world really is ending on December 21st, what would Heath's last meal be?

Heath also tells you about the most embarassing cd/album he ever bought, what his pop star and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream name would be and his favorite Disney movie.

Listen to the entertaining interview HERE.

Closing in on yet another milestone:

Miller needs just 7 receptions to become the third Steeler to catch 400 passes.

Hines Ward has 1000 catches and John Stallworth has 537.

Miller laughed when asked what that 400th catch will mean to him.

"Not a lot right now, to be honest,: he said. "You know I don't really focus on that. Maybe when I'm done playing and I can look back and focus on those types of things, but right now it doesn't mean a whole lot."

Knowing Miller, it won't mean a lot 20 years from now either.

The above information is from Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net

Miller on Ben returning:

"We have the utmost confidence in him. If he is in the huddle he is going to make plays for us. He is one of best players on our team, one of the best quarterbacks in the league."

Listen to Heath's interview, via Steelers.com on December 6 HERE.




December 4, 2012

Singing Miller's praises

We all know Miller has been a consistent (albeit quiet) force for the Steelers since he was drafted. So, it is great to hear all the accolades he's receiving from the media in and outside of Pittsburgh.

Of course, while we may enjoy seeing his great plays acknowledged, I would imagine Miller would rather just let his play show on the field.

Ron Cook, with the Post Gazette had a suggestion to try and get Miller's name more well known...

From his article, Team-first Miller makes his case with MVP play:

I'm thinking Katie Miller is a big part of the problem. She needs to do a better job of communicating with her husband, Heath. She has to remind him it's a look-at-me world in professional sports these days and he simply isn't playing the part. She needs to tell him to start tooting his own horn, banging his own drum, singing his own song ...

You get the idea. If the wife can't do it, who can?

"She hasn't said that to me and she won't," Miller said, quietly and politely, which is the way he says everything.

Well, shucks..there goes that idea!

More from Mr. Cook's article:

Miller was huge against the Ravens with five catches for 97 yards. He had catches for 17 and 7 yards late in the first half to set up a field goal. He had a catch for 43 yards in the third quarter to set up a touchdown. He had a catch for 7 yards that went for a touchdown and tied the score, 20-20, midway through the fourth quarter. That final catch was a beauty. Miller dived all out for the end zone, hitting the pylon with the ball in his left hand. It also was statistically significant. The Steelers are 26-8 when he scores a touchdown.

You almost could hear the "Heeeeeeath!" screams from Pittsburgh in Baltimore.

Miller didn't respond by saying, "Ah shucks, gee whiz, I don't deserve that kind of praise." But he might as well have. He took no credit for the win. He never takes credit.

"This game is about more than individual players," Miller said. "It's never about one person. It's the epitome of a team sport. I understand that and respect that."

The Steelers believe in Miller. It's his production, sure, been his production for going on eight NFL seasons. He's third in catches on the franchise's all-time career list, seventh in receiving yards and sixth in touchdowns. But it's also his durability. He missed two games in 2010 with a concussion after taking a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain, who wasn't penalized on the play but later drew a $40,000 fine from the league. He also missed two games in '08 with an ankle injury. But that's it. He has played in 132 of 136 games, including the postseason, despite punishing anyone who tries to tackle him. A defender had better bring help if he's trying to bring him down.

But it wouldn't be wrong to put Miller in the team MVP conversation. Just don't ask him about him, not unless you want to see him take on a pained look. Him? MVP? Please. He'll tell you he's just another player.

That's why Katie Miller is facing a tough challenge. Impossible, actually.

More articles worth taking a peek at today:

Miller's huge game against Ravens helps bolster his place in Steelers' record book

Miller Speaks About Game-Tying Stretch




December 2, 2012

Kicking December off with a win

Steelers 23, Ravens 20

The Steelers literally kicked December off with a win as Shaun Suisham secured the win by making a 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game. Backup quarterback, Charlie Batch led the team down the field and set it up for Suisham to kick the game winning score.

Heath had five receptions for a total of 97 yards, including an AMAZING touchdown reception!

You can rewatch the TD here.

Coach Tomlin on Miller:

"He's been that guy all year and largely over the course of his career. We have a great deal of respect for him and what he does and what he is capable of. He is a really, really good football player."

Heath was considered for Steelers Digest Player of the Week, but the honor went to Charlie Batch.

Read more on the game here.




November 25, 2012

Turnovers are costly

Steelers 14, Browns 20

""We dropped two in a row now, both division game. We have to get ourselves together in a hurry and figure out a way to get some wins."-- Heath, from his post game interview.

They say turnovers are costly, and that saying was proven today. The Steelers committed an uncharacteristic eight turnovers in the loss to Cleveland.

Miller had a solid game with six receptions for a total of 63 yards. He was used mainly as a blocker, and some feel he should have been used more in the passing game.

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net:

TV analyst Solomon Wilcots said this after turnover No. 7: "Makes it tough as a play caller if you're Todd Haley. 'Who do we trust with the football?'"

OK, crowd, all together now: H-e-e-a-a-t-t-h-h.

Right. At the start of the first last drive, with 5:13 left, Batch threw to Heath Miller for 12 yards, and then again to Heath Miller for 19. He did not throw to Heath Miller the rest of the game. Yeah, really tough for a play caller.

Coach Tomlin on the loss:

That was an ugly performance. That is ours. We own it. When you turn the ball over the way we did today you are not going to beat anybody. That is just the reality of the National Football League. I am surprised it was that close given the turnover situation. We are not looking for comfort. We understand that we are not going to have much support after a performance like that. We probably deserve that. We have to go back to work and get back to playing fundamental football. We were highly penalized; we turned the ball over. When you do those things you are going to lose. I don't care who's playing quarterback.

Read more on the game HERE.




November 7, 2012

Big win for the Steelers

Steelers 24, Giants 20

The Steelers veered from their usual game day travel mode when they visited the NY/NJ area this past Sunday to play the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.

Instead of leaving on Saturday, they opted to travel to the game on Sunday due to the destruction from Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy. The team did not want to take much needed hotel space and food from those affected by the storm.

Some wondered if the change in plans would affect the Steelers play on the field. Turns out it did not.

From Mike Prisuta:

Cornerback Ike Taylor needed all of two words to sum up a come-from-behind, 24-20 triumph over the defending-Super Bowl champion New York Football Giants and the 5-3 record Sunday's victory at MetLife Stadium achieved for the Steelers.

"It's cool," Taylor stated.

Others in the visiting team's locker room were more expansive after the Steelers remained one game behind the 6-2 Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North Division at the season's midpoint.

"I wish we were 8-0, but 5-3, we'll take it," tight end Heath Miller said. "We can't really focus on the overall thing right now. We gotta focus on winning one game at a time."

Miller stats:

Heath had four receptions for 48 yards, giving him 384 receiving yards on the season, the most receiving yards he has recorded in the first eight games of any season.

Bid for Hope photos:

View professional photos from this years Bid for Hope event taken by Gary Yon Photography here.

In the Pocket with Charlie Batch:

Heath attended the event benefitting Batch's Foundation Reading and Computer Literacy Program. Fans were able to challenge the players to pool, ping pong and more.

You can view #83 getting his ping pong on, along with his teammates who attended the fun event here.

And, it's time for the All-AFC North Midseason team from Jamison Hensley's AFC North Blog.

Did #83 make the team? Find out here.




November 1, 2012

Bid for Hope XI photos

As we mentioned in the previous news post, Heath and Katie Miller hosted Bid for Hope XI earlier this week and it was a huge success. It was great to see the inclement weather did not stop Heath's friends, teammates and fans from coming out to support him and the fight against breast cancer.

Professional sports artist Larry Klukaszewski attended the event, and once again donated an amazing one-of-a-kind painting to auction at the event.

Today's news photo shows Heath and Larry with the painting, which was auctioned for $1300.00.

Larry also sent a couple other photos from the event which you can see here.

You can view more of Larry's work here.

Larry's been a good friend to this site for a long time, and is always so generous with his donations to many of the Steelers players charities.




October 29, 2012

Miller helps the fight against breast cancer

Not even Hurricane Sandy could stop the multitude of fans and Heath's teammates from heading to Jergel's tonight to join together to fight breast cancer.

From Steelers.com:

Throughout the month of October the Steelers have shown their support for the fight against breast cancer, and that continued on Monday night when tight end Heath Miller and his wife Katie hosted Bid for Hope.

The event benefitted Glimmer of Hope, a foundation committed to raising funds for breast cancer research and finding a cure.

"It's a cause that affects a lot of people, whether it's someone in your family or friends, everyone knows someone who has had interaction with breast cancer," said Miller. "We are happy to help out any way we can."

"The more people are aware of the disease and females are more in tune to their bodies, they are able to catch it before it becomes as serious. If we can help in that manner and with research and learn more about the disease and work towards a cure, we are happy to be involved."

In addition to funds being raised from those attending the event, and those who donated to the cause, Brett Keisel also added to the total by presenting a check for 5K to Diana Napper, founder of Glimmer of Hope.

Keisel and his Da Beard Gear Crew sold pink breast cancer awareness shirts and Brett surprised Diana tonight with the check for her foundation.

"We just wanted to do something to give back," said Keisel. "Heath and his family mean a lot to us. Plus my wife Sarah had an aunt that was close to her pass away from breast cancer. My Da Beard Gear crew got together with a witty idea and I was impressed to see the shirts raised that much money in such a short amount of time."

For a few more photos and news from the event, click here.

It was a great turnout and Diana will send us more photos once the photographers sort through them.




October 28, 2012

Short stack

Steelers 27, Redskins 12

"We got a short stack!"--Heath, from his post game interview.

On a day where people living in Pittsburgh, and all over the U.S. were preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the Steelers unleashed a hurricane of their own on the unsuspecting Washington Redskins.

Ben Roethlisberger and his offense came out strong, scoring early with a touchdown pass to Leonard Pope. The play was set up by a big 25-yard reception from Miller.

Heath had four receptions for forty-six yards and a touchdown.

With a 7-yard catch of a bullet along the back of the end zone midway through the second quarter, Heath Miller tied Elbie Nickel on the team's all-time list for career touchdown receptions by a tight end. With that score, Miller and Nickel both have 37 touchdown catches.

Heath was asked his latest career accomplishment:

"Obviously he's (Elbie Nickel) a great player for the organization. I guess these kinda things kinda come with the territory if you stick around long enough. Obviously it's a honor."

Congratulations to Mr. Miller on his accomplishment.

For more on the win, click here for Bob Labriola's column at Steelers.com.

Listen to Heath's post game interview here.

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.




October 26, 2012

Chattin' with WDVE

Heath took some time to chat with the crew at WDVE this morning.

He talked about his uncharacteristic "chest bump" after his touchdown against Cincy last week:

"We were all excited. I let my emotions get the best of me there."

I don't know about the rest of you, but I loved seeing his show of emotion!

Heath also spoke about his quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger:

"Ben's got a terrific arm. It's special to play along with him. I'm glad he's on our side.

Heath also talked recently about being set to tie Elbie Nickel for the team's career touchdown catches among tight ends at 37. He passed Lipps this season for third-most receptions by any Steelers player. He has 368, behind only Hines Ward at 1,000 and John Stallworth at 537:

"If you stick around long enough, I guess those things come. I've been here for a while and, fortunately, I've been with a good quarterback for all those years. I think that counts for a lot."

Heath for president:

A couple days ago, Ben Roethlisberger endorsed Heath as a presidential candidate (if you missed it, check the news below from October 24).

The WDVE crew asked Heath who he would choose as his running mate and staff.

Listen to who he chooses and why, and what platform he'd endorse HERE.




October 24, 2012

Showing Heath some love

From SI.com Second Read:

There are flashier tight ends around the league, players like Rob Gronkowski or Vernon Davis who change defensive game plans and steal

The Steelers probably wouldn't trade Heath Miller for any of them.

Miller is more from the "traditional tight end" cut than the Gronkowskis of the world, but he is invaluable in Pittsburgh's offense - and has been for several years. How much the Steelers rely on him was on display Sunday in their come-from-behind 24-17 win over Cincinnati.

"Heath gives us consistent effort on a week-in and week-out basis, and sometimes when we win, it gets highlighted as it should," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "But his performance is in line with what he's done all year."

Read the rest of the article, which includes highlights of Heath's play against the Bengals, here.

Miller for President?

We all know how humble Heath is, so promoting himself the way presidential nominees have to doesn't seem likely in his future, but Ben Roethlisberger is all for running his campaign...

From AP Sports Writer, Will Graves:

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is endorsing tight end Heath Miller for president. Roethlisberger says Miller's work ethic and ability to deliver in the clutch would make him an excellent commander-in-chief.

All kidding aside, Miller is in the midst of a mid-career renaissance. His five touchdowns are tied for the most in the NFL by a tight end and he's on pace to set career highs in receptions and with one more score will tie Elbie Nickel for the most career touchdowns by a tight end in franchise history.

Miller humbly says he's not doing anything different but admits he is getting a little more attention than usual near the goal line. It hasn't stopped him. His 9-yard touchdown reception helped Pittsburgh tie the game late in the first half last week against Cincinnati, and he celebrated by uncharacteristically flexing his muscles.

Also, Mike Bires provided a few Miller fun facts for us:

"Among all NFL tight ends, only three have caught 5 TD passes: Heath Miller, Steelers; Rob Gronkowski, Patriots; & Kyle Rudolph, Vikings."

"Steelers tight end Heath Miller is tied for sixth in NFL with 5 TD catches."

Update on Bid for Hope XI:

Heath and Katie Miller will be hosting Bid for Hope XI on October 29. Diana Napper, founder of Glimmer of Hope, let us know the event is once again a SELL OUT! Thanks to all who are attending and supporting such a great cause!

We will post photos, courtesy of Diana Napper and the official Bid for Hope photographers, once they are available after the event.




October 22, 2012

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Abby McGrew from San Diego, CA! She is our contest winner.

Thank you to ALL who entered the contest and sent birthday greetings to Mr. Miller. We will have more contests in the future.




October 22, 2012-evening edition

Miller birthday contest

Birthday contest:

To celebrate Miller's birthday...

If you are the 30th emailer, you will receive an authentic #83 jersey! The size is XXL.

No questions to answer or hoops to jump through...just be the 30th person to email me and you win!

E-mail: trish@heath-miller.com

Please only email the address of this site, which is listed above. You can also access the email by clicking on Contact at the top of this page. No entries will be accepted through the site Facebook page.

Please, one email per email address only (subsequent emails from the same address will be discounted).

Good luck!




October 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Heath!

Heath celebrates his 30th birthday today along with having the honor of being selected the Steelers Digest Player of the Game for his great play last night in the win over Cincy.

Check back later today for a birthday contest!

Why Heath was selected as player of the game:

He caught six passes for 53 yards, including one for a touchdown, his fifth of the season, plus another for a two-point conversion that tied the game, 14-14, at halftime. On top of all that, he was a part of the blocking for a run game that controlled the second half for the Steelers.

Read more on the Steelers win here.

From Coach Tomlin's post game interview:

"Heath gives us consistent effort and performance on a week in and week out basis. Sometimes when we are victorious it gets highlighted, as it should. His performance tonight is in line with what he has done for us all year."

You can watch Heath's TD reception here.

The Steelers also got a boost from the Texans when they defeated the Ravens!




October 21, 2012

Q & A with Miller

Mike Bires, TimesOnline recently spoke to Miller about his eight-year run with the Steelers as well as other topics.

From the interview:

Q: Last Saturday, the University of Virginia retired your No. 89 jersey that you wore when you played for the Cavaliers. What was that like?

A: "It was nice. It was obviously a great honor. It was good to be back in Charlottesville. I got to see a lot of old faces and some good friends I haven't seen for awhile. It was good to catch up with them. It was a very good trip."

Q: You were also an all-state baseball player at Honaker High. What position did you play? And was playing baseball in college ever an option?

A: "I played first base my first three years of high school and then moved to shortstop for my senior year. Yes, I did have pretty good success in baseball, but there wasn't much interest (from college baseball recruiters). I guess our school was too small."

Q: You've been one of the few Steelers who've played consistently well so far. You already have four touchdown catches. You only had four combined in 2010 and 2011. And with 25 catches, you're on pace for a career-high 80. What do you make of your performance so far?

A: "I'm just trying to do my job to the best of my ability. No matter what I'm asked to do; no job is too small. Ultimately, I base my success on team success. And with a 2-3 record, we're not very happy with where we're at right now."

You can read the rest of the Q & A here.

View a few photos of Heath and his family at the jersey retirement ceremony here.




October 14, 2012

Heath honored by UVa

Heath's #89 jersey was retired by University of Virginia yesterday in a special halftime ceremony. Miller attended the ceremony with his family.

Heath started at UVa in 2001 and was redshirted by the team. He came to the team as a quarterback but was moved to the tight end position when the his coach and teammates noticed his sure hands:

At a practice early that season, Hagans (UVa head coach) recalled Thursday, the scout team needed another tight end, and Miller switched positions.

"He ran down the seam and I (Marques Hagans- UVa QB)) threw him a ball that was over his head, and he reached up and caught it with one hand," Hagans recalled. "That was his last day as a quarterback."

As a redshirt freshman in 2002, Miller caught 33 passes for 327 yards and nine touchdowns and made the All-ACC second team. A year later, he set UVa and conference records for receptions in a season by a tight end, catching 70 passes for 835 yards and six TDs, and rose to the All-ACC first team.

In 2004, Miller became the first ACC player to win the Mackey Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top tight end. He finished his college career with 144 catches for 1,703 yards and 20 touchdowns. Miller also was a punishing blocker, and he did it all with a humble demeanor that endeared him to fans, teammates and coaches.

Miller's most memorable game as a Cavalier came against Virginia Tech on Nov. 29, 2003. He caught 13 passes for 145 yards - both career highs = as the 'Hoos rallied for a 35=-1 victory over the Hokies at Scott Stadium. One of his receptions came on a fake field goal on which holder Matt Schaub, who also played a little quarterback, pulled the ball away from kicker Connor Hughes, rolled to his right and then passed to Miller, who rumbled for a 10-yard gain and a first down.

Information courtesy of Jeff White, VirginiaSports.com.

Unfortunately Big Money's return did not bring a victory to UVa. They lost the homecoming game 27-20.

View a few photos of Heath and his family at the jersey retirement ceremony here.

Thank you to the Virginia Cavaliers for the photos!

Congratulations to Mr. Miller!




October 13, 2012

#89 jersey retired at UVA

From Jeff White, VirginiaSports.com:

'Big Money' Returns for Big Day at Scott Stadium

Not long after the University of Virginia football team opened training camp in 2010, Jake McGee, then a true freshman, switched from quarterback to tight end, telling his coaches he wanted to be next Heath Miller.

If he's fortunate, McGee will get to spend some time this weekend with the first Heath Miller - the soft-spoken Southwest Virginian whose clutch catches as a Cavalier earned him the nickname "Big Money."

Miller, now in his eighth season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is coming back to town for UVa's Homecomings game. At 3 p.m. Saturday, UVa meets Maryland , and at halftime Miller will become the 22nd former Cavalier to have his jersey retired at Scott Stadium.

"I'm excited to be able to have the opportunity to come back and see some familiar faces," Miller said by phone from Nashville, Tenn., where the Steelers were preparing to face the Titans on Thursday

Miller will fly back to Pittsburgh with the team after the game, then drive to Charlottesville on Friday with his wife, the former Katie Bunch, and their sons: Chase, 3, and Jake, who'll be 2 in December.

The family's ties to UVa are strong. Katie played soccer for the Cavaliers, and she and Heath find it hard to believe that eight years have passed since they graduated from the University.

"It went by fast," said Miller, who turns 30 this month.

As for the ceremony in which he's obligated to take part Saturday, Miller said he hasn't given it much thought. That's probably because, even as an NFL star, he hasn't lost his aversion to the spotlight.

"I guess I haven't let myself focus on the part I'm not looking forward to," Miller said, laughing.

"The thing about Heath was, what you saw on the football field was the same thing you saw off the field," said Hagans, who started at quarterback for UVa in 2004 and 2005

"He would pancake a guy, then at the end of the play help him up. In the weight room, he was one of the hardest workers on the team. He never complained. He's just one of the great people in my life, and I'm lucky to know him. He's been true to who he is. He loves his wife, loves his kids, loves his family."

That Pittsburgh was the perfect place for him to play pro football might not have been obvious to Miller on the day he was drafted, he said, "but certainly over the course of my career I realized how fortunate I've been to be drafted by Pittsburgh and to be able play my whole career with the Steelers."

The Rooneys, who own the Steelers, are revered for their stewardship of the storied franchise, "and I'm proud to be a part of their organization. There's not much that I could complain about at all or change at all. I feel like a lucky man."- Miller

Click here to read the entire article and watch a couple videos with Heath.




October 7, 2012

Another game, Another milestone

Steelers 16, Eagles 14

The Steelers defeated the Eagles and are now 2-2 on the season. They have a short break before facing off against the Titans this Thursday.

Heath had another great game, and to go with it..another career milestone. He had four receptions for 43 yards to become the eighth player in franchise history to top 4,000 career receiving yards!

We know winning matters more to Miller than records, but congratulations to him on his latest achievement.

You can read more on the game here.

Reminder:

Heath's jersey will be retired by UVA on October 13. We will post photos if they become available. Keep your fingers crossed!

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.




September 25, 2012

Two touchdown game for #83

"It's not where we wanted to be, it's not where we planned to be, but it's where we are." -- Miller on his team's 1-2 start

Heath had eight receptions for sixty yards and two touchdowns in the heartbreaking 34-31 loss to Oakland.

Ben Roethlisberger on Miller:

"Heath's a beast. He fought through some big-time pain I'm sure some people don't know about, some injury and I didn't think he would play. That just shows what kind of competitor, warrior and teammate he is because he had a heck of a game."

Read more on the game from Bob Labriola here.

Miller Milestone:

Heath Miller has now joined Hines Ward, John Stallworth and Louis Lipps as the only Steelers to have at least 350 career receptions. (Stat courtesy of the Steelers)

Heath's TD's:

Click here to watch Miller's TD's.

You can listen to Heath's post game interview here.

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.




September 21, 2012

Steelers' Miller a tough man to keep out

From Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Steelers tight end Heath Miller, a man of many accomplishments and few words, typically and politely refused to discuss his injury.

Good thing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was there to help.

"I've had it and I can tell you it's absolutely miserable."

Rib cartilage separation.

"It feels like someone is stabbing you with a knife constantly," Roethlisberger said.

It really must hurt because Miller missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. Don't rule him out of the game Sunday in Oakland against the Raiders just yet, though. It will be something of a surprise if he doesn't practice today. Miller almost always finds a way to go, playing in 120 of a possible 124 games -- including the postseason -- during his eight-year NFL career.

"One tough son of a gun," Roethlisberger said of Miller.

Heath old?

"Old is a bad word in this business," Miller said. "I'm not ready to put it in front of my name yet. When I think of veteran players, I think of Aaron Smith, Hines Ward, James Farrior. Guys who have been in the league for 12 or 13 years. I'm not there yet."

"It's hard to believe I've been here this long. It goes so fast," Miller said.

You can read the entire article here.

More Miller chatter:

From Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley:

He's just a really good football player. His name doesn't get mentioned a bunch. I loved him when he was coming out of college. He's done nothing but show that he is a really good football player. Any time you have a guy like that on your team, you utilize him in every way you can, whether in the run game or pass game. You aren't going to hear much from him, and he's probably going to do the play right.

Read more from Coach Haley here.




September 19, 2012

Miller update

"I'm doing my best, preparing to get ready to go." -- Miller from his media interview today.

Coach Tomlin mentioned in his press conference yesterday that Miller may be limited this week due to a rib injury. He did not indicate it was serious, so it sounds like they are just being cautious.

Heath did not practice today. I will post any injury updates on the right side of this page under "Quick Updates.

Heath told the media he was sore but should be alright.

Big Ben wants Heath in the Pro Bowl:

"We're trying to get him to the Pro Bowl. He's deserved it for a long time. Heath is a weapon and we have to continue to use him out in the field and in the red zone. Like I've always said, he blocks like a lineman and catches like a receiver. If we keep utilizing him it will be big."

Read more from Ben's interview here.




September 18, 2012

Miller off to fast start

After the second game of the season, Heath already has two touchdown catches and seven receptions. He is still throwing many great blocks for his teammates, but it has been nice seeing him used in the passing game also.

From Mike Bires, Times Online:

One of the first things Todd Haley said upon beginning his new job as offensive coordinator was that he planned on getting the ball more to tight end Heath Miller.

After two games, Miller only has seven catches. So they aren't throwing more to Miller, at least not yet. That's just an indication of how well Ben Roethlisberger is spreading the ball around to all his available options. But Roethlisberger definitely has trust in Miller.

In the Week 1 loss in Denver, it was Miller who scored the Steelers' first touchdown in 2012. In Sunday's win over the Jets, it was Miller again who scored the first Steelers' TD on a short 1-yard play.

Miller may never get a ton of catches like prolific pass-catchers Jimmy Graham of the Saints (99) and Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots (90) had last year but for years now, the Steelers have maintained that in Miller, they have one of the league's most complete tight ends.

What does the ever humble Miller think of a more increased role?

"All I care about is winning. "I'll try to do whatever they need me to do, week in and week out, to help this team win."

Congratulations to Heath on another milestone:

With his performance today, Heath Miller has passed Ray Matthews (3,919) for eighth place on the Steelers all-time receiving yards list. --Pittsburgh Steelers.

Game photos:

Click here to view game photos.




September 16, 2012

Steelers 10-0 in home openers

Steelers 27, Jets 10

The Steelers defeated the Jets and are now 10-0 in home openers. They are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC North with Baltimore and Cincinnati.

From NFL.com:

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers smothered the New York Jets in the second half of a 27-10 victory Sunday. Roethlisberger completed 24 of 31 passes. He hit Heath Miller for a 1-yard score to give the Steelers the lead late in the first half, then found Mike Wallace for a 37-yard strike early in the third quarter to break open the game.

Miller's post game interview:

Click here to listen.

You can read more on the big win here.

I will add more game news and photos tomorrow evening.




September 14, 2012

The next Heath Miller

Has UVA found their next Heath Miller just as they are set to retire Miller's #89 jersey next month?

From Mark Giannotto, The Washington Post:

The way Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor tells it, sophomore Jake McGee was standing underneath a mural of the greatest tight end in Cavaliers history one day last year when he made a grand statement: He wanted to become the next Heath Miller.

McGee remembered it a little differently this week, that he simply told Lazor, "I'll try my best to at least get close to what he did here."

Through two games, he has already emerged as perhaps the best receiving tight end Virginia has seen since Miller finished his record-setting college career and was drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft.

Read the entire article here.

Good luck to McGee (who wears jersey #83-good choice) and the Cavaliers this season!

Check out the August 27 news below for information on Heath's jersey retirement at UVA.

Miller chatter:

Ups and Downs from the Broncos game from Jim Wexell:

Up: Heath Miller- From the first snap (driving No. 52 into the dirt) to one of the last (handled Von Miller one-on-one a play before the pick six), Heath was a beast as both a blocker and receiver. The mild-mannered Clark Kent was even spotted arguing with an official after he was called for holding Von Miller on the second snap when he was merely pushing him into the dirt.

Heath caught 4 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, but also had 2 catches for 10 yards nullified by defensive penalties the Steelers accepted.

Miller converted a third-and-18 and a third-and-7 in the third quarter. He’s off and running for the Pro Bowl, if not the All-Pro, team.




September 12, 2012

Bid for Hope XI

"It's a great cause. I know the people at Magee work hard every day to find a cure for this disease and take steps to better treating breast cancer. We are glad to be a part of it." -- Heath Miller.

Heath and Katie Miller will hosting Bid for Hope XI with Glimmer of Hope on October 29.

From Glimmer of Hope:

PLEASE JOIN HEATH AND KATIE MILLER AND SPECIAL GUEST AUCTIONEER: BOB POMPEANI...

Make a difference in the fight against breast cancer while enjoying an auction, with items to please everyone.

Mix, meet and mingle with Pittsburgh Steeler Heath Miller #83 and many of his invited teammates.

Players that attended last year included: Brett Keisel, Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Max Starks, Charlie Batch and Alan Faneca.

Ticket includes heavy Hors d' oeuvres, cocktails, a white panel football for autographs and gift cards in a custom gift bag.

The extraordinary event begins at 7:00 pm with an autograph session.

This is your chance to meet Heath Miller and his teammates, obtain autographs and help in the fight against breast cancer!

To order tickets to the event, or to donate to the largest under 40 pre-menopausal breast cancer study in the country being conducted, click here.




September 10, 2012

HEEEAATTHHHHH

Steelers 19, Broncos 31

It was a tough way to start the 2012 regular season, but there is no reason to hit the panic button. We saw many positives in the loss, along with issues the team will need to address.

One positive was seeing #83 with more receptions. Heath had four receptions for 50-yards and a TOUCHDOWN!

Miller had some great blocks also, but it sure was nice seeing him in the end zone again.

Heath was a consideration for Steelers Digest player of the week. The honor went to Ben Roethlisberger.

Read more about what went right in the game and what went wrong here.

Miller chatter from AFC North blog:

The Steelers did incorporate Heath Miller more than in recent memory, and Miller could be their best red zone weapon. He came up big, time and time again.

Game photos:

Click here for some game photos.

See, another positive...we have photos of #83 again! It's been too long.

September 4, 2012

Talking Steelers football

I feel good about our team. I think we're deep in alot of areas and I'm excited to get going.- Heath, from an interview with WDVE's Mike Prisuta.

Click here to listen to the whole interview.

The 2012 season begins on September 9 for the Steelers. They will travel to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

The game will be nationally televised on NBC at 8:20 p.m. EDT.




August 27, 2012

UVA Jersey Retirement

The University of Virginia announced they will retire Miller's #89 jersey!

From NBC29.com:

The University of Virginia will retire the jerseys of former football greats Matt Schaub, Heath Miller, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson this season.

Miller re-wrote the ACC record book with most receptions, yards, and touchdowns for a tight end. He won the John Mackey Award as nation's top tight end in 2004.

Miller will be honored at halftime of UVA's home game against Maryland October 13.

You can read the entire article here.

Click here for more from the UVA website.

Congratulations to Heath, Matt Schaub and D'Brickashaw Ferguson!

More on Heath's career with UVA: here.

Hopefully we'll locate a few photos from the ceremony!




August 26, 2012

First reception of the preseason

Steelers 38, Bills 7

The Steelers defeated the Buffalo Bills last night and are 2-1 in preseason play.

Heath got his first..and second receptions of the preseason. He had 15 reception yards, and of course numerous great blocks for his teammates.

The Steelers defense caused three turnovers, which led to three Steelers touchdowns so both sides of the ball played well.

Read more on the game here.

From a Q & A with Jim Wexell:

Q:You caught so many passes in the spring and now you're blocking so many defensive ends in the games. Will there be a happy medium once the regular season begins?

HM:As far as that's concerned I have no expectations. I'm going to do what I'm asked to do to the best of my ability. That's what I expect out of myself. But, you never know how things are going to shake out. When you get your opportunities you make the most of them, and that's what I try to do.

You can read the rest of the Q & A here.

Steel City Insider is a subscription site, but it is well worth the money for all of the great insight and one-on-one interviews Jim Wexell provides. He also throws freebies in, so be sure to visit his site.

Twitter:

Wexell asked Heath if he would ever join the Twitter world:

"Not anytime soon" was Mr. Miller's response.

I receive many emails from fans upset over something Heath supposedly did or said on Twitter. As I have posted here several times, Heath Miller DOES NOT have an official Twitter account. If you belong to one, or come across one, it is a fake.




August 20, 2012

Steelers get win at home

Steelers 26, Colts 24

The Steelers are now 1-1 in preseason play after defeating the Colts last night. The team departed from Latrobe and will now practice at their in-season facility the remainder of the season.

Heath played in the first half and had an amazing block which helped lead to Antonio Brown's 57-yard touchdown run.

"It was a great block by Heath Miller, and a great block by Baron Batch. Ben Roethlisberger had a great play-action fake. He tricked the defense to think it was a run, so it was a great team play." - Antonio Brown.

Sorry, but there are not many photos of Miller since he and the starters did not play long. Don't worry, there will be plenty of him once the season is underway!




August 16, 2012

Camp winding down

It is hard to believe, but training camp is almost over. The last day for fans to catch practice is tomorrow.

The team breaks camp before their first home preseason game of the season. It will be nationally televised on NBC Sunday night.

Miller talks about the offense:

,"I think the tight end position is going to have a lot of responsibility and we don't take that lightly as a group"

We are hearing the tight end position could have a big role this season in the Steelers offensive game plan, which is exciting for fans of #83!

Home run derby king...

From Mike Bires, Times Online:

It's a Softball Night in Latrobe. Dating back to the days when Bill Cowher was coach, the Steelers have played a game of slo-pitch after their last training camp practice. That tradition continued for the first five years of the Mike Tomlin regime

The Steelers will play softball in some form or fashion this evening on the St. Vincent College baseball field, which is located next to their Rooney Hall dorm.

Tomlin's favorite to win the derby is tight end Heath Miller, who was an all-state baseball player when he attended high school in Swords Creek, Va.

"I don't think its going to be much of a home run derby," said Miller, who's well aware that most Steelers have had a hard time hitting in past softball games in Latrobe.

Read the entire article here.

If you have any training camp photos of Miller, feel free to email me. The address is under Contact at the top of this page!




July 27, 2012

Day 2-Training camp

Miller provided an update on his injury from yesterday:

It's feeling good, it's a little set back but it's no big deal. It's nothing major. I shouldn't be out too long." - (From Steelers.com.)

Training camp guide:

If you will be attending training camp, click here for a guide from Steeler Addicts.

Miller talks about fans at camp:

Click here to listen.

Check back for updates and photos as they become available.




July 26, 2012

Training camp underway

Players reported to training camp yesterday and hit the practice field today. It was a closed practice. Public practices begin Friday.

For the training camp schedule, click here.

Coach Tomlin said Heath did have a slight injury today to his ankle, but said it is not a serious injury.

For training camp updates, click here.

The crew at Steelers Depot does a great job with news.

I will update with news on Miller as it becomes availablem and of course the same goes for photos! It's been awhile since we've seen #83 so I know you are all excited to see him in action again!




June 21, 2012

Football spot-Heath Miller

Heath recently filmed a segment on Virginia Sports TV.com . He talks about his game days in Virginia at Scott stadium.

Heath played for the Cavaliers from 2001-2004.

Click here to listen.

The team will kick off their season on September 1, 2012.




June 5, 2012

New photos

For the fifth year in a row, Heath hosted his Mini Golf Classic to benefit Project Bundle-Up through the Salvation Army. It was once again a successful event and everyone had a great time!

From the WTAE Project Bundle- Up Facebook page:

"Thank you to all the teams that participated in our Heath Miller "Minigolf Classic." Project Bundle-Up hopes you had a great time.

This year, we had a record breaking number of teams that participated.

It is because of teams like you that children and seniors will stay warm this winter. Thank you!"

Magee check presentation:

Heath and his wife, Katie, host Bid for Hope yearly to benefit breast cancer research through Glimmer of Hope .

Each summer Glimmer of Hope and the Miller's are proud to present a check with the money raised from the event to Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation .

This year the check presented to Magee was $132,300!

View more photos from the check presentation here on Glimmer of Hope's Facebook page. Also, be sure to "Like" their page. They are doing great work in the battle against breast cancer!

Social media:

Please be aware that Mr. Miller has NO personal social media pages. If you come across a Facebook or Twitter page stating they are Heath Miller, it is a fake.

This website now has a new fan Facebook page for Mr. Miller which you can follow here. It is NOT his personal page, just a fan page for this website. Thank you to all who have emailed to ask about the other pages claming to be Mr. Miller's official pages.




May 31, 2012

Miller may have bigger role

The Steelers hired offensive coordinator Todd Haley to replace Bruce Arians. Since then, there has been much speculation regarding what changes would be made on offense. While we won't know what the "new" look to the offense will be for awhile, many seem sure Heath Miller will be key to the Steelers offense this season.

From Brian McIntyre, NFL.com:

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller is expected to play a key role as a receiver in new offensive coordinator Todd Haley's system, Ed Bouchette reports in Thursday's edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"Haley is excited about what Heath Miller is capable of," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "He's been very clear about that, his excitement to work with Miller. I would imagine that the tight end is going to be a part of our plan."

"I definitely see opportunities for that to happen," said Miller. "That's not to say there weren't opportunities in the last offense. We (the tight ends) are going to be involved a lot."

Click here to read the whole article.

Also, from Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Steelers TE Miller respected for work ethic

Willie Colon was asked about who will handle the the leadership role on what is shaping up to be a very young offensive line.

Colon's answer revealed as much about Heath Miller as it did his intentions to show the way to some of the Steelers' young linemen.

"I try to take the Heath Miller approach and just flat out be the guy on tape that you see and say, 'Hey, that's how you work,' said Colon, the seventh-year veteran who has moved from right tackle to left guard. "Every time I've looked at one guy who's set the tempo, who's just played (all out) besides Hines (Ward), it's Heath. He blocks his tail off, he runs hard, he gets after guys, and there's never any question about it. It's just expected of him,"

"If he was somewhere else that was pass happy like a Dallas Clark situation or like Tom Brady, that type of offense, he'd be a Pro Bowler every year," Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote said. "A lot of these guys you see putting up these numbers, they stink at blocking, but Heath can do both."

"We've always had a lot of good players on offense here, and I think the more we spread the ball around and get everyone involved, the more difficult, in my mind, we would be to defend," Miller said. "I don't sit around and crave catching 100 balls. I just want to win and win Super Bowls."

"Just a silent killer man," Colon said. "He never complains. When things get tough he gets tougher. He's just the ultimate guy, and I look up to him so much. If there's anyone I want to model myself after, it's Heath."

Click here to read Mr. Brown's entire article.




January 9, 2012

Tough ending to a great season

"Really, not a lot to say. I'd like to extend congratulations to the Denver Broncos, their staff and players. They played a good football game, of course, and did the job and won. They persevered. I'm proud of our guys and the way they fought but, obviously, we're not in it for the moral victories, it wasn't enough. They made the significant plays tonight, particularly the chunks that allowed them to win. We accept responsibility for that like we have through many, many legs of this journey this year. But we fell short."--From Coach Tomlin's post-game press conference.

Despite being riddled with injuries, the Steelers never gave up in their overtime loss to Denver (29-23). They were down by 10 points late in the game and came back to tie the game 23-23, sending it to overtime. The Broncos won the ever important coin toss and scored a touchdown on their first possession to get the wildcard win.Miller had a big game, with five receptions for sixty yards. He was also one of the lead blockers for the offense.

It was a tough ending to a great season. The team finished strong at 12-5 and gave fans reasons to cheer each week as another hotcake was stacked. There were bumps in the road, but the team (and fans) never gave up. They fought hard each week until the final whistle blew tonight in overtime, ending their season.

To listen to some of Heath's post game interview, click here.




December 20, 2011

Miller sets record

It was a tough loss last night to San Francisco (20-3), but there was a bright moment.

With his first catch of the night, Miller broke the franchise record for catches by a tight end that had been held by Elbie Nickel, and his 39-yard catch-and-run was the Steelers' longest play of the night. Miller tied for the team lead in catches vs. the 49ers, and he had 82 receiving yards. --Steelers.com.

Congratulations to Mr. Miller on such a great accomplishment, and also for being selected as Steelers Digest Player of the Week!

For more game news, click here.

You can click here to read Miller's post game quotes.

Sleigh Ride:

Performed LIVE by the tight ends and kickers..check it out here.




December 14, 2011

Miller honored for fundamentals

From Teresa Varley, Steelers.com:

Steelers tight end Heath Miller was named to the USA Football All-Fundamentals Team. The team honors 26 NFL players, 11 each on offense and defense and four on special teams, who exhibit the fundamentals and techniques of football that provide proper examples for youth football players.

"Fundamentals are something I have tried to embrace," said Miller. "That is what will carry you throughout your career. If you are able to be sound technically and fundamentally you'll be able to do your job most of the time."

Miller has drawn praise throughout his career not just for his pass-catching, but also his blocking skills.

"It's something I learned in college and it carried over to the professional level," said Miller. "As a tight end you are asked to block guys who are bigger and most of the time stronger than you, so you have to use proper fundamentals to get the job done."

To read the entire article, and to see video of Heath's fundamentals, click here.

Congratulations to Mr. Miller!




December 12, 2011

Miller scales reception ladder for Steelers

Heath probably won't talk about how close he is to passing Lynn Swann on the Steelers' all-time receptions list, but others will. Heath is less than ten receptions away from moving into the number four slot on the Steelers' all-time receptions list. Lynn Swann has 336 receptions, while Heath has 329 receptions.

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The occurrence is tantamount to a snowstorm hitting South Beach and is something even less believable than a Kardashian wedding. But Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace insists it happened, that the perennially underrated Heath Miller engaged in some jawing during a game this season.

Wallace said it took place after a defensive player got the better of Miller on one play - and let him know about it.

"Heath said, 'Well. what happened the other eight plays before that?'" Wallace said with a grin. "It was kind of weird because you never hear him say anything."

It is apropos then that Miller quietly has tied Elbie Nickel for the most catches (329) by a tight end in Steelers history, and that he is less than 10 receptions away from passing Hall of Famer Lynn Swann on the team's all-time receptions list.

Read the entire article here.




December 2, 2011

One on one with Heath

Scott Graham, Westwood One, sat down for an interview with Heath.

From the interview:

"I'm not sure what you would label us, I know that Ben is, he is the best player on our offense so certainly we would put the ball in his hands more often than not. It's a good thing for our team and I think that's kind of been maybe the biggest difference over the last few years."

"And there's been games where he's put us on his back and executed the game plan and has gotten wins for us, and he will continue to do that in the future."--Discussing whether the personality of the Steelers offense has changed.

"The Bengals have had a great year. They're a tough team and it's an important game for both of us."--Heath discussing the upcoming game verse division rival Cincinnati.

"We enjoy playing in our home town, in front of our home crowd. I think Heinz Field is a tough venue to play in, We know our fans are gonna be there. We just have to make sure we show up and play well... we execute...and we make it a tough place to play on our end."--Discussing playing at Heinz Field.

The Steelers will take on the Bengals at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field.




November 30, 2011

We're Back!

I apologize for the delay in updates. The site was undergoing maintenance and should be ready to go now. We're back!

The Steelers are 8-3 and will play the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday in a tough division battle.

Miller watch:

Heath is 118 yards shy of passing Santonio Holmes (3,835) for ninth place on the Steelers all-time receiving yards list and he needs five receptions to surpass Elbie Nickel (329) for the most receptions by a tight end in Steelers history.

Bid for Hope 2011:

The Miller's and the Faneca's hosted the amazing event this year to benefit breast cancer research. They had a great turn-out with many of Heath's teammates attending with their families.

You can see two albums of photos here.

The photo used in today's news is courtesy of Kelli Ann Photogrpahy.




October 27, 2011

Steelers, Miller beat Pats at own game

From Andrew Chiappazzi, Times Sports Correspondent:

When the Patriots go back and review the film of the Steelers' offense chipping away at them through the air, it will look startlingly familiar. The Steelers took the Patriots' recipe of using short passes to the tight ends and running backs and turned it on Bill Belichick's crew.

Heath Miller caught seven passes for 85 yards, including six in the first quarter, as Ben Roethlisberger hit nine different receivers. The Steelers controlled the ball for an astonishing 40 minutes and ran 78 plays, all while running the ball just 23 times.

To a man, the Steelers insisted that the methodical approach wasn't scripted.

"Those plays are in the game plan every week, and we just tried to take what the defense gave us and move the ball in any way we can," Miller said.

According to Miller, Roethlisberger, and just about everyone else, it's just the way things worked out.

"Ben did a good job of seeing the voids in the defense, and the middle of the field was open early on and we were able to move the ball that way," Miller said.

"I think so. It's crazy how underrated Heath really is because he's one of the best tight ends in this league," Wallace said. "We don't use him as much because we have so many guys."

Click here to read the whole article.

Miller chatter:

"To me, Heath is a lineman in the running game, and he is a wide receiver when he catches the ball. So if we can get him matched up on linebackers, we feel that is a win for us. He is Mr. Dependable. I get the ball close to him, and he makes the play." - Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, from his post-game press conference.

"They gave us a lot underneath stuff. I thought our Pro Bowl tight end did a great job, just looking hot when it was hot, kind of feeling out zones when they gave it to us. It opens up Heath underneath, and I know he had a great game. He is Mr. Dependable. I get the ball close to him and he makes the play." - Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, from his post-game press conference.

Game photos:

Click here for photos.




October 27, 2011

It's Miller Time

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net:

Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel - a former Wyoming Player of the Year as a tight end in high school - sidled up to tight ends coach James Daniel at Wednesday's practice and asked him this:

"Heath Miller and I would've made a pretty nice set of bookends, wouldn't we?"

Daniel didn't respond, but he had to be dreaming the dream: If only Keisel had stayed on the offensive.

"No," Keisel said with a laugh. "I'd much rather be on the other side of the ball. Honestly. Too much thinking over there (on offense). 'Is it zone? Is it man?' With our defense we can just get the call and get the guy with the ball."

The subject arose this week because Sunday's opponent, New England, is all about ... well, the Patriots are all about Tom Brady. But after Brady, the player mentioned most often in the Steelers' locker room Wednesday was Rob Gronkowski, the young tight end who scorched them last season as a rookie.

Meanwhile, Miller, one of the quietest yet toughest of the Steelers, enjoyed another productive practice. His catch of a Ben Roethlisberger deep pass - without even a whisper of sound when ball hit hands - was the play of the afternoon.

Could Miller be the real tight end to watch Sunday against New England?

"No question," said Keisel. "He's elite. We look at true tight ends here, not Antonio Gateses split out, or this guy in New England who's split out. Heath lines up with the offensive linemen and can move a defensive end, can scheme-block, and will go out and make incredible catches, too. What makes him special is all the little things that he does that people don't see."

Miller, of course, wants nothing to do with crowing about his skills.

"I think I'm playing OK," he said. "I try to do whatever I'm asked to do to the best of my ability every week."

Playing OK? Miller stepped up last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass among his 4 receptions for 59 yards.

With Hines Ward injured, Miller did the dirty work in the middle of the field while the young greyhounds - Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders - combined for 15 catches, 266 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Miller was noticed a bit when a large chunk of turf stuck to his facemask and the Steelers had to pull him out of the game for a play. Other than that, his touchdown catch was just - ho hum - another part of another day at the office.

And Keisel thought Miller's move after the touchdown was poetry in motion.

"He turns, looks for the closest official, hands him the ball, and goes back to the huddle," Keisel said. "I love it."

Miller believes that he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have seen so much in seven years together that there's a genuine comfort level between the two. In those seven seasons, Miller's caught 309 passes. He's 20 behind the franchise's all-time tight end, Elbie Nickel, and 50 from passing Louis Lipps as the third best overall. Miller just turned 29 last Saturday.

"I didn't realize that," Miller said of his statistical rise. "I've been here a few years now. I guess if I'm playing like I'm supposed to be playing those things should maybe happen along the way.

Read Mr. Wexell's entire article here.

Also, he did a great Q & A with #83, which he is graciously sharing with this site.

Q&A: Heath Miller

Q: The last time you played the Patriots, they kind of put the tight end-mania into overdrive with the way they used theirs, didn't they? Doesn't it seem like everybody wants two or three tight ends now?

A: I'm not sure. I guess I haven't looked at it from a broad perspective, but they like to use those guys. They were rookies last year and they got a lot of mileage out of them and had a lot of success. They still do.

Q: How are you feeling? How would you describe how you are you playing?

A: I think I'm playing OK. I try to do whatever I'm asked to do to the best of my ability every week and try to improve and kind of be a constant for us.

Q: It looks like a real grinding position and it looks like you're enjoying it. Am I right on both counts?

A: Yeah. I think the tight end position's always kind of been that way, at least here, and even in college. The way we played, you're asked to be a big part of the running game and you get in there. And then you're able to be a part of the passing game. That's fun, too. I enjoy the aspect of being able to do different things.

Q: Did you ever get all of that grass and mud out of your helmet?

A: Yeah. It took a while. We had to call a five-wide (receivers) play for me to come off and get it out (laughs).

Q: You're climbing the charts for such a young guy. Does catching Elbie Nickel mean anything to you? Or climbing to third on the team's all-time list?

A: Yeah, I didn't realize that. You know, I don't take a step back to look at that stuff very often, just when you guys bring it up. I've been here a few years now. I guess if I'm playing like I'm supposed to be playing those things should maybe happen along the way.

Q: You were a quarterback in high school and it wouldn't seem like quarterbacks should make such a successful transition to such a physical position. How tough is it?

A: It's a physical position. I think in this offense we're asked to do a lot of stuff. The tight end is the lead blocking back in a lot of things. Thankfully we have David Johnson (laughs) on our team, who is pretty darn good at that. So he does a lot of that, but when other guys are asked to do it we take pride in it. We don't want to make the running backs think 'Oh, I've got a tight end in front of me blocking.' We want to make them feel comfortable.

Q: You dropped a ball a couple weeks ago, didn't you?

A: Did I? When?

Q: Maybe it was in a practice.

A: Yeah. I dropped one a couple weeks ago. I was in practice. It was right here. Charlie [Batch] threw it perfectly. The defender was on this side. I remember the play. It happens. But you try to erase it from your memory as quick as you can. Those things happen. No one's going to be perfect, but you try to make your plays when you get the opportunity.

Q: I thought about that a couple games ago when you made a great catch but you were out of bounds. Neither of those plays counted.

A: I should've given myself more room on the sideline.

Q: You're too hard on yourself. You and Ben [Roethlisberger] seem to have a real bond anymore, don't you?

A: Well, we've been together for seven years now. We've seen a lot of different defenses and a lot of different situations, so I've got a good feel where he's going to throw the ball based on how a guy's trying to cover me. That's a good thing.

Q: He has a lot of respect for you. You sense that, don't you?

A: Yeah. I think there's a comfort level there and a lot of that comes from being together for such a long time. I always try to be where I'm supposed to be and do what I'm supposed to do to gain his confidence. Hopefully that has over time.

Q: Does it help that you have a quarterback background.

A: Maybe a little bit, but it's a long time ago. Maybe my first year more so, but I definitely see things as a tight end that help.

Big thanks to Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net for allowing me to post his interview and Q & A with Heath. If you are not already subscribing to Mr. Wexell's site, please check it out. He has interesting insight into the games and posts great articles and interviews with the players. It's worth the subscription!




October 23, 2011

Steelers defeat Cardinals 32-20

It’s great to put together a winning performance on the road. It’s something we hadn’t done definitively to this point. I like our efforts on all three phases. We made the necessary plays. We had some signature splash plays on defense. We made critical third down conversions on offense in the second half, things we didn’t do a week ago. All positive signs. Largely we are pleased to come into a venue like this and get a “W” and move on.--From Coach Tomlin's post-game press conference.

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Emmanuel Sanders left the visiting locker room at University of Phoenix Stadium sporting a bow tie the same color as his pinstriped lavender shirt. He also wore a burgundy sports coat and gray dress pants.

The colorful look is something you'd expect from any one of the three Steelers wideouts who call themselves the "Bugatti Boys." The ensemble might be the last thing you'd ever find in tight end Heath Miller's closet.

"I think we all probably have a lot more in common than you would think," Miller said. "It's a fun group to be around."

he wideouts that associate themselves with sleek sports cars and the tight end whose personality tends to be on the conservative side had at least one thing in common Sunday: They starred in the passing display that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger unleashed in front of his former offensive coordinator.

Roethlisberger completed 26 of 39 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns as the Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 32-20, to extend their winning streak to three games

Wallace and Brown each went over 100 yards receiving - Wallace's 95-yard touchdown reception was the longest pass play in Steelers history - and a passing game that sputtered in the second half a week earlier hummed in the desert.

In addition to the exploits of Wallace and Brown, Miller and Sanders combined for nine catches for 105 yards.

Click here to read Mr.Brown's entire article.

Miller had four receptions for fifty-nine yards and a touchdown on the day.

I will post game photos and more news tomorrow.




October 16, 2011

Miller shines in win

The Steelers defeated the Jaguars 17-13 in a game that came down to the last seconds. The Steelers defense stood strong and stopped the Jaguars, who were trying to get a game-saving drive going, to seal the victory for the black and gold.

Miller had a big game with four receptions for twenty-seven yards.

From Chris G., a featured contributor at the Bleacher Report:

Heath Miller appeared to be on his way for a big game before the offense went away from him.

He was getting open on the Jaguars' defense and finished the day with four receptions. More passes to Miller probably would have resulted in more scores, though, as he was able to move the chains with his catches.

Read more on the game.

Game photos:

Click here for photos.

Heath's event, Bid for Hope, is tomorrow night. I will post photos and news from the event as they become available.




October 9, 2011

First TD of the season

Heath scored his first touchdown of the season as the Steelers took down the Titans 38-17 in front of the home crowd at Heinz Field today.

The Steelers were without several key starters today, but they didn't let that deter them as the defense shut down the Tennessee offense most of the day. Ben Roethlisberger, with an injured foot, threw for five touchdown passes and even punter Danny Sepulveda helped out when he faked a punt and threw a 33-yard completion to set up a Steelers touchdown.

Click here to read more on the game.

Sure was nice to hear the crowd chant, HEEEAAATTTHHH for his three receptions for forty-six yards, and it was great to hear them go wild as he scored an 8-yard touchdown!

Did you miss seeing the TD? I gotcha covered...click here to watch it.

Game photos:

Click here for photos.




October 7, 2011

Miller walks the runway

Heath walked the runway at the Steelers Style Fashion Show with his lovely wife Katie, and their adorable children Thursday night.

From Steelers.com:

Art and Greta Rooney and Mike and Kiya Tomlin served as the chairpersons for the event, which benefited the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Cancer Caring Center.

"Every year you turn out and help us raise money for some wonderful charities," said Art Rooney II as he welcomed the crowd. "In this room earlier this year we celebrated Dr. Starzl's 30th anniversary for starting the Institute. It was one of the most amazing events I have ever attended because you got to see what one man has created. And also our friends at the Cancer Caring Center...the fashion show has been connected with the Cancer Center for more years than we can figure out."

Click here to see more photos of Heath and his teammates.




October 3, 2011

Miller sound bites

Sound bites from Miller's Post Game interview:

"We obviously have a lot of room for improvement as a team, and all I know to do is to go back to work tomorrow and try get better."

We'll check out film tomorrow and see where we need to get better. It's fair to say that every man in this room can improve and we all need to improve."

We gotta get better. We gotta keep working at it, and we got the guys in the locker room to get that done. "

You can click here to see Heath's interview, along with other interviews with members of the offense.

I want to say thank you to Steeler Nation for all the positive support they give to the team. We truly have the best fans!




October 2, 2011

"We've got some work to do"

From Coach Tomlin's Post Game Press Conference:

"We've got some work to do. It's not anything mystical. We will remain together. We will stay singularly focused on our work. We understand our issues are fundamental and they really are. We've got to do the basic football things a little better than what we are doing right now in order to be successful against some of the people we are playing. We have to tackle better, we have to block better. We will start that process tomorrow."

The Steelers lost to the Texans 17-10, in a game where many players suffered injuries. Tomlin will update Tuesday during his weekly press conference the extent of the injuries to Ben Roethlisberger, James Harrison, Rashard Mendenhall and Aaron Smith.

Miller watch:

Heath had three receptions for fifteen yards. One of the catches was just amazing. If you missed it, click here.

Game photos:

Click here for photos.




October 1, 2011

Steelers TE Miller attempts to boost offense

From Ralph N. Paulk, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The role of an NFL tight end continues to evolve, as increasingly complex offenses demand a more versatile athlete with equally adept blocking skills and pass-catching abilities.

There are few Kellen Winslows - gifted tight ends with remarkable hands and run-blocking skills. There are fewer John Mackeys - strong, fast tight ends who bore through defenders without flinching.

Heath Miller, the Steelers' steady yet hardly flashy tight end, is neither Winslow nor Mackey. But he is reliable and efficient. Miller, said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, "is my comfort blanket."

The Steelers were comfortable and confident with Miller when they inked him to a five-year deal worth $35.3 million in 2009, making him among the highest-paid players at the position. Even though the Steelers are 2-1 heading into their Sunday matchup with the Houston Texans (2-1) at Reliant Stadium, their running game is stuck in neutral. Most fingers are pointing at a dysfunctional offensive line, but Miller is feeling the heat, too.

"Our (tight ends) group takes a lot of pride in being able to do both blocking and catching," said Miller, who caught five of the six passes thrown to him in a 23-20 win at Indianapolis last week. "We need to do both for us to be productive offensively."

"When you have a tight end who can play fullback ... it just gives you so much of an advantage against a defensive signal caller," said Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Arians insisted Miller is among the "true tight ends" in the league and added there "are few Heath Millers."

"Heath has been the go-to guy over the years," Roethlisberger said. "He's a guy you can always count on."

Click here to read the entire article.

Great odds when #83 scores:

The Steelers are 20-6 when Miller scores at least one touchdown.




September 26, 2011

AFC road win for Steelers

With four seconds left, Steelers fans were finally able to breathe easy as Shaun Suisham kicked a game winning 38-yard field goal to give the Steelers a 23-20 win over the Colts. The game had gone back and forth, with the fourth quarter keeping fans on the edge of their seats but the Steelers prevailed giving them a needed AFC win.

Coach Tomlin summed up the win well:

"We don't care how it looks. We just want to get out of stadiums with wins, particularly road stadiums and AFC ones."

Click here for more game news.

Miller watch:

Heath had five receptions for seventy-one yards and he was used as a blocker during most of the game. Almost looked like he may need to be used on the O-Line after all their injuries!

He's as good as there is in league at extending the play." - Al Michaels, Sports Broadcaster talking about Heath after one of his catches.

Game photos:

Click here here photos.




September 23, 2011

Bid for Hope X

Would you like to meet Heath Miller and many of his teammates? How about doing so while also helping to benefit a great cause such as breast cancer research?

Bid for Hope, which will be hosted by Heath and Katie Miller and Alan and Julie Faneca, gives fans a chance to do both.

From the A Glimmer of Hope website:

"Bid for Hope," Glimmer of Hope's annual fundraising gala and auction takes place on October 17, 2011 from 7-11pm at Bossa Nova. The event hopes to raise money for premenopausal breast cancer research at Magee-Women's Research Institute. The event is hosted by Steelers tight end Heath Miller and his wife, Katie, and Alan and Julie Faneca. The event will include members of the Steelers who will sign autographs from 7-8pm. Items auctioned at the event include autographed Steelers paraphernalia, jerseys, jewelry,and much more. Tickets cost $200 and include hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, a white panel football for autographs, gift bags, and valet service.

The event is one-of-a-kind in that it gives fans a chance to meet their favorite Steelers and obtain autographs, while at the same time helping to raise money for breast cancer research!

Ready to order your tickets to help a great cause? Click here.

For those who cannot attend but would like to donate to the cause, click here.

Upcoming game:

The Steelers travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Sunday night. It will be a nationally televised game on NBC at 8:20 p.m.




September 18, 2011

Home opener is big success

The Steelers won their home opener in true Steelers style-with a SHUTOUT win over the Seattle Seahawks. The final score was 24-0 making the Steelers 1-1 on the season.

From Mark Koboly, Pittsburgh Tribine Review:

The Steelers won their ninth straight home opener and rebounded from an embarrassing Week 1 loss with an impressive 24-0 victory over Seattle in front of 63,663 at Heinz Field today. It was the first shut out by the Steelers in 33 regular season games - a 31-0 win over Cleveland on Dec. 28, 2008.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 298 yards and a touchdown; Mike Wallace caught eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown; and Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 66 yards and a score as the Steelers held the ball for 35 minutes.

The Steelers gained 421 total yards.

Heath had a big reception for sixteen yards and he had numerous great blocks against the Seattle defensive line to allow his teammates to make plays.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and defensive end Brett Keisel were both injured during the game, but as of now, Coach Tomlin said both injuries are not serious.

Click here for photos.




September 16, 2011

Steeler Nation is ready for the home opener...

And, they sent messages to let Heath and his teammates know they'll be cheering them on all season!

"Heath, good luck Sunday in the home opener! Beat those Seahawks!!" - Anne and Emily Cooper, St. Albans, WV.

Good luck in your home opening game this weekend!! Go get them seachickens! I also pray for no more injuries!!" - Haydee Sampedro, NM

"Heath, good luck Sunday in the home opener. Steeler Nation is behind you and your teammates 100%-this game and every game!" - Heather Petrow, Raleigh, N.C.

"Win or lose #83 is always a class act. Thank you for being so professional in all you do on and off the field! My husband and I and our 3 kids will all be wearing our Miller jerseys proudly Sunday." - Tara Kingsley, Pittsburgh, PA

Steeler Nation is ready to see a big win this weekend for the opening game at Heinz Field! Best wishes for a safe and successful season!" - Steve H.

"Can't wait to see the black and gold take the field Sunday! Going to be a great game and I hope to see #83 in the end zone!" - Sam Werreb, Atlanta, GA.

"HEEAATTHHHHHH...enough said!" - Stephanie Ross, Gibsonia, PA

"Heath, I wish you and your teammates a great season and a safe season. I may live in Dolphins country, but Steeler Nation has a huge presence here too. I appreciate the website so I can keep up with you as you're my favorite player on the team and it's rare we get Steelers news here in Miami! Have a great season!" - Tiffany Polk, Miami, Fl.

"Go get 'em Miller! We were so excited when the Steelers drafted you and we still get the same excitement everytime you take the field. You are a great role model and thanks for all you do for breast cancer research funding. I've had several family members affected by breast cancer and knowing you and your teammates care makes us proud!" - Steve Jenkins, Lexington, KY

"Heath have a great season and a healthy season! Love watching you catch those passes from #7 and love watching you block. You do it all!" - Kathryn C

"Here we go Steelers-Here we go! Get that win over Seattle for home opener. Good luck to the team!" - Josh Miller, Dallas, TX

"Stay healthy, have fun and play Steelers ball!" - Cassie Reynolds, Wexford, PA.

"Heath, thank you for all you do on the field but also for off it. Your work with Bid for Hope is inspiring and helps people more than you will ever know. I just wanted to make sure you knew how appreciative fans are of your off the field work too." - Mandi Bruce

"Go 'HEEAATTTTHHH'. Can't wait to join the crowd in that chant for every pass you catch Sunday. I am taking my son (age 4) to his first Steelers game and he's been practicing the chant all week." - Tyler and Tony Parnell, Pittsburgh, PA.

"Will be rooting for you and your teammates with tons of other Steelers fans at local hangout in Cleveland, Oh. No Browns fans here! Go Steelers!" - Wayne G.

"Wishing Heath and his teammates an amazing season." - Sara O.

Thank you to all who took the time to send such wonderful messages!




September 11, 2011

"We'll respond accordingly..."

From Coach Tomlin's press conference after the loss today:

"We don't like it, but we accept it. We'll respond accordingly."

The good news is, according to Coach Tomlin, there were no significant injuries to mention. James Harrison suffered a knee injury, but so far Tomlin said it is not serious.

The 35-7 loss to Baltimore was tough, but we know the team will bounce back and prepare for next week, and as Coach Tomlin said, "We'll respond accordingly."

Miller had three receptions for forty-two yards.

I will add game photos as I see them. Click here for photos.

Steeler Nation:

Sent several emails after the game. I have posted a few of them below.

"Heath you looked good out there today. We know you and team will get past this loss and we'll see wins in the future." - Cami Spelling

"Just one game. Can't measure a season with one game and win or lose Steeler Nation is behind you." - Tim Riley

"Go Steelers! We'll get 'em next week for sure." - Kelli Rupert

"We love #83 and the Steelers-win or lose." - Cristie Adams

Thanks everyone for all the positive messages and emails. The season is just beginning and we have many more games to look forward to this season!

Looking ahead:

The Steelers home opener is against Seattle at 1:00 p.m. next Sunday.




September 9, 2011

Miller...Keisel..and some LARGE elephants

From the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium website:

Two big Steelers met up with the world's biggest land mammals at the Zoo on Saturday.

Defensive end Brett Keisel and tight end Heath Miller stopped by the Zoo for a pep rally featuring our elephants. Both the players and the pachyderms wore black and gold as the crowd waved Terrible Towels. Tall Cathy from KISS 96.1 hosted the rally, which saw 20 fans win autographed towels, footballs, and photos with the players.

To see several photos of Heath at the zoo, click here.

To watch a video from the pep rally, with a quick interview with Miller, click here.

Are you ready for some football:

Steeler Nation...the 2011 NFL season is underway! The Steelers will start their season Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. I will post news and photos after the game. Best of luck to #83 and his teammates!

Happy Birthday to Steelers Defensive Coordinator, Dick LeBeau!

Check out the news from August 29 to read about Bid for Hope, which Heath and Katie Miller and Alan and Julie Faneca will be hosting.




August 29, 2011

Upcoming Miller appearances

Heath Miller and Alan Faneca will host Bid for Hope 2011 this year! It will be great to have both Heath and Alan together as hosts of the event!

The event will be on October 17, 2011. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research through A Glimmer of Hope.

Many of Heath's teammates attend each year, and fans are given the opportunity to meet the players and obtain autographs at the event. An autograph football is provided-no outside items are permitted.

Click the link above for A Glimmer of Hope to order your tickets.

Fans can attend the event for a fun-filled evening with the Steelers, while at the same time, they are helping to fund research for breast cancer.

For those who cannot attend but would like to donate to the cause, click here.

Heath and Brett Keisel to attend pep rally:

Both Brett and Heath will be at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium on September 3 for a pep rally hosted by Tall Kathy of Kiss 96.1. There will be chances to win great prizes. The pep rally starts at 11:00 a.m. and you must arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to be eligible to win the prizes.

Click here for all the information.

Thanks to Rob Gratson(from Twitter) and Erin from Big Ben 7 for the heads up!




August 15, 2011

Steelers TE Miller quietly leads by example

"Not a showboat, just straps his helmet and goes about his business." That's what you love about him. I thought I come in early, but he's already here in the shower by the time I get here. He's probably one of the first ones in the building and the last ones to leave."--Hines Ward

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The essence of Heath Miller could be seen in an unremarkable scene Wednesday in the Steelers' locker room.

Miller had been trying to downplay something receiver Hines Ward said about his work ethic, though the veteran tight end conceded he usually arrives at Steelers headquarters at 6:30 a.m. A couple of minutes later, Miller called a reporter back over. By the time he got to the weight room that morning, Miller said, outside linebacker James Harrison already was drenched in sweat.

It was Miller's way of deflecting attention, and he went out of his way to do it.

When told Miller ranks 13th among tight ends in a poll of the NFL's top 200 players by Scouts Inc., Arians chuckled.

"I think he's the best pure tight end in the league," Arians said. "Most of those guys are not tight ends; they're wide receivers. They don't block anybody. They can't block anybody."

Miller may find it difficult to improve significantly on the 42 receptions he made last season even if he plays every game. The Steelers have what Arians calls the best receiving corps since he joined the team in 2004.

He said he will use some five wide receiver sets - and admitted that it could be a delicate balance keeping everybody happy.

"That's the key with our offense now: You cannot get selfish," Arians said. "As long as everybody stays with that, and contracts don't get in the way, we could be pretty solid. The minute selfishness creeps in, it can tear you down real quick."

Arians doesn't have to worry about that when it comes to Miller, who never badgers Roethlisberger about being open or getting him the ball.

"I understand how hard Ben's job is as a quarterback," Miller said. "If Ben asks me if I was open and I was, I'll tell him. If he asks me if I was covered and I was covered, I'm going to tell him I was covered. He's looking for honest feedback, and I think if everyone gives him that, it makes his job a little bit easier."

That is quintessential Miller.

To read tne entire article, click here.




August 18, 2011

Preseason home opener a success

The Terrible Towels were waving as the Steelers took the field for their preseason home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach Tomlin and the players wanted a strong showing from his players and he sure got it! The team built up a 21-0 lead by half time. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes and had 125 yards before leaving the game. Miller had an 11-yard reception from Big Ben before he also left the game. The Steelers defense rattled Eagles quarterback Michael Vick by intercepting him three times. They then intercepted back up Eagles quarterback Vince Young once.

The Steelers defeated the Eagles by a score of 24-14.

Read more on the game here.

The next preseason game will be on August 27 against the Atlanta Falcons.




August 16, 2011

HEEEAATTHH

Training camp is winding down as the players will break camp tomorrow. The game against the Eagles Thursday will be nationally televised on FOX so be sure to have your Terrible Towels ready.

Heath met up with the WDVE Morning Crew for an interview at camp. He talks about Steelers fans, , the offseason, the Super Bowl loss and the upcoming season. Click here to watch the interview. Is #83 starting his playoff beard?

The backfield:

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Miller has set up in the backfield as a receiver more than ever, continuing an experiment that began last season. Grisham has been a favorite target of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in camp, continuing another trend from a year ago, and likely will take departed Antwaan Randle El's spot among the group of wide receivers. Moving Miller to the backfield gives the offense more versatility and also creates more confusion for a defense.

"It's something new and exciting," said Miller, who enters his sixth season. "I'm always up for trying something different. I got exposed to it last year. I'm up for the challenge. "It's probably more for passing situations than running situations. I think it helps with protections -- maybe when you get two backs in the backfield, it's harder for the defense to pick up on whether you're blocking [for the run], protecting [for the pass] or releasing."

Miller's teammates believe he is the most complete tight end in the league and, at 6 feet 5, can be more productive as a receiver if need be. He made the Pro Bowl after he had personal highs of 76 receptions and 789 yards in 2009. That fell off to 42 catches for 512 yards last season when the Steelers cut back on the passing game. The new move is an indication they want to take more advantage of his catching ability.

"It's really just taking a halfback out and getting an extra receiver in," Roethlisberger said. "So I think we evolved a little bit. We did it a little bit of it last year but you're going to see a lot more of it. We have different packages. We have to get him in there, we have to use him.

"He's the best full tight end in the game. Nothing against Dallas Clark, Antonio Gates and those guys, but they're receivers playing tight end. Heath is the best because he can also block. He blocks defensive ends sometimes; we ask him to do that, and pick up blitzes. That's why he's so special, he can do whatever we want. He's an extra lineman and a receiver. I see a big year ahead for him."

Photos:

You can click here to see photos from camp. Thanks to all who sent photos of Miller to share!




August 3, 2011

Camp news and photos

I added some new photos of Heath from camp which you can see here.

Miller mentions:

"The best play of the session came when Charlie Batch bootlegged right and hit Heath Miller coming across the field for about a 25-yard completion. After the catch, the crowd yelled, "Heeeeath!" --WPXI

Tight end Heath Miller admits that it's been a bit different so far this camp, having just one practice a day. But he doesn't mind it.

"It's been different. It's uncharted territory for all of us," said Miller. "I am not going to complain about it. For the walk-thru you have to focus in. It's good for the young guys. It's a slower pace and allows them to learn the playbook easier."--Steelers.com.

"I attended camp for with the hopes of just seeing #83, but to my surprise I not only got to see him I got to meet him. He walked right up and shook my hand and signed my jersey even though I could tell he was tired. Class act."--Jennifer-Canton, Ohio.

Heath and teammates restructure contracts:

Heath and several other teammates agreed to rework their contracts to help free up cap space for the organization. Read more.

Video interview:

Click here to watch a video interview with Heath.

You can keep up with training camp news here and here.




July 30, 2011

Camp in full swing

Miller and his teammates arrived at camp Thursday ready to start the 2011 season. They had their conditioning tests and then practices began Friday.

You can keep up with training camp news here and here. Of course, I will post news here also.

Photos:

Click here for photos of #83 at camp.




July 25, 2011

Football is on!

"It is a great day for everyone in the NFL and our fans everywhere. We are excited that we will be back to football this week. We were able to negotiate an agreement that is fair to both the owners and the players and it happened through a combination of hard work and determination from both sides. We are looking forward to getting to Saint Vincent College for training camp and preparing for the 2011 season."--Art Rooney II

The long offseason is officially over! The Steelers will report to training camp at St. Vincent College on July 28.

The first official practice will take place Friday, July 29. The first practice open to the public is scheduled for that afternoon at 2:55 p.m. Only the afternoon practices are open to the public.

Click here for information on training camp, including a schedule and directions.

If you attend camp, and have some photos of Heath you would like to share, feel free to send them to me to post here on the site.

You can see a larger version of the schedule above (created by Rebecca Miller) by clicking here.




June 8, 2011

Heath keeping busy

In what has been a very different offseason for Miller and his teammates, #83 is keeping busy with workouts and helping others.

Heath and some teammates have been training at the Evolution Sports Institute to keep themselves in shape. ESI is known for tailoring workouts for the individual player and the position they play.

You can watch a short video of Heath training here.

Helping others:

Heath is scheduled to attend teammate James Farrior's Tackling Everyday Life celebrity event June 10-12.

Also:

Heath is hosting his annual mini golf event to benefit Project Bundle-Up through the Salvation Army on June 16. There is a link to photos from previous years of the event in the April 29 news below.

For more informaton on the event, which benefits Project Bundle Up through the Salvation Army, click here.

The link also includes information on how you can help Project Bundle up in other ways if you are unable to attend the event.




May 19, 2011

Miller chats with Stan Savran

Heath was on ESPN 970 today chatting with host Stan Savran. He promoted his upcoming Mini Golf event and, of course, he was asked about the current NFL lockout.

Heath also said he and his wife are enjoying watching teammate Hines Ward on Dancing with the Stars. Don't get any thoughts on #83 following in Ward's DWTS footsteps, but he did say which teammate he felt may have a shot at the show.

Which teammate did Miller name? You will have to listen to the interview to find out!

You can listen to Heath's interview here.

Be sure to watch Ward on DWTS Monday night and VOTE! He is in the finals and needs Steeler Nation to help him grab that Mirror Ball trophy! You can vote online at ABC.com and by telephone- 1.800.868.3403.




May 12, 2011

Pitch for Hope Women's Baseball Clinic

A Glimmer of Hope is hosting a fun event to raise money for breast cancer research!

Pitch for Hope will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at PNC Park. It is a women's baseball clinic with Pirate players, brunch, and a ticket for the Pirates afternoon game vs. the Phillies. The cost for the amazing event is $50.00. All participants will also receive a commemorative t-shirt!

Don't miss out on a great opportunity to learn hitting, pitching, fielding and more from Pirates coaches and players on the PNC Park playing field, and at the same time you'll be helping to raise funds for breast cancer research!

To view the schedule for the day and to register to attend, click here.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate to A Glimmer of Hope in their cause to combat breast cancer, click here.

More information on A Glimmer of Hope is here.




May 4, 2011

The Men Behind the Steel Curtain

Randy Hallman, with The University of Virginia Magazine recently published a nice article featuring former UVA players and now current Steelers co-captains, Heath Miller and James Farrior.

From the article:

In an offseason marked by strife between players and owners, the Steelers have a unifying factor that many teams envy. They have the combination of James Farrior (Col '97) and Heath Miller (Col '05).

The two veterans-Farrior an inside linebacker and Miller a tight end-are team captains. Last season was the seventh for Farrior in that role; it was the first year Miller had been voted captain. Both played their college football at U.Va., and both exhibit the kind of leadership-on and off the field-that brings a team together.

On Miller:

'He isn't a rah-rah guy,' Poindexter says of Miller. "You spend 24 hours around him and you might not hear him say three sentences. He's the same on the field. His game speaks for him. They call him 'Big Money' because he comes through with so many big plays. But he doesn't brag; he doesn't show off. He scores a touchdown and he doesn't spike the ball, he just flips it to the ref. "He's got the athletic skills, and he's a great football player, one of the smartest in the game."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Miller focuses on winning, and he isn't one to complain if passes-or glory-don't come his way.

"I'll come off to the sideline and ask him if he was open on a play," Roethlisberger said, "and he will tell me 'No.' I'll go look at it on film, and he was wide open."

To read more about how James Farrior and Heath Miller inspire teammates and fans with leadership, click here.




April 29, 2011

Playing catch-up

I apologize for the delay in posting, and appreciate all the emails I have received asking "if everything was ok" with the site. I had some technical problems which should be fixed. Thank you for your patience and support.

Ok, back to business... for all the fans emailing me about Heath's annual mini golf event, information is now available! The event will be held on June 16, 2011.

For more informaton on the event, which benefits Project Bundle Up through the Salvation Army, click here.

The link also includes information on how you can help Project Bundle up in other ways if you are unable to attend the event.

You can click here to view photos from Heath's past mini golf events.

Heath is also scheduled to attend teammate James Farrior's "Tackling Everyday Life" Celebrity Weekend. Information on the event is in the news below from February 27.

Also, the 2011 schedule will be posted on the right side of this page as will Mr. Miller's event information.




February 27, 2011

Tackling Everyday Life Celebrity Weekend

The James Farrior Foundation is pleased to welcome all participants to this year's Celebrity Fundraiser. With your support we have made great strides in the Community, impacting the lives of many, many underprivileged children and families.

This year's event is shaping up to be our best ever and we look forward to seeing you all at the events!! Each year, James invites his friends to Richmond for a weekend of fun and fellowship.

This years guest list includes:

Trai Essex, Casey Hampton, Chris Keomatu, Willie Colon, Larry Foote, Hines Ward, Heath Miller, Jon Dwyer, Lawrence Timmons, James Harrison, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and more!

The celebrities mentioned above have been invited to participate in the event but are not guaranteed to attend.

The event will be held June 10 - 11, 2011 in Richmond, VA.

It includes "Bowling with the Stars, a softball celebrity grudge match and a Celebrity Golf Classic.

For information and ticket costs, click here.

The website will also provide more information on Farrior's Foundation and ways to donate if you cannot attend the event.

Today's news story photo was taken by Tori Batolo who attended the softball game last year. Click here to see more of her photos.




February 20, 2011

Shear the beard

"It's a force of nature..."- Heath Miller, discussing Brett Keisel's beard on the Scott Van Pelt show.

Heath's teammate Brett Keisel began growing his "playoff beard" back in June 2010. He wanted to bring the team good luck early and he did just that. Keisel's beard was "a force of nature" all season and led the team to Super Bowl XLV. The final score did not end as the team wanted, but Keisel wants the beard to perform one more big act.

He wants to raise money for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC!

How can you help?

Attend the event, to be held February 24 at the Diesel Club Lounge

Tickets are $25 and they are limited, so order your tickets while you can!

Please click here to sign up to help Keisel raise money to benefit cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and to witness the "Shearing of the Beard."

The event will include live entertainment and top secret celebrity barbers-you won't want to miss the fun!

Donation information:

For those fans who are unable to attend the event, but wish to support Brett and Children's Hospital by making a donation (in honor of the beard), please click here.

The site allows you to also order the photo of the "before and after" beard look-with or without a piece of the actual beard. If you wish to donate less than what is listed under the selections, just look to the left of the page and you will find other options. Thanks to all who are able to attend the great event and also to those who donate in honor of it.

Please visit The Brett Keisel website for more information.




February 7, 2011

Reflecting on a great season

What a season for #83 and the Steelers! It may not have ended the way the team and fans hoped it would, but we certainly had many reasons to cheer this season. The Steelers were written off by many analysts and so-called experts. Once again, we heard the defense was "too old" and since Ben Roethlisberger was out for the first four games, we heard the offense would get off to a slow start. The Steelers paid no attention to the critics as they went 3-1 with back up quarterbacks, and only got stronger when Ben Roethlisberger returned.

2010:

Heath's statistics were a little lower this season because he was primarily utilized for his great blocking skills. He opened lanes for the running backs and receivers to score and was fine with doing whatever he could to help his team win.

From William Wilkerson, Star-Telegram:

"We are asked to do a lot of things, which is fun," said Miller. "We are asked to do a lot of blocking, whether it be on the line of scrimmage, from the backfield or as part of the passing game. That is fun for me as a tight end."

Postseason:

We all know Miller is never concerned with his individual statistics being the team player he is, but I still want to mention his latest postseason accomplishment:

He moved into first place on the Steelers' all-time list for receiving yards by a tight end in the playoffs when he caught a 24-yard pass against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game. That catch gave him 411 yards.-Statistic is from Mr. Wilkerson's article.

The ever humble Heath doesn't follow his own career stats:

"I never really take the time right now to look back [at (his career]," said Miller, a first-round pick out of Virginia by the Steelers in 2005. "I'm fortunate to be a part of this organization and I know that that's a huge positive and I'm very lucky to have been drafted here."

Heath Miller's postseason resume:

Tim Hayes, sports writer for Tricities.com compiled a great list of Heath's postseason accomplishments going back to high school. You can read it here.

I want to say thank you to #83 and the Steelers for a great season. The team thrilled us, while also causing a few heart palpitations, and they brought us another AFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance. This was done with the same class and resiliency the Steelers players and organization always display. I am proud of the team and all they accomplished this season!

I would also like to say thank you for all the positive emails and comments I receive daily. The Steelers truly have the best fans in the league!




February 7, 2011

Miller: "It's tough"

Steelers 25, Packers 31

"I think we played a really good football team. You have to give Green Bay a lot of credit. I'm proud of the way our guys in the locker room...the heart and determination they played with, but ultimately we got in too deep of a hole to start the game and we weren't able to climb out of it."--From Miller's postgame press conference.

Heath is right-it's tough, but in typical Steeler style, the team never gave up. They fought 'til the end just as they have done all season. The team gave fans reasons to be proud from game one to the end of regular season play, through the postseason and all the way through Super Bowl XLV.

More...

From Heath's press confererence:

"Ben had us in the game at the end. I think you have to give Green Bay credit. They did a good job and played really well. They capitalized on our mistakes. I think we had a short field a few times, and we weren't able to capitalize. You have to give them credit for what they were able to do."--On Ben Roethlisberger's performance.

"Yeah. You believe and you have faith every time, if you've got an opportunity, that you're going to get the job done. Unfortunately, we came up a few yards short, didn't convert the first down, so that's the way it goes sometimes."--Heath talks about the last drive of the game.

"It's disappointing right now. I know one thing, I'm really proud to be a part of this team. I'm proud to be associated with this group of guys. I knew that coming in, and I think today just kind of proved that again. That's probably what I'll take away."--On what he will take away from the game.

"It's tough. You play your whole season to give yourself this opportunity. That's basically what it is. It's an opportunity to accomplish your ultimate goal. We were this close, but we were short. I'm proud to be on this team, and you have to give Green Bay credit."--on the loss.

Super Bowl XLV gallery:

I will post photos from the game and activities leading up to it here so be sure to check back.




February 4, 2011

Heath's proud parents

"He's been in it six years and still you sit there and when he comes on the field, you still get watery eyes. "It's just overwhelming to know that you've got a kid that entertains 60-some thousand people at a game."--Earl Miller

"He's the same boy that left here, but he's a man now. That's what we're most proud of."--Denise Miller

The above quotes are from an article by Tim Hayes, sports writer for Tricities.com.

To read the entire article, click here.

Want to read more on Miller? Click here to read why he is a "perfect" fit for the Steelers.

You can also read Heath's media interview transcript from Thursday here.

Super Bowl XLV gallery:

I will post photos from the game and activities leading up to it here so be sure to check back.




February 2, 2011

From Honaker High School to the SB

Heath Miller started off as the Quarterback at Honaker High School. From there he played for the University of Virginia, where he excelled at the tight end position. The Pittsburgh Steelers took notice of the John Mackey award winner. They drafted Miller in the first round and now Miller is heading to his third Super Bowl with the Steelers.

Miller through the years:

You can click here to see some photos of Miller through the years.

Media Day transcript:

Steelers Depot transcribed Heath's Media Day interview. You can read it here.

Super Bowl XLV gallery:

I will post photos from the game and activities leading up to it here so be sure to check back.




February 1, 2011

It's Media Day-updated

Tuesday is traditionally Media Day for the Super Bowl, and this year is no different. Players have to be prepared for all kinds of questions-serious and silly.

According to the SB XLV website, Heath will be made available to the media today. You can watch live here.

The Steelers should be on around 12:50 p.m. (EST), or sooner. Check the site for the countdown.

Heath met with the media today. He talked about telling the younger players to "enjoy the moment, because you never know how many times you're going to be here."

Great advise from the veteran TE, who feels fortunate to be appearing in his third Super Bowl.

You can listen to part of Heath's press conference here.

Yes, I noticed CBS lists Heath (in the caption below the link) as "Packers Tight End Heath Miller." I emailed them to ask for a correction. No Packers for #83!

John Clayton wrote a nice piece on Heath which you can read here.

FYI:

As you all know, many states are experiencing adverse winter weather. If, at some point, in the next day or so the site is not updated as regularly, it will be due to power outages from the storms. Hopefully that won't happen, but I wanted to give advance warning.




January 31, 2011

SB matchups and more news

The Steelers will travel to Texas today for the upcoming Super Bowl game against Green Bay. Their tenative schedule is listed on the right side of this page under the Snap Shot photo.

Super Bowl matchup:

From Bob McGinn, Journal Sentinel:

Packers SILB A.J. Hawk vs. Steelers TE Heath Miller---Last week, A.J. Hawk didn't have much fun watching tape of what Heath Miller did to him in December 2009 at Heinz Field. Miller finished with seven catches for 118 yards, and his two longest gainers came at Hawk's expense.

On the second play from scrimmage, Hawk bit on Ben Roethlisberger's play-action fake and Miller slipped behind him for a 23-yard reception. Late in the first half, Hawk let Miller cross his face from the right slot and then didn't even come close to running him down on a 27-yard completion.

Miller is extremely smart (39 on the Wonderlic intelligence test) and dropped merely one out of 67 targeted passes in the regular season. He has excellent size, pretty good athletic ability and competitive speed.

"I have a lot of respect for Heath Miller," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Saturday. "Heath Miller is a very good football player. He's a lot bigger, more physical player than I realized."

The only tight end to surpass 100 yards since then against Green Bay was San Francisco's Vernon Davis (4-126) on Dec. 5. In the last seven games, the opposing No. 1 tight ends have caught just 14 passes for 130 yards (9.3).

Hawk has been an improved player in coverage, not allowing a touchdown pass all season. He has allowed 3½ receptions of 20 yards or more but all were against running backs or wide receivers. Thus, the last substantial gain that he allowed against a tight end were the two by Miller 13 months ago. Charles Woodson will be involved in covering Miller, as will Desmond Bishop and the safeties. But Hawk must play much better when it's his turn.

And:

From John Harris, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The tone for the Steelers entry to Super Bowl XLV was set on the opening drive against the Jets when running back Rashard Mendenhall dipped his shoulder and blasted for 8 yards behind tight end Heath Miller, who locked up safety Brodney Pool and drove him backward the way Baltimore Ravens tackle Michael Oher did to an overmatched high school opponent in "The Blind Side."

We're trying to be a physical team in every phase,' said the soft-spoken Miller. "Obviously our defense has that reputation."

Miller played a mean and nasty game in what was easily his most physical performance in a Steelers uniform. He, as much as anyone, helped fuel the run game.

"When you look at film, you see Heath Miller about every time driving somebody to the ground, driving them 10 yards back," Redman said.

During one memorable second-quarter run near the goal line, Miller didn't stop blocking Jets outside linebacker Bryan Thomas until he had deposited Thomas on his back in the end zone.

To read the entire article, click here.

Super Bowl XLV gallery:

I will post photos from the game and activities leading up to it here. so be sure to check back.




January 29, 2011

News and notes

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had some great things to say about Heath in his press conference today:

I tell you, Heath Miller is a very good football player. I have always been impressed with him from afar. Anytime you have a chance to play against a player in live action and see him up close, I really walked off the field, ... I knew his measureables and remember when he came out of Virginia, ... but he's a lot bigger, more physical player than I realized, especially after the game in Pittsburgh last year.

He does an excellent job, very smart. I think he's really an excellent example of their football team. They have a lot of veteran players that are just very good players at their particular positions, have a complete understanding of their scheme, playmaking ability within their role. I have a lot of respect for Heath Miller.

Also...

Where did Miller land when ESPN ranked all 106 Super Bowl players? Click here to find out.




January 26, 2011

#83 jersey contest-updated with winner

To celebrate the Steelers upcoming Super Bowl appearance, I am holding a contest to win an authentic Heath Miller jersey. The white jersey is size XXL.

No questions to answer or hoops to jump through...just be the 83rd person to email me and you win!

E-mail: trish@heath-miller.com

Please only email the address of this site, which is listed above. You can also access the email by clicking on Contact at the top of this page. No entries will be accepted through the Facebook page.

Please only one entry per email address.

I will announce the winner once I have one.

From Steelers.com:

The electric atmosphere in Heinz Field throughout the season, in particular during the playoffs, is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the players.

"It's awesome," said tight end Heath Miller. "It's fun to be a part of the Steelers Nation and the excitement that they bring to our team and our whole city. It's a neat experience. It's a home field advantage. The louder they are, the more excited they are, the more energy they bring to the stadium, the team feeds off of that and it makes life more difficult for the other team."

Contest winner:

Congratulations to Trevor Ransome from Toledo, OH! He is the winner of the Heath Miller jersey. Thanks to all who entered. I will do more contests in the future.




January 23, 2011

Miller heading to his 3rd Super Bowl

"It feels good. I'm proud of everybody on the team and how they played tonight...it's cold here tonight but we're done with this. We're going to go get warm."--Heath Miller talks about the Steelers win and their upcoming trip to Texas for Super Bowl XLV.

Steelers players donned their AFC Championship hats and t-shirts as Steeler Nation went wild celebrating their teams AFC Championship win over the Jets 24-19.

From Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Dallas may fancy itself as America's Team, but that city is where the Steelers will try to put more distance between themselves and the Cowboys. And every other NFL franchise, for that matter.

Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown, and the Steelers survived a furious second-half rally to beat the New York Jets, 24-19, Sunday night in the AFC Championship Game.

The Steelers (14-4) have a chance to win a seventh Super Bowl in Dallas, and a victory would give them two more Lombardi Trophies than the Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers - their closest pursuers in the NFL's benchmark for excellence.

Read Mr. Brown's entire article here.

Steelers.com also has game news.

From Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette:

MILLER TIME: TE Heath Miller had just one catch in each half, but the second was the biggest -- a 14-yarder on second-and-9 that gave the Steelers a first down at the Jets' 46 with 2:43 left. Miller finished as the leading receiver with two catches for 38 yards.

The Steelers will play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6.

I will post more news and photos (if available) throughout the week.




January 21, 2011

"More to life..."

From Shawn Brown, CBN.com:

The Pittsburgh Steelers face off against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship this weekend. The winner heads to Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6 in Arlington, Texas. The Steelers are hoping the return of tight-end Heath Miller will propel them to victory.

In just six season with the Steelers, Miller has established himself as one of the best all-around tight-ends in the National Football League. Since his rookie season in 2005, he has won two Super Bowl rings and helped the Steelers become the only franchise in NFL history to win six Vince Lombardi trophies.

In Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, Miller helped his team win the game against the Arizona Cardinals. However, even in the moment of victory, he felt there was more to life than just winning a ring, acclaim and a trophy for his team.

Miller discussed his record-setting success during his time playing college football, and his walk with the Lord while playing in the NFL on the Jan. 21 edition of CBN News Channel's Morning News.

Click here to watch Heath's interview.




January 19, 2011

Ben Roethlisberger: "Heath Miller is a special player"

Ben spoke with the media today during the AFC Championship Press Conference, and he had some great things to say about Heath.

On having Heath Miller in the line-up:

"It's huge. Heath Miller is one of the best tight ends in the game. I don't want to take anything away from DJ or Matt Spaeth who played well last time, but Heath Miller is a special player, even when he is not getting the ball, he opens up things for the guys on the outside and he's a great safety valve for me."

Miller fun facts:

• Team is 8-1 in the postseason during his career.

• Has 31 career postseason receptions for 387 yards (12.5 avg. with four touchdowns, all team postseason records for tight ends.

• Had career playoff-highs of eight catches for 85 yards in the 2007 AFC Wild Card Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

• Of his 31 postseason catches, 19 have gone for first downs or touchdowns.

To read more game notes, click here.




January 18, 2011

For HHHEEEAAATTTHHH fans

You can hear fans chanting"HHHEEEAAATTTHHH" at any Steelers game-home or away- anytime Miller makes a play. Now you can show your "HHHEEEAAATTTHHH" spirit with a t-shirt!

To order the shirt, click here.

The shirt also comes in black, and there are other Miller themed t-shirts for sale by the same designer. Click here to see them.

The t-shirt and the manufacturer/designer are not affiliated in any way with Heath Miller or his management team.

"The Heath Miller factor" :

Click here to listen to Mike Bires (Beaver County Times) discuss "The Heath Miller factor."

Miller tribute:

A Miller fan put together a nice video tribute to Heath, showing images from both his college and pro career. You can watch it here.




January 17, 2011

AFC Championship stage set

The Steelers will face the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. The game is at Heinz Field at 6:30 p.m.

Miller Chatter:

From Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.net:

Roethlisberger is now 9-2 in the playoffs, and that’s worthy of praise. But where’s the love for Heath Miller improving to 8-1?

Miller was tremendous against the Ravens. He not only caught 5 passes, including a touchdown, but made several significant blocks. One of those blocks should’ve resulted in a touchdown had Mike Wallace run his reverse with more patience.

The play before Miller’s touchdown, he trapped Suggs in the backfield to spring Rashard Mendenhall for 14 yards. Miller was also out in front of a 17-yard screen, and during the game-winning drive he went toe-to-toe with Suggs on the edge and Suggs didn’t gain an inch.

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Mike Tomlin commented about how so many Steelers deserved to get credit for that game and after watching it again last night on DVR, it was hard to find someone who did not contribute to that victory. Among those who played a key role but will not be found in many stories this morning pointing it out were Ike Taylor, Emmanuel Sanders, Brett Keisel, Heath Miller, Rashard Mendenhall, William Gay, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons - you might just go down the list of players on defense.

And, from Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY, Miller talks about Ben Roethlisberger:

"He's a special quarterback," says tight end Heath Miller. " ... He's never mentioned among the top quarterbacks for some reason, but I don't know why that's the case. He gets the job done."




January 15, 2011

Steelers win divisional playoff battle

Steelers 31, Ravens 24

The Steelers advanced to the AFC Championship game after their defeat of the Baltimore Ravens today. They will face the winner of the Patriots-Jets game.

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post- Gazette:

The Steelers overcame a bumbling, fumbling first half by scoring three times off three third-quarter turnovers to roar from behind to a pulsating 31-24 playoff victory at raucous Heinz Field tonight.

With the game tied and the Steelers facing a third-and-19 at their 38 with just over two minutes left, Ben Roethlisberger uncorked a deep pass that rookie Antonio Brown caught and then held control by holding it against his helmet before his momentum took him out of bounds at the Baltimore four with 1:58 to go.

It took four plays plus a Ravens penalty but on third down Rashard Mendenhall ran up the middle for a touchdown to put the Steelers on top by seven with 1:33 left.

The Steelers will play the winner of Sunday's New York Jets-New England Patriots playoff game for the AFC championship Jan. 23. If the Jets win, the game will be in Heinz Field. If the Patriots win, it will be in New England.

Miller stats:

Heath had five receptions for thirty-nine yards. He also had a nine-yard touchdown reception from Ben Roethlisberger.

To read more on the game, click here.

To watch Heath's touchdown reception, click here.

And...to see a couple photos of Heath. click here.

I will update more tomorrow.




January 11, 2011

Heath talks about upcoming game

"You always wanna be playing your best at the end of the year, and I think we definitely put some games on tape that we can build off of and that we feel good about, so hopefully we'll continue to improve."-Heath during a locker room interview today.

To listen to a couple of his interviews, click here and here.




January 10, 2011

It's the Ravens...again

The Steelers opponent is now set for Saturday. They will face the Baltimore Ravens on January 15 at 4:30 p.m. to begin their playoff run.

The game will be played at Heinz Field and will be nationally televised on CBS.

Coach Tomlin on the game:

"Of course we are excited about playing these guys as always," said Tomlin. "More than anything we are excited about being in this single-elimination tournament and moving forward with our quest to be World Champs."

To read more about the match-up, click here.




January 3, 2011

Post game interview

You can watch some of Heath's post game interview from the Browns game here.

Schedule:

There will be no Tuesday press conference. The Steelers have off Monday, and then will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

AFC North Division Champs gear:

You can purchase 2010 AFC North Champions gear here.




January 2, 2011

AFC North Division Champs!

"We want to win it ourselves," Miller said. "And then hopefully we're a team on the rise going into the playoffs."- Heath Miller talking about the Steelers controlling their own playoff destiny by beating the Browns (from his post game interview following the Panthers game).

The Steelers did win it themselves, as Miller wanted. They defeated the Browns 41-9 to seal the title of AFC North Champions and a first round bye in the playoffs.

Heath had four receptions for fifty-five yards and a four-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger during the game. He also had numerous blocks for his teammates throughout the game. He even blocked for himself versus Browns safety Abram Elam on one of his own receptions to gain extra yardage on a play.

From Heath's post game interview:

(On getting the first round bye)- "It's important. I don't think there is a guy in this locker room that would say he wouldn't need it at this point in the year. We are glad we got it."

(On scoring on the first play)- "That doesn't happen very often. That's the definition of starting fast. To be able to go up 7-0 early, that's a big hill for them to climb."

(On the dominant performance)- "We knew we had a lot at stake. Our whole season came down to this game. All of our goals hinged on this game. We knew we had to take care of business."

For more on the game, click here.

To watch Miller's touchdown, click here.

Post season talk:

From James Walker, AFC North Blog:

The Steelers (12-4) clinched the AFC North division title and a first-round bye for the second time in three years.

Pittsburgh holds the No. 2 seed and would only have to play on the road at New England if both of those teams play in the AFC title game.

The Steelers will begin post season play on January 15 at Heinz Field at 4:30 p.m. They will play either Indianapolis, Kansas City or Baltimore.

I will update with more news and game photos, if they are available.




December 31, 2010

Team-first Miller doesn't sweat personal statistics

From John Grupp's article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Ben Roethlisberger shared an anecdote this week to illustrate tight end Heath Miller's team-first mentality.

"I'll come off to the sideline and ask him if he was open on a play, and he will tell me 'No,' Roethlisberger said. "I'll go look at it on film, and he was wide open."

Miller is concerned with individual accolades as much as he worries what is served at the Steelers' South Side cafeteria (Thursday lunch was steak salad, sauteed mushrooms and onion rings).

"The bottom line is winning," Miller said. "It's no fun catching a lot of passes when you are losing a lot of games."

That attitude is why Miller was voted a team captain for the first time this season.

Roethlisberger has long regarded the former first-round pick as the best all-around tight end in the league.

"I feel just as comfortable with him blocking as I do with any of my lineman," he said, "and just as comfortable with him catching as I do with any of my receivers."

"I'm never going to be a guy who comes back to the huddle and says I was open, when I had two guys on me or I wasn't open," Miller said. "I try to be honest with (Ben), and I think he will trust me and appreciate that."

To read Mr. Grupp's entire article, click here.




December 30, 2010

Miller is alternate for Pro Bowl

Heath has been selected as an alternate for the 2011 Pro Bowl January 30, 2011, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Since the Pro Bowl is prior to the Super Bowl, any players who are Super Bowl bound are not eligible to play, and then alternates are utilized. Same case goes for any injured players or ones who pass on playing. Of course, if the Steelers are in the Super Bowl, then Miller and his teammates are ineligible too.

Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and Maurkice Pouncey were selected to represent the Steelers at the Pro Bowl. A handful of other Steelers are also Pro Bowl alternates, including defensive end Brett Keisel, nose tackle Casey Hampton, outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, tight end Heath Miller, free safety Ryan Clark and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The above information is from Scott Brown, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Congratulations to Heath and his teammates. Thank you to all who voted!