We just finished up with the Steelers' portion of Monday's media schedule, as head coach Mike Tomlin, linebacker James Harrison, safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Hines Ward, tight end Heath Miller, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and defensive end Brett Keisel were made available to the media.
I had a nice moment with Tomlin and a couple of other reporters before he went up and answered questions from the masses as he arrived a little early.
Tomlin made a joke about making us work an extra week, to which I replied that at least he wasn't still working next week. My line of thinking was that if he were working next week, it would mean he would be coaching in the Pro Bowl - the job that falls on the losing coach in the conference championship game.
But he went another way with it, saying he wouldn't mind taking the Steelers and playing against the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
Tomlin really seemed to be enjoying the moment in the sun.
© I asked Keisel if the rumors about defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's retirement after the Super Bowl had been addressed.
He said they had and that they weren't true.
I'll have more in Tuesday's edition of the Observer-Reporter.