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The Pittsburgh Steelers released three players on Monday following Super Bowl LVIII, and among them was quarterback Mitch Trubisky. 

NFL Network reported both sides spoke about the current situation in Pittsburgh, and the 29-year-old quarterback opted to get a fresh start in free agency. 

Offensive lineman Chukwuma Okorafor, who has been with the team for six seasons, was also released along with punter Pressley Harvin. The moves saved Pittsburgh close to $13 million in salary cap space heading into the offseason. 

Mitch Trubisky #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the field during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium on December 7, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by  (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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Most of that came from Trubisky, who was set to account for more than $7 million against the Steelers’ cap for the 2024 campaign. The Steelers ate $4.6 million in dead cap money, while saving $3 million. 

Why is Trubisky’s release a relevant one? The first-round pick by the Chicago Bears was Kenny Pickett’s backup, so on the surface, it doesn’t seem like anything that would raise eyebrows.

However, with Mason Rudolph, the quarterback who started the Steelers’ playoff game against the Buffalo Bills this past season, set for free agency, Pickett will need a new backup. 

Ryan Tannehill has been a name connected with the Steelers, as the veteran is also set for free agency after being benched in favor of rookie Will Levis with the Tennessee Titans this year. 

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Jacoby Brissett, Tyrod Taylor, Sam Darnold and many more quarterbacks will be available who could give Pickett competition for next season. 

Head coach Mike Tomlin once again led his group to the playoffs despite brutal offensive production that eventually led to the firing of offensive coordinator Matt Canada midway through the season (to the delight of many Steelers fans). 

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) looks to pass during the regular season NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers on December 07, 2023 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA.  (Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Pittsburgh finished 25th in total yards per game (304.3) and 28th in points scored per game (17.9), though they managed to squeak in as the final wild card team in the AFC with a 10-7 record.

The Steelers’ defense was a formidable group that kept their team alive in games, and though it wasn’t pretty, the offense managed to score just enough to get the job done. The defense also helped in that regard on occasion as well. 

Trubisky initially began the 2022 season as the Steelers’ starting quarterback, with the rookie Pickett waiting behind him. After going 2-3 in his first five starts, Tomlin benched Trubisky in favor of Pickett. 

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This past season, Trubisky started just two games, both of which came late in the season when Pickett was injured. He went 0-2 in those games before Rudolph took over.

Mitch Trubisky passes against New England

Quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to pass in the first half against the New England Patriots at Acrisure Stadium on December 07, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Now, Trubisky will look to likely be a backup elsewhere in the league, while the Steelers will be smart with their next choice at quarterback. 

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Warriors star Andrew Wiggins out indefinitely due to 'personal matter,' coach Steve Kerr says

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NBA All-Star Andrew Wiggins missed the Golden State Warriors game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, but it now appears the 25-year-old will be away from the team for an extended period of time.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr confirmed that Wiggins will be away from the court to tend to a “personal matter,” and there is no timetable for his return to the team. 

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Kerr made it clear that the team will respect Wiggins’ privacy, and said he will be given as much time as he needs.

“We do expect him to be back, but we just don’t exactly know when,” Kerr said on Bay Area radio station 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. “We’re in a position where Wiggs is a private person, and he’s asked to keep it private, and we’re gonna honor that. So it doesn’t help for me to sit here and try to explain any of that. The bottom line is, we respect Wiggs, we need him, and we fully expect him back, but we just don’t know when that will be.”

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in the first half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The extended absence will mark the second consecutive year Wiggins has missed a significant amount of time due to an unspecified reason. He was away from the Warriors for 25 games due to a “family matter.”

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Wiggins eventually returned to the team in time for last year’s postseason, appearing in 13 games. The Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings in the opening round but were ultimately eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.

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Andrew Wiggins, #22 of the Golden State Warriors, dribbles the ball against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 13, 2022, at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.  (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

At the height of the Warriors dynasty, the franchise won four NBA championships over an eight-year span. But as the team’s star players aged, and injuries took a toll, the Warriors have appeared to slip out of championship contention.

Wiggins was also in the midst of a disappointing season, with the small forward averaging a career-low 12.7 points per game through his 51 appearances this year.

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Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the first half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2022.  (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

At one point in the season, Wiggins was removed from the starting lineup, but he bounced back and has helped the Warriors win eight of their past ten games.

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The Warriors currently sit in the tenth spot in the Western Conference. If the postseason started today, the Warriors would qualify for the NBA’s Play-In Tournament.

The Warriors will likely rely on Jonathan Kuminga and Brandin Podziemski during Wiggins’ absence. It remains unclear whether five-time All-Star Klay Thompson will transition back into the starting lineup while Wiggins is away.

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Two of Steve Garvey's former teammates just endorsed … not Steve Garvey for U.S. Senate

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In 1977, and again in 1978, the Dodgers lost the World Series to the hated New York Yankees. The third time was the charm: In 1981, the Dodgers beat the Yankees.

“Fernandomania” dominated the regular season, but Fernando Valenzuela struggled during his lone World Series start. He pitched a complete game — a 5-4 victory — but he walked seven and made a now-heretical 147 pitches.

The Dodgers’ cleanup hitter in that game, first baseman Steve Garvey, batted .417 in the World Series.

Four decades later, Garvey is running for the U.S. Senate. On Wednesday, two of his teammates from that 1981 championship team, endorsed — no, not Garvey, but Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland).

Dusty Baker and Dave Stewart are among five former major leaguers listed as endorsers in an announcement issued by Lee’s office Wednesday.

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Lee is running fourth in polling for California’s vacant Senate seat, with Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) comfortably ahead and Garvey and Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) fighting for second. Election day is Tuesday, although early voting is underway. The top two finishers advance to the November runoff.

Lee’s announcement highlighted the endorsement of five former players for the Oakland Athletics, her hometown team. Stewart, who was born and raised in Oakland, was a four-time 20-game winner for the A’s and was the most valuable player of the 1989 World Series. Baker, who went to high school and college in Northern California, finished his career with the A’s in 1985-86.

“As a longtime A’s fan,” Lee said in a statement, “it means the world to me to have the support of A’s greats who have contributed so much to our community in Oakland and the East Bay.”

After the A’s unveiled plans to move to Las Vegas, Lee introduced what she called the “Moneyball Act,” which would strip Major League Baseball of its cherished antitrust exemption if a team that moves does not provide financial compensation to its old hometown. The bill was introduced last June; no action has been taken on it since then.

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Patrick Willis reflects after being voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame: 'No one can take that away from me'

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When San Francisco 49ers legend Patrick Willis opened his eyes after his sister, Ernicka, brought him to his front door, his bright smile immediately came to his face. 

Willis stared at Pro Football Hall of Famer and fellow 49ers great Bryant Young, who was donning his gold jacket. 

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As a finalist for the Hall himself, Willis knew exactly what Young, the camera crew and everyone else present meant: He was voted into the Hall of Fame. 

Patrick Willis during Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Perry Knotts/Getty Images)

After the smiles and laughs came the waterworks for Willis, who spoke to Fox News Digital after reflecting on that moment when he learned he was heading to Canton, Ohio. 

“One thing I can say now: To be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, no one can take that away from me,” Willis said while discussing his love for CoachTube. 

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This was the third year Willis became a finalist, and after missing out twice, the thought naturally creeps in the brain: Is what I did good enough? 

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Willis knows he was a great player during his career from 2007 as the 11th overall pick out of Ole Miss to San Fran. But he played eight seasons, ending his career surprisingly after the 2014 campaign. 

He no longer needs to think about the what-ifs.

“We always used to say at the end of the year when you look up on the stat sheet and see how many sacks you have, or how many interceptions, or how many tackles, they don’t recall how you got them,” Willis explained. “They just see you got them. It’s kinda what this feels like to me now that I don’t have that feeling like, ‘Man, what else did I have to prove?’”

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Willis told Fox News Digital prior to being voted into the Hall that he always played the game wanting “to be one of them,” referring to the legends that are forever enshrined in Canton with their gold busts. 

“If one person could remember me, that would be awesome. It seems like a little bit more than one is remembering, so I’m grateful for that,” he said. 

But walking away from the game at 30 years old was no easy task for Willis. He knew it was time, especially after playing just six games during the regular season in his final year. 

Patrick Willis on field

Walking away from the game at 30 years old was no easy task for Patrick Willis. (Perry Knotts/Getty Images)

As he looks back, there’s still no regret. 

“At the end of the day, for what it’s worth, you can always say what if, or you should have,” he explained. “But I was blessed to play the time I was given, and the results were what they were, and I’ll say judge me off those and not by what you think I could’ve done. If you’re going off those numbers, perhaps they’re good enough. 

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“At the end of the day, it’s up to those who are voting.”

The voters believes the 950 combined tackles, 733 of which were solo, 20.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles and eight interceptions, two of which resulted in pick-sixes, were enough.

Willis admitted, “I don’t know what I’m going to say, or how I’m going to say it,” when he walks up on that podium at Hall of Fame Stadium later this year. He’s sure the emotions will be there, too. 

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Patrick Willis of the 49ers on the sideline against the Dallas Cowboys at Candlestick Park on Sept. 18, 2011, in San Francisco. (Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

But like Willis said, no matter what you may think about him walking away early in his career, he did enough to earn eternal greatness. 

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