Veterans from across western Pennsylvania, including seven from the Erie area, came out to Heinz Field Tuesday night. They got the chance to learn some passing, blocking and kicking skills, all taught by the pros themselves.
"This is a lot of fun for us, especially meeting Heath Miller and the rest of the guys," said Ryan Burniston, veteran from North East. "We get to toss some footballs and kick some field goals. It was a good time."
But on this field Tuesday night, it wasn't the Steelers who were the heroes. Players said it's the men and women, who give so much to are country, are the ones who should be honored.
"It's such a great honor to have them here and give them a little appreciation for them being the true heroes," said Zoltan Mesko, Steelers Punter. "I know they look up to us but they're giants standing next to me."
Mesko was just one of a dozen Steelers that came out for Heroes at Heinz Field. It's the sixth year the organization has held the event honoring veterans.
"I was kind of making a little crowd noise. I was just one fan, kind of messing with them, but you know it was fun. Some of them really took to it and made some field goals," said Mesko."
"Meeting everybody and being around those that have also served with me, is an honor, as well as meeting the players," said Curtis Chase, a veteran from Oil City.
"I'm so honored to be here. Everybody is so great to us, I can't say enough," said Albert Caldwell, a veteran from Erie.
"I was like a kid in a candy shop," said Robert Morrow, a veteran from Lake City. "This is great."
Morrow and Caldwell were deployed together and returned together, and remembered the times watching Steeler games in Afghanistan.
"I remember being deployed and every week, we tried getting the Steeler game. It'd be 2,3 o'clock in the morning," said Caldwell. "Just coming down here, and experience all these guys, it's been a dream."
Burniston and his wife Amy said it's nice to be thanked, but to have it done in this way was pretty great.
"You can only say thank you for your service so many times, so showing them another way, it's always nice and it just makes my heart feel warm," said Amy.
Those from the Steelers organization said this was the least they could do to say thanks to the men and women, fighting for our country.