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Steelers camp almost like Christmas in July for these fans

Patrick Varine
| Monday, July 31, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

The official reason Tim Murphy and his family drove 16 hours from Missouri was for a family reunion.

Murphy grew up in Jeannette.

Unofficially, they came for Steelers training camp.

"I've been a diehard Steelers fan my whole life," said Murphy, who last attended training camp in the early 2000s. "It's just an awesome experience."

Ten members of the extended Murphy family were lined up along the path to Chuck Noll Field on Monday along with thousands of fans from near and far. Parking lots and open fields were crowded with cars as fans converged on St. Vincent College near Latrobe.

Members of the Murphy family drove 16 hours from Missouri to attend training camp.

Photo by Patrick Varine

 

The first Monday of Steelers training camp saw the return of sunny skies after a rainy Saturday slightly dampened some of the festivities.

Rosemary Stratton of Beaver Falls brought her grandson Dylan Stratton of Brielle, N.J., to his first Steelers training camp.

"For Christmas I wrapped up a Terrible Towel (for Dylan) and put a note to save the date, because I'm bringing you to Steelers training camp," Stratton said.

Dylan Stratton, 9, of Brielle, N.J., shows off his Steeler fidget spinner.

Photo by Patrick Varine

 

Dylan, 9, said his favorite Steelers are Ben Roethlisberger and the receiving corps. And like many children his age, he was twirling a fidget spinner — in the shape of a football and bearing the Steelers logo, of course.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

Cameron McNichol, 11, of Missouri shows off the signatures on his Steeler helmet. With mostly rookie signatures, McNichol was hoping to snag an Antonio Brown autograph.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Cameron McNichol, 11, of Missouri shows off the signatures on his Steeler helmet. With mostly rookie signatures, McNichol was hoping to snag an Antonio Brown autograph.
Steeler fans grabbed a seat well in advance of the afternoon practice at Chuck Noll Field in Latrobe.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Steeler fans grabbed a seat well in advance of the afternoon practice at Chuck Noll Field in Latrobe.
Fans and autograph seekers wait to take a position leading to Chuck Noll Field at Steeler training camp.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Fans and autograph seekers wait to take a position leading to Chuck Noll Field at Steeler training camp.
Autograph seekers line up along the path leading to Chuck Noll Field in advance of the afternoon practice at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Autograph seekers line up along the path leading to Chuck Noll Field in advance of the afternoon practice at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
Members of the Murphy family drove 16 hours from Missouri to attend training camp.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Members of the Murphy family drove 16 hours from Missouri to attend training camp.
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