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For the most part, stadiums across the league were completely empty in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so Mike Tomlin was glad to see a full capacity crowd at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday night.
"I liked the enthusiasm and the energy the guys played with," Tomlin said. "I think that is important. We were able to carry energy into the stadium.
"I don't think any of us missed the fact that having a stadium full of fans, what that does. The energy that the stands and the fans provided us. Being without out that largely for over a year, it was good to be back in that type of football environment. We're appreciative of that."
The Steelers came out victorious against the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game, winning by a score of 16-3. While it was a meaningless preseason game, as far as the standings go, it was good to see football back, and it was a great atmosphere in Canton with all the Hall of Famers and seeing Bill Cowher, Alan Faneca and Donnie Shell.
Troy Polamalu unfortunately wasn't at the game because he tested positive for COVID last week and hasn't been cleared to travel yet. Hall of Fame President David Baker says they should find out on Friday if Polamalu will be able to travel to Canton for his Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Saturday.