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The Steelers had their first open practice on Wednesday, and as expected, a ton of videos were posted on social media by fans of what was taking place. One video that gained a lot of traction was Najee Harris ripping off a 12-yard run on the first play of the team period. Harris displayed great power on the run, as it took several defenders to take him down.
Well, the Steelers caught wind of this and asked fans on the jumbotron at yesterday's practice to not help out opponents and post videos of training camp plays on social media.
The Steelers address the question of whether fans are allowed to film or take videos of Steelers' practice at training camp in their frequently asked questions section. And it clearly states that no videos or filming is prohibited, and if seen using your phone, camera, or any other electronic device to capture video, you'll be asked to leave the stadium and/or delete the footage.
It's 2021, and everyone has a cellphone that can capture videos, so it's certainly tough to police, especially at a practice open to the public. In today's world, it's only natural for fans to want to film their favorite players in action and then immediately post on social media.
However, at the same time, the Steelers are trying to protect their plays from being released to the open public where maybe an opposing coach or player will see it. It's extremely unlikely that they would gain much from it, or opposing coaches and players are even scanning social media to find Steelers plays. But football coaches, in nature, are usually paranoid.