The Pittsburgh Steelers have barely set foot wrong this season so far and remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL for the first eight weeks of the season.
On Wednesday, the Steelers were similarly impressive in a very different setting when several players invited all the workers to a dinner at the Allegheny County ballot counting facility.
The county’s official Twitter account showed a video of the meals – consisting of chicken, rigatoni pasta, vegetables, rolls and cake – delivered to the ballot counting site on Wednesday night, and thanked the organization warmly.
Many thanks, â¦@steelersâ©, for your kindness. Chicken, rigatoni, vegetables, rolls, pies and more! Weâre grateful for the wonderful food of â¦@TheGooseExpressâ© pic.twitter.com/1KWs6E2Zeg
– Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) November 5, 2020
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the franchise contacted district officials on Wednesday night and asked if they could provide meals for the election workers.
“It’s very nice, very appreciated,” district spokeswoman Amie Downs was quoted as saying. “We’ve worked very long hours, so it’s very nice that they thought of us.”
While the Steelers did not reveal the identity of the players or the staff of the team that came up with the idea, linebacker Vince Williams clearly agreed with the gesture.
– Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) November 5, 2020
Like several other NFL franchises, the Steelers proactively ensured that players and the public were involved in the voting process and exercised their rights by voting by mail, by personal postal vote or at voting venues on November 3.
“We are professionally focused, but we have always talked about being active participants in the political process and exercising our right to vote,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told ESPN on election day.
“There is no need for a special session or focus today. We all know what today is.”
Election workers in Allegheny County are facing another long day on Thursday as the counting of votes continues, as Pennsylvania could potentially decide the presidential election.
Should he carry the state, Joe Biden would cross the 270 vote threshold from the electoral college needed to win the race to enter the White House.
At the time of writing this article, the Democratic presidential candidate is 48.1 percent to 50.7 percent behind President Donald Trump, according to NEP/Edison Research, with 89 percent of the votes counted. However, 78.4 percent of the absentee votes tabulated so far have gone to the Biden, a potentially significant advantage for the Democratic candidate, as only 28 percent of the districts have reported absentee votes so far.
Allegheny County has so far registered about 89 percent of the votes cast, with Biden Trumpf leading the way with 19 percentage points, which currently puts him on track to increase the margin with which the Democrats won the county four years ago.
On Wednesday, Trump hastily claimed that he won the decisive Swing State, although none of the media has made an official appeal to Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, the President’s campaign has filed suit in the state, requesting that the counting of ballots be stopped and the Democrats be prevented from allegedly “hiding” the “ballot count” from our Republican election observers.
Washington Newsday has asked the Pittsburgh Steelers and Allegheny County to comment.