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Steelers skip OTAs for team-building trip to Dave & Buster’s (pics)

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday opted to forgo practicing during an optional OTA session. A team-building field trip to Dave & Buster’s featuring arcade games and other assorted activities instead was on the itinerary.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin explained the decision to opt-out of practicing by pointing out how team-building exercises off the field can serve a worthwhile purpose.

“We acknowledge that camaraderie and togetherness is very much a part of team development,” Tomlin said, via the team’s official site. “Our closeness is going to get us out of tough situations. We know that. We show respect for that by taking a team activity day and doing something that fosters that togetherness and brotherhood.”

Video documenting the outing was later posted online via the Steelers’ official Twitter account.

Tomlin has opted to plan such outings for several seasons now and it clearly has paid dividends, as players continue to rave over the enjoyable experience.

“This is awesome,” said safety Sean Davis. “Like Coach said, we have team bonding, working on building chemistry. We are a new team this year. If we want to start that process early, this is great. Coming out here instead of practicing serves a purpose. You get off the field and do something like this. I am loving it.”

Tomlin made it clear he expects the players to use the team-building trip as a stepping stone to establish even tighter bonds among themselves.

“The guys will take it from here,” Tomlin said. “They do a great job during the course of the season. Guys open their homes to teammates. The older guys teach the young guys to take care of their body. Things that good teams do. We like to show a respect for that through this process by utilizing one of our days to do something fun like this.”

[Pro Football Talk]