Pittsburgh Steelers training camp is quickly approaching with the players set to arrive at Saint Vincent College on Friday.
In addition to the players, tens of thousands of Steelers fans will make the drive down Route 30 to line the hillsides of the college and the bleachers of Chuck Noll Field.
It is their first chance to see the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers.
All eyes will be on Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith, two defensive veterans returning from injury; Ben Roethlisberger, the suspended franchise quarterback; as well as young players looking to make an impact, such as wide receiver Mike Wallace or cornerback Keenan Lewis.
Then, of course, there is the rookie class, where first round selection Maurkice Pouncey is expected to give the offensive line an influx of talent, receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown to compete for roles in the offense, and Jonathan Dwyer, a sixth round running back who has generated a lot of buzz as a possible late round steal.
While it will be exciting to see these players in action for the first time this year, the real excitement will be generated to see how they are competing with each other.
There are a number of position battles expected this camp that could mean a spot in the starting lineup for one player, or simply making the roster as a backup for another.