Heeding the wishes of their players and ignoring the criticism from everyone else, the Pittsburgh Steelers will keep a grass surface on Heinz Field.
The Heinz Field surface—natural grass interwoven with reinforcing strands of artificial fibers—has been rated by NFL players as one of the league's worst, but Steelers players want to keep the grass because they think it reduces injuries.
"The majority of our players have told us that they prefer natural grass to any artificial surface," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement to the press. "Grass is also the preference of our coaches and athletic staff."
Commentary: We can all look forward to more mud baths like the one last November when the Steelers kicked a field goal with 17 seconds left to beat Miami 3-0. It was one of the ugliest games we’ve ever seen.
The Steelers are talking about possibly finding a new grass surface that can withstand storms, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen any time soon. Until then, we firmly insist that it is a bad decision to leave the field as is.
Fantasy Football Impact: None—until teams find themselves playing at Heinz Field in the winter.
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