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Ben Roethlisberger lining up under center

Coming down the steps

Number 7 jerseys

Laughing down the steps

Steelers car

Panamera at Steelers training camp

Fans at Chuck Noll Field

Helmets

Dixon throws

Running a play

Ben throwing

Ben calls a play

Ball in the air

St. Vincent

The offense

Steelers fan

Leftwich throws

Defense loosens up

Running off the field

Ben explaining

One of the funny things about Road Trip, my annual journey through a region of the U.S. in search of stories, is that I never know what I'll encounter.

On Sunday, while driving U.S. Route 30 through Latrobe, Pa.--about an hour east of Pittsburgh --I saw a sign for "Steelers camp." Not being local and not knowing the NFL calendar, I wondered whether this might be a sign to a fantasy camp.

Still, with my six-week journey nearly over, I was determined not to miss out on something interesting, so I turned left. Within minutes, what I had barely hoped might be true materialized: this was in fact the pro football team's actual training camp, at St. Vincent college here, and the public was invited.

I parked the Porsche Panamera 4S I've been road-testing and walked in. Before I knew it, I was watching two-time Super Bowl championship quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was recently suspended for six games by the NFL for misconduct, take snaps and throw passes. Without having had to pay a dime to do so. Or show any kind of press credentials. Anyone could have shown up.

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Roethlisberger (left) and other teammates, including No. 14 wide receiver Isaiah Williams, descend steps on their way to the field for practice. Their path was met by hundreds of screaming fans hoping for autographs.

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There were plenty of No. 7 jerseys in evidence at the training camp. No. 7, of course, belongs to Roethlisberger.

The quarterback attracted a firestorm of attention in the NFL off-season, when he was accused of sexual assault in Georgia. Even after prosecutors there decided not to pursue charges, the NFL suspended him for six games for misconduct.

Nevertheless, Roethlisberger is allowed to practice during training camp.

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Members of the Steelers laugh as they come down the steps toward the practice field at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

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A fan's car displays team loyalty.

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The Porsche Panamera 4S I'm road-testing on Road Trip 2010, seen in front of the parking lot for the training camp.

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Named for the famous former Steelers coach, Chuck Noll Field at St. Vincent College in Latrobe is home to the team's training camp.

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Steelers helmets are seen scattered around the practice field.

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Quaterback Dennis Dixon throws a pass during a noncontact drill.

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The Steelers defense runs a noncontact play.

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Roethlisberger throws a pass during a drill.

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Roethlisberger signals a play.

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A ball that has just been thrown soars through the air on its way to a receiver.

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The Steelers training camp is held at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

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The Steelers offense, as seen across the practice field.

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Steelers fans are proud of their devotion to their team--and some are committed to the team's rough-edged look.

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Quarterback Byron Leftwich throws a pass during a noncontact play.

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Shortly after running on the field for afternoon drills, the Steelers defense loosens up.

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At the end of a drill, the offense runs off the field.

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Roethlisberger explains a play.

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