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Former Steelers WR Limas Sweed Catches On With The Ottawa Redblacks


Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed apparently hasn't given up on playing football just yet. On Monday the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL announced that they signed Sweed, who was drafted in the second-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Steelers.

Just last June, the Saskatchewan Roughriders placed Sweed on the team's suspended list after he walked off the practice field at the start of training camp.

During his time with the Steelers, Sweed played a total of 162 snaps on offense including playoff games and caught 9 total passes for 89 yards. Two of those catches came in the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens in January of 2009 and they were the last of his NFL career.

Sweed has had a tough go of it after having problems with drops and injuries during his time with the Steelers. It's surprising that yet another CFL team has decided to give him a chance and hopefully he can catch on long-term with the Redblacks.

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  • steeltown

    6’4 220lbs… damn Limas… would’ve been nice

  • 20Stoney

    I never understood the handling of Sweed. It almost seemed like they tried to ruin him. Maybe there were things going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about.

  • Alan Felicia

    They guy had size and talent. Problem is mental whether its lack of confidence or just a mental block on hanging on to the ball. Plus, adding insult, he tears his achilles in min-camp in 2010.
    I compare his situation to ex-Yankee Chuck Knoblauch. Anyone remember? He was a 4x All-Star, Gold Glove 2nd Baseman and at the end of his career, he had trouble throwing to 1st Base.

  • Alex K

    I think he has some mental issues. Depression maybe? The coaches handled him just fine. The NFL is more pressure than some guys can take.

  • PA2AK

    Why didn’t he ever pan out? Oh yeah…’walked off the practice field at the start of training camp.’ The guy wants to play but doesn’t like to work.

  • Shawn Winbush

    no one ruined Sweed but Sweed. The coaches gave him every chance to make it on the field and off. If the person doesn’t want to admit they need the help with their issues,what more are they supposed to do?? I wish him well, I hope whatever it is that’s keeping from succeeding,he gets a handle on.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Sweed “CATCHING ON” how ironic. Thats funny…anytime I see the words Sweed and Catch in the same sentence, It just cracks me up.

  • Dale

    This story just won’t end, will it? I do hope the guy has received some psychological help. I’ve wondered there are sports psychologists quietly working with pro teams.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    You could see potential in this kid…so sad he just couldnt get over that hump

  • 20Stoney

    I don’t remember a lot of chances. What I remember is that when he dropped a ball he saw the end of the bench. He reminded me a lot of Braylon Edwards who also had a lot of drops. He did prove early on he could get open deep. It would have been nice to see them come back to him and maybe give him something easy to build his confidence instead of not seeing another pass every time he dropped one. .

  • 20Stoney

    Agreed. He definitely had mental issues.

  • Shawn Winbush

    look no one said he didn’t have talent,but he didn’t hold on to the ball period,not just deep passes. And he was shown the bench because he asked to go to the bench. remember the game against the Ravens,when he’s alll alone and drops a touchdown,then fakes being injured?? causing us to use a valuable time out? or what about in pre season when he drops 2 sure touchdown passes,then comes up injured again.. oh wait,what about during training camp when he has to be excused or placed on non football related injury list. he has had chances to succeed not only with us,but the Giants,hell even the Bengals brought him in.and he even walks off the field on a CFL team. Like I said, I hope he gets his life together,but he’s had plenty of chances to succeed.

  • Madi

    Sweed was a major part of the problem, no doubt. But he WAS mishandled. He did not have “every chance.” He was stashed away and completely forgotten about, in some cases literally (Arians said he ACTUALLY forgot about him). Maybe if they’d known what was going to happen to him (the mental break or whatever that was, followed by the injuries) they might have handled it differently, but the point remains that he never had a chance to work through his on-field issues. They pulled him as soon as he had a problem. “Dropped a pass? Out of the game you go! You can try again in six weeks!” This was especially frustrating because the player they kept him on the bench for, Nate Washington, dropped tons of passes, but never got pulled for it. Furthermore, Nate was on his way out, not on his way in like Sweed, and Nate didn’t have Sweed’s ability to get open, or his overall potential. It should go without saying that Limas’s problems would never go away if he didn’t have the chance to work through them. His drops were horribly timed, but there were still only like 3 or 4 of them. If you have a talented receiver that can burn NFL CBs and S on a regular basis to get wiiiide open, you want to make that work. The Steelers showed no desire to make that work, and simply shelved it.

    Maybe they were assuming shelving him would give him a chance to quietly improve and mature, like Keenan Lewis. But I’d argue a WR is a weapon that won’t hand points to the other team like a terrible CB will, and if he’s having one specific problem like catching when he’s wide open, then work on it until he gets it right (it was clearly a mental issue anyway, not a hands issue). Whatever, you can chop it up to bad luck if you give the team the benefit of the doubt that they were going to give him serious playing time just before he hit IR. But I somehow don’t really believe that. I think they gave up on him just like the fans did, which is really sad.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Obviously the Steelers and the other 31 teams in the league have moved on from poor ol’ Limas. Definition of a “bust” right there.

  • Shawn Winbush

    Ok, I will agree to disagree..thanks for you guys input.

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    all the talent in the world, small town kid from texas, played at texas, was lost coming to a big city, he needed a shrink, to help with the transition as well as his ability to focus, developed an anxiey disorder when coming here, the steelers should learn fom this. full time shrinks should be employed to help the transition of kids like Limas, as well as help there ability to focus thru meditation. As I diehard steeler fan it pains me to see that they are so far behind the times when it comes to things like this. meditation, yoga, counselors, mind -body, they truly lack helping there players in the mental aspect of the game

  • Brendon Glad

    Would I be non politically correct if I said that I will always have a soft-spot that still roots for Sweed’s personal success a little more than with the “random low-contributing ex-Steeler” because he knocked a Raven out cold in the AFC Championship game? Probably so…but hey, I don’t claim to be morally perfect. And yeah, I wish that wasn’t my only fond memory of Sweed…but it STILL was a very fond one. :-)

  • tim

    Key phrase “END of his career…”not beginning lol

  • tim

    Dude…he was hurt half the time it seems and just how good could he have looked in practice then? Let’s put it this way I had he been a beast in blocking as a wide receiver he sureas hell how would have hit the field a lot more often…but it seems he did neither well

  • tim

    it’s easy to be forgotten when you are not on the practice field.

  • tim

    Uhhhhh….he played at Texas right? Austin’s population is almost 900,000 people whereas Pittsburgh’s population is slightly over 300,000 peopleTexas gets almost 100,000 people after college games don’t they?

  • Madi

    Did he walk off the practice field with the Steelers?

  • tim

    Was he ever ON the field?? every time he drop the ball he seemed to get hurt

  • michael young

    The curious career of Limas Sweed. All types of physical talent but lacked the mental make up to live up to his potential. I thought he was an absolute steal in round 2. He was incredibly productive and shined in the national championship game against USC who was littered with defensive talent. No one could have predicted what occurred with him. It’s actually sad.

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    born and raised in the far south, wouldn’t you have some problems adjusting to a northern city? at 22 yrs old? I think I would.
    just bc he played in front of a lot of people does not mean he wouldn’t be homesick and having issues adjusting to a unfamiliar place that human nature. steelers should hire some sprots psychologists and make it mandatory for weekly sessions

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    great post man, I thought that block was legendary, and he did have a nice frist down catch over the middle, they should have given him more of a chance

  • tim

    Ummm….this is the nfl not a kindergarten classwhere they will hold your hand at every single turn.we are talking the city of Pittsburgh, not New York City! You said he would have a problem going to a big city, I showed you he went to the big city to a smaller city, whereas you reply oh he’s from the south going to the north…so what, Terry Bradshaw was from the
    south…I BET you without me looking we have had and have plenty of guys from the south who worked out just fine! The NFL is a TOUGH place to make it…haven’t we seen that over and over again with even better athletes than him who have not made it? Sometimes you just have to accept an athlete is a bust because if he can’t make it in the CFL and he’s walking off the field there does that show you anything? Please just stop it… Lol

    right? everything in the athletes light

  • tim

    One block, ala Byron Batch, does not make one a NFL football player…everyone wanted him to work out…but he didn’t….has nada to do with the city or the team, it had to do with him not being able to handle life in the NFL…its NOT for everyone

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