Bengals Prepping For Steelers By Playing ‘Renegade’ During Practice

The Cincinnati Bengals are currently turning over all stones to make sure their ready to play the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field. In fact, one of those stones includes the playing of a certain song from a certain band that is often associated with the Steelers during their practice.

According to Katherine Terrell‏ of, the Bengals were playing the song ‘Renegade’ by Styx at practice on Thursday. In case you are a new fan of the Steelers, that song is often played at Heinz Field during big moments of games and it’s usually used to get the crowd fired up for the defense.

As the story goes, the birth of ‘Renegade’ being played at Steelers games started during a playoff game against the Cleveland Browns on January 5, 2002. The Steelers were behind 24-7 on the scoreboard well into the third quarter and during a commercial break, a crew member at Heinz Field decided to play the famous Styx song in an effort to get the fans pumped up. It worked and the Steelers went on to win that game 36-33. The song is now usually played late during Steelers games and when a big defensive stand is needed. It is now accompanied by a video compilation of big defensive plays.

The Steelers have won three of their last four games against the Bengals that were played at Heinz Field with their only loss coming in Week 8 of the 2015 regular season. That game included running back Le’Veon Bell suffering a knee injury that would ultimately put him out for the remainder of the year.

I their last 10 games played at Heinz Field, the Bengals have only score more than 18 points in a single contest just once and they still wound up losing that 2013 meeting 30-20.

  • Jones

    Maybe they should play Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” to feel at home, since that’s where most of their team belongs anyway.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    That’s a new one. I wonder if the Steelers are in their heads? 🙂

  • LMAO

  • Tedium cha

    You guys should follow the Facebook page Players Tribune. They had a transcribed conversation between Hines Ward and Ed Reed recalling their playing days. Reed said the Ravens used to do the same thing so when the song came on during the game they felt like it was for the Ravens, not the steelers. Some one else in Cincinnati must have read that too.

  • Stairway7

    And Burfict probably has a tackling dummy with #26 on it and he practices aiming for the knees.

  • HopeHarveys


  • Orlysteel

    Maybe they should play Hair Of The Dog by Nazareth for the Bengals this Sunday.

  • It won’t make a bit of difference.

  • Sherm

    Maybe Becks’ “Loser”

  • nitch19

    Sounds like a good and beneficial use of practice time.

  • LHW

    That is actually a good idea.

  • MintDragon

    Goodness, we are definitely in their heads already.

  • DoctorNoah

    Does that mean we should prepare for Bengals by yelling obscenities at the media and hitting our own players in the knees and head? Just checking if this is a league-wife trend of emulating opposing teams

  • popsiclesticks

    I was going to make a joke about this but, after thinking about it, I actually think it’s a pretty good idea.

  • nutty32

    Marvin doing all he can to get his guys motivated for the game. Bungals body language has been terrible all season, win or lose. They just don’t seem that interested. Burfcit is the only guy that looks like he likes playing football. I’m gonna say Sunday will not be the usual bad blood game. Just a normal, usual game. Unless Burfcit does something crazy, but doubt it.

  • 6 ring circus

    For sure, just like the Patriots are in ours, even extending out to the fan base!

  • popsiclesticks

    Probably not but it’s a small thing to do and it can’t hurt.

  • Zarbor


    “At the end of the day, we’re going to keep it classy,” said cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.”

    There ain’t nothing classy about the Bungles….nothing…..LOL, well maybe AJ Green, he’s a baller on a team full of bawllers

  • RMSteeler

    Won’t need it this game when up by three scores late.

  • EdJHJr

    Try winning by Santana. I think the only way they win is if steelers beat themselves.

    But then that’s normal

  • Darth Blount 47

    Life is meant to be enjoyed and not always taken so seriously. In that vain, with the score 34 – 6 (yes, you read that right) as the 4th quarter begins, we should ceremoniously serenade our guests, with a fine rendition of their own favorite musical selection, and blast Guns & Roses and ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, and watch as their frustration level goes from irritated and sad, to embarrassed and defeated. All of course, in good fun. 😉

  • HopeHarveys

    Whenever I hear the song “Electric” by the band BORIS I see a mental highlight reel of Troy Polamalu plays.

  • pittfan

    During the 80’s when Magic, Kareem, Worthy, et al were winning championships I went to tons of games at the Forum in Inglewood. During turning points in games they would blast “I Love LA” by Huey Lewis and the News. Great times!!! Visiting teams HATED IT!

  • pittfan

    We’re in their heads, Their team is undisciplined and I think they are going to fall apart.

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  • PA2AK_

    Definitely on board with this haha

  • will

    Lol. Great comment!

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  • Taylor Williams

    We’re in the Chiefs head for sure.

  • Rocksolid20

    Should the score reach 34-6 , Burfcit and crew , may start to cheap shot
    a few of the Steelers ?!

  • Steve

    Wonder how many Cheap shots Berfict will take this Sunday?

  • Böröndi Krisztian

    Right let’s play the game then…let”s give ’em the “for whom the bell tolls” by Metallica