The Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers game (tonight, 8 ET, ESPN) – the 100th meeting all-time between the AFC North rivals – will be Monday Night Football‘s first visit to the Steel City in five years.
It’s also a homecoming for NFL and college football game analyst Louis Riddick, a Quakertown, Pa., native who from 1987-90 was a four-year letter-winner at the University of Pittsburgh.
“It’s always a good trip anytime I go back to Pittsburgh, whether it’s for a football game or just a visit. I have a lot of good memories from there from my formative years in college,” said Riddick, who will be on the main set for Monday Night Countdown’s special tailgate show outside Heinz Field.
Riddick is visiting more than his share of college and NFL stadiums this fall as part of his new dual role in ESPN’s football coverage. He has great appreciation for the passion that Steelers fans have for their team.
Riddick experienced a Monday Night game in Pittsburgh as an NFL player for the visiting Cleveland Browns. He knows the atmosphere tonight will be electric.
“The city’s changed so much, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the loyalty to the Steelers,” says Riddick. “They will have their Terrible Towels going. It’s about as iconic as it gets, going to that city for a game like this.”