Art Rooney II, ever the proud papa with his expressions, was gently grinning a little extra, as if admiring a child prodigy knocking 'em dead at the piano recital.
Kevin Colbert, everyone's Western Pennsylvania uncle, lit up like he'd just grilled several kielbasa to succulent perfection.
And Mike Tomlin, obviously the head coach in all settings, had his eyes pretty much bugging out of his skull to accompany a singular, somewhat unsettling smile I've only ever witnessed from the man following a fake-punt first down.
My God, these guys were happy ...
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... and it sure was wonderful to see.
Let's be honest: This wasn't just about Devin Bush, this introductory press conference Friday at the Rooney Complex. Not for those three glowing gentlemen in the background. Not after all these past handful of months have wrought.
The kid was awesome, don't get me wrong. Said all the right things, even when one annoying wag asked if he knew the previous two players that triumvirate had traded up to acquire:
OK, so I had to help a little with Santonio Holmes. But he nailed Troy Polamalu. And everything else. From all appearances, not least of which is being a potential playmaker at inside linebacker, he'll be hugely welcome in Pittsburgh in all ways.
But never mind that for the moment.
The Steelers needed this.
This was a W for the franchise, and it was a W, tangibly and otherwise, that was needed both inside and outside their little world.