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Former Steeler Batch Visits Dominion Plant

By Staff | Jun 15, 2016

Anthony Strope, Safety Specialist; Ryan Anderson, NGL Operations; Tom Gump, NGL Operations; Charlie Batch; Christina Lemasters, Supervisor NGL Compliance; and Ray Speech, Director NGL Operations.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch made his way to the Hastings Dominion Plant on May 31 for a visit and talk with plant employees.

The plant’s core values of safety, ethics and teamwork fit the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback to a “T.”

Batch first brought out a challenge flag that coaches in the NFL implement if they don’t believe a play was called correctly on the field. Batch used that topic to begin his talk.

The athlete reminded employees that players in the NFL must be physically conditioned and ready to play at the most critical times and conditions. Batch likened this to how employees in the workforce must be prepared to work, not only physically, but mentally as well.

The former quarterback keeps high standards that we all should use in our everyday life. First, we must stay prepared and conditioned to do our job.

Batch throwing the challenge flag.

“It’s doing daily what ordinary people do occasionally,” Batch repeated to those in attendance.

Batch discussed the 2010 season when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost the Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers. The season began with starting quarterback, Ben Rothlisberger, being suspended. Batch had two other quarterbacks on the team ranked ahead of him and did not get any preseason action.

By the fourth preseason game, Batch had not seen any time on the field. He noticed a cameraman following him around though. When asked why he was following Batch, the cameraman remarked that it might be Batch’s last game before final cuts.

Midway into the fourth quarter of that game, Batch finally got his chance to play, as quarterbacks Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon succumbed to injuries, leaving Batch to finish the game. The Steelers ended up winning the game, and Batch began the season as a starter.

Batch stressed how he could’ve faltered after going so long without playing time. However, as a backup quarterback, he had to be ready. Batch’s resilience and the ability to adapt and change his misfortune into something positive, not only helped him but helped the Steelers open the season 3-0 to start the season.

Charlie Batch with Melissa Rush, of Dominion.

Batch’s last season as a professional was 2012. Roethlisberger was injured, and Batch started the Steelers’ game against the Cleveland Browns. Batch had his worst game as a pro, turning the ball over eight times. Pittsburgh lost, 17-14.

Batch had a tough, silent ride home with his wife.

Normally, Batch was allowed to watch just 30 minutes of SportsCenter. However, his wife told him he could watch extra that night, because she knew the announcers would would be critical and give Batch what he needed to hear.

Batch’s own mother was critical of his play as well, telling him he lost the game.

Instead of wallowing in pity though, Batch used the criticism to get him motivated. He had a wonderful season, topped off by a touchdown pass on his last pass.

Jeremy Bucher, of Dominion, with Charlie Batch. Photos by Bruce Crawford

Many of the Dominion workers asked questions of Batch and tried on his two Super Bowl rings.

Batch was asked who hit him the hardest during his career. He answered “Rodney Harrison of the Patriots when he played for the Lions.” Batch said he was comfortable in the pocket, trying to throw a deep pass. Harrison popped him rather roughly. Batch felt the pain for a couple of days.

Two years into retirement, Batch was labeled prediabetic. It changed his life. Batch said he now works out every day and tries to golf as much as he can. He also walks as much as possible, using a Fitbit to help track his activity.

Batch showed Dominion workers that whether a person is a manual laborer or a professional football player, blue-collar or white-collar, we should all possess the same values and ethic with whatever we do.