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Crowd sparse to protest Vick at Steelers’ facility

Mark Kaboly
| Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:33 p.m
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Jilleane Bowen (from left) of Lawrenceville, Ellie Gordon of Squirrel Hill, Giovanna Garofalo of Polish Hill and Natalie Ahwesh of the South Side Slopes protest outside the Steelers' offices on the South Side while new backup quarterback Michael Vick practices with the team inside the facility Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
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Steelers quarterback Landry Jones watches Michael Vick throw during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback coach Randy Fichtner talks with Michael Vick during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick stretches during practice for the NFL football team, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers signed Vick to a 1-year deal to replace backup Bruce Gradkowski, out with a hand injury.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick takes the field before practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick throws during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick runs next to Shakim Phillips during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick throws during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick talks with Landry Jones during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick throws during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick (left) stands next to Ben Roethlisberger during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick throws during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick throws during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick receives a snap during practice Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.
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Michael Vick Signed a one-year deal with the Steelers on Tuesday to be the backup quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger.
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Jilleane Bowen (from left) of Lawrenceville, Ellie Gordon of Squirrel Hill, Giovanna Garofalo of Polish Hill and Natalie Ahwesh of the South Side Slopes protest outside the Steelers' offices on the South Side while new backup quarterback Michael Vick practices with the team inside the facility Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
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Steelers quarterback Michael Vick throws during his first practice with the team Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, on the South Side.

Police showed up outside the Steelers’ South Side facility. So did journalists and photographers.

But at 3 p.m. Wednesday — the scheduled start time for a Michael Vick protest — not a protester was seen.

At about 3:10 p.m., a woman and her young daughter walked by with a sign. Forty minutes later, three police officers on motorcycles who’d arrived to keep the peace had left. At that point, a group of six women and two young children had set up behind a fence across the street from the facility. They held signs decrying Vick. Players heading home after practice drove past.

“This is our city, and it makes us look bad,” said Ellie Gordon of Squirrel Hill. “It’s embarrassing for me because I like to be proud of Pittsburgh and everyone loves the Steelers. But now, it’s just a shameful thing.”

A woman who organized the “Pittsburghers Against Michael Vick” Facebook page promised a better-attended protest at a future date. Her page, which had more than 13,000 “likes,” had passed along word of Wednesday’s protest but did not organize it.

Chris Adamski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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