Steelers Takeaways: Player Memories Through the Decades – Order Today!

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As heard on Tunch & Wolf show, ESPN, 93.7 The Fan, TribLIVE Radio, KDKA, SB Nation Radio and more!

If your a Steelers fan, you’ll love Steelers Takeaways – taking the best stories and quotes from over 600 Steelers interviews and breaking them down by topic and generation. Just $20. Order via Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

See what these former Steelers and others have to say about the book!

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Exclusive with Former Steelers Wide Receiver Dave Smith, 1970-1972

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First, can you let readers know what you’ve been doing with your time since you retired from the NFL?

I’m in Fairfax, Virginia now. I got involved in corporate marketing and sales engineering with the Dupont Company then with some multinational chemical companies. I spent nine-to-ten years in the advanced national technologies business. But after the meltdown of the strategic arms business I moved back east. I was originally from New York City and ended up in the tradeshow/exhibition marketing business. That was very successful until 9-11. That tanked the entire tradeshow marketing business.

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Former Steelers discuss regret in leaving in free agency

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Lee Flowers: “It was just different. I missed the camaraderie with the guys I pretty much grew up with. We had a stable team for those eight years – a lot of the guys I was drafted with left or retired when I did. It was like leaving your family and I was just a stepchild in Denver.

I’d tell all the guys if I could now that in free agency, if you are contemplating leaving, it’s not going to get any better than Pittsburgh.

Earl Holmes: “To this day, the best time I had was in Pittsburgh. I offered some advice to Joey Porter when he went to Miami. It’s a business. The contract thing – you don’t always have to go for it. At the same time, I know I called Cowher after I left and told him I made a mistake. He told me it’s not like this everywhere – that I should think before I left to play for Cleveland. I didn’t understand then.

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Exclusive with former Steelers Cornerback Cortez Allen, 2011-2015

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So, first, let us know what you’ve been doing with yourself since your time in the NFL?

Well, I’m now expecting a son in July!

On top of that, I’m studying to get my MBA at the University of Miami. And I’m working for a no-profit – that’s my passion. I’m working with at-risk kids in Miami for a non-profit called Urban Promise Miami. I’m working on the day-to-day work to make it run.

A lot of people don’t realize what it takes to make a non-profit run. It’s still a business. You can’t just have a dream. You have to make it sustainable. We have family football days here in Miami – just to show the  neighborhood we  care.

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Happy Birthday to Hall of Fame Linebacker Jack Lambert

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Here are many stories from my interviews with Steelers players on Jack Lambert’s time in Pittsburgh and what made him a legend:

Deloplaine: “Lambert freaked out on me once in practice when I stopped once – I didn’t want to hit him during practice – this was right before the Super Bowl. I turned my back and started walking away and he started punching me in the back of the head. I asked him what the heck that was about and he yelled at me that we never stop!”

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Happy Birthday, Antonio Brown

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Some fun stories from former Steelers about Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown as he looks to celebrate another birthday as a Steelers player:

Scottie Montgomery: “AB shocked me about how quickly he learned to dominate. He turned into the most dominant figure in the game on the back side. People say I loved Antonio – they used to say he was like my son. I did love Antonio the first time I saw him – but I didn’t think he could be that good that fast. The defensive guys used to say I’d do anything for him – cheat for him and script plays in practice to give him an advantage. But the truth is I was surprised at how fast he developed. He learned the playbook – and he was available. He stayed healthy. A lot of that goes into it – to becoming that dominant that fast.”

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Exclusive with Steelers NT Joel Steed, 1992-1999

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First, can you let readers know what you have been doing with yourself since your time in the NFL?

I’ve been doing the same thing for a while in terms of businesses. I tried a couple of entrepreneurial opportunities. Some were successful, some haven’t been.

Overall, I’m just trying to look out for more entrepreneurial deals. I’m self-employed.

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Exclusive with Tom Moore, Steelers WR Coach/Offensive Coordinator, 1977-1989

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First, can you let us know what’s going on with you now? What are your next steps career-wise?

Well, I have nothing lined up at the moment. I’m not retired but can’t find a job right now. I want to work and keep coaching. I enjoy coaching and hope to get a job in football. I’m 79 years old and some see my age and it scares people. But the important thing is I’m in perfect health  and can contribute somewhere. So, I hope someone will hire me.

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Exclusive with Steelers S Mike Wagner, 1971-1980

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First, can you let us know what you’ve been doing with yourself since your NFL days?

Well, I retired from my day-to-day job last July. I don’t go to work any more.  When I left football I went into the business world in Pittsburgh but the decline of the steel industry hurt. I then went into the finance and investment and private equity business and real estate as well. When I look back and see my history, I worked for about six or seven companies and it was quite an experience. I was able to pay the bills and retire, so I’m very happy with it.

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Exclusive with Steelers Safety Dicky Moegle, 1960

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First, can you tell us a bit about what you did post-NFL?

It’s a long story. I spent about ten years playing football including four years in high school. I became partners with a friend of mine in Houston after the NFL and we built a hotel across from the medical center. It wasn’t a fancy high-rise, more like the kind you stay at when your own your way on a trip and need a place to stay for the night.

The hotel has a nightclub in it and we used to hire entertainment. We’d get complaints and the deputy would come out about the commotion but we were friends with those guys then. Continue reading

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Exclusive with Author Rob Ruck on his new book, The Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL

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First, let me know what drove you to this topic Rob.

Well, I finished a couple of books in 2010 and 2011 – a co-written biography of Dan Roooney and Raceball, about players and race in baseball. I needed a new book project – for me it was like not being able to run. Something was missing.

I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve always been fascinated by micro-cultures in sports – ones that produce a disproportionate number of athletes. Like runners from Kenya, football players from Brazil… I knew there were a number of Polynesian players in the NFL and of course being from Pittsburgh I was always entranced by Troy Polamalu. His athleticism and intellectual approach to the game. And his wonderful demeanor off the field. Continue reading

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