As heard on Tunch & Wolf show, ESPN, 93.7 The Fan, TribLIVE Radio, KDKA, SB Nation Radio and more!
Our new book Steelers Takeaways – taking the best stories and quotes from over 400 Steelers interviews and breaking them down by topic and generation – is now available. Order via Amazon and Barnes and Noble!
See what these former Steelers and others have to say about the book!
Click here for our exclusive podcast with LB Ed Bradley on Burfict, players speaking up for one another, playing hurt, SB IX and much more.
Bradley played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and played big role on the defensive shut down of the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX, the Steelers first Super Bowl. In this two part interview (Below), listen to some great stories from the past, with references to Chuck Noll, Joe Greene and Jack Lambert as well as Bradley’s input on injuries and how players and teams play through them as well as overcome them.
Take A Listen: Steel Nation Radio Episode 1 Part 1
Part 2: Steel Nation Radio Ed Bradley Part 2
First, can you let readers know what you are ding with yourself now?
Right now – we just had a baby. We have an eight-month year old so I’m busy there. I also am working with my brother in his recruiting company. I haven’t given up completely on the NFL – I’m still working out and keeping everything in order in case things come up on the horizon.
Is it hard being out of the game – especially after you had success working your way on the roster?
It’s pretty tough, I haven’t played this year – sitting back and watching other guys play is hard, especially if you see someone and think you can do it better than they could but I’m at home… I’ve been involved in sports my whole life – it’s an adjustment – life after the NFL. But I am pretty busy with my baby and have been tied up …
So I sent out an innocuous happy birthday Tweet out to Kordell Stewart wishing him a happy birthday. A fan promptly responded back with what a negative comment about Kordell – to both me and Kordell.
And it got me thinking.
This is why I wrote the book. People often don’t see and treat players as people. They don’t seem to want to or do so without realizing it. They dehumanize them – they are figures in a fantasy football pool. Images on a screen. And social media makes it easier than ever to reach out and treat players with little thought – as less than people.
And that’s why I wrote the book. To show the players as more than images and fantasy football statistics. That they have families – personal lives and issues. Health concerns. Career adjustments and transitions. Racial and religious concerns. Concerns staying employed.
You know. Like people.
Personally, I got a lot out of the game. Excitement. Good times and feelings when times were not as bright. Hope and positivity. An understanding of what it takes to win.
Our lives would certainly carry on without football. But they are a little better off for it. The book is just a small thank you and appreciation for that. And I chose to say thank you by trying to humanize these players again. They deserve that at least. To be treated with respect and some understanding No amount of money warrants them being treated poorly. They deserve to be treated decently.
You know, Like people.
Craig Bingham and Marv Kellum couldn’t have been greater people for coming out and being so terrific to all those that attended – and to my family. As you can tell, my son had a “terrible” time 🙂
First, can you let readers know what you’ve been doing with yourself since your retirement from the NFL?
I own my own construction business – I do additions and renovations – kitchens and baths, that sort of thing. I’ve been building stuff since I was in seventh grade – I always got into it. It progressed over the years. I guess I like taking a pile of sticks and making something out of it!
How hard was it for you, adjusting to life after the NFL? Did the NFL help in your post-career?
It was a big adjustment. You go from having everything done for you to having to do it yourself. I bought a house in my hometown outside of Pittsburgh though so it was easier being in my hometown.
The NFL offered zero help then. It’s basically, “We don’t want you anymore so goodbye!”
Station Square scene for Steelers’ games has to be seen in order to be believed
A man came toward me, smiling, and said, “How do I get in touch with Jack Lambert?” I had to smile, too.
“Why would you want to do that?” I asked.
“I’m a big fan and I’d like him to sign this,” he said, pointing to a multi-colored likeness of Jack Lambert on the man’s left calf. This is about the fourth time in my journalism career that someone has shown me a similar tattoo. It’s one of the perks of my job.
Wheeling WV Books a Million 6 pm
Penguin Bookshop in Sewickly w/ Steelers Linebacker CRAIG BINGHAM – 1:00 pm
Barnes & Noble in Monroeville w/ Two-Time Super Bowl winner Linebacker MARV KELLUM – 6:00 pm
Hudson Books in Pittsburgh Airport – 9:00 am
First, can you let readers know what you’ve been doing with yourself these days?
Well, I’m back in Houston – I moved back here when I signed with the Texans in 2002. I’ve been married eleven years and we have an eight year-old son. I’ve been working in commercial real estate since my retirement from football in 2007. I’m currently a broker at Fritsche Anderson.
I’ve also had the pleasure of running a quarterback academy since 2010 (Houston Quarterback Academy). I have group camps and offer private instruction. It’s been great to stay involved with the game in that way and mentoring QBs is something I love to do.
How hard was that post-NFL adjustment for you?
Everybody has a tough adjustment I think. In my situation I had to scratch and claw to make the team over my career. I had to fight to keep the dream alive. When the phone stopped ringing – you know maybe it’s time. In ’04 – that was my last year in the NFL – in Pittsburgh. My career came full circle. I tried the Canadian Football League in 2006 and that was good because it gave me closure. I knew it was time to start on the next chapter.
It was a tough adjustment. At first I didn’t like watching or going to games. I felt like I could still play – I know lots of guys have that feeling. Now that time has passed, I love watching games with my son and love being around it again and passing on the knowledge I gained.
RB Foster: “When Bill came in, the first thing he did was unify the team. From the outside, you don’t see or understand it. We were a divided team.”
LB Barnes: “Bill Cowher was former player, and you can tell he was a player’s coach. You knew where you stood with him, and I appreciated that. He had a lot of energy and he kept everyone loose. That made you better. “
K Reed: “Cowher was very easy to play for despite his sideline antics and “chin” at times…he is a great man…I’m blessed that he and Mr. Rooney gave me an initial opportunity…that’s where it all started.”
C Philip: “The vets in Pittsburgh really take care of their guys. Joey Porter had a condo that I lived in my rookie year.”
OL Torrey: “Joey Porter taught me how to practice and not only that but how to use my competitive nature to overcome disadvantages of height or strength.”
LB Frazier: “If you didn’t run to the ball, Porter gave you that look.”