Steelers Draft Stories


This is one of the most exciting times for Steelers fans as they build towards another Super Bowl run!

In celebration of the draft, here are some of the exciting and personal draft stories of some  former Steelers. With over 400 interviews, Steelers Takeaways  tells the personal draft stories of a hundreds of former players, including’;

Louis Lipps; “Bill Nunn called – he called me a few times. He asked if I was excited to play for the Steelers and that if I was still there at their pick they would probably take me. He was rambling a bit and my agent got frustrated that he was tying up the line. About fifteen minutes later Bill called again and my agent got fed up and told Bill not to call again unless I was picked – there’s no switchboard at the pizza joint! Well, the next time, around noon, Bill called again and I could see on the screen the paper being passed up for my pick.”

Dwayne Woodruff: “I was listening to the draft on the radio with Nathan and the Steelers had the last pick in the sixth round. The time on the radio program had just run out before that sixth pick. We didn’t hear who was picked and neither one figured it was us. We were walking out the door when the phone rang and the person on the phone said the Steelers just drafted you. I thought it was a prank because everyone knew the radio program had just turned off before the pick, so I hung up on them. The phone rang again, and the defensive coach George Perles was on the phone and told me, don’t hang up on me this time! That’s how I got drafted.”

Chukky Okobi: “I got the call from Mike Miller, an assistant offense coach at the time. He was making small talk trying to tie up my phone line so nobody else would draft me in that round. It felt like destiny to me more than anything else.  I felt like I had been a part of his team whole life anyway, just like every other Steelers fan out there!”

Greg Hawthorne: “Joe Greene was my inspiration. He came to my house in Texas after I was drafted.  I didn’t even know he was in the area. My mom told me to come downstairs. I wasn’t sure I even wanted to play pro ball when I was drafted.”

Daler Dodrill: “I wasn’t aware that I was drafted. No one contacted me. I didn’t know much about the NFL then. My dad used to ask me when I was going to get a real job when I first started playing in the NFL. I found out later I was drafted when I got a letter and contract in the mail. I was never contacted personally.”

These are just a small sampling of what you’ll find in Steelers Takeaways I It’s available on Amazon (and Barnes and Noble too) – it’s an inexpensive (only $20!) gift idea for any Steelers fan – including yourself. The book comprises over 400 interviews of former players and coaches – on topics from locker room/on-field humor and coach-player relationships, to race, religion, the business and physical side of the game, and much more.. Including interviews with players like Kevin Greene, Donnie Shell, Tommy Maddox, Lynn Swann, Kordell Stewart, J.T. Thomas, L.C. Greenwood, Hines Ward, Dermontti Dawson, Antwwan Randle El and literally hundreds more,  I think you’ll love it.. But don’t just take my word for it.

See what former players and sports journalists have said about the book below – and order today!

Andy Russell: “Ron Lippock has collected an amazing number of outstanding comments from some of the top NFL players.  They are responses to very good questions, making those top players have to think before answering.  The comments are extraordinarily candid, informative, some emotional and often very detailed, giving the reader an inside view of what it’s like to play in the NFL.”

Chad Brown: “I love what Ron has done! Most football books don’t have enough of what we read football books for…hearing from the players! Ron gets out of the way and lets the former Steeler players and coaches take the reader into the locker room and on the field with their stories and interview answers. The stories range from the highest of highs and down to the lowest moments of their careers. You will learn something new about the players and coaches you have followed for years. No matter what generation of a Steeler fan you are, there is so much in the book for you! “

John Steigerwald: “Ron Lippock had a great idea and he turned it into an excellent book for Steelers fans…”Steelers Takeaways” is a perfect book to keep with you while watching a Steelers game….”

John Banaszak: “I thoroughly enjoyed Steelers Takeaways.  Reading the stories of the players that wore the Black and Gold before me and the stories of the Steelers that played after me was very interesting.  The common thread through all the decades is, anyone that played for the Steelers was very proud to put on the uniform.  The memories and stories of my teammates and coaches took me back to my playing days.  Great book, Great read.  Every Steeler fan will get an idea of what we went through no matter what decade they are from. “

Jim O’Brien, author of 15 books about the Steelers including “Lambert” and “The Chief”: “Just when I thought I knew everything about the Steelers, I read Ron Lippock’s new book and learned a lot more. You feel like you’re talking to all of your favorite Steelers — one on one.”

Anne Madarasz, Director, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Heinz History Center:  “Lippock has done what few authors of Pittsburgh football history accomplish – he has captured the iconic stories from the athletes that fans know and love while also sharing the reality of professional football. The camaraderie of the locker room, the allure of the big game is in here, told through first person interviews that bring the past alive. But so too is the story of the reality of the business – the trades, the injuries, the careers cut short. A compelling book and valuable for the wide net the author cast  and the many voices he captured.”

Frenchy Fuqua: “I think the book is great. It hits the point for readers!”

Order today!


Ron Lippock
Publisher and Author
Pittsburgh Sports Daily Bulletin / Steelers Takeaways

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