By Andy Russell
Andy Russell, two-time tremendous Bowl Champion and seven-time seasoned Bowler with the good Pittsburgh Steelers' groups of the '70s, writes approximately his profession and his teammates on those nice groups. Russell writes, " The tales approximately my teammates should not a recounting in their many documents, awards, and different wearing achievements, yet as an alternative reminiscences of a few of my own interactions with them." Lynn Swann, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Chuck Noll, Jack Ham, Rocky Bleier, Jack Lambert, Franco Harris and extra are incorporated.
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The coming fall looked like this: Steve Davis, a first-year player out of Delaware State, and Franco Harris were going to be starting running backs. Preston Pearson, who had started the previous four years, and Frenchy Fuqua, were going to be backups. That left me to compete with all the rookiesand anyone else they brought into camp as a running backfor the fifth and last spot. And there was no guarantee they were going to keep five backs. I was tired. I had just spent the last six years trying to get someplace, and the best I could do was to have one carry under my belt.
Her mother an early woman's libber. After Esther, the valedictorian of her high school and a fine swimmer, completed her degree at Oberlin, they were married. Honeymooning in Europe, they camped out, rare in the 1930s, in farmer's fields, with no tent, (just a umbrella). Despite taking frugality to a new level, they still managed to see much of Europe. Upon returning home, Esther taught school while Dad looked for work, eventually taking a job with Monsanto Chemical Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. He rose through the ranks, from door to door salesman to officer manager, to finally, the head of the overseas division.
I was a kid trying to make the team, and he was a ten-year veteran, five years older than I was. He was a legend in that arena; at a level I had not yet attained. And that dinner in Chicago was for legends. Age, time and experience can make a difference in a person's make-up. One can get caught in the hype, the self-importance, and become myopic. I know, I've been there. But as I have come to learn, that was not where Andy was. There were no distinctions in his world; there were no barriers. There were only teammates and friends .
Andy Russell: A Steeler Odyssey by Andy Russell