Andy Russell: A Steeler Odyssey by Andy Russell

By Andy Russell

Andy Russell, two-time great Bowl Champion and seven-time seasoned Bowler with the nice Pittsburgh Steelers' groups of the '70s, writes approximately his profession and his teammates on those nice groups. Russell writes, " The tales approximately my teammates usually are not a recounting in their many documents, awards, and different wearing achievements, yet as a substitute 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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As an example, I once asked several players what the turnaround point of the 1974 season was. I thought it was the sixth game of the season against Cleveland. Bradshaw took over the reins at quarterback, and it was my first start with Franco in the backfield. Terry, on the other hand, though the turnaround wasn't until the next to last game of the season. After a tough loss at home the week before, Bradshaw had a great day against the Patriots, leading the team to a 21-17 victory. John Stallworth thought it was some other game in which his performance was outstanding.

Maybe the good Lord is trying to tell me to get on with my life. There is nothing to be ashamed of, I thought. I worked hard! I didn't quit! I came back! I made the team! What more could I ask? Sure, maybe it didn't go on as long as I wanted it to. But some things just aren't up to me; maybe there's a bigger picture. I decided to call it quits. That's when I got the call from Andy. He was coming to Chicago for the annual Better Boys Foundation dinner, sponsored by the NFL Players Association. He wanted to know if I was going and suggested we go together.

It is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. It just is. We process information by how it impacts us. Then we either write it or orally transfer it from our point of view, to those who are willing to listen. We do it all the time. Two people can view the same situation, and when questioned about the event, come up with two completely different scenarios. I experienced that phenomenon all the time when I was playing for the Steelers. After every home game, and right after Chuck Noll gave his summation of the win or loss, a majority of the guys would then head for the sauna.

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