Pittsburgh Steelers: Men of Steel

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Who are the men made of steel? In this behind-the-scenes look at the AFC Conference championship team, Jim Wexell digs deep to bring out the stories and legacies which have defined this NFL empire for the last seventy years. Through interviews with players, coaches, and managers, Wexell captures the determination and brashness that has made Pittsburgh the powerhouse of football.

In Pittsburgh Steelers: Men of Steel, fans will get to relive the Steelers’ most defining moments on and off the field. Why won’t Frenchy Fuqua talk about the “immaculate” reception of 1972? What drove Rod Wilson to get back on the field despite a torn ACL and play in Super Bowl XXX? What made Jack Lambert the most “raucously just” Steelers player of all time?

Readers will revisit the Steelers’ most memorable characters from past and present. From Elbie Nickel’s historic plays in the 1950s to Super Bowl XLV, Pittsburgh Steelers: Men of Steel tells it all. This all-encompassing book of Steelers stories is a must-have for any fan.

Did you know that one former star for the Pittsburgh Steelers went on to lower the driving age to 16 as a member of his state's legislature? Or that one former Steeler now leads the St. Patrick's Day Parade every year in Chicago? Or that another owned a casino in Reno? And that's just the players from the dark ages of the Steelers' organization.Where have guys like Ted Marchibroda, Roy Jefferson, Frenchy Fuqua, Jack Lambert, and Dermontti Dawson gone? What about Levon Kirkland, Kevin Greene, Carnell Lake, Bubby Brister, Bruce Van Dyke, and Frank Lewis? The answers are inside. Men of Steel profiles a Who's Who list of Steeler greats, catching up with the former players while taking each for a nostalgic walk down memory lane. Through interviews with the players themselves-including Joe Greene, Dick Hoak, Rod Woodson, Donnie Shell, and Tunch Ilkin-fans can relive the past as well as catch up to the present. From Elbie Nickel and the second-most famous play in team history to the group from the 1960s that legendary writer Myron Cope once blasted for abstaining from alcohol, Men of Steel chronicles 60 years of Steelers history dating back to the 1940s. Most Steeler fans will enjoy recalling each player's athletic accomplishments, but this book also delivers the rest of the story-both on and off the field. For fans of Pittsburgh football, it gets no better than Men of Steel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613210475
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 584,585
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Wexell is a freelance writer and journalist who has been covering the Steelers for over fifteen years. He has been published by numerous newspapers and has appeared regularly in Steelers Digest, the official newsletter of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He lives in Irwin, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Bill Dudley 1

Chapter 2 Elbie Nickel 6

Chapter 3 Lynn Chandnois 11

Chapter 4 Jack Butler 16

Chapter 5 Pat Brady 20

Chapter 6 Ted Marchibroda 25

Chapter 7 John Lattner 30

Chapter 8 John Reger 35

Chapter 9 Len Dawson 40

Chapter 10 Jimmy Orr 45

Chapter 11 Myron Pottios 50

Chapter 12 Dick Hoak 55

Chapter 13 John Baker 60

Chapter 14 Bill Nelsen 64

Chapter 15 Roy Jefferson 69

Chapter 16 Bruce Van Dyke 74

Chapter 17 Joe Greene 79

Chapter 18 Frenchy Fuqua 84

Chapter 19 Frank Lewis 89

Chapter 20 Larry Brown 93

Chapter 21 Jack Lambert 97

Chapter 22 Donnie Shell 103

Chapter 23 Dwayne Woodruff 108

Chapter 24 Tunch Ilkin & Craig Wolfley 113

Chapter 25 Louis Lipps 122

Chapter 26 Bubby Brister 127

Chapter 27 Rod Woodson 132

Chapter 28 Merril Hoge 138

Chapter 29 Dermontti Dawson 143

Chapter 30 Carnell Lake 148

Chapter 31 Jerry Olsavsky 153

Chapter 32 Levon Kirkland 158

Chapter 33 Kevin Greene 164

Chapter 34 Darren Perry 170

Chapter 35 Ben Roethlisberger 175

Chapter 36 Hines Ward 181

Acknowledgments 187

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    Page turner

    Wexell's book captures the essence of what it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. The short stories on some of the many colorful players who played for the Steelers grab your attention and make it an easy read. One of my favorite quotes came from Jack Lambert, talking about how he couldn't imagine making the money players do today. 'I don't even have a $30,000 watch. When my watch breaks, I go to Walmart to get another one. Timex works fine for me.' This a book I would recomend to anyone who can't get enough of the Steelers, as well those who know little but would like to learn more about players who made this team one of the NFL's most storied and successful franchises.

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