First-person accounts of the most memorable moments in Steelers history!
After enduring decades as one of professional football’s worst teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers began their streak of dominance in the 1970s, recording four world championships in that decade alone. The Steelers now share the record for most Super Bowl appearances (8) and championships (6).
Now supporters of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises will go into the locker room and onto the turf with over twenty Steelers legends in this newly updated version of Game of My Life Pittsburgh Steelers. Sportswriter Matt Loede opens the doors to players’ private remembrances of how it was and how they reacted to the spotlight. Big touchdowns, career-making moments, and championship glory shared all come to the surface for Steelers of the past half-century. Readers will hear tales from Hall of Famers such as Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Mel Blount and fan favorites including Charlie Batch, Tunch Ilkin, and Mike Tomczak.
Within these pages, Pittsburgh gridiron greats offer glimpses of the National Football League in the 1960s, the 1970s, and right up through the 2018 season. More than forty years of Steelers experience is represented in this collection of tales told by the men who played in some of the most memorable games in franchise history.
About the Author
Matt Loede has covered Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Football League for Fox Sports Radio, the Associated Press, and other stations around the country. He lives in Parma, Ohio.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Merril Hoge, Running Back (1987-1993) 1
Chapter 2 Craig Wolfley, Offensive Lineman (1980-1989) 11
Chapter 3 Charlie Batch, Quarterback (2002-2012) 17
Chapter 4 Tunch Ilkin, Offensive Lineman (1980-1992) 25
Chapter 5 Ramon Foster, Offensive Lineman (2009-Present) 33
Chapter 6 Dermontti Dawson, Center (1988-2000) 41
Chapter 7 Lee Flowers, Safety (1995-2002) 49
Chapter 8 Jeff Reed, Kicker (2002-2010) 59
Chapter 9 Mike Tomczak, Quarterback (1993-1999) 67
Chapter 10 Jack Ham, Linebacker (1971-1982) 75
Chapter 11 Jerome Bettis, Running Back (1996-2005) 83
Chapter 12 Tyrone Carter, Safety (2004-2009) 91
Chapter 13 Jason Gildon, Outside Linebacker (1994-2003) 99
Chapter 14 Chad Brown, Linebacker (1993-1996) 107
Chapter 15 Thom Dornbrook, Offensive Lineman (1978-1979) 117
Chapter 16 Mark Bruener, Tight End (1995-2003) 125
Chapter 17 Mike Logan, Safety (2001-2006) 133
Chapter 18 Andy Russell, Linebacker (1963-1976) 143
Chapter 19 Dwight Stone, Wide Receiver (1987-1994) 151
Chapter 20 Andre Hastings, Wide Receiver (1993-1996) 157
Chapter 21 Barry Foster, Running Back (1990-1994) 165
Chapter 22 Norm Johnson, Kicker (1995-1998) 175
Chapter 23 Craig Colquitt, Punter (1978-1984) 183
Chapter 24 Levon Kirkland, Linebacker (1992-2000) 191
Chapter 25 Leon Searcy, Offensive Lineman (1992-1995) 201