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 occupation and his teammates on those nice groups. Russell writes, " The tales approximately my teammates usually are not a recounting in their many files, awards, and different carrying achievements, yet as a substitute memories 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 integrated.

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I explained the situation and my feelings. He responded, as usual, with advice from a different perspective. "You can't quit," he said over the phone. "If you quit, you will make the decision for the coaching staff. Is that what you want to do? Make it easy for them? You make them make a decision. You back 'em in a corner and you make 'em cut you. " It was just the encouragement I needed. He made sense. I still didn't go to the dinner, but I went back to the Steelers, and the rest is history.

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. I Page x didn't know if I wanted to go through another training camp just to be handed my walking papers.

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. Whether it was the same season or the same game, it just comes down to different perspectives.

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