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Let’s get to it:

MIKE KELLEY FROM PHOENIX, AZ: One of my favorite players was Aaron Smith, a man who worked hard at his position without seeking to glorify himself, but to better the team. Have you heard anything about what he is doing?
ANSWER: What I can relay to you about Aaron Smith is what I learned from a story written by Joe Bendel that appeared in the Aug. 10, 2018 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to that story, Smith has lost 70 pounds from his playing weight and currently is an assistant basketball coach at North Allegheny High School, which is located north of the city of Pittsburgh. The following is a passage quoted directly from Bendel’s story:

“’I want to win a state championship,’ said Smith, who is down to 235 pounds. ‘That’s why I’m here. I’m not here just to pass time and just have fun with the kids. I want to win. I want to be the best.’

“Don’t get the wrong idea: Smith enjoys his time mentoring the North Allegheny interior players and overseeing the weight-training program. His mission, though, is to instill a championship mentality.

“’I approach this in the same way I approached football,’ Smith said. ‘I’m always watching videos, asking questions. I want to be the best coach I can be and give these kids the chance to be their very best.’

“Smith, 42, said basketball has always been his first love, going back to his days as an all-state player at Sierra High School in Colorado. But, because football offered the best route to athletic success, he attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he was part of a Division I-AA championship team.”

TIM SIVERD FROM SOUTH HILL, VA: I was surprised that we drafted a running back in the fourth round. I felt we were pretty deep at that position, and that was the least of our needs. What do you think?
ANSWER: The Steelers typically keep three running backs plus a fullback on their 53-man roster. Two of the three running back are James Conner and Jaylen Samuels, and the fullback is Rosie Nix. Who’s the No. 3 running back? Stevan Ridley was given a chance to be the No. 3 running back, but he fumbled too often. In the case of Benny Snell, I believe you need to look beyond just the position he plays to the manner in which he plays it. And the guy seems to be able to add a component to the backfield this current group is missing, which is a powerful runner who could be effective gaining yards on the ground when the other team knows the Steelers are going to be trying to gain yards on the ground. And the fourth round is the correct time to be adding the kind of player Snell is.

KEN MAULDIN FROM CLYDE, PA: The Steelers have not had a home opener since 2014. Does the NFL pay any attention to those kind of trends during scheduling?
ANSWER: What the NFL pays attention to in situations such as the one the Steelers have on the North Shore, meaning an NFL team and a Major League Baseball team sharing the same general geographic area and parking lots, is when the Pirates are at home or on the road during the months when baseball and football both are being played. This September, the Pirates are at home on Sept. 8 and Sept. 29, and so the Steelers are on the road on the first weekend of their regular season and then have a Monday night game at Heinz Field on Sept. 30.

DUANE ROBERTS FROM ALTOONA, PA: Is there a chance that Mark Barron ends up playing safety again since we drafted Devin Bush?
ANSWER: I really, really, really hate these questions so many readers have been submitting that pose a question in the form of “is there a chance” or “what are the odds?” I am not an oddsmaker, and life has taught me that with the exception of things that either are physically impossible or against the laws of nature, anything is possible. That said, when Mark Barron was a defensive back during the first couple of years of his NFL career, he played strong safety. Terrell Edmunds is the starting strong safety.

ANDREW SCHERBIK FROM DELRAN, NJ: I know that the Steelers have retired two jersey numbers – Ernie Stautner’s No. 70 and Joe Greene’s No. 75. Why is that? If they do retire another number, I think it should be Mel Blount’s No. 47.
ANSWER: Your contention that No. 47 should be the next jersey to be retired is one of the arguments for refraining – at least for a while – from adding to that exclusive club that so far counts only Ernie Stautner and Joe Greene as members. There are nine players from those great teams of the 1970s who are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Rooney family appreciates each of them. Mel Blount certainly would be a good choice, but so would Franco Harris, Jack Ham, and Jack Lambert. And that list doesn’t even include Terry Bradshaw. Where to start? Where to stop? Should it only be players from those 1970s teams? Mike Webster? What about Jerome Bettis? My personal belief is this conundrum is one of the reasons behind the Steelers coming up with the idea of a Hall of Honor as a way to identify and memorialize forever the great players and key contributors in franchise history. Because retiring all of those jersey numbers just isn’t practical, primarily because of the rules the NFL has regarding which numbers certain position players are eligible to wear.

ROBIN WALDRON FROM VERO BEACH, FL: Been a Steelers fan for ages. Former student Nehari Crawford is attending camp, and I was wondering how he is measuring up?
ANSWER: Nehari Crawford, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound wide receiver who played his college football at Duquesne University, attended rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. At the conclusion of the weekend, he was not offered a contract by the Steelers.

MITCHELL LONG FROM DURANT, OK: Had there been any consideration about signing Eric Berry? He’s not as young as he used to be, but it’s hard to ignore a name like his just sitting in free agency, and he would add quality depth and a good veteran presence to our defensive backfield.
ANSWER: You’re attracted by the name and reputation and not realizing the toll injuries have taken on Eric Berry. Based on his nine seasons with the Chiefs, Berry could have played in 144 NFL regular season games, but because of injuries he was able to play in 87. One season after making the Pro Bowl as a rookie, Berry, now 30, tore his ACL in the first quarter of the opener, ending his season. That was the first of four seasons during his nine years in Kansas City that he missed almost an entire season. In 2014 season, he was diagnosed with lymphoma; his 2017 season ended after one game because of a torn Achilles, and he played in just three games in 2018 because of an ailing heel. Of the last 34 games during his time with the Chiefs, including playoffs, Berry played in only three.

MITCH HUTTON FROM WILMINGTON, NC: Do you think the Steelers should’ve taken a chance on Darron Lee? I think he has huge upside and also can replicate Ryan Shazier’s athleticism plus he’s young and possibly could’ve replaced Jon Bostic.
ANSWER: In case you missed it, the Steelers traded up 10 spots in the 2019 NFL Draft and picked Devin Bush, whose speed and agility performance at the Combine were similar to Ryan Shazier’s; he won’t celebrate his 21st birthday until July 18; and he did replace Jon Bostic.

CAL SABO FROM AKRON, OH: What is the status of Jake McGee?
ANSWER: Jake McGee, a tight end from Virginia who was trying to earn a spot with the Steelers in 2018, tore an Achilles during that year’s OTAs, and he wasn’t tendered a contract by the team after spending 2018 on injured reserve. I don’t believe he has signed with another NFL team.

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Now go fight for the job opening you just thought you were hired to fill.

That is the message being sent by the Steelers to each of their three significant free-agent signees this offseason.

Inside linebacker Mark Barron, formerly of the Rams, inked a two-year, $12 million contract in March. Donte Moncrief’s deal was $9 million over two years after he bolted from Jacksonville. And Steven Nelson came on board for $25.5 million over three years to leave Kansas City.

After signing that trio to play linebacker, receiver and cornerback, respectively, general manager Kevin Colbert then proceeded to use his first three draft choices on Devin Bush, Diontae Johnson and Justin Layne to play — you guessed it — inside linebacker, wide receiver and cornerback.

The Steelers normally are loath to spend in free agency. To do so to the tune of $46.5 million dollars among three players, only then to replicate their positions in the draft, may seem odd.

That’s especially true when you consider free agency and draft capital was spent on inside linebacker and receiver a year ago in Jon Bostic and James Washington.

But those two added less than the Steelers hoped. In fact, Bostic already is gone from the inside linebacker depth chart, as is L.J. Fort. He went to Philadelphia in free agency.

When it comes to pass options downfield for Ben Roethlisberger, Washington’s failure to emerge as a weapon last season is compounded by Antonio Brown’s trade to Oakland.

So there’s room for multiple players at these positions. But are there enough snaps to go around to make these free agents feel they made the right choice?

Did they see the ranks being thin enough here to fit in, even if the Steelers used picks on bodies at their spots?

“It’s not surprising,” Barron said at the Steelers’ first OTA on Tuesday. “It’s a need they were looking to fill. I’m not surprised about it. I’m excited about the situation. (Bush) is a great young talent. I’m always excited to play with great young players.”

Nelson appears to have the least to worry about. And he appears to know it.

“If you pay a guy, you don’t want him sit the bench, right?” Nelson asked. “I’m not afraid of competition. I’ve been doing that my whole career.”

It’s not just money with Nelson. His competition appears to be the lightest from the draft choices. Layne is perceived to be a bit of a project since he was converted from wide receiver while at Michigan State.

Unless Nelson really stinks in the preseason, he has an excellent chance of starting at the cornerback position opposite of Joe Haden.

“It’s great to have somebody in the room like that, 10 years in the league,” Nelson said of Haden. “It definitely helps elevate my game. I ask a lot of questions and see from a different perspective. You want to see how he sees things, through his eyes.”

Nelson would have to get injured or completely whiff on learning the playbook, and Artie Burns, Cam Sutton, Brian Allen or Mike Hilton would have to look like Mel Blount to make him a backup.

For Barron—who pointed out he did get the first snap of the “Seven Shots” goal line drill—and Moncrief, however, reps could become pinched by the presence of Bush and Johnson.

Given the efforts Kevin Colbert made to trade up for Bush, the presumption is the Steelers would like for him to start at inside linebacker within the first few weeks of the season, if not right away.

That’s if he proves physically and mentally ready for that task.

“I’m just getting around him,” Barron said of Bush. “If I see something he needs help with, I’ll most definitely help him out.”

In fact, Barron may find himself fighting Vince Williams for playing time as much as Bush if the first-rounder plays as well as the organization hopes.

“We can all play football,” Barron said. “We are all good players. We’ll see how everything goes.”

Similarly, if Johnson lives up to his draft-day hype, which may be impossible, he’ll be hard to keep on the bench. Moncrief may find himself trying to take looks from Eli Rogers and James Washington more so than Johnson in multiple receiver sets.

“When you are on the board, you’ve gotta take the best guy,” Moncrief said of Johnson. “And obviously he was the best guy for us. You’ve gotta take him in and teach him the game.”

As we predicted weeks before the draft, the Steelers were expected to have this approach. The replication at positions of need isn’t overkill. Because in each case, the Steelers need depth and starters at cornerback, receiver and inside linebacker.

In a perfect world, the rookies will be dynamic enough that the free-agent veterans become the depth and the rookies become the starters.

But any upgrade — in any combination — at those spots will be a welcome relief for Steelers fans.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

Troy Polamalu Jersey

Devin Bush didn’t hesitate when asked to name his favorite Steeler shortly after being selected by Pittsburgh with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Bush, formerly an All-American linebacker at Michigan, is just the third player Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert has traded up to acquire in is 20 drafts with Pittsburgh.

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“Troy Polamalu,” Bush said. “That would be my favorite Steeler.”

Polamalu, ironically, was the first player Colbert traded up to acquire when he traded up from the 27th overall pick to select Polamalu, a strong safety, with the 16th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Polamalu, who enjoyed an extremely productive career at USC, would go onto earn eight Pro Bowl selections and four All-Pro nods along with earning the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2010. Polamalu, who also retired with two Super Bowl rings, will most likely be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020, his first year of eligibility.
The second player Colbert traded up to acquire was receiver Santonio Holmes, who came to Pittsburgh after helping Ohio State defeat Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. Holmes would go onto make one of the greatest plays in NFL history, as his touchdown catch late in Super Bowl XLIII propelled Pittsburgh to a 27-23 victory over Arizona while making the Steelers the first franchise in NFL history to win six Vince Lombardi Trophies. Holmes, who caught nine passes for 131 yards against the Cardinals, was named the game’s MVP.

Bush was undaunted when asked about following in Polamalu and Holmes’ footsteps. In fact, Bush is embracing the challenge of living up to the careers of the two preview players Colbert has traded up to select.

“I wanna be both of those [a Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP]” Bush said. “I wanna try hard to be both of those.”

Bush also explained what it meant to him knowing how much the Steelers value his ability and potential.
“It means everything,” he said. “Just to be able to know that the Steelers were that high on me. They feel like I can be a game changer in their program. I know that they’re looking to win, and they feel I was the best pick to help them win. That means everything to me.”

Bush is also excited to play for head coach Mike Tomlin, who is trying to become only the 14th head coach in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowl titles.

“I know Coach Tomlin’s a player’s coach,” Bush said. “Just talking to guys at the Steelers…I know he’s a player’s coach; he’s all for his players. Actually meeting him, I know he’s that. I know he goes hard for his players and I know he’s also a coach that loves to win, and he’s looking to win.”

Carnell Lake Jersey

Le’Veon Bell has already surpassed the level of star power Carnell Lake received during his NFL career. Lake, who served as Pittsburgh’s defensive backs coach for seven years before retiring this past offseason, spent 10 of his 12 NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A linebacker in college, Lake transitioned to safety after being drafted in the second round of the 1989 NFL draft. In 1994, Lake started a streak of four consecutive Pro Bowl selections while playing both safety and cornerback for the Steelers while helping Pittsburgh win the 1995 AFC title. Lake earned All-Pro honors in 1997 after recording three interceptions and 6.0 sacks while helping the Steelers advance to the AFC title game.

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During a recent interview with Ron Lippock of 247Sports/Steel City Insider, Lake was asked what advice he would give to Bell with regard to his current contract situation. Lake left the Steelers following the 1998 season after receiving a much more lucrative offer from Pittsburgh’s division rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Like Bell, Lake was franchise tagged by Pittsburgh before leaving the team for Jacksonville.

“Well, he’s not the first one in Pittsburgh to hold out,” Lake said. “There were many that did before there was free agency. That was the only recourse then. I’ll say this, and it’s tricky. Mike [Tomlin] does a good job with that team and he’s doing a good job focusing on the game coming up and the 53 there now. He needs to keep the team focused. If Bell does show up, he’ll be a part of the Steelers. If he plays well, all will be brushed under the rug, in my opinion. You can’t tell him what to do.

“I’ll say this though. If I were talking with Le’Veon, I’d tell him to start asking around with other players who have gone through similar things. How did that work out for them? What are your expectations and what do you expect to accomplish holding out. What outcomes have resulted for guys that did what you’re doing? He just needs to be sure he knows what he’s doing and the potential consequences.”

While he ended up making another Pro Bowl in Jacksonville, Lake was still disappointed that he wasn’t able to end his career in Pittsburgh.

“I was fortunate that even though I left I had a good perspective watching other older players leave the team,” said Lake, who watched teammates such as Chad Brown, Willie Williams, Rod Woodson and Yancey Thigpen leave Pittsburgh in prior seasons. ‘I saw players leave ahead of me and thought that when I got to that point I may have to leave also. I didn’t take it personally. I made sure I said nothing negative in the press. I wanted to leave on good terms. I was thankful for them drafting me and for my time there. I had 10 awesome years there.

“I took the Jacksonville offer because none were even close to it. I didn’t want to leave, honestly. I was getting my MBA at Duquesne after Mr. Rooney wrote me a great recommendation to help get me in. I wanted to finish up there. I told myself if the offers were close I would stay, but the Jacksonville offer was not even close to the others.”
While each players’ financial situation is different, it’s clear that Lake feels that Bell should look at other past Steelers who fled Pittsburgh in free agency before ultimately making his free agency decision in 2019.

Jerome Bettis Jersey

Despite becoming a Pro Football Hall of Famer, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis still reflects on some of the bittersweet moments of his NFL playing career. One of these moments includes the 2001 campaign, a season that marked his ninth in the NFL and his sixth as a member of the heralded Steelers.
Even though Bettis remained in line to take home the league’s MVP award during the early portion of that season, a season-ending injury in Week 11 of the 2001 campaign promptly halted such a dream.

“I was playing at my highest level,” Bettis recently said of that memorable yet forgettable 2001 season, via 247 Sports. “That was the moment when everything was clicking and the game had become really easy.”

Bettis also told 247 Sports that the 2001 season was “the best individual year of his career” even though it was an injury-shortened effort.

Through the first 10 games of the 2001 regular season, “The Bus” led the NFL in rushing yards and could have become the first player in franchise history to accomplish such a feat since “Bullet” Bill Dudley did so all the way back in 1946. Not only that, but Bettis was also on pace to become the first Steelers player to win the league’s MVP award since quarterback Terry Bradshaw did so in 1978.

Although nobody really knows what would have actually happened had Bettis completed that 2001 campaign, “The Bus” still went on to reach Canton, Ohio and the Pro Football Hall of Fame — and rightfully so.

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Legends Series: Merril Hoge
Running Back
1987-93

Merril Hoge came to the Steelers as a wide-eyed rookie from Pocatello, Idaho, a 10th round draft pick in 1987. He played seven seasons with the team, quickly learning what it meant to play for the black and gold on his first day on the job.

“I’m from Idaho. I had never been to a professional game,” said Hoge. “The first professional game I ever saw, I played in. When I got drafted, I think everybody back in the day had that globe that spun, you know that ball? I had to go get that global map and think, gosh darn where’s Pittsburgh?

“One of my best memories was the first day I walked through the doors and I saw the Super Bowl trophies. I went back and started training, and the first guy who came over to help me because I was doing it wrong was Chuck Noll. Then I go in the locker room and here comes Joe Greene. All I had ever done was watch the Steelers win Super Bowls on television, so to actually be in the environment like that at the time was still something I’ll never forget.”

Hoge also weighed in on a variety of other topics in this Legends Series interview:

What did it mean to you to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers?
“They were my favorite team as a kid. I loved them as a team, I loved everything about them. To not only have them be my favorite team, but to play for them, that was incredible.”

Why were you a Steelers fan?
“I think this is where a lot of Steeler Nation came from. In the 1970s you had really two sources to watch football. The main ones were Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl. Who was always on Monday Night Football and in the Super Bowl? The Steelers. And then, this added to it a little bit. I had this math class and there was this girl named Michelle. She was the most irritating Cowboys fan I had ever, ever, ever been around in my life. So on a Friday she would be wearing Cowboys stuff and she would be talking about the Cowboys and that made me love the Steelers even more cause it came down to Super Bowls and we’d have our arguments, who is going to win, and obviously the Steelers always won. I couldn’t get to the bus fast enough to get to school on Monday to get into that math class to rub it in her face when the Steelers won. So she drove me to be a Steeler fan too because she was so irritating.”


Who had the biggest impact on your career?
“The greatest man I’ve ever met, Chuck Noll. To this day, when I speak, when I go places, the lessons I’ve learned from him are there. If you really want to think about it, Heads up Football, they were all principles Chuck Noll taught. I was on the committee to help clean up youth football. And after they gave us that challenge I thought, how am I going to do that? I happened to look at my Steelers playbook I still had and I took Chuck Noll’s principles of how you play the game because you’re a better player if you play it right and you’re a safer player if you play it right and that’s what we needed in youth football. His legacy is going to live on because of that.”

What were some of the lessons Chuck Noll taught you?
“The first one may be the most significant and it still resonates with me today and I still share today. In fact Mike Mularkey used to play here, good teammate, asked me to go speak to the Titans when he was the coach there and I will use this story. I use it everywhere I go when I talk to corporate people, youth football, NFL players.

“It was the Friday before opening day we were playing the San Francisco 49ers, and I had made the team so I’m going to live my dream. It will be the first time I’ve ever seen a professional game and I’m a player. Keep in mind the 49ers had won Super Bowls and they were supposed to win it again. And Chuck Noll had talked to us about it, they were our measuring stick because we were a young team.

“The first play, they called a pass play and I had to block the outside linebacker, run a flat route, quarterback threw to the other side of the field. The wide receiver had it, he was running, and the whistle blew. And they stopped the play and Chuck goes, ‘Hey Merril what are you doing?’ Well, my first thought was ‘Oh God that linebacker had delayed and I hadn’t seen him or blocked him. I’m not going to see my dream come true, he’d cut me right then. But he was in coverage, I’d done the right thing, I’d run it a hundred times, a thousand times actually, I’d done the right thing. But he asked me that because the ball was on the other side of the field and I wasn’t doing anything. And he said that’s the problem. He said I didn’t keep you on this team to be a common football player. I can call anybody we just cut, I’ll bring them back, and they’ll do what you just did. He said I’ll do one better, on Sunday, I’ll pull someone out of the stands to do what you just did. I didn’t keep you on this team to be a common player, I need you to be uncommon. I need you to give me maximum efforts. Your buddy over there is running for his life, go help him, don’t just stand there, do something.

“Well, initially I was in fear I wouldn’t see my dream come true. But then when I got back to my locker I thought about what he challenged me to do. I realized right at that time, I could do that. Even though I thought I had been doing as much as I could possibly do, there was another layer of expectations that he was expecting from the team. We have a chance to be special. Because we line up on Sunday, everyone’s talented. What’s going to separate us? Being uncommon. I made it a part of my game from then on.”

Franco Harris Jersey

A one-time Pittsburgh Steeler – one of two Penn Staters who spiced up this year’s Super Bowl with one of the best commercials – will visit to New Castle in the spring.

Franco Harris to speak at PSU dinner

Franco Harris, former Penn State All-American, NFL all-pro running back and pro-football Hall-of-Famer will be the keynote speaker at a scholarship fundraising banquet of the Lawrence County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. The event, open to the public, is planned for May 22 at the New Englander banquet facility in Neshannock Township.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund.

Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Harris, 68, will speak at 7:30 p.m. following dinner, sharing his story about his career, his days at Penn State and his views on issues concerning Penn State. Harris played football for former legendary coach Joe Paterno from 1969 to 1971.

When Penn State’s board of trustees fired Paterno in November 2011, Harris launched a protest to the action with a goal of seeing to the resignations of every trustee who served when Paterno lost his job.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person, or tables of eight may be purchased for $400 each. The tickets include dinner.

There will be a cash bar, a silent auction and various prizes.

Tickets are available at Bucky Richards’ Westgate Barbershop in Union Township, the Crane Room Grille at 3009 Wilmington Road, or the Penn State Shenango Campus in Sharon. They also may be purchased from Richards by calling (724) 730-1684; or by calling alumni chapter president Tom Show at (724) 656-1432.

Donnie Shell Jersey

The retired NFL great and 1974 S.C. State graduate annually sponsors the Donnie Shell Invitational Golf Tournament to support the Donnie Shell Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to S.C. State students who cannot afford to pay for their college tuition.

Each year the tournament brings together a collection of football greats for two days of events. Previous celebrities have included some of the most decorated college and NFL players: 30 Super Bowl rings and 10 college/NFL Hall of Fame players.

As listed at donnieshell.com, this year’s players invited to participate include the following: Barney Chavous, Dwayne Harper, Richard Shelton, John Stallworth, Jack Deloplaine, Mel Blount, Mike Wagner, Perry Tuttle, Cliff Stoudt, Yancey Thigpen, John Banaszak, Dick Conn, Jerome Bettis, Kordell Stewart, Reggie Garrett, Robin Cole, Nate Salley, Terry Kinard, Barney Bussey, Rocky Bleier, Frank Lewis and Greg Lloyd.

“Please join me and the greatest single gathering of NFL Hall of Famers, Super Bowl champions and college legends that Augusta has ever seen,” Shell says in a video invitation.
The tournament will be played April 28-29 at the Champion’s Retreat Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. Champions is a private 27-hole golf club featuring three individually designed courses by Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and the late Arnold Palmer. The recent inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur tournament began play at Champion’s Retreat during early-round competition.

Festivities begin with the Celebrity Pairing Dinner on the evening of April 28, when tournament participants get an opportunity to mingle with celebrities and participate in a silent auction.

The Donnie Shell Invitational Golf Tournament will take place on Monday morning, followed immediately by an awards luncheon. The luncheon is open to registered guests, sponsor representatives and celebrities only.

Now officially retired, Shell and his wife Paulette are active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations, including The Mel Blount Youth, John Stallworth Scholarship Foundation and the Presidential Promise Scholarship Program at S.C. State.

In 2015, Shell was selected to serve on the board of directors for S.C. State, where he starred in football. He is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and the College Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

Shell joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974 as an undrafted free agent. As a member of the famed “Steel Curtain” defense, Shell helped lead the way to shutting down NFL offenses in the late 1970s. He won four Super Bowls and was selected to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl five consecutive times.

Upon his retirement, Shell was the NFL’s career leader in interceptions by a strong safety with 51. He started 11 straight years of his 14-year NFL career for the Steelers.

Rod Woodson Jersey

Retired football player Rod Woodson has 11 Pro Bowls under his belt, a Super Bowl championship and now a home sale. He recently dealt his Pleasanton home for $2.075 million, or $75,000 less than his asking price.

He paid $1.6 million for the Bay Area property in 2004, just a year after retiring from a Hall of Fame NFL career, records show.

The two-story Traditional was built in 1998 and features travertine, hardwood and carpeted floors across approximately 4,600 square feet. A formal entry with wrought-iron accents and a sweeping staircase kicks off the floor plan.

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Touches of stone and stained wood fill the living spaces, which include a two-story living room, dining area and center-island kitchen. The family room adds an oversized custom fireplace.

Vaulted ceilings top the spacious master suite, one of six bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Outside, a pergola expands to a fenced yard, and a resort-style swimming pool and spa sit adjacent.

Janna Chestnut of Alain Pinel Realtors held the listing. Satya Dasari of Keller Williams Realty Cupertino represented the buyer.

During his 17-year career, Woodson played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens, with whom he won a Super Bowl in 2001. His 32 fumble recoveries are the most ever by a defensive player, and he’s been elected into both the Pro Football and College Hall of Fame.

Mike Wagner Jersey

Khalen Saunders had only one scholarship offer coming out of his hometown of St. Louis, and so Saunders became one of the few, the proud – a Fighting Leatherneck at Western Illinois.

Even though Saunders went on to gain a degree of fame with a backflip at the Senior Bowl that went viral, he wants more. Much more.

“I have a chip on my shoulder,” Saunders said at the NFL Combine. “I’m not here just to get to the NFL, but to prove that a Western Illinois kid can get to the NFL and maintain.”

Of course, that’s already been proven here in Pittsburgh by Mike Wagner, who won four rings as a starting safety for the Steelers in the 1970s.

With all due respect to Bryan Cox and Rodney Harrison, Wagner is probably the greatest athlete to ever come out of Western Illinois.

Yes, Wagner was an 11th-round afterthought in the 1971 draft, but he was only a thought because of his workout scores.

“We just took him because of his computer numbers,” Art Rooney Jr. once explained.

Wagner moved into the starting strong safety position as a rookie, tied for the NFL interceptions lead two years later, won the first of four rings a year after that, moved to free safety a few years after that, and finished his career with 36 interceptions.

The total ranks sixth on the franchise’s all-time list, and only one player ahead of him – Jack Butler – played fewer seasons with the team than Wagner’s 10.
Wagner clearly deserved his induction into the WIU Hall of Fame in 1976, as well as the argument that he’s the school’s greatest athlete.

But there’s a hellhound on his trail. And, as Saunders said, that hellhound has a chip on his shoulder.

“I had a chip on my shoulder entering the program,” Saunders said.

Saunders also has his own set of outstanding computer numbers. The 6-0 3/8, 324-pounder ran a 5.01 40 at the combine and showed tremendous explosiveness in the broad jump. Analytics expert Hayden Winks delivered proof that a broad jump of 100 inches is the best predictor of future NFL production for a defensive tackle, and Saunders landed 121 inches from his starting point. Aaron Donald’s combine jump had ended five inches earlier.
Saunders’ explosiveness was there for all to see in his backflip video from the Senior Bowl. Saunders remained in Mobile to dominate practices while his fiancee gave birth to their child, and he then rag-dolled QB Will Grier for a sack on one of the game’s early plays.

It put an exclamation point on a season in which Saunders had 41 solo tackles with 13 tackles-for-loss, 6.5 sacks and 24 QB hurries, primarily as a nose tackle.

Not that Saunders fattened his stats against poor competition. His best game was against North Dakota State, which was on its way to its seventh FCS championship in the last eight years. Saunders had six solo tackles, 11 total tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks and forced a fumble in that game.

“That’s one of the best programs in FCS football. We all know that,” Saunders said. “I felt like I was a presence in the middle. I got my job done. I also showcased the athleticism and talent that I can bring in a game.

“I honestly believe that North Dakota State can be in the FBS. They would probably finish with a winning season if they wanted to every season in the FBS. I’ve got nothing but respect for them. That was a great game to see what I can bring to the table.”

Scouts generally agree that Saunders was out of position over the nose, that his athleticism lends itself better to playing the 3-technique. He even played edge occasionally at Western Illinois, and also did his “Refrigerator” Perry imitation by rushing for a touchdown and scoring another on a three-yard pass reception.

Saunders may not fit the Steelers’ perceived height thresholds for a tackle/end, but he’s a powerful, explosive athlete with a high ceiling predicated on better conditioning and gaining more strength in his lower body.

Those are hardly question marks for a player with a chip on his shoulder.

“He’s one of my favorites,” draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said at the combine. “He is so quick. A small-school player like this, Western Illinois, at the Senior Bowl, he was so dominant during the week of practice and had a sack in the game. Neat story.”

Perhaps one that would best be punctuated by the great Mike Wagner announcing the pick.