View Full Version : Jack Lambert article for the kiddos

tony hipchest
11-02-2009, 04:45 PM
seen the picture a thousand times but have never read the actual article so here it is. (11 pages, too long to post. click link)-



The painting hangs on the wall outside the office of Art Rooney Jr., the coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers' scouting operations. It's not the kind of thing you'd want your mother or your wife to see. It's what Attila must have looked like while he was sacking a village, or the way a Viking chieftain was with his blood lust up. Only this Viking wears No. 58 and he's dressed out in the gold and black of the Steelers, eyes flashing in a maniacal frenzy; blood flecking his nose; his mouth, minus three front teeth, bared in a hideous leer Jack Lambert's portrait epitomizes the viciousness and cruelty of our national game.

The portrait was done by Merv Corning. It was one of two he submitted to the Steelers' publicity director, Joe Gordon, for possible use as a program cover, and it was rejected immediately. Too scary. Rooney saw it. He called Corning. "Can I buy the original?" he said. The deal was made, and Rooney hung it outside his office. Then he had misgivings.

"I thought, 'Holy hell, Lambert's gonna pull this thing off the wall when he sees it,' " Rooney says. So he removed it and sent for Lambert.

"Jack," he said. "I want to hang it on the wall. What do you think?"

"He got very quiet," Rooney says. "He looked at it. He studied it. He stepped back, stepped forward. Then he asked me, 'Can you get me a couple of copies?'


11-02-2009, 05:11 PM
They fed Lambert raw meat before games to get him ready to play.

11-03-2009, 11:21 AM
I loved watching Jack play----wish he could have played forever

Nothing against the other great LBs we have/have had

But Jack was...well...Jack.

11-04-2009, 08:31 PM
I really wsh i could have watched him play, the whole 70's team actually. I've watched film of the four superbowls, but thats not quite the same as watching it live back in the day. But i have been around to watch some pretty good players win 2 of their own!!!!