11-11-2007, 08:05 AM
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Re: Lambert missing?
Follow-up statement by Ed.B. of the P-G on Lambert MIA
Humble Lambert ignores Steelers because he can
Speaking of tough guys, it's Jack Lambert's right to boycott all kinds of Steelers reunions, events and 75th season anniversary get-togethers. He's not cheating the fans because he does not owe them anything.
Lambert was paid to do a job in the 1970s and early 1980s and he did it well. The Steelers compensated him for it. If he wants to be done with them, that's his prerogative.
Not all athletes enjoy the stage, especially 20 and 30 years later. Some just want to be left alone and go about their lives. Some, believe it or not, don't enjoy get-togethers with their old teammates just as many people don't attend their high school reunions.
Dan Rooney would have loved to have seen Lambert turn out for Monday's game. Other than Lambert and Joey Porter, who plays in Miami now, every other living member of the 33-man all-time team was there. Terry Bradshaw flew in from California. Rod Woodson, Greg Lloyd and Gary Anderson all turned out even though their days with the Steelers ended bitterly. Woodson even spoke at the gala event Sunday night at the convention center about how proud he was to have played for the Steelers.
Lambert once said he felt that way too, when he gave his Hall of Fame speech. He may still feel that way, he just made it obvious last weekend that he wants nothing more to do with them. Of course, that then can go both ways.