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Old 11-30-2006, 01:09 PM   #11
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Default Re: What steeler have you met?

Banaszak recruited me to play at W&J (he def showed me the Super Bowl ring) he almost got me too, simply bc the cafeteria was run by Eat n Park and they had smiley cookies.

I also sold Joey Porter a basketball hoop when I worked at the Dicks Sporting Goods at Robinson. I met the Bus there too, when he came and shot free throws with kids in the store by the escalators, I have a few pics with him, i need to dig those up. My buddies wife danced with Deshea at a club downtown.....everytime he makes a bad play he yells at his wife for letting him grind her LOL.
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Old 11-30-2006, 02:00 PM   #12
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This is a post I made a few months back about my encounter with Franco - I also went to the hotel they were staying at for the SB that year...funny story - Thigpen told everybody he wasn't a player - he said he was just a friend of Leon Searcy's visiting, so everybody left him alone and didn't ask for his autograph - my brother knew for sure it was Thigpen, so he yelled really loud in the lobby while pointing to Thigpen--"Ladies and Gentleman - Yancy Thigpen!!" and everybody ran over to him...


I ran into Franco when I was living in AZ - he was there for the Super Bowl (the ODonnell one) - there were a lot of events leading up to the game - I went to one Franco was at - there were a lot of people yelling for his autograph and he said politely "sorry guys, I'm here for the fans and charity - not to make you money with my autograph" - he kept walking so I yelled "hey Franco you had 1055 yards your rookie season, you had 158 yards in SB IX and were the MVP, etc after a few more stats I said "I'm one of your biggest fans!" -- he turned around and walked over to me and said "I'm sorry these guys have been following us all week" - he then glared at two of the idiots he was referring to because they were sticking several mini Steeler helmets in his face to sign and you could see they had a whole box of them along with Cowboy ones too - he glared at them until they backed away and then he grabbed a pen out of his pocket to sign an autograph for me - I said " I don't want an autograph - I just want to shake your hand and tell you I had a great time watching you play when I was a kid" - he flashed a huge Italian smile and said "thanks man - you just made my day.."
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Old 11-30-2006, 06:20 PM   #13
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Well, I moved away in '87, so it's been a while.

Swann (met him in a jewelry store downtown)
Bradshaw (saw him at the Eagles/Giants game this year, said hey)
Rocky Bleier (a couple motivational speeches)
Terry Hanratty (he was on my route when I was an ice cream man)
Sam Davis (at a sportsmen's dinner, he was not such a big guy!)
Franco Harris (bumped carts with him in the supermarket in Shadyside!)
Courson (bad story involving a bar fight)
Lambert (he used to jog around the baseball field at Riverside Park in Oakmont with his g/f in the early '80s)
Bill Nelsen ('60s QB, went to my church when I was a kid)
Joe Gilliam (met him at a semi-pro game in the early '80s; the Steelmen? Ironmen? Something like that)


Those are the ones I remember.


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Old 11-30-2006, 06:26 PM   #14
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This is a post I made a few months back about my encounter with Franco - I also went to the hotel they were staying at for the SB that year...funny story - Thigpen told everybody he wasn't a player - he said he was just a friend of Leon Searcy's visiting, so everybody left him alone and didn't ask for his autograph - my brother knew for sure it was Thigpen, so he yelled really loud in the lobby while pointing to Thigpen--"Ladies and Gentleman - Yancy Thigpen!!" and everybody ran over to him...


I ran into Franco when I was living in AZ - he was there for the Super Bowl (the ODonnell one) - there were a lot of events leading up to the game - I went to one Franco was at - there were a lot of people yelling for his autograph and he said politely "sorry guys, I'm here for the fans and charity - not to make you money with my autograph" - he kept walking so I yelled "hey Franco you had 1055 yards your rookie season, you had 158 yards in SB IX and were the MVP, etc after a few more stats I said "I'm one of your biggest fans!" -- he turned around and walked over to me and said "I'm sorry these guys have been following us all week" - he then glared at two of the idiots he was referring to because they were sticking several mini Steeler helmets in his face to sign and you could see they had a whole box of them along with Cowboy ones too - he glared at them until they backed away and then he grabbed a pen out of his pocket to sign an autograph for me - I said " I don't want an autograph - I just want to shake your hand and tell you I had a great time watching you play when I was a kid" - he flashed a huge Italian smile and said "thanks man - you just made my day.."

And you just made mine, thanks!


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Old 11-30-2006, 11:29 PM   #15
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Only Steeler I've met was John Rienstra at a banquet when I was in high school.
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:50 AM   #16
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Well.... pretty much all of them on the roster right now at training cmap lol....

But up close Ive met Hines, Willie, Heath, Jeff Hartings, Jeff Reed and Kendal Simmons.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:17 PM   #17
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Well, I moved away in '87, so it's been a while.

Courson (bad story involving a bar fight)

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You can't post something like this without elaborating - did you get in a fight with Cousron? - did he have a roid rage and fight everybody in a bar somewhere?
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Old 12-01-2006, 08:27 PM   #18
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I have met Bradshaw, Swann, Stallworth, Harris, Swann, Greene, Greenwood, Holmes, White, Russell, Lambert, Ham , Blount, Thomas, Lloyd, Bettis, Porter, Bell, Ward, Randle El and Donnie Shell.
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I coached HS football games against Jon Kolb, really great guy. Also, remember when Iron City would bring the Steelers around. I met Rocky, Bradshaw, Swann, Harris, and Ham this way as a kid. It is a shame that everything is corporate now and a hometown business like IC can't even produce commemorative cans for the Steelers because of NFL licensing rights.
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Old 12-02-2006, 07:06 PM   #20
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Wow, you guys are lucky. To tell you the truth, I haven't met any yet. But I have met Dan Rooney if that counts for anything.

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