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Old 10-20-2007, 07:57 AM   #21
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The decline of that team after 1997 illustrates 2 points: coaching matters and don't let the players dictate hiring deisions.

IMO Kordell's skills and flaws would have been better handled if Chan Gailey would have remained as offensive coordinator through at least 1998.

Instead, Gailey became HC of the Cowboys and Kordell allegedly was given input into the decision to hire the infamous Ray Sherman as O-coordinator. Sherman was so bad that Cowher stripped him of play calling responsibilities before firing him at the end of only one season. Then it was on to Kevin Gilbride trying to turn Stewart into a pocket passer and the team becoming so bad that Cowher almost lost his job after the 1999 season. Whiel Kordell had a very good 2001 regular season, his confidence & mechanics were shot.

A similar inmates running the asylum downward spiral quite possibly would have resulted if Grimm would have been hired over Tomlin.
wow, it's hard now to imagine kordell having input on anything....

i have to agree that while hiring tomlin was not the easy dicision (like shoeing in grimm) it will go down in history as a great move. what a heads up decision. to make such a big (bold) decision in a couple of weeks, and get it right, wow. the rooney's are proving themselves again.!
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Old 10-20-2007, 08:01 AM   #22
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I know that you guys probably gonna laugh but one of the reasons that I liked the Steelers was the guy in #10 jersey back in the 1997 when I was watching the highlights by accident. And I know you guys know way far a lot about Kordell than me but I just can't dislike him.
my opinion might crack you up.. but i always thought that kordell would have been more popular if he was better looking, lol.

in this tv age of nfl coverage consisting of close up shots of players, he was not appealing in a "hollywood" sense.
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wow, did anyone else not know the kordell is with the ravens now?? i just googled his name and was very surprised. didn't know that!
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Default Re: 10 years ago: The 1997 Steelers

in watching the 97 broncos "americas game", i recall the huge game fb howard griffith had in the champ game.

he reveals how it was chris collinsworth dissing him on tv that fired him up for that game.

collinsworth accused him of shying away from blocks asnd said he didnt want to hit the steelers. one of the many times collinsworth shoulda just kept his mouth shut.

levon kirkland to griffith in the afcc game after getting chopped down: " Why you cut"?

griffith: "Hey man, why are you 300 pounds?"

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I'll always remember the 1997 season as the season in which a friend of mine played a significant role for the Steelers. Steve Conley was a LB from Arkansas that got his only significant PT that year. I still know Steve to this day. He's a personal trainer in NW Arkansas were I live. His brother Mike was a three time Olympic gold medalist and is the father of Mike Conley Jr. of Ohio St./NBA fame. Two of the coolest most down to earth people you could ever meet.
I'm just an average guy who knows these guys purely by chance. I'll probably never have another Steeler who I can call up and go get a beer with so for me, it's pretty damn cool. Steve still talks about the 1997 season. He knows how close they were to the SB and when we won it in '05 he was more excited than anyone else I knew..........except me. I've never asked why he thinks we lost to the Donkeys and he's never said. But he still gets a serious twinkle in his eye when telling stories about that season.......and so do I!
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Where are you now - Kordell Stewart???




In what will become a semi-regular feature on IWIWAR we look into the past to find a once famous player for the Steelers who has now fallen off the face of the earth and find out what they are up to. This feature will be meticulously fact checked and cross referenced.*

Kordell Stewart aka Slash is the first honoree of this feature. Kordell burst onto the scene in Pittsburgh and was part of the 1995 Super Bowl Losing AFC Championship Team in the Slash role, where he would play every single position on the field including offensive tackle. He even acted as a go-between for Las Vegas ?investors? and Neil O?Donnell. In 1997 he was able to wrest the starting job from the immortal Mike Tomczak and was allowed to really feature his best strength - wild inconsistency. After many years of superior play, the young man was shockingly beat out by the immortal Kent Graham. Fortunately he had comprising photographs of Bill Cowher, which were used to guarantee that the Steelers would only bring mediocre quarterbacks into training camp, ensuring that when Kent finally got hurt Kordell was there to step into the breach and tease Steelers fans once again. He finally lost his job with the Steelers in 2002 to the legendary passer/insurance agent/PGA wannabe Tommy Maddox. Stewart had productive stints with both the Bears and the Ravens after that but he was never able to take an entire fan base on his emotional roller coaster again. So Kordell, where are you now?

Kordell was featured on the hit television show ?Pros vs. Joes? on Spike TV, although there was some confusion about his role on the show, was he a Joe or a Pro. It was finally nailed down that he was a Pro and Kordell proceeded to demolish the PVJ record for interceptions in a season. From there Kordell moved on to an adult reality show called Pros vs. Johns where he was able to really let loose. Unfortunately, Kordell?s long-time life partner, radio personality Mark Madden, couldn?t handle the jealousy so Kordell was forced to quit. Kordell now spends most of his time inside a Pittsburgh row house that he and Mark are renovating, not venturing outside much due to a mysterious fungus that has taken over his entire face, making him virtually unrecognizable. In his spare time he likes to play with their three cats and go for cars rides with Mark.


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Posted by David at 5/11/2007 03:32:00 PM

http://wannaberooney.blogspot.com/20...l-stewart.html

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