Andy Russell: A Steeler Odyssey by Andy Russell

By Andy Russell

Andy Russell, two-time tremendous Bowl Champion and seven-time professional Bowler with the nice Pittsburgh Steelers' groups of the '70s, writes approximately his occupation and his teammates on those nice groups. Russell writes, " The tales approximately my teammates aren't a recounting in their many documents, awards, and different wearing achievements, yet in its place reminiscences of a few of my own interactions with them." Lynn Swann, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Chuck Noll, Jack Ham, Rocky Bleier, Jack Lambert, Franco Harris and extra are incorporated.

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Fogarty stared at me with an unhappy expression, sighed and said, "Russell, what'dya want? " I took a big breath and leaned back in the chair and stared at Fogarty, who seemed not to be taking my request very well as he studied some figures on his desk. " With that he stood up, signaling that the meeting was over, and said, "That's our best offer. " Out on the street, I worried that I had been a little too aggressive. A few minutes later I figured I hadn't been aggressive enough. Fran Fogarty was a good guy, just doing his job, which was to get me for as little as possible, knowing some other player might require more.

He wanted to know if I was going and suggested we go together. " In my mind I had already retired from the Steelers, and I felt embarrassed about going to the dinner. " I explained the situation and my feelings. He responded, as usual, with advice from a different perspective. "You can't quit," he said over the phone. "If you quit, you will make the decision for the coaching staff. Is that what you want to do? Make it easy for them? You make them make a decision. You back 'em in a corner and you make 'em cut you.

Louis, Monsanto's Corporate headquarters, and finally to Brussells and Geneva. They assured my brother and me that we would benefit from moving so often, as it would require us to learn how to make new friends, which it did when we went off to college, a big adjustment for some but relatively easy for us. When I was six, my father decided he should teach my brother and me to defend ourselves, setting up a boxing ring in the living room every Wednesday night. My nine-year-old brother, bigger, smarter and tougher, just wailed away at me.

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