Steelers http://wesa.fm en Remembering Bill Nunn Jr., A Legend in Pro Sports and Racial Integration http://wesa.fm/post/remembering-bill-nunn-jr-legend-pro-sports-and-racial-integration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week saw the passing of a Pittsburgh sports legend. When Bill </span>Nunn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. first started writing for the Pittsburgh Courier in the 1960's, he was not allowed in the press box at Forbes Field. His annual selections for the black All-American football teams were ignored by the struggling Steelers.</span></p><p>Nunn overcame numerous racial barriers during his lifetime. He opened sports reporting for African-Americans and helped turn the perennially awful Steelers into a dynasty during the 1970’s.</p><p>Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter <a href="http://www.andrewconte.com/">Andrew Conte</a>, is writing a book about&nbsp;Nunn and wrote his <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6074443-74/nunn-steelers-draft#ixzz314cvZVFE">obituary</a> for the Trib.</p><p>Conte said Nunn was a talented athlete who received an offer to try out for the New York Knicks and the Harlem Globetrotters. He decided to follow his father into newspaper reporting, with the hopes of more financial stability, but many barriers.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:36:08 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29089 at http://wesa.fm Remembering Bill Nunn Jr., A Legend in Pro Sports and Racial Integration Stories of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Past & Present http://wesa.fm/post/stories-pittsburgh-steelers-past-present <p>We bring you excerpts of conversations with Pittsburgh Steelers, past and present.</p><p>Author Gary Pomerantz's book about the Steelers, <em>Their Life's Work</em> addresses what it means to be teammates in the truest sense. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 21909 at http://wesa.fm Stories of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Past & Present Gary Pomerantz Novel on Friendship Among the Super Steelers http://wesa.fm/post/gary-pomerantz-novel-friendship-among-super-steelers <p>Mean Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris played major roles in the 1970's Steelers dynasty. On assignment for the Washington Post, in 1981, <a href="http://www.garympomerantz.com/">Gary Pomerantz</a> interviewed them to see if the dynasty was in decline.</p><p>Years later Pomerantz interviewed these players and others to see how football had formed their bonds of friendship on and off the field. What he discovered is chronicled in his new book,&nbsp;<em>Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now</em>. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:32:55 +0000 Nick Frost 18908 at http://wesa.fm Gary Pomerantz Novel on Friendship Among the Super Steelers The Death of a Steelers Legend http://wesa.fm/post/death-steelers-legend <p>The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_Curtain"><em>Steel Curtain</em></a> was considered the key to the Steelers success in the 1970s and on Sunday the third of the four legendary defensive lineman died. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/30/227784232/l-c-greenwood-part-of-pittsburghs-steel-curtain-dies">LC “Hollywood Bags” Greenwood</a> died at the age of 67. The cause of death was kidney failure, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:15:49 +0000 Nick Frost 17379 at http://wesa.fm The Death of a Steelers Legend Steelers Former Offensive Linemen Speaks Out About Stigma of Epilepsy http://wesa.fm/post/steelers-former-offensive-linemen-speaks-out-about-stigma-epilepsy <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Former Steelers offensive lineman and all-pro guard, Alan Faneca returns to Pittsburgh this week, as honorary chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation of Central and Western Pennsylvania’s 25th <strong><a href="http://epilepsyrunwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1062604">Family Fun Run and Walk</a></strong>, taking place Saturday.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Faneca was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager in Texas. And despite the condition, he played 13 seasons in the NFL, 10 of which with the Steelers, including a victory over Seattle in Super Bowl XL.</span></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:18:29 +0000 Heather McClain 12972 at http://wesa.fm Steelers Former Offensive Linemen Speaks Out About Stigma of Epilepsy Notes From Paul: Jack Butler Will Be Missed http://wesa.fm/post/notes-paul-jack-butler-will-be-missed <p>Listen to the Essential Pittsburgh interview with Jack Butler from July 2012</p><p>The voice on the other end of the telephone was husky and polite. It belonged to an octogenarian and one of the greatest defensive backs ever to play pro football, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000168815/article/jack-butler-steelers-hall-of-fame-cornerback-dies-at-85"><strong>Jack Butler</strong></a>. It was the middle of last summer and Mr. Butler was getting a lot of attention because at the age of 84, he was finally going to be inducted into the <strong><a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/multimedia/famers/2012/8/1/jack-butler-career-highlights/play/">Pro Football Hall of Fame</a></strong>. I was hoping he would be able to come in to our studios to be a guest on Essential Pittsburgh. Mine was but the latest in a long line of requests. Mon, 13 May 2013 22:11:43 +0000 Paul Guggenheimer 9479 at http://wesa.fm Notes From Paul: Jack Butler Will Be Missed Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/sports-talk-bob-dvorchak-1 <p>According to urban legend, athletes and teams that appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated have been known to experience a streak of <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/cover/2002/jinx/main/">bad luck</a>. So what's in the stars for Penguins Center, Sidney Crosby now that he's on the <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/photos/7001/sidney-crosby-career/16/">cover of SI</a>?&nbsp;</p><p>And the lasting legacy of late Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer <a href="http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Hall-of-Famer-Jack-Butler-85/bf28f2b7-66c3-4b7f-936b-e8f49a37c06c">Jack Butler</a> is definitely felt by Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer emeritus, <strong>Bob Dvorchak</strong>.</p><blockquote><p>"He played in an era when the Steelers did not have a great team. But he helped define that team."</p></blockquote><p>Butler passed away last weekend and was a guest on Essential Pittsburgh before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.</p><p> Sun, 12 May 2013 23:37:09 +0000 Heather McClain 9410 at http://wesa.fm Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch Promoting Neighborhood Peace http://wesa.fm/post/steelers-quarterback-charlie-batch-promoting-neighborhood-peace <p>Steelers quarterback <a href="http://charliebatch.com/"><strong>Charlie Batch</strong></a> talks about winning the Byron "Whizzer" White Award, an honor given by the NFL Players Association for his work in the community and lending more than just his name to the foundations he works with. Batch started his <a href="http://www.batchfoundation.org/">Best of the Batch Foundation</a> 12 years ago, fulfilling a promise he made after his younger sister, Danyl Settles was shot and killed in the crossfire between rival gangs in their Homewood neighborhood. &nbsp; Wed, 10 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7550 at http://wesa.fm Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch Promoting Neighborhood Peace The Terrible Towel Comes Home to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/terrible-towel-comes-home-pittsburgh <p>The iconic terrible towel has come home to Pittsburgh. We'll talk wth <strong>Rob Brandegee</strong>, co-owner of <a href="http://www.littlearth.com/home.html">Little Earth Productions</a> about the manufacturing of Steelers good luck charm is returning to the Steel&nbsp;City.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:01:10 +0000 Heather McClain 1529 at http://wesa.fm The Terrible Towel Comes Home to Pittsburgh Sports N' @ with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/sports-n-bob-dvorchak <p>Pittsburgh Post Gazette sports writer emeritus a.k.a. our Sports Guy, <a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/"><strong>Bob Dvorchak</strong></a> comments on the 2024 Olympics coming to Pittsburgh, the Steelers' locker room blow up and how about an NBA team&nbsp;for&nbsp;Pittsburgh?</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:53:11 +0000 Heather McClain 1524 at http://wesa.fm Sports N' @ with Bob Dvorchak