Gary Pomerantz

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Thirty-two years after retiring, Steelers legend Mean Joe Greene’s number 75 will be retired this coming Sunday.

We’ll address the significance of this coming event and what it means for the Steelers organization with Gary Pomerantz, author of the book "Their Life’s Work: the Brotherhood of the 1970’s Pittsburgh Steelers."

"He was that important, he was that central to what the Steelers became. It is certainly true that the Steelers had eight other hall of famers who played during the 1970's , but Joe Greene was not only the foundational piece, he was the sheriff of the county… Joe was always about the team. "

-Gary Pomerantz on the legendary “Mean Joe Greene”.

Stories of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Past & Present

Dec 30, 2013
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We bring you excerpts of conversations with Pittsburgh Steelers, past and present.

Author Gary Pomerantz's book about the Steelers, Their Life's Work addresses what it means to be teammates in the truest sense.

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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, Gary Pomerantz interviewed them to see if the dynasty was in decline.

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, Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now.