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Essential Pittsburgh
3:30 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Taking Number 75 Off the Shelf, Steelers Retire Mean Joe Greene's Jersey

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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”.

Essential Pittsburgh
4:36 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Remembering Bill Nunn Jr., A Legend in Pro Sports and Racial Integration

Steelers talent scout Bill Nunn Jr.
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Last week saw the passing of a Pittsburgh sports legend. When Bill Nunn, Jr. 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.

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.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Andrew Conte, is writing a book about Nunn and wrote his obituary for the Trib.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Stories of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Past & Present

Stories that show why the Steelers are worth cheering for.
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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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Essential Pittsburgh
3:32 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Gary Pomerantz Novel on Friendship Among the Super Steelers

Gary Pomerantz is the author of Their Life's Work, a book about the bonds of friendship of the Super Steelers.
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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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:15 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

The Death of a Steelers Legend

Member of the Steel Curtain, LC Greenwood, died Sunday at the age of 67.
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The Steel Curtain was considered the key to the Steelers success in the 1970s and on Sunday the third of the four legendary defensive lineman died. LC “Hollywood Bags” Greenwood died at the age of 67. The cause of death was kidney failure, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner.

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:18 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Steelers Former Offensive Linemen Speaks Out About Stigma of Epilepsy

Alan Faneca was an All-Pro Guard for the Steelers
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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 Family Fun Run and Walk, taking place Saturday.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:11 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Notes From Paul: Jack Butler Will Be Missed

Jack Butler at the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony
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Listen to the Essential Pittsburgh interview with Jack Butler from July 2012

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, Jack Butler. 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 Pro Football Hall of Fame. 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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:37 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

Sidney Crosby on the current cover of Sports Illustrated
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According to urban legend, athletes and teams that appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated have been known to experience a streak of bad luck. So what's in the stars for Penguins Center, Sidney Crosby now that he's on the cover of SI

And the lasting legacy of late Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Jack Butler is definitely felt by Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer emeritus, Bob Dvorchak.

"He played in an era when the Steelers did not have a great team. But he helped define that team."

Butler passed away last weekend and was a guest on Essential Pittsburgh before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch Promoting Neighborhood Peace

Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch talks about being an activist and a community peacekeeper
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Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch 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 Best of the Batch Foundation 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.  

Essential Pittsburgh
12:01 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

The Terrible Towel Comes Home to Pittsburgh

An original commercially marketed Terrible Towel, sold exclusively by Gimbel's Department Store, circa 1978. The Terrible Towel is a fan symbol associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, soon the towels will be printed right here in Pittsburgh.
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The iconic terrible towel has come home to Pittsburgh. We'll talk wth Rob Brandegee, co-owner of Little Earth Productions about the manufacturing of Steelers good luck charm is returning to the Steel City.

Essential Pittsburgh
11:53 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Sports N' @ with Bob Dvorchak

Each Monday our sports contributor Bob Dvorchak weighs in on Pittsburgh sports news highlights.
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Pittsburgh Post Gazette sports writer emeritus a.k.a. our Sports Guy, Bob Dvorchak comments on the 2024 Olympics coming to Pittsburgh, the Steelers' locker room blow up and how about an NBA team for Pittsburgh?