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Andy Russell, two-time large Bowl Champion and seven-time professional Bowler with the good Pittsburgh Steelers' groups of the '70s, writes approximately his occupation and his teammates on those nice groups. Russell writes, " The tales approximately my teammates should not a recounting in their many files, awards, and different wearing achievements, yet as a substitute memories 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 integrated.

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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.

Like his father, Dad believed his major family responsibility was to make money and keep his boys in line. I was spanked with a belt but rarely and only when I had done something very bad, like stealing some change off his dresser (to buy candy). My worst whipping came after I had confided to my mother that I hated my father (probably because he had forced me to eat my spinach the night before). " The look on his face told me that that experience hurt him more than it did me. Naturally, I did love him and I certainly don't want to give the impression that I had a tough life growing up or that I was abused in any way.

That perspective was then overshadowed by how he played in the game. As an example, I once asked several players what the turnaround point of the 1974 season was. I thought it was the sixth game of the season against Cleveland. Bradshaw took over the reins at quarterback, and it was my first start with Franco in the backfield. Terry, on the other hand, though the turnaround wasn't until the next to last game of the season. After a tough loss at home the week before, Bradshaw had a great day against the Patriots, leading the team to a 21-17 victory.

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