Steelers Takeaways: has approached the Steelers organization and players in a way no other book has – spanning across seven decades of Steelers players, the book is comprised of personal and on-field stories captured from interviews the author has conducted with over 400 former Steelers – from those that played in the 50’s, through ones that just recently retired.
In these personal interviews, players reveal the humor behind the game and how it affected them – from the jokes teammates played on one another in the locker rooms, meeting rooms, and hotels, to the on-field pranks and antics fans are otherwise not privy to.
“Ron Lippock has collected an amazing number of outstanding comments from some of the top NFL players. The comments are extraordinarily candid, informative, some emotional and often very detailed, giving the reader an inside view of what it’s like to play in the NFL.” ~ Andy Russell: Steelers’ linebacker 1963-1976
“Great book, Great read. Every Steeler fan will get an idea of what we went through no matter what decade they are from.” ~ John Banaszak: Steelers’ defensive end 1975-1981
All these stories and insights are amassed from over 400 interviews. Not just from the household names like L.C. Greenwood, Donnie Shell, Antwaan Randle El, Rocky Bleier, and Tommie Maddox, but also from the hundreds of players who fought just to make the practice squad. Their contributions and struggles, successes and failures, all helped to define the Steelers as an organization equally as much as the many Steelers players that made the Hall of Fame.
This is the insider’s history of the organization, a very personal view shared from the players’ own perspectives. There is something for every Steeler fan here – and most of these stories simply can’t be found elsewhere.
Ron Lippock is the Publisher of the Pittsburgh Sports Daily Bulletin, a daily newsletter that covers Pittsburgh sports new. Over the five-plus years of publishing the newsletter, Mr. Lippock has interviewed hundreds of former Pittsburgh athletes, coaches, media, artists, and more, focusing on their more personal experiences and insights.