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TONY DUNGY BRINGS SOMETHING SPECIAL TO THE CHILDREN’S OLYMPICS

Mike Webster was not the only Steelers who involved himself with helping the Special Olympics for mentally and physically handicapped youngsters. Steelers safety Tony Dungy spent time with the Olympics organiser Milton Claney in Westmoreland County.

Claney was so impressed with Dungy’s participation that he contacted the president of the Special Olympics to ask if it was possible to recognise Dungy’s efforts. Claney revealed that usually the guests who helped would pay a token visit, sign a few autographs while posing for photos.

Dungy arrived earlier than expected at 0830 and was still there when Claney left the campus at 1530. The kids were enjoying their time with Dungy and reluctant to board their buses to leave. “Don’t quote me on this,” said Claney, “but I don’t think he even took time out for lunch.”

“We couldn’t have asked for more of him,” acknowledged Claney. “Everyone was impressed.  Not only did he represent the Steelers organisation in a professional manner, he depicted true love and understanding toward our children and he gave something we hadn’t expected. He gave himself.

I can truly say our boys and girls are better people because of him. He left little doubt in their minds what being an athlete, what being a true human being, is all about.”

Photo Credit: Donald J. Stetzer, Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photo of Keith Gary, Mike Mayock, Anthony Washington, Tony Dungy and Chuck Noll

STEELERS KICKER MATT BAHR CONTINUES TO PLAY SOCCER

The Steelers selected kicker Matt Bahr with their sixth pick in the draft. Bahr was excused the rookie’s mini camp so he could play for the Pennsylvania Stoners of the American Soccer League. His team beat the Cleveland Cobras 4-0.

While at Penn State, Bahr took advantage of a new NCCA rule that allowed athletes to play a collegiate sport and sign professionally in another.

The Steelers also picked up Rick Snodgrass after he tried out at Pitt Stadium. Snodgrass and Bahr would compete with Roy Gerela for the kicker’s job,

LOCAL BOY THOM DORNBROOK TO MAKE THE STEELERS

Thom Dornbrook still remembers the visit of L.C. Greenwood and Sam Davis to North Hills High School when he was a senior. Although he was a big Steelers fan, he never imagined he would have the chance to make their roster. “I thought it was very unrealistic if not impossible,” Dornbrook offered. “I thought everybody had to be a great superstar to play for somebody like Pittsburgh or Dallas.”

After he went undrafted a year ago, Dornbrook thought the opportunity to make the pros had gone. “I was very disappointed, but the scouts told me I was too small.” He was eventually signed by the Steelers. When he suffered a broken thumb in the third preseason game it turned out to be a stroke of luck.

He was put on injured reserve which gave him a year of learning that he took full advantage of.  He also added 25 pounds to increase his chances of making it as an offensive lineman.  “We have a lot of short, stocky guys in the line,” Dornbrook observed. “That’s the kind of offensive line philosophy Chuck Noll has had for years.”

 

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