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OFFICIAL - MANSFIELD IS RETIRED

Ray Mansfield media photoOn July 5th, the 36-year old Steelers center announced his retirement ending his 14-year NFL career and brining to a conclusion a streak of 196 regular season games. “Everybody thinks I was just playing a big game,” Mansfield revealed about the delay in his announcement. “But up until about three weeks ago, I still didn’t know. You know, it’s hard to come in here and say, ‘I quit.’”

When Art Rooney joined Mansfield in the press room, he asked, “What did you do?” with Mansfield replying, “It was smart wasn’t it?” The Steelers owner didn’t agree, “You look like you’re in good shape,” Mr. Rooney offered before wishing the ex-player luck, adding, “You were good for us.”

When Mr. Rooney departed, Mansfield enthused, “That’s great people. I always felt like I would never be ripped off with this organisation. Even when I was a kid. If you got hurt, you always felt you’d get paid.”

With training camp just two weeks away, a pensive Mansfield said, “I love training camp. It’s kind of like being at a boy scout camp. After two-a-days, camp’s a breeze. You sleep, eat and drink beer after practice.”

1977 TRAINING CAMP COMMENCES

The Steelers opened their 1977 training camp in Latrobe with temperatures in the mid-eighties and with the arrival of 44 rookies and free agents along with 11 veterans.

The veterans know what to expect, but for the newbies it will be a mixture of anxiety and pride in being given a shot to make it in the NFL. The rookies will soon be facing two-a-day drills when their mettle and fitness will be tested to the full.

Further strain on their mental strength would be the absence of their head coach, who had the court case in San Francisco to concern himself with. Offensive backfield coach Dick Hoak and receiver coach Tom Moore would share the responsibilities for the quarterbacks. Defensive coordinator Bud Carson took over staff and player meetings.

“They’re quite competent, quite trustworthy,” observed Noll about his assistants. “I rely on them. The biggest problem from my absence will be not being able to get to know our young players. Judging the rookies, watching them learn and progress is the biggest aspect of the early camp.

I can review films, but it’s not the same as seeing rookies first hand.”

JOE GILLIAM HOPING TO RETURN TO FOOTBALL

The former Steelers quarterback Joe Gilliam was waiting to meet NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to find out whether he can re-join his current team in New Orleans. Following his second arrest in two months in 1976, Gilliam was ordered to a drug rehabilitation treatment centre.

Gilliam continues to work out in anticipation of a return to the Saints.


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