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THOMAS AIMING TO ATTEND STEELERS MINI-CAMP

J.T. Thomas, the Steelers first round draft pick of 1973, who sat out the 1978 season was hoping to return after being given the all clear by his doctors. Thomas was sidelined with a blood disorder called Boech’s sarcoid, but had received medical clearance to participate in the team’s mini-camp.

The veteran cornerback has been taken off medication and his doctors report his progress as good.

JACK LAMBERT FRACAS

The Happy Landings discotheque downtown Pittsburgh had an airport as its motif signifying a safe arrival. For Jack lambert though his visit was a little bumpy and he finished his night out in Divine Providence Hospital.

Lambert was hit over the head as he left the restroom and then took on two or three guys depending on different versions of the altercation. “I don’t think he was injured too much,” suggested Dan Rooney. “He gave us his version, but I don’t want to give a blow by blow account.”

Lambert’s image was intentionally promoted by the NFL as the toughest and meanest member of the toughest and meanest football team. “He’s a target for guys looking to make a name for themselves in a hurry,” offered one Steeler official. “Guys challenge him even when they have no chance of winning, just to say they had the courage to take him on.”

No charges were filed and Mr. Rooney didn’t expect any disciplinary action to be taken by the league office.

CRAIG COLQUITT INVOLVED IN AUTO ACCIDENT

Punter Craig Colquitt was charged with drunken driving following an auto accident in which his fiancée was critically injured. The accident occurred in Knoxville, Tennessee where Colquitt is attending classes.

COACH NOLL TAKES STOCK

Coach Noll was concerned about both incidents but was realistic in his approach. “You can’t live their lives for them,” he suggested. “You can only offer some guidelines and give them some advice. It’s the way I’ve attempted to raise my children. I try not to manage their lives and allow them to make their own choices. You just hope you’ve given them good guidelines.”

SWEENEY UNDERGOES SURGERY

The first visit fourth-round draft pick Calvin Sweeney made in Pittsburgh was to the hospital. Sweeney injured his foot in a workout before the draft, but the Steelers were unaware of the injury. He will undergo surgery for a bone graft on his right foot and be in a cast for five or six weeks.

MIKE WEBSTER THRILLS KIDS

Mike Webster image by michael chikirisSteelers center Mike Webster (picture left) was looking forward to being involved with the Special Olympics at Pete Twp High School. The Olympics was Washington County’s athletic competition for mentally and physically handicapped youngsters.

“You get quite a bit of a thrill watching these kids,” Webster told the Pittsburgh Press. “You get real proud yourself, seeing what they do. If you could just see the looks on their faces when they get an award.”

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