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Former Steelers OL, Champion Wrestler Carlton Haselrig Dies at 54

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Former Steelers offensive lineman and NCAA wrestling champion Carlton Haselrig died on Wednesday at the age of 54.


A Johnstown native, Haselrig attended Pitt-Johnstown, where he wrestled as a heavyweight and won three NCAA Division II heavyweight titles and three Division I titles, becoming the only player to win six individual NCAA titles in wrestling.

He finished his wrestling career with a 143-2-1 collegiate record, going 15-0 against Division I opponents.

Haselrig was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 12th Round in 1989. He started on defensive line, but moved offensive line in 1990 and took to it quickly. He became a starter at guard and earned Pro Bowl recognition in his fourth season in 1992.

Haselrig left the Steelers after the 1993 season. He played one more season with the New York Jets before retiring from the NFL.

After his retirement, Haselrig returned to Johnstown. He took up mixed martial arts, where he had a 3-2 professional record, and also coached and trained players for football, mixed martial arts and wrestling.

Haselrig is a member of the Pitt-Johnstown Hall of Fame and was selected to the NCAA 75th Anniversary Wrestling Team.

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Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw Used Tom Brady as Alias for Elbow Surgery in 1983

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Professional athletes are some of the most recognizable figures in the world, and often do what they can to avoid drawing attention beyond the field.

That was the case for Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who donned an alias to undergo elbow surgery in 38 years ago today in 1983.

According to The Pittsburgh Press, Bradshaw was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital in Louisiana on March 3, 1983 under the pseudonym “Thomas Brady.”

Yes, you read that right. Bradshaw was admitted under the alias “Tom Brady.”

“Many times, we have to admit people under and assumed name or under no name to keep the press and fans away,” hospital administrator Charles Boyd told The Pittsburgh Press.

Little did Bradshaw know that the real Tom Brady was just a six-year-old in Northern California learning the game of football nearly two decades before achieving his own NFL stardom. Fast forward to 2021, Brady is fresh off a seventh Super Bowl title and widely considered the greatest player of all time.

Brady (7) and Bradshaw (4) have won the most and second-most Super Bowls by a quarterback in NFL history, respectively. Bradshaw’s alias is just another thread intertwining the two legends beyond winning.

The surgery was the beginning of the end for Bradshaw, who played just one game in the 1983 season before calling it a career.

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Former Steelers WR Eli Rogers Signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouette

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Former Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers will play the 2021 season in the Canadian Football League, Rogers announced via social media on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver has signed to play with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

Rogers spent the 2020 spring with the DC Defenders of the XFL, and finished the pandemic-abbreviated season with 19 catches for 164 yards, both second on the Defenders.

The Steelers released Rogers on the eve of the 2019 season after he spent three seasons with the club after singing as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2015. He finished his time in Pittsburgh with 78 catches for 822 yards and four touchdowns over 30 games, 15 of which were starting assignments.

The CFL did not play its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free agency period for the 2021 season opened on Feb. 9. The teams will play a 21-game schedule beginning on June 10 and wrapping with the 108th playing of the Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ontario on Nov. 21.

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Remembering Steelers Broadcaster Myron Cope

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Steelers national lost one of its most enduring figures 13 years ago on Feb. 27, 2008, when legendary team broadcaster and Pittsburgh-area journalist Myron Cope died at the age of 79.

Born Myron Sidney Kopelman, the Taylor Allderdice and Pitt graduate was a sportswriter with the Erie Daily Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sports Illustrated and Saturday Evening Post before taking to broadcasting.

Cope started as the Steelers’ radio color analyst in 1970, and over his 35-year career with the team, Cope became a huge fan favorite with his comedic personality, colorful catchphrases, nasal voice and Pittsburgh accent. Cope’s most enduring contribution to Steelers fandom came in 1975, when he invented the Terrible Towel, the proceeds from which he later donated to the Allegheny Valley School for children with intellectual and physical disabilities in Coraopolis.

After his retirement, Cope was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first team color analyst to have that honor bestowed upon him. Cope was also the first pro football broadcaster to be elected to the Radio Hall of Fame.

Steelers fans, leave your favorite memory of Myron Cope in the comments below.

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