Former Steelers and Robert Morris coach Dan Radakovich died at the age of 84 on Thursday, and the Steelers are mourning the loss of the two-time Super Bowl winning coach affectionately known as “Bad Rad.”
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Radakovich,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said a press release. “During his time in Pittsburgh under Chuck Noll, Dan began as a defensive line coach in 1971, but then after a couple of years at the University of Colorado, Dan returned to the Steelers in 1974. During his second stint on Chuck’s staff, Coach Rad became affectionately known as “Bad Rad”, as he also became known as the offensive line coach of one of the best offensive lines of all time. In the process, Coach Rad helped the Steelers win two Super Bowl Championships.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Radakovich family.”
A Duquesne, Pa., native, Radakovich was a Penn State alum and got his coaching career started with the Nittany Lions in 1957. He helped start the Robert Morris football program in 1994 and was one of the first assistants hired by Joe Walton. He returned to RMU as defensive coordinator from 1996-07.
Radakovich also worked for Cincinnati (1970), the Steelers (1971, 1974-77), Colorado (1972-73), San Francisco 49ers (1978), Los Angeles Rams (1979-81), NC State (1982), Denver Broncos (1983), Minnesota Vikings (1984), NY Jets (1985-88), Cleveland Browns (1989-90), St. Louis Rams (1995) and Westminster (2014-19).
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.