You capsule those grim, sappy communal teachings I most took to heart in my burnt West Texas village about five lives ago.
In one burst of cracker barrel candor you bring back the former cotton-mouthed guilts, agonies, and humiliations of the practice field; you fill my head with ancient losses: fumbles, blocked punts, imperfect tackles, fourth and nineteen.
"If you could put it somewhere near me, I could usually catch it," he says quietly, pride still swimming up.
During the NFL annual meetings in 2005, coach Jim Haslett (then of the New Orleans Saints) delivered a series of comments that set off a renewed firestorm about the Pittsburgh Steelers use of steroids in the 1970s. In the '74 season he referenced, Webster was a rookie at 6' 1 1/2" and weighed only 238 lbs (smaller than Tingelhoff) and didn't play in the game.
He works them in and out, up and down, a pianist about to go on, a safecracker itching to try the dials.Fran Tarkenton added to the fire in June of 2009, commenting during a radio interview on 790 The Zone in Atlanta -"We’re playing the Steelers in the Super Bowl in ’75 or ’76, and I’m warming up with my center, Mick Tingelhoff, who’s an eight-time all-pro, Tarkenton said. Later, we found out it that you know, it was Mike Webster and these guys were juiced … This is where he became associated with Bob Hoffman, coach of the team.Bob was also the owner of the York Barbell Company and published a weight training magazine back in the United States and is renowned in the history of US weightlifting.In an article that was carried by both the Los Angeles Times and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Haslett claimed the Pittsburgh Steelers brought the use of steroids en vogue throughout the NFL. Ray Mansfield, never linked to steroids, was the starting center.Haslett (an admitted steroid user himself) carries respectable NFL credentials and admits to one year of steroid usage immediately after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1979..as a Steeler. Also, it was the Steelers defense that won the game, not the offense, and no Steelers defenders have been linked (only rumored) to steroids. Jack Ham and Jack Lambert absolutely refused to use the drugs.