Ex-Steelers LB Russell, 7-time Pro Bowler, dies

Steelers great Andy Russell passes away at the age of 82.


Andy Russell, Steelers Legend, Passes Away

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and seven-time Pro Bowler, Andy Russell, has died at the age of 82. The team confirmed his passing on Wednesday. Russell was a key player for the Steelers in the 1970s, helping the team win two Super Bowls.

Russell spent his entire 12-year NFL career with the Steelers, becoming a staple of their Steel Curtain defense. He was known for his hard-hitting style and strong presence on the field. Russell was a leader on and off the field, serving as the Steelers' player representative and president of the NFL Players Association.

After retiring from football, Russell went on to have a successful post-career as a businessman and served as a trustee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He will be remembered as one of the greatest players in Steelers history.

NFL Mourns the Loss of a Legend

The passing of Andy Russell has sent shockwaves throughout the NFL community. Players, coaches, and fans from around the league have expressed their condolences and shared stories of Russell's impact on the game.

Steelers owner Art Rooney II released a statement, saying, 'We are deeply saddened by the loss of Andy Russell. He was not only a tremendous player for our organization, but also a great person who made a lasting impact on everyone he encountered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.'

Russell's legacy will live on in the hearts of Steelers fans and in the annals of NFL history. His contributions to the game will not be forgotten.

Honoring a Steelers Legend

In honor of Andy Russell, the Pittsburgh Steelers will hold a moment of silence during their next home game at Heinz Field. The team will also wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys for the remainder of the season.

Fans are encouraged to share their memories and tributes to Russell on social media using the hashtag #RememberingRussell. The Steelers organization will also be collecting donations in Russell's name for a charity of the family's choosing.

Andy Russell will forever be remembered as a true Steelers legend and a beloved member of the Pittsburgh community.