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Book focuses on the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers

“Their Life's Work” by Gary M. Pomerantz looks back on the dominant Steelers of the 1970s.
by Matt Patterson Published: December 22, 2013

“Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now” by Gary M. Pomerantz (Simon and Schuster, 481 pages, in stores)

The best moments in Gary Pomerantz's ode to the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s don't come in recounting one of the team's Super Bowl victories or a point by point breakdown of the Immaculate Reception.

Instead, Pomerantz gets to the heart of those Steelers teams through behind the scenes anecdotes that are sure to please any fan of that era of the NFL.

One of the most striking aspects of the book is the contrast between the after football lives of Hall of Fame defensive lineman Mean Joe Greene and Hall of Fame center Mike Webster.

Greene, 67, finished his playing days and embarked on a long career as an assistant coach for the Steelers and several other NFL teams.

He currently resides in the Dallas area with his wife of 45 years. Greene is comfortable financially and bears few scars from his playing days.

The same cannot be said for Webster, who died in 2002 of a heart attack at 50.

Webster was known to have suffered numerous head injuries during his 16-year career and had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy before his death.

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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