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1976 AND ANDY RUSSELL CONTEMPLATES RETIREMENT

Andy Russell media photo“The better a great athlete plays in the late stages of his career,” Andy Russell told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The tougher it is for him to judge when the end is near. You can count the number of guys who went out on top on the fingers of one hand.”

The Steelers linebacker added, “It’s my opinion that most athletes do the wrong thing. They play too long. They wait until they can’t play and the coach makes the decision for him. I don’t want that to ever happen to me.”

Russell is determined to go out on top and will be thinking seriously for the next few months about whether he can continue for another season. “I’d love to play football for the rest of my life, but I can’t so I’ve got to make a decision,” Russell offered.  “It’s not going to be an easy decision or a hasty one.”

He confirmed he would discuss the situation with Dan Rooney and coach Noll before making his final decision. Russell is the only outside linebacker to have played in every Pro Bowl. As a defensive captain who is virtually a coach on the field, Russell is an integral part of the Steelers defense, but in Loren Toews the team does have a capable backup.

THREE RIVERS TICKET PRICE RAISED

The ticket for a game increased 90 cents to $9.15 for 45,000 seats.

1976 DRAFT TO PROCEED?

After a month’s delay, on February 20th the dismissal of the suit filed by Tampa and Seattle against the Players Association meant the 1976 draft could go ahead.

With that dismissal, it appeared that the 1976 offseason would progress, but a week later, the fragility of industrial relations in the NFL was exposed when the NFL cancelled a meeting of the league’s retirement committee board while threatening the termination of the NFL’s pension plan.

The NFL’s action was in response to a report the Players Union was considering filing an $11.1 million lawsuit against the NFL asking for $10,000 in damages for each of the players alleging violation of antitrust laws in the league’s standard player contracts.

GILLIAM EXPECTING TO BE TRADED

Steelers quarterback Joe Gilliam has stayed out of the limelight since the Steelers Super Bowl victory. After moving to a new apartment in Nashville, where the phone number is unlisted, Gilliam has kept himself to himself.

“It’s not hard to understand why he’s not saying anything,” his father told the Post-Gazette. “If he stepped forward and became vocal, it’d be completely out of character for him.”

It would appear that Gilliam was just waiting to hear to what team he has been traded. “The Steelers told him they’d get in touch,” his father confirmed. No trades can be made until after the draft.

NFL ADD 30-SECOND CLOCK TO FIELD

The owners agreed to put a 30-second clock in the end zones. That decision might placate Al Davis who had insisted the officials trimmed three seconds off the clock when his Raiders were attempting to come back against the Steelers in their playoff defeat at the beginning of the year.

The owners rejected a proposal to allow receivers to catch a ball with only one foot inbounds (unless pushed out by a defensive player.)

EXPANSION DRAFT

The Steelers lost Ed Bradley, Dave Brown and Dave Reavis to the expansion draft for the new Seattle and Tampa franchises. Each existing team was allowed to protect 29 players.

Although their roster had been affected with the loss, the Steelers managed to keep their base team together. Joe Gilliam was protected to enable the Steelers to gain compensation when he was traded.


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