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Pittsburgh Steelers: Men of Steel Hardcover – September 1, 2006


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About the Author

Jim Wexell is a veteran sportswriter in the Pittsburgh area. A Pitt graduate, he’s covered the Pittsburgh Steelers on a daily basis since 1995, first as the sports editor for the Irwin Standard Observer and now as a freelance writer for several suburban newspapers in Western Pennsylvania. He also writes an opinion/notes column for Steelers Digest and regularly contributes to Pro Football Weekly. He’s also the publisher of FOX/Scout Network’s Steelers site after building the subscription-based project as senior editor for three years. Wexell’s first book, Tales from Behind the Steel Curtain, is a rollicking behind-the-scenes look at the Steelers’ 1979 championship season, starring Jack Lambert, Terry Bradshaw, and company.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582619964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582619965
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,790,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Stanizzo on November 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is not a typical boring history book. It is a fun history book. Wex wrote a collection of mini-biographies of the men who made the Steelers. But he did not limit the book to just Steeler stars from the past, he also included players that were lesser known. The stories are told by the players themselves. Growing up in the 70s, I would study the Steeler all-time leaders lists and read names like Lynn Chandnois and Roy Jefferson, but I had no clue who they were. Now I have a feel for who those players were and their place in building the best organization in the NFL. I don't want to tell the stories here, but I will say I learned Mean Joe Greene earned his nickname both on and off the field. Was Roy Jefferson Terrell Owens before Terrell Owens was born? I asked myself that question while reading about Roy Jefferson.

A couple things I learned were I was wrong when I thought the Steelers stunk before their 70s dynasty and a common link between players was their love and respect for Art Rooney.

Men of Steel is easy to read but hard to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Locust on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jim Wexell ("Wex" is he known around sports discussions in The Burgh) has produced another great book about the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There are many things to enjoy from this books such as a behind-the-scenes lok at NFL players, the unknown stories associated with players that have never been told before, and also the nostalgia aspect of the book.

Most of the 35 players documented in the book I have watched play football with the Pittsburgh, but there are some that I never had the pleasure to watch. Jim Wexell introduces these players to you and then gives you some information that tells you about the person behind the player.

Alot of books about the Steelers will use third-hand accounts or have stories that any Steelers fan would already know. Wexell seperates himself and his book from books like that, because he uses first hand accounts and brings fresh new stories to the reader.

I don't know why I expected anything different from Wexell, because his first book that I also purchased, "Tales From Behind The Steel Curtain" was also an excellent read.

I really enjoyed the chapter about Frank Lewis and how he did not fit into the Steelers scheme of things during the Steelers dynasty years, but he was a very good NFL wide receiver. And then to learn how he he left the team...I will let you read for yourself.

My only hope now is that Jim Wexell continues to publich books like these. If you are true and die-hard Steelers fan, get this book and other Steelers books that Jim Wexell has written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nina Boyd on October 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Men of Steel, is a tremendous collection of Steeler history. The book takes you through the lives of 35 former players. Interesting, funny, and informative this book held my attention start to finish. I laughed reading the Chapter on Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley, and I now know what prompted the NFL to have oxygen available at every football game. Throughout this book you see the support and influence the Rooney family has had in the former players lives. I read of a connection to a necktie and a playoff game from the mid 70's. I learned how the coaches used a snow fence to motivate rookies. The Kevin Greene chapter mentions how he brought Big Macs and fries late at night for crazed fans camping out for a chance to get playoff tickets. I was one of those campers and was in awe of the free food from a player.

Jim Wexell put together an amazing book of Steeler profiles. I appreciate the extensive research that must have gone into this work. A must read for any football fan.
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