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Pittsburgh Steelers: Men of Steel Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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Jim Wexell is a veteran sportswriter in the Pittsburgh area. A Pitt graduate, hes 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. Hes also the publisher of FOX/Scout Networks Steelers site after building the subscription-based project as senior editor for three years. Wexells 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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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.
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.
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.