LeVeon Bell Sprints past Chiefs linebacker Dadi Nicolas Sunday Oct. 2 at Heiz Field. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)LeVeon Bell Sprints past Chiefs linebacker Dadi Nicolas Sunday Oct. 2 at Heinz Field. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

Before the Pittsburgh Steelers “ambushed” the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night, there was another matter that had to be addressed.  Hall-of-Fame linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene was slated receive his Hall-of-Fame ring during the halftime intermission.  However, before he received that token of appreciation, Greene took time out to talk about and honor the teammates from the Steelers that helped him pave his path to immortality.

“The way I look at it, if it wasn’t for Greg [Lloyd], I wouldn’t have a gold jacket and I wouldn’t be about to put on a Hall of Fame ring;” he pointed out during his pregame press conference. “They had to account for Greg. Greg was a game-changing player. Offenses could not focus on me. They had to account for Greg and Chad Brown and Levon Kirkland and Rod Woodson and on and on and on. My hunting partner on the other side just lifted me up and made me a better player.”

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 1996, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene gives a thumbs up in Sun Devil Stadium before taking on the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Ariz. “Kevin to me represents all the things you want in a Hall of Famer: great work ethic, passion and love for the game, great consistency,” said longtime NFL coach Dom Capers, who will present Greene for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

In this Jan. 28, 1996, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene gives a thumbs up in Sun Devil Stadium before taking on the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

He also indicated that the competitive fire and passion of his line-mate Greg Lloyd, continues on to this day. The competition pushed Greene to be a better player even more than the public realized. “Yes, more than you know,” Greene said with a broad smile.  “So it wouldn’t surprise me if he took the [Hall-of-Fame] ring out of the box, threw it 100 yards and said; go get it K.G.

It was great it was awesome.  When we really rushed together, [which wasn’t very often] we would always say; may the best man win.”

Greene also said that Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin had requested that he [Greene] address the team before the game and that he would bring some “fire and brimstone.”  Well judging how well the Steelers defense performed against the Chiefs, “Revin Kevin” appeared to have delivered more than just a fiery oration.

Did “Padre” Greene pull out his stash of “sanctified water” as well as a hidden necklaces of prayer beads?  How did the Black and Gold’s defense mistreat the Chiefs wily veteran QB Alex Smith like a college freshman, after being manhandled by the Philadelphia Eagles offense led by rookie QB Carson Wentz just a week before?  Did the return of the Steelers often injured, beleaguered all-purpose running back LeVeon Bell bring the swagger back while removing the stagger from the Pittsburgh offense?

It did not appear that Bell was as rusty returning to the Steelers lineup as many of the talking heads thought that he might be. “It felt real good today,” he said. “I was glad to be out there.”  Now we are all praying that LeVeon Bell realizes that there is far more to his talent than he himself even realizes. The Steelers have a prolific and dominating sort of offense that can only evolve and become better. As far as running back LeVeon Bell is concerned, if he can remain off of the injury list and if he can stay out of courtrooms and away from the NFL Commissioner’s office, he might too be donning one of those Gold Pro Football HOF Jackets someday.

 

Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741

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ring the swagger back while removing the stagger from the Pittsburgh offense? It did not appear that Bell was as rusty returning to the Steelers lineup as many of the talking heads thought that he might be. “It felt real good today,” he said. “I was glad to be out there.”  Now we are all praying that LeVeon Bell realize that there is far more to his talent than he himself even realizes. The Steelers have a prolific and dominating sort of offense that can only evolve and become better. As far as running back LeVeon Bell is concerned, if he can remain off of the injury list and if he can stay out of courtrooms and away from the NFL Commissioners office, Bell might be donning one of those Gold Pro Football HOF Jackets someday.

 

Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741

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