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Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert appeared on WDVE Monday morning to share the team’s excitement over Alan Faneca and Bill Nunn getting inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Colbert also said during the interview that he was rooting for the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl because of the large amount of Steelers connections on their roster and coaching staff. Bruce Arians coached in Pittsburgh for seven years and had former Steelers players Byron Leftwich, Antwaan Randle El and Larry Foote on his coaching staff.
Despite the rocky end to Antonio Brown's tenure as a Steeler, Colbert mentioned that he was happy to see Brown get a ring. The Buccaneers beat the Chiefs 31-9 in the Super Bowl and Brown scored a touchdown in the game.
“I was happy for A.B. to win a Super Bowl trophy,” Colbert said via Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That’s something that is unique. Once a player does it, there is nothing else that can compare. When you get that first one, it’s unique and you remember it. Those (ex-Steelers), I know they enjoyed that. That was a special group. And we are happy for all of them.”
Brown said last week that he still keeps in touch with a couple of teammates from when he was a Steeler and is still close with Mike Tomlin.
"I keep in touch with a couple of teammates," Brown said. "I still stay in contact with Mike T. He is always a leader for me. He's always there for me. As I continue on the journey, we'll be in touch."
Colbert said last year at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Steelers have talked with Brown's representation to check in on him as a person and they've made it clear the door is always open for conversations about how they can help him as a former Steeler.