Andy Russell

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Andy Russell

Postby 74_75_78_79_ » Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:39 am

Yes, just one 1st-team All Pro in ’75 (but three 2nd-teams), and he is in the HOVG as of ’11, seven Pro Bowls, but I guess no chance for the HOF at this point? Jack Ham in this article below makes a case...

https://www.si.com/nfl/talkoffame/nfl/j ... HxgD1gGB0A

Yes, he was a teammate and friend, and he makes an error in saying that Russell played against Dorsett, but overall a nice article with valid points! The Steel Curtain did drop off a tad in ’77 after Russell left. If Donnie Shell isn’t the last of the Steel Curtain, or ’70s Steelers-period, to make it to Canton, then shouldn’t he be the next?
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Re: Andy Russell

Postby JuggernautJ » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:19 pm

I grew up watching the late 60's - 70's Steelers.
I remember times when Andy Russell was the only bright spot on an otherwise hopeless team.
And Andy was a favorite player of my Dad's.

For these reasons I probably remember Russell as being better than he was (disclaimer) but I remember him as being very, very good (on an often terrible team). I think he definitely belongs in the Hall of (the) Very Good.
The Hall of Fame might be pushing it a bit...

His two championships certainly help his case for enshrinement.
One can only wonder if he would already be in the HoF had he stuck around for the next two...
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Re: Andy Russell

Postby sluggermatt15 » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:07 pm

Russell would have to be elected as a senior member, correct?
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