By Chad Millman
A stirring portrait of the last decade while the Steelers grew to become the best crew in NFL background, at the same time Pittsburgh used to be crumbling round them. within the Nineteen Seventies, town of Pittsburgh used to be wanting heroes. In that decade the metal undefined, lengthy the lifeblood of the town, went into huge decline, placing 150,000 steelworkers out of labor. after which the unthinkable occurred: The Pittsburgh Steelers, perennial also-rans within the NFL, rose as much as turn into the main feared crew within the league, dominating rivals with their famed "Steel Curtain" safety, profitable 4 great Bowls in six years, and lifting the spirits of a urban at the breaking point. within the Ones Who Hit the toughest, Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne hint the increase of the Steelers amidst the backdrop of the fading urban they fought for, bringing to lifestyles characters akin to: artwork Rooney, the landlord of the workforce so cherished through Pittsburgh that he used to be recognized easily as "The Chief"; Chuck Noll, the headstrong trainer who used the ethos of steelworkers to inspire his avid gamers; Terry Bradshaw, the strong-armed and underestimated QB; Joe eco-friendly, the protecting take on whose struggling with nature lifted the franchise; and Jack Lambert, the linebacker whose snarling, toothless grin embodied the Pittsburgh security. each tale wishes a villain, and during this one it truly is performed through the Dallas Cowboys. As Pittsburgh rusted, the hot and glittering city of Dallas, wealthy from the capital infusion of oil profit, signaled the way forward for the USA. certainly, town brimmed with such self assurance that the Cowboys felt cozy nicknaming themselves "America's Team." through the Nineteen Seventies, the groups jostled for keep watch over of the NFL-the Cowboys doing it with finesse and the Steelers doing it with brawn-culminating in great Bowl XIII in 1979, while the getting older Steelers tried to carry off the Cowboys one final time. completely researched and grippingly written, those Who Hit the toughest is a stirring tribute to a urban, a staff, and an period.
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Of course, Harris wasn't from Hoboken. But Sinatra hustled up front to Cope's table, and being the bettor he was, asked how Bradshaw's dislocated finger was doing. Then he agreed to show up at practice the next day, share some wine with Franco, and accept induction into the Italian Army. Cope called Stagno and Vento, who booked first-class flights to Palm Springs. It was the first time Stagno had ever been on a plane. They had an Italian Army helmet made that read "Sinatra" on the back. On the sidelines at practice they had a table set up with wine and cheese and Italian flags waving in the soft California breeze.
It helped that he had drafted the right talent. 7 speed. When Joe Gordon, the Steelers PR man, was tinkering with the team's media guide after the season, Noll told him to give a little extra room to Greenwood because he thought he'd be ready to make bigger contributions. White, meanwhile, impressed from his first day in camp. Rookies always reported before veterans and were timed in the 40. 9, was just a step slower than Greenwood. And he played angrily and recklessly. Not desperate, like Green, but aggrieved, as though he'd been slighted.
He wondered why things were and contemplated the answers until he was satisfied, either with the answer or the fact there may not be one. He had the gait of a man who lived lightly and without judgment. During their senior years Penn State promoted Harris and Mitchell as Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside, with the hook being that the bigger, brawnier Harris, who preferred running on the edges, was Mr. Outside. It was the perfect campaign angle for a man so full of contradictions. He was half-black, half-Italian, the son of an Army vet who had married an Italian woman he met during World War II.