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Former Wide Receiver Thigpen Still “A Steeler At Heart”

By Matt Popchock
Yancey Thigpen

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Steelers begin their 2013 season against the Tennessee Titans at 1:00 P.M. on KDKA-TV, and former NFL wide receiver Yancey Thigpen, who played on both sides of the AFC rivalry, joined “Starkey, Miller and Mueller” Friday to preview Sunday’s game.

“I’ve always been a Steeler at heart. I was a Steelers fan as a kid, and I was fortunate enough to be able to play [there],” Thigpen said. “I had a wonderful time at Tennessee, and I met some great people there, but I’m a Steeler at heart.”

Thigpen ended his ten-year career with 313 catches for 5,081 yards and 30 touchdowns. Most of them came in six campaigns with the Steelers 1992-97, during which he earned two All-Pro selections and two Pro Bowl nods, and helped the team reach Super Bowl XXX.

In 1995 and 1997, he topped 1,300 yards. He amassed 3,651 total yards receiving with Pittsburgh, putting him inside the top 15 in franchise history in that category.

In 1998 he signed what was, at the time, the biggest known contract for a free agent wide receiver to come to Tennessee, and he finished his career with the Titans two years later due to injuries, and just a year after reaching Super Bowl XXXIV.

Check out this brief excerpt from his appearance, as he tells the guys what specifically he’ll be keeping an eye on in Sunday’s opener at Heinz Field, and gives his prediction:

“With Ben calling the shots, we always have a chance of winning,” said Thigpen, 44, now a stay-at-home dad in Charlotte.

Our Steelers pregame coverage gets underway at 8:00 A.M. with Chris Mueller live from the docks of the Gateway Clipper Fleet at Station Square.

Coverage continues on “Pittsburgh Gameday” 10:00 A.M.-12:20 P.M. on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan with Joe Starkey and former Steelers offensive lineman Jeff Hartings live from Tilted Kilt on the North Shore.

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