PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- Steelers great Andy Russell has been involved in some great Steelers/Raiders games in the 1970s and he joined The Fan Morning Show on Thursday morning to share some of those memories.
“We knew we had to get past them,” Russell said. “They had a great team that beat us far too often.”
Russell said the Raiders always had their respect because of how good they were and for how hard they played, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t hate the Raiders.
“We disliked them because they were so good,” Russell said. “They were a great team and they were full of Hall of Fame players and we always had to get past them. We did in 1974, and ’75, but we tried for a third in a row in ’76 and failed.”
He said that 1976 team might have been the best Steelers team he was a part of, but the offense had their excuse with no Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier playing. But the defense had no excuse for losing that game.
Russell retired at the age of 35 following that 1976 season.
He says the Steelers fans are the best in the world and the younger fans still always want to talk to him and get to know him because of they know the history of the Steelers and now four of those Super Bowls came in the 1970s.
Listen to the full interview here: