PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – After spending enough time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and other NFL franchises, Jeremy Staat decided there was a cause bigger than that which he wanted to take up, and that’s when he joined the Marine Corps.

Staat joined Starkey, Miller and Mueller this afternoon to tell us about his life, and the work he’s doing today to help veterans as they come back from war.

“I’m just out here working on some veteran organizations to help out our veterans.  As you guys know, I was good friends with Pat Tillman.  After my time here with the Steelers, I signed on with a couple other teams, wind up signing on with the St. Louis Rams, got my retirement and called it a career.  After Pat was killed, (I) joined the Marine Corps., did my four years as an infantry machine gunner, got out and came home and started my own foundation.”

Part of the reason Staat is back in Pittsburgh this week is because of Pat Tillman and the Pat Tillman Shadow Run that is coming up this weekend on April 20, and Staat tells us what kind of guy Tillman was.

“The greatest thing about him was he was fearless and you couldn’t ask for a more honest individual.  What he stood for, what he believed, you got to respect people for that.”

Staat also talked about other ways he’s working to help veterans with their life after service.