PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In his late 70’s, he still holds the NFL record for 171 consecutive starts by a cornerback.
His 62 career interceptions helped get him into the Hall of Fame, but in these parts Dick LeBeau is simply a coach.
“I will forever be grateful for his influence in my life, and I love you to death coach,” Brett Keisel said.
“Never in my life have I ever come across a man that was so filled with so much character, loyalty and integrity and just honesty. That’s Dick LeBeau. That’s the way his players perceived him. That’s why they love him. That’s why I love him,” former teammate Bill Priatko said.
The City of Pittsburgh obviously holds LeBeau in the same high regard. February is now officially “Dick LeBeau Month.”
“On behalf of the people of Pittsburgh, our most sincere thanks, admiration and appreciation. We wish you every happiness and success in your future endeavors,” Councilwoman Darlene Harris said.
LeBeau addressed the council following the announcement and said it was, “more than I deserve.”
LeBeau patrolled the Pittsburgh sidelines for 12 years, including three Super Bowl appearances and two rings. However, it is the men who played for him he will miss the most.
“I accept all of these things — not for myself — but for those guys and I think you can do just about whatever you want to do for them because they have earned it. I got to ride along and I enjoyed it and I certainly did enjoy today. It was wonderful,” LeBeau said.
While he wouldn’t say what’s next, the 77-year-old did say he has already talked to several teams
“Whatever happens next, we’ll embrace it, and whatever the Lord has in store for us, we will roll up our sleeves and go after it,” he said.
Council also presented LeBeau with a key to the city during today’s ceremony
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