Talking Steelers Football With Hank Williams, Jr.
Country music legend Hank Williams, Jr. has been a Steelers fan for as long as he can remember and takes advantage of every opportunity he gets to come to Pittsburgh.
Williams was a part of the team’s 75th Season celebration last year, signing the National Anthem before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.
Williams recently took time out to talk with Teresa Varley for a feature on Steelers.com titled Talking Steelers Football.
I would have to say Franco Harris, Chuck Noll, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Greene. That’s the first thing that comes to mind.
I became a fan a long, long time ago. I got way back. Terry Bradshaw and I were born in the same hospital in Louisiana, just a little over a year apart. He was an underdog and so was I. I kept saying we are from the same place, me and him. I have something in common with him. He recorded I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. People don’t remember that. That was a long time ago. We are lucky he stuck to football.
What are some of your favorite Steelers memories?
I talk to people in the Steelers office almost every week. We speak a lot. I went to training camp a few years ago. I don’t get to see all of the games, but I do watch a lot of them on tape because of my schedule.
It was just wonderful. To be a part of that was great. I wear my 75th season hat and jersey all of the time. We shared all kinds of stories. There was a lot of that.
I knew from the very beginning that the players really liked him and that is so important. That is very important.
Is there a current player who you really enjoy watching or respect their game?
It would be Hines Ward. I have heard him sing before. I would stay away from Bradshaw unless we did an album called, “Just for Laughs.”
I think that would be easy for a lot of those guys, but I bet some of them would freeze up. I am going to pick Justin Hartwig. That wouldn’t be hard for him. I’ve gotten to know Justin and I think he could handle it.