Talking Steelers Football With L.C. Greenwood
L.C. Greenwood won four Super Bowl rings in his 13-year career with the Steelers, playing on the famed Steel Curtain defense.
Greenwood had 73.5 sacks and 14 opponents fumble recoveries in his impressive career.
After his playing days ended Greenwood remained in the Pittsburgh area where he became involved in several businesses, including an electrical supply company and a coal and natural gas marketing company and light manufacturing.
Greenwood recently took time out to talk with Teresa Varley for a new feature on Steelers.com titled Talking Steelers Football.
The following is what he had to say.
The first thought that comes to mind is that’s my former football team. That’s the team I played for most of my life. I spent 13 years playing there.
I don’t get to games that often, hardly at all, unless we are having a special event at Heinz Field. I don’t like sitting down watching the game with others. I prefer to watch it at home.
I thought he did a great job for his first season. He got the team to the playoffs and any time you can do that you have done a great job. He probably did more than most people expected the team to do in his first year.
Do you think this 2008 team has the weapons to go deep into the post-season?
Naturally I think they have the weapons to do that. A lot of things have to go their way. They have to stay away from injuries. They have to play well. Any time you get on the football field you have an opportunity to win the game if you play well. If they have that attitude going into the season I don’t think they have a problem with doing what they want to do. Teams aren’t going to roll over and let them win. They have to go out and play football.
I can’t believe there are as many there, even more are there now. Everybody has them. Every where I go someone asks me to sign one. It’s not unusual to see all of them. Every member of a family now has a Terrible Towel, not just the family having one.
They are just crazy for Steelers football. They are knowledgeable of football. They know what is going on out there on the football field. The kids and women even know about football. They know what’s going on with the team. People tell me stuff. I don’t even know some of the stuff that people tell me.
You remained in the Pittsburgh area after your playing days. Looking back was that a good move for you?
That has been and still is hard. It’s pretty difficult to see my buddies, the guys I grew up with. We were more like brothers than teammates. It’s tough to know they are gone. I think about these guys often. We didn’t see each other all of the time, but we saw each other and talked often enough. I go places and things make me reminisce about being there with them, or a conversation about it. It’s a terrible loss. It’s hard to realize we are getting to that point where we aren’t going to be seeing each other. It’s hard to think about Dwight and Ernie not being around. I think about them all of the time. It’s tough.