Steelers extend Colbert's contract

Kevin Colbert embodies what Pittsburgh stands for - hard-working, no-nonsense, blue-collar attitude, dedicated, and loyal.

The top photos of Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert.

He brings those qualities with him daily to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, where, as the Steelers General Manager and Vice President, his fingerprint is not just on the team's draft class each year, but on the makeup of the roster, and the entire feel of the Steelers organization.

And he will continue to bring those qualities, that approach for several more years.  

The Steelers announced a two-year contract extension for Colbert that will keep him with the team through at least the 2020 NFL Draft.

"I am excited to announce we have extended Kevin Colbert's contract for an additional two years," said Steelers President Art Rooney II. "Kevin's dedication and diligent work have played a major role in our success. We are pleased he will continue to lead our personnel efforts for at least the next three years."

Colbert, who joined the Steelers in February, 2000, is in his 18th season at the helm of the Steelers' personnel department, 11 as the director of football operations, and the last seven as general manager.

During his time with the team the Steelers won Super Bowl XL and XLIII, three AFC Championships, eight division titles, earned 11 playoff berths and had 13 winning seasons.

"I have been very fortunate to have been a part of this organization over the last 17 years," said Colbert. "I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue to be a part of our annual pursuit of a championship."

Colbert has a unique relationship with Pittsburgh. It's home for him, a Pittsburgh native and North Catholic High School and Robert Morris University graduate.

He supports the other professional teams in the city, the Pirates and Penguins, not because it's the 'right' thing to do, but because he truly loves Pittsburgh sports.

He has the respect not just of those in management, on the coaching staff, and administration, but also from players he has drafted throughout the years.

Ike Taylor, a fourth-round draft pick in 2003, recently referred to Colbert as 'competitive,' something that he takes with him to be successful even on draft day.

"There is a reason why you have been to three Super Bowls in seven years," said Taylor. "It starts with Kevin Colbert and his staff. He doesn't get enough credit."

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