Levon KirklandLinebacker1992-2000Clemson, South CarolinaWhat are you doing now?
I am working at Clemson as the recruitment coordinator for the admissions department. I recruit students, not just athletes. I am also coaching high school football at Woodmont High School. I was defensive coordinator this year. I also do speaking engagements helping kids.
What is the fondest memory from your playing career?I had so many great memories here. The year we played in the Super Bowl was great. Even just going to practice every day was cool to me, especially when you had guys like Brentson Buckner around– they were younger but made it fun. I enjoyed being a Steeler, the tradition, the black and gold everywhere. It was like being in a college atmosphere.
What was your best game?I had a game maybe my third year against the New York Giants. I just had a terrific game, made a lot of tackles and had a sack. There was also a game against Buffalo on Monday Night Football. I had two interceptions for the first time in a game. The Super Bowl of course too, that was probably the one because it was on the biggest stage. I had dreams of being the MVP, but it didn't happen.
What made playing for the Steelers special?There was a certain pride there. The organization was more like a family than a business. I have been to other teams and it wasn't the same feel. I was so blessed and fortunate to play here where you had such a tradition of great linebackers. You knew the guys who played here in the past and had a relationship with them. You have a relationship with the guys who are here now. The Rooney family is outstanding.
Many of your former teammates say you were the biggest character on the team. What did you bring to the team as far as that?When I played I didn't let my personality come out as much as everybody. In the locker room I was a character. I would do the practical jokes and tease people. On the field I was more serious. Someone told me I should be a stand-up comic. I won't go that far, but I like to have fun. Life is precious.
Do you still follow the Steelers and if so, how closely?I do. They say once you are a Steeler you are always a Steeler. I really do believe that. I always cheer for the Steelers. It's a team I will always cheer for.
You had the chance this year to come back for the team's Alumni Weekend. What was that like for you?It was wonderful. You see guys you haven't seen or spoken to in a long time. Guys don't always call each other, but once we get back together it's like we never left. I am so glad I came to it.