Steelers longtime boss Kevin Colbert says a heartfelt goodbye

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We knew it was coming, and now it’s official. Kevin Colbert has retired as general manager after 21 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise. He has been a GM since 2010.

“I would not say better than that,” Colbert told reporters when asked how he left the franchise. “I’m proud to say we added it [trophy] room. It was four trophies. There were four when we got here. And you knew the task. You think about (the late Dan Rooney), and being able to add to that space means a ton. That does not mean it is over. The next step, I think, is to get more than that, and we will never lose it. But it means a lot. “

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INDIANAPOLIS, I - MARCH 01: Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert answers media questions during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 1, 2022 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

INDIANAPOLIS, I – MARCH 01: Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert answers media questions during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 1, 2022 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.
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Colbert, 65, made his final pick in the first round on Thursday when the Steelers selected Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett with the overall pick No. 20.

Kenny Pickett # 8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers warms up before the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Heinz Field on October 30, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kenny Pickett # 8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers warms up before the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Heinz Field on October 30, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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His run in Pittsburgh began as director of football operations in 2020. Prior to that, he served as a scout for the Miami Dolphins (1985-89) and scouting director for the Detroit Lions (1990-99).

Colbert had Pittsburgh in his blood since birth, as he is a resident of nearby Cranberry Township and went to college at Robert Morris University. He even coached Robert Morris’ baseball team before turning to football and eventually the NFL.

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on February 27, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on February 27, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.
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Along with the drafting of Ben Roethlisberger, Colbert chose Mike Tomlin to replace Steelers legend Bill Cowher as head coach. Tomlin himself has become a Steelers legend.

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While the Steelers have not yet selected a new GM, there is a feeling around the team that Colbert will still have a voice with the organization in an advisory role. Given everything he has accomplished for the organization, it makes sense.

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