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Steelers release heartfelt statement after team legend's death

The Steelers family suffered a loss.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowler Andy Russell died earlier this week at the age of 82, sparking several tributes in his memory from his former team. 

Steelers ower Art Rooney II released the following statement on behalf of the club: 

"We are saddened by the news of the passing of Andy Russell. Andy was part of the foundation of the great Steelers teams of the 1970's. He was one of the few players who Coach Chuck Noll kept on the team after he became our head coach in 1969. Andy was the team captain and his leadership was a critical part of Coach Noll's development of the 70's Steelers which paved the way to 4 Super Bowl Championships. We were excited to induct Andy into our inaugural Steelers' Hall of Honor class in 2017.

Andy went on to have a very successful career in business after his playing days and was a constant presence in the Pittsburgh Community.

We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Cindy, and the Russell Family." 

Another touching tribute came in the form of a statement of remembrance from former teammate Gerry Mullins. 

"Andy was our captain, a leader," said Mullins. "He was around prior to the Chuck Noll era, a person who survived the old times to the new times. He could relate back to the bad days and then relate to how successful we became by getting the talent we needed. Andy and Ray Mansfield were two of the players who were able to stick around."

In 12 years of NFL play, he amassed an impressive 38 sacks, 18 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries. He helped the Steelers to victory in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X while playing under legendary coach Chuck Noll.