Positively Pittsburgh Live!
Steelers, Life After Football in Pittsburgh
Original Air Date: 9-26-11
JT Thomas, Defensive Back, Cornerback, Safety (1973-1981)
Robin Cole, Linebacker (1977-1988)
Six Super Bowl rings between the two of them, learn now why they are still busy with the Black and Gold, but now it’s cheesecake. No really, real honest to goodness cheesecake. And Steeler fans and cheesecake fans alike will tell you that they sell the best sweet potato cheesecake. Listen to the archived show here.
Thomas was one of Florida State's most brilliant defenders, he began his Seminole career with a sensational performance and ended as an All-American. FSU's first black football player, Thomas blocked two field goals in his first game in 1970. His second preserved a 9-7 victory over Louisville. That same year, the Macon, GA, native tied the FSU record for single game interceptions with three. He was a brilliant open field tackler, great playmaker in the secondary and brought FSU fans to their feet with exciting rushes at punts and field goals. Thomas, who began as a cornerback and ended as a safety, was a first team All-American pick by Pro Football Weekly and Time Magazine as a senior in 1972. He went on to a great professional career with the Pittsburgh Steelers winning four Super Bowl rings as a member of the famed "steel curtain" defense.
Robin Cole (born September 11, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for twelve seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was elected to the Pro Bowl in 1984. Though he played with many great Pittsburgh linebackers, he is considered one of the best from his peers, and some feel he did not get as much recognition as he deserved.