Steelers GM Kevin Colbert had rooting interest in Tampa Bay Bucs, Antonio Brown

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The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, but about a dozen former players and front office personnel did.

The Arizona Cardinals, who, at one point, had 11 former Steelers players and coaches on staff, were once called Pittsburgh West.

Shall we call the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pittsburgh South?

TribLive’s Tim Benz wrote this morning that WDVE had Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert as a guest Monday morning. Among the topics were late Steelers scout Bill Nunn and former guard Alan Faneca being elected to the Hall of Fame.

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And, of course, it wouldn’t be a football segment without Super Bowl chatter.

“I was rooting for Tampa,” shared Colbert, as he went on to rattle off the names formerly associated with Pittsburgh.

Among the Steelers alumni who will soon be flashing that beautiful Super Bowl ring is head coach Bruce Arians, cornerback Ross Cockrell, defensive tackle Steve McLendon, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, offensive assistant Antwaan Randle El and outside linebackers coach Larry Foote.

Tom Moore, a consultant with the Bucs, was Steelers wide receivers coach from 1977 to 1982 and offensive coordinator from 1983 to 1989.

Colbert saved the best for last.

“… And, of course, A.B,” Colbert said. “I was happy for A.B. to win a Super Bowl trophy. That’s something that is unique. Once a player does it, there is nothing else that can compare. When you get that first one, it’s unique, and you remember it. Those [ex-Steelers], I know they enjoyed that. That was a special group. And we are happy for all of them.”

Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is, undoubtedly, the most well-known on that list. After nothing but drama after he was traded from Pittsburgh to the Oakland Raiders, Brown wanted to play for a team with postseason aspirations and wound up a Super Bowl champ. He caught one of Tom Brady’s three touchdown passes in the big game.

Since joining the Bucs in the fall on a one-year contract, Brown logged 483 yards and four touchdowns.

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