As always, it all goes back to Hofstra.
(We in the business call that hyperlocal reporting!)
Had Pride product Willie Colon not ruptured his Achilles with a season-ending injury before training camp even started last summer, the Steelers would not have had to bring in veteran Flozell adams to replace him at right tackle. But he did, of course, and Adams is back in Dallas where he spent the first 12 years of his career.
It Pittsburgh, he’s already doubled the number of playoff games he won as a Cowboy: one.
“It’s a good taste to have this experience,” Adams said of being a Super Bowl participant. “It was a goal of mine to be able to make it to the Super Bowl, no matter what team I was on, whether I was with the Cowboys or now the Steelers. So you just roll along with it and do the best you can.”
Adams said he chose to play for the Steelers mostly because of the opportunity to return to Dallas.
“It was definitely important,” he said. “I only had one playoff win in 12 years so coming up on 13, 14, 15 years, you don’t know how much longer you have so you’re just trying to get the best situation you possibly can. Fortunately it was Pittsburgh and I took advantage of it.”
The Steelers players have embraced Adams’ presence, repeatedly noting that they’d like to win this for him. And the Steelers offensive linemen flew to Dallas today wearing throwback Michigan State jerseys with Adams’ old name and number on them as a tribute to the grouchy old man they now call their own.
Michigan State jerseys? Maybe old Willie Colon Hofstra jerseys were just too hard to come by.