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Old 01-23-2009, 11:49 AM   #446
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Posted by Mike Florio on January 23, 2009, 11:39 a.m.

There are mounting rumblings in league circles that Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau could be retiring after next weekend’s Super Bowl.

We first caught wind of the talk on Thursday, and our initial snooping didn’t result in anyone telling us that it was a crazy suggestion — especially since LeBeau is 71. (I hope I look as good as LeBeau when I’m 71. Hell, I’m only 43 and I don’t look as good as LeBeau at 71.)

We opted to post the item because a reader advises that Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan of Sirius NFL Radio were talking on-air about the rumors today.

LeBeau, whose NFL playing and coaching career spans half of a century, deserves serious consideration for the Hall of Fame if the Steelers win another Super Bowl on his watch.

And the strong possibility that Super Bowl XLIII could be the final game of a distinguished career might motivate one or more Steelers defenders to attempt to pummel Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner into retirement, too.
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