KNOCKING DOWN THE LEBEAU RETIREMENT TALK
Posted by Mike Florio on January 23, 2009, 10:12 p.m. EST
We pointed out earlier today that there are rumors making the rounds that Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, 71, could retire after the Super Bowl.
A reader pointed out to us that LeBeau recently addressed his future in an interview with Sporting News. So we tapped into Editor-in-Chief Jeff D’Alessio’s recall, and he told us that the interview appeared in the December 22, 2008 issue.
(By the way, the December 22 issue was one of the best we’ve ever seen, including a fascinating tribute to 18 figures in the sports world who died in 2008, with narratives from prominent sports figure who knew them.)
The final question posed to LeBeau at page 71 is this: “How much longer will you coach?”
The response? “As long as someone wants me to coach. I still enjoy doing it. You have to enjoy what you’re doing, especially if you’re working past retirement.”
So when LeBeau is asked the inevitable question next week as to whether he’s planning to retire, we suspect that the answer will sound something like that.
Moreover, a source close to LeBeau tells us that the 50-year NFL playing and coaching veteran has shown no indication that he has any intention of retiring after the season ends.