By Allyson Turner..CBS
When L.C. Greenwood stepped on the field, he wore
gold shoes while the rest of his teammates wore black -- every game. As a
result, the Pittsburgh Steelers were fined for a uniform violation --
every game. But how could they complain with four Super Bowl victories and
seven division titles? From 1969-1981, Greenwood created enough problems
for quarterbacks that translated into success for the Steelers. One of his
best games came in Super Bowl IX when he deflected three of Fran
Tarkenton's passes. In Super Bowl X, he sacked Roger Staubach three times.
At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, he unofficially recorded 73 1/2 sacks and 14
fumble recoveries during his career. As part of the legendary 'Steel
Curtain,' Greenwood played on the left side with Joe Greene and the right
with Ernie Holmes and Dwight White. Greenwood was named All-AFC four times
in his career and played in six Pro Bowls.
In 1969, the same year the Steelers drafted Joe Greene, the team chose L.C.
in the 10th round out of Arkansas Pine Bluff. In college, L.C. played both
defensive end and tackle for three years. He was named defensive MVP by the team
and was also Ebony All-America his senior season. In his first two years with
the Steelers, Greenwood was a reserve but finally earned starter status in the
1971 season and led the team with 8 1/2 sacks. Currently LC resides in
Pittsburgh and is president and owner of Greenwood Enterprises, an electrical
supply, coal, natural gas and construction company.
For each of the following
sports figures, what is the first thought that comes to mind?Bill Cowher: I want to grow up and be a football coach.
Terry Bradshaw: Crazy.
Chuck Noll: Intelligent.
Jack Lambert: Smart.
Lynn Swann: Smooth.
Kordell Stewart: Talented.
Rayfield Wright: Good guy.
Joe Greene: Mean Joe Greene.
Jackie Slater: Big Bad Man.
Conrad Dobler: Sick.
What was the significance of your gold shoes?
We all live to
be different or to be our own selves.
If you still have them, where do you keep them?
I keep the
ones I have in a safe place.
Who was the toughest offensive lineman you ever faced?
What was the highlight of your career?
Four Super Bowls. The
best defensive end in the league.
Who do you most admire in football, past or present?
Sanders. He is a real pro.
What is your fondest memory of playing football?
The day I
made the team.
What are you most grateful for?
The good Godly up-bringing.
Do you have any regrets?
That I didn't get my masters and
What do you miss most from playing?
My teammates and payday.
What don't you miss?
The tough training and the hitting.
Who was your greatest influence?
What is one word or phrase that you live by?
Treat others the
way I want to be treated.
If you could come back and play today, which coach would you want to
If you could have anyone over your house for dinner, who would you
What is a typical day for you now?
Get up and go to work just
like everybody else.
What is a perfect day?
When I wake up in the morning.