LATROBE, Pa. — Because he mentored a young punter and kicker through their first seasons as Pittsburgh Steelers, Greg Warren’s No. 60 jersey hung over Chuck Noll Field on Sunday afternoon.
Both of the less experienced specialists remain key components of Pittsburgh’s budding 2017 season. The long snapper was released with a failed physical designation in May, seemingly ending a career of 12 years, all played with the Steelers.
But before practice, Berry, who was a first-year punter under Warren’s tutelage in 2015 made sure to get a jersey that would’ve been Warren’s. He draped it off the side of the platform lift from which Steelers staff films practices.
When its crane went up, so did Warren’s uniform.
Boswell joined the Steelers in Week 4 of the 2015 season, quickly got swept into extra practice sessions with Warren, and Berry, and began a so-far prolific career in Pittsburgh.
“I just respect the guy so much, he taught me a lot and took me under his wing when I first got here, so I mean, whatever I can do to put his name out there, I will,” Boswell said.
So he walked off the practice field in Warren’s top before signing autographs for fans who, without the former long snapper’s mentorship, might not know his name.
Said Boswell: “They didn’t want to carry it so I just wore it off.”
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