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Bills-Steelers connections runs deep

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Here's a look at some of the connections between the Bills and Steelers ahead of their week of work in Latrobe.

FORMER BILLS/STEELERS

• Bills GM Doug Whaley worked as a Pro Personnel Assistant for the Steelers in 1995 and then as the Pro Scouting Coordinator from 1999-09
• Bills Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher was a College Scout for the Steelers from 2000-12
• Bills OL Kraig Urbik was a member of the Steelers during the 2009 season
• Bills FB Frank Summers was a fifth-round selection of the Steelers in 2009.
• Bills P Brian Moorman spent the 2013 Training Camp with the Steelers
• Bills DL Corbin Bryant spent time on the Steelers practice squad in 2011 and 2012
• Bills OL Doug Legursky played for the Steelers from 2009-12
• Steelers Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau was the Assistant Head Coach for the Bills in the 2003 season
• Steelers Special Teams Coordinator Danny Smith held the same position with the Bills from 2001-03
• Ray Jackson, a member of the Steelers Player Development department, played cornerback for the Bills from 1995-98
• Bills LB Stevenson Sylvester played for the Steelers from 2010- 2013
• James Saxon, Steelers Running Backs Coach, served as the Run- ning Backs Coach for the Bills in 2000.
• Steelers S Jordan Dangerfield signed with the Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013 and spent the 2013 training camp with the Bills.
• Steelers CB Isaiah Green was on the Bills practice squad during the 2012 season.
• Steelers C/G David Snow played for the Bills during the 2012 sea-
• Steelers LB Arthur Moats was a Bill from 2010-13

AREA CONNECTIONS

• Bills GM Doug Whaley is a native of Pittsburgh and was a four-year letterwinner as a safety and linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh from 1990-93. Led the Upper St. Clair High School football team to its 1989 AAAA Pennsylvania state championship
• Bills Special Teams Coordinator Danny Crossman was a three-year letterman at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987-89
• Bills Director of Pro Personnel Tom Gibbons was a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh from 1990-91 and was a four-year letterwinner at Indiana (PA) University
• Steelers P Adam Podlesh is originally from Pittsford, N.Y., where training camp has taken place for the past 15 years at St. John Fisher College.

NFL CONNECTIONS

• Bills P Brian Moorman spent his first three seasons learning under Steelers Special Teams Coordinator Danny Smith while he was with Buffalo.
• Bills Offensive Line Coach Pat Morris held the same position with the Minnesota Vikings during the 2006 season when Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin was the Vikings Defensive Coordinator
• Bills DE Manny Lawson and Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski played together for the Bengals from 2011-12. Gradkowski, along with Steel- ers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and Steelers S Mike Mitchell, also played with Bills T Erik Pears from 2009-10 in Oakland.
• Bills DE Mario Williams and Steelers CB Brice McCain played for the Houston Texans together from 2009-11.
• Steelers P Adam Podlesh and TE Matt Spaeth were Chicago Bears from 2011-12 with Bills G Chris Williams. Bills WR Chris Summers joined Podlesh and Spaeth in Chicago in 2012 and Bills DT Landon Cohen joined Podlesh in 2013.
• Bills DE Manny Lawson played for San Francisco with Steelers C Cody Wallace from 2008-09. Wallace also played for the Buccaneers with Bills WR Mike Williams in the 2012 season. Landon Cohen both played with Steelers OT Guy Whimper for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010.