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Keith Gary: A Dominant Defensive Force for the Steelers

Keith Gary was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, where football was a central part of his life from an early age. Coming from a military family, Gary moved across Europe during his high school years and returned to the States as a senior.

Keith graduated from Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Virginia, and attended Ferrum College in Roanoke, Virginia. Gary was named All-American for NJCAA Football in 1977 and 1978. The following year, Keith played for the University of Oklahoma during the 1979-1980 season. Keith Gary was later inducted into the Ferrum College Hall of Fame in 2006.

The Journey From Panthers to Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Gary in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft with the 17th overall pick. Surprisingly, Keith turned down his contract and instead signed a two-year agreement to play with Montreal in the Canadian Football League. He was the first defensive lineman selected in the first round by the Steelers since 1969.

In 1983, Gary’s dreams of joining the NFL officially came true as he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He took the experience he earned in his time with the CFL and applied it on day one with the Steelers. In a recent interview, Keith describes how different things were during his time at training camp. It was challenging, however; as a first-round draft pick, he had something to prove.

Throughout his NFL career, Gary was a model of consistency for the Steelers. He played in 83 games over six seasons, racking up 25 sacks (6th all-time for the franchise) and numerous tackles. His ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks and disrupt offensive game plans made him a valuable asset for Pittsburgh’s vaunted defense.

Post-Steelers Pursuits

After leaving the field officially, Keith was able to take time to be with his family and pursue other interests. He has noted that he worked in the real estate space with rental properties, which allows him to spend more time with his son.

Even after his playing days were over, Gary remained involved with the Steelers organization in various capacities. He continues to serve as an ambassador for the team, participating in charity events and fan outreach programs. Whenever football fans hear he is Steelers alumni, he has noted in interviews that it is a unique form of admiration and respect. For Gary, it was one thing to play football, and playing for the Steelers was even better.

Inspiration and Dedication

Gary’s success on the field has inspired many young defensive ends who have followed in his footsteps. His legacy serves as a reminder that hard work, dedication, and a never-give-up attitude can lead to greatness in the sport of football.

Keith Gary’s legacy as a Pittsburgh Steeler and a defensive end will be remembered for years to come. His contributions to the team’s defense and his unwavering dedication to the sport of football have left an unforgettable mark on the Steelers organization and the entire NFL community.

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