Pittsburgh Steelers Appoint First Ever General Manager

August 30, 2011

The Pittsburgh Steelers have appointed Kevin Colbert to become the franchise’s first General Manager (GM) in their 78-year history.

He was promoted from director of football operations, a position he had held since he was hired by the Record holding six-time Superbowl champions Steelers in 2000.

Like a lot of franchise moves, this one was done under the radar. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported the promotion simply was inserted into the team media guide under Colbert’s bio, with no elaboration except to note Colbert is in “his first year as the team’s general manager.”

During his previous 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, Colbert helped assemble teams that went to three Super Bowls, winning two; won six division titles, made seven playoff appearances and had eight winning seasons.

A native of Pittsburgh, Colbert, 54, came to the Steelers from Detroit, where he was the Lions’ pro scouting director for 10 years. He also was a college scout for the Dolphins.