He salutes politicians, says mix of personalities needed for success
Robin Cole, who won two Super Bowls as a swift linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was back in New Mexico on Monday afternoon.
One of UNM's great players, Cole spent time in the Capitol. He stopped in the Senate, and praised its members for their commitment to community service.
Cole, 57, has an appreciation of politics, having run for county commissioner in suburban Pittsburgh after his career with the Steelers ended
He played at UNM from 1973-77. Pittsburgh drafted him in the first round, and he became part of what many consider the greatest football team ever -- the 1978 Steelers.
He says Chuck Noll, winner of four Super Bowls with Pittsburgh, was the best coach he ever had.
In the Senate, Cole said it takes a mixture of characters and talents to have a successful organization.
Of his old teammate, hall of famer Jack Lambert, Cole said: "Jack had a personality that not even a mother could love."
But Lambert was integral to the great Steelers defenses that Cole became part of. Cole played 12 seasons in the NFL, the first 11 with Pittsburgh and a final one with the New York Jets.
In 2011, Cole expressed interest in returning to UNM as its defensive line coach, but nothing came of it.