Dale Lolley

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Dale Lolley has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1993 after previously working at WJAC-TV and the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, and The Derrick in Oil City. A native of Fryburg, Pa., he is a graduate of North Clarion High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he earned a degree in journalism. He has covered the Pittsburgh Steelers since joining the Observer-Reporter in 1993, and also serves as the outdoors editor. He also is a radio host for Pittsburgh’s ESPN 970-AM, and serves as administrative adviser for the Red & Black, Washington & Jefferson College’s student newspaper.
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Apr 2017

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Steelers in tune with draft picks, hope they have a few hits

PITTSBURGH – The Steelers’ 2017 draft started out with a bang when the team selected outside linebacker T.J. Watt in the first round Thursday.

It might have reached a crescendo – to steal a musical term – late Friday night in the third round when they landed the cornerback help it desired in Tennessee’s Cameron Sutton and then grabbed former Pitt star running back James Conner with a compensatory pick at the end of the round.

Saturday?

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Apr 2017

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Steelers take another quarterback-sacking Watt

PITTSBURGH – Personal relationships matter when searching for a job, no matter what position for which you are applying.

Having an uncle, a family friend or other “in” at a company never hurts.

That’s a little how the Steelers wound up selecting outside linebacker T.J. Watt in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday.

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Apr 2017

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Steelers will address secondary, linebacker early in this draft

PITTSBURGH – Here’s an inside secret.

Every year, I do multiple mock NFL drafts that appear on my Steelers blog for the Observer-Reporter, NFL From the Sidelines. Each time, I try to mock a different player to the Steelers, just for argument’s sake, even though I typically have a certain player or two in mind when it comes right down to it.

This year, however, I didn’t have to force myself to take a different player for the Steelers in each mock. With the Steelers picking 30th in the first round of what might be one of the deepest drafts in history – with the notable exception of the quarterback and offensive line positions – it was easy to come up with a different pick each time.

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Apr 2017

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To Rooney, life was more than just football

In 1997, the Steelers made a trip to Ireland to play the Chicago Bears in a preseason football game.

It was one of a hanful of preseason games played in Europe by NFL teams during that period, but for Dan Rooney, it was another of many trips he made there in his lifetime.

Dan Rooney died Thursday. He was 84.

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