When Kevin Colbert joined the Pittsburgh Steelers in February 2000, they were coming off 6-10 and 7-9 records, the first two losing seasons under coach Bill Cowher.
Over the next 20 years, from Cowher to Mike Tomlin and through a title change for Colbert, the Steelers have had just one more.
They have acquire two Super Bowls – one under each coach – and have enjoyed 15 winning seasons, 12 playoff berths and nine division titles under Colbert’s watch.
“Kevin Colbert revitalized my football career,” Cowher said recently after being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Sitting down with Kevin and being able to talk about doing things together, being able to talk about putting together a board of personnel for the draft. … It was really special. I know what he’s done for me. He was a guy I leaned on a lot. Every time I needed something, he was there.”
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Colbert will continue to be with the organization for at least one more year.
The Steelers informed Wednesday he signed a one-year contract extension that carries through the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Steelers typically announce contract extensions during training camp. But while Tomlin had his contract extended over the summer, Colbert said he preferred to go year-to-year with his contract at this stage of his career.
Colbert turned 63 in January, and his contract was scheduled to run out in May.
“Kevin continues to play a key role in our success and his dedication to our personnel efforts is unparalleled,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “We are pleased he will lead those efforts for at least one more year.”
A North Catholic graduate, Colbert was hired as director of football operations after his predecessor, Tom Donohoe, was let go following a power struggle with Cowher after the 1999 campaign.
Colbert’s title was changed to vice president and general manager in 2011.