The Pittsburgh Steelers have been missing a part of their family and have been anxiously waiting his return. Yesterday, the team was pleasantly surprised when running backs coach Kirby Wilson made a return to the team’s facility.
Wilson was severely burned days before the Steelers playoff game against the Denver Broncos. He sustained burns to 45% of his body and suffered smoke inhalation. He was placed into a medically induced coma to aid in his recovery.
Wilson is one the of players favorite coaches. He is always seen with a smile on his face and he has a tremendous work ethic that resonates with all players. Wilson’s role with the team is even more important this season with the loss of Rashard Mendenhall. The Steelers are left with a group of talented, but very inexperienced running backs. The Steelers may also look to add another running back through the draft. Wilson will surely have his work cut-out for him when he returns to his full-time duties.
An article on ESPN reported that Wilson was in line to succeed Bruce Arians as the team’s new offensive coordinator prior to the accident. The team chose to hire Todd Haley instead, but Wilson will still play a major role in the offensive game-plan. Wilson has been on the Steelers staff for five seasons.
Although there is no timetable for when Wilson will fully return to the team, his visit provides some inspiration to the players. If Wilson can survive and return from severe burns then surely his team can overcome minor bumps and bruises in the off-season.
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