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Colbert Named First General Manager in Steelers History

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For the first time ever, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a general manager, writes Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette. 

There isn't a report on any salary bump, and the title is essentially the only difference from his previous one. Kevin Colbert has been the team's director of football operations since 2000. His predecessor, Tom Donahoe, held the same title, and no other front office manager has held the GM title.  

It must be the first round picks.

Colbert has been in charge of the team's draft since 2000, and in that time, there have been essentially zero busts in 12 picks. Included in that are Casey Hampton, Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Lawrence Timmons, Rashard Mendenhall and Maurkice Pouncey.  

Hampton (five), Polamalu (five), Roethlisberger, Miller and Pouncey (one each) have been named to Pro Bowl teams. 

He's also had great success in picking up non-drafted players. OLB James Harrison was the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year. Former Steelers RB Willie Parker went to two Pro Bowls in 2006 and 2007 after Colbert and his office picked him up in 2003. Current free safety Ryan Clark was undrafted, and Colbert signed him in free agency in 2006. 

Colbert had a hand in selecting the Steelers' third coach in franchise history. That selection, former Vikings defensive coordinator MIke Tomlin, has paid big dividends. Tomlin has a career regular season record of 43-21 - the exact same record as his predecessor, Bill Cowher, after his first four seasons. Tomlin is 6-2 in the post-season. 

Colbert has presided over six division championships in both the AFC Central and AFC North, five AFC Championship Game appearances, three Super Bowl appearances and two world championships. The (Pittsburgh) North Catholic alumnus has set the stage for an excellent future as well, judging by the talent currently on the roster, and highly applauded contract extensions given to defensive cornerstones LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons