Despite popular belief, it looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers are not just banking on in-house candidates to replace Kevin Colbert as the team’s General Manager (GM). The team has already interviewed several candidates outside the organization, and the list grows with news of the team interviewing former NFL front office employee, now ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.
This per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
The #Steelers are scheduled to interview ESPN commentator Louis Riddick for their vacant GM job, sources say. He last worked in the NFL as the #Eagles Director of Pro Personnel in 2013.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 8, 2022
Riddick was a 1990 9th Round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers out of the University of Pittsburgh after playing at Pennridge High School. He played six NFL seasons between the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders. In those games, Riddick appeared in 94 games while starting eight. Riddick finished his NFL career with 155 tackles, 2.0 sacks, and one fumble recovery.
Riddick began his executive career in the NFL in 2001 as a pro scout for Washington before being promoted to director of pro personnel from 2005 to 2007. Riddick then went to the Philadelphia Eagles as a pro scout in 2008 and was promoted the next season to the assistant director of pro personnel for one year before losing the ‘assistant’ title for the following four seasons. In recent years, Riddick has been a part of ESPN as a football analyst and in 2020 became an announcer for Monday Night Football.
Every offseason Riddick’s name is tossed around for GM openings, and he typically attends many interviews for these vacancies. To date, he hasn’t been selected for any of these openings. Could the Steelers be the first? That has yet to be determined, but the Steelers are certainly covering their bases as they prepare to replace Colbert at GM.
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