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Ex-Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon added to Bronx Walk of Fame

Injuries largely ruined Colon's career in Pittsburgh after an optimistic start in 2006. Now with the Jets, Colon was given community recognition recently.

Thearon W. Henderson


Former Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon was named a 2014 Bronx Walk of Fame honoree in May, joining other Bronx native actors, musicians and politicians as a person of prominence.

Colon was a fourth round pick out of Hofstra in 2006, eventually earning the team's starting right tackle position by 2007. He was the Steelers' starting right tackle when they defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, and signed a $2.2 million deal in restricted free agency in 2009.

Injuries decimated his career in Pittsburgh. He tore his Achilles tendon in 2010, forcing him out of the entire 2010 season - one in which the Steelers advanced to the Super Bowl. In Week 1 of 2011, he tore a triceps muscle, costing him the entire next season as well. Between those two injuries, Colon signed a five-year, $29 million contract.

He returned to the team in 2012, moving to left guard after the team selected guard David DeCastro in the first round and tackle Mike Adams in the second round.

The Steelers released Colon after the 2012 season, and he signed a one-year deal with the Jets. They signed him to a second one-year contract this offseason.