Ex-Steelers running back and ESPN analyst Merril Hoge weighs in:
The resignation of DickLeBeau 1 of the great minds that created the zone blitz concept is sad! He was inspirational in my career! @steelers— Merril Hoge (@merrilhoge) January 10, 2015
Ex-Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks also throws in his high praise.
Just heard Coach LeBeau is out as Steelers DC. A true living legend, and great person. He'll be missed, because he was more than a coach.— Max Starks IV (@maxstarks78) January 10, 2015
Likely former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has been with LeBeau his entire career.
Just a few good stats under DA GREAT LEBEAU... ... pic.twitter.com/Q8bFanPXdh— Ike Taylor (@Ike_SwagginU) January 10, 2015
Ryan Clark spent the best years of his career under LeBeau in Pittsburgh, including 2008, one of the best defensive seasons in Steelers history.
It's a sad day for football, Pittsburgh, for me! Won't seem the same! He is #blitzburgh @patycake15: LeBeau and Steelers parting ways.— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) January 10, 2015
Former Steelers safety Mike Logan gives his love.
1 of the greatest coaches that I've ever played for...Luvya coach... http://t.co/2IjJ6Ienfr— Mike Logan (@mlogan31) January 10, 2015
A player didn't have to be on the defensive side of the ball to be impacted by LeBeau.
Really sorry to hear that Coach LeBeau resigned. He will definitely be missed not only as a coach but as a Father... http://t.co/ldswKmeQUU— Hines Ward (@mvp86hinesward) January 10, 2015