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LeBeau gets 18 on his 75th birthday

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On Sunday, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will celebrate his 75th birthday.  And Peyton Manning will be jumping out of the cake.

As explained by Peter King of SI.com in his Friday “Game Plan” column for SI.com, LeBeau will commemorate the diamond anniversary of his birth by facing a quarterback who has been playing in the NFL for one-fifth of the time LeBeau has been alive.

“That’s not a real appetizing part of this birthday, trying to defend one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time,” LeBeau told King.  “But honestly, playing the game Sunday soothes the fact that it’s my 75th a little bit.”

The fact that Manning is getting older doesn’t make it any easier to face Peyton.

“I don’t see much difference in him, quite honestly,” LeBeau said.  “I had a chance to play Bobby Layne, Y.A. Tittle and Norm Van Brocklin late in their careers, and the reason they stayed so dangerous as players is because they knew how to play the position.  I believe the quarterback position is more how you manage the game anyway.  And I saw that with Peyton in the preseason:  He did everything he needed to do to show he still can play the position at a high level.”

He’s played at a high level against LeBeau over the years.  Despite Manning’s notorious struggles against the 3-4 defense, he’s 6-1 when facing LeBeau’s version of it.
LeBeau will try to keep Peyton from going 7-1 on the day the Hall of Famer turns 7-5.
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17 Responses to “LeBeau gets 18 on his 75th birthday”
  1. holeinone09 says: Sep 7, 2012 2:53 PM

    Dick LeBeau is a marvelously blessed person, functioning at a very high level at his age. The guy is just a wonder. And frankly he shows no signs of slowing down at all. Tomlin, although preferring a 4-3 defense, was wise to retain him when he became the Steelers head coach.

    Thank goodness for us Steeler fans.

  2. kattykathy says: Sep 7, 2012 2:58 PM

    So LeBeau is now almost as old as the majority of his defense

  3. steeleriron says: Sep 7, 2012 2:59 PM

    Happy Birthday Dick……..you are the best…..the stamina you have is awesome!!! You enjoy your day!!!!!

  4. rc21pgh says: Sep 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    6-1 to bad for peyton the 1 was a playoff game in which the Steelers went on to win the superbowl that year.

  5. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    Manning doesn’t struggle against 3-4 Ds ..he struggles against GOOD 3-4 Ds ..like most other QBs. He’s also shredded plenty of good 3-4s too

    If Manning had some fatal flaw to his game then EVERY D would play a 3-4.

    Really this whole “Manning struggles against the 3-4″ myth was really the case of 2 defensive coordinators who’ve been his kryptonite his entire career: Romeo Crennel (Manning has owned BB’s 3-4) and Ron Rivera

    Crennel in particular just has a knack for flustering Peyton, even on bad teams like the Browns and Chiefs

  6. jodave5 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:06 PM

    “…..functioning at a very high level at his age.”
    He’s 75, not 95.

  7. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:06 PM

    Does the 6-1 record include when LeBeau was a head coach with the Bengals? I was under the impression Peyton was 2-2 (thanks Vanderjagt!) against the Steelers

  8. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:13 PM

    Not exactly the birthday present you hope to receive. He just needs to hope that Ike Taylor doesn’t play Demaryius Thomas as bad as he did in January.

  9. maddog111 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    Very good player. Great coach. Better man. Happy birthday coach.

  10. mwindle1973 says: Sep 7, 2012 3:18 PM

    Happy early Bday Dick LeBeau! I always like to point out I was born in the same Hospital as Lebeua. Madison county hospital, in Ohio. Him in 37 and me in 73. To this day the county has a population of about 20k. I bet it wasn’t 10k when Lebeau lived there. I still live about 20 miles away. It’s amazing a man that came from a small farming community like that one, ended up as one of the greatest DCs ever.

  11. dobreshunka says: Sep 7, 2012 3:48 PM

    Peyton has played four games against the Steelers since he’s been in the league. He’s 2-2, and that includes a playoff loss at home. He has yet to have a 300 yard game against the Steelers. Let’s not get carried away here.

  12. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 7, 2012 4:26 PM

    dobreshunka says:
    Sep 7, 2012 3:48 PM
    Peyton has played four games against the Steelers since he’s been in the league. He’s 2-2, and that includes a playoff loss at home. He has yet to have a 300 yard game against the Steelers. Let’s not get carried away here.:

    Did you not read the article?
    “He’s played at a high level against LeBeau over the years. Despite Manning’s notorious struggles against the 3-4 defense, he’s 6-1 when facing LeBeau’s version of it.
    LeBeau will try to keep Peyton from going 7-1 on the day the Hall of Famer turns 7-5.”

  13. johntonioholmes says: Sep 7, 2012 4:44 PM

    Manning has a good record against LeBeau but he has still struggled against that D.

    When they played in 2008, for instance, Manning threw for like 260 yards. One of his passes was a 60 yard pass to Wayne that bounced off of Ike Taylor’s hands–it should have been a pick.

    Manning might not have even passed for 200 yards in a game against that D. That’s pretty impressive considering how good Manning is/was.

    Obviously, the win is the only thing that matters, but don’t be fooled; LeBeau’s 3-4 has given Manning fits.

  14. thesmartestmanever says: Sep 7, 2012 4:52 PM

    an older QB like Manning knows how to manage a game. an older defense like Pittsburg’s however…… well let’s just hope they can keep up

  15. doni609 says: Sep 7, 2012 7:05 PM

    LeBeau is the best and I salute his contributions to the NFL and particularly the Steelers. As a life long Steelers fan I can only hope that Dick has trained someone really well to fill in for him when he retires. I know, I know…….Dick LeBeau is never going to retire. Ahhhhhh……yes he is and I would suspect it would be soon. After the Steeler’s defensive collapse in the playoff game last January I figured that Dick would call it a day and admit that his zone blitz style of defense was obsolete. Dick LeBeau however jacked it up a notch and said “not so quick sonny, we have a lot to prove here”. I can hardly wait to see the ‘new Steelers’. LeBeau was really chopped down a peg by a rookie QB (a pretty bad one no less) last season. Dick LeBeau will not end his career on a note like that! Go Steelers!!!

  16. ncfloyd says: Sep 7, 2012 7:19 PM

    Although factually correct on Peyton’s record against LeBeau, Florio intends to paint the picture is was all against the Steelers and doesn’t include games against the bengals. Shame on you Florio.

  17. csilojohnson says: Sep 7, 2012 10:00 PM

    Shame on you Florio. Get off Manning’s jock. The Steelers defense could all be 75. It doesnt matter. Just means they topped the league at 74. Keep hating idiots. Go Steelers!

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