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Andy Russell, the Super Bowl-winning linebacker who spent his entire NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died at the age of 82. A source told Action News 4 in Pittsburgh that Russell died Thursday night. Russell, a member of the famed Steel Curtain defense, was named team MVP in 1971. During his 12 years in the NFL, he made seven Pro Bowl appearances and won Super Bowls IX and VIDEO ABOVE: Andy Russell joins his former teammates in celebration of Immaculate Reception Drafted in 1963 out of the University of Missouri, Russell left the Steelers after his junior year to fulfill Army ROTC obligations from his college days. He returned to the Black and Gold in 1966 and played until his retirement at the conclusion of the 1976 season. Funeral arrangements for Russell have not been announced. Video below: Did you know that Andy Russell wasn't a fan of The Terrible Towel at first? This is an evolving story, explains Myron Cope. Stay with Pittsburgh's Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay in touch with breaking news.

Andy Russell, the Super Bowl-winning linebacker who spent his entire NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has died at the age of 82.

A source tells Action News 4 in Pittsburgh that Russell died Thursday night.

A member of the famed Steel Curtain defense, Russell was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 1971. During his 12 years in the NFL, he made seven Pro Bowl appearances and won Super Bowls IX and X.

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Video above: Andy Russell joins his former teammates at the Immaculate Reception celebration

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Linebacker Andy Russell #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sits on the sideline during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Three Rivers Stadium on September 4, 1976 in Pittsburgh.

Russell was drafted in 1963 out of the University of Missouri, and left the Steelers after his junior year to fulfill Army ROTC obligations from his college days. He returned to the Black and Gold in 1966 and played until his retirement at the conclusion of the 1976 season.

Russell's funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Video below: Did you know that Andy Russell wasn't a fan of The Terrible Towel at first? Myron Cope explains

This is a developing story. Stay with Action News 4 in Pittsburgh for updates.
Download the WTAE mobile app to stay up to date on breaking news.

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