Former Steelers, Westminster assistant football coach Dan Radakovich dies at 84

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Dan "Bad Rad" Radakovich

PITTSBURGH — Dan Radakovich, who starred as a linebacker at Penn State in the 1950s before winning two Super Bowls and recently served six seasons as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, has died.

Last year, Dan "Bad Rad" Radakovich worked his sixth season an offensive line coach and a football consultant for Westminster College.

"Coach Rad touched so many people's lives in football," said Westminster College Head Football Coach Sott Benzel, who coached at Robert Morris from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011. "I will miss my mentor and friend. His life will live on through the countless stories and memories he created. He was an original and nobody will ever forget Bad Rad."

Robert Morris University, where Radakovich served two stints as an assistant coach between 1994 and 2007, announced that he died Thursday.

Radakovich was 84.

Radakovich spent 60 years bouncing between coaching jobs in the NFL and college. He served as linebackers coach for the Steelers in the mid-1970s when the team won its first two Super Bowls.

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