The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

September 6, 2013

Wishing LaRod many happy returns

JOHNSTOWN — The National Football League season kicked off last night, and the Pittsburgh Steelers begin on Sunday. When they do, a local product will get to make his first official appearance for the Black and Gold.

Greater Johnstown product LaRod Stephens-Howling, who also is a Pitt graduate, should return kickoffs for coach Mike Tomlin’s team and see time at running back.

This is the latest chapter in what has been a storybook career for Stephens-Howling. At 5-feet, 7 inches tall, he was told that he was too small to play big-time college football and, later, that he couldn’t find a spot on the field with the NFL’s giants.

When he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals five years ago, he cried tears of joy. He quickly became a fan favorite there – nicknamed “The Hyphen” – and made highlight shows with his big-play ability.

A free agent, Stephens-Howling signed with the Steelers in the offseason, meaning that his hometown fans will be to see him play in person on a regular basis.

Stephens-Howling does more than inspire people with his on-field ability. He’s humble, intelligent and often returns to his roots to work in the Johnstown community.

He’s an outstanding role model and wish him the best of luck.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
Order Photos


Photo Slideshow

House Ads