THE STEELER AND THE PITTSBURGH KID

Filmed in 1981 and based on the popular Coca Cola commercial, The NBC Hour Special, The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid, starred Pittsburgh Steeler's football great, "Mean" Joe Green, and newcomer, Henry Thomas, just a year before Henry hit real big as Elliott in Steven Spielberg's E.T. Shot on location in Dallas, Texas, and at the Dallas Cowboy's "Texas Stadium" in nearby Irving, the show was an expansion of the famous two-minute spot in which "Mean" Joe gives his jersey to a kid who has just offered the player his own Coke bottle after a losing game.

Prolific TV director Lou Antonio (also a gifted actor) gives some pointers to his crew at Texas Stadium during the filming of The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid.

Henry Thomas in number 10 Steelers uniform, joking with some real players between scenes (this was a dream sequence wherein Henry's character dreams that he is quarterback for the Pittsburgh team). The Steelers team in the show was depicted by a semi-pro team based out of Dallas, just the uniforms came from Pittsburgh.

Stephen Lodge and Pittsburgh Steeler great, "Mean" Joe Green, on the field (set) in Irving, Texas, for the NBC Special, "The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid". Had I known just how famous little Henry Thomas would become in less than a year, I have had a bunch of photos of him. But, alas...

Shooting a scene of the Steelers' players on the sidelines at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.

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