STEUBENVILLE - Robin Cole is widely considered one of the best linebackers the Pittsburgh Steelers have ever drafted.
He was the 21st pick by the Steelers in the 1977 draft out of the University of New Mexico and went on to an outstanding 11-year career with the Black and Gold.
Cole started 95 of 98 games from 1980 to 1987.
"My life has been impacted tremendously," Cole said of playing for the Steelers after an outstanding career with the Lobos. "What type of person will I be in the future? How will I respond to this awesome experience? What purpose is in this chapter of my life? Is this a step os is it the reason?
"I could only wish for and have faith that the vision God gave me was one to never doubt. I realized that the work that you put in, will come back to you in double, triple fold.
"Surprised yes, but prepared. This vision I received as a freshman."
Cole played in Super Bowl XIII, which the Steelers beat Dallas, 35-31, and the next year helped lead the Steelers to victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV.
He is one of three former Steelers and one current player on hand for the Franciscan University of Steubenville's Baron Club Dinner on Saturday.
Also on the docket are current defensive back Ike Taylor and former offensive linemen Craig Wolfley and Jeff Hartings.
Moderating the conversation will be Bob Pompeani, a sportscaster at Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV, who has covered the Steelers for more than 32 years. In 2013, he received his sixth Golden Quill award, this one for his Pittsburgh Steeler Exclusive reports. Joining him as co-moderator will be his daughter, Celina Pompeani of WTOV-TV.
"There is a strong connection between the Steelers and the Tri-State Area," said Mike Florak, the university's director of community development. "Generations of parents and grandparents share stories of their favorite Steeler players and games. This event will bring all those memories to life with a format that lets the players go beyond locker room sound bites and share their more personal football memories."
Cole, for one, understands what it means to represent the Steelers on a night like this.
"It's very important," he said. "We must be as professional as we can be. I represent myself first, then as a representative of the greatest football team of all times. It's an awesome responsibility."
He also admits there is nothing more important than being a Godly husband and father.
"There is nothing more important than that," he said.
Cole finished his Steelers career with 16 sacks, 14 fumble recoveries and five interceptions.
He was the right outside linebacker in 1982-83 (when he recorded 10 sacks) and played his final four years with Pittsburgh as the right inside linebacker.
Cole played his final year in the league for the New York Jets.
Taylor holds two Super Bowl rings and is in his 11th year as cornerback for the Steelers. Taylor was drafted in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
Hartings played college football at Penn State and then put in 11 seasons in the NFL, including six at center with the Steelers from 2001 through 2006.
He was selected to two Pro Bowls and wears a ring from the Steelers' 2005 Super Bowl victory over Seattle.
Wolfley played 10 years with the Steelers, from 1980 through 1989 as an offensive guard and tackle. He is a sideline analyst on the game day radio network broadcast team and hosts a Pittsburgh sports-talk show.