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Steelers extend GM Kevin Colbert

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 24: Pittsburgh Steelers helmet on the field before the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts on November 24, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have extended the contract of general manager Kevin Colbert through the 2020 NFL Draft, the franchise formally announced on Thursday morning.

“I am excited to announce we have extended Kevin Colbert’s contract for an additional two years,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “Kevin’s dedication and diligent work have played a major role in our success. We are pleased he will continue to lead our personnel efforts for at least the next three years.”

Colbert joined the Steelers’ front office in 2000. During the first 11 years of his tenure, he served as the director of football operations. He has been Pittsburgh’s general manager for the last seven.

“I have been very fortunate to have been a part of this organization over the last 17 years,” said Colbert. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue to be a part of our annual pursuit of a championship.”

Since Colbert has been involved in Pittsburgh’s decision-making process, the Steelers have made it to three Super Bowls and have won two of them.

“There is a reason why you have been to three Super Bowls in seven years,” said former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, who was there for all three of Pittsburgh’s runs to the Super Bowl. “It starts with Kevin Colbert and his staff. He doesn’t get enough credit.”

The Steelers will play their final preseason game on Thursday when the heralded franchise takes on the Carolina Panthers. Pittsburgh will then open up the regular season on Sept. 10 in Cleveland.

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