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When the Steelers selected quarterback Omar Jacobs of Bowling Green in the fifth round of the NFL draft in April, many Steelers fans were puzzled by the selection. But for dozens of people from the Gradkowski clan who were in the family's residence in Dormont, the news was even harder to comprehend.

Bruce Gradkowski, who played quarterback at Seton-LaSalle High School and the University of Toledo, had yearned to play for the Steelers, the team he grew up rooting for.

The sting of being passed over by the hometown team was one thing. But being passed over for a quarterback he had twice beaten was another, especially after Gradkowski's agent, Ralph Cindrich, informed him that the Steelers might be taking him in the fifth round.

Ray Fittipaldi, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette