Even without Shakespeare, Steelers play No. 1,000

Updated: October 24, 2003, 4:24 PM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have been around so long, their first draft pick was William Shakespeare.

OK, so the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon wasn't their top selection in 1936 -- it was the back from South Bend. Still, the Steelers were nothing to write home about -- or to write soliloquies about, either -- and the Notre Dame running back who preferred to call himself Bill Shakespeare declined to play for them.

Now, 70 years after Art Rooney Sr. plopped down a few thousand dollars ...

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