Mann returns to roots as assistant with Steelers

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Richard Mann has seen plenty over the past three decades in the NFL.

He coached for the old Baltimore Colts, coached current Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome with the old Cleveland Browns and was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' staff along with a young secondary coach, Mike Tomlin, when they won a Super Bowl together.

Wednesday, Tomlin made it full circle for Mann, hiring him as his wide receivers coach and bringing the Aliquippa native home. Mann, 65, has not coached in the NFL the past three years after serving 28 as an assistant in the league for the Buccaneers (2002-09), Washington Redskins (2001), Kansas City Chiefs (1999-2000), Baltimore Ravens (1997-98), New York Jets (1994-96), Cleveland Browns (1985-1993) and the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1982-84).

He replaces Scottie Montgomery, who resigned last week after three seasons to take an assistant coaching job at Duke.

Mann, who played on Aliquippa High School's 1964 WPIAL championship football team, began his coaching career with the Quips in 1970 and has since been inducted into his alma mater's and Beaver County's Hall of Fame. He attended Arizona State, where he also got his first college coaching job. He later coached at Louisville before moving into the pros with the Baltimore Colts in 1982.

He joined the Buccaneers in 2002, Tomlin's second season in Tampa Bay as secondary coach. Tomlin left after the 2005 season to become defensive coordinator in Minnesota. Mann has been assisting and consulting players as they prepare for the NFL draft the past few seasons. He most recently coached in the NFL with the Buccaneers in 2009.

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