Retired Steelers running back who disappeared from home found

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Authorities in Butler County this morning found an 84-year-old former Pittsburgh Steelers running back who suffers from dementia.

Pennsylvania State Police said Raymond D. Mathews walked away from his Harrisville home Tuesday and had last been seen heading west on White Oak Road in Marion.

Mr. Mathews daughter, Catherine, who lives with him, said he was "alive and talking" when he was found early today. A Butler County emergency dispatcher said he was told around 10 a.m. that Mr. Mathews was found in the woods, but it was not immediately clear where.

Ms. Mathews said he had last been seen about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Crews, including an aviation unit, searched late into the night but were unable to find him.

He was wearing a Steelers jacket and jeans and a ball cap when he left home. 

Mr. Mathews was the team's leading rusher in 1952 with 315 yards. He led the team in receiving three consecutive years from 1954-56. He had an 18.1 yard average and six touchdowns in 1955. He led the team in yards from scrimmage in 1954 (894) and 55 (949). He was a seventh-round draft choice in 1951 and played for the team until 1959.


Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede. First Published October 23, 2013 9:58 AM

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