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Kevin Greene's NFL Hall of Fame induction fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

Featured here is an illustration I created honoring Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, Kevin Greene who along with former Steeler, Tony Dungy were inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend. Kevin Greene is a former NFL linebacker who played for fifteen seasons. He is a 3x All-Pro and ranks third among all-time sack leaders. Greene spent three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and like the “Steel Curtain” a generation before, he helped form the fearsome “Blitzburgh” defense with Greg Lloyd, Carnell Lake, Chad Brown, Levon Kirkland and Rod Woodson. During his short time with the team, the Steelers played in two AFC Championship games and returned to the Super Bowl for the first time in sixteen years. Greene was voted to the NFL 1990’s All-Decade Team and was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame.

Click the link below to the Steelers Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print which makes a great gift for Steelers fans.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Steelers Art

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Andrew McCutchen fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

I donated my Andrew McCutchen painting for the upcoming Art Rooney Awards Dinner & Auction on April 4th which will benefit the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh. The painting is called “Cutch’s Walk-Off Home Run” and commemorates McCutchen’s dramatic game-winning walk-off home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 11, 2015 and which I was fortunate to attend. The home run will be remembered as one of the greatest home runs in Pirates baseball history and at PNC Park.

The CYA was founded by the Rooney Family and will honor Pittsburgh Pirates MLB star center fielder, Andrew McCutchen at their annual charity event. The painting will be on display at the Westin Hotel where it will be auctioned off to benefit the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh which offer services to children and seniors throughout Pittsburgh. The painting will be professionally framed and matted by Carol Whitehead who is the owner of Carol Whitehead Custom Framing located in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania.

Click the link below to the Sports Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball star, Andrew McCutchen.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl 50 Golden Team fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.


Featured here is an illustration I created honoring the eight Pittsburgh Steelers who were selected to the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team. The honorees were chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in honor of Super Bowl 50. The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team consists of the best overall players by each position and their individual career performances in the Super Bowl. Eight Pittsburgh Steelers legends including head coach, Chuck Noll were selected for this distinguished honor which was the most of any team. The seven Steelers players chosen who are all members of the NFL Hall of Fame include Mel Blount, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, Lynn Swann and Mike Webster. Many of these legendary players were part of the famed “Steel Curtain” defense and they each earned four Super Bowl championships.

Click the link below to the Steelers Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print which makes a great gift for Steelers fans.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Steelers Art

 

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Jerome Bettis NFL Hall of Fame induction fine art painting by Pittsburgh artist, Charles Ott.

Jerome Bettis, nicknamed “The Bus” is a former halfback who played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1993, Bettis was drafted in the first round from the University of Notre Dame. He is presently 6th on the list of NFL rushing yard leaders and 2nd on the Steelers all-time list behind Franco Harris. He retired in 2006 after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit. Bettis is a 6x Pro Bowl player and was the Steelers Team MVP on three separate occasions. He is a member of the Steelers All-Time Team and his #36 jersey is no longer issued by the Steelers organization. Jerome Bettis was selected for the NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Featured here is a detailed illustration I created of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jerome Bettis who will be honorably inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame this weekend. I know many faithful Steelers fans of Steeler Nation will be making the trip up to Canton to show their support for “The Bus” who will join the many greats of the black & gold who came before him. Show your support for #36 and your Pittsburgh Steelers! Click the link below to peruse my Steel City Artist fine art website and to place your order for this collector’s edition print. I will be donating a percentage of the sales from this print this week to the Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation. Here We Go Steelers!

Click the link below to the Steelers Art section of my fine art website to purchase this print of NFL Hall of Fame legend, Jerome Bettis.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive NFL Hall of Fame Legends

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Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive NFL Hall of Fame Legends

The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933 by Art Rooney and ownership has remained within the Rooney family since its founding. The Steelers are the heart of the city of Pittsburgh and the team has prided itself upon the defensive legends who have worn the black & gold through the ages. As one of the NFL’s flagship teams, the Steelers have won more Super Bowl titles than any other AFC or NFC team. Steeler Nation stretches far and wide around the world and you will not find a more devoted following of fans for a team in all of professional sports. The Steelers boast the third most primary inductees into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here, I have featured the Steelers legendary defensive players who have been elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. This is a limited edition print and each print will be personally signed and numbered. This would make the ultimate gift for any Steeler fan and you could even take it down to training camp this summer and get the future Hall of Famers to sign. The players from top to bottom include; Mel Blount, Rod Woodson, Jack Butler, Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Ernie Stautner & Jack Ham.

I created a limited edition painting featuring the Steelers defensive Hall of Fame legends. It only seemed fair to include the offensive legends of the black & gold as well. The players from left to right include; Terry Bradshaw, John Henry Johnson, Lynn Swann, Dermontti Dawson, Johnny “Blood” McNally, Bill Dudley, Franco Harris, John Stallworth, Bobby Layne & Mike Webster.

Take a few moments to watch the incredible Steelers video I have included by clicking on the link below. The video is called “A Steelers Wing in the Hall of Fame” and I guarantee it will leave you with goosebumps and may even make your eyes water as we remember these great players from our past in the Steel City.

“A Steelers Wing in the Hall of Fame”

Click the link below to the Steelers Art section of my fine art website to view my collection of limited edition Steelers paintings.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Steelers Art

 

 

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steelerscountry During the month of April, 2013 I will be teaming up with the Steelers Brett Keisel for a winning championship drive. I will be auctioning off #100 signed & numbered limited edition prints of my digital painting “Steelers Country”. A portion of the sales from this print will be donated towards the Homeless Children’s Education Fund of Pittsburgh, which Brett and his wife Sarah serve as advisory board members. There is still time remaining to purchase this limited edition print.

Click the link below to the Steelers Art section of my fine art website to purchase this limited edition print which makes a great gift for Steelers fans.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Steelers Art

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vietnamwall

Over the past couple of months I have been creating new digital graphics and paintings. As a result, many people who have come across my work since that time have been requesting personalized digital paintings for their home. I could not have timed it any better as it merged right in with the Christmas holiday shopping season. Personally, I felt like there was a decline of interest in the pen & ink illustrations and I needed something to reinvigorate me both from an artistic and a financial standpoint. Everything has its time and place and I feel blessed to have stumbled upon this art form. The digital art makes the art come alive with the vivid arrangement of colors and there is that personal connection that makes each piece unique in and of itself.

Featured here is my latest digital painting for the family of a Vietnam veteran who passed away two weeks ago from a lifelong battle from the effects of Agent Orange. The veteran’s name was Jim and he was a devoted father, husband and die-hard Steelers fan, especially the football players of the 70’s & the famed Steel Curtain defense. Jim was an elite veteran of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles and served in Vietnam from 1969-71. His family wanted me to create this digital painting to pass onto their children for them to cherish the memory of their father. Using my talents, I was able to incorporate the things which they were interested in adding to the piece. I was able to filter in an American flag into the wall itself while keeping the names of the veterans intact. The Screaming Eagles is emblazoned into the wall along with a portrait of Jim as the centerpiece and focal point. To the right are the members of the Steelers ‘Steel Curtain’ defense. The underlying symbolism is that they are both veterans of the battlefield and the gridiron. Usually when people visit the Vietnam Wall they leave mementos behind of a loved one, whether it is a flower or personal artifact and each are collected at the end of the day and stored in a military warehouse. I felt that the rifle lodged into the military boots was a befitting symbol and signifies the end of this soldier’s tour of duty as he joins his brothers in arms.

Click the link below to the Personalized Art section of my fine art website to view the collection of commissioned illustrations and paintings I have created.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Personalized Art

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“Heroes Field” by Andrew Vernon

“Successful people are just ordinary people doing an extraordinary job. What fuels your vision is your attitude. Be the best that you can be.”

~ Rocky Bleier ~

Rocky Bleier

The story of Rocky Bleier is one of the most inspiring in the history of sports and it holds a special place in the hearts of Pittsburgh Steelers fans. It is the story of how one man defied all odds with the weight of the world on his shoulders to become an inspiration to many. Rocky Bleier was a leader and an American hero on the battlefield in the rice paddies of Vietnam. Despite wounds in both of his legs, he overcame unparalleled odds in leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Superbowl championships. Now, a new mission is at hand with a committed following from Steelers Nation to get Rocky Bleier into the NFL Hall of Fame where he righteously belongs with his brothers in arms.

Rocky Bleier was born March 5, 1946 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was a former NFL halfback with the Pittsburgh Steelers having been selected in the 16th round of the 1968 draft. Bleier graduated from Xavier High School in 1964 where he starred in football and basketball. He was a three time all-state running back for his high school. Rocky went on to play football at the University of Notre Dame where he graduated from in 1968 with a degree in business management. He was a member of the 1966 national team and served as captain of the ’67 squad.

Rocky Bleier, University of Notre Dame

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Rocky Bleier:Football Star & Vietnam Veteran

Rocky Bleier was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 16th round of the ’68 draft. As fate would have it, he was then drafted by the United States Army that year. Rocky volunteered for duty during the Vietnam War and was shipped in May, 1969 with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. On August 20th while on patrol in Heip Duc he was wounded in the left thigh from a rifle bullet when his unit was ambushed in a rice paddy. While hunkered down from enemy fire, a grenade landed nearby sending shrapnel into his lower right leg. Rocky was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his sacrifice and courage in battle.  While recovering in a Tokyo hospital doctors were convinced that he would never play football again but nothing would not stop him. Then one day, he received a postcard from ‘The Chief’ Art Rooney and in it the postcard read, “Rock-the team’s not doing well. We need you”. – Art Rooney. One year upon being wounded, Bleier reported to Steelers training camp and spent the next two years trying to gain an active spot on the roster, even though he was waived twice, he never gave up.

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Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steelers

Rocky continued to work in the off-season with intense training regimens to get the strength back into his legs and was brought to the starting lineup in 1974.  For the next six seasons he would hold that position and in that time, the Pittsburgh Steelers amassed four Super  Bowl victories. Bleier who originally wore #26 upon being drafted switched to #20 as that jersey number was already taken. He was the second of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushing weapons behind Franco Harris and was considered a great lead blocker. Both he and Franco Harris accumulated 1,000 yard rushing seasons in the ’76 season and became only the second NFL team to accomplish that feat. Bleier played in all four Steelers Super Bowl victories.  He retired in 1980 with 3,865 rushing yards, 136 receptions and 25 TD’s. Here is a video of Rocky in Super Bowl XIII against the Dallas Cowboys.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Super Bowl XIII – Rocky Bleier Touchdown

“For Old Times Sake”…Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw & Rocky Bleier

The Rocky Bleier Foundation

The Rocky Bleier Foundation

Since his retirement in 1980, Rocky has written a book titled “Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story” which was made into a television movie starring Robert Urich, Richard Herd and Art Carney. Rocky also tours the nation as a motivational speaker inspiring those across the country to “be the best that you can be” and to “never give up”. Bleier resides in a suburb of Pittsburgh with his family. In 2007, Xavier High School retired his #23 football jersey and renamed their football field in his honor.

Rocky Bleier Field, Xavier High School

Now there is a new mission at hand being led by a group of Facebook followers and fans of Steeler Nation. They are leading a campaign to get Rocky Bleier into the NFL Football Hall of Fame where he has earned that distinct honor. In life, we need heroes to look up to who lead by example and contribute to society to make each of us shine in our own individual talents.

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Story by – Charles R. Ott, Jr.

Click the link below to the Steelers Art section of my fine art website to purchase this limited edition print of NFL legend and Vietnam veteran, Rocky Bleier.

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