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Former Super Bowl Eagle to interview for Steelers opening originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
A former Eagles offensive lineman who started every game of the 2004 Super Bowl season is reportedly eyeing a return to the Keystone State.
Hank Fraley, who spent six seasons playing center in Philly in those fruitful early 00s, is expected to interview with the Steelers for their offensive line coach opening:
The #Steelers are interviewing Hank Fraley for their offensive line coach job Thursday, per source. Fraley -- a onetime Robert Morris standout who originally signed with Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent in 2000 -- held the same job with the #Lions last season.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 21, 2021
The Steelers fired offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett after their first-round playoff loss to the Browns.
In case you didn't know (I didn't!), Fraley took over as the Lions' offensive line coach this season, his first year as a position coach in the NFL. He worked as the Lions' assistant offensive line coach in 2018 and 2019, and the Vikings' assistant offensive line coach from 2014 to 2016.
The Lions' offensive line was ranked 13th in the league by Pro Football Focus in Fraley's first season at the helm, six spots above the Eagles' OL.
Fraley, 43, was undrafted out of Robert Morris in 2000 and actually initially signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2000. But Fraley was waived by Pittsburgh and was scooped up off waivers by the Eagles. He was inactive all of 2000, and then started 15 games the next season.
The man his Eagles teammates called "Honeybuns" started 123 games over an 11-year NFL career before calling it quits after spending the 2010 season with the Rams.
The Eagles don't play the Steelers again until 2024; if Fraley's still with Pittsburgh, it'll add a fun little reunion subplot to the Battle for Pennsylvania.
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