Jon Kolb was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Oklahoma State in 1969, and played with the Steelers from 1969 to 1981. Overall, Kolb started at offensive tackle in 177 games and earned 4 Super Bowl rings, during the 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979 seasons.
During his playing days, Kolb was widely regarded as one of the strongest men in the NFL and played like the strongest one, protecting Terry Bradshaw‘s blind side from his left offensive tackle position and opening holes for running backs Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, and John Fuqua. Like many of the Steeler players of the 1970s, Jon had his own cadre of fans, known as “Kolb’s Kowboys.”
Kolb competed in the second and third annual World’s Strongest Man competitions in 1978 and 1979, finishing in the top three both times.
After his playing career ended, he became an assistant coach with the Steelers working in different capacities as a line coach, tight ends, defensive line and also as a strength and conditioning coach.
Kolb currently resides in Hermitage, Pennsylvania with his wife Deborah. Jon is currently working as a physical therapist and sports performance coach. He is also teaching part-time in the Human Performance and Exercise Science department at Youngstown State University.