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Steelers Re-Sign Fullback Witman

April 3, 2001

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Jon Witman, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting fullback for most of the last three seasons, re-signed with the team Monday after being cut March 1 in a salary cap move.

Witman started the Steelers’ first seven games and was having one of his best seasons as the lead blocker for 1,000-yard rusher Jerome Bettis until breaking a leg Oct. 15 against Cincinnati.

Dan Kreider, an undrafted free agent from New Hampshire, replaced Witman and played well enough that he was selected as the team’s rookie of the year.

Kreider and Witman are expected to compete in training camp for the starting job.

Witman, a 1996 third-round draft choice from Penn State, is used almost exclusively as a blocker. He had only three carries for five yards last season and has rushed for 105 yards in five seasons _ an average of about 20 yards a season.

Witman also has caught 33 passes for 231 yards in his career. He became the starting fullback in 1999, succeeding Tim Lester.

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