Plenty of Pittsburgh memories for Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, whose father played for Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first time the Kansas City Chiefs' Dustin Colquitt punted against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he thought he might need to search for clues his father had once played for them.

He shouldn't have worried. The clues found him.

The equipment manager from the time his father punted for the Steelers, from 1978 through 1984, presented Colquitt with his dad's old locker nameplate, handpainted instead of forged from some machine. Colquitt was practically attacked by his father's old teammate, 6-foot-6 former defensive lineman L.C. Greenwood, who grabbed him by the shoulders and shook him, all the while making him promise he would say hello to his dad for him.

In Pittsburgh, they remember Craig Colquitt, the punter for the Super Bowl champion Steelers of 1978 and 1979, and the memories are all fond. Because of that, his son receives the royal treatment whenever the Chiefs play in Pittsburgh.

"In Pittsburgh, after I've punted, I've heard clapping for me (as he comes off the field)," Dustin Colquitt said. "That's unheard of for an NFL stadium [outside of Kansas City]. They're just so supportive of those former players and their families.

"I hear other things there that I don't hear anywhere else. I've heard, 'I knew your old man' and 'I went to preschool with you.' That one was crazy. But those people are passionate. It's a tight-knit football community. It really is unbelievable."

Colquitt will punt against his dad's former team Sunday, though this game will be played at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. Still, Colquitt will get reminders of his father's long-ago career.

Inevitably, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin will ask Colquitt during pregame warmup how his dad is doing. Colquitt said Tomlin does so every time the Chiefs play against the Steelers.

Other members of the Steelers' coaching staff and front office will usually do the same, Colquitt said.

"It's cool how they've kept up with our family," he said.

Craig Colquitt will be at Arrowhead Stadium for Sunday's game. He attends all of the Chiefs' games against the Denver Broncos whether they're played in Kansas City or Denver. Another of his sons, Britton, punts for the Broncos.

Craig will occasionally attend other Chiefs' games in Kansas City. He will always go to Pittsburgh for the games when the Chiefs play the Steelers.

Those games are particular treats for Dustin, who was only 2 when his dad's career with the Steelers came to an end.

"People still pick him out of the stands even when he's not wearing anything that shows it's him," Dustin said.

Craig's sons punt for other teams, but he still has Steelers in his blood. Early in his career, Dustin invited his father to his first game in Pittsburgh and provided him with pregame sideline passes.

He had no problem finding his father on the Chiefs' sideline during warmups. Craig Colquitt was wearing Steelers' black and gold rather than Chiefs' red and yellow.

"I look over for him and he's wearing a Steelers jacket, a Steelers scarf and then this little Chiefs lapel pin. I told him that wasn't cool.

"He knows this but I've already told him anyway about when he comes here this weekend: 'You can't do that in Kansas City.'"