Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Duquesne Graduate a Standout for Colts

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Duquesne Graduate a Standout for Colts

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Most players join the Pittsburgh Colts semipro football team to extend their football playing days post-college.

Every so often there is the case of a young player trying to start a collegiate playing career via the Colts. That is goal of former West Allegheny standout Dustin Windemaker.

A physically-imposing lineman at West Allegheny, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Windemaker received plenty of college interest while in high school, even taking an unofficial visit to Temple University. That interest cooled after Windemaker sustained a concussion during his senior year and his grades suffered. Now he is trying to revive it through the local semipro team under the tutelage of owner and coach Ed Brosky.

Brosky, a member of the 1976 University of Pittsburgh national championship-winning team, has been coaching the Colts since their inception in 1979.

"Playing at this level, we are classified as amateur athletes and his eligibility is intact," Brosky said of Windemaker. "Dustin is 265 pounds of lean muscle; with his frame he can put on another 40 pounds."

After West Allegheny, Windemaker went one year without football in his life.

"I got out of high school and got a job and then I realized how much I missed football," Windemaker.

Windemaker and Brosky crossed paths at a KFC restaurant where Brosky works. Brosky immediately recognized Windemaker from his playing days at West Allegheny.

"Every time he came in I recruited him," Brosky said. "I told him if you still have a desire to play football, we are going to take you and hammer out the rough edges, put you on tape and send those to college coaches. I am not shy about picking up the phone and calling anyone. I love my team and I love my players."

Off the field, Windemaker completed a semester of school at CCAC this past spring where he maintained a 2.5 GPA. He is also preparing to take the SATs.

On the field, Brosky is adding tools to Windemaker's repertoire, including long-snapping. Windemaker plays pulling guard on offense and defensive end and outside linebacker on defense. He is on every special teams unit except kickoff coverage. If that was not enough workload, before one game this year he worked construction with his dad before kickoff. …

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