Former Steeler back in Pittsburgh

WTAE | Marcie Cipriani

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Gerald Williams is back in Pittsburgh, where he underwent a kidney transplant, and his wife saved a life too.


Former Pittsburgh Steeler Gerald Williams is back in Pittsburgh, where he underwent a kidney transplant and his wife saved a life too.

"It was a surreal moment," said Williams.

Williams was a nose tackle for the Steelers until 1994.

"We were here like 10 years and we love this city," said Williams.

Off the field, Williams suffered with kidney disease. Last year his kidney function was just 9 percent, but Williams said the waiting list for a kidney in North Carolina; where he has lived since playing for the Carolina Panthers; was four years.

At UPMC, he had his transplant two weeks ago, and while Williams was being wheeled in for surgery, so was his wife, Suzanne.

He was receiving a kidney; she was giving hers to a stranger.

"It was a girl who needed a kidney and she had a donor but her donor didn't match her, her donor matched Gerald and I matched her," said Suzanne Williams. Continue reading
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