PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was honored Thursday with the Kirby Wilson Courage Award.
Wilson, who was badly burned in January in a house fire, has returned to the sidelines and is back with an inspirational message.
Channel 11’s Sports Director Alby Oxenreiter talked exclusively Thursday with Wilson at the Homeboys football camp at Geneva College.
“Don’t ever think you’re alone. Reach out to your family and count your blessings, not your problems,” Wilson said to the campers.
Wilson fought for his life Jan. 6 when flames ripped through his Seven Fields townhouse, but said the most challenging six months of his life are behind him.
“I’m just so grateful and thankful to God that I’m here. I’m walking, living proof that God answers prayers,” Wilson said. “The biggest thing that I learned about myself is that you have to always believe in your heart that you can overcome anything.”
After several serious surgeries, Wilson said he’s on his way to a full recovery.
“The biggest obstacle to overcome is just believing that you can do it. That’s the reason I’m here today,” Wilson said.
Wilson told Oxenreiter that he is extremely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from family, friends, fans and the Steelers.
“I think the people may see him a little bit more when the fans see him on the field and they can appreciate what he’s done to get where he’s gotten to,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said.
Wilson, who returned to work in April, said he’s looking forward to training camp and the start of the season.
“I can’t wait for training camp. This is going to be the most exciting training camp I’ve ever had,” Wilson said. “I’m ready to work. Let’s move the date up!”
Wilson told Oxenreiter he has two goals: to make a full recovery and win a Super Bowl.