15 Nov 1998: Levon Kirkland #99 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to block during the game against the Tennessee Oilers at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The Oilers defeated the Steelers 16-14.

Former Steelers great to coach with Bengals this summer

For the second summer in a row a former Pittsburgh Steelers player who tormented the Cincinnati Bengals during his playing days will help coach the team.

Levon Kirkland is one of five coaches who will work with the Bengals as interns as part of the “Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program.

Last season former Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene helped coach the Bengals for a portion of training camp.

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Kirkland played 11 seasons in the NFL, the first nine of which were with the Steelers from 1992-2000. Current Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was Kirkland’s position coach from 1992-95, and current Bengals linebacker coach Jim Haslett was the Pittsburgh defensive coordinator from 1997-99.

25 Oct 1999: A close up of Defence Coodinator Jim Haslett of the Pittsburgh Steelers as he talks with Levon Kirkland #99 during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Three Rivers Sradium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Falcons 13-9. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
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In 18 games against the Bengals, Kirkland was 13-5 with two sacks and an interception.

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The two-time Pro Bowler is currently the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Florida A&M. He will work with the Bengals during training camp.

The other four coaching interns are Aaron Curry, Roderick Plummer, Troy Woodbury and Johnathan Carr.

The fourth overall pick in 2009, Curry is the defensive line coach at Charlotte. He will work with the Bengals during OTAs, as will Plummer, the running backs coach at Florida A&M.

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Woodbury is the offensive coordinator at Johnson C. Smith University. He will be with the team for minicamp and a portion of OTAs.

Carr is the offensive line and tight ends coach at Clark Atlanta University, and he will work the Bengals during training camp.

Two current Bengals coaches — Lewis and defensive line coach Jacob Burney — are products of the Walsh fellowship.

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“I had the opportunity to work in this program when Coach Walsh initiated it with the 49ers, and it’s great to see it continue as strong as it is,” Lewis said in a statement. “We are happy to have these coaches with us to benefit our staff as well as aid in their development as a coach.”

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