In his 10-year NFL career, Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Jack Lambert has had remarkable success—four Super Bowl rings, nine Pro Bowls—but it hasn't spoiled him. In the Steelers' preseason opener on Aug. 4 against the Browns in Cleveland, Lambert dislocated the ring finger of his left hand. He went to the sidelines and had a trainer pop it back into place. Afterward, though, he wasn't sure how to refer to the injured finger. Somebody told him that it was called "the ring finger." Lambert, who thinks that the Steelers are overdue for another Super Bowl win, growled, "It hasn't had a ring for a long time."
At the beginning of training camp, the Steelers had a free-agent safety named Gary Lambert, who claimed that he was a distant relative of Jack's. When the veteran checked into camp, a Pittsburgh television announcer took Gary over to meet Jack. Jack wasn't impressed. "Well," he said, with a snort, "at least he's white."