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Mike Wallace Passes Away...No, Not the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Wallace

Josh Zerkle@JoshZerkleChief Writer IIIApril 11, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws the ball prior to the start of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Leave it to the Rhodes scholars of Steeler Nation to hear about the passing of legendary newsman Mike Wallace and think that it was their own wide receiver. 

The late Mr. Wallace, one of the original correspondents of 60 Minutes, died in his Connecticut home last Saturday. Apparently some of the black and gold faithful took the news rather poorly, as evidenced by this Storify assembled by Philadelphia-area writer Michael Gold.

Among the gems:

This Mike Wallace death is seriously bad news for the Steelers --B.H.

First the Steelers released Mike Wallace now he's dead? --J.G.

Steelers can't go a full 60 minutes without Mike Wallace --K.A.

That last one is particularly priceless. And by the way, the late Mr. Wallace's legal name, according to Wikipedia, was "Myron Leon Wallace." So there.

The latter Mr. Wallace, the 25-year-old wide receiver, is still alive and well. He remains a restricted free agent, having received a first-round tender from the Steelers at the start of free agency. For my money, he's a top-three receiver, and deserves at least what DeSean Jackson (five years, $51 million) received for being such an insufferable dude in 2011. 

"We want Mike to finish his career [with the Steelers]," GM Kevin Colbert said last month (via steelers.com). Fortunately, despite initial fears of some uninformed fans, Wallace still has quite a bit of career remaining.