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Gopher enthusiasts from Osakis have followed Pittsburgh Steeler's running back Gary Russell since 2004, when he played for the University of Minnesota. Russell and his family posed with the Osakis crew after a Gopher game. Pictured are (l to r): Joyce Russell, DJ Kraemer, Jan Hensley, Chub Hensley, Gary Russell, Neumann Olson, Neil Gillis and Joe Russell. (Contributed photo)

Pittsburgh Steeler's Gary Russell has connection to Osakis family

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When Gary Russell scored the first touchdown of the Super Bowl for the Pittsburgh Steelers, some of the loudest cheers came from an Osakis living room.


Chub Hensley, who has many, many driving miles under his belt, and his wife, Jan, made a lifelong friendship with Russell years ago - after getting lost in Michigan.

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