New Orleans native Omar Khan named Pittsburgh Steelers GM, a title he coveted since childhood

Omar Khan recognized early on in life growing up in New Orleans that he’d never play a down in the NFL.

But that didn’t mean he couldn’t get to the league.

Just not as a player.

So he chased a different path, one that makes it easy to understand why the 45-year-old Archbishop Rummel High School and Tulane graduate was living the dream Friday when he was officially introduced as general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He has spent two decades with the Steelers organization, most of that time managing the team’s salary cap as the team’s vice president of football and business administration.

Now he holds one of the 32 most prestigious jobs in the NFL. He’s a GM, just like the son of two immigrants promised his parents he would be someday. His mom is from Honduras. His dad is from India. He calls them the hardest working people he knows. 

“They’re the ones that had to listen to an 8-, 9-, 10-, 12-, 14-year-old kid tell them that he didn’t want to be a lawyer, he didn’t want to be an engineer, he didn’t want to be a doctor, a teacher, a policeman, a fireman,” Khan said at his news conference. “All I wanted to do was work in the National Football League, become a general manager and win a bunch of Super Bowls.”

While everyone else aspired to play in the NFL, Khan, who grew up…

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