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Steelers' Mendenhall robbed at gunpoint

| Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Rashard Mendenhall received a scare early Monday morning when he and a friend were robbed at gunpoint in Chicago, but the Steelers' first-round draft pick wasn't hurt and is doing well, his agent said.

"He's glad he wasn't hurt; he's glad his friend wasn't hurt," said Mike McCartney, who represents Mendenhall. "He's fine, really."

According to McCartney, Mendenhall and a friend were robbed around 2 a.m. yesterday as they were walking along Chicago's South Side lakefront. Mendenhall, he added, gave the robbers -- who were wearing ski masks -- his wallet, cell phone and car keys. No shots were fired.

"They flipped the car keys back to him, and they left," McCartney said. "It was real quick, and I'm not even sure he had time to get nervous about it. The thought that went through his mind is 'I've got nothing that's worth losing my life over.' "

No arrests were made as of last night.

McCartney said he didn't know if the robbery was random or whether the men who held Mendenhall at gunpoint knew the running back was an NFL player.

The 5-9 1/2, 224-pound Mendenhall is from Skokie, Ill., a Chicago suburb, and he returned to the Chicago area Sunday after the Steelers concluded minicamp.

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