Saturday, November 1, 2014

SPONSORED: The Greatest Steelers in Team History

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in NFL history. No team has won more Super Bowls than their six, and their lineup of greatest players is a lineup of legends.

Terry Bradshaw (Quarterback, 1970-1983)

Many youngsters watching Bradshaw currently play the role of lovable old man on Fox’s NFL Sunday must have no idea that same man is one of the greatest field generals in NFL history. A 4-time Super Bowl champion and 1978 NFL MVP, Bradshaw is also deservedly famous for being the rare quarterback who called his own plays throughout his career.

Mel Blount (Cornerback, 1970-1983)

Mel Blount played cornerback during a less pass-happy era than the one the NFL is currently operating in, and he took full advantage of that. Blount was a physical and imposing thorn in the side of opposing receivers for 14 seasons. A 5-time Pro Bowler, arguably no cornerback has better used the “bump-and-run” strategy in downfield coverage.

Franco Harris (Running Back, 1972-1983)

Harris was a fearsome running back who compiled over 12,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in his NFL career, but he will forever be defined by a single play: 1972’s Immaculate Reception, in which Harris improbably caught a deflected pass from quarterback Terry Bradshaw and took it all the way to the house.

Lynn Swann (Wide Receiver, 1974-1982)

A cornerstone of the ‘70s Steelers dynasty alongside the likes of Bradshaw and Harris, Swann caught over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during his time in Pittsburgh.

Mike Webster (Center, 1974-1988)

Webster is widely regarded as one of the greatest centers in NFL history, one of the sports most essential and yet frequently overlooked positions. Since his retirement and subsequent death, Webster had also been a leading figure in the NFL’s on-going concussion and player safety debates.

Jack Lambert (Linebacker, 1974-84) & Joe Greene (Defensive Tackle, 1969-1981)

Lambert and Greene were the cornerstones of Pittsburgh’s legendary “Steel Curtain” defense during the dynasty years. Together the two combined for 20 Pro Bowl appearances and 3 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards.

Jerome Bettis (Running Back, 1995-2006)

Affectionately nicknamed “The Bus” for his hulking, hard-to-tackle frame, Bettis sits sixth on the list of the NFL’s all time leading rushers.

Hines Ward (Wide Receiver, 1998-2011)

Swann is rightfully celebrated for his contributions to those fabled ‘70s championship squads, but it’s Hines Ward who’s actually the greatest pass catcher in Steelers’ history. He won two Super Bowls in his own right (including the game’s MVP award in Super Bowl XL) and retired as one of only eight receivers in NFL history to ever amass 1,000 receptions.

Ben Roethlisberger (Quarterback, 2004-present)

Big Ben. Two-time Super Bowl champion. The franchise’s all-time leader in wins, touchdown passes, and passing yards. And he’s still out there picking opposing teams’ defenses apart. Excellence for the Steelers isn’t just the stuff of days’ past. There’s excitement at Heinz Field this season, and the easiest and cheapest way to save on Pittsburgh Steelers tickets is through!

The Steelers will be doing something historic this weekend: retiring Mean Joe Greene's #75 jersey. This will only be the second jersey that the Steelers have retired in their 81-year history. Don't miss out on this historic event and the next chapter in the Steelers-Ravens rivalry, there's still time to get tickets for Sunday Night.

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