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SanAntonioSteelerFan
05-31-2010, 10:27 PM
OK, here's a trivia question for you: What is the connection between Jack Lambert and the QB who holds the NFL record for being sacked*?

Answer in green, below!

Half the fun is reading the rest of the article!

* P.S. - no it's NOT Ben!!



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(May 2010)
Jack Lambert No. 58
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: July 8, 1952 (1952-07-08) (age 57)
Mantua, Ohio

Career information
College: Kent State
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Debuted in 1974 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Last played in 1984 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
As player:

* Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1984)

Career highlights and awards

* 9× Pro Bowl selection (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
* 7× First-team All-Pro selection (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
* 1× Second-team All-Pro selection (1978)
* 4× Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
* NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
* NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
* NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
* 1974 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
* 1976 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
* 20/20 Club

Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame

John Harold "Jack" Lambert (born July 8, 1952) is a former NFL linebacker in American football. He was a member of four winning Super Bowl teams in his 11 year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is recognized[by whom?] as one of the best middle linebackers in the history of the NFL.
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* 1 Early years through college
* 2 Professional career
* 3 Honors
* 4 References
* 5 External links

Early years through college

Lambert was born in Mantua, Ohio. He played football for Kent State, winning two All-Mid-American Conference linebacker honors.
Professional career

Lambert was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft, though many pro football coaches and scouts[who?] thought he was too small to play linebacker in the NFL. (Lambert played quarterback at Crestwood HS before switching to defensive end at Kent State.) While most of his pro career he was reported to be 6'4" and 220 pounds in the program, he measured 6'3˝" and 204 pounds as a rookie. However he displayed strength at warding off blockers, quick feet, and extreme tenacity. These traits, coupled with intellect and ability to read offenses,[citation needed] led to his quick ascension with the Steelers.

The Steelers took a chance on the lanky Lambert,[citation needed] and he rewarded them quickly when he replaced injured middle linebacker Henry Davis. Lambert went on to earn the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award as a central figure on a great Steeler defense that went on to win their first Super Bowl by beating the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 in Super Bowl IX.

Lambert was known for the hard hits he delivered to members of the opposing team.[citation needed] Lambert prided himself on his ability to hit hard and intimidate the opposition. He was also known as one of the greatest middle linebackers ever against the pass, due to his wiry figure, quick feet and quicker mind.[citation needed] By the time of his retirement, he was widely recognized as one of the great middle-linebackers in the history of the game.[citation needed] He was the Steelers starting middle linebacker, for eleven seasons, and according to Steelers media guides averaged 146 tackles per season through his 10th year. He recorded only 19 in his 11th and final season because of the injury suffered to his toe.

Lambert amassed 28 career interceptions, 1,479 career tackles (1,045 solo), and (officially) 23˝ sacks[1]. One of his sacks came in the 1983 season opener against the Denver Broncos, handing rookie quarterback and fellow Hall of Famer John Elway his first of what would be an NFL-record 559 career sacks Elway would absorb in his 16-year career.[2]

Lambert's four upper front teeth were missing as a result of taking an elbow in basketball during high school. Although he had a removable partial denture he wore in public, he didn't wear it during games, and pictures of Lambert's toothless snarl became a signature of the famous Steeler defense and led to his being referred to as "Count Dracula in Cleats".[citation needed]

In 1976, Lambert assumed the role as leader of the Steelers after star defensive tackle "Mean Joe" Greene missed several games due to a chronic back injury. The Steelers 1976 defense is considered[by whom?] one of the greatest defenses of all time, finishing #1 in nearly every statistical category. After quarterback Terry Bradshaw, receiver Lynn Swann and several other starters went down with injuries, the Steelers struggled to a 1–4 record. At a "players only" meeting, Lambert made it clear that "the only way we are going to the playoffs to defend our title is to win them all from here out, and threatening physical harm to anybody who didn't put forth the effort to do so."[attribution needed] In a remarkable[says who?] nine-game span, the Steelers defense allowed only two touchdowns and a total of 28 points, including five shutouts. The Steelers won all of these games and finished at 10–4. The defense gave up only a record low 138 points for the entire season. Eight of the eleven defensive starters on the Steelers made the Pro Bowl that year. Jack Lambert was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1976.

In a nine-year span, Jack Lambert was named to nine straight Pro Bowls and was NFL Defensive Player of the Year once.

During the 1984 season, a severe and recurring case of turf toe sidelined him, after which he retired. Currently he and his wife Lisa live in West Franklin Township, Pennsylvania, with their children (Lauren, Elizabeth, John and Ty.)

He has been a volunteer deputy wildlife officer and he now focuses on coaching youth baseball and basketball, tending to his land and maintaining his town's ball fields.
Honors

In 2004, the Fox Sports Net series The Sports List named Lambert as the toughest football player of all time.

While Lambert's number, 58 is one of many jersey numbers "unofficially retired" by the team (the Steelers do not retire jersey numbers), his jersey number has perhaps gotten the most attention out of all such jersey numbers. When Lambert retired, he reportedly told the equipment manager that he was not to issue number 58 again.
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hawaiiansteel
05-31-2010, 11:10 PM
great article, Jack Lambert is one of my favorite Steelers ever! :tt2


http://www.playazball.com/jacklambert.jpghttp://www.steelersonly.com/jack_lambert/jack_lambert_photo.jpg

stlrz d
06-01-2010, 12:21 AM
Elway will never make the HoF...he takes too many sacks.

Wait...what?!?

hawaiiansteel
06-01-2010, 01:16 AM
Elway will never make the HoF...he takes too many sacks.

Wait...what?!?



yeah, while taking those sacks he probably held onto the ball too long trying to make plays and help his team win... :roll:

Wallace108
06-01-2010, 02:27 AM
I must have killed way too many brain cells ... it seems inconceivable that Lambert and Elway were in the league at the same time. Seems like two completely different eras.

hawaiiansteel
06-01-2010, 02:45 AM
I must have killed way too many brain cells ... it seems inconceivable that Lambert and Elway were in the league at the same time. Seems like two completely different eras.


their careers only briefly overlapped. Elway was the first pick in the 1983 draft (i have a lot of his rookie cards, he is my wife's favorite player because she always thought he was good-looking and had a nice rear end) and Lambert retired after the 1984 season because of his turf toe.

Preacher
06-01-2010, 02:56 AM
A little more trivia on that little incident....

What was John Elway's response to the sack? (Besides going down in a heap)

Wallace108
06-01-2010, 03:25 AM
A little more trivia on that little incident....

What was John Elway's response to the sack? (Besides going down in a heap)
Well, we know he didn't ask for rule changes ... that was Brady.

Discipline of Steel
06-01-2010, 06:53 AM
A little more trivia on that little incident....

What was John Elway's response to the sack? (Besides going down in a heap)
Well, we know he didn't ask for rule changes ... that was Brady.

I would love to see Lambert rag-doll Brady.

flippy
06-01-2010, 07:08 AM
Ben takes sacks just like his hero, Elway.

Whatever it takes to stay alive to make a play.

Ben's the most fun to watch since Elway for this very reason.

And I agree, Lambert and Elway seemed to be from completely different eras.

stlrz d
06-01-2010, 07:38 AM
A little more trivia on that little incident....

What was John Elway's response to the sack? (Besides going down in a heap)

Dude...you posted this @ 1:56am central time...that's long enough...what's the answer?!?

slashsteel
06-01-2010, 08:13 AM
The great John Elway once quipped:

" So there I was.....a rookie QB making my first start in the NFL......and I look across and see Jack Lambert scowling at me........I immediately thought........Broncos? can have all my contract money back.......I wanna go play baseball

slashsteel
06-01-2010, 08:17 AM
Elway arrived then the following year Jack went out with a turf toe. We love ya JAck ! !

BradshawsHairdresser
06-01-2010, 08:47 AM
Maybe LeBeau should have brought Lambert in to give a "pep talk" early last season.

slashsteel
06-01-2010, 08:54 AM
With Carter and Mundy roaming the secondary with Troy out, I have my doubts that it would have helped....

hawaiiansteel
06-01-2010, 04:39 PM
With Carter and Mundy roaming the secondary with Troy out, I have my doubts that it would have helped....



very true, add in Willie Gay back there and Bruce Gradkowski looked like a friggen' Pro Bowler...