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07-02-2019, 08:01 PM
Steelers represented well:


48. Jerome Bettis
Position: Running Back

Football is a game of aggression, and Jerome “The Bus” Bettis built his career off that basest instinct. To run over anyone in your way.

“The Bus” never saw a path around defenders, but rather saw it much simpler to run through them and did that as well as anybody in the history of the league.

46. Lynn Swann
Position: Wide Receiver

Before you start freaking out, give us a chance to explain.

As opposed to the current league, where 15 flags may fly in the first half, the league Swann played in was very different. Defensive contact rules were just about nonexistent.

This resulted in teams just hitting Swann just so he couldn’t explode as a deep threat. In the AFC title game, Swann got a concussion so bad he was hospitalized for two days. He then went on to play in and win Super Bowl X.

For someone severely concussed, Swann held his own. He was able to rack up 161 yards and touchdown on his way to securing Super Bowl MVP honors, which was the first time a wide receiver had won the award.

42. Mike Webster
Position: Center

“Iron Mike” Webster is one of the most legendary Pittsburgh Steelers, helping to anchor their offensive line as they won four Super Bowls.

Webster wasn’t the most physically imposing player on the field, but he still worked to be one of the greatest on the field.

“Iron Mike” was one of the first players to draw attention to potential brain damage caused by football, but played his career until he decided he was done. He still holds the record as the player to longest wear the Steelers uniform

20. Hines Ward
Position: Wide Receiver

Just because he was on Dancing with the Stars doesn’t mean Hines Ward isn’t one of the toughest wide receivers to play the game.

Ward doled out some of the hardest hitting blocks given by any receivers, and he also had some of the most reliable hands when the game was coming down to the wire.

6. Rocky Bleier
Position: Running Back

Rocky Bleier deserves all of our respect and admiration for his story. After being drafted into the NFL and playing his rookie season for the Steelers, Bleier was drafted again. This time by the U.S. Military.

After taking a bullet to the leg and shrapnel from a grenade and earning himself a Purple Heart, doctors told him he’d never play football again.

After receiving a personal postcard saying the team needed him from the Steelers’ owner, Rocky began training again. From the time he returned to the Steelers’ camp, it took him four years to work his way back jnto the starting lineup, where he helped forge the 1970s Steelers dynasty.

2. Jack Lambert
Position: Linebacker

Lambert knew he wouldn’t likely be the strongest player on the field, but he was able to use his toughness and knowledge of the game to help popularize what became known as Tampa 2 Defense.

8. Joe Greene
Position: Defensive Tackle

Mean Joe Greene was so tough on the football field, he’s labeled mean for life.

Mean Joe was the strength of Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain defense.

The Steelers’ defense started and ended with Greene and his ability to occupy multiple blockers at once.