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    Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    Recently saw an article on yahoo about Aaron Maybin being the worst player in the NFL.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shu...urn=nfl-280632

    And it got me thinking about the Steelers draft picks and how they've developed both on the field and off the field - and when you consider the 70's Steelers, their lives after football count as well.

    Overall I'm interested in knowing which one player you're most proud the Steelers drafted (or picked up as a UDFA) and developed.

    As a seperate concept you could also add a player the Steelers aquired in Free Agency as well (seems almost a crime to discount Jerome Bettis just because we didn't draft him).

    Or you could break down per coaching era - Noll, Cowher and Tomlin.

    L.B.

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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    just off the top of my head, Mel Blount has a youth home of something along those lines at his ranch, correct?

    That's something to be proud of.

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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    I'll go Hines Ward.

    Born in South Korea. Leveraged SuperBowl MVP to support biracial kids in Korea.

    Overcame great odds. Mother doesn't speak English as first language. He doesn't have an ACL. He's slow and undersized as a WR.

    And he revolutionized and changed the rules of the game.


    Runner up - Mike Webster

    It never became clear the beating he took for our Steelers until after his football career. Yet he always played and was one of the best ever at his position.

    The NFL should be protecting guys like Webby.

    It's a shame that he went from SuperStar to homeless and then dead so young.

    He gave us his all....literally.

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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    Troy Polamalu.

    Mostly because we took a huge risk/cost/gamble to go up and get him, and he turned out better than we ever could've hoped. He is called by many the best defensive player in football yet he is also one of the humblest. He leads by example, by hard work, and is a model citizen off the field. He makes spectacular plays (ex. all out diving to pick INT's off the ground, diving over the LOS, chasing down/torpedoing Chris Johnson in the backfield) that almost no one else in the game can make. And when the game is on the line he raises his level of performance/execution. He is a devout Christian, a family man, and is well liked by nearly all who meet him.

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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    Mel Blount, Dermontti Dawson and Troy Polamalu come to mind immediately. At the end of the day and when his career is complete and this past summer's foibles are behind him I will be proud that the Steelers drafted Ben Roethlisberger as well.

    Pappy


    1.15) Ryan Shazier - ILB/OLB
    2.46) Stephon Tuitt - DE
    3.97) Dri Archer - RB
    4.118 ) Martavis Bryant - WR
    5.157) Shaquille Richardson - CB
    6.173) Wesley Johnson - OT
    6.192) Jordan Zumwalt - ILB
    7.215) Daniel McCullers - DT
    7.230) Rob Blanchflower - TE

    "Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll

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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    Ben.


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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    Scott Shields.

    His drafting proved that the Steelers will give anyone a shot.

    Schiavone's Race Career:

    Starts- 9
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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chadman
    Scott Shields.

    His drafting proved that the Steelers will give anyone a shot.


    Sean Mahan and Duce Staley.

    their FA signings proved that even the Steelers are wrong sometimes...


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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    Blount
    Stallworth
    Polamalu
    Dawson
    Aaron Smith
    Merril Hoge

    I like the guys who are exceptional players and people with no drama, and they give back to the community.
    Even if Bill Belichick was getting an atomic wedgie, his face would look exactly the same.

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    Re: Players you're proud the Steelers Drafted?

    Quote Originally Posted by steelblood
    Blount
    Stallworth
    Polamalu
    Dawson
    Aaron Smith
    Merril Hoge

    I like the guys who are exceptional players and people with no drama, and they give back to the community.
    I love the Hodge and Smith additions; it's difficult to remember them all when you begin thinking about things like this.

    Pappy


    1.15) Ryan Shazier - ILB/OLB
    2.46) Stephon Tuitt - DE
    3.97) Dri Archer - RB
    4.118 ) Martavis Bryant - WR
    5.157) Shaquille Richardson - CB
    6.173) Wesley Johnson - OT
    6.192) Jordan Zumwalt - ILB
    7.215) Daniel McCullers - DT
    7.230) Rob Blanchflower - TE

    "Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll

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