This past winter the Pittsburgh Steelers saw a massive exodus of players jettisoned from their ranks.
Most notably was fan favorite and beloved wide receiver Hines Ward, as well as longtime defensive end Aaron Smith—who apparently decided retirement was a better future than to ever put on a different jersey.
Steelers nation experienced a huge blow to their offense when feature-back Rashard Mendenhall was injured in the last game of the season against the Cleveland Browns, making him unable to play against the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Some youngsters who have already made a slight impact intend to become big time players and have their names forever remembered in Steelers lore just as Ward, Smith, and Farrior did during their time in Pittsburgh.
The following are some relatively unknown Steelers, who through injury, retirement, or contract holdouts will find a way to claw their way up the depth chart to become permanent fixtures on the starting Steelers' lineup.