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The 50 Greatest Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a long and storied tradition dating back to 1933—in particular, they have more than just the modern-era success than most people realize. The only teams with more Hall of Fame representatives are from franchises that have been in existence longer, but the Steelers still rank No. 3.

With six Super Bowls, they stand alone in championships in the modern era. They also have eight AFC Championships—tied for the most with Dallas.

Conference championships are considered the equivalent (by the NFL Fact and Record Book) to the AFL and NFL Championships in the pre-Super Bowl era. It makes sense, considering they have more in common with each other than the Super Bowl: They were played with home-field advantage, required fewer wins to achieve and the number of teams in each conference is smaller than the league as a whole.

This list is a compilation of the greatest Steelers, relative to their era, in the team's history. It comprises so many great players and contributors that many legends (like recent Hall of Fame selection Jack Butler) are left off.

There were some very difficult decisions, to be sure. It's harder to come up with a top 50 for them than for many other teams.

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