Top 5 Most Underrated Pittsburgh Steelers of 2012

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Top 5 Most Underrated Pittsburgh Steelers of 2012
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The Pittsburgh Steelers, like every franchise in the NFL, consist of a mixture of over-hyped, under-appreciated and properly valued talent. 

It's the classic overrated versus underrated debate, and the following countdown focuses on those members of the Black and Gold who don't get the full credit they deserve for their talent and contributions.

Steelers Country consists of a group of loyal members that are among the most incredibly passionate in all of sports, which naturally invites a severe collection of opinions. Consider: How many Terrible Towel owners have thrown a "Terrible Tantrum" over Ben Roethlisberger's ranking on any numbers of lists counting down the NFL's best quarterbacks?

Be honest, Steelers fans, did the veins from your neck protrude when you learned that Philip Rivers was ranked higher during last year's NFL Network "Top 100 Players of 2011?"

If not, you're likely in the minority, or you're simply realistic enough to understand that above any ranking, it's the ring that's the thing!

One other thing is for sure: fans, whether for love or bias, will always side with the good guys, those players who wear the colors that are closest to their hearts.

As such, it's always commonplace to view one's own team's players as being naturally... well, underrated! And, as the author who gets to agree with the popular hometown sentiment in this article, I get to play the good guy and evade the wrath that comes with the overrated list.

Ah, it feels so nice to be the hero...

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