With six "sticky Lombardi's" in their trophy case, the Pittsburgh Steelers have proven they can walk the walk, but time has also shown that the Super Sunday staples can certainly talk the talk.
Along with a cornucopia of memorable games, plays and accomplishments, the history of the Black and Gold has given the annals of football history a slew of memorable quotes. These quips, and mostly off-the-cuff commentaries, certainly help to define the characters behind them, often serving the further purpose of helping to put historic events into greater perspective.
For example, anybody recalling the words whistling from between the two top teeth of Jack Lambert's mouth can certainly describe the linebacker's testimonies as reflecting his own "tough as nails" personality. In fact, Lambert appears on this list more than anyone; that's surprising, considering his mostly straightforward and determined personality.
I suppose that just proves a truism that's another great quote: "A fool speaks to say something. A wise man speaks when he has something to say."
So, what makes for a great Steelers quote?
Qualifications can include cleverness, but the best quotes are the ones that open the doorway to the soul of the football team and its members, whether having been actually said by Steelers themselves or not. Some are timeless and easily recognized, while others may have been forgotten but are incredibly clever or poignant.
Not included are team cheers or chants. Therefore, "Here we go, Steelers!" and other common favorites are not listed.
These are my selections for the top 20 Steelers (or Steelers-related) quotes of all time. If you recall a classic quotation, please share it in the comments section. After all, with the difficulty of accounting for so many years, so many words and so many mouths, there are sure to be a few long forgotten scintillating statements that didn't make the cut.