Pittsburgh Steelers: 7 Infamous Uniform Numbers That Should Be Retired

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Pittsburgh Steelers: 7 Infamous Uniform Numbers That Should Be Retired
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Who is this forgettable Pittsburgh Steeler? The answer will be revealed later in the article.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don't normally retire numbers. The only player to receive that honor is Ernie Stautner, who wore No. 70.

Stautner, a Steelers defensive lineman from 1950 to 1963, was a nine-time Pro Bowler, according to Pro Football Reference. He even made the Pro Bowl one year as an offensive guard.

Several players from the Steel Curtain Era could have had their number retired, but if they did, there might not be enough numbers available for the current Steelers, especially during the preseason.

Even though these numbers aren't officially retired, no one wears No. 12 (Terry Bradshaw), No. 32 (Franco Harris), No. 36 (Jerome Bettis), No. 52 (Mike Webster), No. 58 (Jack Lambert), No. 63 (Dermontti Dawson) or No. 75 (Joe Greene).

It's quite likely, too, that Ben Roethlisberger will be the last Steeler to wear No. 7; Troy Polamalu will be the last Steeler to wear No. 43 and Hines Ward will be the last Steeler to wear No. 86.

The Steelers should retire some numbers not because of the greatness of the players who wore them, but rather the infamy, ineptitude or ill fate of those players.

Let's take a light-hearted look at the Pittsburgh Steelers' Ring of Dishonor.

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