Pittsburgh Steelers Hope to Mine More Gold in Cajun Country

Rob HugheyContributor IMay 7, 2009

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a fourth quarter interception by Troy Polamalu with Ike Taylor #24 in NFL action against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 20, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 27-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The recently celebrated six-time Super Bowl Champions are at it again. The Steelers used two of their three third round picks on Louisiana products. Wide Receiver Mike Wallace out of Mississippi and corner back Keenan Lewis from Oregon St. were recently added to the Steelers long and talented list of Cajun Country stars.

Pittsburgh has been fortunate enough to find some of the best talent from the state of Lousiana.

The long tradition started in 1970, when Pittsburgh used its first pick on a country boy out of Louisiana Tech named Terry Bradshaw. All Bradshaw did was guide the Steelers to four Super Bowls and a piece of immortality.

In thirteen NFL seasons Bradshaw was a three-time Pro-Bowler and two-time Super Bowl MVP. Bradshaw was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

In the 1984, Pittsburgh used their first round selection on Louis Lipps. Lipps, a college star at Southern Mississippi, started his football as a boy in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lipps was a two-time Pro-Bowler, and 1984 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

He was known for being one of the best Steelers on some mediocre clubs of the 1980s. Lipps finished his career as the Steelers all-time leader in receiving yards at the time of his departure.

Pittsburgh chose QB Bubby Brister in the third round out of Northeast Louisiana University in 1986.  Brister played seven seasons for the Steelers and was in and out of the starting lineup for most of them. Brister wasn't the most accomplished Steeler, but may be one of the most remembered.

Alan Faneca was drafted in the first round in 1998, and became the anchor to some accomplished Steeler fronts through the turn of the century. The eight-time Pro Bowler, who was born in New Orleans, played his college football at LSU. The five-time All-Pro helped lead the Steelers to a title in Super Bowl XL. 

In 2003 the Steelers went after another Louisiana product in corner back Ike Taylor. Taylor was a fourth round choice from the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

The New Orleans native has become a two-time Super Bowl Champion. Taylor has eight career interceptions, but his most famous one might be that off of Matt Hasselbeck in Super Bowl XL. The pick snuffed out a potential go-ahead Seahawks drive.

Keenan Lewis, who worked out with Taylor before the draft, hopes to follow in the accomplished line of Cajun Steelers. Lewis' high school teammate, Wallace, looks to crack the line-up as a return man, and or a deep play threat.

If Either of these two players pan out it could help for another Super Bowl run. Regardless of the outcome, one thing is for sure, the Steelers have definitely fallen in love with talent from the Sugar State.