My All-Time Favorite Steelers

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My All-Time Favorite Steelers
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Like many Steelers fans, I’ve pretty much been a Steelers fan since birth—born into citizenship in Steelers’ Nation.
But, my first memories as a Steelers fan date back to about 1977, when I was five years old. The first game I have vivid memories of watching is the 1980 Super Bowl.
So, most of my favorite Steelers are from the last twenty-five years. But a couple of the '70s greats still crack the list.
While I started out intending to do a top ten list, I just couldn’t do it. I was not willing to leave any of the top thirteen players off the list. So, I expanded.
Of course, you can’t have a Top 13 list, so I added one more, which also gave me a chance to sneak an offensive lineman onto my list.
Even at fourteen, it meant that current players like James Farrior, James Harrison, Aaron Smith, and Ike Taylor didn’t make the cut, even though they are fantastic players.
It also meant that several Hall of Famers from the 1970s didn’t crack the list as well as some of my favorites from the '90s like Carnell Lake and Leon Searcy. Even with five linebackers on the list, plenty of greats like Chad Brown, Jason Gilden, and Joey Porter were left off. There simply wasn’t room to add any more.
If I had been born ten years earlier, the list would likely look quite a bit different. I can’t imagine a Steelers fan born in the mid-60s would leave Terry Bradshaw or Franco Harris off the list.
So, let me know how this list compares to yours. Who would you have put in those top spots?

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