The Pittsburgh Steelers have a long history of employing players with the ability to be a leader on the field, as well as off the field. Even as far back as the beginning of the Chuck Noll era, there has always been a group of guys who take it upon themselves to step up and take control of their team.
The current roster is no exception and the following slides are who I would consider to be the top five current team leaders of the Steelers. If you disagree with any of my selections, please feel free to let me know who you would have picked instead.
I caught a lot of heat for my decision to include Jeff Reed as a top 5 team leader. You should know that I did my research first and I stand by my decision.
Reed is involved with the charity “Kick For Kids” which receives $300 for every field goal he makes. He also is involved in the “Junior Achievement” program which is aimed at helping kids to reach their full potential. Jeff also worked to raise money for an operation that saved the life of a 5 year old child with a brain tumor.
How about all of the game winning field goals that Jeff Reed has kicked? I can’t give you an exact number, but I can tell you that there were quite a few.
Do you think that all of the incoming rookies making the roster on special teams mentor themselves? The answer is no. Special teams captain Jeff Reed is responsible for that too.
It’s sad that a man can do so many great things and still be shown so much disrespect. Leading your team to a championship is one thing, but leading the children and other members of your community to a better life is something only a true leader can accomplish. People should realize that football is only a game played for fun. The greatest football players are not the ones that made it to Canton based on stats, they are the ones that made a positive impact on their community and strive to make a difference.
Jeff Reed has more than shown he is capable of stepping up and being a leader on the field and off. He deserves to be #5 on this list, if not higher.