The NFL Network gave you there top ten Pittsburgh Steelers of all-time so I'll give you mine.
Honorable mentions: Ernie Stauntner, L.C. Greenwood, Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Andy Russell, Jerome Bettis. (I think that Roethlisberger and Polamalu will be on this list when their careers are further along. They still have a lot left to accomplish.)
10. Lynn Swann/John Stallworth- I have Stallworth and Swann as a tie on my list because I think that they were indeed tied in importance to those teams in the 70's. Stallworth was the better overall receiver than Swann and retired with much better numbers.
Swann is most known for his amazing catches in Super Bowl X against the Dallas Cowboys as he went on to be named the MVP of that Super Bowl. I don't think either of them are truly great without being a tandem so I'll cheat here and put them as a tie.
9. Hines Ward- I'm not a huge fan of Hines Ward off the field but he belongs on the list. He's the best receiver in the history of the Steelers. Ward might go down as the toughest and best blocking receiver in NFL history and still managed to top over 10,000 career catches.
Ward is also a Super Bowl MVP and should eventually get into the Hall of Fame. I'm not sure if Ward will be on my list ten years from now but he certainly deserves to be right now.
8. Mike Webster- Like I said earlier, Webster is quickly becoming one of the most underrated under-appreciated Steeler of all-time. He was the anchor of an offensive line that won four Super Bowls and is considered by most as the greatest center in NFL history.
7. Franco Harris- Franco was a great all-around back and put up some very impressive numbers, including rushing for over 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons, which broke the great Jim Brown's record.
I just don't think Harris is better than any of the players I have in front of him. I think people tend to overrate him because of the "Immaculate Reception".
6.Rod Woodson- I hate to say this but if Woodson had played his entire career with the Steelers, he would probably be higher. Woodson is also the only player on my list to have not won a Super Bowl.
That being said he sure was a great player and a even better athlete. Woodson was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team, and when it was announced, only five active players were on it. One of them was Woodson, a six-time Pro Bowler and the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1993.
5.Jack Ham- Again I can't believe Ham gets left off of the NFL Network's list or any list for that matter. Ham is one of the greatest outside linebackers of all-time and was just as important as any of those other players on the 70's teams.
4.Terry Bradshaw- Winning one Super Bowl is hard, Bradshaw won four. Yes he played on a great team and had great players around him, but Bradshaw was very talented. He had good scrambling skills and had one of the greatest arms in NFL history.
Bradshaw is a two-time Super Bowl MVP and a former league MVP. Until Ben's career is over, Bradshaw will remain the best qb in Steeler's history.
3. Mel Blount- Mel Blount was just a great player. He was big, he was fast, and he played the game so in such a way that they changed the rules because of it. To me Blount is easily one of, if not the greatest cornerback in the history of the NFL.
2. Jack Lambert- One of the most feared players in NFL history, Lambert should never be higher than number two on these lists. He was a great linebacker and the man in the middle for the most talented defense of all-time. Instead of Steely McBean, the Steelers should just Lambert as their mascot.
1. Joe Greene- Arguably the most important player and draft pick in the history of the Steelers. Joe Greene was the cornerstone of one of the greatest dynasties in pro sports. It's really hard to think of anyone else that could possibly be #1 on the list other than the greatest defensive linemen in NFL history.
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