Pittsburgh Steelers: 10 Former Players Who Deserve to Be in the Hall of Fame

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers: 10 Former Players Who Deserve to Be in the Hall of Fame

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers have a great history littered with Hall of Fame players such as Jack Lambert, Mel Blount and “Mean” Joe Greene.

    Like pretty much every other team though, there are a bunch of players who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, but haven't made it.

    Here are nine former Steelers who I personally think did enough in their careers to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and they range from guys just retired to guys from the 1950's.

Dermontti Dawson C

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    The Steelers selected Dermontti Dawson in the 2nd round of the 1988 NFL Draft and he played his entire 13 year career with the team.

    Dawson was able to learn for a year under Hall of Famer Mike Webster, and then played in 170 consecutive games before hamstring injuries hampered the end of his career.

    He was elected to 7 Pro Bowls, named to the NFL’s 1990’s All-Decade Team, and has been a semifinalist since his first year of eligibility in 2006.

Alan Faneca, G

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    A first-round pick by the Steelers in the 1998 NFL Draft, Alan Faneca was a dominant force in his 10 years with Pittsburgh.

    Faneca was one of the main catalysts to springing Willie Parker for the longest run in Super Bowl history at 75 yards.

    Although I hate the fact that he went to the Jets, Faneca deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for being the stalwart on the Steelers' line for all those years.

Bill Cowher, HC

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    Although it is pretty well known that Bill Cowher is going to come back to coaching eventually, he still deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for what he did in Pittsburgh.

    He succeeded Chuck Noll in 1992 and was the longest-tenured coach in the NFL at the time of his retirement after the 2006 season.

    Cowher amassed 149 regular-season wins and 12 postseason wins in his 15-year stint with the Steelers, along with winning Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks.

L.C. Greenwood, DE

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    L.C. Greenwood was a 10th-round pick by the Steelers in 1969 and was part of the famed “Steel Curtain” defense.

    Greenwood amassed 73.5 sacks in his career, which was a Steelers record until 2003, and added five more sacks in the teams’ four Super Bowl championships from the 1970's.

    To go along with his four Super Bowl rings, Greenwood was selected to six Pro Bowls and is a member of the NFL’s 1970’s All-Decade team.

Dwight White, DE

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    A fourth-round pick in 1971, Dwight White became part of the “Steel Curtain” and was named to two Pro Bowls in his career.

    Dan Rooney called him, "one of the greatest players to ever wear a Steelers uniform," and he scored the first points in the team's Super Bowl history when he sacked Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton for a safety.

    In his career, White recorded 46 sacks and four interceptions, while being known as one of the fieriest players of those great 1970's teams.

Ernie Holmes, DT

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    Ernie Holmes was an eighth-round pick in 1971 by the Steelers, and although he only played seven seasons with the team, I still think he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

    Holmes was able to amass 40 sacks in only 84 games played with the team, and he was the last piece to the dominant “Steel Curtain” defensive line.

    I know most people would probably say that all four of the “Steel Curtain” defensive linemen do not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, but they were a part of one of the most dominant defenses the NFL has ever seen, and I would like to see them all make it in.

Greg Lloyd, OLB

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    Greg Lloyd was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 1987 NFL Draft and played 11 of his 12 years with the team.

    He became an emotional leader for the Steelers at outside linebacker and terrorized quarterbacks, racking up 54.5 sacks in his career.

    Lloyd also had 11 interceptions and was named to five Pro Bowls in a career where he was one of the most feared players of his time.

Kevin Greene, LB

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    Kevin Greene was only with the Steelers for three seasons, and yet he racked up 35.5 sacks, which currently ranks him eighth on the team's all-time list.

    He was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Rams in 1985 and played for two other franchises other than the Steelers in his career.

    Greene was a beast on the field, and his 160 career sacks ranks him third in NFL history.

    I have no idea why he isn’t in the Hall of Fame already.

Jerome Bettis, RB

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    The Steelers acquired Jerome Bettis in the 1996 draft from the Rams for a second and fourth-round pick, and he became one of the best running backs in NFL history.

    “The Bus” was a perfect fit in Pittsburgh and ran over everything in sight on his way to becoming the NFL’s fifth all-time leading rusher.

    Bettis did not make it into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2011, but I have no doubt he will make it in the next couple years.

Jack Butler, DB

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    Many people may not know about Jack Butler, and I didn’t really either until I did my research for this article.

    Butler was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers in 1951 and is first in interception return yardage in the team's history, as well as second in interceptions and interception returns for touchdowns.

    Steelers coach and Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau said, "He's one of the best in the Steelers franchise, and you're talking about some pretty great players there.”

    Read more about Butler here.