Pittsburgh Steelers: The 5 Best Steelers Who Never Were

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Pittsburgh Steelers: The 5 Best Steelers Who Never Were

The annals of history shed a glowing luminescent light on the athletic heroes that define a franchise. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, names like Bradshaw, Greene, Bettis and Polamalu conjure warm feeling and a timeless sense of pride from within loyal fans who adore the gridiron greats whose heroic football feats have helped establish their favorite franchise among the NFL's best.

This article is not for the icons, though; it is for an entirely different group. 

It's not designated for busts, either.

So who are these men who find their names on this countdown?

They are lost heroes. This handful of men wore the Black and Gold, whose talents made their potential for greatness limitless. 

Yet, none of them truly established themselves as Steelers greats. In fact, none even came close.

Some found success elsewhere, while others had great starts to promising professional careers only to immediately fall flatter than an open soda can.

From a quarterback who overcame the controversies of his time to our "One for the Thumb" member of the countdown who left right at the precipice of becoming a legend, these guys make one word stand out to describe their place in Steelers history: Almost. 

A few prerequisites considered were having put in playing time with the Steelers (hence-forewarning- no Unitas) and the demonstration of great skills either in the 'Burgh or thereafter.

These are the five potentially best Pittsburgh Steelers who never were; a collection of athletes who had all the promise of Steel City studs only to ultimately take a different path. 

Almost indeed.

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