Top 10 Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time

Bob MarleyCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009

23 Sep 1990:  Pittsburgh Steelers coach (Mean) Joe Greene looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders at  the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  The Raiders won the game, 20-3. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine  /Allsport

The Pittsburgh Steelers have created many future and current Hall of Fame players. This list states the top 10 Steelers of all time and why. Some HoF players were not able to make the list and I apologize because they were also unbelievable players.


10. Hines Ward/John Stallworth

The Steelers all-time leaders in all receiving categories deserve this spot not only for their accomplishments, but for their attitude. If all football players were like No. 86 and No. 80, the games would be much more fun to watch. The way Ward blocks makes him look like a tackle. The way Stallworth catches makes him look like Jerry Rice. The way they both play make them look like great players.


9. Jack Ham

One of the best, if not the best, outside linebacker in NFL history. He redefined the position of linebacker during the 1970s and created fear in the opponents that they could not hide. He came into a defense with many capable linebackers, and made his mark known. He was a hard-working player who truly made his presence felt.


8. Mel Blount

An unbelievable cornerback when he played. Mel did many things that specifically used his special athletic ability. Heck, the NFL had to make a rule for cornerbacks because this guy was so good. At the same time, I would like to say that Rod Woodson could also fill this spot because of his ability to intercept the ball. Just think if there was a Mel Woodson, there would be one heck of a player on a field.


7. Lynn Swann

Many people probably believe Swann should be higher because of his Super Bowl performance. If that was the case, he'd be No. 1. This is more about what he did during his career. For a run-heavy team, Swann was an unbelievable receiver. I still see re-runs of his many catches that were acrobatic, and superb.


6. Ben Roethlisberger

The only reason Ben gets ranked this low is because he is only 27. He still has 10 more good years to move his way up higher. But two Super Bowls in such a short time is pretty impressive. I see him possibly winning a few more because of his strong leadership and ability to win games when it comes down to the end. He will someday be number one.


5. Franco Harris

Harris knew the right way to run when he played. He was strong, tough, and physical. He was all that a good running back should be. He could do just about anything his coach would ask. The other thing about Franco Harris is his remarkable ability to play every game the way he did until the end of his career. Just remember, now-a-days, running backs can't even make it past the age of 30 as a starter.


4. Jack Lambert

This dude had a face that made you want to die when watching him on television. He could hit, he could hit hard. He played a large part in the Steelers dynasty of the 70s. He was mean, fierce, scary, any other single word that you could imagine that has to deal with running away from this guy.


3. Jerome Bettis

"The Bus" retired a legend just a few years ago. He could easily have been No. 1 for any other team, but because of the Steelers legacy, he only makes the third spot on my list. Make no mistake, Jerome Bettis was good, really good. He played the RB position the way it was meant to be played.


2. Terry Bradshaw

An extremely large part of the Steelers franchise because of his unbelievable leadership of the offense, Bradshaw controlled the offense, won four Super Bowls, and was loved by all fans in Pittsburgh. He threw the ball with a great amount of velocity and power.


1. Joe Greene

"Mean" Joe Greene is the best defensive tackle to ever walk onto a football field. Albert Haynesworth doesn't even come close to his level of talent. I really had problems deciding the number one spot but decided to give it to Greene because he started the turn around the Steelers franchise. Besides, how cool was the original Coca-Cola commercial?