Posted on: February 14, 2009 5:06 am

Best Steelers 1985 - Present

So the other day I realized this will be the 25<sup>th</sup> season I have followed the Steelers and the NFL. I started to reminisce about the players over the years and it made me want to make a quarter century team. So here is my best Steelers roster of players from the last 25 years.


QB – Ben Roethlisberger – two SB rings make it an easy pick for the starting QB

QB – Neil O’Donnell – Slightly above average starting QB in his prime, SB XXX aside

QB – Kordell Stewart – It was between him, Bubby Brister or Mark Malone.  Can be Slash if he is #3


RB – Jerome Bettis – One of the all time greats, easy pick here.

RB – Willie Parker – 2 Super Bowls, three very solid seasons as a starter, 2 Pro Bowl selections

RB – Barry Foster – I will give him third because for about a season and a half he was amazing and there isn’t much else to pick from.


FB – Merrill Hoge – 3,000 yds rushing, 34 TDs, 240 catches and a good blocker to boot.

FB - Dan Kreider – bruising blocker, it was between him, Jon Witman or Tim Lester


WR – Hines Ward – Hall of Famer, 800 catches, best blocking WR in the league

WR – John Stallworth – He only played three years in this period but it is enough.

WR – Louis Lipps – Was the best player on a bad offense in his prime. 84 ROTY, great punt returner his first two years.

WR – Yancey Thigpen – 226 catches as a Steeler, was great in 95 and 97 his only two healthy years as a starter.

WR – Plaxico Burress – 261 catches and 22 TDs in 5 years, clearly better than anyone else left


TE - Heath Miller – 168 catches 21 TDs in 4 years, 2 SB rings, good blocker

TE – Eric Green – 198 catches 24 TDs in 5 years, was a problem player though and they don’t last in Pittsburgh long.

TE – Mark Bruener – 137 catches 16 TDs and a great blocker for 9 years. (bet ya didn’t know he is still playing!)


OT - Tunch Ilkin – Best Steeler tackle of the 80’s 2 time pro bowler

OT – John Jackson – Best Steeler tackle of the 90’s, 0 pro bowls because of HOF tackles in the AFC at the time.

OT – Max Starks – I was going to put Marvel Smith here but who is the only Steeler offensive lineman to start two SBs in the last 30 years? Max Starks is.


OG – Alan Faneca – Easy pick, future HOFer

OG – Duval Love – an under appreciated guard from the mid 90’s, very solid player

OG Carlton Hasslrig – Great player for 2 years then went nuts, still having trouble to this day I hear.


C – Dermontti Dawson – “Dirt” should be in the hall, 7 time pro bowler

C – Mike Webster – played 4 years in this period went to three pro bowls, may he rest in peace.


XOL – Jeff Hartings – Was a three time pro bowler as a Steeler center, won a ring in ‘05



DE – Aaron Smith – A great player when you look at the whole body of work, the only Steeler DE to go to a pro bowl since L.C. Greenwood.

DE- Brett Keisel – This pair we have right now is as good as we have had in a long time.

DE - Ray Seals – Arguably the best pass rusher the Steelers have had at DE since they switched to a 3-4 in the 80’s. 15.5 sacks in 2 years.

DE – Gerald Williams – played DE and NT but was better as an end. 24.5 sacks in 9 years


NT – Casey Hampton – He is a load in the middle, a lot of our success goes through him.

NT – Joel Steed – Was exactly what Hampton is now, a load, he was a key in run to SB XXX.

NT – Gary Dunn – Spent his last 3 years in this period, was a good gritty player, long forgotten.


OLB – Greg Lloyd – top 3 LB in football for about a 6 year period, all around talent.

OLB – Joey Porter – good pass rusher, big part of SB XL

OLB – James Harrison – his selection as DPOTY, 2 team MVPs, and 2 SB rings got him on this list.

OLB – Jason Gildon – one of our all time sack leaders.

OLB – Kevin Greene – Still had my 53 rd spot open and it just feels good to add the beast to the team, had a great three years here.


ILB – Levon Kirkland – Amazing skill for a LB in a DT body, 2 time pro bowler

ILB – James Farrior – great energy and leadership, 2 SB rings

ILB – David Little – 12 year vet started most of that time, went to pro bowl in 1990, passed away in 05.

ILB – Hardy Nickerson – one of the Buccaneers all time greats was the first major loss for the Steelers in the new free agent era.


CB – Rod Woodson – Going into the Hall this year and deservedly so, first ballot.

CB – Dwayne Woodruff – good player for a decade, his leadership for young Woodson and Lake might be biggest contribution though.

CB – Ike Taylor – terribly under rated by his own fans Taylor has been a solid piece of two championship defenses now.

CB – Chad Scott – was also better than we thought, we got his best years out of him though.

CB - Deshea Townsend – Edges out D. Washington and W. Williams by long tenure and two rings.

S – Troy Polamalu – We are getting to see one of the best of all time right now, enjoy.

S – Carnell Lake – the Steelers had a great defense through most of the 90’s Lake was a big piece of that. 4 time pro bowler.

S – Darren Perry – Underrated player, 32 Ints in 7 years, 7<sup>th</sup> in Steelers history, 1994 All Pro

S – Donnie Shell – He only played 3 years in this period but it is enough to get him on the roster. One of the all time great safeties.

S- Ryan Clark – very good player just edges out Brent Alexander, Chris Hope and Lee Flowers.


K – Jeff Reed – with all due respect to Gary Anderson and even Norm Johnson, Reed’s got two rings and made big kicks when they needed him to. He has also been very accurate in the hardest venue to kick in the NFL.


P- Josh Miller – was a great punter in his prime, got a ring with the Pats.


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Posted on: January 28, 2009 4:03 pm

My official Super Bowl XLIII prediction

It seems to me that the run game is the forgotten key to this game. I expect the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Cardinals to be absolutely shut down in the run game and the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Steelers to dominate with <span style="color: #276098;">Willie Parker. Parker has been healthy down the stretch and running very well. Baltimore held him down pretty well but there are only two defenses like that in football and the other one wears Black and Gold (no not the <span style="color: #618bb5;">Saints!), the Cardinals will not stop them. I expect Pittsburgh to out rush Arizona by more than 100 yards, thus even if Fitzgerald or Boldin go off the Steelers still win something like 31-17. Here is a nice stat line for the game:

<span style="color: #276098;">Ben Roethlisberger 17-26 204 yds 1 TD 0 INT

Willie Parker 26 carries 142 yds 2 TDs

<span style="color: #276098;">Hines Ward 5 rec 62 yds 1 TD

<span style="color: #276098;">Kurt Warner 24-42 285 yards 2 TD 2 INT sacked 5 times

Edgerrin James 11 carries 27 yards

<span style="color: #276098;">Larry Fitzgerald 9 rec 134 yards 1 TD

Steelers 31 Cardinals 17

MVP Willie Parker

Everyone keeps talking about Larry Fitzgerald being the key to this game. I think he will have a good game, I have no fantasy that the Steelers can shut down top wide outs for the full game, I mean they can, they have done it before but the rules are set up for defenses to lose this match up. But the fact is if you control the run game on both sides of the ball a WR can't win you a game. That is the Steelers philosophy and has been since about 1969. If you go back to pass over 40 times a game verse this team you will get yourself two (maybe three on your best day) TDs a game but you will also give up 5-10 combined turn overs and sacks and if you can't run the ball to counter act that, you will lose the game.

here are the Steelers this season verse the leagues best WRs (or atleast the best they have played against)

Week 1 <span style="color: #276098;">Andre Johnson 11 rec 112 ydds 0 TD Steelers 38 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Texans 17

Week 2 <span style="color: #276098;">Braylon edwards 3 rec 32 yds 0 TD Steelers 10 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Browns 6

Week 7 <span style="color: #276098;">Chad Johnson 8 rec 52 yds 1 TD, TJ Houshmandzadeh 8 rec 58 yds 0 TD Steelers 38 <span style="color: #618bb5;">bengals 10

Week 9 <span style="color: #276098;">Santana Moss 2 rec 14 yards 0 TD Steelers 23 <span style="color: #618bb5;">Redskins 6

Week 10 Reggie Wayne<span style="color: #276098;"> 6 rec 114 1 TD Steelers 20 Colts<span style="color: #618bb5;"> 24 (the Steelers only manage 55 yards rushing)

Week 12 TJ Houshmandzadeh 4 rec 20 yds Steelers 27 Bengals 10

Week 13 Randy Moss 4 rec 45 yds Wes Welker<span style="color: #276098;"> 4 rec 30 yds Steelers 33 Patriots<span style="color: #618bb5;"> 10

Week 14 T Owens 3 rec 32 yards 1 TD Steelers 20 Cowboys<span style="color: #618bb5;"> 13

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Posted on: January 19, 2009 12:52 am

How sweet it is when your team goes all the way.

  I am a life time Steelers fan and I am very excited tonight. I started really watching football when I was 9 in 1985, the Steelers stunk at that time. I remember watching them lose 51-0 in the mud verse the Browns in the late 80's, I remember all those championship game losses in the 90's and of course the Neil Odonnell Super Bowl verse the Cowboys. The SB XL win was excellent but I have to admit that all the crap that was said about the officiating took a little of the luster off of it. But this year, this will validate it. Two Super Bowl appearences in 4 years, this is a team with a Championship defense and a Championship QB. Another SB will help build Hall Of Fame resumes for some of these Steelers. Hines Ward getting closer all the time to being a lock for the hall, now Roethlisberger and Polamalu have good chances at getting there if they continue to be healthy. It will be an exciting couple of weeks here in Pittsburgh, black and gold will be covering every window and billboard this week.

There are a ton of interesting Pittsburgh-Cardinal connections.

Ken Whisenhunt - HC - Former offensive coordinator

Russ Grimm - Offensive Line Coack/AHC - Same with Steelers

Teryl Austin - DB Coach - Born near Pittsburgh, played at Pitt

John Lott - Strength and conditioning coach - Played for the Steelers in 1987

Mike Miller - WR coach - Born in Pittsburgh, Steelers Assistant 99-03, Robert Morris assistant 97-99

Matt Raich - Defensive Assistant - born near Pittsburgh, former assistant with Steelers and at Robert Morris

Kevin Spencer - ST Coach - Steelers ST Coach 02-06

Brian St. Pierre - QB- Former Steeler

Sean Morey - WR - Former Steeler

Jerame Tuman - TE- Former Steeler

Clark Haggans - LB - Former Steeler

Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Former Pitt player

Gerald Hayes - LB - Former Pitt player

The Cardinals and Steelers once joined forces for a season in the 40's during WWII, they were known as the Pitt-Cards.



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Friday January 25th

Ben Roethlisberger tells a reporter he is going to ask what for what he always ask for this off season, tall recievers. No doubt offending his own WR's who there is a clear 1,2 and 3 set for next season and maybe even his two TE's who proved to be redzone targets and are both over 6'5.I have never questioned the ability or the heart of Ben Roethlisber but I do question him as a man, he will cause trouble with his mouth in years to come. I don't know if he watched his games on tape this year or not but what he needs is offensive linemen and more than two of them. The Steelers o-line was suspect to say the least the last 2 seasons and now they stand to lose their best player in Alan Faneca and probably their number 3 tackle Max Starks. I would seriously like to see the Steelers use three of their top 5 picks on the offensive line and maybe bring in a center or guard who could compete for a job. Overall they don't need all that much more, they would like to get a young safety and hopefully a healthy Ryan Clark back, they could also stand to add some young depth on the defensive line and maybe look for a blocking fullback if Dan Kreider is truely gone, luckily they are not hard to find.

There are reports that Al Davis wants Lane Kiffin to resign. Al Davis is crazy, if they fire Kiffin they will set the franchise back another two years. Did anyone expect more than four wins this year? They certainly showed some improvement from what they were in '06. This team needs to create some stability and put together a three year plan to get back to the top. Their best hope in 08 is to Let J'Marcus Russell get his growing pains out and hope they can win 6 or 7 games. Fire Kiffin and bring a new offense in they will have a top 2 pick again in 09.

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