If you’re an avid fan of the American Football League, then the football uniform with the colors: black and gold is already acquainted with you. We are talking about one of the NFL teams with a bunch of Hall of Famers, it is none other than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been in the game for more than eight decades. The franchise was founded by Arthur J. Rooney and is the seventh oldest franchise in the history of American Football. Today, the Steelers have been at the top of their game as being the first team to win six Super Bowls.
Some Steelers’ Hall of Famers
In the first 40 years of the existence of the franchise, the team did not win any championships. However, the 1970’s Steelers completely turned the tables as they started the winning streak of the franchise. The Pittsburgh Steelers became the only team to win a back-to-back Super Bowls twice. In this decade, they also became the only team to win four Super Bowls.
The Steelers never fail to amaze the crowd in every game. As the 1970’s Steelers established their spot in the game, many players from the team became a hall of Famers. They prove to be deserving of the title as they continue to set a mark in the league. Here are some of the most famous NFL Hall of farmers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
From 1969 to 1991, Chuck Noll was the head coach for Pittsburgh Steelers. He was dubbed as one of the greatest coaches of all time. In his coaching career, he won four Super Bowl titles as a head coach and three NFL Championships as a player. He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. In honor of his legacy, the football field at St. Vincent College (where Training Camp is annually held) was renamed after him.
Inducted in 2015, Jerome “The Bus” Bettis was the running back of the Steelers for nine years. Bettis still ranks 8th on the list of NFL rushing yard leaders. In 2006, he retired after their team won Super Bowl XL, beating the Seattle Seahawks. Today, Jerome Bettis supervises his restaurant and sometimes appears on commercials and cameos.
One of the most dominant players in the NFL was “Mean” Joe Greene. He was one of the players in the 70’s to win the four Super Bowls. Besides this, he became instantly famous as the “NFL Defensive Player of the Year” and was considered as the one of the greatest defensive lineman to play in the NFL. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.
He played in the NFL for 13 long years. Terry Bradshaw became the first quarterback to win four Super Bowls in the league. One of the strongest arms in NFL history, Terry made his mark when he was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Even after his retirement, Terry Bradshaw was still considered as one of the most popular players and has gone on to a long broadcasting career.
A legend that played with one of the best defenses ever, Jack Ham is one the greatest outside linebackers in NFL history. This legend has the most takeaways by a non-defensive back in NFL history and he also ranks third with the most interceptions among linebackers. After his retirement, Jack Ham became a sports analyst, commentator, and radio personality.
He was a great running back for the Steelers as he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year. Franco Harris was an All-Pro in 1977 and was chosen for nine consecutive years for Pro Bowls. He also was the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl IX, as he was a major contributor during the Steelers’ first four Super Bowl wins.
The first wide receiver to be awarded as the Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl was Lynn Swann. His entire football career was spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He set the record for the most receiving and all-purpose yards during his career. After his retirement, he became a broadcaster and an athletic director at the University of Southern California.
The Pittsburgh Steelers today, along with this hall of Famers have never failed to impress in every game. As the Steelers paved their way to greatness, they became the most successful NFL franchise in history. No wonder the Steelers have the most negative point spreads in every wager, a true crowd favorite.
The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to be among the best. As the 2020 NFL Season nears, the Steelers are predicted to win 10 of their 16 contests and no doubt feature several more potential Hall of Fame players.