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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mount Rushmore

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There hasn’t been a more successful NFL franchise than the Pittsburgh Steelers.  After all, the Steelers have the most Super Bowl titles with six.

To be able to win that many championships, you must have elite talent rolling through them doors.

With that being said, let’s see who are their greatest four players ever.

“Mean” Joe Greene  – Before “Mean” Joe Greene arrived in Pittsburgh, the Steelers weren’t the Steelers yet. As a matter of fact, they were known for losing year in and year out.

Even during Greene’s rookie campaign, Pittsburgh garnished just one victory, which didn’t sit too well with Greene.

Greene was all about winning, so it shouldn’t come as no surprise that Greene was the cornerstone for the Steelers turnaround as a franchise.

In the 1969 NFL Draft, Greene was selected with the fourth overall pick and he proved his worth right away. The intimidating defensive tackle won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Then, Greene went on to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and 1974.

Behind Greene’s leadership, the Steelers front line was labeled with the ‘Steel Curtain’ tag and in return, Pittsburgh won four Super Bowl titles during Greene’s career.

Terry Bradshaw – When looking at his numbers, they won’t ‘wow’ you by any stretch of the imagination, but one thing you can’t take away from Terry Bradshaw is his knack for winning.

Just like Greene, Bradshaw is a four-time Super Bowl champion.

What’s even more impressive is that he was named Super Bowl MVP twice.

In the 1978 season, Bradshaw earned league MVP honors, as he led the NFL in touchdown passes. He also led the league in touchdown passes in 1982.

For his contributions, Bradshaw was named to the 1970s all-decade team.

Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben could retire today and have his spot in the Steelers mount rushmore cemented.

Unlike Bradshaw, Roethlisberger has impressive stats to go along with multiple rings.

Coming out of Miami (Ohio), expectations were high for Roethlisberger, as he was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft.

It’s safe to say Roethlisberger has lived up to the hype.

The 6-foot-5, 240 pounder won Rookie of the Year, he’s a two-time Super Bowl champion and a four-time Pro Bowler.

Also, Roethlisberger is the Steelers all-time leader in wins, passing touchdowns, passing yards, pass attempts and pass completions.

His former coach, Bill Cowher, described Roethlisberger perfectly. 

“It is amazing, but not surprising,” Cowher stressed. “It’s great to see where he is in his career. You look at him, he looks like he is in great shape. He is in a great place. He is without a doubt the face of this football team. He has accepted that responsibility. He is an elite quarterback. He is a special player. He has a special skill set. With him on your football team, you have a chance every Sunday.”

Franco Harris – When you think about Franco Harris, the ‘immaculate reception’ comes to mind first, but he was much more than that.

In 1972, Harris was selected with the 13th overall pick.

Immediately, Harris showed why he was picked so high.

Throughout his 12-year career in Pittsburgh, Harris was named to nine Pro Bowls, while being named IX Super Bowl MVP.

As a reoccurring theme, Harris is a four-time Super Bowl champion, as he was a member of those great 70s Steelers ball clubs.

Harris was also named to the 70s all-decade team.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.