Greatest Pittsburgh Steelers of All-Time

The Greatest Pittsburgh Steelers of All-Time Are Not Just The Players. 
With a million articles out there talking about all the great Steelers players, I thought I would talk about the Steelers in a different way. In this article, I want to pay tribute to not just the players but the Steelers team members that helped build the team into what it has become today. I want to recognize those Steelers inducted into the Hall of Fame for their hard work, dedication, and talent. The Steelers have 28 players inducted into the Hall of Fame, yet not all of them are players.

The Steelers were founded in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates by Art Rooney. Art Rooney and his son Dan have both been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Art in 1964, for his contributions to the sport, as well as having founded the NFL in Pittsburgh with the Pirates (Steelers). Dan was also inducted as a major contributor in 2000 and is well known for his support of minorities within the football industry.

John McNally came by his nickname in 1922, when he used John Blood as an alias for a football team tryout. On the way to the tryout, he passed a theater where the marque listed Blood and Sand playing, that inspired him to create his alias John Blood. Over many years, McNally played for five NLF teams, then in 1937 Art Rooney hired him as both a player and a coach for the Pirates. McNally retired in 1939 after being the head coach of the Pirates for only two seasons. In 1963, McNally was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Walt Kiesling was both a player and a coach. Kiesling played for several NFL teams, including the Steelers, who he also coached. Walt was McNally’s assistant coach and took McNally’s position when he retired. Kiesling was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966. Kiesling coached the team during WWII when there was a shortage of players, to keep football alive for the fans, the Steelers had to get creative. In 1943 and 1944, the Steelers merged with the Eagles and the Cardinals. Kiesling loved the game so much he willingly shared being the head coach with Greasy Neale, and Phil Handler. All three men put away their pride and showed true dedication to the game.

Every team has it’s greatest players, but how many teams have changed football completely? The list of great achievements that have come from the Steelers locker room to fill the Pro Football Hall of Fame goes on and on. We should be talking about the Steelers team members that helped shape football like,

Robert (Cal) Hubbard (1936)
Bert Bell (1941-1946)
Bill Dudley (1942, 1945-1946)
Ernie Stautner (1950-1963)
Jack Butler (1951-59)
Marion Motley (1955)
Len Dawson (1957-1959)
Bobby Layne (1958-1962)
John Henry Johnson (1960-1965)
Joe Greene (1969-1981)
Mel Blount (1970-1983)
Terry Bradshaw (1970-1983)
Chuck Noll (1969-1991)
Jack Ham (1971-1982)
Franco Harris (1972-1983)
Jack Lambert (1974-1984)
John Stallworth (1974-1987)
Lynn Swann (1974-1982)
Mike Webster (1974-1988)
Rod Woodson (1987-1996)
Dermontti Dawson (1988-2000)
Kevin Greene (1993-1995)
Jerome Bettis (1996-2005)

As you can see the Steelers have a history of not just their players being great, but their coaches and owners too. The Steelers have forged new policies, created new rules, provided opportunities to the overlooked, and shown the world that there is more to football than just tackles, kickoffs, and touchdowns. On these great shoulders rests the building blocks of an NFL team that helped build football into the great sport it has become today.