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09-09-2011, 06:10 AM
Putting a Face on Steelers' Linebacker History
Friday, September 09, 2011
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The lineage at left outside linebacker for the Steelers since Chuck Noll and Woody Widenhofer first employed the 3-4 defense 30 years ago. It is as good as any position to exemplify the continuity of excellence the Steelers have enjoyed as players have come and gone without a marked dropoff in performance. The men below account for 17 Pro Bowl appearance and nine All-Pro berths, beginning with the player pro-football-reference.com rates as the top Steelers player in history -- Jack Ham.

Jack Ham - 1982
Played the first season of the 3-4 before retiring. Was a six-time first team All-Pro and 8-time Pro Bowler. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

Mike Merriweather - 1983-87
Three-time Pro Bowler, taken in third round of 1982 draft out of Pacific. Had 31 sacks in six seasons, including 15 in 1984, and 11 INTs.

Bryan Hinkle - 1988-91
After starting three seasons at ROLB, moved to left side when Merriweather sat out the '88 season in a contract dispute. Started 56 games.

Jerrol Williams - 1992
He had nine sacks as a part-time starter in 1991 before replacing Hinkle. He had 96 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his one season as a starter before moving on to San Diego.

Kevin Greene - 1993-95
Two-time first team All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler. In three mostly brilliant seasons, he registered 35.5 sacks, including 14 in 1994 to lead the NFL.

Jason Gildon - 1996-2003
First-team All-Pro once and made three Pro Bowls. Played nine of his 10 seasons with the Steelers and finished as the team's all-time leader in sacks with 77.

Clark Haggans - 2004-07
He had a career-high nine sacks in 2005 -- the season the Steelers defeated Seattle for their fifth Super Bowl championship.

LaMarr Woodley - 2008-
Has made one Pro Bowl while having double-digit sacks in each of his three seasons as a starter. He has teamed with James Harrison to give the Steelers the most productive pair of OLBs in the NFL.

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09-09-2011, 09:31 AM
gildon was actually not a very good LB. he was more a product of the system.

09-11-2011, 03:39 AM
77 sacks is a product of the system?

09-11-2011, 04:21 AM
77 sacks is a product of the system?

yes. that's how the steelers' system works. the linemen absorb the blockers and the LBers attack. have you ever watched gildon sacks? he did nothing special. it was the same wide loop to the QB over and over.