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Old 02-10-2006, 08:41 AM   #1
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Default Just a thought...

I hope this was not already brought up somewhere...

I think it is time to retire some jerseys in Steeler Nation. I forget why they don't do it (with the exception of #70), but I know there are some certain numbers they won't give out. Why not retire them? I love going into PNC Park and seeing Stargell, Clemente, and Maz...etc. up in the stands. We have some greats in our past, why not recognize them? And my idea would be as follows....

8 Home games next year....

Game 1....Award RINGS (Hopefully against Cincy)
Game 2....Retire #12
Game 3....Retire#32
Game 4...Retire #58
Game 5...Retire #59
Game 6....Retire #75
Game 7....Retire #82 (sorry Antwaan) and #88
Game 8...Retire #36

I know there ar eother greats, but we all know who the faces of our beloved Steelers were. Arguments can be made to retire #52 and #45 as well.

Counting all of those, that is 10 more retired jerseys...I say do it.
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Old 02-10-2006, 09:28 AM   #2
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Good idea.
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:13 AM   #3
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Default Re: Just a thought...

I like the idea of retiring some jerseys...

It's been a long week...#45?...am I missing something?
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:08 PM   #4
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Default Re: Just a thought...

The problem with retiring Jerseys is that eventually, a team like the Steelers who have been around for a while start running out of numbers. I think if any, we should do 12, 58, 32, and 36. Taking nothing away from Jack Ham, Swanny, and Stallworth, I just think that Those are the most beloved Steelers from that Era, and that's enough to honor the superbowl teams. Maybe retire 74, 75, 78, or 79, as credit to those SB teams...
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Old 02-10-2006, 02:13 PM   #5
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Maybe retire 74, 75, 78, or 79, as credit to those SB teams...
Thats alot of O-line and D-line numbers that will be unavailable. ;) lol

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I think if any, we should do 12, 58, 32, and 36.
These will probably be the most considered.

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Old 02-10-2006, 03:40 PM   #6
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I think we should retire #12. Not for Bradshaw, but in an effort to honor the fans, and have them be committed to being the 12th man....Cuz that's REALLY cool...
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We`ll be out of numbers quickly, maybe put thier numbers on permanent banners, but not retire
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Default Re: Just a thought...

Well, as long as Dan Rooney is in charge, there will be no more numbers that are "officially" retired.

Unoffcially speaking - the numbers that have been "retired" are 12 (Bradshaw), 32 (Harris), 52 (Webster), 58 (Lambert), 59 (Ham), 63 (Dawson), 68 (Greenwood), and 75 (Greene). Randle El wears #82 and Andre Hastings wore #88.
Likely, #36 will no longer be issued. The Steelers' equipment manager has the final say and if he doesn't want to issue a number, he won't do it.

In 1984, Todd Seabaugh wore #59 but it hasn't been worn since.

Steeler Hall of Fame running back John Henry Johnson wore #35. Another Steeler HOFer is Bill Dudley, but I don't know his number.

The only situation where the Steelers could run out of numbers would be the 80s, but since there are so many WRs who think Keyshawn Johnson is cool and want to wear quarterback numbers (I think it looks stupid) there really isn't any chance of running out of numbers.
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Default Re: Just a thought...

..... I'm probably in the minority on this subject, but I kinda LIKE the fact that the Stillers DON'T 'officially' retire numbers:
this implies that said players were more-important than the TEAM they played-for, something that NEITHER of the last 2 coaches (Noll and Cowher ) would condone.


While the Stillers have been blessed with NUMEROUS great players the last 30-35 years, they'd have been nothing without the teammates on either side of him blocking and/or tackling with equal vigor and ferocity.


(Example #1:
IF it hadn't been for Defensive Ends #68 and #78, with a combined 23 years of experience between them, occupying Offensive Tackles, Guards, and Tight Ends, would ol' #58 been able to prowl sideline-to-sideline, wreaking havoc?

Example #2:
IF Left Tackle #55 and Left Guard #57, with 26 years of service between them, not given rock-solid blind-side protection, would #12 been capable to heave touchdown passes to #82 or #88? in Super Bowls # X, XII, & XIV?
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If the Stiller Equipment Manager 'decides' to not issue a given number, so-be-it:
I don't think any of the players, who's numbers are mentioned above, care one-way-or-another, if their numbers are worn again.....

..... as-long-as the TEAM plays-well, and carries-on the Stiller tradition of hard-nosed, well-played football.


P.S.: according to old pictures that I have, Bill Dudley ALSO wore #35, as-did John Henry Johnson
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..... I'm probably in the minority on this subject, but I kinda LIKE the fact that the Stillers DON'T 'officially' retire numbers:
this implies that said players were more-important than the TEAM they played-for, something that NEITHER of the last 2 coaches (Noll and Cowher ) would condone.
Very well said.. as long as the Rooneys own the Steelers..nobody will ever be bigger than the team. We all saw that evident in a big way when the steelers stood strong and would not negoiate with Hines last year during his hold out.

That fact and also that we've had so many great players that we just cant retire em all becuz of running out of numbers.
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