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Old 06-06-2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default Most underrated Steelers in modern era

There are many reasons players get underrated:

1.) They are on bad teams.
2.) They are on teams who don't win div or conf. championships, let
alone a world title.
3.) They come along after Hall-of-Fame level players just retired before them.

With that understanding in mind, considering the following players as some
of the most underrated in Pgh modern-era football.

- Frankie Pollard. Tough little runner but came on the heals of the four-time
SB winning teams (that is the case for most all on this list). Had Frankie
been on the Bill Parcells' Giant teams, he'd probably have done every
bit as well as Joe Morris in his day. If he was in his prime on the Steelers'
SB teams and Franco not been there? I think they would have still won 4
trophies.

- Louie Lipps. Very good WR on very bad teams. Had the likes of Cliff Stoudt
and Mark Malone throwing him the ball. Are you serious? Had zero talent
around him. Oh wait, he did have David Woodley throwing to him as a rookie.

- Ernie Mills. Not a great player by any means, but easily forgotten when he
was a pretty solid player, in my opinion.

- Donnie Shell. He was valued by most of us who watched during his tenure
but his name doesn't come up much for the level of quality player he was.

- Robin Cole - see above.

- Earnest Jackson. Most won't even know who he was, but he was our best
back on a very bad team. We got him for "a warm 6-pack" according to Buddy
Ryan, and he was only the starting back for a year, but he was underrated. Not
a bad back at all.

- Hardy Nickerson. Left early to play in Tampa, but when he was here, he was
a darn good LB.

- Dwayne Woodruff. Good CB who played on mostly bad teams.

Who you got?

Players who don't belong on this list: Tim Worley, Walter Abercrombie, Eric
Green, Neil O'Donnell, Delton Hall, Bam Morris, Cliff Stoudt, Mark Malone,
Kent Graham, Kordell Stewart (who just got married; can you say "beard?),
Dwayne Washington, Chad Scott, Jermaine Stephens, et al.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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I liked Chad Scott.......
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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I liked Chad Scott.......
He seemed very promising after his rookie year but then
had the knee, and gained some weight and never seemed
right again. I thought he was horrible for most of his career,
but Cowher just stubbornly kept him around - because that's
what Bill did: act the pighead.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:38 PM   #4
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I liked Chad Scott.......
Even though he had an magnificent year in his rookie season, Scott had a lower leg/knee injury that stifled his career. Even though he got burned quite often (Chard Scott) he had that "IT" factor when anticipating a pick sick and taking one to the house. I seen the dude come up with big interception, pick six, and another interception in multiple games during his career.

With that said, the most recent Steeler that I always thought was vastly underrated was DeShea Townsend. The dude was always in the right place at the right time and barely made any mistakes during his tenure here in Pittsburgh. He always bailed us out in horrid situations and played exceptionally well in big games. DeShea is a fan favorite in my book.

An honorable mention would have to be Willie Williams. That tackle he made in the 1995 AFC Championship game sealed our fait for Super Bowl XXX. If Willie wasn't there, no trip to the Super Bowl. Amazing play (where he wasn't even supposed to be there.) If he wasn't there, TD for Indianapolis- game over.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:07 PM   #5
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Chad Scott was a number 1 pick.....there ends the underrated talk.....He never lived up to that billing.
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Even though he had an magnificent year in his rookie season, Scott had a lower leg/knee injury that stifled his career. Even though he got burned quite often (Chard Scott) he had that "IT" factor when anticipating a pick sick and taking one to the house. I seen the dude come up with big interception, pick six, and another interception in multiple games during his career.

With that said, the most recent Steeler that I always thought was vastly underrated was DeShea Townsend. The dude was always in the right place at the right time and barely made any mistakes during his tenure here in Pittsburgh. He always bailed us out in horrid situations and played exceptionally well in big games. DeShea is a fan favorite in my book.

An honorable mention would have to be Willie Williams. That tackle he made in the 1995 AFC Championship game sealed our fait for Super Bowl XXX. If Willie wasn't there, no trip to the Super Bowl. Amazing play (where he wasn't even supposed to be there.) If he wasn't there, TD for Indianapolis- game over.
Some good ones there, stainless.I remember when Cowher benched Willy Williams when that huge WR from Detroit, Herman Moore, ate Willy's lunch (Willy being a short CB and Moore being a giant) but after which, Cowher corrected
himself saying, "Moore does that to every CB he faces" and put Willy
back as a starter.


I also like Pee Wee (Pegram), but he wasn't on the team very long. Always seems to make the first down when we needed it. I also think we could add Merrill Hoge to
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Hoge carried those teams!
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DeShea Townsend was good...no aurgument there.....
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I always liked Yancy Thigpen, he made some great catches.
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How about Dan Kreider? If I can remember correctly, I'll never forget his first carry I think against Oakland in 2000 to where he ran up the middle and just destroyed atleast 9 Raiders in his path. I LOVED Kreider. It was no coincidence that after Kreider left, that our running game took a HUGE step backwards. I'd LOVE to see a runner like Mendenhall with the kind of burst he has run behind a brick-wall like Kreider in his prime. Always loved his pan-caking of Ray-Ray.
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