The all-time team

As the Steelers prepare to play the 1,000th game in their history Oct. 26 at Heinz Field against the St. Louis Rams, we're going to see a lot of historical looks back at the team.

Here's one writer's all-time Steelers team. Some of the picks need no explanation, while the ones that do, have one included:

QB-Terry Bradshaw

FB-Franco Harris

HB-Jerome Bettis

TE-Eric Green - The most talented man to play the position for the Steelers.

WR-Hines Ward

WR-John Stallworth

OT-Frank Varrichione - A five-time Pro Bowl player in the '50s and '60s. Could he play now? No. But he was a great player in his own era.

G-Alan Faneca

C-Mike Webster

G-Dermontti Dawson - Dawson began his career next to Webster at guard. That gets him a spot here.

OT-Tunch Ilkin - Played the position and played it well for a long time for the Steelers. Not just saying this because he's a friend.

DE-L.C. Greenwood - Should be in the Hall of Fame.

DT-Ernie Stautner - The man who originally gave the Steelers their nasty streak. He was Greg Lloyd before Greg Lloyd.

DT-Joe Greene

DE-Bill McPeak - A three-time Pro Bowl player in the '50s.

OLB-Greg Lloyd

ILB-Levon Kirkland

ILB-Jack Lambert

OLB-Jack Ham

CB-Rod Woodson

S-Donnie Shell

S-Carnell Lake

CB-Mel Blount

PK-Gary Anderson

P-Bobby Walden - The team's all-time leader in punts deserves this spot.


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