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Old 05.02.2011, 08:50 AM
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Barry Foster RB 29



Great Steeler back, who could have been an all-time great, but his short career was beset by injury.

Barry was drafted with the 19th pick of the 5th round (128th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1990 after leaving the University of Arkansas early.

Foster was used primarily on special teams his first seasons and made an infamous mistake his rookie season. He let a ball drop in front of him on a kickoff and roll past him without touching it which allowed the San Francisco 49ers to recover it deep in Steelers territory. His second season, in 1991, started out great with a 121 yard rushing game with a 56-yard touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills in week 2 but he sprained his ankle a few weeks later and missed five games.

In 1992, Foster became the starting running back and showed what he could do. He rushed for a Steelers single season record 1,690 yards and also broke Franco Harris' team record for 100-yard games in a season with 12, that also tied Eric Dickerson's NFL record for 100-yard games. He was voted to the Pro Bowl that year and also scored 11 touchdowns. He was off to another great season in 1993, but injuries limited him to 711 yards in 9 games with 8 touchdowns. Despite the injuries, Foster still made the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row.

Foster played 11 games in 1994 (again limited due to injuries) and gained 851 yards. In the AFC Championship game, down 17-13, the Steelers were mounting the go-ahead drive. On the last play of the game, a 4th down and goal from the 3-yard line, Foster was Neil O'Donnell's intended receiver on a short underneath route near the goal line. The play was successfully defended by the San Diego linebacker Dennis Gibson and the Steelers' season was over.

He left Pittsburgh for the Carolina Panthers in 1995, but soon retired due to injury.
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Gee, those throwbacks (from 1933) were UGLY!

Good decision to change to the plainer version from the 1950's, the #43 of which has proved to be a lucky charm for me, & which I'll be proudly wearing tomorrow night!
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Clendon Thomas #28 Halfback



Clendon Thomas is a member of the Steelers Legends team (best players from the pre-1970s era)
After being a star player in college for Oklahoma he was drafted by the LA Rams in 1958. He played for the Rams for four seasons before being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played for another seven years and finished his career.
In 1964 Clendon Thomas played in the pro bowl.
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Glen Edwards #27


Steelers Safety
Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X
Pro Bowl 1975 1976

Edwards finished his 11 NFL seasons with 39 interceptions, which he returned for 961 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also recovered 13 fumbles, returned 104 punts for 959 yards, and gained 257 yards on 13 kickoff returns.
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Old 06.02.2011, 09:59 AM
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Rod Woodson #26 Corner



Woodson is probably the greatest corner in Steelers history. In 1987, Woodson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 10th overall draft pick. He returned punts and played defensive cornerback for Pittsburgh through the 1996 season. On November 22, 1987 he recorded his first career interception when he picked off a Boomer Esiason pass.

A banner that hung for years in Three Rivers Stadium stated: "Rod Is God". Woodson was a big part of the team that that played in superbowl XXX.
Woodson left the team in 1997 after a pay dispute playing a season in SF before joining the Ravens. The only good thing about the ratbirds superbowl win was that Rod won the superbowl that he deserved.

Woodson is among the NFL's all time leaders in games played as a defensive back. In his 17 NFL seasons, Woodson recorded 71 interceptions, 1,483 interception return yards, 32 fumble recoveries (15 offensive and 17 defensive), 137 fumble return yards, 4,894 kickoff return yards, 2,362 punt return yards, and 17 touchdowns (12 interception returns, 1 fumble return, 2 kickoff returns, 2 punt returns). He holds the league record for interceptions returned for touchdowns with 12, and is tied with 11 other players for the record for most fumble recoveries in a single game (3). His 1,483 interception return yards are also an NFL record. His 32 fumble recoveries are a record amongst defensive players. His 71 interceptions rank third all time.

Woodson was named to the Pro Bowl eleven times, a record for a defensive back. He was also the first player to earn trips to the Pro Bowl at cornerback, safety and kick returner. He was named 1993's NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He was also a 7-time All-Pro selection. Woodson finished second to Darrell Green in the 1988 NFL Fastest Man Contest.

In 1994, he was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team, one of only five active players to be named to the team. The others were Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Reggie White and Ronnie Lott. In 1999, he was ranked number 87 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. The College Football News also honored him as one of the 100 greatest players of the 20th century.

In 2007, he was ranked number 22 on USA Today list of the 25 best NFL players of the past 25 years.

On January 31, 2009, Woodson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Woodson named his friend and business associate Tracy Foster as his presenter.

Career highlights and awards

* 11× Pro Bowl selection (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
* 6× First-team All-Pro selection (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2002)
* 2× Second-team All-Pro selection (1991, 2000)
* 7× First-team All-Conference selection (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002)
* 2× Second-team All-Conference selection (1991, 1996)
* Super Bowl champion (XXXV)
* 1993 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
* 1993 UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year
* NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
* NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
* Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (2009)

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* 1,483 career interception yards
* 12 interceptions returned for touchdowns
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Ronnie Shanklin WR 25



Ronnie was at college at North Texas.

He played for the Steelers 70 thru 74.

His best year was probably 73, when he led the league in average yards per catch with an amazing 23.7yrds, he also had 10 receiving TD's that year.
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well, we're screwed for completing this before 11.30 tonight, so it'll have to run over,
well done to everyone who has contributed to such an engaging thread to date . . . .

here is a nice one for today, he'll need to be on top form later, he really is very under-rated and has had one of his best season's to date, no wonder we are already making it a priority to get him re-signed, . . . . swaggin!!!

ike taylor CB 24

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Mike Wagner Safety 23



Wagner played college football at Western Illinois University, earning NAIA All-American status in 1969. He was added to the Western Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976.

He was selected by the Steelers in the 11th round of the 1971 NFL Draft. Wagner, who tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions in 1973, appeared in the 1975 and 1976 Pro Bowls and recorded 36 career interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries.

He won four Super Bowls, recording interceptions in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X, in a 10-year career before retiring in 1980.
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William Gay #22

A tough position to chose but then I do love shouting "I love gay!" when he does something good - not a very common occurence and usually he causes me more stress than pleasure, but he stepped up a few vital times not least scoring his first touchdown against the Jets in the playoffs.

Lost his Mother to domestic violence when he was 8 years old. His brother's father shot and killed his mother when she tried to leave him. Apparently, Gay and his siblings knew nothing about the domestic violence occurring in his home, but at the urging of other family members, and out of fear for her children, she left him. While she was at a friend's house shortly after leaving, her partner went to the friend's house and shot her three times. The partner then went back to his car and killed himself. In an effort to keep them together, his grandmother took the brothers in and raised them. He shared his story in a video for the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh in an attempt to spread the word on domestic violence.

Gay was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round (170th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his first preseason game he intercepted a Tyler Palko pass and tackled Saints first round draft pick Robert Meachem. In his rookie year he played in 16 games recording 19 tackles. In his second year, he saw more significant playing time after injuries to cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and Deshea Townsend. Gay contributed to the Steelers' stingy defense, which was the first in the league in pass defense and best total defense. Gay also contributes on special teams. After the loss of Bryant McFadden in 2009, Gay assumed the starting duties at cornerback for the 2009 season opposite Ike Taylor.

Career highlights and awards
Super Bowl Champion (XLIII)

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I feel we need to finish this up so I will continue to post away if someone else is keen then that would be greatly appreciated.....



#21 - I was tempted by Amos Zeroueue or Mewelde Moore but in the end I decided to go for a man who did far more in coaching for the NFL than in playing for the Steelers. He did of course win 1 superbowl with us....Tony Dungy

Dungy was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League as a defensive back, where he played as a reserve and special teams player for the Steelers in 1977 and the Super Bowl champion 1978 season, leading the team in interceptions in the latter campaign.

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