Who is the best Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker of all time drafted by the team?

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Continuing on with the great linebackers in Pittsburgh Steelers history we come to arguably the greatest inside linebacker to ever play the game.

In cover32’s list of greatest players in all 32 team’s history—this man was chosen to represent the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The greatest inside linebacker ever drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers is:

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I mean just look at the guy.
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Jack Lambert

Lambert placed the fear of god into offenses that already had to content with Jack Ham, “Mean” Joe Greene and L.C. Greenwood to go along with Mel Blount and…well, you get the picture.

Lambert was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection as well as a six-time first-team All Pro choice.

In 1974 he was named NFL defensive rookie of the year and in 1976 he was selected as defensive player of the year.

In his 11-year career with the Steelers, Lambert interception 28 balls and recovered 17 fumbles.

Now take a look at that smile again and then argue that someone else deserves this honor.

That’s right. Jack Lambert is one of the NFL’s all-time bests and he is unquestionably the greatest inside linebacker to ever lace them up for the Black and Gold of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Honorable Mentions

– Levon Kirkland

– Lawrence Timmons

*Note* James Farrior was drafted by the New York Jets otherwise he would be a surefire pick for this list.

Agree? Disagree? Comment below and discuss!

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  • Frank

    I 100% agree that Jack Lambert is the best LB the Steelers have ever had! I also agree that if not for having been drafted by the Jets first, James Farrior could be. They both played different styles in different times. Jack Lambert, AKA “Count Dracula in Cleats” played the game like die hard defensive guru’s like the game “Physical, no holds barred and relentless with no compassion for their body or others for that matter”. Jack played 100 miles an hour and was just plain nasty for 60 minutes of the game taking out all of anger and aggression on opposing QB’s and RB’s at will. If any coach in any era would clone any MLB or ILB it would be JACK LAMBERT hands down! now, James Farrior was more like Jack Ham…He was the thinking man’s LB that was a study of the game and just had a knack of being around the ball all the time and was a super run stopper who always made his tackle! If Deion Sanders was the Shut down corner, james was the shut down “BACKER”. He was the leader and the mind or field general of guys like James Harrison, Joey Porter and so many other great defensive player! He called the shots and was the epitomy of a true locker room guy and worked super hard all the time! How can you go wrong with either one. I put together my best Steeler Defense of all time and guess what? He was on it!

    If the Steelers played a 3-4 Defense
    DT- LC Greenwood, Aaron Smith
    NT- Mean Joe Green (Honorable mention Casey Hampton)
    OLB- James Harrison & Jack Ham (Honorable Mention Greg Lloyd, Joey Porter, Jason Gildon & Kevin Greene)
    ILB- Jack Lambert & James Farrior (Honorable Mention Levon Kirkland & Brian Hinkle)
    CB- Rod Woodson & Mel Blount (Honorable mention Carnell Lake played both S & CB)
    S- Troy Polamalu and Donnie Shell (Honorable Mention Carnell Lake & Ryan Clark)