Best Defensive Pittsburgh Steelers Players of All Time

Best Defensive Pittsburgh Steelers Players of All Time

The Pittsburgh Steelers have certainly had many fantastic players through their franchise’s history, whether one considers either the offensive side or the defensive side.  However, the Steelers have been known historically as being a tremendous defensive team.  In fact, their defensive teams through the years have been so good that it is difficult trying to pick who to include in this article’s list.  What follows are just a few of many Steelers greats to have played defense.


Troy Polamalu
Since being drafted in 2003 by the Steelers Polamalu has shown time and time again that he deserves to be on the Steelers list of all time best defenders.  Troy has been nominated to the All-Pro First team a total of three times in his short career, along with six Pro Bowl Appearances and a Defensive Player of the Year award in 2010.  Polamalu is certainly one of the Steelers’ all time greats at the safety position, and he should pad his resume a bit more in the coming years.

Joey Porter
Joey Porter played for the Steelers from 1999 to 2006 and was dominant during his time with the team.  He has made the Pro Bowl and All Pro teams four times in his career to this point, with three of each coming during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Porter was dominant in the Steelers 2005 season with a career-high 10.5 sacks, cementing his status as one of Pittsburgh’s all time greatest defensive players.

Jack Ham
When it comes to linebackers, very few if any can surpass the career to that of Jack Ham.  Ham played alongside Mean Joe Greene during the Steelers four Super Bowls throughout the 1970s, and had a total of eight Pro Bowl selections and six First Team All Pro selections in just over ten years of playing.

Joe Greene
Most notably named “Mean Joe Greene,” Greene played for the Steelers from 1969 to 1981 and played a crucial role in the Steelers dominance of the 1970s, in which the team won four Super Bowls.  His 10 Pro Bowl selections as a defensive tackle along with 8 All Pro selections doesn’t even begin to describe how great Greene was on defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He is considered as one of the most important players in Steelers history, and for good reason.