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Heinz Field

Heinz Field

Heinz Field is considered as one of the most fan-friendly stadiums in all of the NFL, and was constructed in 2001. The stadium capacity for football games is currently at just over 65,000, although there are future plans in the mix to increase the seating capacity by another few thousand.  The total cost of the stadium was $281 million, and it was actually built during the same time as PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates of MLB).  Much of the stadium is built with steel (approximately 12,000 tons) to coincide with what the city of Pittsburgh is most known for.

When it comes to the overall atmosphere at Heinz Field both before and during a game, one will find it to be well above their expectations.  Steelers tickets are very hard to come by these days because of not only the great Venue in Heinz Field, but also due to the success and history of the team.  In fact, the season ticket waiting list has been backed up for years, with the team selling out every game since 1972.  The fans at Heinz Field are always intense and are very knowledgeable about the team and what is going on.  When it comes to food, there are nearly 50 concession stands available throughout the stadium, and the prices are about what one would expect to pay at a professional sporting venue.  Also, there are many bathrooms available is those nachos seem to get the best of you.

As far as features, one of the more unique ones that a football fan will find in a stadium is the Coca Cola Great Hall.  At over 40,000 square feet the Great Hall features a great variety of memorabilia from both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers (the stadium is shared by both the NFL and college football team in the area).  Included among the memorabilia are Super Bowl trophies, game used lockers, and murals of players, along with a lot of other great items.

Best Offensive Pittsburgh Steelers Players of All Time

Best Offensive Pittsburgh Steelers Players of All Time

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the oldest and most successful franchises in all of the National Football League with 6 Super Bowls out of eight total appearances.  The Steelers most recently won the Super Bowl in 2009 and have been highly competitive since.  With such a successful team through the years it can be extremely difficult trying to come up with a list of the best Pittsburgh Steelers players of all time.  Therefore, this article will only cover offensive players while another article will cover defensive players.  On to the players!

Lynn Swann
Lynn Swann is most remembered in the eyes of most Pittsburgh Steelers fans for his great performances in many playoff games.  Swann competed in a total of four Super Bowls and played fantastic in all of them, even earning an MVP award for his performance in Super Bowl X with 161 yards of offense and a touchdown.

Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw is considered as one of the greatest quarterbacks to have ever played the game of football, so it was a no-brainer including him in this list.  He won four Super Bowls over the course of his career with the Steelers along with two MVP awards.

Ben Roethlisberger
While it may seem as a stretch for some to include Roethlisberger on the list, his accomplishments thus far have been impressive to say the least.  He is one of the most clutch players in the modern game today and is nearly impossible to bring down.  Couple his athletic ability with three Super Bowl appearances before the age of 30, and one will find Ben deserving of being on the list before his career is said and done.

John Stallworth
Stallworth was one of Bradshaw’s go-to wide receivers during the Steelers’ dominance of the 1970s.  With nearly 9,000 yards and 63 touchdown catches during his career with the team, Stallworth came up big for the franchise on numerous playoff occasions, notably Super Bowl XIII.

Jerome Bettis
One simply cannot compile a list of best offensive Pittsburgh Steelers players without including “The Bus.”  His 13,662 rushing yards is ranked fifth on the all-time rushing list, and his dominant performance during the 2005 NFL season helped to catapult the Steelers to their fifth Super Bowl.

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.