Jack Lambert's rattling hard-hitting, one-of-a-kind body slammers(ask Cleveland's quarterback Brian Sipe), intimidator, toughness(I hate that turf toe ended his career) and the fact that he is the top 5 All Time middle linebackers makes him my choice of All Time Favorite Steeler. Here is the icing, sugar, cherry on top cake face-to-face contact with Jack Lambert. I can remember this night like it was this very second. My parents and I were out on a Saturday night at bar/restaurant in June of 1977. I was eating a big plate of french fries when in walked my All-Time Favorite Steeler, Jack Lambert. He was accompanied with Terry Bradshaw, John Kolb, and Garry Mullins. My Dad raised me as a ravage Steeler fan. Although I was only 7, I knew instantly the names matching the faces. I asked my Dad to come with me and extend greetings to all 4 Steelers. He told me to go buy myself. I grabbed our menu and I went over and said, “Excuse me gentlemen.” I extended my hand to each and said “Thank you all for winning Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X. Mr. Lambert you are my Favorite Steeler. I try and play like you on my McCandless Tigers.” He asked me, “Do you wear number 58 like me?” I said, “No, my number is 57. There should only be one person playing football to wear number 58 and that is you. He had a Kodak moment ear-to-ear wide smile. Everyday, I wish I had a camera. They saw the menu in my hand. Terry Bradshaw asked me jokingly, "Do you only want Jack's autograph? I quickly stated, “No, I am sorry. Can all of you please sign the menu?” I do not know which Steeler noticed I was eating french fries. After greeting them, I received a huge stack of french fries. My Mom and Dad each received drinks ordered from the Steelers. The waitress told my Mom and Dad the Steelers picked up our check. As for the menu, I sold it on eBay in 2005 to a Steeler fanatic for a surprising $400. I wish I kept it.
James Harrison’s unmatched relentless pass rushing sack machine(I love Harrison does not celebrate like 99% players today do as if we won the Super Bowl after each sack.
Simply, BEEN THERE DONE THAT!), pure definition of cliché Plays Like the Mentality of a Linebacker, never misses a tackle, extremely intuitive on dropping into pass coverage(note 98 yard TD interception return in Super Bowl XLIII), possesses all Jack Lambert's attributes, and the fact(not Joey Porter) he is most feared outside outside linebacker the last 5 years is why he is my Current Favorite Steeler. Here it is the icing, sugar, cherry on top cake face-to-face contact with James Harrison. In November of 2009, I was waiting for my nursing attendant to buy her husband a Christmas present at a local cigar shop. The place was empty and in walked James Harrison. He was sampling some cigars right next to me. Thinking how I approached Jack Lambert when I was 7 years old, is exactly how I greeted James Harrison. I said, "Thank you Mr. Harrison for winning Super Bowl XLIII. I know you hear it over and over but your interception return is simply the greatest play in Super Bowl history. I am not a cigar aficionado. I recommend the CHAMPION FIFTEEN.” He stated, “A variety pack of cigars. I can't resist to try them all. I am sure I will be happy with at least with 1 cigar.” He shook my hand and left the shop. My nursing attendant and I barely said a word. In complete awe of the moment. James Harrison walked back in and gave me a Montcristo. He stated, “I guarantee you will enjoy this cigar." I regret not asking him to take a picture with me.
I am naturally curious matching the name(+ I am a quadriplegic) my parents gave me. Behind the Steel Curtain members please share their All-Time and Current Favorite Steeler. Perhaps your choice engulfs yesteryears and today. My All-Time Favorite Steeler is Jack Lambert. My Current Favorite Steeler is James Harrison. Please include why you picked your Favorite Steeler. Any timeless memories like mine below with Jack Lambert and James Harrison. I have an incredible tribute email of Jack Lambert. Could someone please tell me where I can send it on the website so everyone can enjoy it. I am sure many of you will believe that these are fairy tales below. On the life and love of my Mom and Dad, this is the truth.