The favorite player, we all have one, he's that guy that influenced our love of the game. The player we tune in to see what they may do next. The guy we claimed to be in backyard football games of our youth. The one we control in our football video games or create for the game if he's not in there already.
Here is the top 10 list of my favorite Steelers.
10. Jerome Bettis-- Always enjoyed seeing "The Bus" running over opponents.
9. Levon Kirkland-- Never believed someone that big could do the things he did.
8. Hines Ward-- Played WR with a defensive player's attitude.
7. Troy Polamalu-- Just amazes me watching some of the things he is capable of doing that I never saw before.
6. Joe Greene-- Would be higher if I was able to watch him earlier in career before injuries slowed him down a bit.
5. James Harrison-- The man behind the greatest play in Super Bowl history.
4. Rod Woodson-- The most game changing CB I have ever seen play the game.
3. Carnell Lake-- Loved his versatility and the way he blitzed from the Safety position.
2. Greg Lloyd-- His badass attitude brought back memories of my favorite player.
1. Jack Lambert-- Always seemed to bring the intimidation factor to the Steel Curtain.
As you can see my list is heavy on the defensive side of the ball and positions 2 thru 10 have changed over the years. With new players gaining a spot on the list and old players falling off the list. The #1 spot however has remained a constant factor since January 18, 1976. Super Bowl X is the first game I can really recall watching when I was 5 years old. I already was calling the Steelers my favorite team, but this game was the first to leave an impression on me. This was the day I saw #58 defend his teammate and throw the "evil Cowboy" to the ground for taunting his kicker. That moment secured Mr. Lambert a special place inside my heart as My Favorite Player. In the neighborhood other kids would pretend to be the QB (usually Staubach) or the RB (Simpson was a favorite then), but for me it was always and always will be "Dracula in Cleats", Jack Lambert.
Now its your turn, who holds that special spot for you? You can give a list or you can give just one name. I would, however, like to hear your reason why that player is special.