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BTSC Friday Afternoon Open Thread: What Will James Farrior's Legacy Be?

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spartansteelers' recent diary and the ensuing comments had me thinking about James Farrior and how he will be perceived historically by Steelers' fans. As we look ahead to 2008, one of the main themes is whether or not LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons will establish themselves as the next great pair of Steelers' LBs. If they do, I wonder if James Farrior will largely be forgotten and ignored, as the headlines and attention will likely be on those two as well as on James Silverback Harrison.

I'll leave some of the data finding to you guys, but I did a little browsing last night and saw that Farrior's numbers stack up fairly well with some of the great LBs from the recent past that we look back on very nostalgically. Perhaps it's just me, but I'm not sure if I view Farrior in the same light as I do Gregg Lloyd, Llevon Kirkland, Jason Gildon, etc. Is this just a historical bias? Me wanting to think the past was better than it really was? Or is it because I saw those other players do things on the field that James Farrior might not be able to do.

I don't know, I'm interested in what you guys have to say, but I will say this. Farrior's been very consistent for quite a number of years now for the Steelers. He's won a Super Bowl, he's been a captain, and now, it appears he's largely being overlooked by us fans as we loook to get younger and faster on defense.

So, I ask you: what will James Farrior's legacy be as a Steeler? Will he be remembered as one of the great LBs of the modern era in Pittsburgh? Or merely a very solid LB that played at a fairly high level while in his physical prime.

Farrior's Carrer Stats
Gregg Lloyd's Career Stats
Jason Gildon's Career Stats
Levon Kirkland's Career Stats
Joey Porter's Career Stats

Discuss.