Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown have been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade team for the 2010’s, the organization announced on Monday.
Pouncey, who was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, is entering his 12th season with the team this fall. The well-decorated veteran will add this honor to his eight Pro Bowls and five All-Pro selections.
Brown was also selected in the 2010 draft by the Steelers, as the club nabbed him in the sixth round out of Central Michigan. That proved to be a prescient investment. In his nine years with the Steelers, Brown amassed 11,207 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns, leading the NFL in receiving yards in 2014 and 2017, in receptions in 2014 and 2015 and in touchdowns in 2018. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was a five-time All-Pro choice before being traded to the Oakland Raiders in advance of the 2019 season.
The two selections represent the Steelers’ lowest number of representatives on an all-decade team since the 1960s, when the team did not have a representative.
Steelers had three selections to the all-2000s team: guard Alan Faneca, linebacker Joey Porter and safety Troy Polamalu. Center Dermontti Dawson, linebackers Kevin Greene, Hardy Nickerson and Levon Kirkland, cornerback Rod Woodson and safety Carnell Lake were selected to the 1990s team. Cornerback Mel Blount, kicker Gary Anderson and head coach Chuck Noll were chosen in the 1980s. In the 1970s, wide receiver Lynn Swann, center Mike Webster, quarterback Terry Bradshaw, running back Franco Harris, defensive linemen L.C. Greenwood and Joe Greene, linebackers Jack Lambert and Jack Ham and Noll were all chosen.
Steelers Postgame Show: Steelers Head into Ravens Week Unbeaten, Continue Historic Start to Season
The Pittsburgh Steelers reached double digit wins for the first time in 3 years and sit at 10-0 for the first time in franchise history thanks to a 27-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Host Mike Asti is back at it with another edition of Pittsburgh Postgame on Pittsburgh Sports Live, this one with The Score’s Daniel Valente as his guest.
Is it an issue the Steelers offense is still having slow starts to games? While on their way to setting an NFL record as a unit, it is possible this Steelers defense is underrated historically? Mike and Daniel answer those questions and also preview the Thanksgiving night matchup with the now struggling Baltimore Ravens. What’s happened to Baltimore? How much of a big deal is it to secure the number one overall seed?
Steelers Defense Extends Historic Streak of Games with a Sack
The Steelers defensive pass rush continues its path towards NFL history. Stephon Tuitt’s sack against Jacksonville early in the third quarter gave the Steelers their first sack of the game and also extended their steak of 67-straight games with at least one sack.
The Steelers streak is the second-longest streak in NFL history (69 by Tampa Bay from 1999-2003) and is also the longest in franchise history.
Assuming the defense records at least one sack in the team’s next two games, Pittsburgh will have an opportunity to break the record in Week 14 on the road when they face Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Week 14 showdown is scheduled to be the Sunday Night Football game and broadcast nationally on NBC.
Ryan Shazier on Nearly Fighting Le’Veon Bell at Practice
Le’Veon Bell’s exit from the Pittsburgh Steelers after holding out the entire 2018 season was certainly a contentious one, but during his time in Pittsburgh, he was largely a well-liked and respected member of the Pittsburgh locker room.
Even this summer, with Bell a member of the New York Jets, he worked out with Steelers running backs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels, suggesting there is no hard feelings between the star running back and his former teammates.
But even amongst teammates, disagreements and alterations can be common. Former Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier might be one of the most level-headed players to suit up in black and gold over the last decade, but he recalled one time that he and Bell nearly came to blows during practice, while appearing on The Ringer Podcast.
“There was a few times me and Le’Veon would butt heads,” Shazier said. “Le’Veon’s a cool dude, too, but we’d have periods in practice when the linebackers would go against the running backs.”
— Ringer Podcast Network (@ringerpodcasts) October 14, 2020
Shazier recalled a time when he was dominating Bell in a one-on-one drill on a day the team was practicing without pads. After being beaten twice, Bell decided to stiff arm Shazier, which is against the limited contact rules of the practice, drawing the ire of the usually cool linebacker.
“He was so mad at me because I made a good play that he came back and was like ‘Nah, let’s do that again’ and then I was right there the same time but he stiff-armed me,” Shazier recalled. “Then we almost got into a fight, me and Le’Veon, that quick. It’s like there’s rules to the game and you know the rules.”
But Shazier said the situation never escalated beyond that.
“We just chopped it up,” he said. “I was just like, man, Le’Veon got mad in this situation. All right, whatever. Let’s move on. It’s really hard to get me to want to fight you.”