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.
Who is the Greater Steelers Legend – Franco Harris or Lynn Swann?
Out of all of the many Hall of Famers and legends who have played for the Steelers, Franco Harris and Lynn Swann are two of the most important. Both Harris and Swann were part of each of Pittsburgh’s 4 Super Bowl titles during the “Steel Curtain” era of the 1970’s. But being Steelers legends with 4 Super Bowl rings is not all Harris and Swann share in common. They also share a birthday.
Harris, now 71, and Swann, who turned 69, today – March, 7, 2021. The 71-year-old running back spent 12 of his 13 years in the NFL with the Steelers after a memorable college career at Penn State. He totaled 12,120 yards on the ground and 2,287 as a receiver, 100 total touchdowns and an average of 4.1 yards per carry. Swann, who like Harris was a first round pick of the Steelers, played his entire career with the Steelers. He was drafted by Pittsburgh with the 21st overall pick of the 1974 NFL Draft out of USC. He accumulated 336 catches, 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns in the NFL.
While their statistics may not stack well compared to others at their positions from future generations, they were both part of memorable moments that keep their legacies immaculate in the eyes of Steelers fans. Harris’ immaculate reception is often said to be what started the postseason success that eventually led to the 70’s dynasty while Swann owns one of the most iconic catches in Super Bowl history.
But who is the greater Steelers legend?
Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw Used Tom Brady as Alias for Elbow Surgery in 1983
Professional athletes are some of the most recognizable figures in the world, and often do what they can to avoid drawing attention beyond the field.
That was the case for Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who donned an alias to undergo elbow surgery in 38 years ago today in 1983.
According to The Pittsburgh Press, Bradshaw was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital in Louisiana on March 3, 1983 under the pseudonym “Thomas Brady.”
On this date in 1983, the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history checked into a Louisiana hospital using an assumed name. pic.twitter.com/Yr3ujc0fHC— Quirky Research (@QuirkyResearch) March 3, 2021
Yes, you read that right. Bradshaw was admitted under the alias “Tom Brady.”
“Many times, we have to admit people under and assumed name or under no name to keep the press and fans away,” hospital administrator Charles Boyd told The Pittsburgh Press.
Little did Bradshaw know that the real Tom Brady was just a six-year-old in Northern California learning the game of football nearly two decades before achieving his own NFL stardom. Fast forward to 2021, Brady is fresh off a seventh Super Bowl title and widely considered the greatest player of all time.
Brady (7) and Bradshaw (4) have won the most and second-most Super Bowls by a quarterback in NFL history, respectively. Bradshaw’s alias is just another thread intertwining the two legends beyond winning.
The surgery was the beginning of the end for Bradshaw, who played just one game in the 1983 season before calling it a career.
Former Steelers WR Eli Rogers Signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouette
Former Steelers wide receiver Eli Rogers will play the 2021 season in the Canadian Football League, Rogers announced via social media on Tuesday.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver has signed to play with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.
As long as you move forward in faith, everything else will fall into place. I am grateful and excited for this opportunity to play for the @MTLAlouettes this season. #TheMarathonContinues #ThisStoryGettingGood #bELIeve #17 pic.twitter.com/3a5nC7z6tr
— E L I (@__bELIeve17) March 2, 2021
Rogers spent the 2020 spring with the DC Defenders of the XFL, and finished the pandemic-abbreviated season with 19 catches for 164 yards, both second on the Defenders.
The Steelers released Rogers on the eve of the 2019 season after he spent three seasons with the club after singing as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in 2015. He finished his time in Pittsburgh with 78 catches for 822 yards and four touchdowns over 30 games, 15 of which were starting assignments.
The CFL did not play its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The free agency period for the 2021 season opened on Feb. 9. The teams will play a 21-game schedule beginning on June 10 and wrapping with the 108th playing of the Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ontario on Nov. 21.