The Five Greatest Steelers To Throw A Pass In The NFL


The Pittsburgh Steelers have had some great passers in their rich history. From Pro Bowls to playoff wins to Super Bowls, the Steelers have had some great moments from the quarterback position.


No.5 : Bobby Lane (1958-1962)

Lane was a successful quarterback during a time when the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise was horrible. Yet Lane led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 27-22-2 record. No other quarterback for the Steelers had a better record with at least 50 starts until Terry Bradshaw in the 70’s. Though Lane went on to play for the Detroit Loins, he is only one of two Steelers quarterbacks to make the Hall of Fame .



No. 4:   Neil O’ Donnell (1991-1995)

O’ Donnell will be best remembered for throwing two crucial interceptions against Dallas in Super Bowl XXX to cornerback Larry Brown. But when it came to accuracy, timing and spreading the ball around, very few quarterbacks did it better than O’Donnell. With a 39-23 record, O’Donnell won big games when needed. O’Donnell led the Pittsburgh Steelers to the playoffs in all his four years as a starter. O’Donnell was the quarterback that led the Pittsburgh Steelers back to the Super Bowl, something that had not been done since Terry Bradshaw was the quarterback.




No.3: Kordell Stewart (1995-2002)

Stewart clearly was the most athletic quarterback in the team’s history. Initially known as “Slash”, Stewart was once an MVP candidate for his outstanding play in the 2001-2002 season. Stewart was a key player in the  Steelers’ Super Bowl XXX run. Stewart led the  Steelers to two American Football Championship games. Stewart led Pittsburgh to a 46-29 record as a starter. The only quarterback with better records are Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger. Stewart would rank higher on this list had he won a Super Bowl.


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No.2: Ben Roethlisberger (2004-present)

Since day one, Roelisberger has been a winner. Without question the toughest quarterback of all time in a Steelers jersey. His completion percentage is heigher than Bradshaw. This season Roethlisberger will pass Bradshaw in yards and touchdowns. Roethlisberger already has 2 Super Bowl rings. Being in his early 30’s, Roethlisberger has a chance to win two more rings. Roethlisberger has been a consistant player for the Steelers over the last ten years under both Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin. Without a doubt –  a future Hall of Famer.




No.1: Terry Bradshaw (1970-1983)

The number one pick in the 1970 draft, Bradshaw won 105 games in the regular season and had 14 playoffs wins. No other quarterback in Steelers history has done that. With his four Super Bowl rings, no other single quarterback in NFL history has more. Bradshaw helped produced two Hall of Fame receivers in Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. Not many quarterbacks can say that either.


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About the author: Robert E. Smith Jr.


Robert Edward Smith Jr., is a very passionate Steelers fan. Robert loves sports history and how it impacts the present and future. Robert is a North Carolina native who has been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since the age of 9. His favorite Steelers players are Hines Ward, Le'Veon Bell, and last but not least Ben Roethlisberger. Robert has a full season of covering the Steelers and looks to expand his career as a sports writer and aspiring radio broadcaster. You can follow Robert on Twitter @DeaconSmith32 and on Google Plus. To see his full bio, please go to the Meet Our Staff page.



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  • Your title is “throw a pass” not QB. That being the case, I would argue Hines Ward above kordell S. And as much as I lived watching No. 10, Tommy Gun was a better passer.

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