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Three Steelers Named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

Prior to Sunday night’s Pro Bowl, the NFL announced its 2000s All-Decade Team, and a couple Steelers did make the squad as expected.

From the black and gold are former guard Alan Faneca, former linebacker Joey Porter, and current safety Troy Polamalu. Below is the entire list of players from the squad with the Steelers in bold:

Offense: Quarterback: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning; Fullback: Lorenzo Neal; Running Back: Shaun Alexander, Jamal Lewis, Edgerrin James, LaDainian Tomlinson; Wide Receivers: Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens; Tight End: Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez; Offensive Tackles: Walter Jones, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, William Roaf; Guards: Larry Allen, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Will Shields; Centers: Olin Kreutz, Kevin Mawae.

Defense: Defensive Ends: Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor; Defensive Tackles: La’Roi Glover, Warren Sapp, Richard Seymour, Kevin Williams; Linebackers: Derrick Brooks, Ray Lewis, Joey Porter, Zach Thomas, Brian Urlacher, DeMarcus Ware; Cornerbacks: Ronde Barber, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Charles Woodson; Safeties: Brian Dawkins, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, Darren Sharper.

Special Teams: Punters: Shane Lechler, Brian Moorman; Punt Returners: Dante Hall, Devin Hester; Kickers: David Akers, Adam Vinatieri; Kick Returners: Joshua Cribbs, Dante Hall. The head coaches named for the team were: Bill Belichick and Tony Dungy.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. mark

    February 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    How about Hines Ward? How about Ben Roethlisberger? They certainly deserve “all decade” votes. I also have 1 other glaring omission: I can understand Bellichik (3 Titles), but Dungy over Cowher? No way! Cowher has the wins, just as many Super bowl titles, beat Dungy in a year he wasnt supposed to (2005) and had 3 AFC title game appearances. I think Cowher deserves that spot over Dungy.

    • Paul

      February 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      Roethlisberger has turned down a chance to play in the Pro Bowl because of a right shoulder problem that developed late in the season.
      Roethlisberger was the first alternate for the AFC and would have gone in place of the Patriots’ Tom Brady, who pulled out of the game. Once Roethlisberger turned down the opportunity, Houston’s Matt Schaub was selected. Roethlisberger appeared to have problems with his throwing shoulder during the Steelers’ season-ending game at Miami on Jan. 3. Coach Mike Tomlin later said he doesn’t think Roethlisberger will require any medical procedures to correct the problem.

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