Steelers top 30 moments in franchise history
By Kim Myers
Get off of my kicker!
Nov 8, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers fans cheer with Terrible Towels during a NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The picture of the toothless snarl of Steelers Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert embodies the city of Pittsburgh so much it’s almost comical. Lambert lost his front four teeth to an elbow to the mouth during a basketball game when he was young and didn’t bother wearing his partial dentures during football games. That made him more intimidating and a Pittsburgh icon.
The Steelers drafted Jack Lambert in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft out of Kent State. He’d go on to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year his first season and was an integral part of the four Super Bowl Championship teams in the 70s.
One specific play defines Jack Lambert’s career with the Steelers and what the city of Pittsburgh is all about. We work hard and we stick up for each other. During Super Bowl X, early in the third quarter Steelers kicker Roy Gerela missed a critical field goal. Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris then patted him on the head and “thanked him for helping Dallas.”
That didn’t sit well with Lambert and he slammed Harris down into the ground as if he was sacking a quarterback. The Steelers would go on to win that Super Bowl 21-17. Don’t mess with us, any of us.
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