Pittsburgh Steelers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Center Mike Webster of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

55. . C. (1974-88). Mike Webster. 15. player

Mike Webster’s legacy has changed direction during the last decade. The hall of fame center once viewed as one of the greatest offensive linemen in history, is now the main subject in the fight to solve CTE. He tragically passed away at the age of 50.

A mean, hard-hitting football player, Webster never shied away from a hit. As a lineman, that’s not hard to do, but for Webster, it was the foundation of his career. If there was a player to be put on the ground, you best believe Mike Webster was going to find him and put him there.

A cornerstone to the Steelers’ four Super Bowl runs, Webster was named to nine Pro Bowls and earned seven First-Team All-Pro selections. The team’s captain for nine years, Webster became known as a player who would do anything to win.

He spent his career playing without sleeves so defenders couldn’t gain any more leverage by grabbing them. As the first starting center for the Steelers, Webster needed to establish a legacy, early. He certainly did that during his time in Pittsburgh.