Pittsburgh Steelers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport /
4 of 31
Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh Steelers
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Casey Hampton. 28. player. 55. . NT. (2001-12)

The City of Pittsburgh had nothing but love for “Big Snack” during his time with the Steelers. Spending his entire career in the city, Casey Hampton earned the respect of every fan on his way to winning two Super Bowls.

The Steelers made a big-time investment in the big guy out of Texas. They took him with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Because winning in the trenches is important, Pittsburgh was able to maximize on its mid-to-late first-round selection by landing such a terrific space-eater such as Hampton.

He’s most remembered as the big-headed monster in the middle whose face barely fit behind his facemask. His sack of Matt Hasselbeck in Super Bowl XL will be enshrined in team history. Add his five Pro Bowl selections and induction into the Steelers’ All-Time team, and Hampton’s legacy is pretty secure in Pittsburgh.

The first-round pick in 2001 came a long way with his talent. He entered the perfect city for a defensive lineman who loves to make noise in the middle. Pittsburgh appreciated everything this guy did on the field. Leaving little question why he’s one of the greats.