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Hartings and Steelers
PITTSBURGH – AUGUST 25: Center Jeff Hartings #64 of the Pittsburgh Steelers blocks during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Heinz Field on August 25, 2001, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

Jeff Hartings, C

Contract: 6-year, $24.25 million

Steelers Stats: 90 G, 89 GS

The Steelers longevity at the center position is one that is well documented. From “Iron” Mike Webster to Dermontti “Dirt” Dawson to Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers have consistently fielded a strong option at the position.

After Dawson retired though, the Steelers brought in Jeff Hartings to help the transition. While his name isn’t as recognizable as the others above, nor was he as good as they are (two of them are in the Hall of Fame mind you), he kept the position a strength post-Dawson

He was a huge signing at the time, and it paid off for the Steelers. He headed a consistent unit that helped the Steelers get their “one for the thumb” in 2005. He made the pro-bowl in two consecutive years as well, showcasing just how talented he was at the position. When he retired in 2006, it left a hole at the position until Pouncey was drafted in 2010.