The Steelers have a number of players who don’t get the recognition they deserve. Here are the five most underappreciated players on Pittsburgh’s roster.
Regardless of the team or sport, the stars are always the players dominating the media. For the Steelers, the offseason has been a time to track Ben Roethlisberger’s health and watch videos of JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner working out together.
To be fair, stars play a major factor in the success of a team. But what about the players who don’t hog the spotlight?
For far too long, we have given an overwhelming amount of credit to our stars and have ignored the underrated players who work their tails off each week to make a difference for the Steelers. That needs to end.
This isn’t something that has just happened recently, but it’s been a historical trend in sports and for the Pittsburgh Steelers. When Antonio Brown was stealing the show, he had an elite deep threat opposite of him in Martavis Bryant to alleviate pressure. When Le’Veon Bell was gashing defenses, he had one of the NFL’s best offensive line units for a four-year span. When James Harrison earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, he had a very capable counterpart working across from him in Lamaar Woodley.
Stars deserve a large portion of credit when things go right and blame when things go wrong. However, here are five Steelers who have been underappreciated in Pittsburgh: