Top 5 most underrated players in Steelers franchise history

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The Steelers have had several players whose careers earned them perennial accolades; however, some players should have earned accolades but were overlooked or undervalued

The Steelers franchise has a long and storied history replete with several great players whose careers brought them all the way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As fans, we know and love those players.  No one would argue that those players deserved anything less than the accoladed they earned.

There were players, however, who had, in my opinion, stellar careers, but, for whatever reason, did not receive the accolades of other Steelers players.  In fact, there were players whom I would deem as undervalued and underrated.

So what’s the definition of undervalued or underrated?  For me, there are two aspects of being undervalued and underrated as a player.  First, the player is undervalued and underrated as evidenced by never or hardly ever being voted to the Pro Bowl or being named All-Pro or being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The second aspect of being undervalued or underrated is not being considered one of the best at a respective position by the fans of your team.  In other words, for Steelers fans, who is the best middle linebacker in Steeler’s history, or who is the best offensive tackle in Steelers history? I guess the answer to those questions depends on your perspective as a fan.

For the purposes of our discussion, we will discuss the most underrated players from my perspective.  Everyone’s perspective is obviously different. Although I started watching the Steelers in 1978, I understand and appreciate the history of the best franchise in the NFL.

With that in mind, let’s get started.