5 most disappointing Steelers of the modern era

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The Steelers have had several players whose careers could be labeled as a disappointment

In the long and storied history of the Steelers, there have been a multitude of players whose careers were filled with Pro Bowl nods, All-Pro designations, Super Bowl victories, and eventual enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Conversely, there have been several players whose careers were less than stellar and could only be labeled as disappointing.  For various reasons, some players whom the Steelers drafted in the first round, for example, just did not ‘pan out’ the way I’m sure we thought they would ‘pan out’.

So how do I define disappointing?  It’s a combination of a lot of different things, everything from in what round the player was drafted to whom that player was perhaps drafted to replace to what the expectations may have been for that player which were never fulfilled.

As with any list, the players we will discuss are the players whom I believe are the most disappointing of the modern era, which is generally accepted to be the point at which the AFL and the NFL officially merged in 1970 to create what is the NFL of today.

Since we have 50 seasons with which to work, I am sure I will invariably leave a player or two off the list who may be an ‘obvious’ choice, but as with all of my lists, I try to consider all factors.

It’s probably easy to point to players who were draft ‘busts’ and label them as disappointing.  For the most part, that would be a valid argument and one that may or may not come into play as we progress through this discussion.

With that in mind, let’s get started.