10 fastest Pittsburgh Steelers players of the 2000s

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Fastest Pittsburgh Steelers of all time: 8. Ryan Shazier

It’s not often you would see a linebacker cracking the list of fastest players of an NFL team over a 20-year span, but Ryan Shazier is absolutely deserving of this honor. His speed in the middle of Pittsburgh’s defense was nothing short of spectacular.

Though he weighed in at 237 pounds prior to entering the draft in 2014, Shazier exploded for a 4.38 40-yard dash at his Ohio State Pro Day. While some believed his numbers were inflated, we witnessed one of the most athletic linebackers the NFL has seen over a four-year span.

Shazier’s ability to turn and run down the field or cut off angles on ball carries was breathtaking. Though his aggressive playstyle caused him to make some mental errors from time to time, there was never a question that he wasn’t one of the top defensive athletes in all of football. He comes in at number 8 on my list of fastest Steelers of the 2000s.