5 most violent and physical Pittsburgh Steelers of the 2000s
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had some of the most physical and violent players to ever play the game. Here are my top five most physical players of the 2000s.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a reputation for always having physically imposing players on their roster. Dating back to the 70s, players like Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, and Mel Blount struck fear into opposing offensive players.
In the 2000s, the Steelers had another wave of violent players walk through their doors. These players roamed the field with a physical demeanor that would force their opponents to keep their heads on a swivel. They were never afraid of throwing their bodies into the mix and they were always looking for the next guy to hit.
Here are my five most violent and physical Pittsburgh Steelers of the 2000s:
5. OG Alan Faneca
Alan Faneca was a beast on the ground. During the early-to-mid-2000s, there were very few offensive linemen who played with more physicality in the trenches. As a result, his hard-nosed play-style helped pave the way for some very successful seasons on the ground for Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker.
With 6 first-team All-Pros and 9 Pro Bowls to his name, it’s still disappointing to know that Alan Faneca once again missed out on his entry into the Hall-of-Fame. Regardless, Faneca was known for his ability to bowl defenders over in the running game, and anyone who’s had to face him will tell you just how violent he was as a football player.