5 greatest Pittsburgh Steelers running backs of all time

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Willie Parker

Parker was a huge X-factor during his time with the Steelers, especially when he was paired with an older Jerome Bettis. His speed matched with Bettis’s power and finishing ability propelled the Steelers to the highest heights of football.

Parker was an undrafted free agent coming out of North Carolina in 2004 and he signed with Pittsburgh. This started a nice career for Parker as he was able to add great stats and gain some rings as well. Parker had the ability of speed and not just speed of, “oh that guys fast” but speed like, “oh that guy is the fastest guy”. That speed gave him the nickname of Fast Willie and he continued to show that throughout his career with the Steelers. His entire career was spent in Pittsburgh before he had a very short stint with the Washington Redskins.

Parker had a great career with the Steelers as he sped his way to third on the most rushing yards in franchise history for the Steelers. During his six-year career with the Steelers, Parker added a stat line of 5,378 rushing yards, 24 rushing touchdowns, 697 receiving yards, five receiving touchdowns, the longest run in Super Bowl history, and two Super Bowl Championships.