5 greatest Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebackers of all-time

Jack Lambert #58 Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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Larry Foote Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images) /

Larry Foote

There were many different linebackers that could have been in the mix for the number five spot but Foote was selected due to all of his accolades throughout his career. Foote was an unsung hero while he played in Pittsburgh. He started alongside James Farrior and Timmons during his career. He was always in their shadow but he was able to make a great career in the Steel City with his stats and winning Super Bowls as well.

He was a run-stuffing mentality at linebacker and showed what it meant to be a hard-nosed football player. He was able to have a great career and be apart of some of the most dominant defenses in NFL history.

Even though he was overshadowed by his fellow teammates next to him during his career, his worth was made known when he left for Detroit for a season. There was an immediate lack of experience next to the starter at that time and it caused the Steelers to suffer at points during the season. Foote would return back to the team that drafted him and show what his experience and reliability gave to the team. He was a gritty and reliable linebacker for the Steelers throughout his playing days.

Foote compiled a stat sheet that consisted of 105 games started, 636 total tackles, 48 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, nine forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and two Super Bowl Championships.