3 Steelers who are quietly closing out great seasons

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (28). Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (28). Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /
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Everyone knows the big names that get the attention week in and week out. These are the unsung Steelers heroes that are having great seasons.

The big names for the black and yellow get accolades and media attention every week but this is a team sport. Some players are individually recognized more than others even if their production is outstanding. The names of Ben Roethlisberger, TJ Watt, and others are big names that the media pays attention to every week. They gain that attention for good reason as they are game-changers during the 60 minutes of battle on the field. People do forget about those lesser-known names that are having an amazing year for the Steelers.

Players on this list are not noticed as much as their counterpart teammates but they carry a huge burden of production behind them. They carry themselves in the shadows of the limelight even though they are great players. These players are having career years and have gotten better as this season trudges along. They deserve more credit for their play and because of their teammates, they do not get noticed as much. Credit is deserved where it is due and these men of steel deserve more accolades and attention to go their way.

Eric Ebron

Ebron came over via free agency from the Indianapolis Colts and the signing showed promise. He had drop issues throughout his career but he has been a stout target for Roethlisberger ever since joining the Steelers. He is a reliable big man but he continues to have issues in the blocking portion of the tight end job. Ebron has been a nice change of pace for the team’s lack at the position over the last handful of years since Heath Miller retired. He has been their best receiving threat at the position since those Miller days and has also been a big addition to the locker room.

His personality has elevated the chemistry and personality of this team. His on the field and off the field contributions have not been something this team has seen at the position for many years, and it is nice to see that again. His blocking needs a lot of work still but his ability to be a big target for Roethlisberger has been a nice add by the team.

His stats this season include 56 receptions, 558 receiving yards, and five touchdowns. It has been a great first season for Ebron in a Steelers uniform and it seems like he could be here to stay after a nice year.