Pittsburgh Steelers greatest late round draft gems of all time

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L.C. Greenwood of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

L.C. Greenwood, DE, 1969 NFL Draft: Round 10 pick 238, Arkansas AM&N

Greenwood was one of the biggest stars along that scary front for the Steelers defense in the 1970s. He was able to consistently get after the passer and his career numbers still are high up in the franchise leaderboards for most sacks in franchise history. He is no longer the top dog in that department but his ability to destroy opposing offenses is no small feat.

A tenth-round choice in 1969 went from a small school that many never heard of to a Hall of Fame resume. He is still not in Canton even though his career shows that he is more than deserving. He was able to constantly beat up the guys in front of him, even at his skinnier frame. He was a giant at 6’6 but he was so quick. His freaky athletic ability was the strongest part of his game. He knew that and was able to terrorize teams across the NFL and helped the franchise get four Super Bowls on the famous 70s teams.

The man that famously wore the flashy golden shoes on Sunday’s finished his career with 73.5 sacks. Those are unofficial numbers as the stat would not become official till after his career ended. He would pass away in 2013 at the young age of 67 but his life and legacy as a person on and off the field will never be forgotten in the Steel City.