Looking back on the 5 best offensive linemen in Steelers history
By Scott Long
4. Maurkice Pouncey
Like DeCastro, Pouncey played his last snap in Pittsburgh last year. The loss of two all-time greats in Pittsburgh will be tough, and Ben Roethlisberger will certainly have an adjustment period this year, with his offensive line looking a lot different.
Pouncey’s standing as one of the best Steelers offensive linemen is undeniable. The 2010 first-round selection out of Florida, was the best player on the Steelers offensive line right when he stepped into the league. He and Roethlisberger developed an extremely close relationship, which is no surprise after, he helped keep Roethlisberger upright throughout his career.
Like DeCastro, Pouncey was an extremely athletic center, and he also was asked to pull often, which led to the league’s once most lethal rusher Le’Veon Bell having some of the most dominant seasons in franchise history. He was also an extremely capable pass blocker and continued the tradition of dominant center play for a franchise that already has two Hall of Famers at the position, as we will see later on.
According to Pro Football Reference, Pouncey has made nine Pro Bowls, the Hall of Fame All-2010s team, and two First-team All-Pro teams during his 10-year Steelers career, and truly is one of the best offensive lineman in team history.