L.C. Greenwood deserves more credit for the Steelers dynasty in the 70s
L.C. Greenwood has been one of the best defensive linemen to ever suit up for the black and gold. He was a big part of the Steel Curtain defenses of the 70s dynasty teams. He was the Steelers unofficial all-time sack leader until James Harrison broke that mark.
The franchise selected him in the tenth round of the 1969 NFL Draft, which was the same year when they took “Mean” Joe Greene in the first round. They got half of the fearsome front in that selection process and that was a good year for the club. It led to one of the best defensive units ever assembled and it will not likely ever come close to being repeated.
This lanky and skinny guy coming out of a small college in Arkansas was able to become one of the unit’s best pass rushers. The sack total given to Greenwood is not even an official stat as it was still not regulated by the league at that point. His aggressiveness and skill at the point of attack were unmatched.
He would go on to use his quickness in the trenches to his advantage and create a resume that should be considered to make the Hall of Fame. His stats are not as good as his fellow teammates that made it into the eternity of football lure, but he is on the brink. It will take some time for this player to make it in but one day he should.
The Steelers have been a successful franchise since their dynasty began in the 70s. Some of the players involved in their success have not gotten enough credit for their roles in the success.