The Steelers bypassed Brett Favre and took Huey Richardson in 1991
This is where things could have gotten interesting for the Steelers. They just came out of the dreaded 80s decade that saw the team fall into obscurity. It was an odd time that saw Pittsburgh starting to grow something new.
Chuck Noll was entering his final season as the head coach for the franchise, and it was long overdue at this point. The team had been without steam for a while and could not stay competitive. The final first-round pick under Noll’s direction was one of the worst, if not the worst, busts in Steelers history.
Huey Richardson was a linebacker that many thought could become a defensive stalwart for the club. That never happened and he would be off Pittsburgh’s roster just one year after being their top selection. It was a new era with Bill Cowher coming in but cutting a first-round pick after one season is almost unheard of.
Things get worse in this scenario when you realize that Brett Favre went to the Falcons in the second round. That could have given the black and gold a future Hall of Famer at quarterback and catapulted them into Super Bowl contention. He could have turned out differently if he did not play for the Packers, but this is an interesting scenario that would have been fun to watch play out.