The Steelers landed a gem in the sixth round of the 1987 NFL draft
As I mentioned previously in our discussion, the Steelers have always been known for two things: Physical play on both sides of the ball and outside linebackers who are both good against the run and can rush the passer. Greg Lloyd was every bit of that.
Selected in the sixth round of the 1987 draft out of Fort Valley State, Lloyd embodied the toughness that fans had become accustomed to during our heyday of the 1970s. Lloyd became the ‘enforcer’ on defense during a time when we probably needed it the most.
I think it’s fair to say that after most of the Steel Curtain had retired, the Steelers were lacking a bit of that fearsome mindset of the defenses of the ’70s. It was resurrected with Lloyd and others. What I remember vividly about Lloyd were his huge shoulder pads and his bulging biceps.
In a Sports Illustrated article dated January of 1996, Lloyd was tabbed as being able to bench press 470 pounds. Listed at 6′ 2″ and 226 lbs., that is as impressive as it gets if you ask me. Lloyd was no doubt strong on and off the field. Like Porter, I think Lloyd was one of the greatest linebackers in Steelers history.
Let’s see who comes in at number ten on our list.