The Steelers signed a veteran in 1996 who helped shore up the offensive line
Following the Steelers loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX, the offensive line underwent something of a makeover when we signed Will Wolford, a former Pro Bowl left tackle who played for the Buffalo Bills and for the Indianapolis Colts prior to signing with us.
When we signed Wolford, I was both surprised and excited. I was surprised that the Colts did not re-sign him, but I was excited to see what he could do for us even though he was a little ‘long in the tooth’ when we signed him.
Wolford was a member of two of the four Bills Super Bowl teams, so his reputation preceded him, as it were. I was a little skeptical at first when the Steelers decided to play him at guard rather than his natural left tackle spot, but Wolford acquitted himself rather well as a guard.
Wolford finished his career with us having played his last season as a left tackle. One thing I admired about Wolford was his durability. He started every game in which he played over his entire career. That durability could be attributed to his strength and conditioning.
In an article from VUCOMMODROES.com dated September of 2106, Wolford was able to squat 634 pounds, was able to bench 430 pounds, and was able to power clean 303 pounds as a sophomore. There’s no telling how much stronger he got during his NFL career.
Let’s see who comes in at number eight on our list.