5 Steelers players that fans might have forgotten

Here's a former electrifying return man you haven't thought about in years, and a pair of players who had outstanding careers after leaving Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers, Amos Zereoue
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It's easy to get wrapped in your current NFL team. Like fans of every team, Pittsburgh Steelers fans are constantly searching for their next star player and hoping their team proves to be a playoff contender. Many hardcore fans can name every player on the 53-man roster in addition to a handful of guys on the practice squad.

However, it doesn't take long for some names to slip from our memory in the years after their departure from the organization. Here are five players who have had some success with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the past that fans may have forgotten about.

*All statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

5. RB Amos Zereoue

One of my earliest football memories imprinted in my brain is when Amos Zereoue had a massive breakaway run and ran out of gas just before the goal line. Zereoue was a former running back and third-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 1999.

After hardly touching the football in his first two seasons behind Jerome Bettis, Zereoue started getting heavily involved in his third season. From 2001 to 2003 with the Steelers, Zereoue managed over 400 yards in each season. His best year came in 2002 when he ran for 762 yards and 4 touchdowns while chipping in 42 receptions for 241 yards through the air.

Zereoue played five total seasons in Pittsburgh before finishing his career with one-year stints on the Raiders and Patriots, respectively. His last NFL action came at age 29 in 2005. Kids who grew up in the '90s or earlier may remember him well. For others, here's a reminder that Amos Zereoue once had a pretty big role in Pittsburgh's offense in the early 2000s.