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.

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2. OLB Mike Vrabel

I am willing to bet there are a group of younger fans out there who didn't realize that Mike Vrabel was once a Pittsburgh Steeler. Back in 1997, Kevin Colbert selected Ohio State linebacker with the 91st overall pick. Unfortunately, Vrabel was buried on a talented Steelers depth chart and didn't start a single game over the four years of his rookie contract in Pittsburgh.

From there, Vrabel joined the dreaded New England Patriots in 2001 where he would remain until all the way through the 2008 season. Vrabel became a staple to Bill Belichick's defense, and it was hard to feel happy for him in all the success he found on his new team.

The very first year that Vrabel joined the Patriots, his team won the Super Bowl. He would see three Super Bowl wins over his Patriots tenure, as he played a part in handing the Steelers numerous losses when it mattered most.

Vrabel made the only Pro Bowl and All-Pro of his NFL career back in 2007 after recording 77 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. He played his final two seasons in Kansas City and finished with 206 games played over his 14-year professional career. Vrabel is not a forgotten player, but his career with the Steelers is hardly memorable.