2. Jack Lambert, MLB
He was a second-round draft choice in 1974 from Kent State University. Some would say he looked more like a basketball player and 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds appeared to be undersized when it came to playing the middle linebacker position in the NFL. But Jack Lambert wasted little time making a huge impression on the Black and Gold and the league in general.
He was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1974 and it was a season in which the club won its first Super Bowl. A season later, the Steeler repeated as champions and Lambert played a huge role in the team’s 21-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The club’s emotional stalwart arguably the tide in the third quarter. With the club trailing 10-7 and Cowboys’ safety Cliff Harris harassing Lambert’s teammate Roy Gerela after a missed field goal. The fiery defender tossed the Hall of Fame defender aside and Pittsburgh gained the momentum.
Like teammate Jack Ham, Lambert had a nose for the ball. He finished with 28 interceptions and 17 fumble recoveries in 11 seasons. He also had one of the great defensive performances in the team’s Super Bowl XIV win over the Rams with 14 tackles and a critical interception.
“Count Dracula in Cleats” was a nine-time Pro Bowler and earned All-Pro honors eight times.