View Full Version : Pick VI: Greatest QBs in Steelers’ history

02-02-2011, 06:43 PM
By Adam Rank

DALLAS — The race for top quarterback in Steelers history is a two-person race. If it is even that close. But trying to fill those last four spots, that is where you earn your money. Without further ado, here are the top six quarterbacks in Steelers history.

Oh, and if you threw a pair of game-crippling interceptions to cost your team a Super Bowl, you probably won’t make the list. (Although, that criteria will probably not be used if we ever count down greatest Colts quarterbacks.)

6. Bubby Brister
Then newly-minted Steelers coach Bill Cowher decided to go with Neil O’Donnell over Brister. Cowher chose wrong. Bubby doesn’t mop up for anybody.

5. Tommy Maddox
You can say what you will about Touchdown Tommy, but as a former L.A. Xtreme season-ticket holder, Maddox is not given enough credit for being the only person in football history to have a Super Bowl ring and be selected as MVP of the XFL’s Million Dollar Game.

4. Bobby Layne
Sure, he’s going to be remembered for his time with the Lions. But consider that the Steelers did not have a winning season from 1949 until he joined the team in 1958. Layne had a 27-22-2 record in five seasons with the Steelers, which might be more impressive than winning a Super Bowl, at least during those tough times in Pittsburgh.

3. Kordell Stewart
Probably not given the credit for being the quarterback that he was, but as “Slash” he was a man ahead of his time. You have to wonder how good Stewart could have been in the current NFL offenses.

2. Ben Roethlisberger
Esteemed NFL.com analyst Dave Dameshek believes that Roethlisberger tops this list, but a shabby showing in Super Bowl XL is the only thing keeping him from the top spot. But I do echo Hines Ward sentiment that Roethlisberger is among the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. In fact, I might put him at No. 1 among active quarterbacks… but still not the all-time Steelers great.

1. Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw is the leader in the clubhouse right now, but he’s holding a very slim lead with Roethlisberger tearing up the back nine like a vintage Tiger Woods. The Steelers were a running team, yet Bradshaw still managed to be a two-time Super Bowl MVP. Another solid outing by Roethlisberger on Sunday renews this discussion.

02-02-2011, 07:14 PM
I remember when Tommy Maddox was awesome. Those were the days.

02-02-2011, 10:41 PM
Puh-leze....This is not even close.

Jim Miller

Games Started: 1

Days whined about losing starting job after one game: Infinite

02-02-2011, 11:16 PM
Love Ben and Terry, but watching Bobby Layne no face mask take control of a team was truly awesome. Old school at its best. Took teams that were perennial losers and gave hope in the pre-immaculate reception era.

Black@Gold Forever32
02-02-2011, 11:22 PM
Even though I hate Neil and I would punch him in the face if I saw him today for throwing away Super Bowl XXX but I'm sorry he has to be ahead of Tommy Maddox on greatest Steelers QB's list.......Sure Tommy had a magical run in 2002 but it didn't last long since he came crashing back down in earth in 2003 but Tommy crapping the bed and the Steelers finishing 6-10 allowed us to draft Big Ben in the 2004 draft......

I would rank Neil third and I just threw up typing that......lol The Steelers don't have a storied QB history.....lol Just think the Steelers cut Hall of Fame QB's Johnny Unitas and Len Dawson......lol OPPS

Jack Kemp even was cut by the Steelers and he went on to star in the AFL.......

My list.........

1. Big Ben-Sorry to the older fans and I'm not disrespecting Terry here but when Ben's career is done he will be number 1........Maybe we could do a 1 A and 1 B type of ranking here......lol

2. Terry Bradshaw

3. Neil freaking O'Donnell

4. Bobby Layne

5. Bubby Brister

6. Kordell Stewart

Phenomenal TJ
02-03-2011, 01:08 AM
List lacks Omar Jacobs and Dennis Dixon.

I call bullshit. lmao

02-03-2011, 01:10 PM
1. Bradshaw... Ben don't have 3 yet
2. Roethlisberger... can eventually become 1
3. Neil O'Donnell... Took us to the promised land and took a dump but is still 3rd best
4. Bobby Lane... I believe he's a H.O.F.er!
5. Kordell... Everybody loved him, you know it's true
6. Bubby Brister... tuff hard headed competitor
7. Maddox... aa one year wonder after years bouncing around the world
8. Earl Morall... an underrated QB that took 2 different teams to the Super Bowl(Colts, Dolphiins) when their HOF QBs were hurt
9. Johnny Clement... led the Steelers to their first playoff game ever in 1947!
10.Joe Gilliam... Bradshaw still says if it weren't for the drugs, Joe would have been the QB with 4 rings instead of him!

K Train
02-03-2011, 01:22 PM
ben is so much better than bradshaw ever was and its not even close. bradshaw has a firm grip on 2nd though lol

Raleigh Steel
02-03-2011, 01:22 PM
I remember when Tommy Maddox was awesome. Those were the days.

yup, all three of them :lol:

02-03-2011, 04:03 PM
Some thoughts....

First of all, O'Donnell did throw 2 picks in SB XXX but the one was not his fault AT ALL. The receiver missed the check down and ran the wrong route. Watch the video and you'll see our WR keeps going straight when he should have broken to the outside. Hate being a Neil apologist, but it is what it is.

Secondly, I think Brad and Ben are neck and neck in terms of being great QB's and if you throw out the current SB titles, but one area where Brad was clearly better is the deep ball. No one in pro football threw a better deep pass than TB and with less effort. A flick of the wrist and it would go 55 yards on the dime.

02-03-2011, 11:15 PM
I think ben will have a pretty good grip on that number one spot by the time he retires imo.