Tim Benz: All-time Steelers roster misses some marks
The guys over at SteelersWire.com put together their all-time Steelers 53-man roster.
Most of the choices are beyond dispute. Although making Scott Campbell the backup to Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback was a bit odd.
But there were a few strange omissions and choices almost nutty as that one that I feel the need to refute.
• You can’t have this list without Ernie Stautner. You can’t. Especially if you are going back in time far enough to include Jack Butler. Especially if Keith Willis is on the list at defensive end instead of him.
Also, L.C. Greenwood (and maybe Dwight White) need to be there before Brett Keisel and Cam Heyward.
• At linebacker, Andy Russell should be listed instead of Lawrence Timmons. I wouldn’t name Jason Gildon and Kevin Greene instead of Gregg Lloyd and Joey Porter. Lloyd and Porter were more multi-dimensional than Gildon and Greene. Plus, for as great as Greene was, his stint in Pittsburgh was only three years long.
• William Gay did more good here at safety than people remember. But the dawn never came up on a day when he should be on a list like this more so than Mike Wagner.
• Shaun Suisham at kicker instead of Gary Anderson is an indefensible choice. And I liked Suisham.
• I also liked Max Starks. Not as much as Larry Brown, though. Brown had 13 years in Pittsburgh and four Super Bowl rings. He should’ve been the second tackle, if not at least the third. And he could’ve doubled as a tight end.
• Speaking of tight ends, no Elbie Nickel? You need to move Bennie Cunningham for him.
I could quibble with a few more. Those were just the glaring ones I noticed.
Perhaps I missed some sort of qualification to eligibility, but those changes ought to be made.
Who else did I (they) miss?