Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey Is the Centerpiece For a Super Bowl Title

January 26, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When it comes to tradition, the Pittsburgh Steelers are filled to the brim with it. The Rooney family, the dynasty of the 1970s, legendary Hall-of-Famers, stability at head coach, a tough running game and physical, dominant defenses led by the heart and soul of the defense, the linebackers.
While the Steelers may best be known for their linebackers, the center position as had an equally great lineage. From 1974 through 2006, Pittsburgh had only three men not only start at center, but dominate the position.
Mike Webster, Dermontti Dawson and Jeff Hartings were selected to 14 All-Pro teams and 18 Pro Bowls. Each was a special player in his own way and helped pave the way for Steelers greats Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis.
But for a brief period the Steelers got away from their great tradition at center and the results were not good. Between 2007 and 2009 the offensive line slowly deteriorated, becoming one of the weak spots of the team.
The team felt that it was time...

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