Steelers head coach Chuck Noll is carried off the field by his players led by defensive standout Joe Greene after the Steelers won their third Super Bowl. Noll and Greene were named to the NFL's Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers came a few bricks shy of Super Bowl 50, but they remain the dominant force in the half-century history of the NFL’s championship game.
Super Bowl 50 Golden Team
QUARTERBACK: Joe Montana
RUNNING BACKS: Franco Harris, Emmitt Smith
WIDE RECEIVERS: Jerry Rice, Lynn Swann
TIGHT END: Jay Novacek
OFFENSIVE TACKLES: Art Shell, Forrest Gregg
OFFENSIVE GUARDS: Gene Upshaw, Larry Allen
CENTER: Mike Webster
DEFENSIVE ENDS: Reggie White, Charles Haley
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Joe Greene, Randy White
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS: Lawrence Taylor, Jack Ham
INSIDE LINEBACKERS: Jack Lambert, Ray Lewis
CORNERBACKS: Mel Blount, Deion Sanders
SAFETIES: Ronnie Lott, Jake Scott
KICKER: Adam Vinatieri
PUNTER: Ray Guy
RETURN SPECIALIST: Desmond Howard
HEAD COACH: Chuck Noll
Not only are the six Lombardi Trophies won by the Steelers more than any other team, they placed more all-stars on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team than anyone else, the NFL announced Thursday.
Seven Steelers players — nearly one-third of the 23 “starters” — plus coach Chuck Noll were chosen to the all-time Super Bowl team as picked by the Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. All eight are in the Hall of Fame.
Noll, the only coach chosen, also is the only coach with a perfect 4-0 record in Super Bowls. All seven of the Steelers picked for the team played for Noll in the 1970s: Halfback Franco Harris, wide receiver Lynn Swann and center Mike Webster on offense; tackle Joe Greene, linebackers Jack Ham and Jack Lambert, and cornerback Mel Blount on defense.
The only two Steelers Hall of Famers from the 1970s who did not make the all-time Super Bowl team were quarterback Terry Bradshaw and wide receiver John Stallworth. Bradshaw was beaten out by the only other quarterback with a 4-0 Super Bowl record, Joe Montana, who played at Ringgold High School. Swann and Jerry Rice were the two receivers chosen.
No second team was selected.
Super Bowl 50 will be Feb. 7 at the San Francisco 49ers’ new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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