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The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time 

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Updated December 6, 2019 7.2k votes 873 voters 17.2k views 60 items

Big fan of Pittsburgh football? Then check out this list of Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout Pittsburgh Steelers history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the Pittsburgh defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring 2018-2019 Steelers and some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Steelers LBs include James Harrison, Jack Lambert, James Farrior, Larry Foote, and Lawrence Timmons.

Who are the best linebackers in Pittsburgh Steelers history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of Pittsburgh Steelers starting linebacker. Vote below, then head over and check out the best Steelers kickers ever.

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Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

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#32 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #10 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #5 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971

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#57 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #20 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #1 of 100 The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

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James Harrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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#140 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #42 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #18 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Greg Lloyd, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Greg Lloyd, Sr.

Seasons: 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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#284 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #221 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #72 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Kevin Greene is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
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T.J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
T.J. Watt

Seasons: 2018, 2017

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Ryan Shazier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Ryan Shazier

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

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James Farrior is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
James Farrior

Seasons: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

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Joey Porter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000

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#304 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #99 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #39 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Andy Russell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963

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Lawrence Timmons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Lawrence Timmons

Seasons:  2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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Larry Foote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

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Jason Gildon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

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Mike Merriweather is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983

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Chad Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Chad Brown

Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

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Hardy Nickerson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Hardy Nickerson

Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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#438 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #112 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #137 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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David Little is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

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Robin Cole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Robin Cole

Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978

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Bryan Hinkle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

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Earl Holmes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

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Kendrell Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Kendrell Bell

Seasons: 2003, 2002 , 2001

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Vince Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

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Jerry Olsavsky is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Jerry Olsavsky

Seasons: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989

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Clark Haggans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers of All Time
Clark Haggans

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001