Pittsburgh Steelers: Cornering The Market

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Nov 30, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Fans cheer on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Saints won 35-32. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The finish line is ahead in the profiling of the all-time Pittsburgh Steelers position-by-position. We have reached the last three positions, cornerback, safety, and the punters and long-snappers. When a conversation turns to the greatest of the cornerbacks in the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mel Blount‘s name will always top the list. Rod Woodson is not far behind.

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Both Blount and Woodson are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It can be easily stated that there have never been two better corners than those two men. But, there have been some outstanding cornerbacks aside from the two Hall of Famers worth mentioning. There is some commentary regarding Blount and Woodson that needs mentioning. Rod Woodson finished his great career with the third-most interceptions in the history of the league with 71.

Only Emien Tunnell with 79 and the all-time leader Paul Krause who scored 81 picks are ahead of the great #26. As for #47, Mel Blount is 13th on that list with 57 career picks. Many opponents were afraid to run against Blount for fear of his vicious hitting abilities. During Woodson’s era, his uncanny ability to cover a receiver kept many team’s wide receivers trying to line up opposite. Woodson was also a high school track star with outstanding speed and often returned punts and kickoffs for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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