Count Dracula in Cleats
One of the most imposing figures of the NFL in the 1970s. Pittsburgh Steelers Middle Linebacker Jack Lambert intimidated opposing offenses for 11 seasons from 1974 to 1984. Selected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1990.
The Steelers 2nd round pick out of Kent State in 1974, Lambert became the Steelers starting Middle Linebacker as rookie earning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. He made Defensive Player of the Year twice, All Pro 8 times and the Pro Bowl 9.
Aside from his relentless aggressive play style Jack Lambert was probably known best for his toothless scowl that visually intimidated opponents and added to his persona. He was the perfect fit for that tenacious Steel Curtain defense that dominated the league throughout the 70s. 8 times he was chosen Defensive Captain of it. It was this Steelers defense that went to 6 AFC Championship games and won 4 Super Bowls.
Jack Lambert’s Career Highlights
- 138 Games Started
- 1,479 Tackles (1,045 solo)
- 28 Interceptions
- 1974 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
- 2 Time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1976 & 1979)
- 6 Time All Pro – 1st Team
- 9 NFL Pro Bowls
- Hall of Fame Class of 1990
- NFL 1970s & 1980s All Decade Teams
- NFL 75th & 100th Anniversary Teams while