Mike Webster was born on March 18, 1952, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. As a team captain at the University of Wisconsin he quickly gained a reputation for his toughness and technique.
In 1974, Webster was a 5th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He quickly established himself as an integral part of the team earning a starting spot as a rookie and earning a reputation as one of the best centers in the league. His exceptional ability to read defenses, his agility, and his tenacity made him a force to be reckoned with on the field, and he became a key component of the Steelers’ dominant offensive line.
Mike Webster’s career with the Steelers coincided with the team’s most successful era in franchise history. During the 1970s decades the Steelers, led by head coach Chuck Noll and a roster of exceptional players, Pittsburgh won four Super Bowl championships in a six-year span. Webster was a linchpin of the team’s offensive line as he played a crucial role in protecting quarterback Terry Bradshaw and creating running lanes for running backs Franco Harris and Rocky Blier as Pittsburgh achieved an unparalleled success among NFL teams at the time.
- 4× Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
- 6× First-team All-Pro (1978–1983)
- 2× Second-team All-Pro (1982, 1984)
- 9× Pro Bowl (1978–1985, 1987)
- NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
- NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
- NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
- NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
- PFWA All-Rookie Team (1974)
- Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
- Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Honor
- Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame
- First-team All-Big Ten (1973)
- Second-team All-Big Ten (1972)
In 1988, after 15 seasons in Pittsburgh he joined Kansas City as a free agent and remained there till he retired in 1990. Those 15 seasons in Pittsburgh were the most anyone had played in Steeler’s franchise history until Ben Roethlisberger. He retired after a total of 17 NFL seasons, 245 regular season games and 19 post season games including 4 Super Bowls. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1997.
Mike Webster’s contributions to the NFL went beyond his on-field achievements. Known for his leadership and work ethic he served as a mentor to younger players and was an example of setting a high standard for professionalism. Playing against some of the greatest defensive personal of the 1970s and 1980s decades his toughness, relentless drive and competitive spirit made him a fan favorite and earned him the respect of his teammates and opponents alike.
He passed away in 2002 from a heart attack at the age of just 50.