Hines Ward, the four-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl Champion (XL, XLIII), and Super Bowl MVP (XL) wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is one of the most versatile players in the NFL today. More than just one of the best wideouts in the game, Mr. Ward is fearless when it comes to hitting or being hit, having delivered some of the most jarring blocks ever by a wide-receiver, while bouncing back from similar hits made on him with a smile.
Hines is also a three-time Steelers MVP (2002, 2003, 2005), and holds Steelers career marks for Receptions, Receiving Yards, and Receiving TDs. Born in Seoul, South Korea to a Korean mother and an African-American father, Mr. Ward has become an advocate of biracial youths in South Korea, donating $1 million in 2006 to create the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation in order to further that cause.
Troy Polamalu, the six-time Pro Bowler, three-time First-Team All-Pro, and two-time Super Bowl Champion (XL, XLIII) strong safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is the heart and soul of the Steelers' defense. In only his third season in the NFL (2005), he tied the NFL record for most sacks, 3, in a single game by a safety. The passion Mr. Polamalu brings to each game is as evident as the flow of his trademark hair trailing him into the breach on just about every defensive play the Steelers make.
Future Hall-of-Famer Pittsburg Steelers RB Jerome Bettis wrapped up his career as one of the best big backs in NFL history (5th all-time in rushing) by earning his first and only Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XL, in his home city of Detroit, Michigan, in the very last game of his career.
That was a storybook ending to a career that began with him earning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the year in 1993 and went on to include six Pro Bowl selections, two All-Pro selections, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 1996, and the 2001 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
The heir apparent to Hines Ward as the future #1 wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Wallace, just a rookie in 2009, made a last-play-of-the-game game-winning 19-yard TD catch while falling out-of-bounds against the Green Bay Packers that made him an instant hero in Pittsburgh. That catch earned Wallace the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award", which is given each year to the most outstanding Steeler rookie.
Mike has gone on to lead the NFL in Yards per Reception in his sophomore season (19.4 yards per reception), and followed that up in 2010 by leading the league in 100-yard Receiving Games (7 100-yard games).
Rocky Bleier is a four-time Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV) running back with those legendary "Steel Curtain" Pittsburgh Steeler teams of the 70s. He and teammate Franco Harris both rushed for 1,000 yards in 1976, at that time only the second time teammates had accomplished this feat. Rocky also caught the go-ahead TD in Super Bowl XIII.
Mr. Blier accomplished all this despite having his career sidetracked after his 1968 rookie season by the Viet Nam draft. Once in the Army, Rocky volunteered for active duty in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star while suffering a leg injury that, according to doctors, would require him to give up football. Regardless, Mr. Bleier returned to the Steelers' camp and spent 2 years of painful tryouts and offseason workouts trying to earn a spot on the team. In the end, Rocky's tenacity and work ethic paid off, earning that roster spot in 1972, and the rest (4 Super Bowl Championships later) is Steelers History. Rocky retired from the Steelers in 1980.