Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Learn from the Past

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Learn from the Past

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Jack Lambert

Tough-as-nails linebacker Jack Lambert could intimidate opponents just by smiling at them. His missing front teeth epitomized his fierce play for the Pittsburgh Steelers dominating defense in the 1970s.

A native of Mantua, Ohio, the 6-foot-4 Lambert was a quarterback and basketball star at Crestwood High School. He was recruited as a defensive lineman at Kent State before head coach Don James moved him to middle linebacker. This proved to be a wise decision, as Lambert won all-conference honors twice before becoming a surprise second-round draft choice of the Steelers in the 1974 NFL Draft.

As a rookie, Lambert received his big break when Pro Bowl linebacker Henry Davis was injured. Lambert had an instant impact on the Steelers defense with his ferocious tackling style and lightning quick instincts. Led by nine Hall of Famers on both sides of the ball, the Steelers went on to win their first Super Bowl in 1974 as Lambert was named the NFL's defensive rookie of the year. …

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