Number 29 on the NFL Network “Top 100” is Jack Lambert of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lambert was drafted in 1974 in the second round out of Kent State. He was the 46th pick overall. Lambert was an intimidator at middle linebacker. He played 11 seasons and participated in 146 games.
I have trouble understanding why it is Jack Lambert is placed over 30 spots above (or below) Jack Ham. I think and many people I know who were Steelers’ fans in the ’70s agree that Ham was the best linebacker behind the vaunted “Steel Curtain.” There are two possible reasons for this. The middle linebacker will tend to make the most tackles and that was the case. Lambert led the Steelers in tackles every year but his last year. Another reason may be that Jack Lambert was very visible in his on field antics as far as intimidation while Ham was considered “quiet.”
Jack Lambert played in four Super Bowls where the Steelers were victorious. Further he played in nine straight Pro-Bowls.
Lambert’s career stats included but were not limited to 28 interceptions and 17 fumble recoveries.
Jack Lambert had a fan ranking of 41 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.
I’m a little confused on this selection. Number 28 on the “Top 100” is Emmitt Smith. Smith was picked as Number 10 by the fans and I think that is a little closer to reality, why? Emmitt Smith is the all-time leading rusher.
Emmitt Smith was drafted out of Florida by the Dallas Cowboys in 1990. He was the 17th pick in the first round. He played 226 games in 15 seasons. Smith was picked at a time when the Cowboys were trying to rebuild.
He ultimately led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories.
Emmitt Smith had 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons. He had four rushing crowns. As I indicated previously Smith is the all-time rushing leader withy 18,355 yards. He scored 164 rushing touchdowns. Further Smith’s body of work includes 515 receptions.
The fans are much closer to being right with a ranking of ten. I just don’t see how the all-time leading rusher can be ranked 28th.
Emmitt Smith was inducted into the Hall of Fame just this year (2010).
Hall of Fame Website, “Jack Lambert”
NFL Network Website, “Jack Lambert LB”
You Tube Website, “Jack Lambert Tribute”
You Tube Website, “Emmitt Smith Tribute”
Hall of Fame Website, “Emmitt Smith”
NFL Network Website, “Emmitt Smith RB”