Sl Discussion Thread for Week of June 6

This is your thread to talk about … well, whatever you want.

– Some sad news as former Steelers running back — and Hall of Famer — John Henry Johnson passed away over the weekend at the age of 81. Johnson spent six seasons with the Steelers between 1960 and 1965 rushing for 4,381 yards, a mark that is still fourth on the teams all-time list. He also spent time with the 49ers, Lions and Oilers in his career, finishing with 6,803 yards in 13 seasons. The only 1,000-yard seasons of his career (1962 and 1964) came as a member of the Steelers, and while he never led the league in rushing, he finished in the top-five five times, including a pair of second place finishes in 1954 and 1962 when he trailed only fellow Hall of Famers Joe Perry and Jim Taylor respectively.

My parents have a poster hanging in their basement from his Hall of Fame year (1987) that contains he and Joe Greene, who also went into Canton that year, that is autographed by both of them. Which is cool. [Steelers]

– Totally random: NFL Network was showing Super Bowl XIV between the Steelers and Rams on Saturday night. I managed to catch pieces of it during commercial breaks in the hockey game. I still get amazed watching old games like that and seeing just how different the NFL was in almost ever aspect. The size and speed of the players for one, but also something as simple as the way they lined up pre-snap. Steelers won, by the way.

– The main concourse of Heinz Field contains The Great Hall, which is pretty much a mini-museum with replica Super Bowl trophies, art work and lockers for past Steeler greats. While it’s a cool place, it’s only open to fans on game day, and you have to have a ticket to the game to see it. It appears that a regular museum that will be open to everybody year-round is in the planning stages for some potential upgrades to Heinz Field, including the addition of 4-5,000 seats. I find it amazing that Heinz Field has been open long enough to be at the point where it’s getting “upgrades.” [Post-Gazette]

– The Steelers didn’t win a Super Bowl between 1992 and 1997, but they still put some awesome teams on the field. Perhaps it’s because that’s when I was growing up, but I still love those teams. The amount of talent on the defense between 1994 and 1996 was stunning: Greg Lloyd, Levon Kirkland, Chad Brown, Kevin Greene, Jason Gildon (the fifth best linebacker on that team), Rod Woodson, Carnell Lake, Darren Perry, Joel Steed, Brenston Buckner. Incredible. Yancey Thigpen was my favorite player. [Behind The Steel Curtain]

– Troy Polamalu edges Ed Reed. [NFL From The Sidelines]

– And for your random YouTube: Kordell Stewart to Plaxico Burress…

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  • Anonymous

    and in other news the haters just can’t stop themselves….

    http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/28293/roethlisberger-polamalu-are-snubbed

  • GlennW

    My brother used to buy season tickets from John Henry Johnson’s extended family back at TRS (I think his daughter maintained the account of a large block of tickets), and we’d watch the games sitting with that crew.  I never saw/met Mr. Johnson himself though; I think he had long since moved away in retirement.  Family was still around though, and big Steelers fans…