In the 1976 season, the Steelers defense was a juggernaut, arguably the greatest defense of all time. After the Steelers started 1-4 and lost their quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, the Steelers' defense took over for the remaining nine games. The Steelers recorded five shutouts, including three in a row during this stretch. During this nine-game stretch the Steelers allowed a total of two touchdowns (in the same game) and five field goals. The defense allowed an average 3.1 points per game and the team had an average margin of victory of 22 points. Eight of the Steelers' starting eleven defensive players were selected for the Pro Bowl that year and four would eventually be selected to the Hall of Fame. Thus earning them the moniker of the Steel Curtain.
The famed front four of the Steel Curtain:
#75 "Mean" Joe Greene - defensive tackle, 1969-1981 (1969 Defensive Rookie of the Year; 1972 & 1974 Defensive Player of the Year; NFL 1970s All-Decade Team; Hall of Fame)
#68 L. C. Greenwood - defensive end, 1969-1981 (NFL 1970s All-Decade Team)
#63 Ernie Holmes - defensive tackle, 1972–1977
#78 Dwight White - defensive end, 1971–1980
Click the thumbnail for a detailed look at the steel curtain defense design.
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