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"I'll be glad to leave here. I feel like eating palm trees. I don't like this place. It's for people with arthritis. They come here to play golf and to die." - Steelers defensive tackle Ernie Holmes, before Super Bowl X, which was played in Miami

"Go and ask Henderson if I was dumb today." - Steelers quarterback and Super Bowl XIII MVP Terry Bradshaw, after the game. Before the game, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson had called Bradshaw "dumb."

"They say that when you're the champs, everybody will try to beat you. Well, I'm glad we're champs, so bring 'em on, bring 'em all on. If we die, we ain't gonna die running. It's gonna be a fight."(Joe Greene)

"You can't take that ring away, and that's what it's all about. Money goes. You can go to the bank and borrow money, but you can't go to the bank and borrow a Super Bowl ring. That ring is like a crown and, not to boast, we're gonna get it."(Joe Greene)

"He's the greatest defensive tackle to ever play this game. It's an honor and a privilege and all that other stuff to have my locker next to his for five years. My rookie year, he was supposed to be finished and now he's the number one defensive tackle in the game again. When he's inducted into the Hall of Fame, I'm gonna be there. How Joe Greene plays is how the Steelers play."(John Banaszak)

"The Steelers did it again. They had a shot at every college player in the country except three and managed to come up with a guy nobody ever heard of."(Disgruntled fan after Joe Greene was drafted)

"We knew the fans might complain, but all the reports we had on Joe indicated that he was not only the finest defensive lineman of that year, but maybe the best in a decade. Next to O.J., we had Joe figured as the surest bet in the whole draft."(Art Rooney Jr.)

"That first day [in Training Camp, 1969] he looked like the baddest thing that ever walked on two legs. When it was my turn [against him in the blocking drill], I made up my mind that this kid was not going to beat me. After all, I had been in the league a helluva lot longer than he was. I dug in and went to work, just like I was down on the goal line in a championship game. I figured if this kid's playing it for all the marbles the way he is I better do the same thing or else they'll be sweeping me off the field with a whisk broom."(John Brown)

"Joe got kicked out of three games that year [1969] as I recall. He got kicked out of a game in New York for taking a late shot on Fran Tarkenton; he got kicked out of a game in Minnesota for punching a lineman [Jim Vellone]; he got kicked out a game in Philadelphia for picking up the football and throwing it into the upper deck. Hell, I don't know why they put him out of a game for that. They should have given him some kind of award. It might have been the best pass a guy on our club threw all year."(Andy Russell)

"I never saw a defensive man so totally dominate a game. Joe was like a one-man army. It was almost boring for the rest of us because we had nothing to do but watch. I caught myself applauding a couple times."(Andy Russell) "I know that I was part of something very unique in the history of the game... We were the baddest dudes who ever did it on defense. Everyone else patterned themselves after us, and because of the way we played they had to change the rules. That tells you something about how bad we were."(Dwight White)

"The hardest I've ever been hit in my life, both times were by Dwight. He's just rough, like a bull in a china shop, and he'll tear up anything that's in his way. It's like he's got tunnel vision and he zeros in on that one thing and anything that gets in his way, too bad."(Joe Greene) "The four of us together were something else. I don't think there was ever a team like us, or any who could beat us. We had a sense about where we were, what we did, how we could run plays with just a nod of the head. We just complemented each other. We got on the cover of Time. That was quite an achivement."(Ernie Holmes) "We put a lot of pressure on our linebackers at that time, a lot of one-on-one coverage. We asked him to cover running backs, and sometimes wide receivers, all over the field. Jack handled it very well. There was a general consensus that when a linebacker covered a running back, it was a mismatch. Jack Ham disproved that theory."(Chuck Noll) "Of all the teammates I played with, Jack Ham is the most deserving of being in the Hall of Fame. He was the most consistently great player we had. He did it week after week and year after year. Until he broke his foot he was the outside linebacker that all others were measured by."(Jack Lambert)

""My heavens, yes, Jack Ham belongs in the Hall of Fame. The thing I remember about Jack? You couldn't block him. You just couldn't block him. In a way, he made it easy for us to come up with a game plan. We'd just run the other way. We wanted no parts of him."(Bum Phillips) "He knew every time we were going to pass because he was always looking in our backfield. You teach your linebackers to play off the tight end's eyes because the tight end will give the play away, but Jack was too good for that. He'd look directly into the backfield and read the play and still not be hooked by the tight end."(Bum Phillips) "I never felt the individual honors measured up to the team stuff. If you're asking how I'd like to be remembered, it's as a team player who helped the Steelers win a few championships."(Jack Ham)

"When you watch Jack(Ham) on film, you feel like standing up and applauding."(Andy Russell)

"It wasn't difficult making plays on those teams. I had a Hall of Famer Joe in front of me at left tackle and a guy who should be considered for the Hall of Fame
L.C. Greenwood at left end. I didn't need a uniform with those guys in front of me. I could have played in basketball shorts."(Jack Ham) "Of all the players I coached he's(Ham) the one I mention most when I'm out recruiting. He's what every player in high school, college or the pros should strive to become - a mean son of a buck on the field and a perfect gentleman off the field. He is the epitome of the perfect football player."(George Perles)

John Elway on Jack Lambert.."He had no teethe,and he was slobbering all over himself.I'm thinking,you can have your money back,just get me out of here.Let me go be an accountant.I cant tell you how badly I wanted out of here"...Elways first play from scrimmage in the NFL

Joe Geene..."They say that when you're the champs,everybody will try to beat you.Well I am glad we are the champs, so bring them on,bring them all on.If we die.we aint gonna die running. Its going to be a fght"

Jack Lambert.."Yes I get satisfaction out of hitting a guy and seeing him lay there a while"

 
Teams supreme
CHARLOTTE -- How quaint that the 1970s weren't erased from memory like a Nixon tape. Even bell-bottoms are back and lime-green shirts, too, proving once again the classics never fade.
Even John Travolta is cool again. Who knows? Maybe Abba will do a reunion tour.
The '70s were a decade of bad hair and even worse presidents. Yet the standing of one staple of the era, the Pittsburgh Steelers, remains undiminished. There's no way around it: the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers were the greatest team in NFL history.
Great teams don't just dominate -- they intimidate. That Steelers team, with the snarl of Jack Lambert and the sneer of Mean Joe Greene, had a nasty tone that added to its aura.
Because those Steelers have been lauded for so long, there's a tendency to search elsewhere for the greatest NFL team, to thumb through media guides to uncover some squads that may have been overlooked. There's a suspicion that perhaps those Steelers weren't the best after all.
There were the 1962 Green Bay Packers, the best of Coach Vince Lomardi's teams. With running backs Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor and quarterback Bart Starr, Green Bay roared to a 13-1 record in the regular season and outscored rivals 415-148. The Packers went to New York to beat a strong Giants club 16-7 for the NFL title.
There were the '72 Dolphins, the NFL's only unbeaten Super Bowl champions. They went 17-0 despite losing quarterback Bob Griese for 10 games with a broken right leg. With 38-year-old Earl Morrall under center, fullback Larry Csonka and halfback Jim Kiick rolled to an NFL-record 2,960 yards rushing.
There were the '75 Steelers, Pittsburgh's second straight Super Bowl champion and a club that finished 13-3-1.
The Chicago Bears went 18-1 in 1985 and their brilliant defense allowed just 10 points in three postseason wins.
The Dallas Cowboys produced a stunning amount of success in the early 1990s, only to see their roster eroded by free agency.
The San Francisco 49ers responded to the Dallas threat with a juggernaut in 1994. That squad averaged 31.6 points per game as quarterback Steve Young had a rating of 112.8 -- double Kerry Collins' this past season -- and receiver Jerry Rice caught a team-record 112 passes.
Unlike some previous Niner teams, this club had a great defense built around linebacker Ken Norton and cornerback Deion Sanders. That 49ers club had a touch of greatness, as defined by balance and dominance, with a bit of panache.
Yet no team defined greatness like the '78 Steelers.
The '62 Packers lacked the speed of modern clubs. The '72 Dolphins won their three playoff games by only 17 points. The quarterback of the '85 Bears, Jim McMahon, had a rating of 82.8, hardly a number he'd scribble on a head band. The '94 Niners lacked a fearsome pass rush and had a modest line.
The '78 Steelers had no holes. That team had three Hall of Fame players on offense (quarterback Terry Bradshaw, running back Franco Harris and center Mike Webster) and four on defense (defensive lineman Greene, linebackers Lambert and Jack Ham, and defensive back Mel Blount).
They could run, they could throw, and they scored a whopping 356 points in the regular season.
Their "Steel Curtain" defense allowed only 195 points in a 17-2 season. Yes, the Steelers lost two games, but by a total of 10 points.
In the playoffs, they whipped the Denver Broncos 33-10 and the Houston Oilers 34-5. Then they beat a superb Dallas team 35-31 in Super Bowl XIII.
Those '78 Steelers remain, sideburns and all, the best team the NFL has produced.