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Top 15 Worst Players in Pittsburgh Steelers History

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the more-storied franchises in the history of the National Football League. Pittsburgh has also been home to some of the greatest football players to ever play the game professionally. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw was once slinging passes to wide receiver Lynn Swann. All-time great running back Jerome Bettis had a NFL Network special dedicated to him in October of 2015. He may not be the most beloved player in the history of the club, but nobody can deny that Ben Roethlisberger has been one of the best players to ever feature for the Steelers.

For all of the success that the Steelers have enjoyed over the years, the team has also gotten plenty of things wrong. Remember when Limas Sweed was going to be the next great NFL WR according to some analysts? That not only never came close to happening. Sweed became far more known for failing to hold onto the football in big situations than for making big plays and positive contributions for the Steelers. Pittsburgh and Sweed parted ways not long after he failed to impress the club and fans, and his NFL career was over almost as quickly as it began.

For every draft pick that the Steelers have gotten right, there are also plenty of examples of selections that were, after the fact, viewed as wasted picks. Pittsburgh missed on multiple defensive linemen that the club drafted in the 1980s. Any one of them could make a list of the worst players in the history of the Steelers. There was also a fullback who, according to the Steelers, did not do enough to keep himself in playing shape. Some athletes simply aren't good enough to play in the NFL. Not being dedicated to the craft is an unforgivable offense.

14 15. Josh Scobee 

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13 14. Darryl Sims 

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12 13. Ricardo Colclough 

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11 12. Troy Edwards 

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10 11. Rashard Mendenhall 

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9 10. Bruce Davis 

8 9. Alonzo Jackson 

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7 8. Tim Worley 

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6 7. George Izo 

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5 5. LeGarrette Blount 

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4 4. Mark Malone 

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3 3. Huey Richardson 

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2 2. Dick Leftridge 

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1 1. Limas Sweed 

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“10 years from now, we’re going to say Limas Sweed was the most productive and most talented wide receiver in the 2008 NFL Draft class.” That, according to a story posted on The Daily Texan website, is how Sweed was described by ESPN analyst Todd McShay. Sweed, needless to say, did not reach those lofty expectations, mostly because he was unable to hang onto the ball and reel in passes. The highlight – or rather the lowlight – of Sweed's NFL career is a drop that he committed during the 2008 AFC Championship game. He failed to catch on in the CFL and Sweed eventually moved on to coaching football. Smart career decision, Limas.

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