When Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox went down with an elbow injury in the 2nd week of the 2004 season, rookie Ben Roethlisberger stepped in and lead the Steelers to a 15-1 record. That season, Roethlisberger compiled an amazing 13-0 record as a starter!
In 1963, Johnny "Blood" McNally became the first Pittsburgh Steelers player inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. McNally went by the alias "Johnny Blood" during his NFL career because he wanted to protect his college eligibility, of which he still had a year remaining, when he went pro. McNally, possibly the best wide receiver during his time in the league, was also known for his devastating hits on defense. He played for several teams, including the Milwaukee Badgers (1925-26), the Duluth Eskimos (1926-27), the Pottsville Maroons (1928), the Green Bay Packers (1929-33 & 1935-36), and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1934 & 1937-38). During his last two years in Pittsburgh, McNally not only played offense and defense, but also served as coach. He died on November 28, 1985, at the age of 82.
The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Louisiana Tech quarterback Terry Bradshaw with the 1st overall pick of the 1970 NFL draft. The Steelers were fortunate, as they had to flip a coin with the Chicago Bears to determine who would get the first pick. Bradshaw would go on to become the first quarterback to lead his team to four Super Bowl victories (1975-76 & 1979-80). He retired after the 1983 season with 27,989 career passing yards, 212 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 70.9. Terry Bradshaw was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1989, along with Steelers teammate Mel Blount.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann was named MVP of Super Bowl X. Swann set a Super Bowl record by gaining 161 yards on his four receptions. Other key players in the game included Franco Harris, who rushed for 82 yards, and Terry Bradshaw, who threw two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Pittsburgh Steelers used their first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2005 NFL draft to take Virginia TE Heath Miller. The Steelers' other 2005 draft choices included CB Bryant McFadden (2nd round), T Trai Essex (3rd round), WR Fred Gibson (4th round), LB Rian Wallace (5th round), OG Chris Kemoeautu (6th round), DE Shaun Nua (7th round), and RB Noah Herron (7th round).