The 1974 Steelers Draft - The Greatest Ever
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The 1974 Steelers Draft - The Greatest Ever

More than forty years of Steeler frustration melted away in the final seconds of Super Bowl IX. For years, they had laid the foundation for this moment. Yes, some of the pieces were in place going into the 1974 season.

But look at the draft. There has been no draft in the history of the NFL, by any team in any year, that was better than the Steelers' draft of 1974.

Lynn Swann (1), Jack Lambert (2), John Stallworth (4) and Mike Webster (5) (plus undrafted free agent Donnie Shell), were each taken by the Steelers in the '74 draft... and each now resides forever in Canton. A staggering 17 rookies made the team in 1974, and amazingly, the team went on to win the Super Bowl. With the veterans sitting out training camp due to the NFL Players' strike, Chuck Noll was able to pay special attention to his prize crop of rookies. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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