Steelers Fans Say Farewell to Greg Lloyd
We'll all miss Lloyd immensely. As a tribute, I'd like to post some parting thoughts from other Steelers fans about Lloyd. Please send me YOUR lasting impressions of Greg Lloyd... gone, but not forgotten.

CLICK HERE to submit your Lloyd memoirs.

CLICK HERE to read my humble tribute to Lloyd.

The following articles are listed in the order they were received (with the most recent entries at the top). This isn't a "guestbook" format... I read and manually insert every message, so you may not see your submission show up immediately. Thanks a million for your comments, people!



Submitted by Blaze MacLeod
It may be a little late, as it's 2003 already, but it's as simple as this: 2004. Canton, OH. Greg Lloyd is either inducted or the NFL HoF has a serious flaw. As with Dermontti Dawson and Rod Woodson when they're eligible. The fact that LC Greenwood isn't there is already bad enough.

I've been 20 for about a month now, so I don't remember the days of Bradshaw, Lambert, Swann, ect. other than as team historical figures. I missed most of the 80's because most of my family didn't watch football. When I first started watching Steelers football, the team consisted of a Quarterback who will not be named (#14), Bam Morris, Eric Pegram, John L. Williams, Yancey Thigpin, Greg Lloyd, Kevin Greene, Carnell Lake, Rod Woodson, ect. I remember how angry I was when one of my two favorite players, Greene, left to play for the Panthers. Then I nearly went insane when Lloyd was cut. Even half a Lloyd was better than no Lloyd, he brought the Intensity, Integrity, and Intelligence to the team. If I were Bill Cowher, I'd hire Lloyd to coach Porter, Farrior, Gildon, and Bell. They're good, these guys are good…

But they're no Greg Lloyds.



Submitted by M. Siel
Ah yes. The Intimidator of the NFL. It will be some time before another graces the field of the NFL like the only man who had the courage to wear a t-shirt that read "I wasn't hired for my disposition." While the hits are memorable, the most memorable one for me was a 1993 game against San Diego. Charger wide out Tony Martin was crossing the middle on a short passing play. He never say Lloyd who absolutely dislodged his head from his shoulders. I remember Dan Patrick of ESPN, did the highlights on this game and I could hear him wince as they showcased the play.

This is to you Greg. Thank you for everything you gave the Steelers and the fans. You always brought the house and epitomized what defense in Pittsburgh has always been about.

M. Siel



Submitted by Elliott Lloyd
WHEN IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE ,GREG WILL ALWAYS BE A STELLER IN HIS HEART. THIS WAS A MAN THAT PLAYED FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPORT AND NOT FOR THE MONEY. EVENTHOUGH MONEY WAS A PART OF THE SPORT. ALL MY MEMORIES COME FROM OUR CHILDHOOD LIFE. I PLAYED BASEBALL IN HIGH SCHOOL AND HE WAS ONLY NINE YEARS OLD AND I WAS A PICTHER AND COULD NOT STRIKE HIM OUT!!!!!! EVENTHOUGH IT WAS WITH A TENNIS BALL. HE WAS ALSO AGREAT BASEBALL PLAYER. HE PLAYED BASEBALL TO TRY AND BREAK MY RECORD BUT SET HIS OWN. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM AND HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART FOR HIM........

LOVE YA BRO!!!!
ELLIOTT LLOYD



Submitted by Mike Josey
Greg and I are from Halifax Nova Scotia and we grew up loving football and favoring the Steelers of the 70's mainly because they were the big winners of that decade. We have remaind committed. The first time Greg and I saw Greg Lloyd play in the Black and Gold we said to each other "man, I'm glad that guy's playin football because if he wasn't he'd be doing time somewhere" His aggressiveness and tenacity make him our favorite Steelers of all time. I'd definately be interested in finding out what the big guy is up to. Hopefully he has locked his evil self away, only to be let out in front of his punching bag.

Mike J.



Submitted by Alan McClendon
I grew up with Greg. I played football with him in high school and graduated in 83 with him. I knew him quite well, and he was a very nice guy - just don't screw with him in a game !

Unfortunately, I haven't seen him since high school. I was looking at our high school annual the other day and saw the senior football players with greg next to me, and i started wondering what ever happened to him.

I know he played in the pros a while, but do you know where he is now, or what he's up to?

I don't know that he'll come but I think we are going to have a 20th high school reunion in May or June of 03.

Anyway, If you know what he's doing these days I would appreciate a note.

Thanks,
Alan McClendon



Submitted by R. Pulford
It was a sad day for me when i watched ESPN and saw that Greg Lloyd was released from the Steelers.I was only around at the time,but i realized what a big mistake the Steelers made.I think we all miss the days of when Greg would Hurt a Quarterback,or make a big play.It Just Isn't the same now adays.Greg In my book is the best OLB i've ever seen.Gregs bone crushing hits will never be forgotten,and he'll always be in his fans and my heart.



Submitted by Chris Lippy
The thing about Lloyd was no matter what the score was there always was at least one memorable Lloyd highlight every game.I was and still am the biggest Lloyd fan.I named my son Anthony Lloyd Lippy and he was born on 9-5-95,how's that for ironic?Thanks,Chris.



Submitted by Pblizz
I remember when he told Dan Marino that he was going to knock him into next week. Like a true player he backed up his words and knocked him out. What a hit!!!!!



Submitted by Frank Gagliardo
Greg was the heart and soul of the Steelers throughout the 90's. He was meant to wear the Black & Gold. I have so many lasting memories of Greg Lloyd. Knocking out Al Toon (That was great to see especially living in NY), Dan Marino, dominating the Monday Night Show every season, the facemask, the guns, that Motto "Just Plain Nasty" and "I wasn't hired for my disposition". I actually had the pleasure of meeting Greg Lloyd in Rod Woodson's restaurant and he signed one of my shirts and it was one of my greatest pleasures of my life. But my most memorial Greg Lloyd moment was seeing him in an interview with NFL films and he was wearing this striped white and peach shirt sitting in the stands in Old Three Rivers and stating that his wife is his hero and is his strength. Hearing him talk about his wife and how he was raised by his grandmother because his mother left him, one so emotional. I have to admit, the interview brought tears to my eyes....

Frank Gagliardo
North Babylon, NY



Submitted by Tim Nauer
Lloyd was not only a good LB but he was a great football player. He played the game the way it is supposed to be played. He did what was asked of him and made sure that everyone else on HIS defense did what was asked of them! He was a great tackler and the hardest hitter the NFL has ever had! He was a guided missile! He hit and hit all the time...and I mean all the time. His forced fumbles were a thing of beauty. He has entered the hierarchy beside "Mean Joe Green", "Terry Bradshaw","Jack Lambert","Mel Blount", "Franco Harris", and Jack Ham"



Submitted by Shannon McClattie
I am probably the biggest fan of Greg Lloyd on this earth!

I was one of the fortunate ones to have attended college with him and got to know this man long before he went into the NFL!!

I remember when the scouts came down to see him at our very small school. It was during the Thanksgiving holidays 1986 and it was raining like crazy. The scouts indicated that they would come back to see him later and he refused! He got out on that rainy day and showed his tail!!

I am a cheerleader in the NFL for the Panthers for 5 years now. When Greg was released from the Steelers I was truly upset. I made the comment to one of my fellow cheerleaders that it would be AWESOME if we picked him up. When we did I went CRAZY!! I was happy to see my friend again. He did not know I was a cheerleader and we had a celebrity golf tournament. When we were assigned our partners, he was mine. I went to get him and completely surprised him!!! We talked for about 5 hours and called all of our old friends to tell them that the VALLEY was representing in the Carolinas.

I still see him at homecoming and when I am in the Atlanta area.

I loved him then, and will love one of the GREATEST to play to game!!!

Sincerely
Shannon McClattie



Submitted by Jay Summers
I don't know how old your site is, but I just clicked on it for the first time tonight. I only saw Lloyd play in person one time. That was opening day of 1994 when they played the Cowboys. We went in as soon as the gates opened. There was only one Steeler out there warming up. It was Lloyd. Guns blazing with his muscle shirt on. He was standing on the end zone line, passing the ball with some ball boy who was standing on the 35. He was throwing darts to the kid. Perfect spirals. Then, after five or so of those right handed, he started throwing left handed. Thirty-five yard frozen ropes. Of all the plays he made in games, drilling Bledsoe while Greene held him up, destroying Brian Kinchen on his way to a sack, or obliterating a Detroit Lion who I can't remember in the endzone in a game in 1989(best hit I ever saw), my lasting memory of Lloyd is him throwing laser beams both right and left handed. Never heard him talk about this, or anyone else talk about this either.

If you have an address I could write him at, I would really appreciate it. Thanks for the web-page about one of the greatest Steelers of all-time.



Submitted by Mizell, Timothy GS (NSN)
Just found your site so I'm a little late . Not since Jack Lambert have I seen a player with the heart and soul as Greg Lloyd. Powerful, Lighting fast speed, Able to leap tall building with a single bound (okay maybe that's alittle much) but you get the idea. Not only did the Steelers loss a great one , football lost a great one.Some say he was a naughty player, just because he would kick your ass off the line , crush your QB's and come back to tell you about it. If that's naughty so be it. I see flashes Lloyd in new comers Gildon and Bell, Lets just hope the Steelers top dogs see it too and keep these guys around and not make another bone head move like they did with Levon Kirkland. Mr.Lloyd , thanks you for your years of heart and soul for the yellow and black.



Submitted by Marc Masters
First of all, I just want to say that it's great to see all the messages listed on this site. It shows what an impact #95 had on the Steeler faithful, who have seen more talent come through their city than any NFL franchise.

As much as I enjoy watching some of the current Steelers (Bettis, Porter, etc.) is doubtful that I will ever see a player that was as much fun to watch every Sunday than Greg Lloyd. First, you absolutely never had to worry about him giving less than 100% each play, each game, each year. Second, no one brought as much intensity to the game as he did. Dan Marino? Brett Favre? Who cares? If they got in his way, they were going to feel it. Size, speed, strength, aggression - he had all the tools, and maximized every one of them.

His career should have gone longer, but he obviously made a huge impact while he was here. Every year my wife asks me if I want a new Steelers jersey, and every year I say "Hell no! I'll wear that Lloyd jersey 'til I die!" Who cares if he's gone, he's still my favorite player. Thanks for the memories Greg.



Submitted by Tommy "Fleetwood 'N' Julio" Coleman
This picture does not say it all or even come close to it. But when talking about a player like Mr. Lloyd what one picture could. Saying that I think it captures the essence of the 1990's NFL QB pampering rules and the effort of a great player adapting to them, Heh Heh!

After Super Bowl 30 and I mean way after, Mike Terry and his girl friend at the time, Janelle and I ended up at the Scottsdale Doubletree Hotel. It was a pathetic sight! Dazed Steeler fans, Drunk Steelers Fans looking for Neil O'Donnell, Steelers Players coming and going from the post game party, many acting as though they had won the Super Bowl (many dressed like pimps from a comic book, no goldfish though) and some groupies. I call them groupies and not fans because they were swarming over the players and begging for autographs like it was just another day at the park.

Well, in the lobby in the corner was Mr. Lloyd. Looking... well, let's say not happy. The gropies [sic] were afraid to approach him and steered clear. Seeing this and being the consummate ambassador of good will that I am, I walked (if you can call it walking at this point) over to him and told him that the spectacle of groupies and all disgusted me and that I wanted to thank him for a great season and all that he had done for the team. At this point I was getting close to the Al Pacino/Tony Montana "You're/they're all a bunch of F...ing Mummies" speech from the movie Scar Face. Realizing this and that I had nothing left to say I said "Well, Greg a couple of days off and back to work!" The look on his face was priceless (he was on his way to the Pro Bowl after all). Thank you for not Kicking my ass and thank you for being the Linebacker that you were for the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Tommy



Submitted by Cory Jones
I know this is a little late for a tribute to him since hes been gone for so long now,but I am gonna leave one anyways. Gregg Llyod.......the man who never smiles........Greg Llyod.......#95. Ill never forget the hits he laid on the QBs ...Marino.....Farve(preseason!)...Blake....Harbaugh.....the list goes on......Oh ya the hit on receiver Jimy Smits coming across the middle! w0w!



Submitted by Alex Gomez
What can you say......JUST PLAIN NASTY!!! The best when he was his best!



Submitted by Carl Mihailovich
What he meant to me when I watched him over come the 300+ LBS on the Dallas team line in the Super bowl. He kept fighting and fighting and every play he would get in just a little more. His heart was bigger than their whole offensive line. He let Emmit and the boys know what football was about. My favorite saying of his was an offshoot in the corner of the locker room at Cleve stadium in 95. When reporters were asking about the Clowns moving to Baltimore Lloyd was overheard to say "F#$K the Baltimore Browns".

Carl Mihailovich



Submitted by David
Bud,

I just came across your site - and it really spoke to me bro'. Thanks.

In fact, it really warms my heart to see that there are others who continue to love Greg Lloyd like I do. Gregory Leonard Lloyd was and will always be the absolute epitomy of Steeler football. "Heart and soul" is just as fitting as his motto "Just Plain Nasty". Lloyd played nasty football with an edge unparallelled - plus he played with so much heart and spirit.

His resurrection after some devastating knee injuries early in his career speak volumes about his character. He was a true leader and it really breaks my heart that a freaking bullshit staph infection ignominiously closed out his career like it did. Not to sound too crazy, but I'll never get over that. I hate it and he deserved so much better. At least people hip to what matters pay him the respect he deserves. Thanks again bud.

Your comments on Lambert, Lake and Woodson were also very nice. However, I wish you would have also mentioned Kevin Greene. I realize his stay as a Steeler wasn't that long but my belief is that he exemplified what is truly great about the game. Aside from the 70's dynasty, my favorite years were in the mid '90's when we had Lloyd, Green, Woodson, Lake, Cowher, Chad Brown, Ray Seals, Bettis, Bruehner (yes, I said Bruehner) and the rest.

David



Submitted by Paul Eric Brown Sr.
My name is Paul Eric Brown Sr. and i followed Mr. Lloyd from start to finish! I shed a tear or two when they cut him but especially when he went to play for carolina. He shouldv'e been retired a Pittsburgh Steeler! He exemplified the linebacker position. The way he played it is exactly the way that it was meant to be played.....with true grit, intensity and a relentless attitude but at the same time under control! I tell my son all the time that if he wants to be the best linebacker that he can be, then be better watch how Mr. Lloyd does it. He is greatly missed!!

Sincerely Yours
Paul Eric Brown Sr.



Submitted by Stephanie Bentley
One of the many things that I will always remember and cherish about Greg Lloyd was his loyalty to the Black and Gold. It didn't matter who you were, if you were wearing Black and Gold by god you were his ally against the rest of the world. Accordingly, if you were not wearing Black and Gold your body was added to the count. His thinking was throw-back. His job was to knock you down and out. He did not believe in helping the running back or quarterback up after he knocked them down. I'll never forget watching a game against the bengals when he and Jerry Olvasky tackled Kijana Carter. Olvasky extended his hand to help up Carter and Lloyd knocked his hand away and directed him toward the huddle. I later learned through an interview with Olvasky that Lloyd said "we don't do that around here". I'll never forget Greg Lloyd.



Submitted by John Lee
visited your website...i think lloyd should be the top guy from the 90's listed on the greatest steelers page. he was the man..he set the tone of how the game was played. guys like woodson, nickerson, jerrol williams, thomas everett, darren perry, kirkland followed his lead. i think he is a hall-of -famer.



Submitted by Aaron Buffington
Greg Lloyd was the main reason I became a steelers fan. Steelers bretheren was in the blood for me. Every sunday my parents whould take me up to my grandmothers house to watch the game with my 2 uncles and a hands full of steelers merchendice. But I never heard the calling untill I saw Lloyd break through the line for the first time and litterly destroy the opponents quarterback ater that I haven't missed a game

Thanks Greg.
Aaron Buffington 16
Spring Grove pa



Submitted by Jake
What was so bad about Lloyd's departure from the Steelers is that we, as fans, didn't have a chance to say goodbye... Here is mine...

Greg Lloyd....

What can you really say about someone like him???

I guess the easiest way to put it is by some word comparisons...

Loalty: Greg Lloyd
Toughness: Greg Lloyd
Heart: Greg Lloyd
Tenacity: Greg Lloyd
Desire: Greg Lloyd

Greg Lloyd defined the Steelers for most of a decade, and I believe is one of the best to play the position... not only of the league, but the Pittsburgh Steelers (I meant it that way... As we all know, the Steelers LB corps is annually made up of three of the four best LB's in the game)...

God love Greg Lloyd, and my posters of him will hang until the day they turn to dust...

P.S. (Greg) My sons will hear of you and your play for their entire adolescent life...

Thanks Greg...



Submitted by Charles Hanley
Greg Lloyd was exactly what Steeler defense was all about. He brought the attitude that the great teams of the 70's had back. Since his departure the defense has been in decline and will continue to until we find the next player to fil that role. That attitude is simply shut up and smack someone in the mouth.

Thank you, Greg.



Submitted by ritzjonz
Greg Lloyd visited our town in 95 as a Mentoring Program speaker. It was super to get his autograph and meet him... he was awesome! That was the year of Greg Lloyd in '95! He made a true impression on my then 7-year-old son and we will miss him. He would make a great coach someday... talk about motavation! Wow! Any news or info on him and how he is doing would be appreciated.



Submitted by B. Amend
Greg Lloyd was the epitome of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Blitzburgh defense. Deep inside, he was the emotional equivalent of the 70's Steel Curtain contained in one package.

During the 90's Lloyd WAS the Pittsburgh Defense, and we should honor him.
B. Amend



Submitted by MANDINGO128
AS A LIFE-LONG STEELER FAN, I'VE SEEN THE HEART OF THE STEELERS DEFENSE IN JACK LAMBERT. BUT IF LAMBERT WAS THE HEART OF THE STEELER'S "D" OF THE 70'S, GREGG LLOYD WAS THE SOUL OF DEFENSE OF THE 90'S. HE MAY NEVER BE REPLACED. SIMPLY PUT, HE WAS ONE OF THE BADDEST MEN EVER TO SUIT UP, THE TRUE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!



Submitted by Klint Simmel
Just wanted to say that Greg Lloyd was my favorite STEELER and he still is. It broke my heart when they cut him. If you look back, the team has not been the same since. I wish the Steelers would bring him back as a coach. I've come to realize he probably can't play like he used to, but his presence with the defense and the fans would be overwhelming. I also wanted to tell you that it's a great website and to thank you for keeping Greg Lloyd a part of the Steeler family.

Klint Simmel



Submitted by Patrick Trimble
To all Greg Lloyd fans, and the countless others who feared and, Geronimo!, respected him, remember these things:

Greg Lloyd graduated from Fort Valley State College with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Sure, he did not need to use his degree to pay the rent. But remember when 95 had us 'wired', and 'electrified', and seemed to call on unbelievable 'voltage' to just up-end and destroy a block, a ball carrier, a passer, it was a guy who put his education first.

Greg Lloyd had a tough time with his parents. We all hung on the words of interviews when he described being raised by his aunt, not knowing the protective love from his mom or his dads whereabouts. Now, I wasn't in the room, but I recall the news of him working towards reconciliation. His children met with their grandmother, and he wanted everyone to act respectfully, warmly. Lloyds example teaches us that even if we don't get a lot (of family, wealth, or security), we each start from scratch each day with the opportunity to work at these things. Mr. Lloyd excused no one from trying to do right.

Sure, he 'counted out' Al Toon. He swore on national TV. He didn't like the media, or quarterbacks, or the league office (protecting offensive players but not others; making money off of Crunch Course videos of hits which he was fined for). He wore some pretty ratty t-shirts to work.

But after years of bravely playing a violent game with swagger, he still practices control through martial arts. After making millions, he still eats dinner with his family. After learning it's rough out there, reads a book and treats his kids gently.

If you still think he isn't the greatest, you just ought to see him play football. wow. Thanks 95.

Patrick Trimble



Submitted by Chuck B.
I have been a Steeler fan since I was a kid. Celebrating through the Superbowls, suffering through the retirements and pitiful seasons. Cringing at losing to The pathetic "Cowgirls." Thank you Kneel! However, without a doubt watching a player like Lloyd have to limp away from the game was crushing. Lloyd played the game the way it was supposed to be played. The way the Steelers play football! Down and dirty, rough, blue collar and full tilt until the game ends win or lose!

Everyone can talk about Singletary or other LB's that have come and gone. But as far as I'm concerned no one has matched the intensity, aggressiveness and just plain old meanness as Lloyd! Don't get me wrong, I love Jack Lambert! That dude just killed people! Lloyd however, I'm sure made many a QB wet themselves when he came blasting around the corner!

I doubt anyone will rise to the level of Lloyd. But if I'm wrong in that respect at least I can rest assured that he will be wearing the black and gold! Real football players play for the Steelers. Players who love the game, love to hit and hate the enemy with a passion! Players who give their all for the team rather than themselves or their careers. Players who put the fear of God into the opposition and will not stop in their pursuit until the whistle blows! That is what Greg Lloyd did every Sunday. It was a pleasure to watch him play and see the impact he made on the field. He will be sorely missed.

Best wishes to Mr. Lloyd... farewell.

Chuck B



Submitted by Nat LaBorde
I remember sitting on a friend's couch watching Lloyd play early in his career, telling everyone in the room he was the real deal. I got damn near laughed out of the room. My pals were like. "Greg who? That little guy ? ha!ha!ha!" etc., etc. You could see it on Lloyd's face... this guy came to PLAY... and play he did! We could all think of many, many times Lloyd changed a game, whether it be a forced fumble, a helmet smashing speech in the locker room, or pasting Dannyboy Marino. What I will remember about him most is that he brought the fire back to Pittsburgh in the 90's. When he left, the leadership and fire in our defense left too (hold on Tommy, put the gun away... I'm being honest here). We still had a good defense, but not a great one these last few years. We're still looking for someone to step up to the leadership plate (Kirkland, I'm talking to 'ya, guy!). Of everyone who has left the Steelers in the 90's, I miss Lloyd the most.

Thank you, Mr. Lloyd, for everything you did for the Steelers and fans. I'm sure glad you played for us... just think of how many more QB's we would have gone though playing against you!

Nat LaBorde



Submitted by Robert Wright
I have been a true Steeler fan since the time I was old enough to start having an interest in the game of football. From the very first time that I recall actually seeing my beloved Steelers play on TV in '75, there was something about these ominous warriors clad in intimidating black uniforms that made me addicted to the game of football. Was it the sheer wizardry and super strong arm of the quarterback? Or maybe the talent of an incrediblly tough pair of running backs along with the most amazing pair of wide receivers I have ever seen. No, it was the DEFENSE. I was mesmerized by what appeared to be super-human strength and talent stopping opposing teams dead in their tracks. Thus began the love, admiration & devotion to the one and only football team that I will ever truly worship and call "my team".

Years pass and through good times and bad, there are always certain individuals who stand out at their respective positions. Greg Lloyd is one such jewel that whenever I see or hear his name mentioned, will stir some great memories of absolutely one of the best outside linebackers to ever play the game. He was and will always be one of my favorite players. Wherever he goes, to me he will always be a true Pittsburgh Steeler. He is the epitomy of what an OLB should be. It always seems like something is missing out of our fine defensive unit now that there is no terribly intimidating #95 out there roaming over the field in all-out attack mode. The man always gives 200% when he plays. His work ethic, athleticism, pride, vicious hitting, attitude and disposition are the perfect example of what a true classic Steeler linebacker should be. Seeing him fire up the troops (and me on Sundays) and totally demolish anything in his path is something sorely missed.

For everything that he was to this organization, I sincerely believe that something should have been worked out to let him finish his career in a Steeler uniform where he belongs. Even with his injury plagued final season with the Steelers, can anyone truly deny how obvious it was that his presence is missed on our defensive unit. Compare the respective performances between the two years. As always, I stand by this team no matter what--I bleed black & gold. Best of luck to Greg, in whatever or wherever his situation may be from now on.



Submitted by Robert Botkin
I could talk about Greg Lloyd all day, but since I'm typing, I won't. I just want to say that I love Greg Lloyd as a football player. To me, there has never been a better linebacker (sorry, Lambert). Greg Lloyd IS the Steelers... I know it was a buisness decision, but Greg should still be with the Steelers. It wasn't like he was crying about being offered more to play on God's team than any other team was willing to pay him like a certain Mr. Piss-Ant Woodson! I might be jumping the gun, but I think that Lloyd is one of those special players that come along that we will never have a chance to see play like that again. I thought I could never be lower as a Steeler fan than when we lost to a Cowboys team coached by Switzer in the Superbowl, but the day the Steelers released Lloyd was right up there with that feeling. Thanks for all the great memories... I'll never forget you, Greg Lloyd.

Sincerly, your biggest fan,
Big Bad Bob Botkin



Submitted by James "J.C." Patterson
I'll never forget seeing Lloyd in training camp -- looked like a Greek statue... I wish the Steelers would sign him again, if for nothing else than his leadership on the field and in the locker room.

J.C.
Fresno, CA



Submitted by L Train
Let me tell you something... I will take Greg Lloyd with half a knee, and the heart of nobody I have ever seen, on my team any day of the week. Greg, Chad, and Kevin at one time were the most devastating LB's I have ever seen, and they had a young kid they were teaching by the name of Kirkland, who in my opinion was the MVP of the Superbowl a couple of years ago. I have never in my life seen anyone like Lloyd. I remember in his last year, he had been playing on that ankle that ended his career in Pittsburgh, they were playing Cincy and Lloyd hit KiJana Carter so hard he fumbled and then before Carter ever knew what hit him, Lloyd was already on the ball waiting for someone to come touch him so he could be downed. I will never forget Greg... he went through the hard times and I will always have respect for a guy who tackles Emmitt Smith on the sideline one on one, and then goes over to Switzer and says,"Don't run that S--t to my side, boy!" WOW, that is what Steelers football is all about, and that is what Greg Lloyd was all about. I truly miss him.

L Train



Submitted by Thomas Bragg
Greg Lloyd's sheer intensity and leadership is something that you just don't replace easily. The steelers haven't had that type of leadership from any player since Jack Lambert retired in 1984. It will be years in the future before the steelers find leadership like his. Greg Lloyd is just another name on an already long list of players that should've finished their career in a pittsburgh steeler uniform. It's a travesty that they never were given a chance!!! We'll miss you, Greg... you were one for the ages !!!!



Submitted by AOD4LIFE@aol.com
Tim, by now you have heard enough of my rantings, but I was really moved by your tribute to Greg Lloyd. I really miss his intensity. He was the best linebacker I ever saw wear the black and gold. Occasionally, I'll flip to a Carolina game and check him out. He was my favorite player... since he left, it's just not the same. I LOVE the STEELERS, but if I was a running back and saw him coming at me with his different face mask, huge biceps, and snarl... I'd throw the ball down and run away. He used to make a play that would break a team. Remember the int vs. the Bears in '95 or him crunching David Klingler to fumble? Levon is good, one of the best. Lloyd was a field presence that we miss. My favorite Lloyd memory was him almost attacking O'Dummell at halftime of the Browns game in '93. Neil hit Eric "I'm a big drug addict tight end" Green for the winning score. I LOVE THOSE STEELERS, WIN OR LOSE, BUT I STILL MISS "MR. INTIMDATION," GREG LLOYD! Carolina signed him for 1 year, $500,000, and Bill Cowher got a new bigger contract on the same day. But at what cost?



Submitted by Dave Clifford
Visit Dave's excellent Steelers website: D.C.U.P.S.S.

You have so many devout members of the Black & Gold fan base writing with regards to the departed Greg Lloyd, I felt it necessary to add my thoughts as well.

I have been a Steeler fan for 23 years and because of location and financial constraints, had never been to a regular season game before last year. I was lucky enough to see the Steelers play against the Ravens in Baltimore. A fine game with so many ups and downs, I thought that would be an experience to last me for a while. It wasn't. I got the thrill of my life (amidst the others with kids being born) when I got to shake the hand of Mr. Lloyd. He was all smiles and signing anything anyone handed to him. I know, he signed my Terrible Towel. Anyway, I walked away so much happier for having met the man who epitomized Steeler football since the Lambert, Greene and Ham days.

That was my personal moment. My professional moments are two and one is kinda weird. The crushing blow put on Natrone Means when he attempted a 3rd and 1 run on Greg's side in a 1994 meeting. Helmet to helmet, Greg almost stationary with Means lowering his head to try to barrel through. Stopped. Plain and simple. The other moment is when he actually hugged Neil O'Donnel. Yes, I know that is a little strange, but, in my eyes it showed he is a man with a heart and a heart that wants to win. And that hug to me meant he was telling a man whose position he had no respect for, but the man he did and they were actually just one step closer to the goal of all football players. To be champion.

I am not as upset about losing Greg because of what he brought to our team. I am most upset that he had to go without that championship ring on his hand.

Dave Clifford
D.C.U.P.S.S.
Here we go, Steelers, here we go!!!



Submitted by Holly Manley
Great Site! Love your tribute. I am a Lloyd-a-holic, and am very bitter about the way he was treated by the organization that I have followed for the last 20 years. I still feel this is about Cowher. His controlling the team and the 2 million he is now getting. The players' coach, who in the end basically told Lloyd don't let the door hit you in the a_s. How nice, the Steelers retired number 95's number. I wonder how many letters they received from fans objecting to Greg's release. Then there were comments by the organization as reported by the Tribune's that no one wanted him, etc. Why don't the Steelers treat their aging players with respect? Never have and probably never will. Sterling examples, Bradshaw, Lambert, Harris, Woodson, and now Greg.

If I was a player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who essentially said, I would like to retire a Steeler, I would think twice and go for the bucks like Yancy did, but then again, people always think that they are different and it will never happen to them.

I use to love watching him pop someone, e.g., Kevin Greene would grab the guy and Greg would take him out, and contrary to some people's views toward the end of the season, before he injured his ankle, there were a few plays (not sacks), e.g., RBs going over the top to score or someone taking off down the field, and he came out of nowhere to stop them.

I remembering Cowher running up to him, egging him on. It all seems like BS now.

Holly Manley



Submitted by Art Lyon
Greg Lloyd is no longer a Steeler. I still can't believe it and won't until I see him in another uniform. I'm 41 years old and have had only two favorite players in my life... Jack Lambert and Greg Lloyd. I've only owned one jersey....that's right, #95. I will continue to wear that jersey because it stands for an intensity and an attitude that said "I dare you to try to beat me and my team! It won't happen this Sunday if I have anything to do with it!" Lloyd would out and out kick his opponents ass! He asked no favors and gave none. I always had the feeling that when the offense couldn't score series after series that no matter how many times it took, the defense would hold on until we finally scored late in the fourth quarter. How many times did we watch our pathetic offense make mistake after mistake while he held the defense together. How many games did we think there was just no way they could continue to hold the opponents from scoring! Lloyd was the man that did that for us. He's not just another player going through the motions. He is a leader and an attitude adjustment! He's the guy that would retaliate for his teammates. I will always be proud of him and the way he played. I hope to hell that Cowher didn't feel the need to get rid of him so he could control the defense himself. LLOYD WAS THE DEFENSE!!!! I will miss him more than any of those who have left before him and my prayers were answered when he didn't sign with another AFC Central team. God Bless you and your family, Greg. And thanks for all the great years of sacrifice, playing with pain, and coming back from injuries. You made the other linebackers better because you were there and you made the Steelers a team that our opponents feared!

Art "STEEL" Lyon



Submitted by Mike Hoffman
#95 gone... another Steeler Great cast away for nothing. The Steelers, my all time favorite team, real men don't wear Black, they wear Black and Gold!

Anyways, Greg Lloyd joins the likes of Johnny Unitas, Jack Kemp, Franco Harris, Len Dawson, Rod Woodson, Kevin Greene, Yancey Thigpen, Joe Greene and others (notice I didn't include Neil O'Donnell or Bubby Brister in this list) whom the Steelers have sold down the river... the Steelers who we all Love build from within and then Trash thier Veterans. Greg Lloyd was one the greatest players ever to wear a Steeler Uniform. He anchored the Defense, and was a loyal and great player on and off the field to the fans. Greg we will miss you. Good luck with the Panthers. Everyone remembers when The Steelers one the AFC Championship against the Colts and what Greg said on Camera. I was watching the game with my wife and said< "Honey, did you just hear what he said? Hahahaahhah." A funny moment in Steeler History!

Mike Hoffman



Submitted by MJ12
Directly and Concisely.....Greg Lloyd stimulated the Steelers to demonstrate an attitude of Supremacy. He held the offense in contempt for even THINKING of running his way. I will never forget when he predicted knocking Marino out of the game and followed it through. THAT is Steelers football!!! Good Luck Greg and we appreciate your dedication and ferocity.

MJ12



Submitted by Steel
Great page!! Keep up the good work.

This is tough. This is not as big of a shock to me as it was to see Rod leave the beloved Black and Gold. However, the Steelers lost much more than perhaps the best linebacker in Steeler history. Yes, I remember Lambert, Ham and all the great players that made up the dynasty of the 70's, but none can compare to the inspirational leadership and intimidation factor that Greg brought to the Steelers defense. After seeing all the big names that have left the Steelers via free agency over recent years you would think it gets easier. It doesn't. Nothing lasts forever but you hate to see icons Like Rod and Greg leave the NFL wearing different colors.

The Hall of Fame game is three days away. When I see the Steelers take the field the excitement will soon make me look past recent events. When I see Kordell, Jerome, Dermonti, Levon, Joel, Carnell, Mark Bruener and the rest of the team it will be clear again as to why I still watch the game.

What was once a great sport is now 90% business and 10% game. Unless this changes we will continue to see some of the greats walk away.

Good Luck Greg...You are already missed...I'm sure in early December with a crisp chill in the air, the smell of sweat and blood, aches, pains..playoffs around the corner...someone else will have to take the reins and try to fill your shoes. Don't worry, they may stand in your place, but never in your shoes.

*UNFINISHED BUSINESS*



Submitted by Gean Bearer
I haven't respected a football player more for their tenacity and determination on the field since Jack Lambert. I named our second son after Greg and I thank him for some great memories. My hope is that he regains his health 100% and we see him back in a Steeler uniform!



Submitted by Matt Heaps
Visit Matt's excellent Steelers website: The Steel Factory

My first game I ever went to was in San Diego in the early 90's. My buddy and I flew down from Chico where we were attending college. Both of us were die hard fans and it was the first time we were able to see them live.

We arrived in San Diego and got settled at our hotel early Saturday morning. David, my buddy, suggested we drive to the Murph and check out the Stadium. We arrived and some how got into the field and talked to the field crew. They told us where the visiting team stayed....swhoosh, we were in the car driving what seemed to be 100 mph down the street to the hotel. We walked into the lobby and God must of been looking down on us that warm afternoon because when we entered the hotel there was about 30 fans all dressed in black and Gold. As my eyes focused, that isn't all that I saw, the Players were in the lobby as well. My jaw dropped as Rod Woodson walked by with Carnell Lake. I did nothing but look like a fool and with my chin on the floor and my eyes wide open.

After I composed myself, I sat down and talked to Bryan Hinkle for about 10 minutes about about the game tomorrow. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. Then I saw him, a man in a purple suit behind the ropes that hotel security set up so the players could have some privacy. Lloyd was just leaning up against the wall looking cool. On this side of the ropes were about 15 guys trying to get his autograph. Of course, I got up and went over were all the other fans were to beg too. I am telling you, Mr Rooney must of been looking down on me that weekend becauase for some reason, Greg told the security guy to let me in so he could give me an autograph. I don't know why he picked me out of all of those people but I don't try and question it. It is just a memory that I will always cheerish.

I have meet Lloyd only once since then and he is truely an intense player. The guy puts his game face on an entire day before a game. As Donahoe said, "He was one of the Best, not just on of the Steelers' best but one of the best in the league. Greg could play in any era. He has the makeup, whether it's in 1998 or 1938. he's just a football player."

Greg, you will always wear black in gold in my eyes and I wish you luck in the future. You ARE the heart and sole of the Steelers defense and it will be difficult to watch the games this year without 95 in the lineup. In tribute to you, I will wear my 95 jersey for every game this year. WE LOVE YOU MAN!



Submitted by Joe Velasquez
I was a true, die hard STEELER fan. Joe Green, Lambert, Ham - a fan from the seventies. I lived those glory years. Then, out of nowhere, came one bad, nasty linebacker named GREG LLOYD, who shook me out of the 70's. He inspired me to relish in the fact that be it 70's, 80's or 90's, there will be no better team than my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. God bless you, Greg Lloyd. Black and Gold forever.

Joey V. baby



Submitted by Anonymous
I was hoping that they would keep Lloyd around just for his inspirations to the game and for what he meant to the fans as well as other players. He played the game like it was suppose to be played and he would say if you can't do your job to let someone else do it. He was his own biggest critic. Greg you were bringing a whole new steel curtain to our city. If you don't play for anyone else, I hope the Rooneys will bring you back as a coach. We enjoyed watching you play the game the way it was suppose to be played. Thank you.



Submitted by Blake Mccoy
A grown man in VA sat in his living room a few nights ago, in his favorite players jersey (#95), watching Sports Center with big tears in his eyes as we Steelers fans said goodbye to another of our all time greats. What can I say about Mr. Lloyd that has not already been said? Simply the greatest LB of his time, and if there is any justice in the world, a future Hall of Famer.

My Lloyd's jersey was retired yesterday. It is at a professional framers being put in a frame with his autographed picture, rookie card, and portrait drawn by a friend. I miss him already, it truly won't be the same without him.

Thank you, Mr. Lloyd. I wish we could have found a way to Avoid (losing) Lloyd.

Blake McCoy
McCoy, VA



Submitted by bodie
HEY AWSOME PAGE! I LOVE IT!!!!!! Best one I've seen yet! Keep up the kicka$$ work!!!!!! Just a couple of words... Lloyd... best there ever was....... and LEGENDS never die!!!



Submitted by The Crippler
I, LIKE OTHERS, WILL STAND UP AND SAY I'M A LB-AHOLIC. JUST IMAGINE IF YOU WILL: ROLB= GREG LLOYD, RILB= LEVON KIRKLAND, LILB= JACK LAMBERT, LOLB= JACK HAM, AND MANY GREAT RESERVES. IF I'VE MISSED YOUR FAVORITE, PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

Mr. LLoyd, thank you. I'll never forget two games... Pittsburgh against Miami and Pittsburgh against Green Bay. Mr. Lloyd took out Marino (*smile*) and well, Favre was on pain killers and alcohol, or he would have dropped too. Even when unable to play, his inspiration and leadership was there.

Thanks, Greg, for the years of great plays and quarterback kills. You'll always be a Steeler. THANKS AGAIN!

The Crippler



Submitted by J.C. Clyde
Ok I'll admit it, I'm a linebacker freak. Growing up in Pittsburgh, my bedroom walls were adorned with posters of Ray Nitschke, Dick Butkus and Andy Russell. Then came a magical time and my past heroes kept getting pushed to smaller and smaller areas of the room. I had a new linebacker hero. This guy played with an intensity that was just flat out unheard of up till then. Opposing QB's got rattled and made mistakes just lining up against him. Opposing coaches tried to devise offenses to avoid him. Hell, this guy even scared his own teamates. I lived and breathed Jack. When I shipped off with the Navy in the Mid 70's, I proudly wore my 58 Lambert jersey in every port across Europe. It gave me a connection to home and a certain attitude that only Steeler fans can understand. Sadly, those days came to an end.

I've only worn one other Steeler number in my life. Of course that would be 95.

Thank you Greg Lloyd for playing the game the way it should be played, Intense, Intense, Intense! I'll retire your jersey to a hanger that carries another number close to my heart. As a Steeler, no make that, a linebacker fan, you did good kid.

J.C. Clyde
Laurel, Md.



Submitted by Brian Cho
Well, all I have to say is that I feel sad... depressed... All I can wish for now is that Lloyd get's inducted into the HOF wearing Black & Gold. Thanks, Greg, for everything!



Submitted by J. DuPree
Greg Lloyd - along with Jack Lambert - are my two favorite players of all time. They epitomized what the game is all about. Greg deserved so much better. Although I will always bleed black and gold, Greg - no matter who he plays for - will always be my favorite player.



Submitted by Kevin Bascle
To be honest, I feel like I've lost a family member. A person who every Sunday I got up waiting to see on the field. That was the hardest thing I had to read... his release from the only team that means anything in my life. Greg, I have your jersey and shirts and even your SLU figure displayed (and don't you think that I'm taking it down, either). I dont know what to feel, but I know we all need to move on. This is football in the 90's now. I and all of us will never forget you, Greg Lloyd. The drive I get sunday and every day, you were the factor that added the emotional plus. Hell I will even say it... I love Man. You were an IDOL to me.



Submitted by Nathan Scott
The badest man in the whole damn town... NFL....World : (



Submitted by Lady Lloyd
Visit Lady Lloyd's excellent website: Lady Lloyd's Steelers Page

First off, I would like to say how wonderful I think it is that you've put together this tribute to Lloyd! I really dont know what to say at this point about the whole issue. All I know is it deeply saddens me. Like many other Steeler fans, I too have a room totally devoted to the team and many, many Greg Lloyd items. A lot of times when a player leaves the team, fans turn their backs, laugh at them when they get their asses whomped when they eventually play Pittsburgh, but you would never see that happening with #95. I've seen many players leave Pittsburgh. Some bummed me out, but none made me cry, and I guess the tears that fell on July 14th. Goes to show the respect that was earned by the great Greg Lloyd.

Thanks Greg for all the memories and best of luck to you!

One Fan That Will Miss You Terribly,
~Lady Lloyd~



Submitted by Michael Conner
Greg Lloyd was the greatest Steeler of his time. He was the best in the league at his position. His 5 Pro Bowl appearances prove that his peers respected him. Lloyd backed up everything he said on the field. No one wanted to line up against in him prime as the keystone of the blitzburgh defense of mid 90's. Lloyd & Co. tore through offensive lines. I remember a 1993 game in Cincinnati when young David Klingler was laid on his a@$ ten times!

My fondest Lloyd memory is of a Monday Night game [1995] in Miami I went to when during a pre-game interview, Greg Lloyd promised to knock Dan Marino into next week. Even though the Steelers lost the game, Greg hit Marino so hard that Dan didn't move for minute. A uneasy quiet came over the fans at the then Joe Robbie Stadium. Marino was taken off the field and did play for 2 weeks! After that, no one in that stadium was talking about the score! {Greg earned respect that day.}

I will miss Greg, and now I'll have to get another jersey to wear. After 5 years of games, drafts and just trying to look cool in it, I'll hang it in the room of my home I've unconsciously turned into a museum of Pittsburgh sport legends. Someday, I hope one of my children asks me the following question; "Daddy, who wore that shirt with the big 95 on it?" Then I will get the tell them about one of the legends of the game and pass along mystique of the Steel City, like my grandfather did with me when I left as a child. Thank you, Greg Lloyd, for honoring Pittsburgh with your on-field play and your off-field charity.



Submitted by Joe Hicks
I hate to see another Steeler great leave us. I've been watching and following the Steelers for a long time and there have been so many great Steelers to be members of the greatest franchise in professional footbal. Greg Lloyd will be a Steeler I will never forget. I will be very sad to see you in another uniform, but I wish for you only the best. You have given our footbal club nothing but your best and you deserve the same. I will cherish the 95 jersey with Lloyd on the back and wear it with pride. The Steelers organization should be proud to have been your home for the years you have been part of the team. Best of luck, Mr. Lloyd !

Joe Hicks
A Steeler from Kentucky.



Submitted by Bob Ryder
Hi Tim, great site....

The thing I remember most about Greg Lloyd didn't take place during a game, but it very clearly defined for my father and I what kind of OVERALL athlete Greg Lloyd was / is / might be again.

I live in Cumberland, RI so I don't get many trips to the promised land anymore, but in 1995 I was able to get tickets and make the trip to the New England game (Buckner strips Bledsoe and goes 50+ for a TD late in the first half, Mills goes 79 with a slant and Oldham picks up Coates' fumble on the Patriots' next possession to put it out of reach after the Pats tied it late in the game...).

Anyway, my dad and I got to the Stadium early, spent some time in the Clarke Bar and then tailgating and entered the Stadium as soon as the gates opened. Lloyd was in the end zone on our end of the field in just his "attitude" T-shirt and his game pants (no jersey, shoulder pads, helmet, etc.) He was standing on one side of the end zone playing catch with someone else (I don't remember who), throwing the football across the entire length of the end zone. No big deal, right? Until you watch closely and see that he's throwing perfectly tight spirals, alternatingly with his left and then his right arm!! Here's a guy who is a linebacker in a game that is becoming increasingly more specialized who (at the time) played every down whether he was supposed to rush the passer, defend the corner or otherwise stop the run, or drop into coverage. Anyone who ever watched him knew he could do all of that as well as any linebacker in the game (yes, LT any linebacker....). But to see him very casually throwing the ball ambidexterously from one side of the field to the other just blew me away.

Anyway, I'm with you, it's going to be very tough not seeing him on the sidelines this fall. It will be particularly tough to see him in someone elses uniform. Kind of like Harris as a Seahawk or Woodson as a niner.

Bob Ryder



Submitted by Frank Bondi
I sat in the 6th level for a game against the Oilers, back when they were still in Houston, and watched as Lloyd got himself ejected for disputing a touchdown. The Oilers had the ball on the Steeler goal line, 4th down I believe, and tried to run it in. Lloyd met the runner at the line and threw him backwards, but the officials ruled the ball had crossed the line, and gave the Oilers a touchdown. Lloyd jumped up from the pile and got into the ref's face, bumping him in the process. He was tossed immediately. The thing that stands out in my mind was that when Lloyd walked off the field he didn't take the side line route, but went straight across the 50 yard line, while Houston was kicking the extra point. The officials could have thrown a flag but didn't. It's this kind of intensity that Steeler fans will miss now that he's gone.



Submitted by ''Mr. Freedo''
Mr. Lloyd will never be forgotten. He will go down in the Steelers history pages as one of, if not the most intense linebackers in the game. I don't believe him to be mean, just aggressive... VERY aggressive. He played the position the way it was intended to be played. We will miss his tenacity, his "f@#$ you, come get you some" disposition. He is a man among men, if we should be so lucky to see a linebacker 1/2 as intense as he, we are surely blessed.

Rue the day that we see him in a opposing team's jersey, for we all know, he hates all quarterbacks, and I think when he returns, Kordell Stewart will have a big bullseye on his back. I hold no animosity towards Mr.Lloyd, only sorrow that we don't get to watch him play as 95 in the Black and Gold. Good luck to him and Godspeed in his recovery.

Sincerely,
A saddened fan.



Submitted by David Beers
With all things considered, I feel the STEELERS made the right choice. Over the years they have proven the fact that when they release a player, that player's career is all but over. (e.g., Woodson, Morris, Eric Green, Pegram, & Foster). But with all that said, I can't help but look around my house at all the 95 jerseys, LLOYD posters, every trading card I could find, all this hanging on my walls.........It hurts.

David Beers


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