The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the oldest football franchises in the National Football League. They have a long reputation as being a quality organization that has a tremendous amount of love and respect for its fans. Over the years, the Steelers have also prided themselves on having strong defenses.
Part of having a strong defense is having defensive backs who make a good amount of interceptions. The Steelers have had a number of great defensive backs over the years, but which ones have intercepted the most passes?
Here are the top five Pittsburgh Steelers interceptors of all time.
#5 – Dwayne Woodruff
Dwayne Woodruff came to the Steelers in 1979 and played his whole career with the team, retiring following the 1990 season. During his time in the NFL, he intercepted 37 passes. He returned three of them for touchdowns. He also recovered four fumbles.
#4 – Rod Woodson
Rod Woodson is one of the all time greats in Steelers history. He was drafted by the team and began his career with them in 1987. He played for Pittsburgh through the 1996 season and his interception total there was 38. He would go on to spend time on the rosters of the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, and Oakland Raiders before retiring following the 2003 season with 71 career interceptions.
#3 – Donnie Shell
Donnie Shell played on four Super Bowl winning teams in Pittsburgh and was a very valuable member of the team. His career started in 1974 and ended in 1987, all of it spent on the roster of the Steelers. He finished with 51 interceptions for the team, returning two of them for touchdowns.
#2 – Jack Butler
Jack Butler was a star defender for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1950’s. His career started in 1951 and he retired following the 1959 season. During that time he intercepted 52 total passes, including leading the league in interceptions in 1957 with 10. He also scored four touchdowns on returned interceptions.
#1 – Mel Blount
Mel Blount had an awesome career with the Steelers. It started in 1970, lasted through the four Super Bowl championship years of that decade, and ended following the 1983 season. During that time, Blount picked off opposing quarterbacks 57 times, returning two of them for touchdowns. He also recovered 13 fumbles too.