Right now, I believe that the Steelers have two imminent Hall-of-Famers (Jerome Bettis, Alan Faneca) and three probable Hall-of-Famers (Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward). I wonder if a LB or two deserve to be in the Hall of Fame as well.

Kevin Greene is imminent, but he was productive with the Rams and Panthers as well, so his primary team won't necessarily be the Steelers. Chad Brown is a possibility as well, though most of his career was spent with the Seahawks.

The players I'm particularly curious about are Greg Lloyd, Levon Kirkland, Jason Gildon, Joey Porter and James Harrison. Here's a quick run-down on each of them...


Greg Lloyd
1987-1998 (139 games started)

707 tackles
84 assists
54.5 sacks
11 INT
35 FF
16 FR

5X Pro Bowl (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
3X First-Team All-Pro (1993, 1994, 1995)


Levon Kirkland
1992-2002 (155 games started)

774 tackles
252 assists
19.5 sacks
11 INT
16 FF
9 FR
1 TD

2X Pro Bowl (1996, 1997)
1X First-Team All-Pro (1997)
1X Second-Team All-Pro (1996)
1990's All-Decade Team


Jason Gildon
1994-2004 (126 games started)

383 tackles
128 assists
80.0 sacks
2 INT
15 FF
11 FR
3 TD

3X Pro Bowl (2000, 2001, 2002)
1X First-Team All-Pro (2001)


Joey Porter
1999-2011 (171 games started)

503 tackles
169 assists
98.0 sacks
12 INT
25 FF
10 FR
3 TD
1 safety

4X Pro Bowl (2002, 2004, 2005, 2008)
1X First-Team All-Pro (2002)
3X Second-Team All-Pro (2004, 2005, 2008)
NFL 2000's All-Decade Team


James Harrison
2002-present (95 games started)

451 tackles
161 assists
64.0 sacks
5 INT
29 FF
8 FR
1 TD
1 safety

5X Pro Bowl (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
2X First-Team All-Pro (2008, 2010)
2X Second-Team All-Pro (2007, 2009)
NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2008)


Upon closer scrutiny, I think Greg Lloyd, Joey Porter and James Harrison deserve consideration for the Hall of Fame. Unfortunately for Levon Kirkland and Jason Gildon, I think they'll forever be stuck in the "Hall of Very Good."

So what say you about these Steelers LBs?