Who are the best Steelers offensive guards of all time? Vote now (2024)

In case you missed it: Behind The Steel Curtain is assembling the ultimate “All-Time Steelers roster” as voted on by you — Steelers fans! Every weekday leading up to training camp, we’ll be posting a poll for you to vote for the best players at each position.

The final “All-Time Steelers’ roster” will be officially unveiled on Wednesday, July 24 — the day before Steelers 2024 training camp kickoff!

Alan Faneca

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With a career that saw him hoist the Lombardi and rewarded a gold jacket in Canton, Faneca’s place on this list should be a lock. Faneca faced adversity as a teen when he suffered from seizures prior to being diagnosed with epilepsy, putting his football future into question.

At the time of his retirement, he was one of just 12 guards to have six or more All-Pro selections. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis once called Faneca dominant, crediting his ability to control the tempo up front. Regretably, Faneca didn’t get to spend his final playing years in Pittsburgh, but his place among Steelers greats is cemented.

9️⃣ #ProBowl Selections
6️⃣x All-Pro
1️⃣ Super Bowl Ring

Alan Faneca's résumé speaks for itself. pic.twitter.com/UuPboZFiMk

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 29, 2019

David DeCastro

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DeCastro played only nine seasons before a lingering ankle injury forced him into early retirement, but during his time was recognized one of the best in the game, earning two All-Pro and six Pro Bowls selections. Like Faneca, he wore 66 in the black and gold and made his money clearing the way for the like of Le’Veon Bell and James Conner.

"When I ask who the best guards are in the NFL, he is one of the first guys brought up every time."

David DeCastro mauls his way to No. 44 on the #NFLTop100. pic.twitter.com/Vq7tiqmH1L

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 2, 2018

Ramon Foster

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Foster may have an uphill climb in this poll, but that’s not something he isn’t used to. One of my favorite unsung heroes of the 2010s for the Steelers, Foster made the Steelers roster in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee. He would mix in to start 12 games as an injury replacement during his first two years in the league and locked down a starting role in 2011 which he held onto for the rest of his 11-year career, all in Pittsburgh. He wasn’t decorated with any All-Pro or Pro Bowl honors, but he started in a Super Bowl and was a key piece of the offensive line during the Killer B era.

In Pittsburgh, you get measured by what you do in rivalry games. Especially Steelers/Ravens. One of Ramon Foster's best blocks came against Baltimore in 2016, pancaking CJ Mosley. Steelers won that game to take the division. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/OW4vtPBCjQ

— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) March 16, 2020

Sam Davis & Gerry Mullins

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If rings matter most for your vote, look no further than Sam Davis and Gerry Mullins who both won four Super Bowls as members of that legendary 1970s era of Steelers football.

Davis came to the Steelers first in 1967 as an undrafted free agent out of Allen University. Mullins would arrive in 1971 as a fourth-round pick from USC. Neither received any Pro Bowl or All-Pro nods in their careers, but it’s still hard to argue with the results.

Born 80 years ago today…..

Sam Davis

The outstanding left guard played 13 years for the Steelers, winning 4 SB’s.

Here’s Davis making a key block on 3 different TD runs in the ‘79 playoff against the Dolphins.pic.twitter.com/jONobjimAP

— Steel City Star (@steelcitystar) July 5, 2024

Steve Courson & Craig Wolfley

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Courson won two rings as a backup with the Steelers in 1978 and 1979 and started 10 games in that span. He played six years in Pittsburgh and is perhaps best known for being outspoken about the negative effects of steroid use, having used them himself in college.

Wolfley came to the team in 1980 as a fifth-round pick out of Syracuse and would play the next 10 years in Pittsburgh before finishing his career with Minnesota. Fans who weren’t around for his playing career might recognize him from his color commentary for Steelers radio broadcasts or his ESPN radio show with former Steelers tackle Max Starks.

Now, vote below with your picks for the best Steelers offensive guards ever for the Ultimate All-Time Steelers roster!

Who are the best Steelers offensive guards of all time? Vote now (2024)

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