Top Ten Steelers of the 2010 Regular Season. (Part One)
Looking back at this regular season it was a success, I mean this year would be an ultimate success with a Super Bowl win. Really though a 12-4 season, an AFC north title, and a 2nd seed in the playoffs can be viewed as a successful regular season. Who contributed to this season the most is what I want to know, who were the top 10 players this season.
10. Ziggy Hood
You can’t underestimate what he has meant to this team everyone panicked when we lost our star defensive end Aaron Smith. Ziggy has stepped in quietly and been solid helping one of the best run defenses we have ever seen. His stats were 15 tackles 5 assists and 3 sacks, like I said nothing spectacular but he has stepped up when we needed it.
This is again the case of someone stepping into a spot that is sort of an unsung hero. After the debacle that we as saw go down with Jeff Reed we really needed someone to step in and just do a solid job, and Suisham has done just that. He finished off the regular season completing 14 of 15 field goals, and more importantly some of those were clutch kicks that helped the Steelers get to this juncture.
Who says age is a bad thing. Farrior who is 35 and in his 14th season in the NFL showed this year that he ain’t done yet. He had an excellent year and in my opinion was one of the Steelers who was snubbed from the Pro Bowl. His final stats on the season were 109 tackles 6 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Farrior was one on the players that needed to show that he could still do his job and he sure did and that is another reason why the Steelers are where they are.
7. Hines Ward
One of the reasons I chose Ward for this spot is because he is Hines Ward, and I just wouldn’t be able to leave him off this list. Another reason why is because I believe when they really needed someone to step up at some points the relied on him. He had 4 100 yard games this season 3 of which were in close games this shows me that in the clutch we can rely on Hines even if we can’t rely on him 100% of the time. I also believe that he has probably helped in the development of the young guys Wallace, Sanders, and Brown. His stats 59 catches 755 yards and 5 touchdowns not the most spectacular but when combined with all the intangibles that puts him on this list.
6. James Harrison
After another solid year Harrison had to be on this list. His stats alone put him on the list 100 tackles 10.5 sacks 6 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions. Plus I think that shelling out $100,000 in fines warrants a spot on my list oh and another Pro Bowl appearance helps him out too. I almost forgot He does all this while getting held on nearly every play.