After a day off, Steelers.com Bob Labriola is back to unveil his two selections at cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Modern-Era squad. Remember, this only selects players from 1992 to the present day. As we always do, we’ll give you his picks, explanation, and our reaction to it. Be sure to comment on if you agree or disagree.
Cornerbacks: Rod Woodson – “One of only five active players selected to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994, Woodson was a five-time first-team All-Pro cornerback during his career in Pittsburgh, and he even put together a three-season streak by being selected in 1992-93-94.”
Ike Taylor – “Ike Taylor never was a takeaway artist, but he started a lot of games at cornerback for Steelers teams that won two Super Bowls and played in a third during his dozen seasons with the team. Taylor played in 174 games and started 140 of those, in addition to 14 more games and 11 more starts in the playoffs. The Steelers were 9-2 in playoff games with Taylor as a starting cornerback.”
Somebody might try and make an argument against one of these two, probably Taylor, but I wouldn’t dare do it. Labriola is 2/2 in my book and there’s little debate about it. Deshea Townsend and William Gay were and are good but neither comes close to the shutdown corner Taylor was.
Labriola will complete his roster tomorrow when he unveils the safety. Troy Polamalu will be one. The better question is who the other will be. Darren Perry? Ryan Clark? Someone else?