The Pittsburgh Steelers are known for many great things -- earned the most Super Bowl titles (6), having tough traditional defenses, setting a high standard of excellence for all sports organizations, never allowed a player to be more important than their franchise, having blue-collar physical play work ethic, build through the draft, and since their extinct from 1933, they only had one owner (the Rooney family), along with having only three head coaches, Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and currently, Mike Tomlin, stability. What remarkable achievements with more to come. But if there's one thing the Steelers' organization hasn't been excellent in, the retirement of the legendary players' numbers.Why are the numbers 47, 16, 72, 22, 82, 88, and 26 being worn by some of the Steelers' present players? This action is highly disrespectful. When rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught his first pass against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the number '88' jump out and hit like a ton of bricks. A credit to Sanders for picking Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann's number, but in all honesty, him and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, who is wearing the number 82 again was worn by the Hall of Fame wide receiver John Stallworth, are not worthy of representing these numbers and no one is.
Then linebacker Stevenson Sylvester was on the field wearing the legendary Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount's number 47. But to have the number 72, which is known to be worn by Hall of Fame defensive tackle "Mean" Joe Greene (also the number 75), on the back of offensive tackle Jonathan Scott is a joke.
The Steelers' organization may have something in place for these Hall of Famers to recognize them. Safety Will Allen and quarterback Charlie Batch are decent players, but for Allen's number 26 (worn by Hall of Fame safety Rod Woodson) and Batch's number 16 (worn by Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson) should be removed from them.
It's highly disrespectful to these legendary Steelers and there's no excuse for it. These numbers should be put away forever and since these Steelers are immortalized in Canton for their greatness, their number should be also. The Rooney way has worked well for decades, but this action and to only have one number retired, the number 70 worn by defensive tackle Ernie Stautner, is probably the only way they went wrong.