Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Jack Lambert

Jack Lambert
In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Chuck Noll who coached the Steelers to four Super Bowls and nine AFC Central Division Championships in 23 years as head coach.  In Pillars, we describe some of the key players  for these great coaches and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts. 

Jack Lambert was 6–foot–4 and slightly above 200 pounds as a rookie.  In later seasons, he bulked up another 20 pounds, but it was Lambert’s intensity not his size that made him a great middle linebacker.  He was also a leader who challenged everyone on the team to do their job.  Opponents feared him and he intimidated the opposition his entire career.  Like all great linebackers, Lambert had tremendous football intelligence. Lambert was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Class of 1990.