Levon Kirkland was born on 17th February 1969, in Lamar, South Carolina.
He was a linebacker for nine seasons with the Steelers and ended his career with a season in Seattle and a final year in Philadelphia. He is currently employed as a linebacker coach with the Arizona Cardinals.
Following on from his college football with Clemson Tigers, he was drafted by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 1992 NFL draft.
Despite being an imposing 6’1 and between 275-300 lbs, Kirkland was very agile and had a surprising turn of speed – quite a combination for any opposition player to deal with!
Despite losing in his only Super Bowl appearance, Kirkland had an outstanding game against the Dallas Cowboys – Their powerful running game, which starred Emmitt Smith, was held to just 56 rushing yards.
Kirkland’s honours include twice being called up for the Pro-Bowl (1996 & 1997), NFL linebacker of the year in 1997, NFL 1990’s all-decade team and he was twice voted the Pittsburgh Steelers MVP (Most Valuable Player)
You can watch this video of Kirkland in action below.