Jack Ham – Pittsburgh Steelers #59

Jack Ham
‘Dobre Shunka’ or Good Ham

Born on December 23rd 1948, in Johnstown Pennsylvania, Jack Ham would go on to represent his home state team, the Pittsburgh Steelers as a linebacker from 1971 to 1982.

Ham was drafted by the Steelers as the 34th overall pick in 1971, following his college football days with Penn State, where he co-captained the team in his senior year. In 1990, Ham was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Despite being a linebacker and a big guy, Ham was blessed with great speed over short distances and was said to be the quickest player on the Steeler’s roster over the first ten yards! He was also a big hitter in the tackle and an intelligent mind that left him rarely fooled by his opponents.

During a stellar career, Ham would go on to be a four-time Super Bowl winner, eight-time Pro Bowler, NFL defensive player of the year 1975, NFL 75th and 100th Anniversary All-Time Team and the 1970’s All-Decade Team.

Career stats include: 25 sacks, 21 fumble recoveries and is the 3rd all time linebacker in interceptions, with 32.

His nickname of ‘Dobre Shunka’ is Hungarian for ‘Good Ham’, and he certainly lived up to the moniker!