Jack Lambert was a two-year All-Mid America Conference linebacker at Kent State and a second-round draft selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974.
Lambert won the starting middle linebacker assignment as a rookie and keeping it throughout his 11-year career in Pittsburgh.
Even though he was the youngest starter on the Pittsburgh defensive unit, many felt that Lambert's presence was the final ingredient needed to turn that unit into a dominant one.
The team defensive captain for eight years, Lambert played in six AFC championship games and four Super Bowls.
During his career, he had 28 interceptions, which he returned 243 yards. In 1976, he recorded eight opponents' fumble recoveries and wound up with 17 during his 11-year tenure.
Lambert (third from left) poses at the Pro Bowl with the other members of the Hall's Class of 1990. L-R: Bob Griese, Ted Hendricks, Lambert, Tom Landry, Buck Buchanan, Franco Harris, Bob St. Clair.
Lambert poses with his Hall of Fame bust and mural.