Tommy Coleman's tatoo.
Now THIS guy is a fan!
The following articles are listed in the order they were received (with the most recent entries at the top). This isn't a "guestbook" format... I read and manually insert every message, so you may not see your submission show up immediately. Thanks a million for your comments, people!
I enjoy your web page. Simply one of the best I've run across for the Steelers. I especially liked the story on Jack Lambert from Sports Illustrated. Brings back a lot of great memories. I remember as a young girl watching him practice at St. Vincent in Latrobe, PA. Nothin' compares to seeing the Steelers... nothing comes close.
Thanks for an awesome web page. Keep up the great work!
Someone just passed along the web site about Jack Lambert to me. It made my day. I had no idea that this site existed and it is much needed. I found it very interesting that he informed me of the web site today because of what happened to me last night. I coach football and I was trying to get my kids pumped up and said, "if someone shows me some intensity and good tackling, you'll earn the Lambert award." One kid looked at me and said, "The what award."
I don't know if I have anything for your site, but I want to first of all thank you for putting it together. It is now a bookmark on my computer. Lambert was indeed my favorite player. Actually, he was a favorite of many of my friends, so much that we started a group and we called ourselves "Lambert's Lunatics." My buddies and I were from Aliquippa and went to Hopewell High School. If you were a Lambert fan, then you saw the banners that hung in the same location in Three Rivers Stadium throughout the years. We had t-shirts and jackets and Annual Lambert Picnics in our hometown. The picnics started the football season off and they attracted a couple hundred people.
I still have my t-shirts and jacket. I went to all of the games and was in charge of hanging the banner in the stadium. Oh the memories!!! They grow fonder all the time especially with the eventual tearing down of Three Rivers Stadium.
Again, thanks for putting together such a tremendous site for such a tremendous football player.
Dedicated Dad and Lambert Fan
Gunnery Sergeant Bonar
1. I think it was a playoff game against the Oilers. Houston had the ball near the goal line, and gave it to Campbell. Jack met him head on... what a collision! They seemed to freeze at the moment of contact for a second, then Earl fell backwards (as did Jack). Earl wobbled off the field, Jack shook the cobwebs out and stayed in.
2. Jack throwing that a**h*le Cliff Harris to the ground after he taunted Gerela for his missed FG in the SuperBowl. The Steelers had been playing a little lethargic up to that point, and Jack's reaction seemed to ignite them.
When Jack stepped onto the field, it was if he was going to war and the opposing team was the enemy... in Jack's eyes it was kill or be killed, and their was no way on earth that Jack was going to be killed. This may sound a bit drastic, but that's the way Jack Lambert played the game.
The man played with a vengence and a reckless abandon that has never been matched to this day. Jack proved that a player playing the position of middle linebacker doesn't have to weigh 250 lbs. to be effective. The most Lambert ever weighed in his career was around 220 lbs., and he was never really a physically imposing player. But when it came to heart and sheer determination, no man playing at that time could carry his jock strap! Sometimes I think when God sat down and designed a football player, when it came to linebacker, the image of Jack Lambert was the blueprint that was used.
One final point I would like to make is that some football historians regard Dick Butkis as not only the greatest linebacker ever, but the greatest all around football player that ever lived . To that I say, as great as Dick Butkis was, he was a one dimensional linebacker... he was a great run stuffer and a good pass rusher, but nothing more. Look at any old film footage of Butkis in action and I guarantee you won't see him dropping into pass coverage covering wide receivers and tight ends. This is the very reason if I am building an NFL defense and I have the choice of either Jack Lambert or Dick Butkis, with out a doubt, it's gotta be Lambert. Mr. Lambert was truly the complete package when it came to the position of inside linebacker. If you wanted a run stuffer, he was it. If you wanted a pass rusher he was that, too. And if you needed him to drop into pass coverage and cover a running back coming out of the backfield ,he was the man that could do it! My personal conclusion is that Jack Lambert was the greatest linebacker to ever step on a football field ... BAR NONE!
Thomas D. Bragg