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Willie Stargell and Terry Bradshaw pose together during a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated’s 1979 Sportsman of the Year. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

SI VAULT: Two champs from Pittsburgh win SI’s highest honor (12.24.79)

Willie Stargell and Terry Bradshaw pose together during a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated’s 1979 Sportsman of the Year. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
SI VAULT: Two champs from Pittsburgh win SI’s highest honor (12.24.79)

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced on Wednesday that he will retire from the NFL after the Ravens finish their season. In this Dec. 2008 photo, Lewis sacks Ben Roethlisberger during a game against the Steelers. (Simon Bruty/SI)

SI TRACKING BLOG: Lewis announces he’ll retire after this season

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced on Wednesday that he will retire from the NFL after the Ravens finish their season. In this Dec. 2008 photo, Lewis sacks Ben Roethlisberger during a game against the Steelers. (Simon Bruty/SI)
SI TRACKING BLOG: Lewis announces he’ll retire after this season

The month of November has taken on added importance in recent years with the growth of Movember, a charity that encourages men to grow mustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Men and women are encouraged to participate by visiting Movember.com. In the meantime, SI has teamed up with the staff at Movember to create a dream list of athletes and sports figures we want to grow a mustache including the best hair in sports, Troy Polamalu. (David E. Klutho/SI)

GALLERY: Athletes We Want To Grow Mustaches

The month of November has taken on added importance in recent years with the growth of Movember, a charity that encourages men to grow mustaches to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Men and women are encouraged to participate by visiting Movember.com. In the meantime, SI has teamed up with the staff at Movember to create a dream list of athletes and sports figures we want to grow a mustache including the best hair in sports, Troy Polamalu. (David E. Klutho/SI)
GALLERY: Athletes We Want To Grow Mustaches

Bart Scott loses his helmet as he collides with fellow linebacker Aaron Maybin and safety Yeremiah Bell while tackling wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery during Sunday’s Jets-Steelers game. Pittsburgh dominated the game, defeating New York 27-10. (Simon Bruty/SI)

TROTTER: NFL Awards Watch - Week 2
ROSENBERG: NFL needs real referees

Bart Scott loses his helmet as he collides with fellow linebacker Aaron Maybin and safety Yeremiah Bell while tackling wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery during Sunday’s Jets-Steelers game. Pittsburgh dominated the game, defeating New York 27-10. (Simon Bruty/SI)
TROTTER: NFL Awards Watch - Week 2ROSENBERG: NFL needs real referees

Antonio Brown flips into the endzone during the first quarter of Sunday’s Steelers-Colts game. Brows caught two passes for 75 yards while Colts rookie Andrew Luck threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 victory. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

KING MMQB: Young QBS making difference in Jacksonville, Miami and more NFL notes
KING VIDEO: Luck already earning earning respect in Indy | Chiefs a threat in AFC West

Antonio Brown flips into the endzone during the first quarter of Sunday’s Steelers-Colts game. Brows caught two passes for 75 yards while Colts rookie Andrew Luck threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh’s 26-24 victory. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
KING MMQB: Young QBS making difference in Jacksonville, Miami and more NFL notesKING VIDEO: Luck already earning earning respect in Indy | Chiefs a threat in AFC West

Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson celebrates with teammates after catching a 29-yard pass from Roger Staubach in the first quarter of Super Bowl X. Pearson caught five passes for 53 yards but Pittsburgh prevailed 21-17. (Neil Leifer/SI)  

GALLERY: Greatest Super Bowl Moments

Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson celebrates with teammates after catching a 29-yard pass from Roger Staubach in the first quarter of Super Bowl X. Pearson caught five passes for 53 yards but Pittsburgh prevailed 21-17. (Neil Leifer/SI)  
GALLERY: Greatest Super Bowl Moments

Jack Ham (59), Jack Lambert (58), Ernie Holmes (63) and Dwight White (78) gang tackle Dave Osborn during Super Bowl IX between the Steelers and Vikings. The “Steel Curtain Defense” held the Vikings to 6 points as Pittsburgh rolled to a 16-6 victory. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Jack Ham (59), Jack Lambert (58), Ernie Holmes (63) and Dwight White (78) gang tackle Dave Osborn during Super Bowl IX between the Steelers and Vikings. The “Steel Curtain Defense” held the Vikings to 6 points as Pittsburgh rolled to a 16-6 victory. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Rob Gronkowski takes Troy Polamalu for a ride during a Oct. 2011 Patriots-Steelers game. 

GALLERY: The Fabulous Life of Rob Gronkowski | Classic Steelers Photos

Rob Gronkowski takes Troy Polamalu for a ride during a Oct. 2011 Patriots-Steelers game. 
GALLERY: The Fabulous Life of Rob Gronkowski | Classic Steelers Photos

Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw shows off his toothless grin during a 1978 game. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw shows off his toothless grin during a 1978 game. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski carries Steelers safety Troy Polamalu on his back during an October game between the two teams. Gronkowski caught 10 passes for 145 yards and a record-tying three touchdowns on Sunday as the Patriots rolled past Denver 45-10. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

GALLERY: The Fabulous Life of Rob Gronkowski
KING: Flacco has to keep it simple to beat Pats
ESIASON VIDEO: Expect Pats-Giants Super Bowl rematch 


Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski carries Steelers safety Troy Polamalu on his back during an October game between the two teams. Gronkowski caught 10 passes for 145 yards and a record-tying three touchdowns on Sunday as the Patriots rolled past Denver 45-10. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
GALLERY: The Fabulous Life of Rob GronkowskiKING: Flacco has to keep it simple to beat PatsESIASON VIDEO: Expect Pats-Giants Super Bowl rematch 

Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas runs for the game-winning touchdown during Sunday’s wildcard victory over Pittsburgh. Thomas caught four passes for 204 yards as the Broncos advanced with a 29-23 victory. Denver faces New England on Saturday night. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)


Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas runs for the game-winning touchdown during Sunday’s wildcard victory over Pittsburgh. Thomas caught four passes for 204 yards as the Broncos advanced with a 29-23 victory. Denver faces New England on Saturday night. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

This week’s Sports Illustrated previews the NFL playoffs and features four different covers. The games kickoff on Saturday when Cincinnati visits Houston at 4:30 p.m. (Al Tielemans/SI - Packers; Damian Strohmeyer/SI - Patriots, Steelers; Tom DiPace/SI - Saints)

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Lydell Mitchell is tackled by Jack Lambert (No. 58) and Ernie Holmes (No. 63) during a 1976 Colts-Steelers game. As the 2011 season winds down, the Steelers are in prime position for the playoffs whereas the 2-13 Colts are hoping for the No. 1 overall pick. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

KING MMQB: Rodgers has all but locked up MVP and other Week 16 thoughts

Lydell Mitchell is tackled by Jack Lambert (No. 58) and Ernie Holmes (No. 63) during a 1976 Colts-Steelers game. As the 2011 season winds down, the Steelers are in prime position for the playoffs whereas the 2-13 Colts are hoping for the No. 1 overall pick. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
KING MMQB: Rodgers has all but locked up MVP and other Week 16 thoughts

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall loses his helmet amongst a swarm of 49ers defenders during the first quarter of last night’s games. San Francisco would go onto win, 20-3, in a game twice delayed because of power outages. (ZUMAPRESS.com)

KILLION: San Francisco delivered a statement by dropping Steelers
VIDEO: Candlestick Park struck by a pair of blackouts | Story
KING MMQB: Fifteen weeks in and the NFL season is full of surprises

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall loses his helmet amongst a swarm of 49ers defenders during the first quarter of last night’s games. San Francisco would go onto win, 20-3, in a game twice delayed because of power outages. (ZUMAPRESS.com)
KILLION: San Francisco delivered a statement by dropping SteelersVIDEO: Candlestick Park struck by a pair of blackouts | StoryKING MMQB: Fifteen weeks in and the NFL season is full of surprises

Many football fans consider this 100-yard interception return by James Harrison to be the greatest play in Super Bowl history. The return helped the Steelers defeat the Cardinals, 27-23, to win their sixth Super Bowl. Harrison has been in the news this week, but not for the best of reasons. His helmet-to-facemask hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last Thursday resulted in a one-game suspension from the league. Harrison is the first player to miss game time as a penalty under the league’s revamped policy on such collisions. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)



Many football fans consider this 100-yard interception return by James Harrison to be the greatest play in Super Bowl history. The return helped the Steelers defeat the Cardinals, 27-23, to win their sixth Super Bowl. Harrison has been in the news this week, but not for the best of reasons. His  helmet-to-facemask hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last Thursday resulted in a one-game suspension from the league.  Harrison is the first player to miss game time as a penalty under the league’s revamped policy on such collisions. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
KING: Steelers must convince suspended Harrison to change his style