Jack Ham was an outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was first-team All-Pro six years and was named to eight straight Pro Bowls. He has been called the greatest outside linebacker of all time by a consortium of professional sports writers, beating Lawrence Taylor for this honor.
Ham’s career statistics include 25 sacks, 21 fumbles recovered, and 32 interceptions. As these numbers indicate, Ham had a flair for the big play, guided by some of the best football instincts ever found in a linebacker. Ham was a member of four Super Bowl winning teams during his twelve-year career, all of it spent with the Steelers. His 53 takeaways are the most in NFL history by a non-defensive back.
Ham was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1999, he was ranked number 47 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.