Today marks the 58th birthday of Hall of Fame Linebacker Jack Lambert. Born in Mantua, OH, Lambert attended nearby Kent State. Lambert would be named to 2 All-Mid-Atlantic Conference teams while attending Kent State.
In 1974, Lambert finished up at Kent State and declared for the NFL draft. With the 46th overall pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in the 2nd round. Considered one of the greatest draft classes of all time, the Steelers had 4 picks in the first 5 rounds of the 1974 draft and all four are now NFL Hall of Famers (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster).
Lambert was inserted into the starting lineup quickly and would go on to win the NFL Rookie of the Year Award. Over the course of his 11 season career, Lambert would earn 9 Pro Bowl selections (consecutively from ’74 to ’83), 7 First-team All-Pro Selections, an NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and 4 Super Bowl Championships. Since retiring, he has been named to the 1970 All-Decade team, the 1980 All-Decade team and the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time team.
Check out Mitchell & Ness next month for our re-release of Jack Lambert’s ’75 Dark and ’75 White Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys. Happy Birthday Jack!