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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Ham was big play defender


Jack Ham, an All-American at Penn State, was picked in the second round of the 1971 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ham, who was blessed with size, strength and speed, was an immediate starter in his rookie year. In addition to his natural abilities, he also had the intelligence to read an opponent's offense and make the play. Ham, who played on the left side, quickly earned a reputation as a big play defender and one of the best outside linebackers of the game. Ham was selected to eight straight Pro Bowls and was the only unanimous defensive selection to the NFL's Team of the Decade. He finished a phenomenal career with 25.5 sacks, 21 recovered fumbles, and 32 interceptions. Ham was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.





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