We asked AI to give us an all-time starting Steelers lineup… and that’s debatable

Nowadays you can do some fascinating things with artificial intelligence. The latest AI can not only spit out facts instantly at the push of a button, but also contribute its opinion on objective matters. We recently experimented with this by asking a bizarre question about Steelers star TJ Watt.

Now we have gone one step further. One topic that never fails to generate controversy is when fans and writers take the liberty of building their best Pittsburgh Steelers team. Generational biases and fan favorites always play a role, and there are many schools of thought when it comes to building an all-time team.

So we asked AI to do this for us. Using chat GPT technology, we asked artificial intelligence to create the best starting lineup ever for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is the exact list of players it has given us:


Quarterback: Terry BradshawRunning Back: Franco HarrisWide Receiver: Lynn SwannWide Receiver: Hines WardTight End: Heath MillerOffensive Tackle: Jon KolbOffensive Guard: Alan FanecaCenter: Mike WebsterOffensive Guard: David DeCastroOffensive Tackle: Larry Brown


Defensive End: Joe GreeneDefensive Tackle: Ernie StautnerDefensive Tackle: Casey HamptonDefensive End: LC GreenwoodOutside Linebacker: Jack HamInside Linebacker: Jack LambertOutside Linebacker: James HarrisonCornerback: Mel BlountCornerback: Rod WoodsonSafety: Troy PolamaluSafety: Donnie Shell

Special teams:

Kicker: Gary AndersonPunter: Bobby WaldenKick Returner: Antonio BrownPunt Returner: Antwaan Randle El

Many of these reactions were to be expected. There’s little doubt that players like Alan Faneca, Joe Greene and Troy Polamalu were not only the best in their respective positions on the team, but were also among the very best of their generation in the NFL. There is much more debate about other names that Chat GPT has given us.

Right off the bat, Terry Bradshaw is a pretty unpopular opinion when it comes to the younger generation of fans at quarterback position. While Bradshaw won four Super Bowl rings, Roethlisberger crushed Bradshaw in all major statistical categories while still winning two Lombardi trophies of his own.

There’s also an interesting debate at wide receiver, as Antonio Brown was dropped from the list in favor of Lynn Swann and Hines Ward. Brown may be the best straight receiver this team has ever had, but he’s tarnished his reputation with his late-career antics and he doesn’t have the Super Bowl ring. This could be a reason why he didn’t make it.

Perhaps the greatest snub concerns a modern gamer. Despite his remarkable NFL career and All-Pro accolades, Cameron Heyward failed to make the Steelers’ all-time list. There are also arguments for TJ Watt, even if he still has years left in the league. If he hangs up his boots, he could have as many personal accomplishments as almost any other Steelers player in their storied history.

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With a subjective question like this, there is no real right or wrong answer. It is about presenting the case and supporting your argument with evidence. It was interesting to look at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ all-time starting lineup that AI gave us, but their reaction is sure to spark controversy.