Pittsburgh Fans Should Designate The Anniversary
Of The 1974 Draft
As a Holiday
In 24 hours
The Steelers picked up
"Hall of Famers"
Lynn Swann (First Round) John Stallworth (82nd overall) Mike Webster (5th Round 125th Overall)
and of course
46th pick from Kent State
Oddly enough, Jack was the ninth linebacker chosen, and was just two picks
behind his teammate, receiver Gerald Tinker. In between them was future Hall of Fame
tight end Dave Casper out of Notre Dame. What would have been had Oakland
selected Jack instead of Dave Casper? Many within the Steelers organization
feared that Jack was not big enough to stay at middle linebacker. Perhaps he was
too tall to handle defensive duty, but Coach Chuck Noll liked his intensity,
adding that Lambert was "football smart." That speed, intensity and related attributes
Coach Noll spoke of help take the Steelers to four Super Bowls in six seasons.
Recruited to play quarterback at Kent State, Jack Lambert became one of the greatest
football players in KSU history as a defensive force. Jack played defensive end during
his sophomore season in 1971, and was moved to middle linebacker by coach Don James
prior to the start of 1972 . It was this move that enabled the Golden Flashes to win the
school's only MAC football championship during Jack's junior season, and a trip to
the Tangerine Bowl. Despite a 21-18 loss to Tampa in that game, scouts in attendance
to watch Tampa's John Matuszak and Freddy Soloman (as well as Jack's teammate
Gerald Tinker who had just won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich) quickly
noticed Jack in the middle of a tough Kent State defense. After Jack was named
MVP in the 1972 Tangerine Bowl, and repeating ALL-MAC First Team honors in his
senior year, the NFL was taking notes and the Steelers were impressed.
Here are a few more tidbits
Kent State made their only bowl appearance at the Tangerine Bowl in 1972
against the University of Tampa. The Golden Flashes were led by Jack and
coached by College Hall of Famer Don James. Tampa's head coach
was none other than College Hallof Fame legend, Earl Bruce.
Two of the touchdowns scored by Tampa in the '72 Tangerine Bowl were TD
passes to tight end Paul Orndorff, who later pursued a professional career
as "Mr. Wonderful" of The World Wrestling Federation.
The number one pick overall in the '74 NFL Draft was Dallas Cowboy,
Ed "Too Tall" Jones out of Tennessee State. His Teammate, Ray
Bryant, was the first linebacker selected as the #4 pick overall.
Two of Jack's former teammates are now Top10 college head coaches.
Nick Saban (Alabama) and Gary Pinkel (Missouri)
Linebackers drafted ahead of Jack Lambert in 1974 were:
Raymond Bryant - Tennessee
Ed O'neil- Penn State
Rick Middleton- Ohio State
Randy Gradishar- Ohio State
Don Goode- Kansas
Fred McNeill- UCLA
Doug Allen- Penn State
Steve Nelson- North Dakota State
On October 10'th 1980 Jack Lambert returned to his home field in Mantua, Ohio.
It had been more than 10 years since he had set foot on the turf at Crestwood High School,
but in that short time, he had already captured four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh
Steelers. But on this particular day, he was being honored by the community and his
alma mater with the dedication of Lambert Stadium by his high school coach,
Gerry Myers, and Kent State Athletic Director, Paul Amodio.
" THAT'S THE FACTS, JACK! " _____________________________________________
These Days Jack Is A Harley Enthusiast
Below Are Pictures And A Video Slideshow Of Jack,
His Bikes and Some Of His Friends
The Custom Painted "Lambert" Steeler Bike
It has a beautiful, rich black base with a fine gold metal flake through it, the Steeler logo on one side,
the legendary 58 on the other, autographed on both sides and then clear coated. Real SWEET!!!
How would you like to see this in your rearview mirror?