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Monday, November 15, 2004
Updated: November 24, 10:51 AM ET
'79 Steelers vs. '04 Steelers

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Steelers
The 1979 Steelers were in the final stages of a dynasty: that team won its fourth Super Bowl in six seasons with a victory over the Rams. The 2004 Steelers are off to 9-1 start behind a quarterback nicknamed Big Ben who weighs more than 14 starters from those Super Bowl champs.

How much of things changed in 25 years? The heaviest offensive lineman on the '79 Steelers was 29 pounds lighter than the lightest starting linemen on the '04 Steelers.

A comparison of the Super Bowl lineup for the '79 Steelers and this year's squad:

Steelers

OFFENSE
Pos. 1979 Steelers 2004 Steelers
WR John Stallworth, 6-2, 191 Plaxico Burress, 6-5, 228
WR Lynn Swann, 5-10, 178 Hines Ward, 6-0, 215
TE Bennie Cunningham, 6-5, 255 Jerame Tuman, 6-4, 253
RB Franco Harris, 6-2, 230 Jerome Bettis, 5-11, 255
RB Rocky Bleier, 5-11, 205 Duce Staley, 5-11, 242
QB Terry Bradshaw, 6-3, 218 Ben Roethlisberger, 6-5, 241
LT Jon Kolb, 6-2, 262 Marvel Smith, 6-5, 321
LG Sam Davis, 6-1, 255 Alan Faneca, 6-5, 307
C Mike Webster, 6-1, 250 Jeff Hartings, 6-3, 299
RG Gerry Mullins, 6-3, 240 Keydrick Vincent, 6-5, 325
RT Larry Brown, 6-4, 270 Oliver Ross, 6-5, 322

1979 Steelers' average weight: 232 pounds
2004 Steelers' average weight: 273 pounds

DEFENSE
Pos. 1979 Steelers 2004 Steelers
DE L.C. Greenwood, 6-5, 245 Aaron Smith, 6-5, 298
DT Joe Greene, 6-4, 280 Chris Hoke, 6-3, 296
DT Gary Dunn, 6-3, 265 Kimo von Oelhoffen, 6-4, 299
DE/LB John Banaszak, 6-3, 232 James Harrison, 6-0, 242
OLB Dennis Winston, 6-0, 228 Clark Haggans, 6-4, 242
ILB Jack Lambert, 6-4, 220 James Farrior, 6-2, 243
LB Jack Ham, 6-2, 225 Larry Foote, 6-0, 239
CB Mel Blount, 6-3, 203 Deshea Townsend, 5-10, 190
CB Ron Johnson, 5-10, 200 Willie Williams, 5-9, 194
S Donnie Shell, 5-11, 190 Chris Hope, 5-11, 206
S J.T. Thomas, 6-2, 196 Troy Polamalu, 5-10, 212

1979 Steelers' average weight: 226 pounds
2004 Steelers' average weight: 242 pounds

Total weight of starters
1979 Steelers: 5,038 pounds (average: 229 pounds)
2004 Steelers: 5,668 pounds (average: 258 pounds)

Illustrations by Kurt Snibbe. Sources: steelergridiron.com; ESPN.com