Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/16/14

The Pittsburgh Steelers said goodbye to four members of their Super Bowl XL Championship team on Friday night in Latrobe, ending an era that will never be forgotten by Steeler Nation. These former pro bowlers, Joey Porter, Willie Parker, Aaron Smith and Marvel Smith, all have different legacies within the organization, but their imprint and what they did for the franchise will never be forgotten as they head toward retirement.During his career, Porter was a boisterous and emotional leader on defense. The one time undersized defensive end in college found his niche in the Steelers defense, eventually becoming one of the most feared pass rushers in the league. More importantly, he was a physical presence that more often than not, provided an intimidation factor that got into the minds of opponents.

Although he was released by the Steelers in 2007, he finished his career by playing for Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals, fans will always remember him for his swagger and as a Steeler.

An undrafted rookie free agent, parker burst on the scene in a blur, earning the nickname "Fast Willie" early in his career. Incredibly, his 75-yard touchdown run in Super Bowl XL remains the longest running play in the Super Bowl history, a special feat for a player who could not garner playing time in college at North Carolina. Over his career, Parker fought hard and slowly climbed the depth chart; eventually working his way into the starting line-up. In all, he finished his career as the Steelers third all-time leading rusher with 5.378 yards and 24 touchdowns.  

Of all these players, Aaron Smith, may have been one of the most unknown dominant defensive ends in the league. The prototypical 3-4 defensive end was a rock, whose workman-like mentality helped him anchor the defense for over a decade. During his career, he helped the team capture two Super Bowl Championships, and more importantly, spent a lot of time teaching the teams young defensive ends how to play the game, with a hard-nosed blue collar attitude that helped make him a fan favorite.

Offensive tackle Marvel Smith rounds out the quartet. Like Aaron Smith, the former second round selection often went unnoticed across the league, yet routinely, anchored the Steelers offensive line for multiple seasons at both right and left tackle.  

These four stalwarts joined quarterback Kordell Stewart, defensive lineman Chris Hoke and wide receiver Hines Ward, as former players who came home to end their careers.

Also, 

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bulls general manager expects Derrick Rose back in 4-6 weeks

Ray Allen reportedly will not sign with Cavaliers if he returns

Shane Vereen squashes rumor he wants $5 million per season

Jon Gruden on Meyer: 'Greatest coaching job of all time'

Vince Young to work out at NFL Veteran Combine

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mike Wallace unwilling to restructure contract

Report: Colts targeting Brandon Marshall

Rakeem Christmas leads Syracuse in exercise of futility

Report: Phil Jackson to be fined for comments on college player

Rondo 'extremely unlikely' to re-sign with Mavericks

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

WATCH: Charles Barkley rips analytics again

Dark horse World Series contenders in 2015

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to step up

Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins feud comes to a head(lock)

MLS must get labor deal done before embarking on new TV era

NASCAR driver's car stolen from hotel parking lot

WATCH: Herm Edwards breaks down infamous llama video

Rex Ryan has truck with Buffalo Bills paint scheme

WATCH: Sidney Crosby catches teammate's stick in mid-air

WATCH: Vanderbilt coach tells own player 'I'll f-ing kill you'

Are the Kings willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins?

Johan Santana signed by Blue Jays to minor league deal

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Barkley rips analytics again

A-Rod: A con man returns to baseball

Bostick death threats show why some fans take sports too seriously

Russell Westbrook is surging into the MVP conversation

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Judge rules against AP's suspension

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.