ORG XMIT: AFC221 Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed (14) can't reach a long pass after beating Baltimore Ravens cornerback Evan Oglesby (25) late in the second quarter of the NFL AFC championship football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Longhorns drafted in the NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted April 27th, 2016

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Editor’s note: Leading up to the 2016 Draft, we took a look at each NFL team’s Longhorn draft history.

Over the next week leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, we’re taking a look at the best Texas Longhorns players drafted by each team.

Pittsburgh Steelers (1933-present)

Best pick: Casey Hampton, defensive tackle, 2001

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ORG XMIT: NFL179 Pittsburgh Steelers' Casey Hampton listens to a question during media day for NFL football Super Bowl XLV, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
ORG XMIT: NFL179 Pittsburgh Steelers’ Casey Hampton listens to a question during media day for NFL football Super Bowl XLV, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Hampton is one of the most successful Longhorns to play in the NFL. Will he make the Hall of Fame? Maybe, but he’ll go down as one of the best defensive players in Steelers history and was the nose-guard for one of the best defenses in the league over a 12-year period.

Although Hampton never made All-Pro, he made five Pro Bowls. Hampton helped the Steelers to two Super Bowl wins and another Super Bowl appearance. He played in 16 NFL playoff games in his 12-year career.

Hampton teamed with Shaun Rogers  to form a devastating tackle combo at Texas and was a consensus All-American in 2000. He was drafted 19th overall in 2001.

We broke down how poorly that decision was for the Browns, who took another defensive tackle at No. 3 that year.

Most recent pick: 2 players in 2008: Limas Sweed and Tony Hills

Sweed is one of the most famous receivers to play at Texas, and will forever be hated by Ohio State fans for this play:

Sweed was a fixture for the Longhorns for four seasons, catching 124 passes for 1,915 yards and 20 touchdowns. His junior year in 2006 he caught 12 touchdown passes. The Steelers drafted him in hopes that he would be the next great receiver in franchise history.

They took him 53rd overall in the second round.

Or as Steelers fans call it, they took Sweed over: Jamaal Charles, Cliff Avril, Brandon Carr, Pierre Garcon and Matt Forte.

Sweed’s pro career didn’t pan out the way anyone expected. He played just two seasons and caught a total of seven passes. His career ended following a torn Achilles tendon in 2010 and he missed what would have been his third season and never played again in the NFL.

He did win a Super Bowl, though, with the Steelers.

The other player taken by the Steelers was Tony Hills. The offensive tackle was chosen in the fourth round, 130th overall. He played in just four games with the Steelers and didn’t see any action until 2010. He bounced around the league afterwards and was last seen playing for the New Orleans Saints last season, his 10th NFL team.

Hills was a first team All-Big 12 selection in 2007.

Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN 9/22/07 Texas NO.4 Limas Sweed scores against Rice at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium/Joe Jamail Field on Saturday September 22, 2007.
Limas Sweed scores against Rice at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium/Joe Jamail Field on Saturday September 22, 2007. Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN 9/22/07

First pick: Red Wolfe, full back, 1938

Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the first-ever Longhorn to be drafted in the NFL, and how awesome is that name? Red Wolfe played one season in the NFL, 1938, and was a Pro Bowler. He was taken 19th overall in the third round.

How awesome was the 1938 draft in terms of names? The 12th pick was Dick Rifle, the fourth pick was Frank Filchock, Hall of Famer Bruiser Kinard was taken ahead of Red Wolfe at 18 and the fourth pick was Whizzer White.

Of note: Outside of Casey Hampton, Longhorns drafted by the Steelers don’t play long in the Steel City. Maybe it’s because of the weird Pittsburgh accents and coleslaw and french fries on sandwiches. Not sure. But only Hampton and Curtis Brown were Steelers Longhorn picks who played at least three seasons.

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