Bradshaw played through the 1983 season. Lambert ended his career in '84. Stallworth and Shell stayed on until after the '87 season, which was Greene's first year as the defensive line coach. By then, they all noticed how times had changed. "Sometimes I'd see Joe just off by himself, walking on the sidelines or something," says Shell. "I'd say, 'Joe, what's wrong?' He'd tell me he wanted his guys to be the best they could be. He wanted them to have that drive we had. I'd tell him, 'Joe, guys are different now. There are no more Joe Greenes.' "
So humanness and age and the 1980s and bad drafts finally caught up to the Steelers. They fell to earth.
"What a great time it was," says Bradshaw of the Steeler era. "What we had was an undeniable hatred of losing. We despised losing! Woe be to the fool coming into our stadium Sunday! We could not and would not accept a loss! We laughed and giggled and had fun playing, but we had the fangs and the blood and the slobber, too. We wanted it, Jack!"