Michael Lewis "Mike" Webster (March 18, 1952 – September 24, 2002) was an American football player who played as a center in the National Football League from 1974 to 1990 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, class of 1997. Nicknamed "Iron Mike", Webster anchored the Steelers' offensive line during much of their run of four Super Bowl victories from 1974 to 1979 and is considered by some as the best center in NFL history. Since Webster's death, he has become a symbol for head injuries in the NFL and the ongoing debate over player safety. His exact cause of death was first announced to be a heart attack by the Steelers' management, but this was later recanted. Webster's cause of death has not been released from the hospital at his family's request.
By Dean Hanley
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