Jarvis Jones Names Greg Lloyd As His All-Time Favorite Steelers Player

There have been a lot of great linebackers that have played for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the years and rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones told safety Ryan Clark during an interview for ESPN that Greg Lloyd is his all-time favorite.

“When I first got the jersey No. 95, I heard so much talk about Greg Lloyd, so I had to go research him and see who it was and I found out he went to school at Fort Valley University, 45 minutes away from where I\’m from,” said Jones, who was born in Richland, GA. “And then he was playing here with the Steelers, so it has to be Greg Lloyd. He\’s a beast and he\’s just an all-out linebacker so hopefully I can wear his number proudly.”

When Jones researched Lloyd, he probably discovered that he registered 53.5 sacks over the course of his 10 years in Pittsburgh, so he certainly picked a good all-time favorite to strive to be like. Being a Steelers linebacker of course comes with a lot of pressure and Jones told Clark he certainly feels it since arriving in Pittsburgh.

“It\’s very much a challenge, because our linebackers are held at such a high level on this team and so many greats have gone on before me and wore this uniform and done some great things,” said Jones. “So it\’s definitely a challenge being a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. For me, I want to be considered one of those greats, so I\’m going to challenge myself to be as good as them or in that category.”

Jones will get a chance to challenge himself once again Monday night against the Washington Redskins as he looks to take what he learned last week in his NFL debut against the New York Giants and improve upon it.

You can watch the full interview below as Jones also talks about playing in SEC at Georgia as well as his transition into the NFL.

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  • John Hinton

    Excellent choice by the Rookie. Lloyd was a beast.

  • Wayne Darby

    Damn Clark is bigger than Jones

  • Jason Brant

    Lloyd is my all-time favorite as well. The guy was an animal.

  • Everything Steelers

    Yep..i hate to repeat what i said in another post, but he looks small to me…he got pushed around last week…lets see how this week goes..Lloyd was a presence on the field..and he still is like that off

  • Patrick

    Well lets hope he’s not as big a jerk as Lloyd was

  • dgh57

    I like his choice of LBer as he’s my favorite also. I miss what he brought to the playing field besides his play and that’s his disposition and attitude towards opposing QBs.

  • Jason Brant

    I always felt that James Harrison carried Greg Lloyd’s toughness torch.

  • Pete

    Harrison, Lloyd, Lambert all played with that mean streak you love to see in a Steelers LB. I hope Jones can eventually call himself a prototypical Steelers LB one day. Lets see what you can do, bro.

  • Just

    I wonder why Clark is more tough looking

  • Brendon Glad

    Excellent choice! He’s one of my favorites too!
    If I exaggerate from memory and tell a tall tale, I apologize. But my favorite Greg Lloyd story was when he was supposed to “out” for 6-8 weeks with a severe hamstring pull in late 1993?..I believe. With Cleveland at home in week 16 in a game that became “must-win” to make the playoffs.
    So Lloyd plays on the hamstring. Steelers down something like 7-3 at half. Lloyd comes into locker room and says, “If we lose this m****F****game, I will kick every single one of your m******a*****!!!”
    Steelers win…make playoffs…Lloyd finishes with 9 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 key forced fumble…
    I loved that dude!!!! Was really happy when JH brought back that “nasty”. Hope JJ can carry it forward. Coming close to either will do JUST FINE by me! :-)

  • Brendon Glad

    Lloyd was small too. If I remember right it took everything he had eating-wise to stay above 210. Seems like they said he’d usually get up to about 220 for camp, and be down to around 205 by the end of the season.
    So while it may be a concern, it doesn’t have to be the “be-all-end-all” for Jones. However, THAT was Greg Lloyd. Even though at times you could run at him…he played a VERY BIG 205-220….so your concern is definitely nothing to “pooh-pooh”

  • Brendon Glad

    “I wasn’t hired for my disposition” That t-shirt he wore under his pads every week makes me smile as I think about it.
    Funny thing is: he was wrong. He WAS hired because of his disposition. lol….WANTED: Nasty, mean, fearless, S.O.B. to carry on Steelers LB history. Hatred for QB’s and RB’s a plus.

  • Brendon Glad

    I agree. Not patting myself on the back too much (cuz I miss too)…but I said that about JH before he’d ever taken a snap in a regular season game. I’m proud of that. And he did all the work to prove me right. Loved both of them as players VERY much!!!

  • Brendon Glad

    Because Clark is a killer. Top 5 most violent hitters in Steelers history. And I’d put him at number 1, in a close race with Lloyd and Harrison, if we take everything before 1980 out of the mix. So Jones doesn’t need to look more tough. Let’s hope that he is close.

  • Brendon Glad

    And I’m not making any light of this…but with legal football plays he caused severe brain damage to Chris Henry, and put 2 extremely tough players (Wes Welker, and Willis McGehee) in hospitals. And that’s the 3 I remember. Several others of note. VICIOUS player, in a good clean way.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’d be remiss not to mention Hines Ward, post 1980. Still going with Clark, but Ward deserves mention before I get killed on here.

  • John Mazza

    not to be a stickler but this effin kid doesnt know who the heck Greg Lloyd is?! I thought thats why he picked the number in the first place lol

  • hp b

    I know how to shut up Warren Sapp.

    Hey look! Here comes Joey Porter!