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1-13-0, AFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -13.0, Offense: -7.1, Defense: -5.9, SoS: 2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 164 points (11.7/g), 25th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 380 points (27.1/g), 25th.
 Differential of -216 points (-15.4/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 1.7-12.3.

Coach: Bill Peterson (1-13-0)

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Schreiner Institute (Kerrville, Texas)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Dan Pastorini 23 1 12 144 for 299, 1,711 yards, 7 td, 12 int, & 38 rushes for 205 yards and 2 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
RB Paul Robinson 28 4 7 86 rushes for 355 yards, 3 td, & 14 catches for 112 yards and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1968
FB Fred Willis 25 1 7 92 rushes for 334 yards, 0 td, & 36 catches for 251 yards and 2 td Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 93rd pick / 1971
WR Ken Burrough 24 2 11 26 catches for 521 yards, 4 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
WR Charlie Joiner 25 3 6 16 catches for 306 yards, 2 td, & 2 rushes for 12 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
TE Alvin Reed 28 5 13 19 catches for 251 yards, 0 td
LT Tom Funchess 28 4 14 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1968
LG Tom Regner 28 5 12 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 23rd pick / 1967
C Calvin Hunt 25 2 10 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 261st pick / 1970
RG Ron Saul 24 2 12 Houston Oilers / 5th / 110th pick / 1970
RT Levert Carr 28 3 14
 Defensive Starters
LDE Pat Holmes 32 6 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 40th pick / 1962
RDT Lee Brooks 25 2 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1970
RDE Elvin Bethea* 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
LLB Floyd Rice 23 1 13 Houston Oilers / 9th / 212th pick / 1971
MLB Ron Pritchard 25 3 6 Houston Oilers / 1st / 15th pick / 1969
RLB Phil Croyle 25 1 7 Houston Oilers / 7th / 159th pick / 1971
LCB Willie Alexander 23 1 11 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
RCB Benny Johnson 24 2 10 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 6th / 144th pick / 1970
SS Ken Houston* 28 5 14 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 9th / 214th pick / 1967
FS John Charles 28 5 11 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Boston Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1967
 Special Teams Starters
K Skip Butler 25 1 0 12 of 19 field goals & 15 of 16 extra points Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
P Dan Pastorini 23 1 12 82 punts for a 41.2 average, 1 blocked Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
PR Ken Houston* 28 5 14 25 punt returns for a 5.9 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 9th / 214th pick / 1967
KR Willie Rodgers 23 Rook 3 17 kick returns for a 19.7 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 12th / 290th pick / 1972

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
88 Allen Aldridge 27 8 0 250 6-6 Prairie View 4/27/1945 1 2
19 Willie Alexander 23 LCB 14 11 194 6-2 Alcorn St. 9/21/1949 1 4 Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
48 Bob Atkins 26 14 3 215 6-3 Grambling St. 4/2/1946 4 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1968
18 Ed Baker 24 1 0 200 6-2 Lafayette 5/29/1948 Rook 0
81 Jim Beirne 26 10 2 206 6-2 Purdue 10/15/1946 4 1 Houston Oilers / 4th / 105th pick / 1968
65 Elvin Bethea* 26 RDE 14 14 260 6-2 North Carolina A&T 3/1/1946 4 7 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
82 Ron Billingsley 27 4 3 290 6-8 Wyoming 4/6/1945 5 2 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 14th pick / 1967
52 Garland Boyette 32 14 8 238 6-1 Grambling St. 3/22/1940 10 3
73 Lee Brooks 25 RDT 12 10 261 6-5 Texas 12/7/1947 2 5 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1970
00 Ken Burrough 24 WR 14 11 215 6-3 Texas Southern 7/14/1948 2 4 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
2 Skip Butler 25 K 13 0 201 6-1 Texas-Arlington 10/21/1947 1 3 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
63 Levert Carr 28 RT 14 14 273 6-2 North Central 6/30/1944 3 3
25 John Charles 28 FS 13 11 205 6-0 Purdue 5/9/1944 5 4 Boston Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1967
26 Linzy Cole 24 2 0 172 5-11 TCU 4/21/1948 2 0 Chicago Bears / 9th / 210th pick / 1970
59 Phil Croyle 25 RLB 12 7 223 6-3 California 10/30/1947 1 5 Houston Oilers / 7th / 159th pick / 1971
20 Rhett Dawson 24 14 2 185 6-1 Florida St. 12/22/1948 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 10th / 240th pick / 1972
74 Gene Ferguson 25 1 0 300 6-8 Norfolk St. 6/5/1947 3 1 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1969
69 Solomon Freelon 21 14 2 250 6-2 Grambling St. 2/19/1951 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1972
66 Tom Funchess 28 LT 14 14 265 6-5 Jackson St. 9/12/1944 4 3 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1968
30 Hoyle Granger 28 13 5 225 6-1 Mississippi St. 3/7/1944 6 2 Houston Oilers / 5th / 37th pick / 1966
Baltimore Colts / 4th / 63rd pick / 1966
61 Buzz Highsmith 29 9 0 247 6-3 Florida A&M 8/27/1943 4 2
79 Pat Holmes 32 LDE 14 13 255 6-5 Texas Tech 8/3/1940 6 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 40th pick / 1962
39 Robert Holmes 27 6 2 221 5-9 Southern 10/5/1945 4 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 14th / 375th pick / 1968
29 Ken Houston* 28 PR 14 14 197 6-3 Prairie View 11/12/1944 5 6 Houston Oilers / 9th / 214th pick / 1967
51 Calvin Hunt 25 C 10 10 245 6-3 Baylor 12/31/1947 2 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 261st pick / 1970
15 Al Johnson 22 14 3 200 6-0 Cincinnati 6/17/1950 Rook 3
33 Benny Johnson 24 RCB 14 10 178 5-11 Johnson C. Smith 6/29/1948 2 4 Houston Oilers / 6th / 144th pick / 1970
18 Charlie Joiner 25 WR 6 6 188 5-11 Grambling St. 10/14/1947 3 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
40 Lewis Jolley 23 7 0 210 5-11 North Carolina 11/15/1949 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1972
55 Rich Lewis 22 10 1 220 6-3 Portland St. 6/8/1950 Rook 2
67 Ralph Miller 24 6 2 260 6-3 California Lutheran,Alabama St. 8/13/1948 Rook 1
22 Zeke Moore 29 8 4 198 6-3 Lincoln (MO) 12/2/1943 5 2 Houston Oilers / 5th / 127th pick / 1967
11 Mark Moseley 24 1 0 202 5-11 Texas A&M,S.F. Austin 3/12/1948 2 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 14th / 346th pick / 1970
50 Guy Murdock 22 14 4 245 6-2 Michigan 6/27/1950 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 16th / 396th pick / 1972
14 Kent Nix 28 qb 12 2 195 6-2 TCU 3/12/1944 5 1
7 Dan Pastorini 23 P 14 12 208 6-2 Santa Clara 5/26/1949 1 8 Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
58 Ron Pritchard 25 MLB 6 6 235 6-1 Arizona St. 4/9/1947 3 4 Houston Oilers / 1st / 15th pick / 1969
89 Alvin Reed 28 TE 14 13 235 6-5 Prairie View 8/1/1944 5 2
60 Tom Regner 28 LG 14 12 235 6-1 Notre Dame 4/19/1944 5 3 Houston Oilers / 1st / 23rd pick / 1967
85 Floyd Rice 23 LLB 14 13 223 6-3 Alcorn St. 8/31/1949 1 5 Houston Oilers / 9th / 212th pick / 1971
56 Guy Roberts 22 7 3 217 6-1 Maryland 6/12/1950 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 187th pick / 1972
18 Paul Robinson 28 RB 8 7 198 6-0 Arizona 12/19/1944 4 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1968
34 Willie Rodgers 23 KR 14 3 210 6-0 Kentucky St. 2/8/1949 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 12th / 290th pick / 1972
77 Council Rudolph 22 12 1 255 6-4 Kentucky St. 1/18/1950 Rook 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 7th / 160th pick / 1972
91 Greg Sampson 22 14 1 265 6-6 Stanford 10/25/1950 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1972
64 Ron Saul 24 RG 13 12 255 6-2 Michigan St. 2/5/1948 2 3 Houston Oilers / 5th / 110th pick / 1970
87 Dave Smith 25 8 7 205 6-2 Waynesburg,Indiana (PA) 5/18/1947 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 184th pick / 1970
78 Mike Tilleman 28 14 14 272 6-7 Montana 3/30/1944 6 2 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 163rd pick / 1965
42 Jim Tolbert 28 3 3 200 6-4 Lincoln (MO) 3/12/1944 6 2 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 61st pick / 1966
32 Ward Walsh 24 6 1 213 6-0 Colorado 11/21/1948 1 0
90 George Webster 27 5 5 220 6-4 Michigan St. 11/25/1945 5 2 Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1967
21 Fred Willis 25 FB 8 7 212 6-0 Boston Col. 12/9/1947 1 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 93rd pick / 1971
Team Total 25.5 14 225.9 6-2.3 2.7