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1973 Houston Oilers

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1-13-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -16.8, Offense: -4.4, Defense: -12.4, SoS: 1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 199 points (14.2/g), 23rd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 447 points (31.9/g), 26th.
 Differential of -248 points (-17.7/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 1.8-12.2.

Coach: Bill Peterson (0-5-0) and Sid Gillman (1-8-0)

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

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Dan Pastorini 24 2 10 154 for 290, 1,482 yards, 5 td, 17 int, & 31 rushes for 102 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
RB Bob Gresham 25 2 10 104 rushes for 400 yards, 2 td, & 28 catches for 244 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1971
FB Fred Willis 26 2 14 171 rushes for 579 yards, 4 td, & 57 catches for 371 yards and 1 td Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 93rd pick / 1971
WR Ken Burrough 25 3 12 43 catches for 577 yards, 2 td, & 5 rushes for 38 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
WR Billy Parks 25 2 14 43 catches for 581 yards, 1 td San Diego Chargers / 6th / 146th pick / 1970
TE Mack Alston 26 3 14 19 catches for 195 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for 13 yards and 0 td Washington Redskins / 11th / 277th pick / 1970
LT Tom Funchess 29 5 14 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1968
LG Solomon Freelon 22 1 9 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1972
C Sam Gruneisen 32 11 9 San Diego Chargers / 25th / 200th pick / 1962
RG Al Jenkins 27 4 6 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1969
RT Elbert Drungo 30 4 9 3 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1969
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tody Smith 25 2 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 25th pick / 1971
LDT Al Cowlings 26 3 13 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1970
RDT John Matuszak 23 Rook 14 Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1973
RDE Elvin Bethea* 27 5 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
LLB Floyd Rice 24 2 6 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 9th / 212th pick / 1971
MLB Gregg Bingham 22 Rook 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
RLB Guy Roberts 23 1 12 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 8th / 187th pick / 1972
LCB Zeke Moore 30 6 11 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 5th / 127th pick / 1967
RCB Willie Alexander 24 2 10 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
SS Jeff Severson 24 1 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 12th / 297th pick / 1971
FS Bob Atkins 27 5 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1968
 Special Teams Starters
K Skip Butler 26 2 0 15 of 24 field goals & 21 of 21 extra points Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
P Skip Butler 26 2 0 36 punts for a 37.3 average, 0 blocked Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
PR Jeff Severson 24 1 14 16 punt returns for a 7.9 average and 0 td Washington Redskins / 12th / 297th pick / 1971
KR Alvin Haymond 31 9 0 28 kick returns for a 25.1 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 18th / 246th pick / 1964

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
19 Willie Alexander 24 RCB 11 10 194 6-2 Alcorn St. 9/21/1949 2 3 Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
82 Mack Alston 26 TE 14 14 230 6-2 Md-Eastern Shore 4/27/1947 3 2 Washington Redskins / 11th / 277th pick / 1970
12 George Amundson 22 9 2 215 6-3 Iowa St. 3/31/1951 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1973
48 Bob Atkins 27 FS 5 4 215 6-3 Grambling St. 4/2/1946 5 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1968
81 Jim Beirne 27 1 1 206 6-2 Purdue 10/15/1946 5 0 Houston Oilers / 4th / 105th pick / 1968
65 Elvin Bethea* 27 RDE 14 14 260 6-2 North Carolina A&T 3/1/1946 5 5 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
54 Gregg Bingham 22 MLB 14 14 227 6-1 Purdue 3/13/1951 Rook 4 Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
27 Joe Blahak 23 12 4 187 5-9 Nebraska 8/29/1950 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 183rd pick / 1973
00 Ken Burrough 25 WR 14 12 215 6-3 Texas Southern 7/14/1948 3 5 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
2 Skip Butler 26 K 14 0 201 6-1 Texas-Arlington 10/21/1947 2 4 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
63 Levert Carr 29 13 8 273 6-2 North Central 6/30/1944 4 2
25 John Charles 29 4 4 205 6-0 Purdue 5/9/1944 6 2 Boston Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1967
55 Ralph Cindrich 24 13 4 228 6-1 Pittsburgh 10/29/1949 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 119th pick / 1972
76 Al Cowlings 26 LDT 14 13 255 6-5 USC 6/16/1947 3 4 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1970
59 Phil Croyle 26 1 0 223 6-3 California 10/30/1947 2 1 Houston Oilers / 7th / 159th pick / 1971
49 Dick Cunningham 29 1 0 245 6-3 Arkansas 10/12/1944 6 1 Detroit Lions / 9th / 136th pick / 1966
50 Bill Curry 31 4 4 235 6-3 Georgia Tech 10/21/1942 8 1 Oakland Raiders / 23rd / 183rd pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 20th / 279th pick / 1964
10 Lynn Dickey 24 qb 12 4 214 6-3 Kansas St. 10/19/1949 2 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1971
75 Elbert Drungo 30 RT 14 9 265 6-5 Tennessee St. 4/30/1943 4 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1969
26 Larry Eaglin 25 11 2 195 6-3 S.F. Austin 8/27/1948 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 11th / 261st pick / 1973
67 Mike Fanucci 24 13 0 235 6-4 Arizona St. 9/25/1949 1 2 Washington Redskins / 9th / 219th pick / 1971
69 Solomon Freelon 22 LG 11 9 250 6-2 Grambling St. 2/19/1951 1 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1972
66 Tom Funchess 29 LT 14 14 265 6-5 Jackson St. 9/12/1944 5 3 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1968
68 Brian Goodman 24 3 2 250 6-2 UCLA 12/7/1949 Rook 1
71 Wes Grant 27 3 0 245 6-3 UCLA 9/24/1946 2 1 New York Giants / 4th / 97th pick / 1970
11 Dave Green 24 4 0 206 5-11 Ohio 9/21/1949 Rook 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 17th / 418th pick / 1972
36 Bob Gresham 25 RB 13 10 195 5-11 West Virginia 7/9/1948 2 6 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1971
57 Sam Gruneisen 32 C 10 9 242 6-1 Villanova 1/16/1941 11 3 San Diego Chargers / 25th / 200th pick / 1962
58 Paul Guidry 29 14 6 227 6-3 LSU,McNeese St. 1/14/1944 7 2 Buffalo Bills / 8th / 73rd pick / 1966
14 Ed Hargett 26 5 0 185 5-11 Texas A&M 6/26/1947 4 0 New Orleans Saints / 16th / 397th pick / 1969
13 Alvin Haymond 31 KR 6 0 194 6-0 Southern 8/31/1942 9 0 Baltimore Colts / 18th / 246th pick / 1964
87 Eddie Hinton 26 11 1 200 6-0 Oklahoma 6/26/1947 4 2 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 25th pick / 1969
52 Calvin Hunt 26 4 0 245 6-3 Baylor 12/31/1947 3 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 261st pick / 1970
72 Kevin Hunt 25 4 0 260 6-5 Doane 11/29/1948 1 1 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 246th pick / 1971
60 Al Jenkins 27 RG 13 6 245 6-2 Southern Illinois,Tulsa 7/15/1946 4 3 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1969
15 Al Johnson 23 5 0 200 6-0 Cincinnati 6/17/1950 1 1
33 Benny Johnson 25 13 4 178 5-11 Johnson C. Smith 6/29/1948 3 2 Houston Oilers / 6th / 144th pick / 1970
40 Lewis Jolley 24 10 0 210 5-11 North Carolina 11/15/1949 1 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1972
61 Harris Jones 28 5 4 255 6-5 Johnson C. Smith 10/3/1945 2 1
51 Ron Lou 22 9 1 240 6-2 Arizona St. 7/24/1951 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 14th / 339th pick / 1973
78 John Matuszak 23 RDT 14 14 272 6-8 Missouri,Tampa 10/25/1950 Rook 4 Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1973
80 Ron Mayo 23 13 0 222 6-2 Morgan St. 10/11/1950 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 6th / 131st pick / 1973
59 Brian McConnell 23 7 0 220 6-4 Michigan St. 1/21/1950 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 162nd pick / 1973
86 Clifton McNeil 33 3 0 187 6-2 Grambling St. 5/25/1940 9 0 Cleveland Browns / 11th / 151st pick / 1962
62 Ralph Miller 25 1 1 260 6-3 California Lutheran,Alabama St. 8/13/1948 1 1
22 Zeke Moore 30 LCB 13 11 198 6-3 Lincoln (MO) 12/2/1943 6 3 Houston Oilers / 5th / 127th pick / 1967
20 Billy Parks 25 WR 14 14 185 6-1 Long Beach St. 1/1/1948 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 146th pick / 1970
83 Dave Parks 32 5 0 220 6-2 Texas Tech 12/25/1941 9 0 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 1st pick / 1964
San Diego Chargers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1964
7 Dan Pastorini 24 QB 14 10 208 6-2 Santa Clara 5/26/1949 2 3 Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
85 Floyd Rice 24 LLB 7 6 223 6-3 Alcorn St. 8/31/1949 2 4 Houston Oilers / 9th / 212th pick / 1971
56 Guy Roberts 23 RLB 14 12 217 6-1 Maryland 6/12/1950 1 5 Houston Oilers / 8th / 187th pick / 1972
18 Paul Robinson 29 11 1 198 6-0 Arizona 12/19/1944 5 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1968
73 Greg Sampson 23 13 1 265 6-6 Stanford 10/25/1950 1 2 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1972
64 Ron Saul 25 3 3 255 6-2 Michigan St. 2/5/1948 3 1 Houston Oilers / 5th / 110th pick / 1970
37 Jeff Severson 24 PR 14 14 183 6-1 Long Beach St. 9/16/1949 1 4 Washington Redskins / 12th / 297th pick / 1971
70 Tody Smith 25 LDE 14 14 250 6-5 Michigan St.,USC 12/24/1948 2 4 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 25th pick / 1971
28 Bill Thomas 24 6 1 225 6-2 Boston Col. 8/7/1949 1 0 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 26th pick / 1972
73 Vern Vanoy 27 1 0 275 6-8 Kansas 12/31/1946 2 1 New York Giants / 3rd / 60th pick / 1969
53 Ted Washington 25 1 0 244 6-1 Miss. Valley St. 2/16/1948 Rook 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
44 Fred Willis 26 FB 14 14 212 6-0 Boston Col. 12/9/1947 2 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 93rd pick / 1971
41 Alvin Wyatt 26 4 3 184 5-10 Bethune-Cookman 12/13/1947 3 1 Oakland Raiders / 6th / 154th pick / 1970
Team Total 25.9 14 224.9 6-2.1 2.9