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1945 Pittsburgh Steelers

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2-8-0, Finished 5th in NFL East Division  · 1945 NFL Season Summary

Scored 79 points (7.9/g), 10th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 220 points (22.0/g), 8th.
 Differential of -141 points (-14.1/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 0.8-9.2.

Coach: Jim Leonard (2-8-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: (Hershey, Pennsylvania)

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
HB Tony Bova 28 3 5 6 rushes for 11 yards, 0 td, & 15 catches for 215 yards and 0 td
TB Bill Dudley 26 3 4 57 rushes for 204 yards, 3 td, & 0 catches for 0 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1942
FB John Lucente 23 Rook 5 82 rushes for 242 yards, 1 td, & 11 catches for 45 yards and 0 td
BB Leon Pense 23 Rook 8 6 rushes for 1 yards, 0 td, & 1 catch for 32 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 79th pick / 1945
LE Dick Dolly 28 4 9 8 catches for 122 yards, 0 td
LT Glen Stough 24 Rook 5 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 27th / 277th pick / 1945
LG Elmer Merkovsky 28 1 10 4 fumbles recovered
C Chuck Cherundolo 29 8 5
RG John Perko 31 8 10 2 fumbles recovered
RT Ted Doyle 31 7 10 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 8th / 68th pick / 1938
RE Joe Pierre 25 Rook 7
 Special Teams Starters
K Ben Agajanian 26 Rook 1 4 of 4 field goals & 1 of 2 extra points
P Sid Tinsley 25 Rook 0 57 punts for a 40.5 average, 1 blocked
PR Buss Warren 29 Rook 4 13 punt returns for a 12.9 average and 0 td
KR Buss Warren 29 Rook 4 5 kick returns for a 27.0 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
Ben Agajanian 26 K 5 1 215 6-0 New Mexico 8/28/1919 Rook
Tom Alberghini 25 1 0 200 5-10 Holy Cross 10/27/1920 Rook Cleveland Rams / 13th / 115th pick / 1943
Tony Bova 28 HB 10 5 190 6-1 St. Francis (PA) 8/21/1917 3
Art Brandau 23 1 0 210 6-2 Tennessee 6/23/1922 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 89th pick / 1945
Carl Buda 26 3 0 220 5-11 Creighton,Tulsa 2/22/1919 Rook Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 11th / 107th pick / 1944
Garth Chamberlain 25 3 0 215 6-0 BYU 5/20/1920 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 151st pick / 1942
Chuck Cherundolo 29 C 6 5 215 6-1 Penn St. 8/8/1916 8
Joe Cibulas 24 5 0 220 6-0 Duquesne 5/31/1921 Rook Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers / 25th / 237th pick / 1943
Joe Coomer 27 lt 9 5 281 6-6 Austin 9/11/1918 4
Carmine DePascal 27 1 0 188 6-0 Wichita St. 4/13/1918 Rook
Henry DePaul 28 4 0 225 5-11 Duquesne 4/12/1917 Rook
Dick Dolly 28 LE 10 9 211 6-3 West Virginia 12/12/1917 4
Ted Doyle 31 RT 10 10 224 6-2 Nebraska 1/12/1914 7 New York Giants / 8th / 68th pick / 1938
Bill Dudley 26 TB 4 4 182 5-10 Virginia 12/24/1919 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1942
Paul Duhart 25 b 2 2 180 6-0 Florida 12/30/1920 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1945
Vern Foltz 27 4 0 205 6-1 St. Vincent 8/27/1918 1
Len Frketich 28 2 0 290 6-1 Penn St. 11/18/1917 Rook
Jack Itzel 21 10 0 190 6-0 Georgetown (DC),Pittsburgh 11/12/1924 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 165th pick / 1945
Toimi Jarvi 25 1 0 200 6-0 Northern Illinois 2/28/1920 1
Art Jones 26 wb 7 2 192 6-2 Richmond 6/13/1919 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 11th pick / 1941
George Kiick 28 fb 6 3 200 6-0 Bucknell 9/5/1917 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 18th pick / 1940
Frank Kimble 28 e 9 3 205 6-5 West Virginia 11/9/1917 Rook
John Kondrla 24 1 0 195 6-2 St. Vincent 2/23/1921 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 30th / 310th pick / 1945
Julie Koshlap 28 1 0 180 5-11 Georgetown (DC) 12/25/1917 Rook Brooklyn Dodgers / 21st / 193rd pick / 1941
Hubbard Law 24 6 0 210 6-1 Sam Houston St. 1/27/1921 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 15th / 131st pick / 1942
Jackie Lowther 23 b 2 2 165 5-8 Detroit Mercy 12/27/1922 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 72nd pick / 1945
John Lucente 23 FB 10 5 200 5-9 West Virginia 11/4/1922 Rook
Ed McNamara 25 1 0 225 6-2 Holy Cross 4/13/1920 Rook New York Giants / 27th / 256th pick / 1943
Elmer Merkovsky 28 LG 10 10 239 6-1 Pittsburgh 4/13/1917 1
John Naioti 24 hb 6 1 180 5-10 St. Francis (PA) 11/6/1921 3
Allen Nichols 29 fb 1 1 205 5-10 Temple 10/28/1916 Rook
Mel Odelli 25 2 0 176 5-8 Duquesne 12/9/1920 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 132nd pick / 1945
Al Olszewski 25 1 0 185 6-2 Penn St.,Pittsburgh 11/14/1920 Rook
John Patrick 27 3 0 202 6-0 Penn St. 1/16/1918 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 101st pick / 1941
Leon Pense 23 BB 10 8 170 6-0 Arkansas 2/5/1922 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 79th pick / 1945
John Perko 31 RG 10 10 207 6-1 Duquesne 2/20/1914 8
John Petchel 26 bb 9 2 185 5-11 Duquesne 5/27/1919 3
Pepper Petrella 25 hb 3 1 160 5-7 Penn St. 5/7/1920 Rook
Joe Pierre 25 RE 10 7 185 6-0 Pittsburgh 10/15/1920 Rook
John Popovich 27 1 0 160 5-8 St. Vincent 3/6/1918 1
Al Postus 25 2 0 180 5-10 Villanova 9/21/1920 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 22nd / 228th pick / 1944
Ross Sorce 1 0 255 6-4 Georgetown (DC) Rook
Ed Stofko 25 tb 2 1 192 6-1 St. Francis (PA) 5/17/1920 Rook Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 9th / 85th pick / 1944
Glen Stough 24 LT 10 5 240 6-5 Duke 9/7/1921 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 27th / 277th pick / 1945
Morgan Tiller 27 10 0 195 6-1 Denver 10/13/1918 1
Sid Tinsley 25 P 9 0 168 5-9 Clemson 1/14/1920 Rook
Si Titus 27 c 9 3 195 6-0 Holy Cross 9/23/1918 5
Buss Warren 29 KR 8 4 175 5-11 Tennessee 8/13/1916 Rook
Al Wukits 28 c 3 1 218 6-3 Duquesne 12/16/1917 2 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers / 11th / 97th pick / 1943
Team Total 25.6 10 202.1 6-0.2 1.5