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1951 Pittsburgh Steelers

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4-7-1, Finished 4th in NFL American Division  · 1951 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.1, Offense: -5.9, Defense: 1.7, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 183 points (15.2/g), 11th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 235 points (19.6/g), 4th.
 Differential of -52 points (-4.3/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 4.3-7.7.

Coach: John Michelosen (4-7-1)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: Alliance College (Cambridge Springs, 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
TB Joe Geri* 27 2 0 90 rushes for 252 yards, 3 td, & 3 catches for 59 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 36th pick / 1949
FB Fran Rogel 24 1 0 109 rushes for 385 yards, 3 td, & 10 catches for 59 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
BB Truett Smith 27 1 0 1 rush for 1 yards, 0 td, & 4 catches for 71 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 86th pick / 1950
WB Lynn Chandnois 26 1 0 108 rushes for 332 yards, 2 td, & 28 catches for 440 yards and 4 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
LE Val Jansante 31 5 0 15 catches for 194 yards, 1 td Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 10th / 91st pick / 1944
LT Lou Allen 27 1 0 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 60th pick / 1950
LG Dick Tomlinson 23 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 21st / 268th pick / 1950
C Bill Walsh* 24 2 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 26th pick / 1949
RG George Hughes* 26 1 0 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 34th pick / 1950
RT Frank Wydo 27 4 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 29th pick / 1947
RE Elbie Nickel 29 4 0 28 catches for 447 yards, 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
 Defensive Starters
LDE Charley Mehelich 29 5 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 33rd pick / 1945
LDT George Hays 27 1 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
MG Dale Dodrill 25 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
RDT Ernie Stautner 26 1 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
RDE Bill McPeak 25 2 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
LLB Frank Sinkovitz 28 4 0 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RLB Jerry Shipkey*+ 26 3 0 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 58th pick / 1947
LDH Jack Butler 24 Rook 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RDH Jim Finks 24 2 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 116th pick / 1949
LS Howard Hartley 27 3 0 10 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RS Darrell Hogan 25 2 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Joe Geri* 27 2 0 7 of 14 field goals & 22 of 23 extra points Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 36th pick / 1949
P Joe Geri* 27 2 0 73 punts for a 38.2 average, 0 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 36th pick / 1949
PR Howard Hartley 27 3 0 18 punt returns for a 8.7 average and 0 td
KR Ray Mathews 22 Rook 0 13 kick returns for a 25.2 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
65 Lou Allen 27 LT 12 0 215 6-3 Duke 7/12/1924 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 60th pick / 1950
80 Jack Butler 24 LDH 12 0 200 6-1 St. Bonaventure 11/12/1927 Rook
14 Lynn Chandnois 26 WB 12 0 198 6-2 Michigan St. 2/24/1925 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
60 Dale Dodrill 25 MG 7 0 215 6-1 Colorado St. 2/27/1926 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
7 Jim Finks 24 RDH 12 0 180 5-11 Tulsa 8/31/1927 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 116th pick / 1949
23 Joe Gasparella 24 4 0 222 6-4 Notre Dame 2/5/1927 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 43rd pick / 1948
35 Joe Geri* 27 K 12 0 185 5-10 Georgia 10/20/1924 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 36th pick / 1949
11 Howard Hartley 27 LS 12 0 185 6-0 Duke 9/26/1924 3
75 George Hays 27 LDT 12 0 211 6-2 St. Bonaventure 8/29/1924 1
25 Dick Hendley 25 7 0 198 6-0 Clemson 8/6/1926 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 22nd / 262nd pick / 1951
63 Darrell Hogan 25 RS 12 0 210 5-10 Baylor,Trinity (TX) 7/2/1926 2
37 Joe Hollingsworth 26 10 0 198 6-0 Georgia,East. Kentucky 6/20/1925 2
40 George Hughes* 26 RG 12 0 225 6-1 William & Mary 8/19/1925 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 34th pick / 1950
54 Val Jansante 31 LE 6 0 190 6-1 Duquesne,Villanova 9/27/1920 5 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 10th / 91st pick / 1944
86 Tom Jelley 25 5 0 225 6-5 Miami (FL) 11/18/1926 Rook Chicago Bears / 4th / 49th pick / 1951
72 Paul Lea 22 9 0 240 6-2 Tulane 2/19/1929 Rook Chicago Bears / 7th / 84th pick / 1951
44 Ray Mathews 22 KR 12 0 185 6-0 Clemson 2/26/1929 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
84 Bill McPeak 25 RDE 12 0 208 6-1 Notre Dame,Pittsburgh 7/24/1926 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
55 Charley Mehelich 29 LDE 5 0 199 6-1 Duquesne 8/4/1922 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 33rd pick / 1945
37 Henry Minarik 24 11 0 200 6-2 Michigan St. 9/1/1927 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 92nd pick / 1951
28 Tony Momsen 23 11 0 215 6-1 Michigan 1/29/1928 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 59th pick / 1951
81 Elbie Nickel 29 RE 12 0 196 6-1 Cincinnati 12/28/1922 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
22 Jerry Nuzum 28 11 0 199 6-1 New Mexico St. 9/8/1923 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 20th pick / 1948
49 Chuck Ortmann 22 12 0 190 6-1 Michigan 6/1/1929 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 20th pick / 1951
27 Fran Rogel 24 FB 12 0 203 5-11 California (PA),Penn St. 12/12/1927 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
78 Carl Samuelson 28 12 0 250 6-4 Nebraska 4/11/1923 3 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 83rd pick / 1947
68 John Schweder 24 12 0 224 6-1 Pennsylvania 12/23/1927 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 251st pick / 1949
33 Jerry Shipkey*+ 26 RLB 10 0 213 6-1 USC,UCLA 10/31/1925 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 58th pick / 1947
57 Frank Sinkovitz 28 LLB 12 0 218 6-1 Duke 5/20/1923 4
40 Truett Smith 27 BB 11 0 208 6-2 Wyoming,Mississippi St. 3/17/1924 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 86th pick / 1950
70 Ernie Stautner 26 RDT 12 0 230 6-1 Boston Col. 4/20/1925 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
62 Dick Tomlinson 23 LG 12 0 205 6-1 Kansas 8/5/1928 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 21st / 268th pick / 1950
46 Bill Walsh* 24 C 12 0 230 6-2 Notre Dame 9/8/1927 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 26th pick / 1949
79 Frank Wydo 27 RT 12 0 225 6-4 Duquesne,Cornell 6/15/1924 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 29th pick / 1947
Team Total 25.6 12 208.7 6-1.2 1.7