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1953 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-6-0, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.5, Offense: -3.0, Defense: -0.5, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 211 points (17.6/g), 7th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 263 points (21.9/g), 8th.
 Differential of -52 points (-4.3/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 4.5-7.5.

Coach: Joe Bach (6-6-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: St. Bonaventure University (Allegany, New York)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim Finks 26 4 9 131 for 292, 1,484 yards, 8 td, 14 int, & 12 rushes for 0 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 116th pick / 1949
FB Fran Rogel 26 3 0 137 rushes for 527 yards, 2 td, & 19 catches for 95 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
LH Ray Mathews 24 2 0 65 rushes for 260 yards, 2 td, & 27 catches for 346 yards and 4 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
RH Lynn Chandnois* 28 3 0 123 rushes for 470 yards, 3 td, & 43 catches for 412 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
LE Ed Barker 22 Rook 0 17 catches for 172 yards, 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 12th pick / 1953
LT Bob Gaona 22 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 53rd pick / 1953
LG John Schweder 26 3 0 2 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 251st pick / 1949
C Bill Walsh 26 4 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 26th pick / 1949
RG Marv McFadden 23 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 138th pick / 1952
RT George Hughes* 28 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 34th pick / 1950
RE Elbie Nickel* 31 6 0 62 catches for 743 yards, 4 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
 Defensive Starters
LDE George Tarasovic 23 1 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1952
LDT Lou Ferry 26 4 0 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 25th pick / 1949
MG Dale Dodrill* 27 2 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
RDT Ernie Stautner* 28 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
RDE Bill McPeak* 27 4 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
LLB Dick Flanagan 27 5 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
RLB Marv Matuszak* 22 Rook 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1953
LDH Art DeCarlo 22 Rook 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 6th / 65th pick / 1953
RDH Jack Butler 26 2 0 9 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
LS Ray Mathews 24 2 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
RS Claude Hipps 26 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 78th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Nick Bolkovac 25 Rook 0 4 of 12 field goals & 27 of 28 extra points Washington Redskins / 30th / 354th pick / 1951
P Pat Brady 27 1 0 80 punts for a 46.9 average, 0 blocked New York Giants / 13th / 155th pick / 1952
PR Lynn Chandnois* 28 3 0 26 punt returns for a 3.9 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
KR Lynn Chandnois* 28 3 0 21 kick returns for a 29.0 average and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
83 John Alderton 22 10 0 200 6-1 Maryland 9/5/1931 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 77th pick / 1953
89 Ed Barker 22 LE 6 0 196 6-3 Washington St. 5/31/1931 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 12th pick / 1953
75 Nick Bolkovac 25 K 12 0 230 6-1 Pittsburgh 3/20/1928 Rook Washington Redskins / 30th / 354th pick / 1951
18 Pat Brady 27 P 12 0 195 6-1 Bradley,Nevada-Reno 9/7/1926 1 New York Giants / 13th / 155th pick / 1952
27 Jim Brandt 24 12 0 205 6-1 St. Thomas 5/19/1929 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 140th pick / 1951
80 Jack Butler 26 RDH 12 0 200 6-1 St. Bonaventure 11/12/1927 2
35 Tom Calvin 27 10 0 200 6-0 Alabama 6/13/1926 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 25th / 298th pick / 1951
49 Lynn Chandnois* 28 KR 12 0 198 6-2 Michigan St. 2/24/1925 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
26 Art DeCarlo 22 LDH 12 0 196 6-2 Georgia 3/23/1931 Rook Chicago Bears / 6th / 65th pick / 1953
60 Dale Dodrill* 27 MG 12 0 215 6-1 Colorado St. 2/27/1926 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
39 Leo Elter 24 12 0 201 5-10 Duquesne,Villanova 10/21/1929 Rook
78 Lou Ferry 26 LDT 12 0 244 6-2 Villanova 12/1/1927 4 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 25th pick / 1949
7 Jim Finks 26 QB 11 9 180 5-11 Tulsa 8/31/1927 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 116th pick / 1949
57 Dick Flanagan 27 LLB 12 0 216 6-0 Ohio St. 10/31/1926 5 Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
34 Ed Fullerton 22 1 0 190 5-10 Maryland 4/7/1931 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1953
72 Bob Gaona 22 LT 12 0 243 6-3 Wake Forest 1/3/1931 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 53rd pick / 1953
76 Bill Hegarty 22 1 0 240 6-4 Georgia,Villanova 6/30/1931 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 181st pick / 1952
24 Claude Hipps 26 RS 5 0 189 6-1 Georgia 4/21/1927 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 78th pick / 1952
63 Darrell Hogan 27 12 0 210 5-10 Baylor,Trinity (TX) 7/2/1926 4
65 George Hughes* 28 RT 12 0 225 6-1 William & Mary 8/19/1925 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 34th pick / 1950
13 Bill Mackrides 28 qb 4 3 182 5-11 Nevada-Reno 7/8/1925 6 Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 19th pick / 1947
17 Ted Marchibroda 22 4 0 178 5-10 St. Bonaventure,Detroit Mercy 3/15/1931 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1953
25 Ray Mathews 24 LH 12 0 185 6-0 Clemson 2/26/1929 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
56 Marv Matuszak* 22 RLB 12 0 232 6-3 Tulsa 9/12/1931 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1953
64 Marv McFadden 23 RG 12 0 223 6-0 Michigan St. 1/18/1930 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 138th pick / 1952
84 Bill McPeak* 27 RDE 12 0 208 6-1 Notre Dame,Pittsburgh 7/24/1926 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
81 Elbie Nickel* 31 RE 12 0 196 6-1 Cincinnati 12/28/1922 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
77 Tom Palmer 24 11 0 240 6-2 Wake Forest 8/12/1929 Rook Chicago Cardinals / 17th / 217th pick / 1950
33 Fran Rogel 26 FB 12 0 203 5-11 California (PA),Penn St. 12/12/1927 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
66 John Schweder 26 LG 12 0 224 6-1 Pennsylvania 12/23/1927 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 251st pick / 1949
70 Ernie Stautner* 28 RDT 11 0 230 6-1 Boston Col. 4/20/1925 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
88 George Sulima 25 10 0 200 6-2 Boston Univ. 2/27/1928 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 31st pick / 1951
82 George Tarasovic 23 LDE 12 0 245 6-4 Boston Col.,LSU 5/6/1930 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1952
61 Lou Tepe 23 10 0 208 6-2 Duke 6/18/1930 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 30th / 354th pick / 1953
56 Bill Walsh 26 C 12 0 230 6-2 Notre Dame 9/8/1927 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 26th pick / 1949
Team Total 25.1 12 210.2 6-0.9 1.8