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1954 Pittsburgh Steelers

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5-7-0, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1954 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.0, Offense: -5.1, Defense: -0.9, SoS: -2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 219 points (18.2/g), 9th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 263 points (21.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of -44 points (-3.7/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 4.7-7.3.

Coach: Walt Kiesling (5-7-0)

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

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 Jim Finks 27 5 12 164 for 306, 2,003 yards, 14 td, 19 int, & 9 rushes for 17 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 116th pick / 1949
FB Fran Rogel 27 4 0 111 rushes for 415 yards, 1 td, & 18 catches for 51 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
LH Ray Mathews 25 3 0 80 rushes for 242 yards, 2 td, & 44 catches for 652 yards and 6 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
RH Johnny Lattner* 22 Rook 0 69 rushes for 237 yards, 5 td, & 25 catches for 305 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 7th pick / 1954
LE George Sulima 26 2 0 30 catches for 439 yards, 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 31st pick / 1951
LT Bob Gaona 23 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 53rd pick / 1953
LG John Schweder 27 4 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 251st pick / 1949
C Bill Walsh+ 27 5 0 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 26th pick / 1949
RG Pete Ladygo 29 2 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 186th pick / 1952
RT George Hughes 29 4 0 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 34th pick / 1950
RE Elbie Nickel 32 7 0 40 catches for 584 yards, 5 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
 Defensive Starters
LDE Dewey Brundage 23 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 22nd / 265th pick / 1954
LDT Lou Ferry 27 5 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 25th pick / 1949
MG Dale Dodrill*+ 28 3 0 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
RDT Ernie Stautner 29 4 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
RDE Bill McPeak 28 5 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
LLB Dick Flanagan 28 6 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
RLB Stan Sheriff 22 Rook 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 18th / 214th pick / 1954
LDH Russ Craft 35 8 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers / 15th / 132nd pick / 1943
RDH Jack Butler 27 3 0 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LS Paul Cameron 22 Rook 0 7 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 91st pick / 1954
RS Ed Kissell 25 2 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 30th / 354th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Paul Held 26 Rook 0 3 of 5 field goals & 14 of 16 extra points Detroit Lions / 19th / 229th pick / 1953
P Pat Brady 28 2 0 66 punts for a 43.2 average, 0 blocked New York Giants / 13th / 155th pick / 1952
PR Johnny Lattner* 22 Rook 0 17 punt returns for a 4.3 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 7th pick / 1954
KR Johnny Lattner* 22 Rook 0 16 kick returns for a 25.8 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 7th pick / 1954

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
64 Rudy Andabaker 26 4 0 196 5-11 Pittsburgh 8/1/1928 2
75 Nick Bolkovac 26 5 0 230 6-1 Pittsburgh 3/20/1928 1 Washington Redskins / 30th / 354th pick / 1951
18 Pat Brady 28 P 12 0 195 6-1 Bradley,Nevada 9/7/1926 2 New York Giants / 13th / 155th pick / 1952
27 Jim Brandt 25 12 0 205 6-1 St. Thomas 5/19/1929 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 140th pick / 1951
83 Dewey Brundage 23 LDE 11 0 210 6-3 BYU 10/1/1931 Rook Detroit Lions / 22nd / 265th pick / 1954
80 Jack Butler 27 RDH 12 0 200 6-1 St. Bonaventure 11/12/1927 3
35 Tom Calvin 28 6 0 200 6-0 Alabama 6/13/1926 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 25th / 298th pick / 1951
34 Paul Cameron 22 LS 12 0 185 6-0 UCLA 8/17/1932 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 91st pick / 1954
49 Lynn Chandnois 29 11 0 198 6-2 Michigan St. 2/24/1925 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
79 Ernie Cheatham 25 4 0 255 6-4 Loyola Marymount 7/26/1929 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 21st / 248th pick / 1951
77 Gus Cifelli 28 5 0 244 6-4 Nevada,Notre Dame 2/3/1926 4 Detroit Lions / 19th / 239th pick / 1950
24 Russ Craft 35 LDH 11 0 178 5-9 Alabama 10/15/1919 8 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers / 15th / 132nd pick / 1943
60 Dale Dodrill*+ 28 MG 12 0 215 6-1 Colorado St. 2/27/1926 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
39 Leo Elter 25 11 0 201 5-10 Duquesne,Villanova 10/21/1929 1
78 Lou Ferry 27 LDT 11 0 244 6-2 Villanova 12/1/1927 5 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 25th pick / 1949
7 Jim Finks 27 QB 12 12 180 5-11 Tulsa 8/31/1927 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 116th pick / 1949
57 Dick Flanagan 28 LLB 5 0 216 6-0 Ohio St. 10/31/1926 6 Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
72 Bob Gaona 23 LT 12 0 243 6-3 Wake Forest 1/3/1931 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 53rd pick / 1953
17 Paul Held 26 K 8 0 195 6-2 San Jose St. 10/20/1928 Rook Detroit Lions / 19th / 229th pick / 1953
65 George Hughes 29 RT 12 0 225 6-1 William & Mary 8/19/1925 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 34th pick / 1950
28 Ed Kissell 25 RS 7 0 193 6-1 Wake Forest 9/29/1929 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 30th / 354th pick / 1952
62 Pete Ladygo 29 RG 12 0 218 6-2 Maryland 6/23/1925 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 186th pick / 1952
41 Johnny Lattner* 22 KR 12 0 195 6-1 Notre Dame 10/24/1932 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 7th pick / 1954
74 Joe Matesic 27 1 0 250 6-4 Indiana,Arizona St. 11/10/1927 Rook New York Giants / 12th / 141st pick / 1953
25 Ray Mathews 25 LH 12 0 185 6-0 Clemson 2/26/1929 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
26 Dewey McConnell 24 9 0 190 6-0 Wyoming 1/26/1930 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 37th pick / 1952
84 Bill McPeak 28 RDE 12 0 208 6-1 Notre Dame,Pittsburgh 7/24/1926 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
81 Elbie Nickel 32 RE 12 0 196 6-1 Cincinnati 12/28/1922 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
89 Jack O'Brien 22 7 0 213 6-2 Florida 10/21/1932 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 79th pick / 1954
77 Tom Palmer 25 7 0 240 6-2 Wake Forest 8/12/1929 1 Chicago Cardinals / 17th / 217th pick / 1950
33 Fran Rogel 27 FB 12 0 203 5-11 California (PA),Penn St. 12/12/1927 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
66 John Schweder 27 LG 12 0 224 6-1 Pennsylvania 12/23/1927 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 251st pick / 1949
50 Stan Sheriff 22 RLB 12 0 224 6-1 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 4/24/1932 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 18th / 214th pick / 1954
37 Burrell Shields 25 6 0 203 6-2 John Carroll 9/6/1929 Rook Cleveland Browns / 6th / 72nd pick / 1952
70 Ernie Stautner 29 RDT 12 0 230 6-1 Boston Col. 4/20/1925 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
88 George Sulima 26 LE 12 0 200 6-2 Boston Univ. 2/27/1928 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 31st pick / 1951
61 Lou Tepe 24 12 0 208 6-2 Duke 6/18/1930 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 30th / 354th pick / 1953
56 Bill Walsh+ 27 C 12 0 230 6-2 Notre Dame 9/8/1927 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 26th pick / 1949
82 Joe Zombek 22 8 0 195 6-1 Pittsburgh 12/24/1932 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 103rd pick / 1954
Team Total 26.2 12 210.8 6-1.1 2.4