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1955 Pittsburgh Steelers

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4-8-0, Finished 6th in NFL East Division  · 1955 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.5, Offense: -2.5, Defense: -1.0, SoS: 4.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 195 points (16.2/g), 12th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 285 points (23.8/g), 11th.
 Differential of -90 points (-7.5/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 3.5-8.5.

Coach: Walt Kiesling (4-8-0)

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

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim Finks 28 6 12 165 for 344, 2,270 yards, 10 td, 26 int, & 35 rushes for 76 yards and 4 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 116th pick / 1949
FB Fran Rogel 28 5 0 168 rushes for 588 yards, 2 td, & 24 catches for 222 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
LH Ray Mathews* 26 4 0 57 rushes for 187 yards, 1 td, & 42 catches for 762 yards and 6 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
RH Lynn Chandnois 30 5 0 105 rushes for 353 yards, 5 td, & 27 catches for 385 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
LE Ed Bernet 22 Rook 0 22 catches for 276 yards, 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1955
LT Bob Gaona 24 2 0 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 53rd pick / 1953
LG John Schweder 28 5 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 251st pick / 1949
C Lou Tepe 25 2 0 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 30th / 354th pick / 1953
RG Ernie Stautner* 30 5 0 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
RT Frank Varrichione* 23 Rook 0 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1955
RE Elbie Nickel 33 8 0 36 catches for 488 yards, 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ed Meadows 23 1 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 3rd / 30th pick / 1954
LDT Dick Modzelewski 24 2 0 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 16th pick / 1953
MG Art Michalik 25 2 0 San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 198th pick / 1951
RDT Willie McClung 25 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RDE Bill McPeak 29 6 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
LLB Dick Flanagan 29 7 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
RLB John Reger 24 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered
LDH Jim Hill 26 4 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 15th / 178th pick / 1951
RDH Jack Butler* 28 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LS Dick Doyle 25 Rook 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 27th / 318th pick / 1952
RS Richie McCabe 22 Rook 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 22nd / 258th pick / 1955
 Special Teams Starters
K Art Michalik 25 2 0 1 of 12 field goals & 9 of 15 extra points San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 198th pick / 1951
P Vic Eaton 22 Rook 0 66 punts for a 38.2 average, 0 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 126th pick / 1955
PR Vic Eaton 22 Rook 0 23 punt returns for a 3.2 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 126th pick / 1955
KR Sid Watson 23 Rook 0 27 kick returns for a 26.5 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
83 Ed Bernet 22 LE 12 0 203 6-3 SMU 10/24/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1955
56 Fred Broussard 22 6 0 235 6-3 Texas A&M,NW State (LA) 4/29/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 42nd pick / 1955
80 Jack Butler* 28 RDH 12 0 200 6-1 St. Bonaventure 11/12/1927 4
35 Tom Calvin 29 2 0 200 6-0 Alabama 6/13/1926 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 25th / 298th pick / 1951
28 Leon Campbell 28 12 0 199 6-0 Arkansas 7/1/1927 5 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 15th pick / 1950
49 Lynn Chandnois 30 RH 8 0 198 6-2 Michigan St. 2/24/1925 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
60 Dale Dodrill* 29 12 0 215 6-1 Colorado St. 2/27/1926 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
41 Dick Doyle 25 LS 12 0 193 6-0 Ohio St. 3/25/1930 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 27th / 318th pick / 1952
12 Vic Eaton 22 P 12 0 200 6-2 Missouri 1/3/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 126th pick / 1955
67 Nick Feher 29 2 0 224 6-0 Georgia 7/13/1926 4 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 112th pick / 1951
78 Lou Ferry 28 12 0 244 6-2 Villanova 12/1/1927 6 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 25th pick / 1949
7 Jim Finks 28 QB 12 12 180 5-11 Tulsa 8/31/1927 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 116th pick / 1949
57 Dick Flanagan 29 LLB 12 0 216 6-0 Ohio St. 10/31/1926 7 Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
72 Bob Gaona 24 LT 12 0 243 6-3 Wake Forest 1/3/1931 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 53rd pick / 1953
42 Jim Hill 26 LDH 10 0 188 6-0 Tennessee 7/21/1929 4 Detroit Lions / 15th / 178th pick / 1951
18 Ted Marchibroda 24 7 0 178 5-10 St. Bonaventure,Detroit Mercy 3/15/1931 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1953
25 Ray Mathews* 26 LH 12 0 185 6-0 Clemson 2/26/1929 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
61 Marv Matuszak 24 4 0 232 6-3 Tulsa 9/12/1931 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1953
24 Richie McCabe 22 RS 12 0 185 6-1 Pittsburgh 3/12/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 22nd / 258th pick / 1955
87 Jack McClairen 24 12 0 213 6-4 Bethune-Cookman 3/2/1931 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 26th / 306th pick / 1953
76 Willie McClung 25 RDT 12 0 250 6-2 Florida A&M 5/9/1930 Rook
84 Bill McPeak 29 RDE 10 0 208 6-1 Notre Dame,Pittsburgh 7/24/1926 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
82 Ed Meadows 23 LDE 12 0 221 6-2 Duke 2/19/1932 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 30th pick / 1954
62 Art Michalik 25 K 12 0 229 6-2 St. Ambrose 1/31/1930 2 San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 198th pick / 1951
79 Dick Modzelewski 24 LDT 12 0 250 6-0 Maryland 2/16/1931 2 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 16th pick / 1953
36 Marion Motley 35 7 0 232 6-1 South Carolina St.,Nevada-Reno 6/5/1920 9
81 Elbie Nickel 33 RE 12 0 196 6-1 Cincinnati 12/28/1922 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
89 Jack O'Brien 23 12 0 213 6-2 Florida 10/21/1932 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 79th pick / 1954
85 Joe O'Malley 22 10 0 218 6-2 Georgia 1/1/1933 Rook Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1955
50 John Reger 24 RLB 12 0 225 6-0 Pittsburgh 9/11/1931 Rook
33 Fran Rogel 28 FB 12 0 203 5-11 California (PA),Penn St. 12/12/1927 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
66 John Schweder 28 LG 12 0 224 6-1 Pennsylvania 12/23/1927 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 251st pick / 1949
70 Ernie Stautner* 30 RG 12 0 230 6-1 Boston Col. 4/20/1925 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
61 Lou Tepe 25 C 12 0 208 6-2 Duke 6/18/1930 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 30th / 354th pick / 1953
74 Frank Varrichione* 23 RT 12 0 234 6-1 Notre Dame 1/14/1932 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1955
39 Sid Watson 23 KR 12 0 187 5-11 Northeastern 5/4/1932 Rook
27 Tad Weed 22 6 0 140 5-5 Ohio St. 1/18/1933 Rook
85 Joe Zombek 23 1 0 195 6-1 Pittsburgh 12/24/1932 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 103rd pick / 1954
Team Total 25.9 12 210.4 6-0.8 2.8