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1956 Pittsburgh Steelers

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5-7-0, NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.9, Offense: -0.3, Defense: -2.6, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 217 points (18.1/g), 9th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 250 points (20.8/g), 8th.
 Differential of -33 points (-2.8/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 5.0-7.0.

Coach: Walt Kiesling (5-7-0)

 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 Ted Marchibroda 25 3 11 124 for 275, 1,585 yards, 12 td, 19 int, & 39 rushes for 152 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1953
FB Fran Rogel* 29 6 0 131 rushes for 476 yards, 2 td, & 23 catches for 88 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
LH Elbie Nickel* 34 9 0 0 rushes for 0 yards, 0 td, & 27 catches for 376 yards and 5 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
RH Sid Watson 24 1 0 112 rushes for 298 yards, 4 td, & 12 catches for 138 yards and 0 td
LE Lowell Perry 25 Rook 0 14 catches for 334 yards, 2 td, & 2 rushes for 37 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 90th pick / 1953
LT Bob Gaona 25 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 53rd pick / 1953
LG Ralph Jecha 25 1 0 Chicago Bears / 15th / 174th pick / 1953
C Jim Taylor 22 Rook 0 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1956
RG Marv McFadden 26 3 0 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 138th pick / 1952
RT Frank Varrichione 24 1 0 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1955
RE Ray Mathews 27 5 0 31 catches for 540 yards, 5 td, & 3 rushes for -11 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
 Defensive Starters
LDE Joe O'Malley 23 1 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1955
LDT Willie McClung 26 1 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
MG Dale Dodrill 30 5 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
RDT Ernie Stautner* 31 6 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
RDE Bill McPeak* 30 7 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
LLB George Tarasovic 26 4 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1952
RLB John Reger 25 1 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LDH Gary Glick 26 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1956
RDH Dick Alban 27 4 0 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 9th / 103rd pick / 1952
LS Henry Ford 25 1 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 9th / 109th pick / 1955
RS Jack Butler* 29 5 0 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Gary Glick 26 Rook 0 4 of 7 field goals & 16 of 17 extra points Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1956
P Lou Baldacci 22 Rook 0 26 punts for a 38.8 average, 0 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 111th pick / 1956
PR Henry Ford 25 1 0 25 punt returns for a 5.8 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 9th / 109th pick / 1955
KR Fred Bruney 25 3 0 9 kick returns for a 26.1 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 35th pick / 1953

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
42 Dick Alban 27 RDH 12 0 193 6-0 Northwestern 1/17/1929 4 Washington Redskins / 9th / 103rd pick / 1952
26 Lou Baldacci 22 P 10 0 200 6-2 Michigan 12/17/1934 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 111th pick / 1956
41 Fred Bruney 25 KR 5 0 184 5-10 Ohio St. 12/30/1931 3 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 35th pick / 1953
80 Jack Butler* 29 RS 12 0 200 6-1 St. Bonaventure 11/12/1927 5
55 John Cenci 22 7 0 215 6-0 Pittsburgh 1/4/1934 Rook
49 Lynn Chandnois 31 5 0 198 6-2 Michigan St. 2/24/1925 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1950
44 Art Davis 22 9 0 195 6-1 Mississippi St. 11/29/1934 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1956
60 Dale Dodrill 30 MG 12 0 215 6-1 Colorado St. 2/27/1926 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
24 Henry Ford 25 LS 12 0 180 6-0 Pittsburgh 11/1/1931 1 Cleveland Browns / 9th / 109th pick / 1955
72 Bob Gaona 25 LT 12 0 243 6-3 Wake Forest 1/3/1931 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 53rd pick / 1953
83 Fred Glatz 23 4 0 200 6-1 Pittsburgh 7/31/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 20th / 231st pick / 1956
27 Gary Glick 26 K 8 0 195 6-2 Colorado St. 5/14/1930 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1956
65 Ralph Jecha 25 LG 7 0 235 6-2 Northwestern 12/1/1931 1 Chicago Bears / 15th / 174th pick / 1953
75 Joe Krupa 23 12 0 232 6-2 Purdue 7/6/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1956
18 Ted Marchibroda 25 QB 12 11 178 5-10 St. Bonaventure,Detroit Mercy 3/15/1931 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1953
25 Ray Mathews 27 RE 12 0 185 6-0 Clemson 2/26/1929 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
64 Marv Matuszak 25 9 0 232 6-3 Tulsa 9/12/1931 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1953
87 Jack McClairen 25 7 0 213 6-4 Bethune-Cookman 3/2/1931 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 26th / 306th pick / 1953
76 Willie McClung 26 LDT 12 0 250 6-2 Florida A&M 5/9/1930 1
61 Marv McFadden 26 RG 12 0 223 6-0 Michigan St. 1/18/1930 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 138th pick / 1952
84 Bill McPeak* 30 RDE 12 0 208 6-1 Notre Dame,Pittsburgh 7/24/1926 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 142nd pick / 1948
62 Art Michalik 26 12 0 229 6-2 St. Ambrose 1/31/1930 3 San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 198th pick / 1951
79 Dick Murley 23 2 0 247 6-0 Purdue 8/1/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 39th pick / 1956
81 Elbie Nickel* 34 LH 12 0 196 6-1 Cincinnati 12/28/1922 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 149th pick / 1947
89 Jack O'Brien 24 12 0 213 6-2 Florida 10/21/1932 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 79th pick / 1954
85 Joe O'Malley 23 LDE 12 0 218 6-2 Georgia 1/1/1933 1 Chicago Bears / 4th / 47th pick / 1955
86 Bob O'Neil 25 12 0 229 6-1 Duquesne,Notre Dame 2/21/1931 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 15th / 173rd pick / 1953
41 Lowell Perry 25 LE 6 0 190 6-1 Michigan 12/5/1931 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 90th pick / 1953
50 John Reger 25 RLB 12 0 225 6-0 Pittsburgh 9/11/1931 1
33 Fran Rogel* 29 FB 12 0 203 5-11 California (PA),Penn St. 12/12/1927 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 100th pick / 1950
12 Jack Scarbath 26 qb 7 1 206 6-2 Maryland 8/12/1930 3 Washington Redskins / 1st / 3rd pick / 1953
35 Charlie Shepard 23 12 0 215 6-2 North Texas 7/11/1933 Rook Baltimore Colts / 18th / 208th pick / 1955
70 Ernie Stautner* 31 RDT 12 0 230 6-1 Boston Col. 4/20/1925 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
88 John Stock 23 2 0 210 6-2 Pittsburgh 3/7/1933 Rook
53 George Tarasovic 26 LLB 12 0 245 6-4 Boston Col.,LSU 5/6/1930 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1952
57 Jim Taylor 22 C 12 0 232 6-2 Baylor 6/27/1934 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1956
74 Frank Varrichione 24 RT 12 0 234 6-1 Notre Dame 1/14/1932 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1955
39 Sid Watson 24 RH 12 0 187 5-11 Northeastern 5/4/1932 1
Team Total 25.6 12 212.7 6-1.2 2.3