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1959 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-5-1, NFL East Division  · 1959 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.1, Offense: -0.7, Defense: 1.9, SoS: -2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 257 points (21.4/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 216 points (18.0/g), 4th.
 Differential of 41 points (3.4/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-4.8.

Coach: Buddy Parker (6-5-1)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: California University of Pennsylvania (California, Pennsylvania)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bobby Layne* 33 11 12 142 for 297, 1,986 yards, 20 td, 21 int, & 33 rushes for 181 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
FB Larry Krutko 24 1 0 75 rushes for 226 yards, 4 td, & 13 catches for 100 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 20th pick / 1958
LH Ray Mathews 30 8 0 1 rush for 4 yards, 0 td, & 13 catches for 182 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
RH Tom Tracy 25 3 0 199 rushes for 794 yards, 3 td, & 23 catches for 273 yards and 5 td Detroit Lions / 5th / 50th pick / 1956
LE Gern Nagler 27 6 0 14 catches for 222 yards, 2 td Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1953
LT Ted Karras 25 1 0 1 fumble recovered
LG Mike Sandusky 24 2 0 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1957
C Ed Beatty 27 4 0 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1954
RG John Nisby* 23 2 0 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 6th / 70th pick / 1957
RT Frank Varrichione 27 4 0 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1955
RE Jimmy Orr* 24 1 0 35 catches for 604 yards, 5 td, & 5 rushes for 43 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 25th / 291st pick / 1957
 Defensive Starters
LDE George Tarasovic 29 7 0 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1952
LDT Ray Fisher 25 Rook 0
RDT Joe Krupa 26 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1956
RDE Ernie Stautner* 34 9 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
LLB Dick Campbell 24 1 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 116th pick / 1958
MLB Mike Henry 23 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 100th pick / 1958
RLB John Reger* 28 4 0
LDH Dean Derby* 24 2 0 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 51st pick / 1957
RDH Jack Butler+ 32 8 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LS Ron Hall 22 Rook 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 28th / 331st pick / 1959
RS Dick Alban 30 7 0 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 9th / 103rd pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Bobby Layne* 33 11 12 11 of 17 field goals & 32 of 32 extra points Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
P Bobby Luna 26 4 0 63 punts for a 40.7 average, 0 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 69th pick / 1955
PR Don Sutherin 23 Rook 0 12 punt returns for a 5.7 average and 0 td New York Giants / 8th / 94th pick / 1958
KR Don Sutherin 23 Rook 0 11 kick returns for a 20.5 average and 0 td New York Giants / 8th / 94th pick / 1958

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
42 Dick Alban 30 RS 12 0 193 6-0 Northwestern 1/17/1929 7 Washington Redskins / 9th / 103rd pick / 1952
43 Tom Barnett 22 12 0 190 5-11 Purdue 7/11/1937 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 91st pick / 1959
72 Byron Beams 30 6 0 248 6-6 Notre Dame 9/8/1929 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 20th / 232nd pick / 1957
57 Ed Beatty 27 C 12 0 229 6-3 Mississippi 4/6/1932 4 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1954
28 Don Bishop 25 2 0 209 6-2 Los Angeles CC 7/1/1934 1
88 Pete Brewster 29 9 0 210 6-3 Purdue 9/1/1930 7 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 21st pick / 1952
80 Jack Butler+ 32 RDH 7 0 200 6-1 St. Bonaventure 11/12/1927 8
20 Jack Call 24 4 0 200 6-1 Colgate 7/30/1935 2 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 151st pick / 1957
66 Dick Campbell 24 LLB 12 0 227 6-1 Marquette 7/17/1935 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 116th pick / 1958
16 Len Dawson 24 12 0 190 6-0 Purdue 6/20/1935 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 5th pick / 1957
27 Dean Derby* 24 LDH 12 0 185 6-0 Washington 6/11/1935 2 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 51st pick / 1957
83 Buddy Dial 22 12 0 194 6-1 Rice 1/17/1937 Rook New York Giants / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1959
60 Dale Dodrill 33 12 0 215 6-1 Colorado St. 2/27/1926 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 67th pick / 1951
34 Leo Elter 30 8 0 201 5-10 Duquesne,Villanova 10/21/1929 6
73 Ray Fisher 25 LDT 12 0 230 6-0 East. Illinois 2/12/1934 Rook
26 Gary Glick 29 2 0 195 6-2 Colorado St. 5/14/1930 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1956
26 Ron Hall 22 LS 2 0 190 6-0 Missouri Valley 4/30/1937 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 28th / 331st pick / 1959
35 Rudy Hayes 24 12 0 217 6-0 Clemson 1/12/1935 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 20th / 235th pick / 1959
68 Mike Henry 23 MLB 12 0 220 6-2 USC 8/15/1936 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 100th pick / 1958
61 Ted Karras 25 LT 12 0 245 6-1 Indiana 1/31/1934 1
75 Joe Krupa 26 RDT 9 0 232 6-2 Purdue 7/6/1933 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1956
39 Larry Krutko 24 FB 12 0 220 6-0 West Virginia 6/27/1935 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 20th pick / 1958
89 Dick Lasse 24 12 0 222 6-2 Syracuse 11/13/1935 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 68th pick / 1958
22 Bobby Layne* 33 K 12 12 201 6-1 Texas 12/19/1926 11 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
71 Joe Lewis 23 5 0 256 6-2 Compton CC (CA) 1/23/1936 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 199th pick / 1958
24 Bobby Luna 26 P 12 0 187 5-11 Alabama 3/25/1933 4 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 69th pick / 1955
25 Ray Mathews 30 LH 12 0 185 6-0 Clemson 2/26/1929 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 81st pick / 1951
87 Jack McClairen 28 1 0 213 6-4 Bethune-Cookman 3/2/1931 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 26th / 306th pick / 1953
84 Gern Nagler 27 LE 12 0 190 6-2 Santa Clara 2/23/1932 6 Cleveland Browns / 14th / 167th pick / 1953
65 John Nisby* 23 RG 12 0 235 6-1 Pacific 9/9/1936 2 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 70th pick / 1957
86 Jimmy Orr* 24 RE 12 0 185 5-11 Wake Forest,Clemson,Georgia 10/4/1935 1 Los Angeles Rams / 25th / 291st pick / 1957
50 John Reger* 28 RLB 12 0 225 6-0 Pittsburgh 9/11/1931 4
62 Mike Sandusky 24 LG 11 0 231 6-0 Maryland 3/14/1935 2 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1957
77 Billy Ray Sr. Smith 24 6 0 240 6-4 Auburn,Arkansas 1/27/1935 2 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 26th pick / 1957
70 Ernie Stautner* 34 RDE 12 0 230 6-1 Boston Col. 4/20/1925 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
20 Don Sutherin 23 KR 6 0 193 5-10 Ohio St. 2/29/1936 Rook New York Giants / 8th / 94th pick / 1958
82 George Tarasovic 29 LDE 12 0 245 6-4 Boston Col.,LSU 5/6/1930 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1952
30 Tom Tracy 25 RH 12 0 205 5-9 Tennessee 9/7/1934 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 50th pick / 1956
74 Frank Varrichione 27 RT 12 0 234 6-1 Notre Dame 1/14/1932 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 6th pick / 1955
Team Total 26.3 12 213.3 6-1.0 3.2