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1961 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-8-0, Finished 5th in NFL East Division  · 1961 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.7, Offense: -1.5, Defense: -0.3, SoS: -2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 295 points (21.1/g), 8th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 287 points (20.5/g), 7th.
 Differential of 8 points (0.6/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 7.2-6.8.

Coach: Buddy Parker (6-8-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
General Manager Francis Fogarty
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 295 4093 913 4.5 56 22 14 239 176 334 2332 23 34 6.3 123 543 1761 10 3.2 102
Team Defense 287 3909 858 4.6 45 20 15 218 201 420 2446 22 25 5.3 132 396 1463 11 3.7 71
Lg Rank Offense 8 11 14 13 7 12 11 4 14 6 1 11 10 13
Lg Rank Defense 7 2 3 3 3 14 8 11 5 4 1 1 5 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 17 boxscore L 0-1 @ Dallas Cowboys 24 27 15 342 237 105 4 20 403 307 96 2
2 Sun September 24 boxscore L 0-2 New York Giants 14 17 19 252 128 124 4 18 278 136 142 1
3 Sun October 1 boxscore L 0-3 @ Los Angeles Rams 14 24 14 218 124 94 8 17 258 216 42 3
4 Sun October 8 boxscore L 0-4 @ Philadelphia Eagles 16 21 19 281 140 141 1 14 227 103 124 5
5 Sun October 15 boxscore W 1-4 Washington Redskins 20 0 12 185 90 95 5 13 191 126 65 7
6 Sun October 22 boxscore L 1-5 Cleveland Browns 28 30 17 309 222 87 3 21 378 149 229 4
7 Sun October 29 boxscore W 2-5 San Francisco 49ers 20 10 8 204 48 156 1 12 216 164 52 3
8 Sun November 5 boxscore W 3-5 @ Cleveland Browns 17 13 18 356 196 160 2 14 252 104 148 2
9 Sun November 12 boxscore W 4-5 Dallas Cowboys 37 7 22 371 204 167 1 8 185 122 63 2
10 Sun November 19 boxscore L 4-6 @ New York Giants 21 42 20 305 187 118 4 21 425 304 121 2
11 Sun November 26 boxscore W 5-6 St. Louis Cardinals 30 27 19 347 187 160 7 12 224 165 59 7
12 Sun December 3 boxscore L 5-7 Philadelphia Eagles 24 35 20 361 200 161 7 12 284 192 92 3
13 Sun December 10 boxscore W 6-7 @ Washington Redskins 30 14 20 324 214 110 3 21 343 247 96 3
14 Sun December 17 boxscore L 6-8 @ St. Louis Cardinals 0 20 16 238 155 83 6 15 245 111 134 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
10 Rudy Bukich 29 qb 11 8 4-3-0 89 156 57.1% 1253 11 7.1 16 10.3 88 8.0 4.8 14.1 113.9 67.0 1 1
22 Bobby Layne 35 QB 8 6 2-5-0 75 149 50.3% 1205 11 7.4 16 10.7 53 8.1 4.7 16.1 150.6 62.8
30 Tom Tracy 27 HB 14 0 4 12 33.3% 73 0 0.0 0 0.0 38 6.1 6.1 18.3 5.2 55.2
18 Terry Nofsinger 23 5 0 7 11 63.6% 78 0 0.0 0 0.0 23 7.1 7.1 11.1 15.6 84.7
42 Dick Hoak 22 FL 14 0 1 3 33.3% 13 1 33.3 1 33.3 13 4.3 -4.0 13.0 0.9 47.9
35 John Henry Johnson 32 FB 14 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0
89 Bobby Joe Green 25 P 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.2 14 6-8-0 176 334 52.7% 2622 23 6.9 34 10.2 88 7.9 4.6 14.9 187.3 62.1 1 1
Opp Total 14 201 420 47.9% 2780 22 5.2 25 6.0 6.6 4.99 13.8 198.6 62.2 42 334 5.3 3.8 9.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
35 John Henry Johnson 32 FB 14 0 213 787 6 44 3.7 56.2 15.2 24 262 10.9 1 51 1.7 18.7 1049 7 7
30 Tom Tracy 27 HB 14 0 147 402 2 26 2.7 28.7 10.5 14 133 9.5 1 38 1.0 9.5 535 3 1
42 Dick Hoak 22 FL 14 0 85 302 0 22 3.6 21.6 6.1 3 18 6.0 0 7 0.2 1.3 320 0 1
34 Charlie Scales 23 14 0 50 184 0 27 3.7 13.1 3.6 7 43 6.1 0 16 0.5 3.1 227 0 4
10 Rudy Bukich 29 qb 11 8 14 4 2 12 0.3 0.4 1.3 4 2 7
22 Bobby Layne 35 QB 8 6 8 11 0 9 1.4 1.4 1.0 11 0 4
40 Preston Carpenter 27 TE 13 0 7 9 0 13 1.3 0.7 0.5 33 460 13.9 4 40 2.5 35.4 469 4 1
26 Brady Keys 25 RCB 12 0 6 14 0 11 2.3 1.2 0.5 14 0 2
18 Terry Nofsinger 23 5 0 6 6 0 3 1.0 1.2 1.2 6 0 0
84 Buddy Dial* 24 SE 14 0 3 6 0 15 2.0 0.4 0.2 53 1047 19.8 12 88 3.8 74.8 1053 12 3
89 Bobby Joe Green 25 P 14 0 2 37 0 33 18.5 2.6 0.1 37 0 0
88 Steve Meilinger 31 4 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 1.5 0.3 8 103 12.9 0 17 2.0 25.8 109 0 0
46 Bob Coronado 25 5 0 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -1.4 0.2 3 32 10.7 0 14 0.6 6.4 25 0 0
88 Bob Schnelker 33 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 331 18.4 3 59 2.3 41.4 331 3 0
23 Red Mack 24 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 128 16.0 2 39 0.7 11.6 128 2 1
28 Henry Clement 22 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 65 13.0 0 19 0.4 4.6 65 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 543 1761 10 44 3.2 125.8 38.8 176 2622 14.9 23 88 12.6 187.3 4383 33 34
Opp Total 14 396 1463 11 3.7 104.5 28.3 201 2446 12.2 22 14.4 174.7 3909 33 36

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
24 Johnny Sample 25 KR/LCB/PR 14 0 26 283 1 55 10.9 23 532 0 59 23.1 815
27 Dick Haley 24 8 0 13 278 0 50 21.4 278
26 Brady Keys 25 RCB 12 0 9 135 0 66 15.0 2 41 0 23 20.5 190
20 Bill Butler 24 LS 10 0 2 11 0 9 5.5 6 117 0 25 19.5 128
40 Preston Carpenter 27 TE 13 0 3 18 0 10 6.0 487
34 Charlie Scales 23 14 0 3 41 0 15 13.7 268
35 John Henry Johnson 32 FB 14 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 1060
67 Bob Schmitz 23 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 40 447 1 66 11.2 49 1020 0 59 20.8 5850
Opp Total 14 31 250 1 8.1 50 1156 0 23.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
89 Bobby Joe Green 25 P 14 0 1 0.0%% 73 3431 71 0 47.0
79 Lou Michaels 26 K/LDE 14 0 26 15 57.7%% 29 27 93.1%%
22 Bobby Layne 35 QB 8 6 5 5 100.0%%
30 Tom Tracy 27 HB 14 0 1 0.0%% 2 2 100.0%%
Team Total 26.2 14 28 15 53.6%% 36 34 94.4%% 73 3431 71 0 47.0
Opp Total 14 26 10 38.5%% 37 35 94.6%% 86 3767 43.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
10 Rudy Bukich 29 qb 11 8 0 7 3 0 0
35 John Henry Johnson 32 FB 14 0 0 7 3 0 0
24 Johnny Sample 25 KR/LCB/PR 14 0 8 141 1 42 0 0 0 2 0 0
20 Bill Butler 24 LS 10 0 3 103 1 71 0 0 1 1 0 0
26 Brady Keys 25 RCB 12 0 2 21 0 12 0 0 2 1 0 0
22 Bobby Layne 35 QB 8 6 0 4 1 0 0
44 Willie Daniel 24 RS 14 0 3 76 0 41 0 0 0 1 3 0
34 Charlie Scales 23 14 0 0 4 0 0 0
70 Ernie Stautner* 36 RDE 14 0 0 0 4 0 0
84 Buddy Dial* 24 SE 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
37 Mike Henry 25 10 0 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
75 Joe Krupa 28 RDT 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
66 Myron Pottios* 22 MLB 14 0 2 40 0 22 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 John Reger* 30 RLB 14 0 1 17 0 17 0 0 1 1 0 0
47 Jackie Simpson 27 8 0 2 46 0 27 0 0 0 1 11 0
71 Charlie Bradshaw 25 LT 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
23 Red Mack 24 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
68 Ron Stehouwer 24 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 George Tarasovic 31 LLB 12 0 1 16 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Preston Carpenter 27 TE 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
27 Dick Haley 24 8 0 1 0 0 0 0
42 Dick Hoak 22 FL 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
64 John Kapele 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Lou Michaels 26 K/LDE 14 0 1 30 0 30 0
65 John Nisby* 25 RG 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
30 Tom Tracy 27 HB 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 25 498 2 71 0 0 34 31 14 0
Opp Total 14 36 36 16

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
84 Buddy Dial* 24 SE 14 0 12 12 72
79 Lou Michaels 26 K/LDE 14 0 27 15 72
35 John Henry Johnson 32 FB 14 0 6 1 7 42
40 Preston Carpenter 27 TE 13 0 4 4 24
30 Tom Tracy 27 HB 14 0 2 1 3 2 20
88 Bob Schnelker 33 8 0 3 3 18
10 Rudy Bukich 29 qb 11 8 2 2 12
23 Red Mack 24 11 0 2 2 12
24 Johnny Sample 25 KR/LCB/PR 14 0 1 1 2 12
20 Bill Butler 24 LS 10 0 1 1 6
22 Bobby Layne 35 QB 8 6 5 5
Team Total 26.2 14 10 23 1 2 36 34 15 295
Opp Total 14 11 22 1 1 2 35 10 287

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ DAL L, 24-27 2 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
2 1961-09-17 @ DAL L, 24-27 2 44 pass Buddy Dial 44 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Bobby Layne kick)
3 1961-09-17 @ DAL L, 24-27 4 39 interception Johnny Sample 39 yard interception return (Bobby Layne kick)
4 1961-09-24 NYG L, 14-17 1 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Tom Tracy kick)
5 1961-09-24 NYG L, 14-17 3 4 pass Buddy Dial 4 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Tom Tracy kick)
6 1961-10-01 @ RAM L, 14-24 2 20 pass Buddy Dial 20 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Bobby Layne kick)
7 1961-10-01 @ RAM L, 14-24 2 5 rush John Henry Johnson 5 yard rush (Bobby Layne kick)
8 1961-10-08 @ PHI L, 16-21 2 1 rush Rudy Bukich 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
9 1961-10-08 @ PHI L, 16-21 4 13 pass Buddy Dial 13 yard pass from Rudy Bukich
10 1961-10-15 WAS W, 20-0 1 8 pass Preston Carpenter 8 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
11 1961-10-15 WAS W, 20-0 1 23 pass Buddy Dial 23 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
12 1961-10-22 CLE L, 28-30 3 12 pass Buddy Dial 12 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
13 1961-10-22 CLE L, 28-30 3 1 rush Tom Tracy 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
14 1961-10-22 CLE L, 28-30 4 1 rush Tom Tracy 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
15 1961-10-22 CLE L, 28-30 4 88 pass Buddy Dial 88 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
16 1961-10-29 SFO W, 20-10 1 30 rush John Henry Johnson 30 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
17 1961-10-29 SFO W, 20-10 1 11 pass Tom Tracy 11 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
18 1961-11-05 @ CLE W, 17-13 3 1 rush Rudy Bukich 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
19 1961-11-05 @ CLE W, 17-13 4 26 pass Bob Schnelker 26 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
20 1961-11-12 DAL W, 37-7 1 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
21 1961-11-12 DAL W, 37-7 2 73 pass Buddy Dial 73 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
22 1961-11-12 DAL W, 37-7 3 71 interception Bill Butler 71 yard interception return (Lou Michaels kick)
23 1961-11-12 DAL W, 37-7 4 15 pass Buddy Dial 15 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
24 1961-11-19 @ NYG L, 21-42 1 15 pass Buddy Dial 15 yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Lou Michaels kick)
25 1961-11-19 @ NYG L, 21-42 4 13 pass Preston Carpenter 13 yard pass from Dick Hoak (Lou Michaels kick)
26 1961-11-19 @ NYG L, 21-42 4 3 pass Buddy Dial 3 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
27 1961-11-26 STL W, 30-27 2 11 pass Bob Schnelker 11 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
28 1961-11-26 STL W, 30-27 3 55 punt Johnny Sample 55 yard punt return (Lou Michaels kick)
29 1961-11-26 STL W, 30-27 3 2 rush John Henry Johnson 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
30 1961-12-03 PHI L, 24-35 1 7 pass Preston Carpenter 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
31 1961-12-03 PHI L, 24-35 3 7 pass John Henry Johnson 7 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
32 1961-12-03 PHI L, 24-35 4 8 pass Bob Schnelker 8 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
33 1961-12-10 @ WAS W, 30-14 1 10 pass Red Mack 10 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
34 1961-12-10 @ WAS W, 30-14 3 40 pass Preston Carpenter 40 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
35 1961-12-10 @ WAS W, 30-14 3 6 pass Red Mack 6 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Lou Michaels kick)
36 1961-12-10 @ WAS W, 30-14 4 5 pass Buddy Dial 5 yard pass from Bobby Layne

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1961-09-17 @ DAL W, 27-24 1 44 pass Frank Clarke 44 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
2 1961-09-17 @ DAL W, 27-24 3 45 pass Billy Howton 45 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Allen Green kick)
3 1961-09-17 @ DAL W, 27-24 4 17 pass Dick Bielski 17 yard pass from Don Meredith (Allen Green kick)
4 1961-09-24 NYG W, 17-14 2 16 pass Del Shofner 16 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Pat Summerall kick)
5 1961-09-24 NYG W, 17-14 3 5 pass Joe Morrison 5 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
6 1961-10-01 @ RAM W, 24-14 1 2 rush Zeke Bratkowski 2 yard rush (Danny Villanueva kick)
7 1961-10-01 @ RAM W, 24-14 2 15 pass Red Phillips 15 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Danny Villanueva kick)
8 1961-10-01 @ RAM W, 24-14 4 96 pass Ollie Matson 96 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Danny Villanueva kick)
9 1961-10-08 @ PHI W, 21-16 2 17 pass Pete Retzlaff 17 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
10 1961-10-08 @ PHI W, 21-16 3 1 rush Clarence Peaks 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
11 1961-10-08 @ PHI W, 21-16 4 2 pass Pete Retzlaff 2 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
12 1961-10-22 CLE W, 30-28 2 6 rush Bobby Mitchell 6 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
13 1961-10-22 CLE W, 30-28 4 9 rush Bobby Mitchell 9 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
14 1961-10-22 CLE W, 30-28 4 18 rush Bobby Mitchell 18 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
15 1961-10-29 SFO L, 10-20 2 50 pass Monty Stickles 50 yard pass from John Brodie (Tommy Davis kick)
16 1961-11-05 @ CLE L, 13-17 1 3 rush Jim Brown 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
17 1961-11-12 DAL L, 7-37 2 11 rush Don Perkins 11 yard rush (Allen Green kick)
18 1961-11-19 @ NYG W, 42-21 1 9 pass Joe Walton 9 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
19 1961-11-19 @ NYG W, 42-21 2 3 rush Bob Gaiters 3 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
20 1961-11-19 @ NYG W, 42-21 3 23 pass Alex Webster 23 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
21 1961-11-19 @ NYG W, 42-21 3 20 pass Kyle Rote 20 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Pat Summerall kick)
22 1961-11-19 @ NYG W, 42-21 4 9 pass Kyle Rote 9 yard pass from Bob Gaiters (Pat Summerall kick)
23 1961-11-19 @ NYG W, 42-21 4 32 rush Alex Webster 32 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
24 1961-11-26 STL L, 27-30 1 47 interception Jerry Norton 47 yard interception return
25 1961-11-26 STL L, 27-30 1 3 pass Sonny Randle 3 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
26 1961-11-26 STL L, 27-30 4 61 pass John David Crow 61 yard pass from Ralph Guglielmi (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
27 1961-11-26 STL L, 27-30 4 37 interception Jerry Norton 37 yard interception return (Bobby Joe Conrad kick)
28 1961-12-03 PHI W, 35-24 1 17 pass Bobby Walston 17 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
29 1961-12-03 PHI W, 35-24 1 1 rush Clarence Peaks 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
30 1961-12-03 PHI W, 35-24 2 7 pass Dick Lucas 7 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Bobby Walston kick)
31 1961-12-03 PHI W, 35-24 3 66 punt Timmy Brown 66 yard punt return (Bobby Walston kick)
32 1961-12-03 PHI W, 35-24 4 42 rush Timmy Brown 42 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
33 1961-12-10 @ WAS L, 14-30 2 9 pass Fred Dugan 9 yard pass from Norm Snead (John Aveni kick)
34 1961-12-10 @ WAS L, 14-30 4 11 pass Fred Dugan 11 yard pass from George Izo (John Aveni kick)
35 1961-12-17 @ STL W, 20-0 1 3 pass Sonny Randle 3 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)
36 1961-12-17 @ STL W, 20-0 3 25 fumble Billy Stacy 25 yard fumble return
37 1961-12-17 @ STL W, 20-0 4 15 pass John David Crow 15 yard pass from Sam Etcheverry (Gerry Perry kick)