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1961 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-8-0, 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)

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 Bobby Layne 35 13 6 75 for 149, 1,205 yards, 11 td, 16 int, & 8 rushes for 11 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
HB Tom Tracy 27 5 0 147 rushes for 402 yards, 2 td, & 14 catches for 133 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 5th / 50th pick / 1956
FB John Henry Johnson 32 7 0 213 rushes for 787 yards, 6 td, & 24 catches for 262 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1953
FL Dick Hoak 22 Rook 0 3 catches for 18 yards, 0 td, & 85 rushes for 302 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 90th pick / 1961
SE Buddy Dial* 24 2 0 53 catches for 1,047 yards, 12 td, & 3 rushes for 6 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1959
TE Preston Carpenter 27 5 0 33 catches for 460 yards, 4 td, & 7 rushes for 9 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956
LT Charlie Bradshaw 25 3 0 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 94th pick / 1957
LG Mike Sandusky 26 4 0 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1957
C Buzz Nutter 30 7 0 Washington Redskins / 12th / 136th pick / 1953
RG John Nisby* 25 4 0 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 6th / 70th pick / 1957
RT Dan James 24 1 0 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 8th pick / 1959
 Defensive Starters
LDE Lou Michaels 26 3 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 4th pick / 1958
LDT Gene Lipscomb 30 8 0
RDT Joe Krupa 28 5 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1956
RDE Ernie Stautner* 36 11 0 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
LLB George Tarasovic 31 9 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1952
MLB Myron Pottios* 22 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 19th pick / 1961
Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 20th pick / 1961
RLB John Reger* 30 6 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
LCB Johnny Sample 25 3 0 8 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 7th / 79th pick / 1958
RCB Brady Keys 25 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 162nd pick / 1960
LS Bill Butler 24 2 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 19th / 217th pick / 1959
RS Willie Daniel 24 Rook 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Lou Michaels 26 3 0 15 of 26 field goals & 27 of 29 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 4th pick / 1958
P Bobby Joe Green 25 1 0 73 punts for a 47.0 average, 0 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1959
PR Johnny Sample 25 3 0 26 punt returns for a 10.9 average and 1 td Baltimore Colts / 7th / 79th pick / 1958
KR Johnny Sample 25 3 0 23 kick returns for a 23.1 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 7th / 79th pick / 1958

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
57 Ed Beatty 29 6 0 229 6-3 Mississippi 4/6/1932 6 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1954
71 Charlie Bradshaw 25 LT 12 0 255 6-6 Baylor 3/13/1936 3 6 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 94th pick / 1957
10 Rudy Bukich 29 qb 11 8 195 6-1 Iowa,USC 3/15/1932 8 4 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 24th pick / 1953
86 Len Burnett 22 4 0 195 6-1 Oregon 8/29/1939 Rook 2
20 Bill Butler 24 LS 10 0 189 5-10 Tenn-Chattanooga 7/10/1937 2 7 Green Bay Packers / 19th / 217th pick / 1959
40 Preston Carpenter 27 TE 13 0 190 6-2 Arkansas 1/24/1934 5 5 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 13th pick / 1956
28 Henry Clement 22 14 0 195 6-3 North Carolina 6/15/1939 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 146th pick / 1961
46 Bob Coronado 25 5 0 195 6-2 Pacific 5/22/1936 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 10th / 116th pick / 1959
44 Willie Daniel 24 RS 14 0 190 5-11 Mississippi St. 11/10/1937 Rook 7
74 George Demko 26 1 0 240 6-3 Appalachian St. 8/10/1935 Rook 3
27 Dean Derby 26 5 0 185 6-0 Washington 6/11/1935 4 2 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 51st pick / 1957
84 Buddy Dial* 24 SE 14 0 194 6-1 Rice 1/17/1937 2 10 New York Giants / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1959
89 Bobby Joe Green 25 P 14 0 175 5-11 Florida 5/7/1936 1 5 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1959
27 Dick Haley 24 8 0 183 5-10 Pittsburgh 10/2/1937 2 3 Washington Redskins / 9th / 100th pick / 1959
37 Mike Henry 25 10 0 220 6-2 USC 8/15/1936 2 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 100th pick / 1958
42 Dick Hoak 22 FL 14 0 195 5-11 Penn St. 12/8/1939 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 90th pick / 1961
77 Dan James 24 RT 14 0 262 6-4 Ohio St. 8/10/1937 1 6 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 8th pick / 1959
35 John Henry Johnson 32 FB 14 0 210 6-2 St. Mary's (CA),Arizona St. 11/24/1929 7 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1953
64 John Kapele 24 14 0 240 6-0 Utah,BYU 10/19/1937 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 114th pick / 1960
26 Brady Keys 25 RCB 12 0 185 6-0 Colorado St. 5/19/1936 Rook 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 162nd pick / 1960
72 Dick Klein 27 2 0 254 6-4 Georgia,Iowa 2/11/1934 3 5 Chicago Bears / 29th / 347th pick / 1955
75 Joe Krupa 28 RDT 14 0 232 6-2 Purdue 7/6/1933 5 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1956
22 Bobby Layne 35 QB 8 6 201 6-1 Texas 12/19/1926 13 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
76 Gene Lipscomb 30 LDT 14 0 284 6-6 none 8/9/1931 8 7
23 Red Mack 24 11 0 180 5-10 Notre Dame 6/19/1937 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 131st pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 23rd / 179th pick / 1961
88 Steve Meilinger 31 4 0 227 6-2 Kentucky 12/12/1930 5 1 Washington Redskins / 1st / 8th pick / 1954
79 Lou Michaels 26 K 14 0 243 6-2 Kentucky 9/28/1935 3 12 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 4th pick / 1958
65 John Nisby* 25 RG 13 0 235 6-1 Pacific 9/9/1936 4 7 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 70th pick / 1957
18 Terry Nofsinger 23 5 0 215 6-4 Utah 7/13/1938 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 17th / 230th pick / 1961
51 Buzz Nutter 30 C 14 0 230 6-4 Virginia Tech 2/16/1931 7 6 Washington Redskins / 12th / 136th pick / 1953
66 Myron Pottios* 22 MLB 14 0 232 6-2 Notre Dame 1/18/1939 Rook 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 19th pick / 1961
Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 20th pick / 1961
50 John Reger* 30 RLB 14 0 225 6-0 Pittsburgh 9/11/1931 6 10
24 Johnny Sample 25 KR 14 0 203 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 6/15/1936 3 10 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 79th pick / 1958
62 Mike Sandusky 26 LG 12 0 231 6-0 Maryland 3/14/1935 4 6 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1957
34 Charlie Scales 23 14 0 210 5-11 Indiana 1/11/1938 1 2
67 Bob Schmitz 23 14 0 235 6-1 Wisconsin,Montana St. 9/10/1938 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 187th pick / 1961
88 Bob Schnelker 33 8 0 214 6-3 Bowling Green 10/17/1928 8 3 Cleveland Browns / 29th / 377th pick / 1950
36 Wilbert Scott 22 4 0 215 6-0 Indiana 3/13/1939 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 215th pick / 1961
47 Jackie Simpson 27 8 0 183 5-10 Florida 4/2/1934 3 3 Baltimore Colts / 4th / 44th pick / 1957
20 Jack Stanton 23 2 0 190 6-1 North Carolina St. 6/7/1938 Rook 0
70 Ernie Stautner* 36 RDE 14 0 230 6-1 Boston Col. 4/20/1925 11 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1950
68 Ron Stehouwer 24 14 0 230 6-2 Colorado St. 2/4/1937 1 3 Detroit Lions / 12th / 136th pick / 1959
82 George Tarasovic 31 LLB 12 0 245 6-4 Boston Col.,LSU 5/6/1930 9 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1952
30 Tom Tracy 27 HB 14 0 205 5-9 Tennessee 9/7/1934 5 4 Detroit Lions / 5th / 50th pick / 1956
Team Total 26.2 14 215.3 6-1.3 3.3