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1963 Pittsburgh Steelers

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7-4-3, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1963 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.9, Offense: 1.2, Defense: 1.7, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 321 points (22.9/g), 6th of 14 in the NFL. Allowed 295 points (21.1/g), 8th.
 Differential of 26 points (1.9/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 7.7-6.3.

Coach: Buddy Parker (7-4-3)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: West Liberty University (West Liberty, West Virginia)

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 321 4913 976 5.0 33 13 21 272 170 368 2777 21 20 7.0 129 578 2136 14 3.7 122
Team Defense 295 4829 837 5.8 44 19 22 244 191 384 3101 21 25 7.4 132 419 1728 14 4.1 90
Lg Rank Offense 6 3 3 3 2 10 5 7 4 2 1 3 7 11
Lg Rank Defense 8 11 3 3 8 9 11 7 4 13 5 6 8 8

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 15 boxscore T 0-0-1 @ Philadelphia Eagles 21 21 21 315 206 109 2 14 353 295 58 4
2 Sun September 22 boxscore W 1-0-1 New York Giants 31 0 18 286 63 223 1 7 175 116 59 5
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 2-0-1 St. Louis Cardinals 23 10 14 217 38 179 1 13 303 166 137 5
4 Sat October 5 boxscore L 2-1-1 @ Cleveland Browns 23 35 23 400 303 97 2 19 357 138 219 1
5 Sun October 13 boxscore L 2-2-1 @ St. Louis Cardinals 23 24 14 321 215 106 1 23 525 408 117 3
6 Sun October 20 boxscore W 3-2-1 Washington Redskins 38 27 24 349 219 130 1 23 397 300 97 5
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 4-2-1 Dallas Cowboys 27 21 19 484 370 114 3 22 416 290 126 3
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 4-3-1 @ Green Bay Packers 14 33 17 278 155 123 5 24 399 151 248 2
9 Sun November 10 boxscore W 5-3-1 Cleveland Browns 9 7 23 382 195 187 1 14 227 93 134 1
10 Sun November 17 boxscore W 6-3-1 @ Washington Redskins 34 28 22 390 246 144 3 22 442 404 38 4
11 Sun November 24 boxscore T 6-3-2 Chicago Bears 17 17 19 291 125 166 1 19 328 241 87 3
12 Sun December 1 boxscore T 6-3-3 Philadelphia Eagles 20 20 22 374 215 159 5 8 221 107 114 3
13 Sun December 8 boxscore W 7-3-3 @ Dallas Cowboys 24 19 19 426 215 211 2 15 263 112 151 1
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 7-4-3 @ New York Giants 17 33 17 400 212 188 5 21 423 280 143 4

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
15 Ed Brown 35 P/QB 14 14 7-4-3 168 362 46.4% 2982 21 5.8 20 5.5 85 8.2 6.9 17.8 213.0 71.4 6 4
12 Terry Nofsinger 25 2 0 2 3 66.7% 46 0 0.0 0 0.0 27 15.3 15.3 23.0 23.0 109.7
14 Bill Nelsen 22 2 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
30 Tom Tracy 29 6 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6
Team Total 26.8 14 7-4-3 170 368 46.2% 3028 21 5.7 20 5.4 85 8.2 6.9 17.8 216.3 71.2 6 4
Opp Total 14 191 384 49.7% 3400 21 5.5 25 6.5 8.9 7.02 17.8 242.9 71.5 34 299 7.4 5.7 8.1

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
42 Dick Hoak 24 HB 12 0 216 679 6 17 3.1 56.6 18.0 11 118 10.7 1 23 0.9 9.8 797 7 4
35 John Henry Johnson* 34 FB 12 0 186 773 4 48 4.2 64.4 15.5 21 145 6.9 1 26 1.8 12.1 918 5 5
33 Theron Sapp 28 10 0 96 431 1 27 4.5 43.1 9.6 3 41 13.7 0 22 0.3 4.1 472 1 3
46 Bob Ferguson 24 5 0 43 171 1 19 4.0 34.2 8.6 3 7 2.3 0 9 0.6 1.4 178 1 0
15 Ed Brown 35 P/QB 14 14 15 20 2 7 1.3 1.4 1.1 20 2 5
30 Tom Tracy 29 6 0 10 11 0 5 1.1 1.8 1.7 1 21 21.0 0 21 0.2 3.5 32 0 0
85 Gary Ballman 23 FL/KR 14 0 8 59 0 18 7.4 4.2 0.6 26 492 18.9 5 67 1.9 35.1 551 5 2
23 Red Mack 26 TE 14 0 2 1 0 1 0.5 0.1 0.1 25 618 24.7 3 85 1.8 44.1 619 3 0
40 Preston Carpenter 29 14 0 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.2 0.1 17 233 13.7 1 28 1.2 16.6 230 1 0
14 Bill Nelsen 22 2 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -3.0 0.5 -6 0 1
84 Buddy Dial* 26 SE 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 60 1295 21.6 9 83 4.3 92.5 1295 9 2
86 John Burrell 23 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 27 13.5 0 14 0.1 1.9 27 0 0
25 Roy Curry 24 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 31 31.0 1 31 0.2 5.2 31 1 0
Team Total 26.8 14 578 2136 14 48 3.7 152.6 41.3 170 3028 17.8 21 85 12.1 216.3 5164 35 25
Opp Total 14 419 1728 14 4.1 123.4 29.9 191 3101 16.2 21 13.6 221.5 4829 35 31

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
85 Gary Ballman 23 FL/KR 14 0 22 698 1 93 31.7 1249
26 Brady Keys 27 PR/RCB 11 0 13 198 0 82 15.2 9 219 0 58 24.3 417
28 Clendon Thomas* 28 LS 13 0 6 24 0 16 4.0 12 286 0 41 23.8 310
27 Dick Haley 26 LCB 14 0 12 59 0 12 4.9 59
43 Glenn Glass 23 RS 14 14 2 46 0 29 23.0 46
33 Theron Sapp 28 10 0 2 18 0 11 9.0 490
74 Lou Cordileone 26 14 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
25 Roy Curry 24 6 0 1 27 0 27 27.0 58
Team Total 26.8 14 31 281 0 82 9.1 49 1312 1 93 26.8 6757
Opp Total 14 29 285 0 9.8 53 1133 0 21.4

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
79 Lou Michaels* 28 K/LDE 14 0 41 21 51.2%% 35 32 91.4%%
15 Ed Brown 35 P/QB 14 14 57 2256 57 0 39.6
24 Jim Bradshaw 24 14 0 2 70 38 0 35.0
30 Tom Tracy 29 6 0 2 2 100.0%%
Team Total 26.8 14 41 21 51.2%% 37 34 91.9%% 59 2326 57 0 39.4
Opp Total 14 22 15 68.2%% 36 34 94.4%% 66 2937 44.5

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
28 Clendon Thomas* 28 LS 13 0 8 122 0 32 0 0 0 2 0 0
27 Dick Haley 26 LCB 14 0 6 65 1 37 0 0 1 0 0 0
42 Dick Hoak 24 HB 12 0 0 4 3 0 0
35 John Henry Johnson* 34 FB 12 0 0 5 2 0 0
15 Ed Brown 35 P/QB 14 14 0 5 1 0 0
36 Andy Russell 22 RLB 14 0 3 20 0 10 0 0 1 1 2 0
78 John Baker 28 RDE 14 0 0 0 4 0 0
66 Myron Pottios* 24 MLB 14 0 4 78 0 38 0
24 Jim Bradshaw 24 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Buddy Dial* 26 SE 14 0 0 2 1 5 0
26 Brady Keys 27 PR/RCB 11 0 0 1 2 0 0
33 Theron Sapp 28 10 0 0 3 0 0 0
85 Gary Ballman 23 FL/KR 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
43 Glenn Glass 23 RS 14 14 1 29 0 29 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Lou Michaels* 28 K/LDE 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Bill Nelsen 22 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
62 Mike Sandusky 28 LG 13 0 0 0 2 0 0
63 Art Anderson 27 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Frank Atkinson 22 LDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 Charlie Bradshaw* 27 LT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
75 Joe Krupa* 30 RDT 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Red Mack 26 TE 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 John Powers 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
50 John Reger 32 9 0 1 16 0 16 0
70 Ernie Stautner 38 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 George Tarasovic 33 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.8 14 25 330 1 38 0 0 25 31 7 0 1
Opp Total 14 30 31 12

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
79 Lou Michaels* 28 K/LDE 14 0 32 21 95
84 Buddy Dial* 26 SE 14 0 9 9 54
42 Dick Hoak 24 HB 12 0 6 1 7 42
85 Gary Ballman 23 FL/KR 14 0 5 1 6 36
35 John Henry Johnson* 34 FB 12 0 4 1 5 30
23 Red Mack 26 TE 14 0 3 3 18
15 Ed Brown 35 P/QB 14 14 2 2 12
40 Preston Carpenter 29 14 0 1 1 6
25 Roy Curry 24 6 0 1 1 6
46 Bob Ferguson 24 5 0 1 1 6
27 Dick Haley 26 LCB 14 0 1 1 6
33 Theron Sapp 28 10 0 1 1 6
67 Bob Schmitz 25 LLB 11 0 1 2
30 Tom Tracy 29 6 0 2 2
Team Total 26.8 14 14 21 1 1 37 34 21 1 321
Opp Total 14 14 21 1 34 15 295

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1963-09-15 @ PHI T, 21-21 4 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush
2 1963-09-15 @ PHI T, 21-21 4 11 pass John Henry Johnson 11 yard pass from Ed Brown
3 1963-09-22 NYG W, 31-0 2 1 rush Dick Hoak 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
4 1963-09-22 NYG W, 31-0 4 2 pass Dick Hoak 2 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
5 1963-09-22 NYG W, 31-0 4 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
6 1963-09-22 NYG W, 31-0 4 46 pass Buddy Dial 46 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
7 1963-09-29 STL W, 23-10 4 1 rush Dick Hoak 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
8 1963-09-29 STL W, 23-10 4 4 rush Bob Ferguson 4 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
9 1963-10-05 @ CLE L, 23-35 2 24 pass Buddy Dial 24 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
10 1963-10-05 @ CLE L, 23-35 2 41 pass Buddy Dial 41 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
11 1963-10-13 @ STL L, 23-24 2 83 pass Red Mack 83 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
12 1963-10-13 @ STL L, 23-24 2 1 rush Ed Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
13 1963-10-20 WAS W, 38-27 1 1 rush Ed Brown 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
14 1963-10-20 WAS W, 38-27 2 8 rush Dick Hoak 8 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
15 1963-10-20 WAS W, 38-27 3 1 rush Dick Hoak 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
16 1963-10-20 WAS W, 38-27 4 24 interception Dick Haley 24 yard interception return (Lou Michaels kick)
17 1963-10-20 WAS W, 38-27 4 4 pass Buddy Dial 4 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
18 1963-10-27 DAL W, 27-21 2 83 pass Buddy Dial 83 yard pass from Ed Brown
19 1963-10-27 DAL W, 27-21 3 25 pass Buddy Dial 25 yard pass from Ed Brown (Tom Tracy kick)
20 1963-10-27 DAL W, 27-21 4 14 pass Buddy Dial 14 yard pass from Ed Brown (Tom Tracy kick)
21 1963-10-27 DAL W, 27-21 4 85 pass Red Mack 85 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
22 1963-11-03 @ GNB L, 14-33 1 2 rush Dick Hoak 2 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
23 1963-11-03 @ GNB L, 14-33 4 33 pass Red Mack 33 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
24 1963-11-10 CLE W, 9-7 4 9 pass Gary Ballman 9 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
25 1963-11-17 @ WAS W, 34-28 1 3 rush John Henry Johnson 3 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
26 1963-11-17 @ WAS W, 34-28 2 67 pass Gary Ballman 67 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
27 1963-11-17 @ WAS W, 34-28 3 1 rush John Henry Johnson 1 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
28 1963-11-17 @ WAS W, 34-28 4 92 kickoff Gary Ballman 92 yard kickoff return (Lou Michaels kick)
29 1963-11-24 CHI T, 17-17 2 6 rush Dick Hoak 6 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
30 1963-11-24 CHI T, 17-17 2 31 pass Roy Curry 31 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
31 1963-12-01 PHI T, 20-20 4 57 pass Gary Ballman 57 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
32 1963-12-01 PHI T, 20-20 4 8 pass Gary Ballman 8 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
33 1963-12-08 @ DAL W, 24-19 2 55 pass Buddy Dial 55 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
34 1963-12-08 @ DAL W, 24-19 2 28 pass Preston Carpenter 28 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
35 1963-12-08 @ DAL W, 24-19 4 24 rush Theron Sapp 24 yard rush (Lou Michaels kick)
36 1963-12-15 @ NYG L, 17-33 3 21 pass Gary Ballman 21 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)
37 1963-12-15 @ NYG L, 17-33 3 40 pass Buddy Dial 40 yard pass from Ed Brown (Lou Michaels kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1963-09-15 @ PHI T, 21-21 1 13 pass Tommy McDonald 13 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Mike Clark kick)
2 1963-09-15 @ PHI T, 21-21 3 6 pass Ralph Smith 6 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Mike Clark kick)
3 1963-09-15 @ PHI T, 21-21 4 75 pass Tommy McDonald 75 yard pass from Sonny Jurgensen (Mike Clark kick)
4 1963-09-29 STL L, 10-23 1 63 rush Bill Triplett 63 yard rush (Jim Bakken kick)
5 1963-10-05 @ CLE W, 35-23 1 8 rush Jim Brown 8 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
6 1963-10-05 @ CLE W, 35-23 2 15 pass Gary Collins 15 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
7 1963-10-05 @ CLE W, 35-23 3 13 rush Frank Ryan 13 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
8 1963-10-05 @ CLE W, 35-23 4 20 pass Gary Collins 20 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
9 1963-10-05 @ CLE W, 35-23 4 19 pass Rich Kreitling 19 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
10 1963-10-13 @ STL W, 24-23 3 10 pass Jackie Smith 10 yard pass from John David Crow (Jim Bakken kick)
11 1963-10-13 @ STL W, 24-23 4 55 pass Jackie Smith 55 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
12 1963-10-13 @ STL W, 24-23 4 28 pass Bobby Joe Conrad 28 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Jim Bakken kick)
13 1963-10-20 WAS L, 27-38 2 1 rush Norm Snead 1 yard rush (Bob Khayat kick)
14 1963-10-20 WAS L, 27-38 2 36 pass Dick James 36 yard pass from Norm Snead (Bob Khayat kick)
15 1963-10-20 WAS L, 27-38 3 5 rush Dick James 5 yard rush (Bob Khayat kick)
16 1963-10-27 DAL L, 21-27 1 5 pass Frank Clarke 5 yard pass from Don Meredith (Sam Baker kick)
17 1963-10-27 DAL L, 21-27 2 35 pass Lee Folkins 35 yard pass from Don Meredith (Sam Baker kick)
18 1963-10-27 DAL L, 21-27 3 13 pass Billy Howton 13 yard pass from Don Meredith (Sam Baker kick)
19 1963-11-03 @ GNB W, 33-14 3 1 rush Jim Taylor 1 yard rush (Jerry Kramer kick)
20 1963-11-03 @ GNB W, 33-14 3 2 rush Elijah Pitts 2 yard rush (Jerry Kramer kick)
21 1963-11-03 @ GNB W, 33-14 4 1 rush Elijah Pitts 1 yard rush (Jerry Kramer kick)
22 1963-11-10 CLE L, 7-9 2 4 pass Gary Collins 4 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick)
23 1963-11-17 @ WAS L, 28-34 1 53 interception Claude Crabb 53 yard interception return (Bob Khayat kick)
24 1963-11-17 @ WAS L, 28-34 2 19 pass Bobby Mitchell 19 yard pass from Norm Snead (Bob Khayat kick)
25 1963-11-17 @ WAS L, 28-34 4 20 pass Bobby Mitchell 20 yard pass from Billy Ray Barnes (Bob Khayat kick)
26 1963-11-17 @ WAS L, 28-34 4 21 pass Pat Richter 21 yard pass from Norm Snead (Bob Khayat kick)
27 1963-11-24 CHI T, 17-17 1 1 rush Willie Galimore 1 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)
28 1963-11-24 CHI T, 17-17 2 1 rush Ronnie Bull 1 yard rush (Bob Jencks kick)
29 1963-12-01 PHI T, 20-20 2 24 pass Pete Retzlaff 24 yard pass from King Hill (Mike Clark kick)
30 1963-12-01 PHI T, 20-20 2 14 rush Timmy Brown 14 yard rush (Mike Clark kick)
31 1963-12-08 @ DAL L, 19-24 1 2 rush Don Meredith 2 yard rush
32 1963-12-08 @ DAL L, 19-24 3 4 rush Don Meredith 4 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
33 1963-12-15 @ NYG W, 33-17 1 41 pass Del Shofner 41 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle
34 1963-12-15 @ NYG W, 33-17 2 3 pass Joe Morrison 3 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Don Chandler kick)
35 1963-12-15 @ NYG W, 33-17 3 22 pass Joe Morrison 22 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Don Chandler kick)
36 1963-12-15 @ NYG W, 33-17 3 1 rush Joe Morrison 1 yard rush (Don Chandler kick)