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1968 Pittsburgh Steelers

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2-11-1, Finished 4th in NFL Century Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -10.0, Offense: -3.1, Defense: -6.9, SoS: 0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 244 points (17.4/g), 13th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 397 points (28.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of -153 points (-10.9/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 3.4-10.6.

Coach: Bill Austin (2-11-1)

Stadium: Pitt Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Dick Shiner 26 4 11 148 for 304, 1,856 yards, 18 td, 17 int, & 14 rushes for 53 yards and 0 td Washington Redskins / 7th / 87th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1964
HB Dick Hoak 29 7 13 175 rushes for 858 yards, 3 td, & 28 catches for 253 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 90th pick / 1961
FB Earl Gros 28 6 13 151 rushes for 579 yards, 3 td, & 27 catches for 211 yards and 3 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 14th pick / 1962
Houston Oilers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1962
FL J.R. Wilburn 25 2 14 39 catches for 514 yards, 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 13th / 171st pick / 1965
SE Roy Jefferson* 25 3 13 58 catches for 1,074 yards, 11 td, & 6 rushes for 57 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 14th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1965
TE John Hilton 26 3 13 20 catches for 285 yards, 1 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 76th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 16th / 125th pick / 1964
LT Fran O'Brien 32 9 12 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 35th pick / 1959
LG Larry Gagner 25 2 12 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 18th pick / 1966
Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 19th pick / 1966
C Ray Mansfield 27 5 14 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 18th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 5th / 37th pick / 1963
RG Bruce Van Dyke 24 2 14 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 133rd pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 174th pick / 1966
RT John Brown 29 6 13 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 55th pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE Lloyd Voss 26 4 14 New York Jets / 2nd / 11th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 1st / 13th pick / 1964
LDT Ken Kortas 26 4 10 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 9th pick / 1964
Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 18th pick / 1964
RDT Chuck Hinton 29 4 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 4th / 27th pick / 1962
RDE Ben McGee* 29 4 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 5th / 35th pick / 1964
Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 51st pick / 1964
LLB Jerry Hillebrand 28 5 6 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 10th pick / 1962
New York Giants / 1st / 13th pick / 1962
MLB Ray May 23 1 12 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 89th pick / 1967
RLB Andy Russell* 27 5 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 220th pick / 1963
LCB Marv Woodson 27 4 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 1st / 8th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 3rd / 17th pick / 1964
RCB Bob Wade 24 Rook 11 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 15th / 385th pick / 1967
LS Clendon Thomas 33 10 10 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 19th pick / 1958
RS Paul Martha 26 4 9 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 9th / 69th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Booth Lusteg 29 2 0 8 of 20 field goals & 26 of 29 extra points
P Bobby Walden 30 4 0 68 punts for a 40.4 average, 0 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
PR Roy Jefferson* 25 3 13 28 punt returns for a 9.8 average and 1 td San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 14th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1965
KR Jon Henderson 24 Rook 1 29 kick returns for a 20.3 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 61st pick / 1968

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
71 Dick Arndt 24 3 0 265 6-5 Stanford,Idaho 3/12/1944 1 2 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 77th pick / 1966
30 Willie Asbury 25 7 0 226 6-1 Kent St. 2/22/1943 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 64th pick / 1966
26 Rocky Bleier 22 10 0 210 5-11 Notre Dame 3/5/1946 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 417th pick / 1968
74 John Brown 29 RT 14 13 248 6-2 Syracuse 6/9/1939 6 5 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 55th pick / 1961
53 John Campbell 30 8 8 225 6-3 Minnesota 10/7/1938 5 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 40th pick / 1963
Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 143rd pick / 1963
67 Dick Capp 26 14 0 240 6-4 Boston Col. 4/9/1942 1 0 Boston Patriots / 17th / 147th pick / 1966
45 Dick Compton 28 7 0 190 6-2 McMurry 4/16/1940 6 0
52 Mike Connelly 33 14 0 247 6-4 Washington St.,Utah St. 10/16/1935 8 3 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 141st pick / 1959
89 Marshall Cropper 24 5 4 200 6-4 Md-Eastern Shore 4/1/1944 1 1
57 Sam Davis 24 14 2 255 6-1 Allen 7/5/1944 1 3
9 John Foruria 24 6 2 205 6-2 Idaho 11/26/1944 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 192nd pick / 1967
79 Larry Gagner 25 LG 12 12 240 6-3 Florida 12/30/1943 2 5 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 18th pick / 1966
Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 19th pick / 1966
38 Earl Gros 28 FB 13 13 220 6-3 LSU 8/29/1940 6 7 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 14th pick / 1962
Houston Oilers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1962
76 Mike Haggerty 23 1 0 245 6-4 Miami (FL) 10/14/1945 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 140th pick / 1967
49 Lou Harris 22 14 4 180 6-0 Kent St. 3/25/1946 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 363rd pick / 1968
16 Ken Hebert 24 3 0 200 6-0 Houston 9/9/1944 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1968
24 Jon Henderson 24 KR 14 1 200 6-0 Colorado St. 12/17/1944 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 61st pick / 1968
69 Jerry Hillebrand 28 LLB 14 6 240 6-3 Colorado 3/28/1940 5 5 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 10th pick / 1962
New York Giants / 1st / 13th pick / 1962
82 John Hilton 26 TE 14 13 225 6-5 Richmond 3/12/1942 3 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 76th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 16th / 125th pick / 1964
64 Chuck Hinton 29 RDT 14 14 257 6-5 North Carolina Central 8/11/1939 4 5 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 4th / 27th pick / 1962
42 Dick Hoak 29 HB 14 13 195 5-11 Penn St. 12/8/1939 7 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 90th pick / 1961
29 Bob Hohn 27 8 6 185 6-0 Nebraska 6/4/1941 3 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 20th / 154th pick / 1964
Los Angeles Rams / 20th / 273rd pick / 1964
87 Roy Jefferson* 25 PR 14 13 195 6-2 Utah 11/9/1943 3 12 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 14th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1965
84 Tony Jeter 24 2 0 223 6-3 Nebraska 9/8/1944 2 0 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 46th pick / 1966
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 89th pick / 1966
75 Ken Kortas 26 LDT 14 10 280 6-4 Louisville 5/17/1942 4 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 9th pick / 1964
Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 18th pick / 1964
88 Rich Kotite 26 12 1 233 6-3 Miami (FL),Wagner 10/13/1942 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 18th / 247th pick / 1965
35 Booth Lusteg 29 K 13 0 190 5-11 Connecticut 5/8/1939 2 0
56 Ray Mansfield 27 C 14 14 250 6-3 Washington 1/21/1941 5 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 18th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 5th / 37th pick / 1963
20 Paul Martha 26 RS 9 9 187 6-0 Pittsburgh 6/22/1942 4 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 9th / 69th pick / 1964
59 Ray May 23 MLB 12 12 230 6-1 USC 6/4/1945 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 89th pick / 1967
60 Ben McGee* 29 RDE 14 14 250 6-3 Jackson St. 1/26/1939 4 6 New York Jets / 5th / 35th pick / 1964
Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 51st pick / 1964
10 Kent Nix 24 qb 8 3 195 6-2 TCU 3/12/1944 1 3
72 Fran O'Brien 32 LT 14 12 253 6-1 Michigan St. 4/17/1936 9 5 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 35th pick / 1959
78 Frank Parker 29 10 4 270 6-5 Oklahoma St. 10/16/1939 6 2 New York Titans / 29th / 229th pick / 1962
Cleveland Browns / 6th / 79th pick / 1961
73 Ernie Ruple 23 14 0 256 6-4 Arkansas 10/27/1945 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1968
34 Andy Russell* 27 RLB 14 14 225 6-2 Missouri 10/29/1941 5 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 220th pick / 1963
50 Bill Saul 28 3 2 224 6-4 Penn St. 11/19/1940 6 2 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1962
Buffalo Bills / 9th / 68th pick / 1962
17 Dick Shiner 26 QB 13 11 201 6-0 Maryland 7/18/1942 4 7 Washington Redskins / 7th / 87th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1964
14 Bill Shockley 31 1 0 185 6-0 West Chester 3/13/1937 8 0
25 Don Shy 23 13 2 210 6-1 San Diego St. 11/15/1945 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1967
77 Mike Taylor 23 14 3 255 6-4 USC 5/5/1945 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1968
28 Clendon Thomas 33 LS 14 10 196 6-2 Oklahoma 12/28/1935 10 5 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 19th pick / 1958
66 Bruce Van Dyke 24 RG 14 14 255 6-2 Missouri 8/6/1944 2 5 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 133rd pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 174th pick / 1966
65 Lloyd Voss 26 LDE 14 14 256 6-4 Nebraska 2/13/1942 4 5 New York Jets / 2nd / 11th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 1st / 13th pick / 1964
44 Bob Wade 24 RCB 14 11 200 6-2 Morgan St. 12/9/1944 Rook 4 Baltimore Colts / 15th / 385th pick / 1967
39 Bobby Walden 30 P 14 0 190 6-0 Georgia 3/9/1938 4 2 Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
23 Tom Watkins 31 1 0 195 6-0 Iowa St. 10/23/1937 7 0 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 57th pick / 1961
Cleveland Browns / 15th / 177th pick / 1960
62 Ralph Wenzel 25 2 0 250 6-2 San Jose St.,San Diego St. 3/13/1943 2 2 Green Bay Packers / 11th / 168th pick / 1966
86 J.R. Wilburn 25 FL 14 14 190 6-2 South Carolina 4/27/1943 2 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 13th / 171st pick / 1965
47 Marv Woodson 27 LCB 14 14 190 6-1 Indiana 9/19/1941 4 5 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 8th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 3rd / 17th pick / 1964
Team Total 26.4 14 222.6 6-2.1 3.3