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1971 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-8-0, AFC Central Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.6, Offense: -1.8, Defense: -1.8, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 246 points (17.6/g), 17th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 292 points (20.9/g), 17th.
 Differential of -46 points (-3.3/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-8.4.

Coach: Chuck Noll (6-8-0)

Stadium: Three Rivers 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 Terry Bradshaw 23 1 13 203 for 373, 2,259 yards, 13 td, 22 int, & 53 rushes for 247 yards and 5 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
RB Preston Pearson 26 4 14 131 rushes for 605 yards, 0 td, & 20 catches for 246 yards and 2 td Baltimore Colts / 12th / 298th pick / 1967
FB John Fuqua 25 2 12 155 rushes for 625 yards, 4 td, & 49 catches for 427 yards and 1 td New York Giants / 11th / 273rd pick / 1969
WR Ron Shanklin 23 1 14 49 catches for 652 yards, 6 td, & 2 rushes for 1 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1970
WR Dave Smith 24 1 14 47 catches for 663 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for -10 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 184th pick / 1970
TE Bob Adams 25 2 14 20 catches for 160 yards, 0 td
LT Jon Kolb 24 2 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
LG Sam Davis 27 4 12
C Ray Mansfield 30 8 13 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 18th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 5th / 37th pick / 1963
RG Bruce Van Dyke 27 5 11 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 133rd pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 174th pick / 1966
RT John Brown 32 9 13 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 55th pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE L.C. Greenwood 25 2 14 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
LDT Joe Greene* 25 2 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
RDT Lloyd Voss 29 7 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 2nd / 11th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 1st / 13th pick / 1964
RDE Dwight White 22 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
LLB Jack Ham 23 Rook 13 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
MLB Chuck Allen 32 10 10 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 28th / 223rd pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 228th pick / 1961
RLB Andy Russell* 30 8 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 220th pick / 1963
LCB John Rowser 27 4 11 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
RCB Mel Blount 23 1 10 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
SS Mike Wagner 22 Rook 12 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
FS Glen Edwards 24 Rook 6 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Roy Gerela 23 2 0 17 of 27 field goals & 27 of 27 extra points Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
P Bobby Walden 33 7 0 79 punts for a 43.7 average, 0 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
PR Jon Staggers 23 1 0 31 punt returns for a 8.5 average and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 105th pick / 1970
KR Jim Brumfield 24 Rook 0 12 kick returns for a 22.6 average and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 10th / 244th pick / 1970

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Bob Adams 25 TE 14 14 225 6-2 Pacific 8/15/1946 2 2
58 Chuck Allen 32 MLB 10 10 225 6-1 Washington 9/7/1939 10 8 San Diego Chargers / 28th / 223rd pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 228th pick / 1961
49 Ralph Anderson 22 7 1 180 6-2 West Texas A&M 4/3/1949 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 126th pick / 1971
76 Bert Askson 26 11 0 223 6-3 Texas Southern 12/16/1945 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 340th pick / 1970
28 Ocie Austin 24 14 7 200 6-3 Utah St. 1/8/1947 3 3 Baltimore Colts / 10th / 257th pick / 1968
46 Warren Bankston 24 14 2 235 6-4 Tulane 7/22/1947 2 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1969
37 Chuck Beatty 25 3 2 200 6-2 North Texas 2/8/1946 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 160th pick / 1969
20 Rocky Bleier 25 6 0 210 5-11 Notre Dame 3/5/1946 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 417th pick / 1968
47 Mel Blount 23 RCB 14 10 205 6-3 Southern 4/10/1948 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
12 Terry Bradshaw 23 QB 14 13 215 6-3 Louisiana Tech 9/2/1948 1 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
74 John Brown 32 RT 14 13 248 6-2 Syracuse 6/9/1939 9 5 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 55th pick / 1961
87 Larry Brown 22 13 0 246 6-4 Kansas 6/16/1949 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
36 Jim Brumfield 24 KR 14 0 195 6-1 Indiana St. 9/4/1947 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 10th / 244th pick / 1970
44 Lee Calland 30 13 7 190 6-0 Louisville 9/14/1941 8 4
50 Jim Clack 24 14 0 250 6-3 Wake Forest 10/26/1947 Rook 3
53 Henry Davis 29 14 1 235 6-3 Grambling St. 11/8/1942 3 3 New York Giants / 11th / 288th pick / 1968
57 Sam Davis 27 LG 12 12 255 6-1 Allen 7/5/1944 4 4
27 Glen Edwards 24 FS 8 6 185 6-0 Florida A&M 7/31/1947 Rook 3
33 John Fuqua 25 FB 12 12 205 5-11 Morgan St. 9/12/1946 2 9 New York Giants / 11th / 273rd pick / 1969
10 Roy Gerela 23 K 14 0 185 5-10 New Mexico St. 4/2/1948 2 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
75 Joe Greene* 25 LDT 14 14 275 6-4 North Texas 9/24/1946 2 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
68 L.C. Greenwood 25 LDE 14 14 245 6-6 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/8/1946 2 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
59 Jack Ham 23 LLB 14 13 225 6-1 Penn St. 12/23/1948 Rook 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
5 Terry Hanratty 23 qb 6 1 210 6-1 Notre Dame 1/19/1948 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1969
77 Mel Holmes 21 14 1 251 6-3 North Carolina A&T 1/22/1950 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 112th pick / 1971
82 Dennis Hughes 23 7 0 225 6-1 Georgia 2/22/1948 1 0
55 Jon Kolb 24 LT 14 14 262 6-2 Oklahoma St. 8/30/1947 2 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
16 Bob Leahy 24 1 0 205 6-2 Connecticut,Emporia St. 9/5/1947 Rook 0
43 Frank Lewis 24 9 0 196 6-1 Grambling St. 7/4/1947 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
56 Ray Mansfield 30 C 14 13 250 6-3 Washington 1/21/1941 8 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 18th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 5th / 37th pick / 1963
51 Bobby Maples 29 3 1 250 6-3 Baylor 12/28/1942 6 2 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
60 Ben McGee 32 13 4 250 6-3 Jackson St. 1/26/1939 7 3 New York Jets / 5th / 35th pick / 1964
Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 51st pick / 1964
72 Gerry Mullins 22 14 5 244 6-3 USC 8/24/1949 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1971
26 Preston Pearson 26 RB 14 14 205 6-1 Illinois 1/17/1945 4 7 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 298th pick / 1967
48 John Rowser 27 LCB 12 11 190 6-1 Michigan 4/24/1944 4 7 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
34 Andy Russell* 30 RLB 14 14 225 6-2 Missouri 10/29/1941 8 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 220th pick / 1963
25 Ron Shanklin 23 WR 14 14 183 6-1 North Texas 1/21/1948 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1970
73 Rick Sharp 23 3 0 265 6-3 Washington 6/1/1948 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 288th pick / 1970
88 Dave Smith 24 WR 14 14 205 6-2 Waynesburg,Indiana (PA) 5/18/1947 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 184th pick / 1970
2 Jon Staggers 23 PR 14 0 185 5-10 Missouri 12/14/1948 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 105th pick / 1970
61 Brian Stenger 24 14 4 241 6-4 Notre Dame 1/16/1947 2 4
66 Bruce Van Dyke 27 RG 12 11 255 6-2 Missouri 8/6/1944 5 5 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 133rd pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 174th pick / 1966
65 Lloyd Voss 29 RDT 13 10 256 6-4 Nebraska 2/13/1942 7 7 New York Jets / 2nd / 11th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 1st / 13th pick / 1964
23 Mike Wagner 22 SS 12 12 210 6-1 West. Illinois 6/22/1949 Rook 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
39 Bobby Walden 33 P 14 0 190 6-0 Georgia 3/9/1938 7 4 Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
78 Dwight White 22 RDE 14 14 255 6-4 Texas A&M-Commerce 7/30/1949 Rook 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
31 Al Young 22 1 0 195 6-1 South Carolina St. 8/24/1949 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 13th / 320th pick / 1971
Team Total 25.3 14 222.6 6-1.9 2.6