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1972 Pittsburgh Steelers

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11-3-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.0, Offense: 3.4, Defense: 6.6, SoS: -2.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 343 points (24.5/g), 5th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 175 points (12.5/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 168 points (12.0/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 11.6-2.4.

Coach: Chuck Noll (11-3-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bud Carson

Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Vincent College (Latrobe, 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 Terry Bradshaw 24 2 14 147 for 308, 1,887 yards, 12 td, 12 int, & 58 rushes for 346 yards and 7 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
RB Franco Harris* 22 Rook 10 188 rushes for 1,055 yards, 10 td, & 21 catches for 180 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
FB John Fuqua 26 3 13 150 rushes for 665 yards, 4 td, & 18 catches for 152 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 11th / 273rd pick / 1969
WR Frank Lewis 25 1 8 27 catches for 391 yards, 5 td, & 3 rushes for 68 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
WR Ron Shanklin 24 2 13 38 catches for 669 yards, 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1970
TE John McMakin 22 Rook 13 21 catches for 277 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for 0 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1972
LT Jon Kolb 25 3 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
LG Sam Davis 28 5 11 1 fumble recovered
C Ray Mansfield 31 9 14 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 18th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 5th / 37th pick / 1963
RG Bruce Van Dyke 28 6 13 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 133rd pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 174th pick / 1966
RT Gerry Mullins 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE L.C. Greenwood 26 3 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
LDT Joe Greene*+ 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
RDT Ben McGee 33 8 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 5th / 35th pick / 1964
Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 51st pick / 1964
RDE Dwight White* 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
LLB Jack Ham 24 1 14 7 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
MLB Henry Davis 30 4 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 11th / 288th pick / 1968
RLB Andy Russell* 31 9 13 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 220th pick / 1963
LCB John Rowser 28 5 13 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
RCB Mel Blount 24 2 13 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
SS Mike Wagner 23 1 14 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
FS Ralph Anderson 23 1 8 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 126th pick / 1971
 Special Teams Starters
K Roy Gerela* 24 3 0 28 of 41 field goals & 35 of 36 extra points Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
P Bobby Walden 34 8 0 65 punts for a 43.8 average, 2 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
PR Glen Edwards 25 1 0 22 punt returns for a 9.2 average and 0 td
KR Preston Pearson 27 5 5 13 kick returns for a 22.5 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 12th / 298th pick / 1967

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
49 Ralph Anderson 23 FS 14 8 180 6-2 West Texas A&M 4/3/1949 1 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 126th pick / 1971
46 Warren Bankston 25 7 0 235 6-4 Tulane 7/22/1947 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1969
37 Chuck Beatty 26 8 6 200 6-2 North Texas 2/8/1946 3 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 160th pick / 1969
20 Rocky Bleier 26 14 0 210 5-11 Notre Dame 3/5/1946 4 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 417th pick / 1968
47 Mel Blount 24 RCB 14 13 205 6-3 Southern 4/10/1948 2 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
38 Ed Bradley 22 12 0 239 6-2 Wake Forest 4/22/1950 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 88th pick / 1972
12 Terry Bradshaw 24 QB 14 14 215 6-3 Louisiana Tech 9/2/1948 2 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
87 Larry Brown 23 9 1 246 6-4 Kansas 6/16/1949 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
44 Lee Calland 31 7 2 190 6-0 Louisville 9/14/1941 9 4
50 Jim Clack 25 14 0 250 6-3 Wake Forest 10/26/1947 1 4
53 Henry Davis 30 MLB 14 0 235 6-3 Grambling St. 11/8/1942 4 9 New York Giants / 11th / 288th pick / 1968
57 Sam Davis 28 LG 11 11 255 6-1 Allen 7/5/1944 5 6
35 Steve Davis 24 11 0 218 6-1 Delaware St. 11/10/1948 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1971
29 John Dockery 28 6 0 185 6-0 Harvard 9/6/1944 4 3
27 Glen Edwards 25 PR 12 0 185 6-0 Florida A&M 7/31/1947 1 0
33 John Fuqua 26 FB 13 13 205 5-11 Morgan St. 9/12/1946 3 9 New York Giants / 11th / 273rd pick / 1969
64 Steve Furness 22 2 0 255 6-4 Rhode Island 12/5/1950 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 113th pick / 1972
10 Roy Gerela* 24 K 14 0 185 5-10 New Mexico St. 4/2/1948 3 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
17 Joe Gilliam 22 2 0 187 6-2 Tennessee St. 12/29/1950 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 273rd pick / 1972
71 Gordon Gravelle 23 t 14 3 250 6-5 BYU 6/12/1949 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1972
75 Joe Greene*+ 26 LDT 14 14 275 6-4 North Texas 9/24/1946 3 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
68 L.C. Greenwood 26 LDE 13 13 245 6-6 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/8/1946 3 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
59 Jack Ham 24 LLB 14 14 225 6-1 Penn St. 12/23/1948 1 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
67 Craig Hanneman 23 13 0 240 6-3 Oregon St. 7/1/1949 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 138th pick / 1971
5 Terry Hanratty 24 7 0 210 6-1 Notre Dame 1/19/1948 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1969
32 Franco Harris* 22 RB 14 10 230 6-2 Penn St. 3/7/1950 Rook 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
63 Ernie Holmes 24 14 1 260 6-3 Texas Southern 7/11/1948 Rook 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1971
77 Mel Holmes 22 14 1 251 6-3 North Carolina A&T 1/22/1950 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 112th pick / 1971
55 Jon Kolb 25 LT 14 14 262 6-2 Oklahoma St. 8/30/1947 3 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
43 Frank Lewis 25 WR 13 8 196 6-1 Grambling St. 7/4/1947 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
56 Ray Mansfield 31 C 14 14 250 6-3 Washington 1/21/1941 9 7 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 18th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 5th / 37th pick / 1963
60 Ben McGee 33 RDT 14 14 250 6-3 Jackson St. 1/26/1939 8 9 New York Jets / 5th / 35th pick / 1964
Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 51st pick / 1964
89 John McMakin 22 TE 14 13 232 6-3 Clemson 9/24/1950 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1972
72 Gerry Mullins 23 RT 14 14 244 6-3 USC 8/24/1949 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1971
26 Preston Pearson 27 KR 11 5 205 6-1 Illinois 1/17/1945 5 4 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 298th pick / 1967
48 John Rowser 28 LCB 14 13 190 6-1 Michigan 4/24/1944 5 10 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
34 Andy Russell* 31 RLB 14 13 225 6-2 Missouri 10/29/1941 9 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 220th pick / 1963
25 Ron Shanklin 24 WR 14 13 183 6-1 North Texas 1/21/1948 2 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1970
88 Dave Smith 25 6 6 205 6-2 Waynesburg,Indiana (PA) 5/18/1947 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 184th pick / 1970
61 Brian Stenger 25 14 0 241 6-4 Notre Dame 1/16/1947 3 5
66 Bruce Van Dyke 28 RG 13 13 255 6-2 Missouri 8/6/1944 6 7 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 133rd pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 174th pick / 1966
23 Mike Wagner 23 SS 14 14 210 6-1 West. Illinois 6/22/1949 1 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
39 Bobby Walden 34 P 14 0 190 6-0 Georgia 3/9/1938 8 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
90 George Webster 27 6 1 220 6-4 Michigan St. 11/25/1945 5 4 Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1967
78 Dwight White* 23 RDE 14 14 255 6-4 Texas A&M-Commerce 7/30/1949 1 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
36 Chuck Winfrey 23 1 0 230 6-0 Wisconsin 3/27/1949 1 3
31 Al Young 23 14 1 195 6-1 South Carolina St. 8/24/1949 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 13th / 320th pick / 1971
Team Total 25.3 14 222.7 6-2.0 2.7