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1973 Pittsburgh Steelers

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10-4-0, AFC Central Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.2, Offense: 4.5, Defense: 3.8, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 347 points (24.8/g), 4th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 210 points (15.0/g), 8th.
 Differential of 137 points (9.8/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 10.7-3.3.

Coach: Chuck Noll (10-4-0)
 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 25 3 9 89 for 180, 1,183 yards, 10 td, 15 int, & 34 rushes for 145 yards and 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
RB Franco Harris* 23 1 8 188 rushes for 698 yards, 3 td, & 10 catches for 69 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
FB Preston Pearson 28 6 13 132 rushes for 554 yards, 2 td, & 11 catches for 173 yards and 2 td Baltimore Colts / 12th / 298th pick / 1967
WR Frank Lewis 26 2 5 23 catches for 409 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for -1 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
WR Ron Shanklin* 25 3 13 30 catches for 711 yards, 10 td, & 3 rushes for 1 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1970
TE John McMakin 23 1 14 13 catches for 195 yards, 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1972
LT Jon Kolb 26 4 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
LG Sam Davis 29 6 12 1 fumble recovered
C Ray Mansfield 32 10 9 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 18th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 5th / 37th pick / 1963
RG Bruce Van Dyke* 29 7 14 3 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 133rd pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 174th pick / 1966
RT Glen Ray Hines 30 7 14 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 82nd pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE L.C. Greenwood* 27 4 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
LDT Joe Greene*+ 27 4 13 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
RDT Ernie Holmes 25 1 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1971
RDE Dwight White* 24 2 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
LLB Jack Ham* 25 2 13 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
MLB Henry Davis 31 5 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 11th / 288th pick / 1968
RLB Andy Russell* 32 10 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 220th pick / 1963
LCB John Rowser 29 6 14 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
RCB Mel Blount 25 3 14 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
SS Mike Wagner 24 2 14 8 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
FS Glen Edwards 26 2 14 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Roy Gerela 25 4 0 29 of 43 field goals & 36 of 37 extra points Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
P Bobby Walden 35 9 0 62 punts for a 41.1 average, 1 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
PR Glen Edwards 26 2 14 34 punt returns for a 9.9 average and 0 td
KR Preston Pearson 28 6 13 16 kick returns for a 19.2 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)
20 Rocky Bleier 27 12 0 210 5-11 Notre Dame 3/5/1946 5 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 417th pick / 1968
47 Mel Blount 25 RCB 14 14 205 6-3 Southern 4/10/1948 3 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
38 Ed Bradley 23 14 0 239 6-2 Wake Forest 4/22/1950 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 88th pick / 1972
12 Terry Bradshaw 25 QB 10 9 215 6-3 Louisiana Tech 9/2/1948 3 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
87 Larry Brown 24 t 14 0 246 6-4 Kansas 6/16/1949 2 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
50 Jim Clack 26 12 5 250 6-3 Wake Forest 10/26/1947 2 3
85 Dave Davis 25 2 0 175 6-0 Tennessee St. 7/5/1948 2 0 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 168th pick / 1971
53 Henry Davis 31 MLB 14 14 235 6-3 Grambling St. 11/8/1942 5 8 New York Giants / 11th / 288th pick / 1968
57 Sam Davis 29 LG 12 12 255 6-1 Allen 7/5/1944 6 6
35 Steve Davis 25 14 0 218 6-1 Delaware St. 11/10/1948 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1971
29 John Dockery 29 10 0 185 6-0 Harvard 9/6/1944 5 3
27 Glen Edwards 26 FS 14 14 185 6-0 Florida A&M 7/31/1947 2 8
33 John Fuqua 27 11 7 205 5-11 Morgan St. 9/12/1946 4 7 New York Giants / 11th / 273rd pick / 1969
64 Steve Furness 23 6 0 255 6-4 Rhode Island 12/5/1950 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 113th pick / 1972
10 Roy Gerela 25 K 14 0 185 5-10 New Mexico St. 4/2/1948 4 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
17 Joe Gilliam 23 qb 5 1 187 6-2 Tennessee St. 12/29/1950 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 273rd pick / 1972
71 Gordon Gravelle 24 6 0 250 6-5 BYU 6/12/1949 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1972
75 Joe Greene*+ 27 LDT 14 13 275 6-4 North Texas 9/24/1946 4 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
68 L.C. Greenwood* 27 LDE 14 14 245 6-6 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/8/1946 4 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
59 Jack Ham* 25 LLB 13 13 225 6-1 Penn St. 12/23/1948 2 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
67 Craig Hanneman 24 14 0 240 6-3 Oregon St. 7/1/1949 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 138th pick / 1971
5 Terry Hanratty 25 qb 9 4 210 6-1 Notre Dame 1/19/1948 4 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1969
32 Franco Harris* 23 RB 12 8 230 6-2 Penn St. 3/7/1950 1 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
76 Glen Ray Hines 30 RT 14 14 265 6-5 Arkansas 10/26/1943 7 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 82nd pick / 1965
63 Ernie Holmes 25 RDT 14 11 260 6-3 Texas Southern 7/11/1948 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1971
77 Mel Holmes 23 1 0 251 6-3 North Carolina A&T 1/22/1950 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 112th pick / 1971
74 Tom Keating 31 12 4 247 6-2 Michigan 9/2/1942 9 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 34th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 53rd pick / 1964
55 Jon Kolb 26 LT 14 14 262 6-2 Oklahoma St. 8/30/1947 4 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
43 Frank Lewis 26 WR 9 5 196 6-1 Grambling St. 7/4/1947 2 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
56 Ray Mansfield 32 C 14 9 250 6-3 Washington 1/21/1941 10 7 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 18th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 5th / 37th pick / 1963
89 John McMakin 23 TE 14 14 232 6-3 Clemson 9/24/1950 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1972
41 Dennis Meyer 23 11 0 186 5-11 Arkansas St. 4/8/1950 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 143rd pick / 1972
72 Gerry Mullins 24 13 2 244 6-3 USC 8/24/1949 2 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1971
83 Barry Pearson 23 14 10 185 5-11 Northwestern 2/4/1950 1 5
26 Preston Pearson 28 FB 14 13 205 6-1 Illinois 1/17/1945 6 8 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 298th pick / 1967
48 John Rowser 29 LCB 14 14 190 6-1 Michigan 4/24/1944 6 8 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
34 Andy Russell* 32 RLB 14 14 225 6-2 Missouri 10/29/1941 10 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 220th pick / 1963
21 Glenn Scolnik 22 1 0 204 6-3 Indiana 6/16/1951 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 154th pick / 1973
25 Ron Shanklin* 25 WR 13 13 183 6-1 North Texas 1/21/1948 3 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1970
24 J.T. Thomas 22 14 0 196 6-2 Florida St. 4/22/1951 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 24th pick / 1973
51 Loren Toews 22 14 0 220 6-3 California 11/3/1951 Rook 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 192nd pick / 1973
66 Bruce Van Dyke* 29 RG 14 14 255 6-2 Missouri 8/6/1944 7 9 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 133rd pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 174th pick / 1966
23 Mike Wagner 24 SS 14 14 210 6-1 West. Illinois 6/22/1949 2 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
39 Bobby Walden 35 P 14 0 190 6-0 Georgia 3/9/1938 9 2 Houston Oilers / 4th / 32nd pick / 1961
90 George Webster 28 12 1 220 6-4 Michigan St. 11/25/1945 6 4 Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1967
78 Dwight White* 24 RDE 14 14 255 6-4 Texas A&M-Commerce 7/30/1949 2 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
82 Dave Williams 28 1 0 207 6-2 Washington 8/10/1945 6 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 16th pick / 1967
Team Total 26.0 14 222.6 6-2.0 3.4