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1978 Pittsburgh Steelers

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14-2-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.2, Offense: 2.6, Defense: 5.6, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 356 points (22.2/g), 5th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 195 points (12.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 161 points (10.1/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 12.9-3.1.

Coach: Chuck Noll (14-2-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: George Perles

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


Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Terry Bradshaw*+ 30 8 16 207 for 368, 2,915 yards, 28 td, 20 int, & 32 rushes for 93 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
RB Rocky Bleier 32 10 16 165 rushes for 633 yards, 5 td, & 17 catches for 168 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 417th pick / 1968
FB Franco Harris* 28 6 16 310 rushes for 1,082 yards, 8 td, & 22 catches for 144 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
WR John Stallworth 26 4 16 41 catches for 798 yards, 9 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
WR Lynn Swann*+ 26 4 16 61 catches for 880 yards, 11 td, & 1 rush for 7 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1974
TE Randy Grossman 26 4 10 37 catches for 448 yards, 1 td
LT Jon Kolb 31 9 16 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
LG Sam Davis 34 11 16 1 fumble recovered
C Mike Webster*+ 26 4 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
RG Gerry Mullins 29 7 15 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1971
RT Ray Pinney 24 2 11 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 37th pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE L.C. Greenwood* 32 9 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
LDT Joe Greene* 32 9 16 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
RDT John Banaszak 28 3 15
RDE Dwight White 29 7 11 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
LLB Jack Ham*+ 30 7 14 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
MLB Jack Lambert* 26 4 16 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1974
RLB Loren Toews 27 5 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 192nd pick / 1973
LCB Ron Johnson 22 Rook 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1978
RCB Mel Blount* 30 8 15 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
SS Donnie Shell* 26 4 16 3 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered
FS Mike Wagner 29 7 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
 Special Teams Starters
K Roy Gerela 30 9 0 12 of 26 field goals & 44 of 45 extra points Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
P Craig Colquitt 24 Rook 0 66 punts for a 40.0 average, 0 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1978
PR Theo Bell 25 2 0 21 punt returns for a 7.2 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 120th pick / 1976
KR Larry Anderson 22 Rook 1 37 kick returns for a 25.1 average and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 101st pick / 1978

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
69 Fred Anderson 24 16 0 238 6-4 Oregon St.,Prairie View 10/30/1954 Rook 4
30 Larry Anderson 22 KR 16 1 183 5-11 Louisiana Tech 9/25/1956 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 101st pick / 1978
76 John Banaszak 28 RDT 16 15 242 6-3 East. Michigan 8/24/1950 3 8
65 Tom Beasley 24 de 15 2 253 6-5 Virginia Tech 8/11/1954 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1977
83 Theo Bell 25 PR 16 0 185 6-0 Arizona 12/21/1953 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 120th pick / 1976
20 Rocky Bleier 32 RB 16 16 210 5-11 Notre Dame 3/5/1946 10 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 417th pick / 1968
47 Mel Blount* 30 RCB 16 15 205 6-3 Southern 4/10/1948 8 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
12 Terry Bradshaw*+ 30 QB 16 16 215 6-3 Louisiana Tech 9/2/1948 8 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
79 Larry Brown 29 rt 8 5 246 6-4 Kansas 6/16/1949 7 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
56 Robin Cole 23 RLB 16 8 220 6-2 New Mexico 9/11/1955 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1977
5 Craig Colquitt 24 P 16 0 182 6-1 Tennessee 6/9/1954 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1978
77 Steve Courson 23 g 16 1 274 6-1 South Carolina 10/1/1955 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1977
89 Bennie Cunningham 24 te 6 6 254 6-5 Clemson 12/23/1954 2 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1976
57 Sam Davis 34 LG 16 16 255 6-1 Allen 7/5/1944 11 8
35 Jack Deloplaine 24 10 0 205 5-10 Salem 4/21/1954 2 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 182nd pick / 1976
21 Tony Dungy 23 db 16 2 188 6-0 Minnesota 10/6/1955 1 3
67 Gary Dunn 25 16 1 258 6-3 Miami (FL) 8/24/1953 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
64 Steve Furness 28 rdt 10 5 255 6-4 Rhode Island 12/5/1950 6 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 113th pick / 1972
36 Wentford Gaines 25 1 0 185 6-0 Ferrum,Tennessee Tech,Cincinnati 2/4/1953 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 265th pick / 1976
10 Roy Gerela 30 K 16 0 185 5-10 New Mexico St. 4/2/1948 9 1 Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
75 Joe Greene* 32 LDT 16 16 275 6-4 North Texas 9/24/1946 9 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
68 L.C. Greenwood* 32 LDE 14 14 245 6-6 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/8/1946 9 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
84 Randy Grossman 26 TE 16 10 218 6-1 Temple 9/20/1952 4 6
59 Jack Ham*+ 30 LLB 14 14 225 6-1 Penn St. 12/23/1948 7 15 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
32 Franco Harris* 28 FB 16 16 230 6-2 Penn St. 3/7/1950 6 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
29 Ron Johnson 22 LCB 16 16 200 5-10 East. Michigan 6/8/1956 Rook 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1978
55 Jon Kolb 31 LT 16 16 262 6-2 Oklahoma St. 8/30/1947 9 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
15 Mike Kruczek 25 9 0 202 6-1 Boston Col. 3/15/1953 2 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1976
58 Jack Lambert* 26 MLB 16 16 220 6-4 Kent St. 7/8/1952 4 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1974
87 Jim Mandich 30 10 0 224 6-2 Michigan 7/30/1948 8 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 29th pick / 1970
28 Alvin Maxson 27 5 0 205 5-11 SMU 11/12/1951 4 0 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1974
39 Rick Moser 22 15 0 210 6-0 Rhode Island 12/18/1956 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 208th pick / 1978
72 Gerry Mullins 29 RG 16 15 244 6-3 USC 8/24/1949 7 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1971
25 Ray Oldham 27 4 0 200 6-0 Middle Tenn. St. 2/23/1951 5 2 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 189th pick / 1973
66 Ted Petersen 23 15 0 244 6-5 East. Illinois 2/7/1955 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1977
74 Ray Pinney 24 RT 13 11 251 6-4 Washington 6/29/1954 2 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 37th pick / 1976
40 Randy Reutershan 23 11 0 182 5-10 Pittsburgh 6/30/1955 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 160th pick / 1978
31 Donnie Shell* 26 SS 16 16 190 5-11 South Carolina St. 8/26/1952 4 10
86 Jim Smith 23 9 0 205 6-2 Michigan 7/20/1955 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1977
82 John Stallworth 26 WR 16 16 191 6-2 Alabama A&M 7/15/1952 4 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
88 Lynn Swann*+ 26 WR 16 16 180 5-11 USC 3/7/1952 4 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1974
41 Nat Terry 22 6 0 167 5-11 Florida St. 7/20/1956 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 279th pick / 1978
38 Sidney Thornton 24 16 0 230 5-11 NW State (LA) 9/2/1954 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1977
51 Loren Toews 27 RLB 11 10 220 6-3 California 11/3/1951 5 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 192nd pick / 1973
23 Mike Wagner 29 FS 14 14 210 6-1 West. Illinois 6/22/1949 7 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
52 Mike Webster*+ 26 C 16 16 255 6-1 Wisconsin 3/18/1952 4 15 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
78 Dwight White 29 RDE 15 11 255 6-4 Texas A&M-Commerce 7/30/1949 7 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
53 Dirt Winston 23 16 0 228 6-0 Arkansas 10/25/1955 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1977
Team Total 26.4 16 221.0 6-1.5 3.9