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1979 Pittsburgh Steelers

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.9, Offense: 6.8, Defense: 5.1, SoS: 2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 416 points (26.0/g), 1st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 262 points (16.4/g), 5th.
 Differential of 154 points (9.6/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 12.0-4.0.

Coach: Chuck Noll (12-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Woody Widenhofer

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* 31 9 16 259 for 472, 3,724 yards, 26 td, 25 int, & 21 rushes for 83 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
RB Sidney Thornton 25 2 10 118 rushes for 585 yards, 6 td, & 16 catches for 231 yards and 4 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1977
FB Franco Harris* 29 7 15 267 rushes for 1,186 yards, 11 td, & 36 catches for 291 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
WR John Stallworth*+ 27 5 16 70 catches for 1,183 yards, 8 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
WR Lynn Swann 27 5 11 41 catches for 808 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for 9 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1974
TE Bennie Cunningham 25 3 7 36 catches for 512 yards, 4 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1976
LT Jon Kolb 32 10 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
LG Sam Davis 35 12 12
C Mike Webster*+ 27 5 16 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
RG Steve Courson 24 1 9 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1977
RT Larry Brown 30 8 14 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE L.C. Greenwood* 33 10 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
LDT Joe Greene* 33 10 15 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
RDT Gary Dunn 26 3 15 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
RDE John Banaszak 29 4 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
LLB Jack Ham*+ 31 8 15 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
MLB Jack Lambert*+ 27 5 15 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1974
RLB Dirt Winston 24 2 10 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1977
LCB Ron Johnson 23 1 11 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1978
RCB Mel Blount* 31 9 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
SS Donnie Shell*+ 27 5 16 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
FS J.T. Thomas 28 6 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 24th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Matt Bahr 23 Rook 0 18 of 30 field goals & 50 of 52 extra points Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1979
P Craig Colquitt 25 1 0 68 punts for a 40.2 average, 0 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1978
PR Theo Bell 26 3 1 45 punt returns for a 8.4 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 120th pick / 1976
KR Larry Anderson 23 1 0 34 kick returns for a 21.5 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 101st pick / 1978

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
33 Anthony Anderson 23 16 0 197 6-0 Temple 9/27/1956 Rook 1
30 Larry Anderson 23 KR 16 0 183 5-11 Louisiana Tech 9/25/1956 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 101st pick / 1978
9 Matt Bahr 23 K 16 0 175 5-10 Penn St. 7/6/1956 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1979
76 John Banaszak 29 RDE 16 16 242 6-3 East. Michigan 8/24/1950 4 8
65 Tom Beasley 25 lde 13 5 253 6-5 Virginia Tech 8/11/1954 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1977
83 Theo Bell 26 PR 13 1 185 6-0 Arizona 12/21/1953 3 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 120th pick / 1976
20 Rocky Bleier 33 16 7 210 5-11 Notre Dame 3/5/1946 11 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 16th / 417th pick / 1968
47 Mel Blount* 31 RCB 16 16 205 6-3 Southern 4/10/1948 9 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
12 Terry Bradshaw* 31 QB 16 16 215 6-3 Louisiana Tech 9/2/1948 9 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
79 Larry Brown 30 RT 15 14 246 6-4 Kansas 6/16/1949 8 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
56 Robin Cole 24 RLB 13 8 220 6-2 New Mexico 9/11/1955 2 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1977
5 Craig Colquitt 25 P 16 0 182 6-1 Tennessee 6/9/1954 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1978
77 Steve Courson 24 RG 16 9 274 6-1 South Carolina 10/1/1955 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1977
89 Bennie Cunningham 25 TE 15 7 254 6-5 Clemson 12/23/1954 3 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1976
57 Sam Davis 35 LG 13 12 255 6-1 Allen 7/5/1944 12 6
35 Jack Deloplaine 25 1 0 205 5-10 Salem 4/21/1954 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 182nd pick / 1976
63 Thom Dornbrook 23 g 16 1 240 6-2 Kentucky 12/1/1956 Rook 2
67 Gary Dunn 26 RDT 16 15 258 6-3 Miami (FL) 8/24/1953 3 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
64 Steve Furness 29 dt 12 2 255 6-4 Rhode Island 12/5/1950 7 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 113th pick / 1972
50 Tom Graves 24 11 0 228 6-3 Michigan St. 12/18/1955 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 220th pick / 1979
75 Joe Greene* 33 LDT 15 15 275 6-4 North Texas 9/24/1946 10 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
68 L.C. Greenwood* 33 LDE 12 11 245 6-6 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/8/1946 10 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
84 Randy Grossman 27 TE 16 9 218 6-1 Temple 9/20/1952 5 2
59 Jack Ham*+ 31 LLB 15 15 225 6-1 Penn St. 12/23/1948 8 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
32 Franco Harris* 29 FB 15 15 230 6-2 Penn St. 3/7/1950 7 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
27 Greg Hawthorne 23 15 0 228 6-2 Baylor 9/5/1956 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1979
29 Ron Johnson 23 LCB 11 11 200 5-10 East. Michigan 6/8/1956 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1978
55 Jon Kolb 32 LT 14 12 262 6-2 Oklahoma St. 8/30/1947 10 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
15 Mike Kruczek 26 8 0 202 6-1 Boston Col. 3/15/1953 3 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1976
58 Jack Lambert*+ 27 MLB 16 15 220 6-4 Kent St. 7/8/1952 5 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1974
39 Rick Moser 23 16 0 210 6-0 Rhode Island 12/18/1956 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 208th pick / 1978
72 Gerry Mullins 30 15 10 244 6-3 USC 8/24/1949 8 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1971
66 Ted Petersen 24 lt 16 6 244 6-5 East. Illinois 2/7/1955 2 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1977
31 Donnie Shell*+ 27 SS 16 16 190 5-11 South Carolina St. 8/26/1952 5 14
86 Jim Smith 24 wr 15 4 205 6-2 Michigan 7/20/1955 2 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1977
82 John Stallworth*+ 27 WR 16 16 191 6-2 Alabama A&M 7/15/1952 5 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
88 Lynn Swann 27 WR 13 11 180 5-11 USC 3/7/1952 5 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1974
24 J.T. Thomas 28 FS 14 13 196 6-2 Florida St. 4/22/1951 6 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 24th pick / 1973
38 Sidney Thornton 25 RB 13 10 230 5-11 NW State (LA) 9/2/1954 2 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1977
51 Loren Toews 28 11 0 220 6-3 California 11/3/1951 6 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 192nd pick / 1973
54 Zack Valentine 22 16 0 220 6-2 East Carolina 5/29/1957 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1979
23 Mike Wagner 30 8 7 210 6-1 West. Illinois 6/22/1949 8 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 268th pick / 1971
52 Mike Webster*+ 27 C 16 16 255 6-1 Wisconsin 3/18/1952 5 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
78 Dwight White 30 11 0 255 6-4 Texas A&M-Commerce 7/30/1949 8 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 104th pick / 1971
53 Dirt Winston 24 RLB 16 10 228 6-0 Arkansas 10/25/1955 2 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1977
49 Dwayne Woodruff 22 db 16 1 198 5-11 Louisville 2/18/1957 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
Team Total 26.9 16 223.1 6-1.7 4.4