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1981 Pittsburgh Steelers

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8-8-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.7, Offense: 1.2, Defense: 1.5, SoS: -1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 356 points (22.2/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 297 points (18.6/g), 11th.
 Differential of 59 points (3.7/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 9.7-6.3.

Coach: Chuck Noll (8-8-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Woody Widenhofer
 Other Notable Asst.: Tony Dungy (Defensive Assistant)

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 33 11 14 201 for 370, 2,887 yards, 22 td, 14 int, & 38 rushes for 162 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
RB Frank Pollard 24 1 10 123 rushes for 570 yards, 2 td, & 19 catches for 156 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 305th pick / 1980
FB Franco Harris 31 9 16 242 rushes for 987 yards, 8 td, & 37 catches for 250 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
WR John Stallworth 29 7 16 63 catches for 1,098 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for 17 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
WR Lynn Swann 29 7 12 34 catches for 505 yards, 5 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1974
TE Bennie Cunningham 27 5 15 41 catches for 574 yards, 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1976
LT Ray Pinney 27 5 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 37th pick / 1976
LG Craig Wolfley 23 1 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 138th pick / 1980
C Mike Webster*+ 29 7 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
RG Steve Courson 26 3 16 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1977
RT Larry Brown 32 10 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE John Goodman 23 Rook 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1980
LDT Tom Beasley 27 3 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1977
RDT Gary Dunn 28 5 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
RDE John Banaszak 31 6 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LLB Jack Ham 33 10 11 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
MLB Jack Lambert*+ 29 7 16 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1974
RLB Robin Cole 26 4 13 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1977
LCB Dwayne Woodruff 24 2 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
RCB Mel Blount*+ 33 11 16 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
SS Donnie Shell* 29 7 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
FS J.T. Thomas 30 8 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 24th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K David Trout 24 Rook 0 12 of 17 field goals & 38 of 46 extra points
P Craig Colquitt 27 3 0 84 punts for a 43.3 average, 0 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1978
PR Jim Smith 26 4 3 30 punt returns for a 6.8 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1977
KR Larry Anderson 25 3 0 37 kick returns for a 22.3 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)
30 Larry Anderson 25 KR 16 0 183 5-11 Louisiana Tech 9/25/1956 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 101st pick / 1978
76 John Banaszak 31 RDE 12 12 242 6-3 East. Michigan 8/24/1950 6 6
65 Tom Beasley 27 LDT 13 9 253 6-5 Virginia Tech 8/11/1954 3 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1977
47 Mel Blount*+ 33 RCB 16 16 205 6-3 Southern 4/10/1948 11 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
12 Terry Bradshaw 33 QB 14 14 215 6-3 Louisiana Tech 9/2/1948 11 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
79 Larry Brown 32 RT 14 14 246 6-4 Kansas 6/16/1949 10 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
56 Robin Cole 26 RLB 14 13 220 6-2 New Mexico 9/11/1955 4 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1977
5 Craig Colquitt 27 P 16 0 182 6-1 Tennessee 6/9/1954 3 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1978
77 Steve Courson 26 RG 16 16 274 6-1 South Carolina 10/1/1955 3 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1977
89 Bennie Cunningham 27 TE 15 15 254 6-5 Clemson 12/23/1954 5 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1976
45 Russell Davis 25 16 0 227 6-0 Michigan 9/15/1956 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1979
87 Johnnie Dirden 29 6 0 188 6-0 Sam Houston St. 3/14/1952 3 0 Houston Oilers / 10th / 1st pick / 1978 Supp
67 Gary Dunn 28 RDT 16 15 258 6-3 Miami (FL) 8/24/1953 5 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
95 John Goodman 23 LDE 15 10 253 6-6 Oklahoma 11/12/1958 Rook 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1980
75 Joe Greene 35 ldt 14 7 275 6-4 North Texas 9/24/1946 12 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 4th pick / 1969
68 L.C. Greenwood 35 lde 14 5 245 6-6 Ark-Pine Bluff 9/8/1946 12 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 238th pick / 1969
84 Randy Grossman 29 te 16 1 218 6-1 Temple 9/20/1952 7 0
59 Jack Ham 33 LLB 12 11 225 6-1 Penn St. 12/23/1948 10 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1971
32 Franco Harris 31 FB 16 16 230 6-2 Penn St. 3/7/1950 9 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
27 Greg Hawthorne 25 10 0 228 6-2 Baylor 9/5/1956 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1979
62 Tunch Ilkin 24 t 16 1 263 6-3 Indiana St. 9/23/1957 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1980
29 Ron Johnson 25 db 12 3 200 5-10 East. Michigan 6/8/1956 3 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1978
90 Bob Kohrs 23 lde 16 6 240 6-3 Arizona St. 11/8/1958 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1980
55 Jon Kolb 34 lt 15 6 262 6-2 Oklahoma St. 8/30/1947 12 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1969
58 Jack Lambert*+ 29 MLB 16 16 220 6-4 Kent St. 7/8/1952 7 15 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1974
50 David Little 22 16 0 232 6-1 Florida 1/3/1959 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 183rd pick / 1981
16 Mark Malone 23 qb 8 3 223 6-4 Arizona St. 11/22/1958 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1980
61 Tyrone McGriff 23 12 0 270 6-0 Florida A&M 1/13/1958 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 333rd pick / 1980
39 Rick Moser 25 6 0 210 6-0 Rhode Island 12/18/1956 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 208th pick / 1978
66 Ted Petersen 26 2 0 244 6-5 East. Illinois 2/7/1955 4 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1977
74 Ray Pinney 27 LT 16 11 251 6-4 Washington 6/29/1954 5 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 37th pick / 1976
44 Frank Pollard 24 RB 14 10 218 5-10 Baylor 6/15/1957 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 305th pick / 1980
31 Donnie Shell* 29 SS 14 14 190 5-11 South Carolina St. 8/26/1952 7 10
86 Jim Smith 26 PR 15 3 205 6-2 Michigan 7/20/1955 4 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1977
82 John Stallworth 29 WR 16 16 191 6-2 Alabama A&M 7/15/1952 7 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
18 Cliff Stoudt 26 2 0 215 6-4 Youngstown St. 3/27/1955 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 121st pick / 1977
88 Lynn Swann 29 WR 13 12 180 5-11 USC 3/7/1952 7 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1974
85 Calvin Sweeney 26 14 0 190 6-2 California-Riverside,USC 1/12/1955 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 110th pick / 1979
24 J.T. Thomas 30 FS 16 16 196 6-2 Florida St. 4/22/1951 8 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 24th pick / 1973
38 Sidney Thornton 27 rb 16 6 230 5-11 NW State (LA) 9/2/1954 4 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1977
51 Loren Toews 30 lb 16 4 220 6-3 California 11/3/1951 8 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 192nd pick / 1973
1 David Trout 24 K 16 0 165 5-6 Pittsburgh 11/12/1957 Rook 2
54 Zack Valentine 24 16 0 220 6-2 East Carolina 5/29/1957 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1979
42 Anthony Washington 23 db 16 1 204 6-1 California,Fresno St. 2/4/1958 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1981
52 Mike Webster*+ 29 C 16 16 255 6-1 Wisconsin 3/18/1952 7 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
53 Dirt Winston 26 lb 14 4 228 6-0 Arkansas 10/25/1955 4 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1977
73 Craig Wolfley 23 LG 16 16 265 6-1 Syracuse 5/19/1958 1 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 138th pick / 1980
49 Dwayne Woodruff 24 LCB 16 14 198 5-11 Louisville 2/18/1957 2 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
Team Total 27.3 16 225.1 6-1.7 4.6