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1983 Pittsburgh Steelers

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.1, Offense: -1.2, Defense: 1.1, SoS: -3.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 355 points (22.2/g), 14th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 303 points (18.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of 52 points (3.2/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.5-6.5.

Coach: Chuck Noll (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Tom Moore
 Defensive Coordinator: Woody Widenhofer
 Other Notable Asst.: Tony Dungy (Defensive Backs)

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 Cliff Stoudt 28 3 15 197 for 381, 2,553 yards, 12 td, 21 int, & 77 rushes for 479 yards and 4 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 121st pick / 1977
RB Walter Abercrombie 24 1 13 112 rushes for 446 yards, 4 td, & 26 catches for 391 yards and 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 12th pick / 1982
FB Franco Harris 33 11 16 279 rushes for 1,007 yards, 5 td, & 34 catches for 278 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
WR John Stallworth 31 9 4 8 catches for 100 yards, 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
WR Calvin Sweeney 28 3 16 39 catches for 577 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for -2 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 110th pick / 1979
TE Bennie Cunningham 29 7 16 35 catches for 442 yards, 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1976
LT Ted Petersen 28 6 13 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1977
LG Craig Wolfley 25 3 14 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 138th pick / 1980
C Mike Webster*+ 31 9 16 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
RG Steve Courson 28 5 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1977
RT Tunch Ilkin 26 3 10 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1980
 Defensive Starters
LDE John Goodman 25 2 11 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1980
NT Gary Dunn 30 7 12 6.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
RDE Tom Beasley 29 5 14 2.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1977
LOLB Mike Merriweather 23 1 16 0.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1982
LILB Loren Toews 32 10 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 192nd pick / 1973
RILB Jack Lambert*+ 31 9 15 4.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1974
ROLB Robin Cole 28 6 16 5.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1977
LCB Dwayne Woodruff 26 4 15 1.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
RCB Mel Blount 35 13 16 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
SS Donnie Shell 31 9 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
FS Rick Woods 24 1 9 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 97th pick / 1982
 Special Teams Starters
K Gary Anderson* 24 1 0 27 of 31 field goals & 38 of 39 extra points Buffalo Bills / 7th / 171st pick / 1982
P Craig Colquitt 29 5 0 80 punts for a 41.9 average, 0 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1978
PR Paul Skansi 22 Rook 0 43 punt returns for a 8.4 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 133rd pick / 1983
KR Henry Odom 24 Rook 0 39 kick returns for a 19.4 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 199th pick / 1983

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
34 Walter Abercrombie 24 RB 15 13 210 6-0 Baylor 9/26/1959 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 12th pick / 1982
1 Gary Anderson* 24 K 16 0 193 5-11 Syracuse 7/16/1959 1 5 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 171st pick / 1982
65 Tom Beasley 29 RDE 16 14 253 6-5 Virginia Tech 8/11/1954 5 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1977
25 Greg Best 23 13 0 185 5-10 Kansas St. 1/14/1960 Rook 1
54 Craig Bingham 24 12 0 218 6-2 Syracuse 9/26/1959 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 167th pick / 1982
47 Mel Blount 35 RCB 16 16 205 6-3 Southern 4/10/1948 13 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1970
71 Emil Boures 23 t 16 3 259 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/29/1960 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 182nd pick / 1982
12 Terry Bradshaw 35 qb 1 1 215 6-3 Louisiana Tech 9/2/1948 13 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 1st pick / 1970
79 Larry Brown 34 RT 8 8 246 6-4 Kansas 6/16/1949 12 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1971
80 Wayne Capers 22 wr 11 4 198 6-2 Kansas 5/17/1961 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1983
33 Harvey Clayton 22 14 0 179 5-9 Florida St. 4/4/1961 Rook 2
56 Robin Cole 28 ROLB 16 16 220 6-2 New Mexico 9/11/1955 6 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1977
5 Craig Colquitt 29 P 16 0 182 6-1 Tennessee 6/9/1954 5 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1978
77 Steve Courson 28 RG 9 9 274 6-1 South Carolina 10/1/1955 5 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1977
89 Bennie Cunningham 29 TE 16 16 254 6-5 Clemson 12/23/1954 7 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1976
45 Russell Davis 27 5 0 227 6-0 Michigan 9/15/1956 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 86th pick / 1979
55 Rick Donnalley 25 rg 16 7 261 6-2 North Carolina 12/11/1958 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1981
88 Craig Dunaway 22 11 0 233 6-2 Michigan 3/27/1961 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 218th pick / 1983
67 Gary Dunn 30 NT 13 12 258 6-3 Miami (FL) 8/24/1953 7 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
86 Gregg Garrity 23 wr 15 3 171 5-10 Penn St. 11/24/1960 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 140th pick / 1983
92 Keith Gary 24 de 16 2 263 6-3 Ferrum,Oklahoma 9/14/1959 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1981
95 John Goodman 25 LDE 14 11 253 6-6 Oklahoma 11/12/1958 2 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1980
32 Franco Harris 33 FB 16 16 230 6-2 Penn St. 3/7/1950 11 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 13th pick / 1972
43 Tim Harris 22 14 0 206 5-9 Washington St. 6/15/1961 Rook 0
27 Greg Hawthorne 27 rb 10 4 228 6-2 Baylor 9/5/1956 4 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1979
53 Bryan Hinkle 24 16 0 222 6-1 Oregon 6/4/1959 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 156th pick / 1981
62 Tunch Ilkin 26 RT 11 10 263 6-3 Indiana St. 9/23/1957 3 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1980
29 Ron Johnson 27 fs 12 7 200 5-10 East. Michigan 6/8/1956 5 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1978
74 Mark Kirchner 24 3 0 261 6-3 Baylor 10/19/1959 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 191st pick / 1983
90 Bob Kohrs 25 9 0 240 6-3 Arizona St. 11/8/1958 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1980
58 Jack Lambert*+ 31 RILB 15 15 220 6-4 Kent St. 7/8/1952 9 17 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1974
50 David Little 24 lb 16 1 232 6-1 Florida 1/3/1959 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 183rd pick / 1981
16 Mark Malone 25 2 0 223 6-4 Arizona St. 11/22/1958 3 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1980
57 Mike Merriweather 23 LOLB 16 16 230 6-2 Pacific 11/26/1960 1 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1982
64 Edmund Nelson 23 nt 16 5 272 6-3 Auburn 4/30/1960 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 172nd pick / 1982
44 Henry Odom 24 KR 16 0 200 5-10 South Carolina St. 2/12/1959 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 199th pick / 1983
66 Ted Petersen 28 LT 13 13 244 6-5 East. Illinois 2/7/1955 6 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1977
30 Frank Pollard 26 rb 16 3 218 5-10 Baylor 6/15/1957 3 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 305th pick / 1980
69 Gabe Rivera 22 6 0 293 6-2 Texas Tech 4/7/1961 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1983
87 John Rodgers 23 te 15 1 220 6-2 Louisiana Tech 2/7/1960 1 0
31 Donnie Shell 31 SS 16 16 190 5-11 South Carolina St. 8/26/1952 9 8
81 Paul Skansi 22 PR 15 0 186 5-11 Washington 1/11/1961 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 133rd pick / 1983
82 John Stallworth 31 WR 4 4 191 6-2 Alabama A&M 7/15/1952 9 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
18 Cliff Stoudt 28 QB 16 15 215 6-4 Youngstown St. 3/27/1955 3 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 121st pick / 1977
85 Calvin Sweeney 28 WR 16 16 190 6-2 California-Riverside,USC 1/12/1955 3 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 110th pick / 1979
51 Loren Toews 32 LILB 16 16 220 6-3 California 11/3/1951 10 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 192nd pick / 1973
41 Sam Washington 23 16 0 180 5-8 Miss. Valley St. 3/7/1960 1 1
52 Mike Webster*+ 31 C 16 16 255 6-1 Wisconsin 3/18/1952 9 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
21 Eric Williams 23 db 3 1 188 6-1 North Carolina St. 2/21/1960 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 164th pick / 1983
93 Keith Willis 24 de 14 4 260 6-1 Northeastern 7/29/1959 1 4
61 Blake Wingle 23 16 0 267 6-2 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo,UCLA 4/17/1960 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 244th pick / 1983
73 Craig Wolfley 25 LG 14 14 265 6-1 Syracuse 5/19/1958 3 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 138th pick / 1980
49 Dwayne Woodruff 26 LCB 15 15 198 5-11 Louisville 2/18/1957 4 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
22 Rick Woods 24 FS 15 9 196 6-0 Boise St. 11/16/1959 1 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 97th pick / 1982
Team Total 26.2 16 225.2 6-1.4 3.5