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1987 Pittsburgh Steelers

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8-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.7, Offense: -2.2, Defense: 2.9, SoS: 1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 285 points (19.0/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 299 points (19.9/g), 10th.
 Differential of -14 points (-0.9/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-7.9.

Coach: Chuck Noll (8-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Tom Moore
 Defensive Coordinator: Tony Dungy

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 Mark Malone 29 7 12 156 for 336, 1,896 yards, 6 td, 19 int, & 34 rushes for 162 yards and 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1980
RB Walter Abercrombie 28 5 12 123 rushes for 459 yards, 2 td, & 24 catches for 209 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 12th pick / 1982
FB Earnest Jackson 28 4 9 180 rushes for 696 yards, 1 td, & 7 catches for 52 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 8th / 202nd pick / 1983
WR John Stallworth 35 13 11 41 catches for 521 yards, 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
WR Calvin Sweeney 32 7 6 16 catches for 217 yards, 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 110th pick / 1979
TE Danzell Lee 24 Rook 13 12 catches for 124 yards, 0 td Washington Redskins / 6th / 163rd pick / 1985
LT Ray Pinney 33 11 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 37th pick / 1976
LG Craig Wolfley 29 7 12 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 138th pick / 1980
C Mike Webster* 35 13 15 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
RG Terry Long 28 3 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 111th pick / 1984
RT Tunch Ilkin 30 7 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1980
 Defensive Starters
LDE Keith Willis 28 5 10 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
NT Gary Dunn 34 11 13 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
RDE Edmund Nelson 27 5 8 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 172nd pick / 1982
LOLB Mike Merriweather 27 5 12 5.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1982
LILB David Little 28 6 12 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 183rd pick / 1981
RILB Robin Cole 32 10 12 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1977
ROLB Bryan Hinkle 28 5 12 2.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 156th pick / 1981
LCB Dwayne Woodruff 30 8 12 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
RCB Delton Hall 22 Rook 12 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1987
SS Donnie Shell 35 13 13 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
FS Thomas Everett 23 Rook 9 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 94th pick / 1987
 Special Teams Starters
K Gary Anderson 28 5 0 22 of 27 field goals & 21 of 21 extra points Buffalo Bills / 7th / 171st pick / 1982
P Harry Newsome 24 2 0 64 punts for a 41.8 average, 1 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 214th pick / 1985
PR Rod Woodson 22 Rook 0 16 punt returns for a 8.4 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1987
KR Dwight Stone 23 Rook 0 28 kick returns for a 20.3 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
34 Walter Abercrombie 28 RB 12 12 210 6-0 Baylor 9/26/1959 5 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 12th pick / 1982
81 Lyneal Alston 23 wr 3 1 205 6-1 Southern Miss 7/23/1964 Rook 1
1 Gary Anderson 28 K 12 0 193 5-11 Syracuse 7/16/1959 5 5 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 171st pick / 1982
83 Mel Anderson 22 2 0 175 5-11 Minnesota 8/29/1965 Rook 0
90 Steve Apke 22 lb 3 3 222 6-1 Pittsburgh 8/3/1965 Rook 2
72 Buddy Aydelette 31 lt 12 5 256 6-4 Alabama 8/19/1956 7 3 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 169th pick / 1980
54 Craig Bingham 28 lb 3 3 218 6-2 Syracuse 9/26/1959 5 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 167th pick / 1982
60 Brian Blankenship 24 g 13 3 286 6-1 Nebraska-Omaha,Nebraska 4/7/1963 Rook 2
15 Steve Bono 25 qb 3 3 215 6-4 UCLA 5/11/1962 2 2 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 142nd pick / 1985
65 Jim Boyle 25 t 3 3 270 6-5 Tulane 7/27/1962 Rook 2 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 250th pick / 1984
6 Bubby Brister 25 2 0 205 6-3 Tulane,La-Monroe 8/15/1962 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1986
86 Ralph Britt 22 3 0 240 6-3 North Carolina St. 8/18/1965 Rook 0
10 John Bruno 23 3 0 190 6-2 Penn St. 9/10/1964 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 126th pick / 1987
91 Gregg Carr 25 12 0 219 6-2 Auburn 3/31/1962 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 160th pick / 1985
44 Rodney Carter 23 rb 11 2 218 6-0 Purdue 10/30/1964 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 175th pick / 1986
23 Spark Clark 22 1 0 182 5-7 Akron 5/22/1965 Rook 0
95 Jackie Cline 27 1 0 279 6-5 Alabama 3/13/1960 Rook 0
88 Joey Clinkscales 23 wr 7 3 199 6-0 Tennessee 5/21/1964 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 233rd pick / 1987
56 Robin Cole 32 RILB 12 12 220 6-2 New Mexico 9/11/1955 10 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 21st pick / 1977
7 Reggie Collier 26 2 0 207 6-3 Southern Miss 5/14/1961 1 0 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 162nd pick / 1983
91 Tommy Dawkins 22 de 2 2 260 6-3 Appalachian St. 5/8/1965 Rook 1
61 Charlie Dickey 25 1 0 270 6-3 Arizona 12/31/1962 Rook 0
67 Gary Dunn 34 NT 13 13 258 6-3 Miami (FL) 8/24/1953 11 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1976
42 Dave Edwards 25 db 3 3 195 6-0 Illinois 3/31/1962 2 2
27 Thomas Everett 23 FS 12 9 190 5-9 Baylor 11/21/1964 Rook 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 94th pick / 1987
87 Moses Ford 23 1 0 220 6-2 Fayetteville St. 2/9/1964 Rook 0
68 Lorenzo Freeman 23 6 0 300 6-5 Pittsburgh 5/23/1964 Rook 1 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 89th pick / 1987
92 Keith Gary 28 rde 11 6 263 6-3 Ferrum,Oklahoma 9/14/1959 4 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1981
86 Preston Gothard 25 te 2 2 239 6-4 Alabama 2/23/1962 2 0
29 Cornell Gowdy 24 db 13 3 196 6-1 Morgan St. 10/2/1963 1 3
33 Larry Griffin 24 db 7 3 197 6-0 North Carolina 1/11/1963 1 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 199th pick / 1986
85 Russell Hairston 23 db 3 2 208 6-3 Kentucky 2/10/1964 Rook 1
35 Delton Hall 22 RCB 12 12 205 6-1 Clemson 1/16/1965 Rook 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1987
53 Bryan Hinkle 28 ROLB 12 12 222 6-1 Oregon 6/4/1959 5 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 156th pick / 1981
33 Merril Hoge 22 13 0 225 6-2 Idaho St. 1/26/1965 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 261st pick / 1987
64 Alan Huff 24 nt 2 1 265 6-4 Marshall 10/20/1963 Rook 1
62 Tunch Ilkin 30 RT 11 11 263 6-3 Indiana St. 9/23/1957 7 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1980
43 Earnest Jackson 28 FB 12 9 213 5-9 Texas A&M 12/18/1959 4 5 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 202nd pick / 1983
78 Tim Johnson 22 12 0 275 6-3 Penn St. 1/29/1965 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 141st pick / 1987
47 Bruce Jones 25 2 0 197 6-1 North Alabama 12/26/1962 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 7th / 194th pick / 1986
50 Daryl Knox 25 3 0 220 6-3 UNLV 9/3/1962 Rook 0
66 Ben Lawrence 26 1 0 325 6-1 Indiana (PA) 9/19/1961 Rook 0
84 Danzell Lee 24 TE 13 13 235 6-2 Lamar 3/16/1963 Rook 1 Washington Redskins / 6th / 163rd pick / 1985
83 Louis Lipps 25 wr 4 2 190 5-10 Southern Miss 8/9/1962 3 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 23rd pick / 1984
50 David Little 28 LILB 12 12 232 6-1 Florida 1/3/1959 6 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 183rd pick / 1981
89 Charles Lockett 22 wr 11 1 178 6-0 Long Beach St. 10/1/1965 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1987
74 Terry Long 28 RG 13 13 272 5-11 East Carolina 7/21/1959 3 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 111th pick / 1984
51 John Lott 23 1 0 260 6-2 North Texas 5/9/1964 Rook 0
68 Jeff Lucas 23 t 3 3 288 6-7 West Virginia 5/30/1964 Rook 2
16 Mark Malone 29 QB 12 12 223 6-4 Arizona St. 11/22/1958 7 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 28th pick / 1980
57 Mike Merriweather 27 LOLB 12 12 230 6-2 Pacific 11/26/1960 5 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1982
37 Kelvin Middleton 26 2 0 186 6-0 Wichita St. 9/8/1961 Rook 0
92 Michael Minter 22 nt 3 2 275 6-3 North Texas 8/13/1965 Rook 1
64 Edmund Nelson 27 RDE 10 8 272 6-3 Auburn 4/30/1960 5 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 172nd pick / 1982
18 Harry Newsome 24 P 12 0 192 6-0 Wake Forest 1/25/1963 2 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 214th pick / 1985
54 Hardy Nickerson 22 12 0 230 6-2 California 9/1/1965 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 122nd pick / 1987
69 Dave Opfar 27 nt 3 1 270 6-4 Penn St. 1/16/1960 Rook 1
51 Paul Oswald 23 2 0 273 6-3 Kansas 4/9/1964 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 289th pick / 1987
71 Ted Petersen 32 t 2 2 244 6-5 East. Illinois 2/7/1955 10 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1977
65 Ray Pinney 33 LT 12 6 251 6-4 Washington 6/29/1954 11 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 37th pick / 1976
30 Frank Pollard 30 fb 12 7 218 5-10 Baylor 6/15/1957 7 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 305th pick / 1980
76 Jerry Quick 24 1 0 279 6-5 Kansas,Wichita St. 12/30/1963 Rook 0
40 Dan Reeder 26 2 0 235 5-11 Boston Col.,Delaware 3/18/1961 1 0 Los Angeles Raiders / 5th / 135th pick / 1985
38 Rock Richmond 29 2 0 180 5-10 Oregon 1/7/1958 Rook 0
79 John Rienstra 24 g 12 2 273 6-5 Temple 3/22/1963 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 9th pick / 1986
99 Avon Riley 29 3 0 230 6-3 UCLA 2/10/1958 6 1 Houston Oilers / 9th / 243rd pick / 1981
47 Cameron Riley 23 db 2 2 195 6-1 Missouri 5/13/1964 Rook 1
28 Lupe Sanchez 26 db 12 3 192 5-10 UCLA 10/28/1961 1 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 34th pick / 1984 Supp
45 Chuck Sanders 23 5 0 233 6-1 Slippery Rock 4/24/1964 1 0 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 293rd pick / 1986
41 Chris Sheffield 24 5 0 193 6-1 Albany State (GA) 1/9/1963 1 1
31 Donnie Shell 35 SS 13 13 190 5-11 South Carolina St. 8/26/1952 13 7
95 Bret Shugarts 27 de 2 1 250 6-2 Lock Haven,Clarion,Indiana (PA) 2/17/1960 Rook 1
82 John Stallworth 35 WR 12 11 191 6-2 Alabama A&M 7/15/1952 13 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 82nd pick / 1974
20 Dwight Stone 23 KR 14 0 191 6-0 Middle Tenn. St. 1/28/1964 Rook 1
56 Tyronne Stowe 22 lb 13 3 250 6-2 Rutgers 5/30/1965 Rook 2
85 Calvin Sweeney 32 WR 9 6 190 6-2 California-Riverside,USC 1/12/1955 7 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 110th pick / 1979
87 Weegie Thompson 26 wr 12 3 212 6-6 Florida St. 3/21/1961 3 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1984
5 David Trout 30 3 0 165 5-6 Pittsburgh 11/12/1957 6 -1
25 Anthony Tuggle 24 2 0 211 6-1 Southern,Nicholls St. 9/13/1963 2 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 97th pick / 1985
95 Xavier Warren 23 2 0 250 6-1 Tulsa 8/12/1964 Rook 1
63 Robert Washington 24 3 0 251 6-4 Alcorn St. 4/2/1963 Rook 0
52 Mike Webster* 35 C 15 15 255 6-1 Wisconsin 3/18/1952 13 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
94 Bert Williams 23 lb 3 3 229 6-3 Texas-El Paso 9/7/1964 Rook 2
98 Gerald Williams 24 nt 9 1 290 6-3 Auburn 9/8/1963 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1986
97 Joe Williams 22 3 0 237 6-4 Grambling St. 3/5/1965 Rook 0
35 Ray Williams 22 1 0 180 5-11 Rhode Island 11/9/1965 Rook 0
93 Keith Willis 28 LDE 11 10 260 6-1 Northeastern 7/29/1959 5 5
73 Craig Wolfley 29 LG 12 12 265 6-1 Syracuse 5/19/1958 7 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 138th pick / 1980
55 Ken Woodard 27 7 0 218 6-1 Tuskegee 1/22/1960 5 1 Denver Broncos / 10th / 274th pick / 1982
49 Dwayne Woodruff 30 LCB 12 12 198 5-11 Louisville 2/18/1957 8 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
26 Rod Woodson 22 PR 8 0 200 6-0 Purdue 3/10/1965 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1987
80 Theo Young 22 te 12 1 237 6-2 Arkansas 4/25/1965 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 317th pick / 1987
Team Total 25.7 15 229.0 6-1.6 2.5