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1988 Pittsburgh Steelers

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5-11-0, AFC Central Division  · 1988 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.3, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -5.5, SoS: -0.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 336 points (21.0/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 421 points (26.3/g), 28th.
 Differential of -85 points (-5.3/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 5.9-10.1.

Coach: Chuck Noll (5-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Tom Moore
 Defensive Coordinator: Tony Dungy

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

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bubby Brister 26 2 13 175 for 370, 2,634 yards, 11 td, 14 int, & 45 rushes for 209 yards and 6 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1986
RB Warren Williams 23 Rook 8 87 rushes for 409 yards, 0 td, & 11 catches for 66 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 155th pick / 1988
FB Merril Hoge 23 1 8 170 rushes for 705 yards, 3 td, & 50 catches for 487 yards and 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 261st pick / 1987
WR Louis Lipps 26 4 16 50 catches for 973 yards, 5 td, & 6 rushes for 129 yards and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 23rd pick / 1984
WR Weegie Thompson 27 4 11 16 catches for 370 yards, 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1984
TE Preston Gothard 26 3 15 12 catches for 121 yards, 1 td
LT Craig Wolfley 30 8 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 138th pick / 1980
LG Brian Blankenship 25 1 12 1 fumble recovered
C Mike Webster 36 14 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
RG Terry Long 29 4 11 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 111th pick / 1984
RT Tunch Ilkin* 31 8 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1980
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tim Johnson 23 1 12 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 141st pick / 1987
NT Gerald Williams 25 2 16 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1986
RDE Keith Gary 29 5 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1981
LOLB Bryan Hinkle 29 6 13 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 156th pick / 1981
LILB David Little 29 7 14 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 183rd pick / 1981
RILB Hardy Nickerson 23 1 10 3.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 122nd pick / 1987
ROLB Aaron Jones 22 Rook 12 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 18th pick / 1988
LCB Dwayne Woodruff 31 9 13 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
RCB Rod Woodson 23 1 16 0.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1987
SS Cornell Gowdy 25 2 14 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
FS Thomas Everett 24 1 12 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 94th pick / 1987
 Special Teams Starters
K Gary Anderson 29 6 0 28 of 36 field goals & 34 of 35 extra points Buffalo Bills / 7th / 171st pick / 1982
P Harry Newsome 25 3 0 65 punts for a 45.4 average, 6 blocked Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 214th pick / 1985
PR Rod Woodson 23 1 16 33 punt returns for a 8.5 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1987
KR Rod Woodson 23 1 16 37 kick returns for a 23.0 average and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1987

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
1 Gary Anderson 29 K 16 0 193 5-11 Syracuse 7/16/1959 6 4 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 171st pick / 1982
14 Todd Blackledge 27 qb 3 3 225 6-3 Penn St. 2/25/1961 5 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 7th pick / 1983
60 Brian Blankenship 25 LG 13 12 286 6-1 Nebraska-Omaha,Nebraska 4/7/1963 1 6
13 Steve Bono 26 2 0 215 6-4 UCLA 5/11/1962 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 142nd pick / 1985
77 Jim Boyle 26 6 0 270 6-5 Tulane 7/27/1962 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 250th pick / 1984
6 Bubby Brister 26 QB 13 13 205 6-3 Tulane,La-Monroe 8/15/1962 2 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1986
91 Gregg Carr 26 rolb 13 5 219 6-2 Auburn 3/31/1962 3 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 160th pick / 1985
24 Rodney Carter 24 rb 14 1 218 6-0 Purdue 10/30/1964 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 175th pick / 1986
88 Joey Clinkscales 24 4 0 199 6-0 Tennessee 5/21/1964 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 233rd pick / 1987
63 Dermontti Dawson 23 rg 8 5 288 6-2 Kentucky 6/17/1965 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1988
27 Thomas Everett 24 FS 14 12 190 5-9 Baylor 11/21/1964 1 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 94th pick / 1987
68 Lorenzo Freeman 24 nt 13 2 300 6-5 Pittsburgh 5/23/1964 1 1 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 89th pick / 1987
92 Keith Gary 29 RDE 15 9 263 6-3 Ferrum,Oklahoma 9/14/1959 5 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1981
86 Preston Gothard 26 TE 16 15 239 6-4 Alabama 2/23/1962 3 1
29 Cornell Gowdy 25 SS 16 14 196 6-1 Morgan St. 10/2/1963 2 5
22 Larry Griffin 25 db 15 3 197 6-0 North Carolina 1/11/1963 2 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 199th pick / 1986
35 Delton Hall 23 db 14 4 205 6-1 Clemson 1/16/1965 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1987
96 Anthony Henton 25 lb 16 4 218 6-1 Troy 7/27/1963 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 234th pick / 1986
53 Bryan Hinkle 29 LOLB 13 13 222 6-1 Oregon 6/4/1959 6 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 156th pick / 1981
81 Mike Hinnant 22 te 16 1 268 6-3 Temple 9/8/1966 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 211th pick / 1988
33 Merril Hoge 23 FB 16 8 225 6-2 Idaho St. 1/26/1965 1 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 261st pick / 1987
62 Tunch Ilkin* 31 RT 16 16 263 6-3 Indiana St. 9/23/1957 8 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 165th pick / 1980
43 Earnest Jackson 29 fb 12 6 213 5-9 Texas A&M 12/18/1959 5 3 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 202nd pick / 1983
65 John Jackson 23 16 0 297 6-6 East. Kentucky 1/4/1965 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 252nd pick / 1988
78 Tim Johnson 23 LDE 15 12 275 6-3 Penn St. 1/29/1965 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 141st pick / 1987
85 Troy Johnson 26 14 0 180 6-1 SE Louisiana,Southern 10/20/1962 2 2
97 Aaron Jones 22 LDE 15 12 261 6-5 East. Kentucky 12/18/1966 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 18th pick / 1988
55 Darin Jordan 24 lb 15 2 242 6-1 Northeastern 12/4/1964 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 121st pick / 1988
51 Chuck Lanza 24 16 0 263 6-2 Notre Dame 9/20/1964 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1988
21 Greg Lee 23 16 0 207 6-1 Arkansas St. 1/15/1965 Rook 1
83 Louis Lipps 26 WR 16 16 190 5-10 Southern Miss 8/9/1962 4 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 23rd pick / 1984
50 David Little 29 LILB 16 14 232 6-1 Florida 1/3/1959 7 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 183rd pick / 1981
95 Greg Lloyd 23 lb 9 4 228 6-2 Fort Valley St. 5/26/1965 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 150th pick / 1987
89 Charles Lockett 23 wr 16 5 178 6-0 Long Beach St. 10/1/1965 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1987
74 Terry Long 29 RG 12 11 272 5-11 East Carolina 7/21/1959 4 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 111th pick / 1984
88 Jeff Markland 23 1 0 245 6-3 Illinois 11/16/1965 Rook 0
18 Harry Newsome 25 P 16 0 192 6-0 Wake Forest 1/25/1963 3 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 214th pick / 1985
54 Hardy Nickerson 23 RILB 15 10 230 6-2 California 9/1/1965 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 122nd pick / 1987
30 Frank Pollard 31 rb 10 3 218 5-10 Baylor 6/15/1957 8 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 305th pick / 1980
76 Rollin Putzier 23 5 0 279 6-4 Oregon 12/10/1965 Rook 0 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 88th pick / 1988
64 Jerry Reese 24 15 0 267 6-2 Kentucky 7/11/1964 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 128th pick / 1988
79 John Rienstra 25 g 5 4 273 6-5 Temple 3/22/1963 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 9th pick / 1986
28 Lupe Sanchez 27 db 16 2 192 5-10 UCLA 10/28/1961 2 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 34th pick / 1984 Supp
20 Dwight Stone 24 rb 16 6 191 6-0 Middle Tenn. St. 1/28/1964 1 4
90 Tyronne Stowe 23 lb 10 4 250 6-2 Rutgers 5/30/1965 1 2
69 Ben Thomas 27 lde 8 5 280 6-4 Auburn 7/2/1961 3 2 New England Patriots / 2nd / 56th pick / 1985
87 Weegie Thompson 27 WR 16 11 212 6-6 Florida St. 3/21/1961 4 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1984
52 Mike Webster 36 C 16 16 255 6-1 Wisconsin 3/18/1952 14 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 125th pick / 1974
98 Gerald Williams 25 NT 16 16 290 6-3 Auburn 9/8/1963 2 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1986
42 Warren Williams 23 RB 15 8 209 6-0 Miami (FL) 7/29/1965 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 155th pick / 1988
73 Craig Wolfley 30 LT 16 16 265 6-1 Syracuse 5/19/1958 8 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 138th pick / 1980
49 Dwayne Woodruff 31 LCB 14 13 198 5-11 Louisville 2/18/1957 9 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 161st pick / 1979
26 Rod Woodson 23 KR 16 16 205 5-11 Purdue 3/10/1965 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1987
Team Total 25.6 16 233.8 6-1.6 2.6