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1996 Pittsburgh Steelers

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.2, Offense: 0.0, Defense: 5.1, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 344 points (21.5/g), 11th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 257 points (16.1/g), 4th.
 Differential of 87 points (5.4/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 10.7-5.3.

Coach: Bill Cowher (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Chan Gailey
 Defensive Coordinator: Dick LeBeau
 Other Notable Asst.: Mike Mularkey (Tight Ends)

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 Mike Tomczak 34 11 15 222 for 401, 2,767 yards, 15 td, 17 int, & 22 rushes for -7 yards and 0 td
RB Jerome Bettis*+ 24 3 12 320 rushes for 1,431 yards, 11 td, & 22 catches for 122 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1993
FB Tim Lester 28 4 13 8 rushes for 20 yards, 1 td, & 7 catches for 70 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 255th pick / 1992
WR Andre Hastings 26 3 10 72 catches for 739 yards, 6 td, & 4 rushes for 71 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1993
WR Charles Johnson 24 2 12 60 catches for 1,008 yards, 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1994
TE Mark Bruener 24 1 12 12 catches for 141 yards, 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 27th pick / 1995
LT John Jackson 31 8 16 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 252nd pick / 1988
LG Will Wolford 32 10 16 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 20th pick / 1986
C Dermontti Dawson*+ 31 8 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1988
RG Brendan Stai 24 1 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 91st pick / 1995
RT Justin Strzelczyk 28 6 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 293rd pick / 1990
 Defensive Starters
LDE Brentson Buckner 25 2 14 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 50th pick / 1994
NT Joel Steed 27 4 14 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1992
RDE Kevin Henry 28 3 10 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1993
LOLB Jason Gildon 24 2 13 7.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 88th pick / 1994
LILB Levon Kirkland* 27 4 16 4.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1992
RILB Jerry Olsavsky 29 7 13 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 258th pick / 1989
ROLB Chad Brown*+ 26 3 14 13.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1993
LCB Rod Woodson* 31 9 16 1.0 sacks, 6 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1987
RCB Willie Williams 26 3 14 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 162nd pick / 1993
SS Carnell Lake* 29 7 13 2.0 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1989
FS Darren Perry 28 4 16 1.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1992
 Special Teams Starters
K Norm Johnson 36 14 0 23 of 30 field goals & 37 of 37 extra points
P Josh Miller 26 Rook 0 55 punts for a 41.0 average, 0 blocked
PR Andre Hastings 26 3 10 37 punt returns for a 6.5 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1993
KR Jahine Arnold 23 Rook 0 19 kick returns for a 22.4 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 132nd pick / 1996

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
80 Jahine Arnold 23 KR 9 0 187 6-0 Fresno St. 6/19/1973 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 132nd pick / 1996
40 Myron Bell 25 db 16 4 203 5-11 Michigan St. 9/15/1971 2 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 140th pick / 1994
36 Jerome Bettis*+ 24 RB 16 12 252 5-11 Notre Dame 2/16/1972 3 11 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1993
84 Kirk Botkin 25 16 0 245 6-3 Arkansas 3/19/1971 2 0
94 Chad Brown*+ 26 ROLB 14 14 245 6-2 Colorado 7/12/1970 3 17 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1993
87 Mark Bruener 24 TE 12 12 260 6-4 Washington 9/16/1972 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 27th pick / 1995
96 Brentson Buckner 25 LDE 15 14 305 6-2 Clemson 9/30/1971 2 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 50th pick / 1994
53 Steve Conley 24 2 0 235 6-5 Arkansas 1/18/1972 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1996
72 Bernard Dafney 28 g 14 1 324 6-5 Tennessee 11/1/1968 4 1 Houston Oilers / 9th / 247th pick / 1992
63 Dermontti Dawson*+ 31 C 16 16 288 6-2 Kentucky 6/17/1965 8 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1988
14 Shayne Edge 25 4 0 174 5-11 Florida 8/21/1971 Rook 0
51 Carlos Emmons 23 15 0 250 6-5 Arkansas St. 9/3/1973 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 242nd pick / 1996
86 John Farquhar 24 4 0 278 6-6 Duke 3/22/1972 Rook 0
21 Deon Figures 26 db 16 3 200 6-0 Colorado 1/10/1970 3 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 23rd pick / 1993
41 Lee Flowers 23 16 0 213 6-0 Georgia Tech 1/14/1973 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 151st pick / 1995
29 Randy Fuller 26 db 14 1 180 5-10 Tennessee St. 6/2/1970 2 1 Denver Broncos / 4th / 123rd pick / 1994
98 Oliver Gibson 24 16 0 304 6-2 Notre Dame 3/15/1972 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 120th pick / 1995
92 Jason Gildon 24 LOLB 14 13 255 6-4 Oklahoma St. 7/31/1972 2 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 88th pick / 1994
88 Andre Hastings 26 PR 16 10 190 6-1 Georgia 11/7/1970 3 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1993
85 Jonathan Hayes 34 te 16 6 248 6-5 Iowa 8/11/1962 11 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 41st pick / 1985
76 Kevin Henry 28 RDE 12 10 282 6-4 Mississippi St. 10/23/1968 3 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1993
83 Corey Holliday 25 11 0 208 6-2 North Carolina 1/31/1971 1 0
50 Earl Holmes 23 lb 3 1 242 6-2 Florida A&M 4/28/1973 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 126th pick / 1996
65 John Jackson 31 LT 16 16 297 6-6 East. Kentucky 1/4/1965 8 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 252nd pick / 1988
90 Bill Johnson 28 LDE 15 8 305 6-4 Michigan St. 12/9/1968 4 5 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 65th pick / 1992
81 Charles Johnson 24 WR 16 12 200 6-0 Colorado 1/3/1972 2 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1994
9 Norm Johnson 36 K 16 0 202 6-2 UCLA 5/31/1960 14 2
54 Donta Jones 24 lb 15 2 235 6-2 Nebraska 8/27/1972 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 125th pick / 1995
99 Levon Kirkland* 27 LILB 16 16 270 6-1 Clemson 2/17/1969 4 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1992
37 Carnell Lake* 29 SS 13 13 210 6-1 UCLA 7/15/1967 7 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1989
34 Tim Lester 28 FB 16 13 233 5-10 East. Kentucky 6/15/1968 4 1 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 255th pick / 1992
95 Greg Lloyd 31 lb 1 1 228 6-2 Fort Valley St. 5/26/1965 8 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 150th pick / 1987
25 Fred McAfee 28 14 0 193 5-10 Mississippi Col. 6/20/1968 5 0 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 154th pick / 1991
16 Jim Miller 25 qb 2 1 226 6-2 Michigan St. 2/9/1971 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 178th pick / 1994
4 Josh Miller 26 P 12 0 225 6-4 Arizona 7/14/1970 Rook 1
89 Ernie Mills 28 wr 9 3 192 5-11 Florida 10/28/1968 5 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1991
62 Tom Myslinski 28 rg 8 6 283 6-3 Tennessee 12/7/1968 4 3 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 109th pick / 1992
24 Chris Oldham 28 16 0 200 5-9 Oregon 10/26/1968 6 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 105th pick / 1990
55 Jerry Olsavsky 29 RILB 15 13 221 6-1 Pittsburgh 3/29/1967 7 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 258th pick / 1989
20 Erric Pegram 27 rb 12 4 195 5-10 North Texas 1/7/1969 5 6 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 145th pick / 1991
39 Darren Perry 28 FS 16 16 196 5-11 Penn St. 12/29/1968 4 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1992
57 Eric Ravotti 25 lb 15 2 250 6-3 Penn St. 3/16/1971 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 180th pick / 1994
91 Israel Raybon 23 3 0 300 6-6 North Alabama 2/5/1973 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 163rd pick / 1996
44 Terry Richardson 25 1 0 204 6-0 Syracuse 10/8/1971 Rook 0
71 Orpheus Roye 23 dt 13 1 320 6-4 Florida St. 1/21/1973 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 200th pick / 1996
68 Brendan Stai 24 RG 9 9 312 6-4 Nebraska 3/30/1972 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 91st pick / 1995
93 Joel Steed 27 NT 16 14 300 6-2 Colorado 2/17/1969 4 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1992
10 Kordell Stewart 24 qb 16 2 218 6-1 Colorado 10/16/1972 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1995
73 Justin Strzelczyk 28 RT 16 16 301 6-6 Maine 8/18/1968 6 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 293rd pick / 1990
66 Jim Sweeney 34 16 0 297 6-4 Pittsburgh 8/8/1962 12 1 New York Jets / 2nd / 37th pick / 1984
82 Yancey Thigpen 27 wr 6 2 208 6-1 Winston-Salem St. 8/15/1969 5 2 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 90th pick / 1991
18 Mike Tomczak 34 QB 16 15 202 6-1 Ohio St. 10/23/1962 11 9
27 Willie Williams 26 RCB 15 14 194 5-9 West. Carolina 12/26/1970 3 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 162nd pick / 1993
38 Jon Witman 24 rb 16 4 240 6-2 Penn St. 6/1/1972 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 92nd pick / 1996
77 Will Wolford 32 LG 16 16 294 6-5 Vanderbilt 5/18/1964 10 7 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 20th pick / 1986
26 Rod Woodson* 31 LCB 16 16 200 6-0 Purdue 3/10/1965 9 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1987
Team Total 26.8 16 241.4 6-1.8 3.7