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1997 Pittsburgh Steelers

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.3, Offense: 2.7, Defense: 2.6, SoS: 1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 372 points (23.2/g), 7th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 307 points (19.2/g), 11th.
 Differential of 65 points (4.1/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.8-6.2.

Coach: Bill Cowher (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Chan Gailey
 Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett
 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 Kordell Stewart 25 2 16 236 for 440, 3,020 yards, 21 td, 17 int, & 88 rushes for 476 yards and 11 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1995
RB Jerome Bettis* 25 4 15 375 rushes for 1,665 yards, 7 td, & 15 catches for 110 yards and 2 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1993
FB Tim Lester 29 5 13 2 rushes for 9 yards, 0 td, & 10 catches for 51 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 255th pick / 1992
WR Charles Johnson 25 3 11 46 catches for 568 yards, 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1994
WR Yancey Thigpen* 28 6 15 79 catches for 1,398 yards, 7 td, & 1 rush for 3 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 4th / 90th pick / 1991
TE Mark Bruener 25 2 16 18 catches for 117 yards, 6 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 27th pick / 1995
LT John Jackson 32 9 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 252nd pick / 1988
LG Will Wolford 33 11 16 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 20th pick / 1986
C Dermontti Dawson*+ 32 9 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1988
RG Brendan Stai 25 2 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 91st pick / 1995
RT Justin Strzelczyk 29 7 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 293rd pick / 1990
 Defensive Starters
LDE Nolan Harrison 28 6 16 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Raiders / 6th / 146th pick / 1991
NT Joel Steed* 28 5 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1992
RDE Kevin Henry 29 4 16 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1993
LOLB Jason Gildon 25 3 16 5.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 88th pick / 1994
LILB Levon Kirkland*+ 28 5 16 5.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1992
RILB Earl Holmes 24 1 16 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 126th pick / 1996
ROLB Greg Lloyd 32 9 12 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 150th pick / 1987
LCB Donnell Woolford 31 8 12 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 11th pick / 1989
RCB Carnell Lake*+ 30 8 16 6.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1989
SS Myron Bell 26 3 8 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 140th pick / 1994
FS Darren Perry 29 5 16 1.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1992
 Special Teams Starters
K Norm Johnson 37 15 0 22 of 25 field goals & 40 of 40 extra points
P Josh Miller 27 1 0 64 punts for a 42.6 average, 0 blocked
PR Will Blackwell 22 Rook 0 23 punt returns for a 6.5 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1997
KR Will Blackwell 22 Rook 0 32 kick returns for a 24.7 average and 1 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1997

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
86 Mike Adams 23 6 0 185 5-11 Texas 3/25/1974 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 223rd pick / 1997
40 Myron Bell 26 SS 16 8 203 5-11 Michigan St. 9/15/1971 3 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 140th pick / 1994
36 Jerome Bettis* 25 RB 15 15 252 5-11 Notre Dame 2/16/1972 4 15 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1993
89 Will Blackwell 22 KR 14 0 190 6-0 San Diego St. 7/9/1975 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1997
84 Kirk Botkin 26 te 13 1 245 6-3 Arkansas 3/19/1971 3 0
27 J.B. Brown 30 13 0 193 6-0 Maryland 1/5/1967 8 1 Miami Dolphins / 12th / 315th pick / 1989
87 Mark Bruener 25 TE 16 16 260 6-4 Washington 9/16/1972 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 27th pick / 1995
19 Andre Coleman 25 8 0 165 5-9 Kansas St. 9/19/1972 3 0 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1994
53 Steve Conley 25 16 0 235 6-5 Arkansas 1/18/1972 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1996
63 Dermontti Dawson*+ 32 C 16 16 288 6-2 Kentucky 6/17/1965 9 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1988
51 Carlos Emmons 24 5 0 250 6-5 Arkansas St. 9/3/1973 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 242nd pick / 1996
41 Lee Flowers 24 10 0 213 6-0 Georgia Tech 1/14/1973 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 151st pick / 1995
29 Randy Fuller 27 db 12 3 180 5-10 Tennessee St. 6/2/1970 3 1 Denver Broncos / 4th / 123rd pick / 1994
98 Oliver Gibson 25 16 0 304 6-2 Notre Dame 3/15/1972 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 120th pick / 1995
92 Jason Gildon 25 LOLB 16 16 255 6-4 Oklahoma St. 7/31/1972 3 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 88th pick / 1994
74 Nolan Harrison 28 LDE 16 16 280 6-5 Indiana 1/25/1969 6 6 Los Angeles Raiders / 6th / 146th pick / 1991
88 Courtney Hawkins 28 wr 15 3 183 5-9 Michigan St. 12/12/1969 5 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1992
76 Kevin Henry 29 RDE 16 16 282 6-4 Mississippi St. 10/23/1968 4 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1993
83 Corey Holliday 26 2 0 208 6-2 North Carolina 1/31/1971 2 0
50 Earl Holmes 24 RILB 16 16 242 6-2 Florida A&M 4/28/1973 1 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 126th pick / 1996
65 John Jackson 32 LT 16 16 297 6-6 East. Kentucky 1/4/1965 9 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 252nd pick / 1988
81 Charles Johnson 25 WR 13 11 200 6-0 Colorado 1/3/1972 3 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1994
9 Norm Johnson 37 K 16 0 202 6-2 UCLA 5/31/1960 15 5
54 Donta Jones 25 lb 16 4 235 6-2 Nebraska 8/27/1972 2 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 125th pick / 1995
43 George Jones 24 rb 16 1 204 5-9 San Diego St. 12/31/1973 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 154th pick / 1997
99 Levon Kirkland*+ 28 LILB 16 16 270 6-1 Clemson 2/17/1969 5 13 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1992
37 Carnell Lake*+ 30 RCB 16 16 210 6-1 UCLA 7/15/1967 8 15 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1989
34 Tim Lester 29 FB 16 13 233 5-10 East. Kentucky 6/15/1968 5 1 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 255th pick / 1992
95 Greg Lloyd 32 ROLB 12 12 228 6-2 Fort Valley St. 5/26/1965 9 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 150th pick / 1987
85 Mitch Lyons 27 te 10 3 265 6-5 Michigan St. 5/13/1970 4 0 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 151st pick / 1993
97 Rod Manuel 23 1 0 290 6-5 Oklahoma 10/8/1974 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 199th pick / 1997
17 Curtis Marsh 27 5 0 201 6-2 Utah 11/24/1970 2 0 Jacksonville Jaguars / 7th / 219th pick / 1995
25 Fred McAfee 29 14 0 193 5-10 Mississippi Col. 6/20/1968 6 1 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 154th pick / 1991
4 Josh Miller 27 P 16 0 225 6-4 Arizona 7/14/1970 1 2
62 Tom Myslinski 29 rg 16 7 283 6-3 Tennessee 12/7/1968 5 5 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 109th pick / 1992
24 Chris Oldham 29 16 0 200 5-9 Oregon 10/26/1968 7 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 105th pick / 1990
55 Jerry Olsavsky 30 16 0 221 6-1 Pittsburgh 3/29/1967 8 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 258th pick / 1989
39 Darren Perry 29 FS 16 16 196 5-11 Penn St. 12/29/1968 5 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1992
11 Mike Quinn 23 1 0 216 6-4 S.F. Austin 4/15/1974 Rook 0
71 Orpheus Roye 24 16 0 320 6-4 Florida St. 1/21/1973 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 200th pick / 1996
46 Troy Sadowski 32 6 0 255 6-5 Georgia 12/8/1965 7 0 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 145th pick / 1989
30 Chad Scott 23 RCB 13 9 205 6-1 Towson St.,Maryland 9/6/1974 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 24th pick / 1997
68 Brendan Stai 25 RG 11 9 312 6-4 Nebraska 3/30/1972 2 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 91st pick / 1995
93 Joel Steed* 28 NT 16 16 300 6-2 Colorado 2/17/1969 5 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1992
67 Jamain Stephens 23 t 8 1 336 6-6 North Carolina A&T 1/9/1974 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 29th pick / 1996
10 Kordell Stewart 25 QB 16 16 218 6-1 Colorado 10/16/1972 2 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1995
73 Justin Strzelczyk 29 RT 14 14 301 6-6 Maine 8/18/1968 7 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 293rd pick / 1990
66 Jim Sweeney 35 c 16 1 297 6-4 Pittsburgh 8/8/1962 13 2 New York Jets / 2nd / 37th pick / 1984
82 Yancey Thigpen* 28 WR 16 15 208 6-1 Winston-Salem St. 8/15/1969 6 16 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 90th pick / 1991
18 Mike Tomczak 35 16 0 202 6-1 Ohio St. 10/23/1962 12 1
96 Mike Vrabel 22 15 0 261 6-4 Ohio St. 8/14/1975 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 91st pick / 1997
79 Paul Wiggins 24 1 0 305 6-3 Oregon 8/17/1973 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1997
38 Jon Witman 25 rb 16 2 240 6-2 Penn St. 6/1/1972 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 92nd pick / 1996
77 Will Wolford 33 LG 16 16 294 6-5 Vanderbilt 5/18/1964 11 9 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 20th pick / 1986
21 Donnell Woolford 31 LCB 15 12 192 5-9 Clemson 1/6/1966 8 5 Chicago Bears / 1st / 11th pick / 1989
Team Total 27.2 16 240.5 6-1.8 4.2