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1998 Pittsburgh Steelers

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1998 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.8, Offense: -5.1, Defense: 1.3, SoS: -1.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 263 points (16.4/g), 28th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 303 points (18.9/g), 7th.
 Differential of -40 points (-2.5/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 6.7-9.3.

Coach: Bill Cowher (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ray Sherman
 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 Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Kordell Stewart 26 3 16 252 for 458, 2,560 yards, 11 td, 18 int, & 81 rushes for 406 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1995
RB Jerome Bettis 26 5 15 316 rushes for 1,185 yards, 3 td, & 16 catches for 90 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1993
FB Jon Witman 26 2 9 1 rush for 2 yards, 0 td, & 13 catches for 74 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 92nd pick / 1996
WR Courtney Hawkins 29 6 14 66 catches for 751 yards, 1 td, & 10 rushes for 41 yards and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1992
WR Charles Johnson 26 4 16 65 catches for 815 yards, 7 td, & 1 rush for 4 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1994
TE Mark Bruener 26 3 16 19 catches for 157 yards, 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 27th pick / 1995
LT Will Wolford 34 12 13 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 20th pick / 1986
LG Alan Faneca 22 Rook 12 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 26th pick / 1998
C Dermontti Dawson*+ 33 10 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1988
RG Brendan Stai 26 3 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 91st pick / 1995
RT Jamain Stephens 24 1 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 29th pick / 1996
 Defensive Starters
LDE Orpheus Roye 25 2 9 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 200th pick / 1996
NT Joel Steed 29 6 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1992
RDE Kevin Henry 30 5 16 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1993
LOLB Jason Gildon 26 4 16 11.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 88th pick / 1994
LILB Levon Kirkland 29 6 16 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1992
RILB Earl Holmes 25 2 14 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 126th pick / 1996
ROLB Carlos Emmons 25 2 14 3.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 242nd pick / 1996
LCB Carnell Lake 31 9 16 1.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1989
RCB Dewayne Washington 26 4 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 18th pick / 1994
SS Lee Flowers 25 3 16 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 151st pick / 1995
FS Darren Perry 30 6 14 0.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1992
 Special Teams Starters
K Norm Johnson 38 16 0 26 of 31 field goals & 21 of 21 extra points
P Josh Miller 28 2 0 81 punts for a 43.6 average, 0 blocked
PR Courtney Hawkins 29 6 14 15 punt returns for a 11.7 average and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1992
KR David Dunn 26 3 0 21 kick returns for a 25.0 average and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 139th pick / 1995

Roster

No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
80 Jahine Arnold 25 3 0 187 6-0 Fresno St. 6/19/1973 2 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 132nd pick / 1996
36 Jerome Bettis 26 RB 15 15 252 5-11 Notre Dame 2/16/1972 5 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1993
84 Harold Bishop 28 te 7 1 254 6-4 LSU 4/8/1970 4 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 69th pick / 1994
89 Will Blackwell 23 wr 16 1 190 6-0 San Diego St. 7/9/1975 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1997
29 Lance Brown 26 16 0 200 6-2 Indiana 2/2/1972 3 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 161st pick / 1995
87 Mark Bruener 26 TE 16 16 260 6-4 Washington 9/16/1972 3 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 27th pick / 1995
83 Andre Coleman 26 4 0 165 5-9 Kansas St. 9/19/1972 4 0 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1994
53 Steve Conley 26 2 1 235 6-5 Arkansas 1/18/1972 2 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1996
78 Chris Conrad 23 t 6 1 301 6-6 Fresno St. 5/27/1975 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1998
63 Dermontti Dawson*+ 33 C 16 16 288 6-2 Kentucky 6/17/1965 10 11 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1988
62 Roger Duffy 31 g 16 4 300 6-3 Penn St. 7/16/1967 8 2 New York Jets / 8th / 196th pick / 1990
83 David Dunn 26 KR 10 0 215 6-3 Fresno St. 6/10/1972 3 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 139th pick / 1995
51 Carlos Emmons 25 ROLB 15 14 250 6-5 Arkansas St. 9/3/1973 2 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 242nd pick / 1996
65 Alan Faneca 22 LG 16 12 312 6-5 LSU 12/7/1976 Rook 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 26th pick / 1998
57 John Fiala 25 16 0 237 6-2 Washington 11/25/1973 Rook 1 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 166th pick / 1997
41 Lee Flowers 25 SS 16 16 213 6-0 Georgia Tech 1/14/1973 3 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 151st pick / 1995
45 Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala 21 12 0 252 6-0 Utah 3/4/1977 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 178th pick / 1998
2 Matt George 23 1 0 190 5-11 Chapman 1/13/1975 Rook 0
98 Oliver Gibson 26 16 0 304 6-2 Notre Dame 3/15/1972 3 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 120th pick / 1995
92 Jason Gildon 26 LOLB 16 16 255 6-4 Oklahoma St. 7/31/1972 4 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 88th pick / 1994
74 Nolan Harrison 29 lde 9 7 280 6-5 Indiana 1/25/1969 7 4 Los Angeles Raiders / 6th / 146th pick / 1991
88 Courtney Hawkins 29 PR 15 14 183 5-9 Michigan St. 12/12/1969 6 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1992
76 Kevin Henry 30 RDE 16 16 282 6-4 Mississippi St. 10/23/1968 5 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 108th pick / 1993
50 Earl Holmes 25 RILB 14 14 242 6-2 Florida A&M 4/28/1973 2 8 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 126th pick / 1996
33 Richard Huntley 26 rb 16 1 224 5-11 Winston-Salem St. 9/18/1972 2 1 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 117th pick / 1996
28 John Jenkins 23 1 0 188 6-0 Pittsburgh 5/11/1975 Rook 0
81 Charles Johnson 26 WR 16 16 200 6-0 Colorado 1/3/1972 4 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 17th pick / 1994
9 Norm Johnson 38 K 15 0 202 6-2 UCLA 5/31/1960 16 4
54 Donta Jones 26 lb 16 3 235 6-2 Nebraska 8/27/1972 3 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 125th pick / 1995
35 Carlos King 25 1 0 230 6-0 North Carolina St. 11/25/1973 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 123rd pick / 1998
99 Levon Kirkland 29 LILB 16 16 270 6-1 Clemson 2/17/1969 6 10 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1992
37 Carnell Lake 31 LCB 16 16 210 6-1 UCLA 7/15/1967 9 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1989
34 Tim Lester 30 fb 9 7 233 5-10 East. Kentucky 6/15/1968 6 0 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 255th pick / 1992
85 Mitch Lyons 28 15 0 265 6-5 Michigan St. 5/13/1970 5 0 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 151st pick / 1993
97 Rod Manuel 24 2 0 290 6-5 Oklahoma 10/8/1974 1 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 199th pick / 1997
25 Fred McAfee 30 14 0 193 5-10 Mississippi Col. 6/20/1968 7 1 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 154th pick / 1991
4 Josh Miller 28 P 16 0 225 6-4 Arizona 7/14/1970 2 2
24 Chris Oldham 30 db 16 1 200 5-9 Oregon 10/26/1968 8 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 105th pick / 1990
21 Bo Orlando 32 db 11 1 180 5-10 West Virginia 4/3/1966 8 1 Houston Oilers / 6th / 157th pick / 1989
39 Darren Perry 30 FS 14 14 196 5-11 Penn St. 12/29/1968 6 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1992
60 Mark Rodenhauser 37 16 0 270 6-5 Illinois St. 6/1/1961 11 1
71 Orpheus Roye 25 LDE 16 9 320 6-4 Florida St. 1/21/1973 2 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 200th pick / 1996
23 Jason Simmons 22 6 0 198 5-9 Arizona St. 3/30/1976 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 137th pick / 1998
94 Jeremy Staat 22 6 0 300 6-5 Arizona St. 10/10/1976 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 41st pick / 1998
68 Brendan Stai 26 RG 16 16 312 6-4 Nebraska 3/30/1972 3 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 91st pick / 1995
93 Joel Steed 29 NT 16 16 300 6-2 Colorado 2/17/1969 6 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1992
67 Jamain Stephens 24 RT 11 10 336 6-6 North Carolina A&T 1/9/1974 1 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 29th pick / 1996
10 Kordell Stewart 26 QB 16 16 218 6-1 Colorado 10/16/1972 3 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1995
73 Justin Strzelczyk 30 rt 7 7 301 6-6 Maine 8/18/1968 8 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 293rd pick / 1990
66 Jim Sweeney 36 c 8 1 297 6-4 Pittsburgh 8/8/1962 14 1 New York Jets / 2nd / 37th pick / 1984
18 Mike Tomczak 36 16 0 202 6-1 Ohio St. 10/23/1962 13 1
26 Deshea Townsend 23 12 0 191 5-10 Alabama 9/8/1975 Rook 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 117th pick / 1998
56 Mike Vrabel 23 11 0 261 6-4 Ohio St. 8/14/1975 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 91st pick / 1997
86 Hines Ward 22 16 0 205 6-0 Georgia 3/8/1976 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 92nd pick / 1998
20 Dewayne Washington 26 RCB 16 16 195 5-11 North Carolina St. 12/27/1972 4 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 18th pick / 1994
38 Jon Witman 26 FB 16 9 240 6-2 Penn St. 6/1/1972 2 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 92nd pick / 1996
77 Will Wolford 34 LT 13 13 294 6-5 Vanderbilt 5/18/1964 12 5 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 20th pick / 1986
Team Total 27.2 16 242.6 6-1.8 4.2