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1978 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head Coach Chuck Noll
Home Field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 14–2
Place 1st AFC Central
Playoff Finish Won Super Bowl XIII
Pro Bowlers
Team MVP Terry Bradshaw
Timeline
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1977 1979

The 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League (NFL). The season concluded with the team winning Super Bowl XIII to become the first franchise in the NFL to win three Super Bowl titles.[1] The championship run was led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw and the team's vaunted Steel Curtain defense. Bradshaw put together the best year of his career to that point, becoming only the second Steeler to win the NFL MVP award. Ten Steelers players were named to the Pro Bowl team, and four were judged as first-team All-Pros by the AP. Head coach Chuck Noll returned for his tenth season—moving him ahead of Walt Kiesling as the longest tenured head coach in the team's history to that point.[2]

The Steelers entered the season as defending champions of the AFC Central Division, coming off a 9–5 record in 1977.[3] Despite winning their division, the previous season was a difficult one for the team (both on and off the field) which culminated in a division round playoff loss to the Denver Broncos on Christmas Eve.

The team began the 1978 season with seven straight victories, before losing to the Houston Oilers in prime time on Monday Night Football. They finished the season with a league-best 14–2 record, including a 5-game winning streak to close the season. This record assured them they would play at home throughout the Template:NFL playoff year. It was also the best record compiled in the team's history (since surpassed only by a 15–1 mark in 2004).[4] Template:TOC limit

Offseason Edit

League rule changesEdit

For more details on this topic, see 1978 NFL season#Major rule changes.

The NFL instituted several major changes for the 1978 season. Chief among these were the extension of the regular season and playoff expansion. The regular season was extended from 14 to 16 games, with an offsetting decrease in the number of preseason games from six to four. Two playoff slots were added expanding the field from eight teams to ten, with each conference adding a second wild card entrant.[5]

Additionally, several rules were changed to help open up the offense, particularly the passing game.[6] One rule which prohibited defenders from contacting receivers more than five yards from the line of scrimmage, came to be known as the "Mel Blount rule" after the Steelers notably physical cornerback.[7] Another rule allowed offensive linemen to use their hands in blocking.[8]

The rule changes upset coach Noll, who years later said of the teams who supported the changes,

They ganged up on us the way they legislated the rules. People were trying to win a championship through legislation. I don't think you do that. ... But whatever the rules are, you have to adjust to them and play with them. ... When they changed the rules Terry (Bradshaw) took advantage and his passing game blossomed. And all that happened to Mel (Blount) is that he got more interceptions.[9]

In the end, though, the Steelers were one of the quickest teams to adjust to the new rules; the team's offense benefited more from the changes than the defense was hampered by them. The rule changes catalyzed the team's transition from a power running game to more of an air attack.[10]

Coaching staff changesEdit

The Steelers coaching staff went through a number of changes after the 1977 season. Principle among these was the loss of Chuck Noll's top assistant, Bud Carson, who had served as the team's defensive coordinator since 1973.[11] Carson interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina.,[12] and was also a candidate for the St. Louis Cardinals top coaching job. When he didn't land either of those positions he decided to take a job as the defensive backs coach of the Los Angeles Rams.[11] Defensive line coach George Perles added the defensive coordinator role to his responsibility with the line.[13]

Offensive line coach Dan Radakovich, who had served in that capacity with the Steelers since 1974, resigned to take a position as the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.[14][15] Radakovich was credited with turning the Pittsburgh Steelers line into one of the league's best.[16] Rollie Dotsch was hired to replace Radakovich. Dotsch had recently been let go along with the rest of the Detroit Lions coaching staff.[17] He had coached the Lions linebackers the previous season.[18]

In the team's final coaching change of the offseason, Dick Walker was hired to coach the defensive backs.[19] Walker had previously served in a similar role with the New England Patriots.[13]

Roster movesEdit

Several players who played significant roles in the Steelers recent success would not return for 1978. Among the departed were:

Several of these moves were made in the name of eliminating "distractions". Ernie Holmes, Jimmy Allen and Glen Edwards had all had contract disputes which saw them leave the team for brief periods during the previous season.[27] Holmes, Edwards and Frank Lewis had all lost their starting jobs.[28] None of the moves brought the Steelers a player who had a significant impact on the team in 1978.

The Frank Lewis trade was a complete flop for the Steelers. Paul Seymour failed his physical when the Steelers learned he'd had surgery on both arches within the past five months. His rehabilitation from the surgery was not complete and he was unable to run.[29] Seymour was returned to the Bills who released him, and the two teams failed to work out any other compensation for Lewis.[22] Lewis was the Steelers first round draft choice in 1971, but was unlikely to have made the Steelers roster anyway due to the ascendancy of John Stallworth opposite Lynn Swann and the training camp performance of the younger Jim Smith and Randy Reutershan.[28][30] Lewis did have some football left in him; he made the 1982 Pro Bowl for the Bills.[31]

The Jim Clack trade also netted the Steelers nothing when John Hicks was injured in the pre-season and placed on the injured reserve list. Meanwhile, both Clack and Ernie Pough made the Giant's 45-man roster, Clack as a starter on the offensive line.[32] Longtime Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette called the Lewis and Clack trades Chuck Noll's "two worst trades in his 23 seasons with the Steelers."[33]

In addition to the players traded away and cut, J. T. Thomas was lost for the season to a blood disorder known as Boeck's Sarcoidosis.[34] Thomas had been the team's starting left cornerback (opposite Mel Blount) and his loss coupled with the Jimmy Allen trade left the team thin at the cornerback position.[19]

DraftEdit

For more details on this topic, see 1978 NFL Draft.

The 1978 NFL Draft was held on May 2–3, in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.[35] The Steelers selected fourteen players.[36] They also traded their selection in the fifth round (pick 128 overall) to the Green Bay Packers for defensive tackle Dave Pureifory[37] (Pureifory was later traded during training camp to the New England Patriots for their sixth-round selection in the 1979 draft).[38] Coming out of the draft it appeared that the team had addressed perceived needs at punter, defensive back, defensive line and running back.[37]

1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Selections[36]
Round Pick # Player Position College
1 Template:Abbr Johnson, RonRon Johnson Defensive back Eastern Michigan
2 Template:Abbr Fry, WillieWillie Fry Defensive end Notre Dame
3 Template:Abbr Colquitt, CraigCraig Colquitt Punter Tennessee
4 Template:Abbr Anderson, LarryLarry Anderson Defensive back Louisiana Tech
6 Template:Abbr Reutershan, RandyRandy Reutershan Wide receiver Pitt
7 Template:Abbr Dufresne, MarkMark Dufresne Tight end Nebraska
8 Template:Abbr[a] Moser, RickRick Moser Running back Rhode Island
8 Template:Abbr Keys, AndreAndre Keys Wide receiver Cal Poly
9 Template:Abbr Reynolds, LanceLance Reynolds Offensive tackle BYU
10 Template:Abbr Becker, DougDoug Becker Linebacker Notre Dame
10 Template:Abbr[b] Jurich, TomTom Jurich Placekicker Northern Arizona
11 Template:Abbr[b] Terry, NatNat Terry Defensive back Florida State
11 Template:Abbr Brzoza, TomTom Brzoza Center Pitt
12 Template:Abbr Carr, BradBrad Carr Linebacker Maryland

Notes:

a pick from St. Louis Cardinals for Marv Kellum[39][40]
b pick from Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Ernie Holmes[20][40]

"Shouldergate"Edit

The 1978 season began with some controversy, when players were caught wearing shoulder pads in off-season drills in violation of league rules. The infraction occurred during a late May rookie camp and was uncovered and reported by Pittsburgh Press reporter John Clayton.[41] Template:Quote box Clayton was not the paper's regular Steelers beat writer at the time, but was just filling in that day.[42] While the practice in which the violation occurred was closed to the media by head coach Chuck Noll, Clayton uncovered the story in interviews with players whom he found wearing pads in the locker room.[41] Clayton contacted the league office for clarification on the rule, which stated that teams must have "no contact work or use of pads (except helmets) in an off-season training camp."[41][42]

The story caused an uproar among the team's local fanbase, with most of the vitriol directed at Clayton for reporting the story, rather than at Noll and the team for breaking the rule.[42][43] This sentiment was stoked by Noll's angry reaction to the story, in which he referred to the reporting as "espionage."[44] Even some members of the local media spoke of Clayton as a traitor to the Steeler cause.[45]

The precedent for punishment of such a rule violation was set by an earlier incident for which the Green Bay Packers were stripped of a fourth-round draft pick. The Packers were able to argue at that time that they were unaware of the rule they broke. The Steelers had no such defense, since the team's president, Dan Rooney, was instrumental in negotiations to get the "no pads" rule included in the collective bargaining agreement with the league's players.[46]

NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle eventually stripped the Steelers of their third-round selection in the 1979 draft for the transgression.[47] Interestingly, Pittsburgh-area native and future Hall of Famer Joe Montana was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers just six spots after where the Steelers would have selected with the forfeited pick.[48]

Training campEdit

After putting the distractions of the 1977 season and Shouldergate behind them, the Steelers had a very productive training camp in 1978. All-Pro defensive end Joe Greene noted the renewed focus, saying

The biggest difference in this camp compared to last year is that this camp is about football, not gossip. Everything that’s happening in this camp is about football. That’s not saying we’re going to go out there and kick butts, but that’s saying we’re going to be going about our business, what we’re being paid for.[49]

Pre-seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Ref.
1 August 5 Baltimore W 22–10 1–0 Memorial Stadium [50]
2 August 12 Atlanta W 22–10 2–0 Three Rivers Stadium [51]
3 August 19 NY Giants L 13–6 2–1 Giants Stadium [52]
4 August 26 Dallas L 16–13 2–2 Texas Stadium [53]

The Steelers exhibition schedule did not start off smoothly, despite coming away with a 22–10 victory against the Colts. Starting quarterback Terry Bradshaw suffered a broken nose on a scramble in the first quarter of the game. In addition, the kicking game was unimpressive and the team committed a considerable number of penalties including three personal fouls.[50]

The second pre-season game against the Falcons was the Steelers' lone home exhibition contest. The defense led the way, as they had so many times in the team's back-to-back championship seasons in 1974 and 1975. The defensive strength was illustrated in the first quarter when a blocked punt gave the Falcons the ball on the Steelers three yard line. After failing to gain yardage on two running plays, the Falcons' third-down pass was intercepted by Donnie Shell (one of five Steelers interceptions on the evening). The Falcons' offense was held scoreless, their only points in the 13–7 loss came off a fumble recovery.[51]

The next game, against the Giants, was a completely different story. The game seemed to be over almost before it started when the Giants scored on a 78-yard touchdown pass in just the second play of the evening. The Giants went on to control the game en route to a 13–6 victory over the listless and mistake-prone Steelers. Coach Noll said of the opening score, "We didn't recover, and that's not a good sign. They outdid us all down the line. They hit harder."[52]

In the fourth and final pre-season game, the Steelers' defense once again played well, but the offense was the weak link in a 16–13 loss to the Cowboys (in what would turn out to be a preview of the Super Bowl XIII matchup). The Steelers had difficulty running the ball, with six players combining for just 101 yards on 29 rushing attempts. Despite the offensive sluggishness, the Steelers led 13–3 after three quarters. Unfortunately, the defense was worn out (they faced a staggering 82 plays in the game) and they gave up two touchdown passes to Roger Staubach in the fourth quarter. The lack of offensive rhythm led Terry Bradshaw to comment, "I feel terrible. I'm concerned. It's easy to say that it'll come. But I don't want to go into the Buffalo game worried about the offense. ... If you looked at this, you'd have to say we have a lot of work to do."[53]

At the end of the preseason, the Steelers were listed by oddsmakers at Harrah's casino in Las Vegas as 5–1 to win the American Football Conference (AFC). The favorites were the Oakland Raiders at 7–5, followed by the New England Patriots at 3–1 and then the Steelers and Baltimore Colts at 5–1.[54]

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site
1 September 3 at Buffalo W 28–17 1–0 Rich Stadium
2 September 10 Seattle W 21–10 2–0 Three Rivers Stadium
3 September 17 at Cincinnati W 28–3 3–0 Riverfront Stadium
4 September 24 Cleveland W 15–9 (OT) 4–0 Three Rivers Stadium
5 October 1 at NY Jets W 28–17 5–0 Shea Stadium
6 October 8 Atlanta W 31–7 6–0 Three Rivers Stadium
7 October 15 at Cleveland W 34–14 7–0 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
8 October 23 Houston L 24–17 7–1 Three Rivers Stadium
9 October 29 Kansas City W 27–24 8–1 Three Rivers Stadium
10 November 5 New Orleans W 20–14 9–1 Three Rivers Stadium
11 November 12 at LA Rams L 10–7 9–2 L.A. Coliseum
12 November 19 Cincinnati W 7–6 10–2 Three Rivers Stadium
13 November 27 at San Francisco W 24–7 11–2 Candlestick Park
14 December 3 at Houston W 13–3 12–2 Astrodome
15 December 9 Baltimore W 35–13 13–2 Three Rivers Stadium
16 December 16 at Denver W 21–17 14–2 Mile High Stadium

Final standingsEdit

Template:1978 AFC Central standings

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 14 28
Bills 0 0 0 17 17


The Steelers came into the season opener as heavy favorites over the Buffalo Bills. The Steel Curtain defense was dominant early, holding the Bills to just 59 total yards and only six first downs in first three quarters of play. New defensive coordinator George Perles employed the blitz to a much greater degree than the team had in the past.[55] Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson, who was coming off a knee injury suffered in the pre-season, struggled with just three completions and 20 yards on ten passing attempts before being pulled from the game.[56]

Meanwhile the Steelers scored two second quarter touchdowns, the first coming on a throw from Terry Bradshaw to John Stallworth. Stallworth caught three passes of twenty yards or longer in the Steelers first two possessions.[56] The Steelers second score came on a one yard plunge by Franco Harris. When the Steelers scored again on a Sidney Thornton rush at the start of the first quarter to go up 21–0, the game appeared to be all but over.[56]

However, Bill Munson came into the game in relief of Ferguson and sparked the Bills to two quick scores that brought the Bills to within 11 points. The Steelers put the game away with a 73-yard drive capped by Bradshaw's second touchdown of the game.[56]

Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 7 3 0 10
Steelers 0 14 0 7 21


This game marked the second ever meeting between the Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks, who were playing in just their third NFL season. The Seahawks entered the game hoping to stop the Steelers running game – while that effort was largely successful the Steelers and quarterback Terry Bradshaw won with the passing game.[57] After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers took a 14–0 lead which they wouldn't relinquish on a pair of Bradshaw touchdown passes.[58] Linebacker Jack Lambert led the Steelers defense with an interception, a fumble recovery and five solo tackles.[58]

The first quarter saw Bradshaw injure his throwing hand when he jammed his index finger on a helmet.[57] However, he played through the soreness and threw the two second-quarter scoring passes to Lynn Swann and Sidney Thornton. The Seahawks scored on a David Sims rushing touchdown to stay within one score at halftime. The Seahawks caught the Steelers off guard with a successful onside kick following the Sims score, however the subsequent drive ended in a missed field goal.[58] In the third quarter, the Seahawks narrowed the lead to just four points off an Effren Herrera field goal.[58]

At the start of the fourth quarter Franco Harris, who was hampered in the game by a bruised thigh, was stopped less than a yard short of the goalline on a third down play. Coach Chuck Noll initially sent the field-goal team on, but after a timeout he reconsidered and sent the offense back out. Harris ran behind the right guard and pushed the ball across the plane of the goalline before being pushed back. The play was ruled a touchdown, though the Seahawks disputed the call.[57]

The win gave the Steelers a 2–0 record – a mark they had achieved only once since 1956.[58]

Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 7 7 0 28
Bengals 0 3 0 0 3


The Steelers entered the third week 2–0 and favored to win, though one sportswriter called the Steelers "convincing but not overpowering," and noted that they had not beaten the point spread in either of their first two games.[59]

The Bengals came into the game without their starting quarterback, Ken Anderson who was nursing a broken finger.[60] Steelers running back Franco Harris busted through the Bengals 3–4 defense for a 37-yard gain on the game's first offensive play. Five plays later, Rocky Bleier scored on a 5-yard run and the Steelers never looked back.[60] The Steelers didn't punt for the first time until the end of the third quarter and they dominated statistically.[61] Center Mike Webster noted, "From the first play on, everything worked."[60]

The Steelers players were beginning to feel that the team might be once again approaching the level of the Super Bowl teams. Bleier said after the game, "At some point, I don't know when, people are going to start saying, 'Hey, it's the Steelers again.'"[61] When asked about his performance through the first three games, Bradshaw admitted he was playing the best football of his life, saying, "Yes and I don't know why, but I don't even want to find out. Whatever it is, maybe, it'll last all year. Maybe it will be one of those dream years people have been wantin' me to have."[60] Linebacker Jack Lambert stated, "We're playing well and we've got a good attitude. Last year was no good. This is good."

As is his wont, Coach Noll tried to tamp down expectations, saying "We're happy to be there. We'll take any kind of crumbs we can get."[60] But even he had to admit that, "It was a good day for us."[60] He added, "Our football team is functioning with a pretty good concept of what it's all about, what it takes. Things aren't out of perspective at all."[62]

The 28–3 final was the Steelers largest ever margin over the Bengals, eclipsing the 27–3 win from Template:Steelers season.[60] The 3–0 start to the season was only the third in the franchise's history and they stood tied atop the AFC North division with the Cleveland Browns.[61]

Week 4: vs. Cleveland Browns Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 6 3 0 9
Steelers 3 0 0 6 15


The Steelers went on to win the game in overtime; controversy developed when officials ruled that Steelers kick returner Larry Anderson had not fumbled the kickoff. Anderson caught Don Cockroft's kick at Pittsburgh's 11-yard line, but was tripped up by teammate Rick Moser at the 21. As Anderson went down the ball slipped from his hands and was recovered by Browns player Ricky Feacher. Officials ruled that Anderson was down by contact and Pittsburgh retained possession.[64] Pittsburgh would score on that drive and win the game 15–9. Later that week league officials indicated that, in their view, the officiating crew should have ruled it a fumble.[65]

Week 5: at New York Jets Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 14 0 28
Jets 0 10 7 0 17


The win brought the Steelers to 5–0 which was the best start to a season in the franchise's history.[67]

Week 6: vs. Atlanta Falcons Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 0 7 7
Steelers 3 14 7 7 31


Week 7: at Cleveland Browns Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 7 14 7 34
Browns 0 7 0 7 14


Week 8: vs. Houston Oilers Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 10 7 7 24
Steelers 0 10 0 7 17


Week 9: vs. Kansas City Chiefs Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 3 0 14 7 24
Steelers 7 13 7 0 27


Week 10: vs. New Orleans Saints Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 3 0 10 7 20


Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 0 7
Rams 0 0 3 7 10


Week 12: vs. Cincinnati Bengals Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 3 0 0 6
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7


Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 14 0 7 24
49ers 0 0 7 0 7


Week 14: at Houston Oilers Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 3 7 13
Oilers 0 3 0 0 3


Week 15: vs. Baltimore Colts Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 6 0 13
Steelers 7 14 7 7 35


Week 16: at Denver Broncos Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 14 0 0 21
Broncos 0 0 7 10 17


Playoffs Edit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game Site
Divisional December 30 Denver W 33–10 Three Rivers Stadium
Conference January 7 Houston W 34–5 Three Rivers Stadium
Super Bowl XIII January 21 Dallas W 35–31 Miami Orange Bowl

Game summariesEdit

AFC Divisional Playoff: vs. Denver Broncos Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 7 0 0 10
Steelers 6 13 0 14 33


AFC Championship: vs. Houston Oilers Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 3 2 0 5
Steelers 14 17 3 0 34


Super Bowl XIII: vs. Dallas Cowboys Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 14 0 14 35
Cowboys 7 7 3 14 31


PersonnelEdit

PlayersEdit

1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Hall of Fame members in boldface
Rookies in italics

Sources:[19][32][83]


Defense
[83]


FS
Mike Wagner


WLB MLB SLB
Jack Lambert
Robin Cole
SS
Donnie Shell
CB
Mel Blount


DE DT DT DE
Dwight White John Banaszak Joe Greene L.C. Greenwood
Steve Furness
CB
Ron Johnson
Offense
[83]
WR
Lynn Swann
LT LG C RG RT
Jon Kolb Sam Davis Mike Webster Gerry Mullins Ray Pinney
Larry Brown
TE
Randy Grossman
Bennie Cunningham
WR
John Stallworth
QB
Terry Bradshaw
RB
Rocky Bleier
FB
Franco Harris
Special Teams
PK Roy Gerela
P Craig Colquitt
KR Larry Anderson
PR Theo Bell


CoachesEdit

Pittsburgh Steelers 1978 coaching staff
Front Office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

 

Defensive coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Awards, honors, and recordsEdit

Several Steelers players received individual honors in recognition of their play during the 1978 season. Terry Bradshaw swept the season's Most Valuable Player (MVP) recognition, earning both the regular season and Super Bowl honors as well as the team's internal MVP award. The team led the league with ten players selected to the 1979 Pro Bowl (a full quarter of the 40-player AFC squad).[84] Among the Pro Bowlers were three offensive and two defensive starters. Eight Steeler performers were recognized as All-NFL by various publications and four others made All-Conference squads.[85]

Pro Bowl SelectionsEdit

The following players were selected to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl.[84] The team was selected on the basis of ballots submitted by each of the conference's 14 head coaches as well as a consensus of voting by each team's players.[86]

Starters:

Reserves:

1 Mike Wagner was originally announced as the reserve safety, but an error in the tabulation of the ballots was uncovered and Donnie Shell was named to the team instead.[87]

All-Pro SelectionsEdit

The following players were named to All-NFL or All-Conference squads designated by one or more of several publications and groups who identified the players judged to be the top performers of the 1978 season.[85]

Position Player All-NFL All-AFC
Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr Template:Abbr
Quarterback Terry Bradshaw X X X X X X X
Running back Franco Harris X X
Wide receiver Lynn Swann X X X X X X X
Center Mike Webster X X X X X X X
Tackle Jon Kolb X X
Defensive End L. C. Greenwood X X
Defensive Tackle Joe Greene X X
Linebacker Jack Ham X X X X X X X
Linebacker Jack Lambert X X X X X
Safety Donnie Shell X X
Safety Mike Wagner X
Cornerback Mel Blount X X

Individual honors and achievementsEdit

Team achievements/recordsEdit

  • Fewest points scored against in league (195 points).[93]
  • Surrendered zero first-quarter touchdowns in the regular season.[10]

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