Pittsburgh Steelers - Hall of Fame

Bert Bell - Co-Owner
Bert Bell
Charter Enshrinee, 1963
(Pennsylvania)
LEAGUE ADMINISTRATOR, OWNER
1933-1940 Philadelphia Eagles
1941-1946 Pittsburgh Steelers
1946-1959 National Football League
Weathered heavy financial losses as Eagles owner, 1933-1940, Steelers co-owner, 1941-1946 . . .Built NFL image to unprecedented heights as commissioner, 1946-1959. . .Generalled NFL's war with AAFC. . .Set up far-sighted television policies. . .Established strong anti-gambling controls. . .Recognized NFL Players Association. . .Born February 25, 1895, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...Died October 11, 1959, at age of 64.

Mel Blount - CB
Mel Blount
Enshrined in 1989
(Southern University)
CORNERBACK 6-3, 205
1970-1983 Pittsburgh Steelers
Third-round draft pick, 1970. . .Prototype cornerback of his era with superior speed, strength, intelligence. . .All-pro three years. . .NFL defensive MVP, 1975. . .Played in four Super Bowls, five Pro Bowls, 200 of 201 regular-season games . . . Career totals: 57 interceptions, 736 yards, 13 opponents' fumble recoveries. . .Had key interception in Super Bowl IX . . . Born April 10, 1948, in Vidalia, Georgia.

Terry Bradshaw - QB
Terry Bradshaw
Enshrined in 1989
(Louisiana Tech)
QUARTERBACK 6-3, 210
1970-1983 Pittsburgh Steelers
First player in NFL draft, 1970. . .Excellent throwing arm, called own plays. . .Led Steelers to eight AFC Central, four Super Bowl titles. . .MVP in Super Bowls XIII, XIV . . .Held Super Bowl records: nine TDs, 932 yards; post-season records: 30 TDs, 3,833 yards. . .Career stats: 27,989 yards, 212 TDs passing, 2,257 yards, 32 TDs rushing. . .AFC Player of the Year, 1978. . .Born September 2, 1948, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Len Dawson - QB
Len Dawson
Enshrined in 1987
(Purdue)
QUARTERBACK 6-0, 190
1957-1959 Pittsburgh Steelers
1960-1961 Cleveland Browns
1962 Dallas Texans
1963-1975 Kansas City Chiefs
Pittsburgh's No. 1 draft pick, 1957. . .Led 1962 Texans, 1966, 1969 Chiefs to AFL titles . . .AFL Player of Year, 1962. . . Won four AFL passing crowns. . .MVP, Super Bowl IV . . .Played in five AFL All-Star games, 1972 Pro Bowl. . . Pin-point passer, astute field general. . .Career passing stats: 28,711 yards, 239 touchdowns, 82.6 rating. . .Rushed for 1,293 yards, 9 TDs. . .Born June 20, 1935, in Alliance, Ohio.

Bill Dudley - HB
Bill Dudley
Enshrined in 1966
(Virginia)
HALFBACK 5-10, 176
1942, 1945-1946 Pittsburgh Steelers
1947-1949 Detroit Lions
1950-1951, 1953 Washington Redskins
Virginia's first All-America, 1941. . .Steelers' No. 1 draft choice, 1942. . .Small, slow with unorthodox style, but exceptionally versatile, awesomely efficient. . .Won rare "triple crown" (NFL rushing, interception, punt return titles), 1946 . . .All-NFL , 1942, 1946. . .Most Valuable Player, 1946. . .Gained 8,147 combined net yards, scored 484 points, had 23 interceptions in career. . .Born December 24, 1921, in Bluefield, Virginia.

Mean Joe Greene - DT
Joe Greene
Enshrined in 1987
(North Texas State)
DEFENSIVE TACKLE 6-4, 260
1969-1981 Pittsburgh Steelers
Consensus All-America, 1968. . .No. 1 draft pick, 1969. . . Became "cornerstone of franchise" that dominated the NFL in 1970s. . .Exceptional team leader, possessed size, speed, quickness, strength, determination. . .NFL Defensive Player of Year, 1972, 1974. . .All-pro or All-AFC nine years. . .Played in four Super Bowls, six AFC title games, 10 Pro Bowls. . .Born September 24, 1946, in Temple, Texas.

Jack Ham - LB
Jack Ham
Enshrined in 1988
(Penn State)
LINEBACKER 6-1, 225
1971-1982 Pittsburgh Steelers
Consensus All-America, 1970. . .No. 2 draft pick, 1971. . . Won starting left linebacker job as rookie. . .Had speed, intelligence, exceptional ability to diagnose plays. . . Gained reputation as big-play defender. . .Career record: 25 1/2 sacks, 21 opponents' fumbles recovered, 32 interceptions . . .All-AFC or all-pro seven years, 1973-1979. . . Named to eight straight Pro Bowls. . .Born December 23, 1948, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Franco Harris - RB
Franco Harris
Enshrined in 1990
(Penn State)
RUNNING BACK 6-2, 225
1972-1983 Pittsburgh Steelers
1984 Seattle Seahawks
No. 1 draft pick, 1972. . .Provided big-back power to Steelers offense. . .All-pro, 1977, All-AFC three times. . .In eight Pro Bowls. . .158 yards rushing, MVP in Super Bowl IX . . . Rushed 1,000 yards nine seasons, 100 yards, 47 games. . . Career record: 12,120 yards, 91 TDs rushing; 2,287 yards, 9 TDs receiving; 14,622 combined net yards. . .1,556 yards rushing in 19 post-season games. . .Born March 7, 1950, in Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Bill Hewitt - E
Bill Hewitt
Enshrined in 1971
(Michigan)
END 5-11, 191
1932-1936 Chicago Bears
1937-1939 Philadelphia Eagles
1943 Phil-Pitt
First to be named All-NFL with two teams - 1933, 1934, 1936 Bears, 1937 Eagles. . .Famous for super-quick defensive charge. . .Fast, elusive, innovative on offense. . .Invented many trick plays to fool opposition. . .Middle man on forward-lateral that gave Bears 1933 NFL title. . .Played without helmet until rules change forced use. . .Born October 8, 1909, in Bay City, Michigan. . .Died January 14, 1947, at age of 37.

Robert (Cal) Hubbard - T
Robert (Cal) Hubbard
Charter Enshrinee, 1963
(Centenary, Geneva)
TACKLE 6-5, 250
1927-1928 New York Giants
1929-1933, 1935 Green Bay Packers
1936 New York Giants
1936 Pittsburgh Pirates
Most feared lineman of his time. . .Rookie star with Giants' great defensive team, 1927. . .Played end with Giants, switched to tackle with Packers. . .Anchored line for Packers' title teams, 1929-1931. . .Excelled as a blocker, backed up line on defense. . . Extremely fast, strong. . .All-NFL six years, 1928-1933. . .Named NFL's all-time offensive tackle, 1969. . .Born October 31, 1900, in Keytesville, Missouri. . . Died October 17, 1977, at age of 76.

John Henry Johnson - RB
John Henry Johnson
Enshrined in 1987
(St. Mary's, Arizona State)
FULLBACK 6-2, 225
1954-1956 San Francisco 49ers
1957-1959 Detroit Lions
1960-1965 Pittsburgh Steelers
1966 Houston Oilers
Steelers' No. 2 draft pick, 1953. . .Joined 49ers in 1954 after year in Canada. . . Completed "Fabulous Foursome" backfield with McElhenny, Perry, Tittle in San Francisco . . . Powerful runner, superior blocker. . .Had best years in Pittsburgh, surpassing 1,000 yards rushing in 1962, 1964. . . Career stats: 6,803 yards, 48 touchdowns rushing; 186 receptions for 1,478 yards, 7 TDs. . .Born November 24, 1929, in Waterproof, Louisiana.

Walt Kiesling - G/Coach
Walt Kiesling
Enshrined in 1966
(St. Thomas of Minnesota)
GUARD 6-2, 245; COACH
1926-1927 Duluth Eskimos
1928 Pottsville Maroons
1929-1933 Chicago Cardinals
1934 Chicago Bears
1935-1936 Green Bay Packers
1937-1939 Pittsburgh Pirates
1940-1942, 1954-1956 Pittsburgh Steelers (coach)
34-year career as pro player, assistant coach, head coach . . .Rugged two-way lineman with six NFL teams. . .All-NFL, 1932. . .Starred on Bears' unbeaten juggernaut, 1934. . .Also co-head coach of 1943 Phil-Pitt, 1944 Card-Pitt teams. . . Assistant with Packers, Steelers 14 seasons. . .Led Steelers to first winning season, 1942. . .Born May 27, 1903 in St. Paul, Minnesota. . .Died March 2, 1962, at age of 58.

Jack Lambert - LB
Jack Lambert
Enshrined in 1990
(Kent State)
LINEBACKER 6-4, 220
1974-1984 Pittsburgh Steelers
Second-round draft pick, 1974. . .Prototype middle linebacker - intense, intelligent, fast, quick, durable. . .Noted for vicious tackling, great range, superior pass defense . . . Two-time NFL Defensive Player of Year. . .All-pro seven times . . .In nine straight Pro Bowls, 1975-1983. . .In six AFC title games, four Super Bowls. . .had 28 interceptions, 15 opponents' fumble recoveries. . .Born July 8, 1952, in Mantua, Ohio.

Bobby Lane - QB
Bobby Lane
Enshrined in 1967
(Texas)
QUARTERBACK 6-2, 190
1948 Chicago Bears
1949 New York Bulldogs
1950-1958 Detroit Lions
1958-1962 Pittsburgh Steelers
Texas All-America, 1947. . .Led Lions to four divisional, three NFL titles in 1950s. . . Exceptional field leader, at best in clutch. . .Last-second TD pass won 1953 NFL title game. . .Also kicked field goals. . .All-NFL, 1952, 1956. . .NFL scoring champ, 1956. . . Career record: 1,814 completions for 26,768 yards, 196 TDs; 2,451 yards rushing; 372 points scored. . .Born December 19, 1926, in Santa Anna, Texas. . . Died December 1, 1986, at age of 59.

Johnny (Blood) McNally - RB
Johnny McNally
Charter Enshrinee, 1963
(St. John's of Minnesota)
HALFBACK 6-0, 185
1925-1926 Milwaukee Badgers
1926-1927 Duluth Eskimos
1928 Pottsville Maroons
1929-1933, 1935-1936 Green Bay Packers
1934, 1937-1939 Pittsburgh Pirates
Famed "vagabond halfback" totally unpredictable funster on and off the field. . .Assumed "Johnny Blood " alias from Valentino movie title, "Blood and Sand ". . .Superb runner with breakaway speed, exceptional pass receiver. . .Scored 37 TDs, 224 points in 15 seasons with five NFL teams. . .Official All-NFL, 1931. . .Pittsburgh player-coach, 1937-1939. . . Born November 27, 1903, in New Richmond, Wisconsin. . .Died November 28, 1985, at age of 81.

Marion Motley - F
Marion Motley
Enshrined in 1968
(South Carolina State, Nevada)
FULLBACK 6-1, 238
1946-1949 Cleveland Browns (AAFC)
1950-1953 Cleveland Browns (NFL)
1955 Pittsburgh Steelers
Deadly pass blocker, peerless runner on Browns' famed trap play. . .Also played linebacker early in career. . .All-time AAFC rushing champ. . .Top NFL rusher, 1950. . .All-AAFC three years, All-NFL in 1950. . .Lifetime rushing: 828 carriers, 4,720 yards. . .5.7-yard career average all-time record. . .Caught 85 passes, scored 234 points in nine years. . . Played in 1951 Pro Bowl. . .Born June 5, 1920, in Leesburg, Georgia.

Chuck Noll - Coach
Chuck Noll
Enshrined in 1993
(Dayton)
COACH
1969-1991 Pittsburgh Steelers
Only coach to win four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII, XIV). . . 23-year record: 209-156-1 in all games. . .Sixth in all-time wins. . . Took over team that had never won title of any kind, 1969. . .Building program stressed annual player draft. . . First team finished 1-13. . . Steelers won first-ever championship (AFC Central), 1972. . .Won nine AFC Central titles . . .Guard-linebacker for Cleveland Browns, 1953-1959 . . .Born January 5, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Art Rooney - Founder
Art Rooney
Enshrined in 1964
(Georgetown, Duquesne)
FOUNDER, ADMINISTRATOR
1933-1939 Pittsburgh Pirates
1940-1988 Pittsburgh Steelers
One of the most revered of all sports personalities. . .Bought new Pittsburgh Pirates franchise for $2,500 in 1933. . . Renamed team Steelers in 1940. . .His faith in pro football a guiding light during the dark depression years. . .Startled NFL with $15,000 signing of fabled Whizzer White in 1938. . .Organized, operated western Pennsylvania semi-pro grid teams before 1933 . . .Born January 27, 1901, in Coulterville, Pennsylvania. . . Died August 25, 1988, at age of 87.

Ernie Stautner - DT
Ernie Stautner
Enshrined in 1969
(Boston College)
DEFENSIVE TACKLE 6-2, 235
1950-1963 Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 2 draft pick, 1950. . .Bulwarked strong Pittsburgh defense for 14 years. . .Saw spot service at offensive guard. . .Known for excellent mobility, burning desire, extreme ruggedness, unusual durability. . .All-NFL, 1956, 1958. . .Played in nine Pro Bowls, winning Best Lineman Award, 1957. . .Recovered 21 opponents' fumbles, scored three safeties in career . . .Born April 20, 1925, in Prinzing-by-Cham, Bavaria.

Mike Webster - C
Mike Webster
Enshrined in 1997
(Wisconsin)
CENTER 6-2, 260
1974-1988 Pittsburgh Steelers
1989-1990 Kansas City Chiefs
Steelers' fifth-round draft pick, 1974...Became full-time regular, third season...Played every game 10 consecutive years, 1976-1985...Durable, missed only four games first 16 seasons...Started 150 consecutive games...Steelers' captain nine seasons...Played in four Super Bowls, six AFC championship games...All-Pro six straight years...All-AFC five times... Played in nine Pro Bowls...Born March 18, 1952, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded by Arthur J. Rooney on July 8, 1933. Now the sixth-oldest franchise in the NFL, the Pittsburgh team was known as the Pirates until 1940. The Steelers struggled for their first 40 years without winning a championship of any kind until they won the AFC Central division title in 1972. Two years later, the entire sports world cheered when Art Rooney, one of world's most popular sports figures, received the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl IX.

After so many years of frustration, the Steelers in the 1970s began one of the most incredible streaks in sports history when they earned eight consecutive playoff berths, seven AFC Central titles and four AFC championships from 1972 to 1979. The Steelers became the first team to win four Super Bowls and the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice. The team of the decade of the 1970s became the first AFC team to win its division 10 times since the NFLšs 1970 merger.

The list of Pittsburgh Steelers heroes of the 1970s is long but it begins with Head Coach Chuck Noll, who took control of the team in 1969. Such stars as defensive tackle Joe Greene, linebackers Jack Ham and Jack Lambert, quarterback Terry Bradshaw, cornerback Mel Blount and running back Franco Harris were the backbone of a team that many insist was the finest ever in pro football. All, including Noll, were accorded membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first years of eligibility.

Pittsburgh's success in the last two decades is the antithesis of the Steelers' experiences in their early years. The Pittsburgh eleven won only 22 games its first seven seasons. Rooney, seeking a way to make ends meet, often took his team from Forbes Field to such neutral cities as Johnston and Latrobe in Pennsylvania, Youngstown, Louisville and New Orleans so as to avoid competition with baseball and college football in Pittsburgh. Through it all, Rooney never wavered in his determination to make pro football successful in his city.

In 1938, Rooney made Colorado All-America Byron "Whizzer" White the NFL's first "big money" player with a $15,800 contract. The 1942 Steelers, boosted by the NFL-leading rushing of rookie Bill Dudley, enjoyed their first winning season. With rosters depleted by the manpower shortage of World War II, Rooney merged the Steelers with the Eagles (Phil-Pitt) in 1943 and the Cardinals (Card-Pitt) in 1944. Coach Jock Sutherland led the Steelers to a first-place tie with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1947 but they lost their first post-season game ever, 21-0, to the Eagles.

For several years from 1957 to 1963, the Steelers, coached by Buddy Parker with quarterback Bobby Layne, defensive tackle Ernie Stautner and running back John Henry Johnson playing key roles, were legitimate divisional championship contenders. But the "dynasty years" that coincided with the move to the AFC at the time of AFL-NFL merger and forever brightened Pittsburgh Steelers history were still a decade away.

Steelers Facts

Franchise Granted: July 8, 1933 as the Pirates.
First Season: 1933.
Changed Nickname to Steelers: 1940.
Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium (59,600).
President: Daniel M. Rooney.
Head Coach: Bill Cowher.
Super Bowl Championships: IX, X, XIII, XIV.
AFC Championships: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995.
AFC Central Division Championships: 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984,
1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.
Retired Uniform Numbers: None.

Firsts and Records

First Draft Choice: Bill Shakespeare, B, Notre Dame, 1936.
Franchise's Original Name: Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-39).
First Regular-Season Game: A 23-2 loss to the New York Giants, 9/20/33.
First Regular-Season Touchdown: Martin Kottler returned an interception 96 yards
for a touchdown in a 14-13 victory over the Chicago
Cardinals, 9/27/33.
First Winning Season: 1942 (7-4).
First Playoff Appearance: A 21-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Eastern
Division Playoff game, 12/21/47.
First Super Bowl Appearance: A 16-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super
Bowl IX, 1/12/75.
First Pro Bowl Selections: Joe Geri, HB, Jerry Shipkey, LB, and Bill Walsh C, 1951.
First All-League Selection: Byron "Whizzer" White, HB, 1938.
First Steeler Elected to the Hall of Fame: Art Rooney, Founder/Administrator, 1964.
First to Rush for 200 Yards in a Game: John Henry Johnson, 200 yards vs. the Cleveland
Browns, 10/10/64.
First 1,000-Yard Rusher: John Henry Johnson, 1,141 yards (1962).
Leading Rusher Season: Barry Foster, 1,690 yards (1993).
First to Pass 400 Yards in a Game: Bobby Layne, 409 yards vs. the Chicago Cardinals, 12/13/58.
First QB to run 80+ yards for a TD: Kordell Stewart, 80 yards vs. the Carolina Panthers, 1996.
First QB to pass 20+ TD and run 10+: Kordell Stewart, 21 pass TD and 11 rush TD , 1997.
First Steeler to score 5 TDs in a game: Kordell Stewart, 3 pass TD and 2 rush TD
vs. Baltimore Ravens , 1997.
Kordell Stewart, 3 pass TD and 2 rush TD
vs. Denver Broncos , 1997.
Most Yards Rushing, Career: Franco Harris, 11,950 yards (1972-83).
Most Yards Passing, Career: Terry Bradshaw, 27,989 yards (1970-83).
Most Receptions, Career: John Stallworth, 537 receptions (1974-87).
All-Time Leading Scorer: Gary Anderson, 1,343 points (1982-94).


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