1975 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1975 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
General manager Daniel M. Rooney
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 28–10
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 16–10
Won Super Bowl X (Cowboys) 21–17
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Mel Blount
Team ROY John Banaszak

The 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers team was the second championship team in club history. This Steelers team entered the beginning of the season as defending champions for the first time in their 40-year history. The team was led by a dominating defense and a quick offense, and won Super Bowl X over the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17. The team posted their best defensive numbers since 1946, and scored more points than any other Steelers team to that point.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1975 Pittsburgh Steelers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Dave Brown  CB Michigan played 1 season for Steelers
2 51 Bob Barber  DE Grambling playing for Packers; 1976-79
3 78 Walter White  TE Maryland Traded to Chiefs
4 104 Harold Evans  LB Houston
5 130 Brent Sexton  DB Elon
6 156 Marvin Crenshaw  T Nebraska
7 180 Wayne Mattingly  T Colorado
8 208 Al Humphrey  DE Tulsa
9 234 Bruce Reimer  RB North Dakota State
10 260 Archie Grey  WR Wyoming
11 286 Randy Little  TE West Liberty
12 312 Greg Murphy  DE Penn State
13 337 Bob Gaddis  WR Mississippi Valley State played mostly in CFL
14 364 Mike Collier  RB Morgan St played 1 season for Steelers
15 390 Marty Smith  DT Louisville
16 415 Miller Bassler  TE Houston
17 442 Stan Hegener  G Nebraska

Personnel

Staff

1975 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Arthur J. Rooney
  • President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Public Relations Director – Ed Kiely
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Controller – Robert P. Quinn
  • Accountant – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Ticket Manager – Joseph H. Carr
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – Bill Nunn
  • Director of Professional Scouting – V. Timothy Rooney

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Strength – Louis Riecke
  • Flexibility – Paul Uram
  • Team Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. John Best
  • Team Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Team Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Assistant Trainer – Robert Milie
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Jack Hart
  • Film Director – Bob McCartney
  • Photographer – Harry Homa

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Roster

1975 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad [2] [3] [4]


Rookies in italics
43 Active, 1 Inactive, Practice squad

Preseason

During the preseason, the Steelers acquired undrafted free-agent, John Banaszak. The Defensive tackle from East. Michigan played in three games and later became the 1975 Team ROY (Rookie of the Year).

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game Site
1 Fri. August 1 vs. College All-Stars W 21–14 Soldier Field
2 Sat. August 9 Philadelphia Eagles L 14–17 Three Rivers Stadium
3 Sun. August 17 vs. Oakland Raiders L 21–24 Memorial Stadium
4 Fri. August 22 @ Baltimore Colts W 31–10 Memorial Stadium
5 Sat. August 30 vs. New York Giants L 7–24 Palmer Stadium
6 Sat. September 6 New Orleans Saints W 24–13 Three Rivers Stadium
7 Sat. September 13 @ Dallas Cowboys L 16–17 Texas Stadium

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Game Site
1 Sun. September 21 @ San Diego Chargers W 37–0 NBC San Diego Stadium
2 Sun. September 28 Buffalo Bills L 21–30 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
3 Sun. October 5 @ Cleveland Browns W 42–6 NBC Cleveland Municipal Stadium
4 Sun. October 12 Denver Broncos W 20–9 Three Rivers Stadium
5 Sun. October 19 Chicago Bears W 34–3 CBS Three Rivers Stadium
6 Sun. October 26 @ Green Bay Packers W 16–13 NBC County Stadium
7 Sun. November 2 @ Cincinnati Bengals W 30–24 NBC Riverfront Stadium
8 Sun. November 9 Houston Oilers W 24–17 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
9 Sun. November 16 Kansas City Chiefs W 28–3 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
10 Mon. November 24 @ Houston Oilers W 32–9 ABC Houston Astrodome
11 Sun. November 30 @ New York Jets W 20–7 NBC Shea Stadium
12 Sun. December 7 Cleveland Browns W 31–17 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
13 Sat. December 13 Cincinnati Bengals W 35–14 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
14 Sat. December 20 @ Los Angeles Rams L 3–10 ABC Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Game summaries

Week 1

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 10 3 14 37
Chargers 0 0 0 0 0

In the Week 1 game, the Steelers opened the season as defending champions, and crushed the Chargers, 37-0, in San Diego. (1-0)

Week 2

1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 10 13 7 30
Steelers 0 0 7 14 21

In Week 2, the Steelers, coming off a crushing defeat of the Chargers in Week 1, came to play revenge eager Buffalo in Pittsburgh. The Bills had been beaten the previous year by the Steelers in the playoffs, 32-14. Chuck Noll had warned the team the previous week that the team did not play very well, however, the players ignored him and were beaten by a 227-yard-rushing day by RB O.J. Simpson, 30-21. (1-1)

Week 3

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 21 0 14 42
Browns 0 0 0 6 6

In this Week 3 matchup, the Steelers would be hosted by the Cleveland Browns. These two teams had already been established as one of the league's best rivalries by this time, and Joe Greene's infamous kicking of the Browns lineman Bob McKay only fueled the rivalry. The fight that broke out afterwards caught it on fire. Greene was later fined $500 while the Steelers beat the Browns, 42-6. (2-1)

Week 4

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 6 0 0 9
Steelers 7 10 0 6 23
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game attendance: 49,164
  • Game weather: 59°F (Mostly Cloudy)
  • Referee: Dick Jorgensen

In Week 4, the Steelers beat the Denver Broncos in Three Rivers, 23-9. (3-1)

Week 5

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 0 10 10 14 34
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game attendance: 47,579
  • Game weather: 50°F (Cloudy)
  • Referee: Norm Schachter

In Week 5, the Steelers crushed Chicago, 34-3. Three weeks after the Steelers were beaten by Buffalo, the team was 4-1, and had allowed only 18 points during the last three weeks while scoring 99. (4-1)

Week 6

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 10 0 3 16
Packers 0 6 7 0 13

In Week 5, the Packers would host the Steelers in Milwaukee, however, the tense battle ended in Pittsburgh's favor, 16-13. (5-1)

Week 7

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 13 7 30
Bengals 3 0 0 21 24

In Week 7, the Steelers played the Bengals in Riverfront Stadium and beat up the Bengals, 30-24. (6-1)

Week 8

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 7 3 7 17
Steelers 10 7 0 7 24
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game attendance: 49,460
  • Game weather: 75°F (Sunny)
  • Referee: Jim Tunney

In this heated Week 8 battle, the Steelers would play host to the Houston Oilers. Pittsburgh sealed the win with a 4th quarter touchdown pass from #12 Terry Bradshaw to #82 John Stallworth that placed them at the top of the division. (7-1)

Week 9

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 0 0 3
Steelers 0 7 14 7 28
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game attendance: 48,803
  • Game weather: 55°F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Referee: Bernie Ulman

In Week 9, the Steelers beat the Chiefs, 28-3. (8-1)

Week 10

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 2 13 3 14 32
Oilers 0 3 0 6 9

In Week 10, the Steelers defeated the Oilers again, this time in Houston 32-9, and secured a playoff spot. (9-1)

Week 11

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 10 0 20
Jets 0 0 0 7 7

In Week 11, the Steelers beat the Jets 20-7. (10-1)

Week 12

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 14 0 0 17
Steelers 7 3 14 7 31
  • Date: December 7
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 47,962
  • Game weather: 38°F (Sunny) • Wind 11
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty

In another defeat of Cleveland in Week 13, 31-17, the Steelers continued their winning streak to 10. (11-1)

Week 13

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 0 7 14
Steelers 14 7 7 7 35
  • Date: December 13
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 12:30 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 48,889
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), (Sunny) wind 8 mph
  • Referee: Ben Dreith

In Week 13, the Steelers finished the sweep of the division by beating the Bengals again, 35-14. (12-1)

Week 14

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

In the meaningless Week 14 game, the Steelers were beaten by Los Angeles, 10-3. (12-2)

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers(1) 12 2 0 .857 6–0 10–1 373 162 L1
Cincinnati Bengals(4) 11 3 0 .786 3–3 8–3 340 246 W1
Houston Oilers 10 4 0 .714 2–4 7–4 293 226 W3
Cleveland Browns 3 11 0 .214 1–5 2–8 218 372 L1

Stats

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Kicking

Punting

Kick Return

Punt Return

Defense & Fumbles

Scoring Summary

Team

Quarter-by-quarter

Quarter-by-quarter
1 2 3 4 OT T
Steelers 63 118 81 111 0 373
Opponents 9 62 23 68 0 162

Postseason

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Game Site
Divisional Saturday December 27 Baltimore Colts W 28–10 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
Championship Sunday January 4 Oakland Raiders W 16–10 NBC Three Rivers Stadium
Super Bowl X Sunday January 18 Dallas Cowboys W 21–17 CBS Miami Orange Bowl

Game summaries

Divisional

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 3 0 10
Steelers 7 0 7 14 28
  • Franco Harris gained 152 yds rushing one yard less than the Baltimore Colts offense. Andy Russell set a record for elapsed time on a fumble return.

AFC Championship

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 0 10 10
Steelers 0 3 0 13 16
  • Date: January 4
  • Location: Three Rivers Stadium • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 50,609
  • Game weather: 16°F (Blowing Snow)
  • Referee: Ben Dreith
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis, and Don Meredith

Pittsburgh won the game, despite giving up eight turnovers.[5]

Super Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 3 0 7 17
Steelers 7 0 0 14 21
  • Lynn Swann earned the MVP award catching 4 receptions for 161 yards.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers won their 2nd of their 6 Super Bowl championships.

Awards, honors, and records

References

  1. ^ 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  2. ^ 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  3. ^ 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
  4. ^ "1975 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  5. ^ "Number three". Three Rivers top Greatest Play and Game. PittsburghSteelers.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
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