1975 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 43rd in the National Football League. They would be 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.

1975 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coachChuck Noll
General managerDaniel M. Rooney
OwnerArt Rooney
Home fieldThree Rivers Stadium
Results
Record12–2
Division place1st AFC Central
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 28–10
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 16–10
Won Super Bowl X (Cowboys) 21–17
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVPMel Blount
Team ROYJohn Banaszak

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 234Total
Steelers 10 10314 37
Chargers 0 000 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 234Total
Bills 0 10137 30
Steelers 0 0714 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 234Total
Steelers 7 21014 42
Browns 0 006 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 234Total
Broncos 3 600 9
Steelers 7 1006 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 234Total
Bears 0 300 3
Steelers 0 101014 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 234Total
Steelers 3 1003 16
Packers 0 670 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 234Total
Steelers 0 10137 30
Bengals 3 0021 24

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

Week 8

1 234Total
Oilers 0 737 17
Steelers 10 707 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 234Total
Chiefs 0 300 3
Steelers 0 7147 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 234Total
Steelers 2 13314 32
Oilers 0 306 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 234Total
Steelers 0 10100 20
Jets 0 007 7

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

Week 12

1 234Total
Browns 3 1400 17
Steelers 7 3147 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 234Total
Bengals 0 707 14
Steelers 14 777 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 234Total
Steelers 3 000 3
Rams 0 307 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 234Total
Colts 0 730 10
Steelers 7 0714 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 234Total
Raiders 0 0010 10
Steelers 0 3013 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 234Total
Cowboys 7 307 17
Steelers 7 0014 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.
List of AFC champions

The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League, the National Football Conference (NFC) being the other. The AFC has its roots in the American Football League (AFL), which began to play in 1960. In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC.

Scoring summary
1PITRoy Gerela 29-yard field goalSteelers 3–0
1PITFrank Lewis 40-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 10–0
2PITGerry Mullins recovered fumble in end zone (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 17–0
2PITRoy Gerela 25-yard field goalSteelers 20–0
3PITRoy Gerela 38-yard field goalSteelers 23–0
4PITJohn Stallworth 38-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 30–0
4PITMike Collier 7-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 37–0
Scoring summary
2BUFJohn Leypoldt 37-yard field goalBills 3–0
2BUFMike Kadish 26-yard fumble return (John Leypoldt kick)Bills 10–0
3BUFReuben Gant 7-yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)Bills 17–0
3BUFO.J. Simpson 88-yard run (kick failed)Bills 23–0
3PITFranco Harris 2-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Bills 23–7
4BUFBob Chandler 28-yard pass from Joe Ferguson (John Leypoldt kick)Bills 30–7
4PITRandy Grossman 20-yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Roy Gerela kick)Bills 30–14
4PITFranco Harris 1-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Bills 30–21
Scoring summary
1PITJohn Stallworth 3-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 7–0
2PITFranco Harris 1-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 14–0
2PITMike Collier 1-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 21–0
2PITLynn Swann 43-yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 28–0
4CLEMcKinnis 7-yard run (kick failed)Steelers 28–6
4PITReggie Garrett 45-yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 35–6
4PITReggie Harrison 3-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 42–6
Scoring summary
1DENJim Turner 22-yard field goalBroncos 3–0
1PITLynn Swann 43-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 7–3
2PITLynn Swann 9-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 14–3
2PITRoy Gerela 39-yard field goalSteelers 17–3
2DENJim Turner 39-yard field goalSteelers 17–6
2DENJim Turner 36-yard field goalSteelers 17–9
4PITRoy Gerela 28-yard field goalSteelers 20–9
4PITRoy Gerela 30-yard field goalSteelers 23–9
Scoring summary
2CHIBob Thomas 32-yard field goalBears 3–0
2PITRoy Gerela 37-yard field goalTie 3–3
2PITReggie Harrison 1-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 10–3
3PITRoy Gerela 18-yard field goalSteelers 13–3
3PITFranco Harris 3-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 20–3
4PITRocky Bleier 3-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 27–3
4PITTerry Bradshaw 1-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 34–3
Scoring summary
1PITRoy Gerela 19-yard field goalSteelers 3–0
2GBJohn Brockington 2-yard run (kick blocked)Packers 6–3
2PITMike Collier 94-yard kickoff return (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 10–6
2PITRoy Gerela 19-yard field goalSteelers 13–6
3GBJohn Brockington 5-yard run (Joe Danelo kick)Tie 13–13
4PITRoy Gerela 29-yard field goalSteelers 16–13
Scoring summary
1CINDave Green 23-yard field goalBengals 3–0
2PITRoy Gerela 42-yard field goalTie 3–3
2PITLynn Swann 37-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 10–3
3PITRocky Bleier 3-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 17–3
3PITLynn Swann 25-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (kick failed)Steelers 23–3
4CINCharlie Joiner 34-yard pass from Ken Anderson (Dave Green kick)Steelers 23–10
4CINEssex Johnson 3-yard pass from Ken Anderson (Dave Green kick)Steelers 23–17
4PITTerry Bradshaw 1-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 30–17
4CINChip Myers 22-yard pass from Ken Anderson (Dave Green kick)Steelers 30–24
Scoring summary
1PITRoy Gerela 22-yard field goalSteelers 3–0
1PITLynn Swann 8-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 10–0
2HOURonnie Coleman 3-yard run (Skip Butler kick)Steelers 10–7
2PITLarry Brown 6-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 17–7
3HOUSkip Butler 48-yard field goalSteelers 17–10
4HOUFred Willis 1-yard run (Skip Butler kick)Tie 17–17
4PITJohn Stallworth 21-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 24–17
Scoring summary
2KCJan Stenerud 32-yard field goalChiefs 3–0
2PITLynn Swann 42-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 7–3
3PITReggie Harrison 10-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 14–3
3PITJohn Stallworth 16-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 21–3
4PITMike Collier 21-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 28–3
Scoring summary
1PITSafety, Dan Pastorini tackled by Dwight White in end zoneSteelers 2–0
2HOUSkip Butler 27-yard field goalOilers 3–2
2PITFranco Harris 4-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 9–3
2PITLynn Swann 18-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (kick failed)Steelers 15–3
3PITRoy Gerela 30-yard field goalSteelers 18–3
4PITJohn Fuqua 13-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 25–3
4HOUKen Burrough 59-yard pass from Dan Pastorini (kick failed)Steelers 25–9
4PITFranco Harris 13-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 32–9
Scoring summary
2PITRoy Gerela 26-yard field goalSteelers 3–0
2PITFranco Harris 44-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 10–0
3PITFrank Lewis 8-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 17–0
3PITRoy Gerela 19-yard field goalSteelers 20–0
4NYJJerome Barkum 6-yard pass from Joe Namath (Pat Leahy kick)Steelers 20–7
Scoring summary
1CLEDon Cockroft 26-yard field goalBrowns 3–0
1PITFranco Harris 3-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 7–3
2CLEGreg Pruitt 1-yard run (Don Cockroft kick)Browns 10–7
2CLEWillie Miller 17-yard fumble return (Don Cockroft kick)Browns 17–7
2PITRoy Gerela 32-yard field goalBrowns 17–10
3PITLynn Swann 3-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Tie 17–17
3PITLynn Swann 18-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 24–17
4PITFranco Harris 8-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 31–17
Scoring summary
1PITLynn Swann 3-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 7–0
1PITJ.T. Thomas 21-yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 14–0
2CINStan Fritts 1-yard run (Dave Green kick)Steelers 14–7
2PITFranco Harris 10-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 21–7
3PITTerry Bradshaw 7-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 28–7
4PITFranco Harris 2-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 35–7
4CINIsaac Curtis 1-yard pass from Ken Anderson (Dave Green kick)Steelers 35–14
Scoring summary
1PITRoy Gerela 20-yard field goalSteelers 3–0
2LATom Dempsey 26-yard field goalTie 3–3
4LARon Jaworski 5-yard run (Tom Dempsey kick)Rams 10–3
Scoring summary
1PITFranco Harris 8-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 7–0
2BALGlenn Doughty 5-yard pass from Marty Domres (Toni Linhart kick)Tie 7–7
3BALToni Linhart 21-yard field goalColts 10–7
3PITRocky Bleier 7-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 14–10
4PITTerry Bradshaw 2-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 21–10
4PITAndy Russell 93-yard fumble return (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 28–10
Scoring summary
2PITRoy Gerela 36-yard field goalSteelers 3–0
4PITFranco Harris 25-yard run (Roy Gerela kick)Steelers 10–0
4OAKMike Siani 14-yard pass from Ken Stabler (George Blanda kick)Steelers 10–7
4PITJohn Stallworth 20-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (kick failed)Steelers 16–7
4OAKGeorge Blanda 41-yard field goalSteelers 16–10
Scoring summary
110:24DALDrew Pearson 29-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)Cowboys 7–0
15:57PITRandy Grossman 7-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)Tie 7–7
214:45DALToni Fritsch 36-yard field goalCowboys 10–7
411:28PITSafety, Reggie Harrison blocked punt through end zoneCowboys 10–9
48:41PITRoy Gerela 36-yard field goalSteelers 12–10
46:37PITRoy Gerela 18-yard field goalSteelers 15–10
43:06PITLynn Swann 64-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (kick failed)Steelers 21–10
41:48DALPercy Howard 34-yard pass from Roger Staubach (Toni Fritsch kick)Steelers 21–17
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