BIRTHDATE--September 2, 1948|
HOW ACQUIRED--Draft (1st Overall in '70)
NFL EXP.--11 years
GAMES PLAYED--'70 (13), '71 (14), '72 (14), '73 (10), '74 (8), '75 (14), '76 (10), '77 (14), '78 (16), '79 (16)
PRO: Has won more league championships than any other QB in history except Bart Starr..... Can equal the latter's record with his 5th in 1980..... Had his two greatest seasons the last two years and is the indispensible man on the Steeler roster.....
Followed his sensational 1978 performance with his best season statistically last year..... Set team and personal records for attempts (472), completions (259), and yards (3,724), becoming the first Steeler ever to throw for 3,000 yards.....
Was 3rd in the NFL in total yardage..... Had the first 300-yard regular season games of his career, topping the total three times in a five game span vs. Washington (311), Cleveland (364), and Cincinatti (339)..... Threw four touchdown passes in a regular
season game for the first time against the Redskins..... Had at least one TD pass in 17 of 19 games and was second in the NFL with 26 TD passes..... For the second season in a row was the most productive postseason player in the league and won the
Most Valuable Player award in the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year, matching Starr's feat..... The two are the only players to earn the homor more than once..... Completed 53 of 82 passes for 64.6 percent and six TDs in three postseason games
to continue his career pattern of performing better in the playoffs than in the regular season..... Was 14 of 21 (66.7 percent)with two TDs for 309 yards in the Super Bowl vs. Los Angeles..... Scoring passes were 47 and 73 yards..... In four Super Bowls is
49 for 84 (58.3 percent) for 932 yards with nine TD passes and only 4 interceptions..... Holds Super Bowl career records for yards passing (932), and TD passes (9)..... Owns single game SB marks for yards (318) and TDs (4), both vs. Dallas in SB XIII and his
75-yard TD to Stallworth in that game equalled the longest play in SB history..... Is the NFL's all-time postseason leader in attempts (417), completions (233), Yards (3,508), average yards per attempt (8.41) and TD passes (28)..... SB XIII climaxed his greatest
season to date..... During that season (1978) he became the first Steeler to win a passing title when he led the AFC with a rating of 84.8, one tenth of a point less than NFL leader Roger Staubach..... Topped the league in TD passes in 1978 with a career high 28
(plus 8 in the postseason), the most in pro football since the 1970 merger, and threw at least one TDpass in 18 of 19 games..... Was first in the NFL in yards per passing attempt with a 7.92 average, the second straight year he led in that department..... Was unanimous
All Pro and selected NFL Player of the Year by Associated Press, Sport Magazine, and the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia..... Was voted team MVP for the second year in a row by his teammates which is the first time any player has won the honor twice..... Needs 72 yards passing to become the 27th player in NFL history to pass for 20,000 yards and
during the 1980 season should move up a couple of notches by passing Billy Kilmer (20,809) and Earl Morrall (20,809)..... With 147 TD passes will become the 26th to throw for 150..... Passing yardage and TD passes are 4th highest among active AFC players
and could easily move into second place, then trailing only Miami's Bob Griese in both..... Is the 9th leading rusher in team history with 1,971 yards but had
only 21 attempts and 83 yards, both career lows, last season..... Did not score a TD for the first time in his career but still holds second place on the teams all-time list with 28 TDs rushing..... Yardage and TD passes are second highest among active AFC players..... In three Super Bowls has completed 35 of 63 (55.6%) for 623 yards with 7 TD's and 1 interception.....
Was the first player selected in the 1970 draft after the Steelers won the right to that in a coin flip woth Chicago..... Started eight games and led the NFL in interceptions his rookie year..... In 1971 started all but one game and led the Steelers to
their best season in eight years..... With the addition of Franco Harris in 1972 the Steelers achieved offensive balance..... Guided team to best record ever (11-3) to that point and
first of eight straight playoff appearances..... The following season a separated shoulder kept him out four games..... Turning point in his career came in 1974 when Joe Gillam won regular job in training camp while veterans were on strike.....Regained starting position
after six games with Steelers in first place..... Completed 58% of his passes in playoffs, including a 9 of 14 game with one TD vs. Minnesota in S.B. IX..... Had his best season prior to 1978-79 in 1975 in 1975 when he became the youngest QB since John Unitas
(1958-1959) to win back to back NFL titles..... Established a team record for passing accuracy (57.8) and had the best TD (18) to interception (9) ratio of career with highest passer rating (88.2)..... Was again outstanding in Super Bowl with 209 yard,
2-TD game vs. Dallas in Super Bowl X, including game-winning 64-yarder to Lynn Swann..... Suffered concussion on that play which kept him from playing in first Pro Bowl..... Named 1975 NFL Player of the Year by Football News..... Was plagued by neck
and wrist injuries in 1976 which sidelined him for four games completely and halves of four others..... Set an AFC playoff record by completeing 77.8 percent (14-18) of his passes in a first-round win over Baltimore..... Steelers went to more of a passing game in 1977 and he played the last 11 games with a hard cast protecting a fractured left wrist injured against Houston.....
Voted team MVP for first time that year..... Has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times including the last two seasons and played in the game twice..... Early in his career was a great threat running the ball and is still an effective scrambler with exceptional speed and strength..... Is very tough to bring down..... Is very durable.....
Has played in every game the last three years and in his entire career has missed just 8 out of a possible 162 games due to injury..... Has talked of retirement but is in great physical condition and can play several more seasons on a full-time basis..... Is a sure Hall of Famer.
COLLEGE: Holds all school passing and total offense records..... Completed 52.5% of his passes for 7,149 yards and 42 TDs..... Was co-captain in senior year..... 1st team AP College Division, Coaches and Time All America teams and 2nd team UPI
and Sporting News..... Played in North-South game and was MVP in Senior Bowl..... Liberal Arts major.
PERSONAL: Lives in Grand Cane Louisiana where he has a 400 acre cattle ranch..... Is married to JoJo Starbuck, a professional ice skater..... Has performed as a professional entertainer in singing and acting roles..... Once held the national schoolastic
javelin record..... Was awarded and honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Alderson-Broaddus (W. Va.) in 1979.
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