|'79 Steelers Yearbook Profile
BIRTHDATE--July 8, 1952|
HOW ACQUIRED--Draft (2nd in '74)
NFL EXP.--6 years
GAMES PLAYED--'74 (14), '75 (14), '76 (14), '77 (11), '78 (16)
PRO: Is the heart of the Steeler defense and one of the premier players in the league at his position..... His great play in 1978 was a key in the team's defensive comeback..... Made
the college and Pro Football News All NFL first team and the NEA 2nd team and the UPI, Pro Football Weekly and Sporting News All AFC first team.....Has had a phenomenal career since joining
the Steelers in 1974..... At that time filled the only hole in a defense that was to become one of the greatest in pro football history and since then the team has won three Super Bowls in five seasons.....
Was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1974..... Made All Pro in 1975..... Was NFL Defensive player of the Year in 1976 and was elected the Steelers' MVP by his teammates..... Selected to the Pro Bowl
after the 1975 season and has made it four straight years now..... Has led the Steelers in tackles five years in a row..... In the first Houston game last season had career-highs with 20 total tackles and 15
unassisted..... Was in double figures in ten games..... Was in on 12 tackles to lead both teams in Super Bowl XIII..... Had a career high of four interceptions and in the second Houston game had two which
was the second time in his career he had done this..... Recovered two fumbles to bring career total to 10 in regular season..... Holds Steeler season record with 6 fumble recoveries in 1976 the NFL AFC Championship
Game's mark with three against Oakland in 1975..... At 220 is the lightest of the great middle LBs in the NFL and compensates for this with exceptional upper body strength and great range..... Is very fast and
quick..... Has been hurt just once when he missed three games with a knee injury in 1977..... With Jack Ham combines to give the Steelers two of the best LBs in pro football..... At 27 his best football is
in front of him and has the opportunity to rank among the all-time greats.
COLLEGE: Tri-captain in senior year..... Three year regular..... Played DE as a sophomore..... Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1972..... All Conference first team in final two
seasons..... Was MVP in the 1972 Tangerine Bowl against Tampa..... Played in the North-South and All America postseason games..... Management major.
PERSONAL: Single..... Lives in Pittsburgh..... Was a QB in high school..... Toured military bases in the far east in 1976 and in southern Europe in 1977..... Active with Children's Hospital's Ronald McDonald House.
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