1972 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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The 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the team's 40th in the National Football League.

The team posted a record of 11–3 in 1972, and won their first-ever AFC Central Division title. It was the team's third-ever postseason appearance, its first postseason appearance in ten seasons (the Playoff Bowl for third place in the league), and only its second playoff game since 1947.

1972 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Raiders) 13–7
Lost AFC Championship (Dolphins) 21–17
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
Team MVP Franco Harris
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1971 1973 >

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1972 Pittsburgh Steelers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Franco Harris *   RB Penn State
2 38 Gordon Gravelle  OT BYU
3 63 John McMakin  TE Clemson
4 80 Lorenzo Brinkley  DB Missouri
4 88 Ed Bradley  LB Wake Forest
5 113 Steve Furness  DE Rhode Island
6 143 Dennis Meyer  DB Arkansas State
7 159 Joe Colquitt  DE Kansas State
7 168 Robert Kelly  DB Jackson State
8 193 Stahle Vincent  RB Rice
9 217 Don Kelley  DB Clemson
10 243 Bob Brown  DT Tampa
11 273 Joe Gilliam  QB Tennessee State
12 298 Ron Curl  OT Michigan State
13 323 Ernie Messmer  OT Villanova
14 348 Tommy Durrance  RB Florida
15 368 John Hulecki  OG UMass
15 373 Charles Harrington  OG Witchita State
16 403 Nate Hawkins  WR UNLV
17 428 Ron Linehan  LB Idaho
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

Roster[edit]

1972 Pittsburgh Steelers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name
TE 85 AdamsInjured Reserve, BobBob AdamsInjured Reserve
RB 46 Bankston, WarrenWarren Bankston
RB 20 Bleier, RockyRocky Bleier
QB 12 Bradshaw, TerryTerry Bradshaw
TE 87 Brown, LarryLarry Brown
G 50 Clack, JimJim Clack
G 85 Davis, DaveDave Davis
G 57 Davis (C), SamSam Davis (C)
RB 35 Davis, SteveSteve Davis
RB 33 Fuqua, JohnJohn Fuqua
QB 17 Gilliam, JoeJoe Gilliam
T 71 Gravelle, GordonGordon Gravelle
QB 5 Hanratty, TerryTerry Hanratty
RB 32 Harris, FrancoFranco Harris
G 77 Holmes, MelMel Holmes
T 55 Kolb, JonJon Kolb
WR 43 Lewis, FrankFrank Lewis
C 56 Mansfield, RayRay Mansfield
TE 89 McMakin, JohnJohn McMakin
G 72 Mullins, GerryGerry Mullins
RB 26 Pearson, PrestonPreston Pearson
WR 25 Shanklin, RonRon Shanklin
WR 88 Smith, Dave L.Dave L. Smith
G 66 Van Dyke, BruceBruce Van Dyke
WR 31 Young, AlAl Young
Defense
Pos. # Name
FS 49 Anderson, RalphRalph Anderson
DB 37 Beatty, ChuckChuck Beatty
CB 47 Blount, MelMel Blount
LB 38 Bradley, EdEd Bradley
DB 44 Calland, LeeLee Calland
LB 53 Davis, HenryHenry Davis
DB 29 Dockery, JohnJohn Dockery
FS 27 Edwards, GlenGlen Edwards
DT 64 Furness, SteveSteve Furness
DT 75 Greene, JoeJoe Greene
DE 68 Greenwood, L.C.L.C. Greenwood
LB 59 Ham, JackJack Ham
DE 67 Hanneman, CraigCraig Hanneman
DT 63 Holmes, ErnieErnie Holmes
DT 60 McGee, BenBen McGee
CB 48 Rowser, JohnJohn Rowser
LB 34 Russell (C), AndyAndy Russell (C)
CB 24 Thomas, J.T.J.T. Thomas
LB 61 Stenger, BrianBrian Stenger
FS 23 Wagner, MikeMike Wagner
LB 90 Webster, GeorgeGeorge Webster
DE 78 White, DwightDwight White
LB 36 Winfrey, ChuckChuck Winfrey
Special teams
Pos. # Name
K 10 Gerela, RoyRoy Gerela
P 39 Walden, BobbyBobby Walden
LS 55 Kolb, JonJon Kolb
H 39 Walden, BobbyBobby Walden
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt


Depth chart[edit]

Defense
1972 Pittsburgh Steelers roster


FS
49 Ralph Anderson
27 Glen Edwards


ROLB MLB LOLB
34 Andy Russell 53 Henry Davis 59 Jack Ham
36 Chuck Winfrey 38 Ed Bradley 90 George Webster
61 Brian Stenger
SS
23 Mike Wagner
37 Chuck Beatty
CB
48 John Rowser
29 John Dockery


DE DT DT DE
78 Dwight White 60 Ben McGee 75 Joe Greene 68 L.C. Greenwood
67 Craig Hanneman 63 Ernie Holmes 64 Steve Furness
CB
47 Mel Blount
44 Lee Calland
Offense
1972 Pittsburgh Steelers roster
WR
43 Frank Lewis
31 Al Young
LT LG C RG RT
55 Jon Kolb 57 Sam Davis 56 Ray Mansfield 66 Bruce Van Dyke 72 Gerry Mullins
71 Gordon Gravelle 50 Jim Clack 77 Mel Holmes 74 John Brown IR
TE
89 John McMakin
87 Larry Brown
85 Bob Adams IR
WR
25 Ron Shanklin
88 Dave L. Smith
QB
12 Terry Bradshaw
5 Terry Hanratty
17 Joe Gilliam
RB
33 John Fuqua
20 Rocky Bleier
35 Steve Davis
FB
32 Franco Harris
26 Preston Pearson
46 Warren Bankston
Special Teams
PK 10 Roy Gerela
P 39 Bobby Walden
KR 26 Preston Pearson
PR 27 Glen Edwards
LS 55 Jon Kolb
H 39 Bobby Walden


Staff[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 17, 1972 Oakland Raiders W 34–28
2 September 24, 1972 at Cincinnati Bengals L 15–10
3 October 1, 1972 at St. Louis Cardinals W 25–19
4 October 8, 1972 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–13
5 October 15, 1972 Houston Oilers W 24–7
6 October 22, 1972 New England Patriots W 33–3
7 October 29, 1972 at Buffalo Bills W 38–21
8 November 5, 1972 Cincinnati Bengals W 40–17
9 November 12, 1972 Kansas City Chiefs W 16–7
10 November 19, 1972 at Cleveland Browns L 26–24
11 November 26, 1972 Minnesota Vikings W 23–10
12 December 3, 1972 Cleveland Browns W 30–0
13 December 10, 1972 at Houston Oilers W 9–3
14 December 17, 1972 at San Diego Chargers W 24–2

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 7 0 21 28
Steelers 14 3 10 7 34
  • References: [1]


The Steelers were able to start off against the Raiders at home scoring 17 unanswered points (2TDs/PATs and a FG) and eventually ended up defeating the team by 6 for a 34–28 victory and a 1–0 start.

Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 0 0 10
Bengals 3 0 6 6 15
  • References: [2]


Week 3: at St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 12 0 10 25
Cardinals 0 6 6 7 19
  • References: [3]


Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 6 7 0 0 13
Cowboys 3 7 7 0 17
  • References: [4]


Week 5: vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 0 0 0 7
Steelers 0 10 7 7 24
  • References:[5]


Week 6: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 0 3 0 3
Steelers 10 7 13 3 33
  • References: [6]


Week 7: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 17 7 14 38
Bills 0 0 7 14 21
  • References: [7]


Week 8: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 0 14 3 17
Steelers 10 16 7 7 40


Week 9: Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 0 0 7
• Steelers 0 0 3 13 16

Scoring Drives:


Week 10: Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 7 7 7 24
• Browns 10 10 3 3 26

Scoring Drives:


Week 11: Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 0 0 7 10
• Steelers 7 0 3 13 23

Scoring Drives:


Week 12: Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 0 0 0 0
• Steelers 3 7 7 13 30

Franco Harris breaks Jim Brown's record for consecutive 100 yd games.

Scoring Drives:



Week 13: Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Steelers 3 0 6 0 9
Oilers 0 3 0 0 3
  • Date: December 10
  • Location: Houston Astrodome
  • Game attendance: 36,528
  • Referee: John McDonough

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 24 3–0
  • Houston – FG Butler 34 3–3
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 39 6–3
  • Pittsburgh – FG Gerela 13 9–3


Week 14: San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Steelers 7 7 3 7 24
Chargers 2 0 0 0 2

the pittsburgh steelers clinched their first afc central division title (the day before the game Frank Sinatra is inducted into Franco's Italian Army).

Scoring Drives:


Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 3 0 .786 343 175 W-4
Cleveland Browns 10 4 0 .714 268 249 W-2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 6 0 .571 299 229 W-1
Houston Oilers 1 13 0 .071 164 380 L-11

Postseason[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

Divisional: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 0 7 7
Steelers 0 0 3 10 13


AFC Championship: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Dolphins 0 7 7 7 21
Steelers 7 0 3 7 17



References[edit]