1987 Pittsburgh Steelers season

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1987 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coach Chuck Noll
General manager Dick Haley
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Three Rivers Stadium
Results
Record 8–7
Division place 3rd in AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers C Mike Webster
AP All-Pros none
Team MVP Mike Merriweather
Team ROY Delton Hall
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1986 1988 >

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1987 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.
  • Treasurer – Dennis P. Thimons
  • Business Manager – Joe Gordon
  • Chief Negotiator – James A. Boston
  • Office Manager - Stadium – Dan Ferens
  • Publicity Director – Dan Edwards
  • Assistant Publicity Director – Pat Hanlon
  • Director of Ticket Sales – Geraldine Glenn
  • Computer Director - Accounting – Jim Ellenberger
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Tom Modrak
  • Talent Scout – East – Tom Donahoe
  • Talent Scout – Midwest – Jesse Kaye
  • Talent Scout – West Coast – Bob Schmitz

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Tom Moore
  • Offensive Line: Tackles/Tight Ends – Ron Blackledge
  • Offensive Backfield – Dick Hoak
  • Offensive Line: Centers/Guards – Hal Hunter
  • Computer & Special Teams – Jon Kolb
Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning & Training Coach – Walt Evans
  • Dentist – Dr. George P. Boucek
  • Opthalmologist – Dr. Phillip Buzzelli
  • Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. Thomas W. Cowan
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Neurological Surgery Consultant – Dr. Joseph C. Maroon
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Richard Rydze
  • Physician, Consultant – Dr. Abraham J.Twerski
  • Physician, M.D. – Dr. Anthony P. Yates
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Trainer – Fran Feld
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi
  • Field Manager – Rodgers Freyvogel
  • Video & Film Director – Bob McCartney
  • Photographers – Mike Fabus, Bill Amatucci

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Roster[edit]

1987 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] [5]


Rookies in italics
100 Active, 4 Inactive, Practice squad

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Location Time (ET) TV Result Record
1 Sun. Sep. 13 San Francisco 49ers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS W 30–17 1–0
2 Sun. Sep. 20 at Cleveland Browns Cleveland Municipal Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 34–10 1–1
3 Sun. Sep. 27 New York Jets Three Rivers Stadium 4:00 pm NBC Canceled 1–1
4 Sun. Oct. 4 at Atlanta Falcons Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 28–12 2–1
5 Sun. Oct. 11 at Los Angeles Rams Anaheim Stadium 4:00 pm NBC L 31–21 2–2
6 Sun. Oct. 18 Indianapolis Colts Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 21–7 3–2
7 Sun. Oct. 25 Cincinnati Bengals Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 23–20 4–2
8 Sun. Nov. 1 at Miami Dolphins Joe Robbie Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 35–24 4–3
9 Sun. Nov. 8 at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 17–16 5–3
10 Sun. Nov. 15 Houston Oilers Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC L 23–3 5–4
11 Sun. Nov. 22 at Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 30–16 6–4
12 Sun. Nov. 29 New Orleans Saints Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm CBS L 20–16 6–5
13 Sun. Dec. 6 Seattle Seahawks Three Rivers Stadium 1:00 pm NBC W 13–9 7–5
14 Sun. Dec. 13 at San Diego Chargers Jack Murphy Stadium 4:00 pm NBC W 20–16 8–5
15 Sun. Dec. 20 at Houston Oilers Astrodome 1:00 pm NBC L 24–16 8–6
16 Sat. Dec. 26 Cleveland Browns Three Rivers Stadium 12:30 pm NBC L 19–13 8–7

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 13, 1987): vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 3 7 7 17
Steelers 7 10 3 10 30

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Week 2 (Sunday September 20, 1987): at Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 7 0 10
Browns 0 10 7 17 34

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 79,543
  • Referee: Gene Barth
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Marv Albert (play by play), Joe Namath (color commentator)
  • Cleveland – FG Jaeger 29
  • Cleveland – Mack 1 run (Jaeger kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 27
  • PIttsburgh – Shell 19 fumble return (Anderson kick)
  • Cleveland – McNeil 11 pass from Kosar (Jaeger kick)
  • Cleveland – FG Jaeger 23
  • Cleveland – Matthews 26 interception return (Jaeger kick)
  • Cleveland – Weathers 37 pass from Kosar (Jaeger kick)

Week 3 (Sunday September 27, 1987): vs. New York Jets[edit]

Canceled due to player's strike.

Week 4 (Sunday October 4, 1987): at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 14 0 14 28
Falcons 3 0 2 7 12

at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

This game was played with replacement players.

Week 5 (Sunday October 11, 1987): at Los Angeles Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 0 7 21
Rams 7 14 7 3 31

at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

  • Game time: 4:00 PM EDT
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 20,219
  • Referee: Bob Frederic
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Fred Roggin (play by play), Dave Lapham (color commentator)

This game was played with replacement players.

  • Los Angeles Rams – Jackson recovered blocked punt in end zone (Lansford kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Alston 22 pass from Bono (Trout kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Carter 10 pass from Bono (Trout kick)
  • Los Angeles Rams – White 2 run (Lansford kick)
  • Los Angeles Rams – McDonald 1 pass from Dils (Lansford kick)
  • Los Angeles Rams – Moore 11 pass from Dils (Lansford kick)
  • Los Angeles Rams – FG Lansford 29
  • Pittsburgh – Alston 42 pass from Collier (Trout kick)

Week 6 (Sunday October 18, 1987): vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 0 0 7
Steelers 7 0 0 14 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This game was played with replacement players.

Week 7 (Sunday October 25, 1987): vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 7 6 0 20
Steelers 3 0 7 13 23

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 53,692
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)

Week 8 (Sunday November 1, 1987): at Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 7 3 0 24
Dolphins 0 7 14 14 35

at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida

  • Pittsburgh – Lockett 10 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Shell 50 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Hardy 2 pass from Marino (Reveiz kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Miami – Clayton 41 pass from Marino (Reveiz kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • Miami – Duper 50 pass from Marino (Reveiz kick)
  • Miami – Clayton 33 pass from Marino (Reveiz kick)
  • Miami – Stradford 5 run (Reveiz kick)

Week 9 (Sunday November 8, 1987): at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 7 3 17
Chiefs 7 3 0 6 16

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Kansas City – Maas 6 fumble return (Lowery kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Carter 4 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 41
  • Pittsburgh – Carter 26 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 27
  • Kansas City – FG Lowery 38
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 44

Week 10 (Sunday November 15, 1987): vs. Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 0 3 14 6 23
Steelers 3 0 0 0 3

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 22
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 34
  • Houston – Duncan 14 pass from Moon (Zendejas kick)
  • Houston – D. Hill 42 pass from Moon (Zendejas kick)
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 20
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 40

Week 11 (Sunday November 22, 1987): at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 10 7 10 30
Bengals 3 3 3 7 16

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 35
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 52
  • Pittsburgh – Woodson 45 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 38
  • Cincinnati – FG Breech 41
  • Pittsburgh – Thompson 14 pass from Malone (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 46
  • CIncinnati – Kinnebrew 2 run (Breech kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 42 run (Anderson kick)

Week 12 (Sunday November 29, 1987): vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 0 7 10 20
Steelers 0 14 0 2 16

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 1:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 47,896
  • Referee: Fred Wyant
  • TV announcers: (CBS) Tim Brant (play by play), Hank Stram (color commentator)
  • New Orleans – FG Andersen 25
  • Pittsburgh – Woodruff 33 interception return (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Abercrombie 5 run (Anderson kick)
  • New Orleans – Mayes 5 run (Andersen kick)
  • New Orleans – Martin 19 pass from Hebert (Andersen kick)
  • New Orleans – FG Andersen 32
  • Pittsburgh – Safety, Hansen ran out of end zone

Week 13 (Sunday December 6, 1987): vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 6 0 0 9
Steelers 3 3 0 7 13

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 37
  • Seattle – FG Johnson 33
  • Seattle – Largent 12 pass from Krieg (pass failed)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 24
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 11 run (Anderson kick)

Week 14 (Sunday December 13, 1987): at San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 10 3 20
Chargers 9 0 7 0 16

at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Game time: 4:00 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 51,605
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)
  • San Diego – Brandon recovered blocked punt in end zone (Abbott kick)
  • San DIego – Safety, Ehin tackled Malone in end zone
  • Pittsburgh – Pollard 8 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 7 run (Anderson kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 43
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 33
  • San Diego – James 15 pass from Fouts (Abbott kick)

Week 15 (Sunday December 20, 1987): at Houston Oilers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 3 7 3 16
Oilers 0 10 7 7 24

at Astrodome, Houston, Texas

  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 25
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 35
  • Houston – Hill 52 pass from Moon (Zendejas kick)
  • Houston – FG Zendejas 34
  • Pittsburgh – Malone 1 run (Anderson kick)
  • Houston – Pinkett 5 run (Zendejas kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 20
  • Houston – Hill 30 pass from Moon (Zendejas kick)

Week 16 (Saturday December 26, 1987): vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 6 3 7 19
Steelers 0 3 0 10 13

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time: 12:30 PM EST
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 56,394
  • Referee: Dick Hantak
  • TV announcers: (NBC) Don Criqui (play by play), Bob Trumpy (color commentator)
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 31
  • Cleveland – Tennell 2 pass from Kosar (kick failed)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 39
  • Cleveland – FG Bahr 30
  • Pittsburgh – FG Anderson 27
  • Cleveland – Byner 2 run (Bahr kick)
  • Pittsburgh – Gowdy 45 interception return (Anderson kick)

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Cleveland Browns 10 5 0 .667 390 239
Houston Oilers 9 6 0 .600 345 349
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 7 0 .533 285 299
Cincinnati Bengals 4 11 0 .267 285 370

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1987 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  2. ^ 1987 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  3. ^ 1988 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide. 
  4. ^ "http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/pit/1987_roster.htm". 
  5. ^ "http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/rosters.nsf/Annual/1987-pit". 
  6. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 382. Retrieved July 31, 2011.