John Banaszak

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John Banaszak
Date of birth: (1950-08-24) August 24, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Defensive tackle
College: Eastern Michigan
As player:
Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
Michigan Panthers (USFL)
Memphis Showboats (USFL)
Career stats
Playing stats at

John Banaszak (born August 24, 1950) is a former professional football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1975 to 1981, and current head coach at Robert Morris University. He is a three-time Super Bowl Champion. Banaszak was a starter at right defensive end for the Steelers in Super Bowl XIII and Super Bowl XIV. He later played in the United States Football League (USFL), winning a championship as a starting defensive end for the Michigan Panthers in 1983. Banazak played for Michigan in 1983 and 1984 and for the Memphis Showboats in 1895.

After his football career, owned a chain of oil change centers and worked for the Peters Township Recreation Department.[1] In 1995, Banaszak became defensive coordinator of Washington & Jefferson College football team.[1] He was promoted to head coach in 1999.[2] He was fired from W&J after publicly exploring other coaching jobs.[1] He left the college as the 3rd most winning coach in school history.[1]

Banaszak was an assistant football coach under Joe Walton at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.[3] He officially began his duties as head coach at Robert Morris in December 2013

Banaszak was hospitalized in Pittsburgh on April 23, 2009 in serious condition. It was first reported that he had suffered multiple aneurysms. That was later found to be incorrect and he may have suffered from an overdose of aspirin which was being taken for neck pain.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Steeler fired as W&J coach: Uncertainty spelled doom for Banaszak". Associated Press  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). December 14, 2002. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Presidents Football 2009" (PDF). Washington & Jefferson College. 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  3. ^ Emert, Rich (October 30, 2006). "Q&A: John Banaszak: A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers, he stays in the game as a college coach". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Fabregas, Luis (April 25, 2009). "Former Steelers DE Banaszak recovering". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 2, 2011.