1975 Pittsburgh Steelers season
|1975 Pittsburgh Steelers season|
|Head coach||Chuck Noll|
|General manager||Daniel M. Rooney|
|Home field||Three Rivers Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 28–10|
Won AFC Championship (Raiders) 16–10
Won Super Bowl X (Cowboys) 21–17
|Team MVP||Mel Blount|
|Team ROY||John Banaszak|
The 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers team was the second championship team in club history. This Steelers team entered the beginning of the season as defending champions for the first time in their 40-year history. The team was led by a dominating defense and a quick offense, and won Super Bowl X over the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17. The team posted their best defensive numbers since 1946, and scored more points than any other Steelers team to that point.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Personnel
- 3 Preseason
- 4 Regular season
- 5 Stats
- 6 Postseason
- 7 Awards, honors, and records
- 8 References
|1975 Pittsburgh Steelers draft|
|1||26||Dave Brown||CB||Michigan||played 1 season for Steelers|
|2||51||Bob Barber||DE||Grambling||playing for Packers; 1976-79|
|3||78||Walter White||TE||Maryland||Traded to Chiefs|
|9||234||Bruce Reimer||RB||North Dakota State|
|11||286||Randy Little||TE||West Liberty|
|12||312||Greg Murphy||DE||Penn State|
|13||337||Bob Gaddis||WR||Mississippi Valley State||played mostly in CFL|
|14||364||Mike Collier||RB||Morgan St||played 1 season for Steelers|
|1975 Pittsburgh Steelers staff|
Strength and conditioning
|1975 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster|
During the preseason, the Steelers acquired undrafted free-agent, John Banaszak. The Defensive tackle from East. Michigan played in three games and later became the 1975 Team ROY (Rookie of the Year).
|1||Fri. August 1||vs.||College All-Stars||W 21–14||Soldier Field|
|2||Sat. August 9||Philadelphia Eagles||L 14–17||Three Rivers Stadium|
|3||Sun. August 17||vs.||Oakland Raiders||L 21–24||Memorial Stadium|
|4||Fri. August 22||@||Baltimore Colts||W 31–10||Memorial Stadium|
|5||Sat. August 30||vs.||New York Giants||L 7–24||Palmer Stadium|
|6||Sat. September 6||New Orleans Saints||W 24–13||Three Rivers Stadium|
|7||Sat. September 13||@||Dallas Cowboys||L 16–17||Texas Stadium|
|1||Sun. September 21||@||San Diego Chargers||W 37–0||NBC||San Diego Stadium|
|2||Sun. September 28||Buffalo Bills||L 21–30||NBC||Three Rivers Stadium|
|3||Sun. October 5||@||Cleveland Browns||W 42–6||NBC||Cleveland Municipal Stadium|
|4||Sun. October 12||Denver Broncos||W 20–9||Three Rivers Stadium|
|5||Sun. October 19||Chicago Bears||W 34–3||CBS||Three Rivers Stadium|
|6||Sun. October 26||@||Green Bay Packers||W 16–13||NBC||County Stadium|
|7||Sun. November 2||@||Cincinnati Bengals||W 30–24||NBC||Riverfront Stadium|
|8||Sun. November 9||Houston Oilers||W 24–17||NBC||Three Rivers Stadium|
|9||Sun. November 16||Kansas City Chiefs||W 28–3||NBC||Three Rivers Stadium|
|10||Mon. November 24||@||Houston Oilers||W 32–9||ABC||Houston Astrodome|
|11||Sun. November 30||@||New York Jets||W 20–7||NBC||Shea Stadium|
|12||Sun. December 7||Cleveland Browns||W 31–17||NBC||Three Rivers Stadium|
|13||Sat. December 13||Cincinnati Bengals||W 35–14||NBC||Three Rivers Stadium|
|14||Sat. December 20||@||Los Angeles Rams||L 3–10||ABC||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
In the Week 1 game, the Steelers opened the season as defending champions, and crushed the Chargers, 37-0, in San Diego. (1-0)
In Week 2, the Steelers, coming off a crushing defeat of the Chargers in Week 1, came to play revenge eager Buffalo in Pittsburgh. The Bills had been beaten the previous year by the Steelers in the playoffs, 32-14. Chuck Noll had warned the team the previous week that the team did not play very well, however, the players ignored him and were beaten by a 227-yard-rushing day by RB O.J. Simpson, 30-21. (1-1)
In this Week 3 matchup, the Steelers would be hosted by the Cleveland Browns. These two teams had already been established as one of the league's best rivalries by this time, and Joe Greene's infamous kicking of the Browns lineman Bob McKay only fueled the rivalry. The fight that broke out afterwards caught it on fire. Greene was later fined $500 while the Steelers beat the Browns, 42-6. (2-1)
In Week 4, the Steelers beat the Denver Broncos in Three Rivers, 23-9. (3-1)
In Week 5, the Steelers crushed Chicago, 34-3. Three weeks after the Steelers were beaten by Buffalo, the team was 4-1, and had allowed only 18 points during the last three weeks while scoring 99. (4-1)
In Week 5, the Packers would host the Steelers in Milwaukee, however, the tense battle ended in Pittsburgh's favor, 16-13. (5-1)
In Week 7, the Steelers played the Bengals in Riverfront Stadium and beat up the Bengals, 30-24. (6-1)
In this heated Week 8 battle, the Steelers would play host to the Houston Oilers. Pittsburgh sealed the win with a 4th quarter touchdown pass from #12 Terry Bradshaw to #82 John Stallworth that placed them at the top of the division. (7-1)
In Week 9, the Steelers beat the Chiefs, 28-3. (8-1)
In Week 10, the Steelers defeated the Oilers again, this time in Houston 32-9, and secured a playoff spot. (9-1)
In Week 11, the Steelers beat the Jets 20-7. (10-1)
In another defeat of Cleveland in Week 13, 31-17, the Steelers continued their winning streak to 10. (11-1)
In Week 13, the Steelers finished the sweep of the division by beating the Bengals again, 35-14. (12-1)
In the meaningless Week 14 game, the Steelers were beaten by Los Angeles, 10-3. (12-2)
Defense & Fumbles
|Divisional||Saturday December 27||Baltimore Colts||W 28–10||NBC||Three Rivers Stadium|
|Championship||Sunday January 4||Oakland Raiders||W 16–10||NBC||Three Rivers Stadium|
|Super Bowl X||Sunday January 18||Dallas Cowboys||W 21–17||CBS||Miami Orange Bowl|
- Franco Harris gained 152 yds rushing one yard less than the Baltimore Colts offense. Andy Russell set a record for elapsed time on a fumble return.
Pittsburgh won the game, despite giving up eight turnovers.
- Lynn Swann earned the MVP award catching 4 receptions for 161 yards.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers won their 2nd of their 6 Super Bowl championships.
Awards, honors, and records
- Mel Blount, National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award
- Lynn Swann, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player
- 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
- 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
- 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide.
- "1975 Pittsburgh Steelers". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- "Number three". Three Rivers top Greatest Play and Game. PittsburghSteelers.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2008.