Cliff Stoudt

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Cliff Stoudt
No. 18
Date of birth (1955-03-27) March 27, 1955 (age 60)
Place of birth Oberlin, Ohio
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
College Youngstown State
High school Oberlin
NFL Draft 1977 / Round: 5 / Pick: 121
Career history
As player
(19771983)
(1984–1985)
(19861988)
(1989)
(19901991)
Pittsburgh Steelers
Birmingham Stallions
St. Louis Cardinals/Phoenix Cardinals
Miami Dolphins
Dallas Cowboys *
*Offseason and/or practice roster only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Passing Yards 4,503
TDINT 23–43
Pass Attempts 684
Pass Completions 359
Games 66

Clifford Lewis Stoudt (March 27, 1955) is a former American football quarterback for Youngstown State University and the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. Drafted in the fifth round (121st overall) by the Steelers, Stoudt was the backup to Terry Bradshaw from 1977-1982 before taking over as starter during Bradshaw's injury-plagued and final season in 1983.

Stoudt led the Steelers to a 9-2 start, but the team melted down late in the season. Steeler fans, accustomed to Bradshaw's late game heroics, turned viciously on Stoudt. The Steelers managed to win the AFC Central with a 10-6 record and stumbled into the playoffs, but were quickly dispatched by the Los Angeles Raiders.

After the 1983 season, Stoudt left Pittsburgh, signing with the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL. During the season opener on March 11, 1984 against the Pittsburgh Maulers at Three Rivers Stadium, Stoudt was heckled and pelted with snowballs by the fans. It would turn out to be the only sellout in the one season history of the Maulers.

After two seasons in the USFL in which he was in the top five in passing with such stars as Jim Kelly, Bobby Hebert, and Chuck Fusina, Stoudt returned to the NFL. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and stayed with them through the 1988 season when they moved to Phoenix. He spent his final NFL season with the Miami Dolphins, appearing in three games and never attempting a pass. He currently lives in Dublin, Ohio. His son, Cole, is currently enrolled at Clemson as a quarterback. Another son, Zack, is currently enrolled at Ole Miss as a quarterback.

Career stats[edit]

Year Team GP Att Com Pct Yds TD Int Rate
1980 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 60 32 53.3 493 2 2 78.0
1981 Pittsburgh Steelers 2 3 1 33.3 17 0 0 53.5
1982 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 35 14 40.0 154 0 5 14.2
1983 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 381 197 51.7 2553 12 21 60.5
NFL Pittsburgh Totals 30 479 244 50.9 3217 14 28 58.0
1984 Birmingham Stallions 18 366 212 57.9 3121 26 7 101.6
1985 Birmingham Stallions 18 444 266 59.9 3358 34 19 91.2
USFL
Regular season
Career Totals
36 810 478 59.0 6479 60 26 95.9

Key to Abbreviations

Preceded by
Bob Lane
Birmingham Stallions Starting quarterbacks
1985
Succeeded by
none