|'80 Steelers Yearbook Profile
BIRTHDATE--July 8, 1952|
HOW ACQUIRED--Draft (2nd in '74)
NFL EXP.--7 years
GAMES PLAYED--'74 (14), '75 (14), '76 (14), '77 (11), '78 (16), '79 (16)
PRO: Was the NFL's outstanding defensive player in 1979..... Named the UPI AFC Defensive Player of the Year and was a near-unanimous All Pro first team selection..... Made AP, NEA, and Pro Football Weekly All NFL 1st teams
and UPI and Sporting News All AFC 1st teams..... In spite of a partially separated right shoulder suffered in practice early in the season played in every game for the fifth time in six years..... Consistently made the big plays.....
Led team in tackles for the sixth straight season and was in double figures in 10 of the 19 games..... Had a high of 13 unassisted tackles vs. Philadelphia and led both teams in the Super Bowl with 10 vs. L.A..... Toppped all NFL
linebackers in interceptions with a career-high six, the first Steeler to accomplish that feat since Jack Ham in 1974..... Stopped a serious L.A. threat in the Super Bowl with an interception deep in Steeler territory late in the
fourth quarter..... Joined the Steelers in 1974 and became an immediate starter, filling the only remaining hole in what has become one of the greatest defenses in NFL history..... Has had a meteoric career and a remarkable record of
being a starter on four winning Super Bowl teams in his first six seasons..... Was NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1974 as team won its first title..... Was a consensus All Pro in 1975..... Named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1976
and was elected the Steelers MVP by his teammates..... Selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1975 season and has made it five straight years now..... Had an interception in last season's [Pro Bowl] game..... Holds the Steelers season
record with six fumble recoveries in 1976 and the NFL-AFC Championship games mark with three against Oakland in 1975..... Only playing time he has ever missed was in 1977 when he was sidelined for three games with a knee injury.....
At 220 he is light for a MLB but plays much stronger..... Is unique in his ability to get under plays and use his great upper body strength and leverage..... Has extraordinary speed and quickness..... Gets a deeper pass drop than any
MLB in the league..... Produces in the clutch and is one of the best big-play players in the NFL..... Has been a defensive captain since 1977.
COLLEGE: Three year starter who played DE as a sophomeore..... Tri-captain in senior year..... Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1972..... All Conference first team in final two
seasons..... Was MVP in the 1972 Tangerine Bowl against Tampa..... Played in the North-South and All America postseason games..... Management major.
PERSONAL: Lives in Pittsburgh..... Single..... Was a QB in high school..... Toured military bases in the far east in 1976 and in southern Europe in 1977..... Participated in team Super Star competition in 1979.....
Active with Children's Hospital's Ronald McDonald House.
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