Pittsburgh Steelers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1933-09-20 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
  • 1941-12-22 1942 NFL Draft: Bill Dudley from University of Virginia first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1943-06-19 NFL's Philadelphia Eagles & Pittsburgh Steelers merge, (dissolves on Dec 5)
  • 1944-04-21 NFL Chic Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3)
  • 1944-12-03 Temporary merger of 2 NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, dissolves at finish of season; WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations
  • 1950-10-08 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17
  • 1955-11-28 1956 NFL Draft: Gary Glick from University of Colorado A&M first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1960-08-03 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in exhibition game at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • 1967-09-24 Cards Jim Bakken kicks 7 field goals vs Steelers

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1969-01-27 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 1969-08-11 Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1970-01-27 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1972-12-23 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
  • 1972-12-31 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-7

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1974-12-29 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 24-13

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1975-01-12 Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB

  • 1976-01-04 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 16-10
  • 1976-01-18 Super Bowl X, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17; MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 1976-12-19 Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
  • 1976-12-26 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-7
  • 1979-01-07 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 34-5
  • 1979-01-21 Super Bowl XIII, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 1980-01-06 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 27-13
  • 1980-01-20 Super Bowl XIV, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 1983-09-11 Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris runs for 118 yards in Steelers 25-21 win at Green Bay to become the only the third player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards
  • 1983-12-10 Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7
  • 1985-01-06 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28
  • 1988-10-30 NY Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st time
  • 1991-07-25 Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long treated for an apparent suicide attempt after he learned he tested positive for steroid use
  • 1991-11-14 Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long loses his steroids appeal and is suspended without pay by NFL for 4 weeks

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1992-01-21 Bill Cowher becomes the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming only the second head coach of the team since 1970 (Chuck Noll)

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1995-01-15 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: San Diego Chargers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-13
  • 1996-01-14 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Indianapolis Colts, 20-16
  • 1996-01-28 Super Bowl XXX, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17; MVP: Larry Brown, Dallas, CB
  • 1996-12-22 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD

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1998-01-11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2002-01-27 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-17
  • 2005-01-23 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27
  • 2006-01-22 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Denver Broncos, 34-17
  • 2006-02-05 Super Bowl XL, Ford Field, Detroit, MI: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10; MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 2007-01-05 Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 2009-01-18 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens, 23-14
  • 2009-02-01 Super Bowl XLIII, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona Cardinals, 27-23; MVP: Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 2011-01-23 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat New York Jets, 24-19

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2011-02-06 Super Bowl XLV, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX: Green Bay Packers beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25; MVP: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, QB

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers
  • 2012-01-08 "The 3:16 Game" AFC Wild Card Playof, underdogs Denver Broncos defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 29–23 with Tim Tebow connecting with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on first scrimmage play of overtime
  • 2017-12-31 Cleveland Browns crash to a 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field to become only the 2nd team in NFL history to finish season with 0-16 record

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1901-01-27 Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1925-04-20 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, born in Cham, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2006)

Person of interestChuck Noll

1932-01-05 Chuck Noll, American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 1946-03-05 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1946-09-24 "Mean" Joe Greene, NFL tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), Coke spokesman
  • 1948-09-02 Terry Bradshaw, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)
  • 1948-12-23 Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1950-03-07 Franco Harris, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1952-03-07 Lynn Swann, NFL receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)/sportscaster

Person of interestBill Cowher

1957-05-08 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1959-05-04 Rohn Stark, American football NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960-05-31 Norm Johnson, NFL place kicker (Seattle Seahawk, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962-07-31 Kevin Greene, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962-08-08 Jim Sweeney, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962-08-11 Jonathan Hayes, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962-10-23 Mike Tomczak, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962-12-20 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Onalaska, Wisconsin
  • 1964-05-18 Will Wolford, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1964-11-23 John Williams, NFL linebacker/FB (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965-01-04 John Jackson, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1965-03-10 Rod Woodson, American NFL cornerback/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers, SF 49ers), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1965-05-26 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965-06-17 Dermontti Dawson, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965-06-17 Ray Seals, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1966-01-06 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966-07-03 Neil O'Donnell, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1966-07-10 Alvoid Mays, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1966-08-18 Steve Avery, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1967-01-05 J. B. Brown, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967-03-29 Jerry Olsavsky, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1967-07-15 Carnell Lake, NFL strong safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-05-19 James Parrish, NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-05-20 Damon Mays, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-06-15 Tim Lester, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-06-20 Fred McAfee, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-07-16 Ariel Solomon, American NFL center and guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968-07-21 Johnnie Barnes, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1968-08-18 Justin Strzelczyk, NFL guard/offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-10-23 Kendall Gammon, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-10-23 Kevin Henry, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-10-26 Chris Oldham, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-10-28 Chris Oldham, cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-10-28 Ernie Mills, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968-12-07 Tom Myslinski, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-12-09 Bill Johnson, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968-12-29 Darren Perry, American NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1969-01-07 Erric Pegram, American NFL running back (Pit Steelers, NY Giants, San Diego Chargers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1969-01-25 Nolan Harrison, American football defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-02-17 Joel Steed, NFL nose tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969-02-17 Levon Kirkland, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969-08-15 Yancey Thigpen, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969-12-12 Courtney Hawkins, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1969-12-21 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970-01-10 Deon Figures, American NFL cornerback/PR (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1970-05-06 Emerson Martin, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Packers)
  • 1970-05-13 Mitch Lyons, NFL tight end (Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1970-06-02 Randy Fuller, American NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1970-07-12 Chad Brown, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1970-11-07 Andre Hastings, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1970-12-26 Willie Williams, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seahawks), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1971-01-31 Corey Holliday, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971-02-09 Jim Miller, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Atl Falcons, Jaguars)
  • 1971-03-16 Eric Ravotti, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971-03-19 Kirk Botkin, NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971-03-19 Taase Faumui, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971-06-04 Patrick Scott, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971-06-24 LaMonte Coleman, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971-08-21 Shayne Edge, American NFL/WLAF punter (Steelers, Barcelona Dragons), born in Lake City, Florida
  • 1971-09-15 Myron Bell, NFL safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971-09-30 Brentson Buckner, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-01-01 Barron Miles, NFL def back (Pittsburgh Steelers)/WLAF corner (Frankfurt)
  • 1972-01-03 Charles Johnson, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-01-13 Byron "Bam" Morris, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-01-18 Steven Conley, American football linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972-02-16 Jerome Bettis, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-03-15 Oliver Gibson, NFL defensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-03-30 Brenden Stai, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-06-01 Jon Witman, fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-07-31 Jason Gildon, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-08-27 Donta Jones, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-09-16 Mark Bruener, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-10-16 Kordell Stewart, NFL quarterback/wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-11-05 Tracy Greene, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973-01-14 Lethon Flowers, American NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1973-02-28 Henry Bailey, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973-04-28 Earl Holmes, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973-06-19 Jahine Arnold, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973-08-17 Paul Wiggins, offensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973-10-09 A. J. Ofodile, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973-12-31 George Jones, American running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1974-01-09 Jamain Stephens, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • 1974-01-21 Orpheus Roye, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974-03-25 Mike Adams, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974-04-15 Mike Quinn, quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974-10-08 Rod Manuel, American defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1975-08-14 Mike Vrabel, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Weddings in Sport

  • 1976-06-06 Pittsburgh Steelers quaterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater JoJo Starbuck (25) at Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles
  • 2011-07-23 "Pittsburgh Steelers" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (29) weds Ashley Harlan at Christ Church of Grove Farm in Ohio Township

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestChuck Noll

2014-06-13 Chuck Noll, NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of natural causes at 82

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll