Pittsburgh Steelers in History

Events in Sport

  • 1933-09-20 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
  • 1940-11-10 Pittsburgh Steelers & Philadelphia Eagles play one of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Steelers win 7-3 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • 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
  • 1957-01-13 7th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 19-10; MVPs: Bert Rechichar, Baltimore Colts, K; Ernie Stautner, Pittsburgh Steelers, DT
  • 1960-08-03 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in exhibition game at CNE Stadium in Toronto

NFL Pro Bowl

1963-01-13 13th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 30-20; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Eugene Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers, DT

  • 1967-09-24 NFL St. Loius Cardinals' Jim Bakken kicks 7 field goals at Pittsburgh Steelers, setting NFL record at the time

Appointment of Interest

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

  • 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 [1]
  • 1972-12-31 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-7

AFC Championship

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

  • 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 plane crashes into Baltimore Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Pittsburgh Steelers, no one seriously hurt
  • 1976-12-26 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-7
  • 1977-01-17 NFL Pro Bowl, Seattle Kingdome: AFC beats NFC, 24-14; MVP: Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers, CB
  • 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
  • 1983-03-03 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is admitted to hospital for surgery to repair his throwing arm under the alias 'Tom Brady'
  • 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
  • 1991-09-08 NFL Buffalo Bill QB Jim Kelly passes for 6 touchdowns vs Pittsburgh Steelers (52-34)
  • 1991-11-14 Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long loses his steroids appeal and is suspended without pay by NFL for 4 weeks

Sports History

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)

  • 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

AFC Championship

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

  • 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

Super Bowl

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

  • 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
  • 2017-01-22 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17
  • 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 Pittsburgh Steelers [Pirates] team founder,owner, and chairman, 1933-88, born in Coulterville, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • 1903-05-27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1925-04-20 Ernie Stautner, American Pro Football HOF defensive end (Super Bowl 1971, 77; 4 × All-Pro First Team; 9 × Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cham, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1927-11-12 Jack Butler, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (First-team All-Pro 1957-59; Pro Bowl 1955–58; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1930-01-31 Art Michalik, American football linebacker / guard (All-Pro 1953; Pro Bowl 1953; San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1930-08-12 Jack Scarbath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Uni of Maryland; Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1930-09-01 Pete Brewster, American football end and coach (NFL Pro Bowl 1955, 56; Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Portland, Indiana (d. 2020)

Chuck NollChuck Noll (1932-2014)

1932-01-05 American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • 1932-10-24 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1934-07-16 George Perles, American football coach (Michigan State University 1983-94; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1946-03-05 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1946-09-24 Joe Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78, 79; 10 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1948-04-02 Roy Gerela American NFL placekicker (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78; Pro Bowl 1972, 74; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Sarrail, Alberta
  • 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, American Pro Football HOF running back (Super Bowl 1974 [MVP], 75, 78, 79; 9 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1977; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1952-03-07 Lynn Swann, American College/Pro Football HOF wide receiver (USC; Super Bowl 1974, 75 [MVP], 78, 79; First-team All-Pro 1978; 3 × Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Alcoa, Tennessee

Bill CowherBill Cowher (65 years old)

1957-05-08 American Pro Football HOF coach (Super Bowl 2005; NFL Coach of the Year 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

  • 1957-09-23 Tunch Ilkin, American football offensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1988, 89; Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (Pittsburgh Steelers TV & radio 1998-2020), born in Istanbul, Turkey)d. 2021)
  • 1959-05-04 Rohn Stark, American football NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960-05-31 Norm Johnson, American football place kicker (First-team All-Pro 1984; Pro Bowl 1984, 93; Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1962-07-31 Kevin Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1989, 94, 96; LA Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), born in Schenectady, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1962-08-08 Jim Sweeney, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962-08-11 Jonathan Hayes, American NFL tight end and coach (KC Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1962-10-23 Mike Tomczak, *American NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Calumet City, Illinois
  • 1962-12-20 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Onalaska, Wisconsin
  • 1964-05-18 Will Wolford, American NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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 (11 Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2000, Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1965-05-26 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965-06-17 Dermontti Dawson, American NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1965-06-17 Ray Seals, American NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1965-09-01 Hardy Nickerson, American football linebacker (Pro Bowl 1993, 96–99; All-Pro 1993, 96-97, 99; Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Compton, California
  • 1966-01-22 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1966-07-03 Neil O'Donnell, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (WTVF, Nashville), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1966-08-18 Steve Avery, American football running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1967-03-29 Jerry Olsavsky, American NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1967-06-22 Eric Green, American football tight end (Pro Bowl 1993, 94 Pittsburgh Steelers; Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1967-07-15 Carnell Lake, NFL strong safety, 1998-2001 (Pittsburgh Steelers, and 2 other teams), and defensive caosh (Pittsburgh, 2011-17), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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, American NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Miami, Florida
  • 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, American NFL football offensive tackle, 1990-98 (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in West Seneca, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1968-10-23 Kevin Henry, american NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • 1968-10-26 Chris Oldham, American NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1968-10-28 Ernie Mills, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 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, American NFL nose tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1969-02-17 Levon Kirkland, American NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lamar, South Carolina
  • 1969-08-15 Yancey Thigpen, American NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Tarboro, North Carolina
  • 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)
  • 1970-07-12 Chad Brown, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1970-11-07 Andre Hastings, American NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970-12-26 Willie Williams, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seahawks), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1971-01-31 Corey Holliday, American football wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1971-02-09 Jim Miller, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville 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, Samoan-American NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1994-95; Oakland Raiders, 1997), born in Western Samoa
  • 1971-06-04 Patrick Scott, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971-08-21 Shayne Edge, American NFL/WLAF punter (Steelers, Barcelona Dragons), born in Lake City, Florida
  • 1971-09-30 Brentson Buckner, NFL player and coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1972-01-01 Barron Miles, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive back and coach (Montreal Alouettes, BC Lions), born in Roselle, New Jersey
  • 1972-01-13 Byron "Bam" Morris, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-02-16 Jerome Bettis, American NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972-03-15 Mike Tomlin, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2008 [youngest coach to win SB], Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1972-03-15 Oliver Gibson, NFL defensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-03-30 Brenden Stai, American NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1972-07-31 Jason Gildon, American NFL linebacker (3-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • 1972-08-27 Donta Jones, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972-09-16 Mark Bruener, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1972-10-16 Kordell Stewart, NFL quarterback/wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973-01-14 Lethon Flowers, American NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1973-04-28 Earl Holmes, American linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers) and coach, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1973-06-19 Jahine Arnold, wide receiver (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)
  • 1974-10-08 Rod Manuel, American defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1974-12-05 Charlie Batch, American NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • 1975-02-27 Duce Staley, American football running back (Super Bowl 2005, Pittsburgh Steelers) and coach (Detroit Lions ass HC Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions), born in West Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1975-08-14 Mike Vrabel, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 2001, 03, 04, New England Patriots) and coach (Tennessee Titans 2018-20), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1976-12-07 Alan Faneca, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1977-03-22 Joey Porter, American NFL linebacker and coach (4-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1980-06-12 Larry Foote, American football linebacker (Super Bowl 2005, 08 Pittsburgh Steelers) and assistant coach (Super Bowl 2021 TB Buccaneers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1980-11-11 Willie Parker, American football running back (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; Super Bowl 2005, 08; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • 1981-04-19 Troy Polamalu, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1982-03-02 Ben Roethlisberger, American football quarterback (Super Bowl 2005, 08; Pro Bowl 2007, 11, 14–17; NFL passing yards leader 2014, 18; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lima, Ohio

Weddings in Sport

  • 1976-06-06 Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback 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

  • 1962-03-02 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), dies from bacteremia at 58
  • 1988-08-25 Art Rooney, NFL Pittsburgh Steelers [Pirates] team founder,owner, and chairman, 1933-88, dies at 87
  • 2002-09-24 Mike Webster, American NFL football center, 1974-90, 9X Pro Bowl, 4X Super Bowl champ (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of a heart attack at 50; 1st former NFL-er diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)player noted to suffer from
  • 2004-09-30 Justin Strzelczyk, American NFL football offensive tackle, 1990-98 (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies in high speed car crash while being pursued by police at 36; autopsy revealed brain damage due to chronic concussion injuries
  • 2006-02-16 Ernie Stautner, American Pro Football HOF defensive end (Super Bowl 1971, 77; 4 × All-Pro First Team; 9 × Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 80
  • 2013-05-11 Jack Butler, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (First-team All-Pro 1957-59; Pro Bowl 1955–58; Pittsburgh Steelers), dies from complications from staph infection at 85

Chuck NollChuck Noll (1932-2014)

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

  • 2016-02-12 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies from mesothelioma at 83
  • 2020-01-03 Pete Brewster, American football end & coach (NFL Pro Bowl 1955, 56; Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 89
  • 2020-01-07 George Perles, American football coach (Michigan State University 1983-94; Pittsburgh Steelers), dies from Parkinson's disease at 85
  • 2020-07-22 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), dies from liver disease at 54
  • 2020-12-06 Jack Scarbath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Uni of Maryland; Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 90
  • 2020-12-21 Kevin Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1989, 94, 96; LA Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), dies at 58
  • 2021-02-23 Art Michalik, American football linebacker / guard (All-Pro 1953; Pro Bowl 1953; San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 91
  • 2021-09-04 Tunch Ilkin, American football offensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1988, 89; Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (Pittsburgh Steelers TV & radio 1998-2020), dies of ALS complications at 63
  • 2022-12-20 Franco Harris, American Pro Football HOF running back (Super Bowl 1974 [MVP], 75, 78, 79; 9 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1977; Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 72 [1]