1971 Pittsburgh Steelers season
Head coachChuck Noll
Home fieldThree Rivers Stadium
Results
Record6–8
Division place2nd AFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-ProsNone
Team MVPAndy Russell

The 1971 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the team's 39th in the National Football League. The Steelers showed improvement finishing in second Place with a 6-8 record. But Terry Bradshaw struggled with turnovers in his second season throwing 22 interceptions to 13 touchdown passes. The Steelers that year drafted wide receiver Frank Lewis, Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Ham, guard Gerry Mullins, defensive end Dwight White, tight end/tackle Larry Brown, defensive tackle Ernie Holmes, and safety Mike Wagner, all key contributors during the Steelers Super Bowl teams of the 1970s.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 8 Frank Lewis WR Grambling
2 34 Jack Ham LB Penn State
3 60 Steven Davis RB Delaware State
4 86 Gerry Mullins TE USC
4 104 Dwight White DE East Texas State
5 106 Larry Brown TE Kansas
5 112 Melvin Holmes OT North Carolina A&T
5 126 Ralph Anderson DB West Texas State
5 128 Fred Brister LB Mississippi
6 138 Craig Hanneman OT Oregon State
7 164 Worthy McClure OT Mississippi
8 184 Larry Crowe RB Texas Southern
8 190 Paul Rogers PK Nebraska
8 203 Ernie Holmes DT Texas Southern
9 216 Mike Anderson LB LSU
10 242 Jim O'Shea TE Boston College
11 268 Mike Wagner DB Western Illinois
13 320 Alfred Young WR South Carolina State
14 346 McKinney Evans DB New Mexico Highlands
15 372 Ray Makin OG Kentucky
16 398 Walter Huntley DB Trinity
17 424 Danny Ehle RB Howard Payne

Personnel

Staff

1971 Pittsburgh Steelers staff
Front office
  • President – Arthur J. Rooney
  • Vice President – John R. McGinley
  • Vice President – Daniel M. Rooney
  • Vice President – Arthur J. Rooney, Jr.
  • Public Relations Director – Ed Kiely
  • Ticket Manager – Joseph H. Carr
  • Traveling Secretary – James A. Boston
  • Publicity Director – Joe Gordon
  • Office Manager – Terrence Jacobs
  • Ticket Office Assistant – Arthur Laughlin
  • Director of Player Personnel – Dick Haley
  • Assistant Director of Player Personnel – Bill Nunn

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Line – Walter Hackett
  • Defensive Backfield – Charlie Sumner


Strength and conditioning

  • Strength Coach – Louis Riecke
  • Team Physician, Orthopedic – Dr. John Best
  • Team Physician, M.D. – Dr. David S. Huber
  • Team Dentist – Dr. Robert Gray
  • Trainer – Ralph Berlin
  • Equipment Manager – Anthony Parisi, Jack Hart

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Roster

1971 Pittsburgh Steelers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
49 active, 0 inactive, 5 practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 19, 1971 at Chicago Bears L 17–15
2 September 26, 1971 Cincinnati Bengals W 21–10
3 October 3, 1971 San Diego Chargers W 21–17
4 October 10, 1971 at Cleveland Browns L 27–17
5 October 18, 1971 at Kansas City Chiefs L 38–16
6 October 24, 1971 Houston Oilers W 23–16
7 October 31, 1971 at Baltimore Colts L 34–21
8 November 7, 1971 Cleveland Browns W 26–9
9 November 14, 1971 at Miami Dolphins L 24–21
10 November 21, 1971 New York Giants W 17–13
11 November 28, 1971 Denver Broncos L 22–10
12 December 5, 1971 at Houston Oilers L 29–3
13 December 12, 1971 at Cincinnati Bengals W 21–13
14 December 19, 1971 Los Angeles Rams L 23–14

Game summaries

Week 1 at Bears

See also: 1971 Chicago Bears season

Week One: Pittsburgh Steelers (0–0) at Chicago Bears (0–0)
1 2 34Total
Steelers 0 6 6315
Bears 0 3 01417

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Week 2 (Sunday September 26, 1971): Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 3 0 7 0 10
Steelers 7 0 7 7 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 3 (Sunday October 3, 1971): San Diego Chargers

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 7 0 17
Steelers 7 0 7 7 21

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scoring Drives:

Steelers stop San Diego with a goal line stand preserving the 21-17 win.

Week 4 (Sunday October 10, 1971): Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 3 7 17
Browns 10 10 0 7 27

at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

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Week 5 (Monday October 18, 1971): Kansas City Chiefs

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 9 0 0 7 16
Chiefs 0 28 0 10 38

at the Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

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Week 6 (Sunday October 24, 1971): Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Oilers 7 3 6 0 16
Steelers 3 3 3 14 23

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 7 (Sunday October 31, 1971): Baltimore Colts

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 7 7 21
Colts 7 20 7 0 34

at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

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Week 8 (Sunday November 7, 1971): Cleveland Browns

1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 2 7 0 9
Steelers 10 6 0 10 26

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 9 (Sunday November 14, 1971): Miami Dolphins

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 14 7 0 0 21
Dolphins 3 14 7 0 24

at Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

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Week 10 (Sunday November 21, 1971): New York Giants

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 6 0 0 13
Steelers 3 7 7 0 17

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 11 (Sunday November 28, 1971): Denver Broncos

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 10 0 12 22
Steelers 0 0 10 0 10

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 12 (Sunday December 5, 1971): Houston Oilers

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 3 0 0 3
Oilers 16 6 0 7 29

at the Houston Astrodome, Houston, Texas

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Week 13 (Sunday December 12, 1971): Cincinnati Bengals

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 0 14 0 21
Bengals 0 7 6 0 13

at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati

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Week 14 (Sunday December 19, 1971): Los Angeles Rams

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 13 3 7 0 23
Steelers 0 7 7 0 14

at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 5–1 7–4 285 273 W5
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 8 0 .429 4–2 5–6 246 292 L1
Houston Oilers 4 9 1 .308 2–4 4–7 251 330 W3
Cincinnati Bengals 4 10 0 .286 1–5 3–8 284 265 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References

  1. ^ 1971 Pittsburgh Steelers Preseason Prospectus.