Andy Russell
No. 34
Personal information
Born:(1941-10-29)October 29, 1941
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died:February 29, 2024(2024-02-29) (aged 82)
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Ladue Horton Watkins
(Ladue, Missouri)
NFL draft:1963 / Round: 16 / Pick: 220
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interception yards:238
Player stats at · PFR

Charles Andrew Russell (October 29, 1941 – February 29, 2024) was an American professional football player who spent his entire 12-year career as a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Missouri Tigers, and earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in economics from the University of Missouri.[citation needed]

As a freshman in high school, he moved from the New York area to St. Louis, attending Ladue High School. He graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1959.[1] Having never played football in the East, he became a starter as a sophomore, playing end.[citation needed] In his junior and senior year, he played fullback and linebacker, earning all-state honors in his senior year.[citation needed] Heavily recruited by out-state universities, he selected Missouri and began a tradition of St. Louis area football players attending their home-state university under Coach Dan Devine.[citation needed]

After playing for the Steelers his rookie season in 1963, Russell temporarily left the team for the Army to fulfill ROTC commitments from Missouri.[2] He then returned to the Steelers in 1966, where he would spend the next 11 seasons.

Russell was an early member of Pittsburgh's famed Steel Curtain defense, and was named the Steelers' MVP in 1971. He made seven Pro Bowl appearances—in 1969 and from 1971 through 1976—and earned two Super Bowl rings in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X. On December 27, 1975, he set the NFL playoff record for a returned touchdown–93 yards in a Three Rivers Stadium victory over the Baltimore Colts. Some have claimed it as the longest football play from scrimmage in time duration.[3] In 2011, the Professional Football Researchers Association named Russell to the PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2011.[4]

Russell died on February 29, 2024, at the age of 82.[5]


  1. ^ "Distinguished Alumni" Archived 2018-10-11 at the Wayback Machine. Ladue Education Foundation and Alumni Association. Accessed February 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Merrill: The lessons of Chuck Noll". 21 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Steelers tell jokes, share tales at 75th year gala". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  4. ^ "Hall of Very Good Class of 2011". Archived from the original on September 2, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Thompson, Stephen (1 March 2024). "Steelers Great Andy Russell Passes at 82". Si. Retrieved 1 March 2024.