Here is part 2 of the 10 little known Steeler facts!
6.What do the Steelers and the Supreme Court have in common? The answer is former Supreme Court Chief Justice Byron White, who was one of two Chief Justices to be appointed by President John F. Kennedy. This judicial fellow played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes. After he graduated, White was signed by the Steelers, making him the highest paid player in professional football at the time! He stayed with the team for one season.
7. The Steelers are also connected with the TV show, Married…with Children, a popular show on television in the late 80s. The lead character of the show, Al Bundy (played by Ed O’Neill), was always talking about his high school glory days in which he was a star football player. An interestingly enough, O’Neill played football at Youngstown State University in the 60s and he was signed by the Steelers in 1969. Unfortunately Ed never made the final Steeler roster as he was cut during training camp.
8. The 1979 Steelers were the first team to be entirely home grown. Every player on the roster was either drafted by the Steelers directly or was signed as an undrafted free agent. That means that not a single player on the Steelers’ roster that year had worn another NFL uniform in their career leading up to 1979…wow!
9. Joe Gilliam was the first African-American quarterback to ever start in the NFL. He started one game in the 1973 season for the Steelers and made six more starts the following season before being replaced by Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw during the team’s first Super Bowl run.
10. In their early days, from 1933 to 1968, the Steelers had thirteen different head coaches! That’s a far cry from their more recent years. I guess they were adhering to the saying, “Variety is the spice of life!” Actually, they were just trying to find a coach which could help them win.
Well there you have it! Ten little know facts about the Steelers. Hopefully this will propel you to victory in your next trivial pursuit game. You’re welcome.