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1981 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Central Division 8-8-0 .500
Head Coach: Chuck Noll
Offensive LineRollie Dotsch
Defensive AssistantTony Dungy
Offensive BacksDick Hoak
ReceiversTom Moore
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive LineGeorge Perles
ConditioningPaul Uram
Defensive BacksDick Walker
Defensive CoordinatorWoody Widenhofer
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/8/1981ACleveland Browns35-31WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium78610
Sat8/15/1981APhiladelphia Eagles20-36LPhiladelphia, PAVeterans Stadium66712
Sat8/22/1981ADallas Cowboys14-24LIrving, TXTexas Stadium63504
Sat8/29/1981HNew York Giants31-6WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium51311
Sun9/6/1981HKansas City Chiefs33-37LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium53305
Thu9/10/1981AMiami Dolphins10-30LMiami, FLOrange Bowl74190
Sun9/20/1981HNew York Jets38-10WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium52973
Sun9/27/1981HNew England Patriots27-21WOTPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium53344
Sun10/4/1981ANew Orleans Saints20-6WNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome64578
Sun10/11/1981HCleveland Browns13-7WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium53250
Sun10/18/1981ACincinnati Bengals7-34LCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium57090
Mon10/26/1981HHouston Oilers26-13WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium52732
Sun11/1/1981HSan Francisco 49ers14-17LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium52878
Sun11/8/1981ASeattle Seahawks21-24LSeattle, WAKingdome59058
Sun11/15/1981AAtlanta Falcons34-20WAtlanta, GAAtlanta-Fulton County Stadium57485
Sun11/22/1981ACleveland Browns32-10WCleveland, OHCleveland Stadium77958
Sun11/29/1981HLos Angeles Rams24-0WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium51854
Mon12/7/1981AOakland Raiders27-30LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum51769
Sun12/13/1981HCincinnati Bengals10-17LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium50623
Sun12/20/1981AHouston Oilers20-21LHouston, TXAstrodome41056
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
30Larry AndersonRCB5-1118825Louisiana Tech160
76John BanaszakRDE6-324231Eastern Michigan1212
65Tom BeasleyLDT-LDE6-524827Virginia Tech139
47Mel BlountRCB6-320533Southern University1616
12Terry BradshawQB6-321033Louisiana Tech1414
79Larry BrownROT6-427032Kansas1414
56Robin ColeRLB6-222526New Mexico1413
5Craig ColquittP6-218327Cleveland State JC; Tennessee160
77Steve CoursonROG6-127526South Carolina1616
89Bennie CunninghamTE6-426027Clemson1515
45Russell DavisFB6-121525Michigan160
87Johnnie DirdenWR6-019029Houston JC; Sam Houston State60
67Gary DunnRDT6-327028Miami (Florida)1615
95John GoodmanLDE-RDE-LDT-RDT6-625423Oklahoma1510
75Joe GreeneLDT6-427035North Texas147
68L.C. GreenwoodLDE6-624635Arkansas-Pine Bluff145
84Randy GrossmanTE6-122529Temple161
59Jack HamLLB6-322433Penn State1211
32Franco HarrisFB6-222531Penn State1616
27Greg HawthorneRB6-223025Baylor100
62Tunch IlkinROT6-326724Indiana State161
29Ron JohnsonSS-LCB5-1020025Eastern Michigan123
90Bob KohrsRDE-LDE6-324023Arizona State166
55Jon KolbLOT-ROT6-224034Oklahoma State156
58Jack LambertMLB6-422029Kent State1616
48David LittleMLB6-124022Florida160
16Mark MaloneQB-WR6-422023Arizona State83
61Tyrone McGriffOG6-027023Florida A&M120
39Rick MoserFB6-021025Rhode Island60
66Ted PetersenC-OT6-524826Eastern Illinois20
74Ray PinneyLOT-ROT6-427427Washington1611
44Frank PollardRB5-1022024Baylor1410
31Donnie ShellSS5-1119829South Carolina State1414
86Jim SmithWR6-220526Michigan153
82John StallworthWR6-220229Alabama A&M1616
18Cliff StoudtQB6-421626Youngstown State20
88Lynn SwannWR6-018029Southern California1312
85Calvin SweeneyWR6-219226Riverside CC; UC Riverside; Southern California140
24J.T. ThomasFS6-219630Florida State1616
38Sidney ThorntonRB5-1123027Northwestern State (Louisiana)166
51Loren ToewsRLB-LLB6-322030California164
1David TroutK5-616524Pittsburgh160
54Zack ValentineRLB6-222224East Carolina160
42Anthony WashingtonLCB6-120423Fresno CC; California; Fresno State161
52Mike WebsterC6-226029Wisconsin1616
53Dennis WinstonLLB6-022826Arkansas144
73Craig WolfleyLOG6-126823Syracuse1616
49Dwayne WoodruffLCB5-1119524Louisville1614
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Keith Gary117DEOklahoma
Anthony Washington244DBFresno State
Rick Donnalley373C-OGNorth Carolina
Robbie Martin4100WRCal Poly (San Luis Obispo)
Ricky Martin5127WRNew Mexico
Bryan Hinkle6156LBOregon
David Little7183LBFlorida
Frank Wilson8209RBRice
James Hunter9239TSouthern California
Mike Mayock10265DBBoston College
Rick Trocano11292QBPittsburgh
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals909784796
Opponents Totals3397581090
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals30:17318137156258320241.197840
Opponents Totals29:43323114181289023039.1112960
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
David Trout0384682.6121770.6074
Franco Harris90000054
Jim Smith70000042
John Stallworth50000030
Lynn Swann50000030
Sidney Thornton40000024
Bennie Cunningham30000018
Mark Malone30000018
Terry Bradshaw20000012
Greg Hawthorne20000012
Frank Pollard20000012
Mel Blount1000006
Russell Davis1000006
Randy Grossman1000006
Rick Moser1000006
Ray Pinney1000006
Team Totals47384682.6121770.60356
Opponents Totals35333594.3183354.50297
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
David Trout121770.63/35/61/23/50/1
Team Totals121770.63/35/61/23/50/1
Opponents Totals183354.50/05/58/106/140/4
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Franco Harris2429874.1508
Frank Pollard1235704.6292
Russell Davis472705.7281
Sidney Thornton562023.617t4
Terry Bradshaw381624.3162
Mark Malone16684.3192
Greg Hawthorne25582.3162
John Stallworth11717.0170
Jim Smith11515.0150
Cliff Stoudt3113.7100
Craig Colquitt188.080
Rick Moser144.040
Team Totals55423724.35021
Opponents Totals50018693.76010
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Terry Bradshaw37020154.315528877.814.490t225.9143.817155273283.9
Mark Malone884551.1385536.312.33033.455.7107647758.6
Cliff Stoudt3133.32175.717.01700.000.0001753.5
Team Totals46124753.619534577.514.090t255.4194.127231322678.9
Opponents Totals54430255.521241087.613.673t224.0305.540325378370.3
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
John Stallworth63109817.4555
Bennie Cunningham4157414.0303
Franco Harris372506.8261
Lynn Swann3450514.9445
Jim Smith2957119.746t7
Frank Pollard191568.2260
Sidney Thornton8789.8300
Russell Davis4348.5190
Greg Hawthorne4235.8120
Randy Grossman3196.314t1
Calvin Sweeney25326.5320
Mark Malone19090.090t1
Rick Moser155.05t1
Ray Pinney111.01t1
Team Totals247345714.090t25
Opponents Totals302410813.673t22
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Mel Blount610617.750t1
Jack Lambert67612.7310
Donnie Shell55210.4250
J.T. Thomas4184.5160
Anthony Washington34615.3350
Ron Johnson284.080
Robin Cole12929.0290
Jack Ham12323.0230
Dwayne Woodruff11717.0170
Dennis Winston111.010
Team Totals3037612.550t1
Opponents Totals1922611.9340
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Craig Colquitt84364143.37401625358296335.3
Team Totals84364143.37401625358296335.3
Opponents Totals78328642.1620412412279435.8
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Larry Anderson20820810.4330
Jim Smith3012046.8280
Team Totals5094128.2330
Opponents Totals341035810.587t2
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Larry Anderson37082522.3350
Greg Hawthorne7013819.7300
Rick Moser307625.3290
Johnnie Dirden304515.0220
Russell Davis1088.080
Mark Malone1033.030
Sidney Thornton1011.010
Team Totals530109620.7350
Opponents Totals52125324.1510
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Larry Anderson100000
John Banaszak0001100
Terry Bradshaw7303-230
Robin Cole0001100
Steve Courson0020200
Bennie Cunningham0010100
Russell Davis320200
Gary Dunn0001110
Jack Ham0003300
Franco Harris600000
Greg Hawthorne100000
Tunch Ilkin0010100
Bob Kohrs0001100
Jack Lambert00022380
David Little0001100
Mark Malone200000
Frank Pollard5000-120
Donnie Shell0002200
Jim Smith110100
John Stallworth400000
Lynn Swann110100
Calvin Sweeney100000
J.T. Thomas0001100
Sidney Thornton610100
Loren Toews0010100
David Trout0001100
Zack Valentine0011200
Dwayne Woodruff101100
Team Totals392514163040
Opponents Totals31161322351
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