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6. Ernie Stautner

Finally, we have a player who predated their 1970s Super Bowl era with Ernie Stautner, one of the toughest men from the toughest period of the toughest sport.

A career-Steeler, Stautner played from 1950 to 1963, where he played mostly on the defensive side, where the German-born player would earn trips to the Pro Bowl nine times with a First Team All-Pro Selection in 1958.  The Steelers were generally not very good during Stautner’s era, but that never stopped him from playing through a myriad of injuries, including cracked ribs, broken shoulders, and a protruding thumb bone.  It is unknown how many Sacks he had, but it is largely conjectured that he was among the best in that department in the 1950s.  Notably, Stautner also took his share of snaps as an Offensive Guard.

Following his playing days, Stautner became a successful defensive coach, and he won Super Bowl Rings with the Dallas Cowboys. Stautner entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969.  Stautner entered the Steelers' Hall of Honor in 2017 as part of the first class.  Notably, he is one of two franchise history players to have his number retired by the team. 

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Offensive Guard
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 22nd Overall in the NFL Draft 1/20/50.
  • Departed:

    Retired after the 1963 Season.

  • Games Played: 173
  • Notable Statistics:

    143 Games Started
    2 Interceptions
    5 Interception Return Yards
    23 Fumble Recoveries
    15 Fumble Recovery Yards
    26 Approximate Value*

    *Approximate Value was not a stat until 1960.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1958)
    Second Team All-Pro (1952, 1954, 1956 & 1957)
    Pro Bowl (1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 & 1961)

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