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The Steelers 1978 Season Begins Here>>>

NO RECOGNITION FOR STEELERS OFFENSIVE LINE

The Steelers were the only team to win two Super Bowls and not have a single offensive lineman win All-Pro or Pro Bowl recognition. “I always thought you just did your job every week and those things took care of themselves,” said Jon Kolb.

“We can’t be like a bunch of ladies at the social club worried about whose canned goods look the best,” granted Kolb, “but I think we have the best line in pro football.”
Mike Webster admitted, “I really don’t care. I’d just as soon win the Super Bowl and make a lot of money.”

Vito Stellino in the Post-Gazette recognised the rotation system of the Steelers had made it difficult for the players to get individual recognition, but now that was a thing of the past.
Recognising the performance of Mike Webster in the Cincinnati game, Kolb said, “I don’t see how Webby can miss this year.”

Stellino suggested the line’s only problem is spending too much time sharing the credit. “I got a lot of help from the guards last week,” acknowledged Webster. “And the guys like Kolb, Moon and Riggy have been around a lot longer than I have and deserve their shot first.”

“Riggy” was a reference to Sam Davis, who had earned the nickname rigor mortis and aged 34 was continuing to turn in Pro Bowl performances. “He’s playing a lot better than he did before he got old,” Webster joked.

“Riggy’s man hasn’t reached the quarterback once in four exhibition and three regular season games,” said Kolb. “But nobody keeps track of stats like that. What about Moon? Who’s better at downfield blocking than he is? And Larry Brown? Who could have learned how to play offensive tackle as fast as he did?”

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

After the Steelers game against the Browns, Sunday Night Football will make its debut with the New England Patriots playing at the Oakland Raiders. The experiment was a result of the success of Super Bowl XII which started at 1800 after previous championship games had kicked off earlier.

The NFL would also be playing a Thursday Night game for the first time when the Dallas Cowboys would host the Minnesota Vikings.

BROWNS HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED A VICTORY IN THREE RIVERS STADIUM

Cleveland’s coach Sam Rutigliano brushes off the fact the Browns had never won in Three Rivers saying that is a “ghost” from the past. “I’ve never been there with the Browns,” Rutigliano declares.

“The key to Pittsburgh is number 32,” Rutigliano predicted while indicating stopping the run will force Terry Bradshaw to throw too often. “If we can get Bradshaw to put the ball up 35 times, we’ll win the game,” Rutigliano forecast.

“We’re in better shape to face the Steelers than we have been in years,” Browns quarterback Brian Sipe said. “We’re in a better frame of mind. We’re more relaxed because there is such a loose atmosphere around here. I’ve never won a game in Pittsburgh, but we’re ready for a big win – and I think we’ll get it.”

 

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