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THE STEELERS 1975 SEASON BEGINS HERE>>>

FINAL CUTS MEANS ONLY THREE FROM THE STEELERS 1975 DRAFT REMAIN

Having built a Super Bowl winning team through the draft, it was surprising that of the Steelers’ picks in 1975, only three remained as Pittsburgh reduced its roster to 43

Art Rooney Jr., head of the team’s scouting department, didn’t attempt to hide his disappointment. “There are a lot of legitimate excuses, but you can’t live on excuses,” Rooney said. “Ultimately, you can’t tolerate excuses. You have to pick up guys who are going to make it.”

Perhaps the situation was more a reflection on the NFL’s endeavours to level the playing field in professional football by making the best team select last in the draft. In addition, as champions, the Steelers needed to go with players who could produce now. “We might have cut a guy or two who might have been better a couple of years down the road, but our first goal is to win the Super Bowl again this year,” Rooney added.

The challenge was made worst by the reduction in each team’s roster size. Looking ahead, Rooney commented, “I can’t be such a fool as to say we can continue this way. We’ve got to get more good players.”

THE UNKINDEST CUT

Chuck Noll media photo“I feel lousy,” coach Noll told reporters as he slumped in a chair. “I always feel this way when I have to cut guys. It takes me a couple of days to get over it.”

In his ninth year with the team, Preston Pearson was waived along with third round draft pick, tight end Walter White. Defensive end Charley Davis was traded to St. Louis for an undisclosed draft pick.

Pearson became expendable when both Reggie Harrison and rookie Mike Collier showed in the preseason they were ready to be starters.

Before the cuts, Harrison had enthusiastically told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “I don’t think the Steelers can afford to cut me. I’m a strictly an inside, power runner. I don’t weave, I don’t outrun anybody. I go straight ahead, make the tough yards near the goal line and run over a lot of people. The only other back they have like that is Franco Harris.

If anything happened to him and I wasn’t around, where would the Steelers turn? See what I mean. I think I got it made.

The only good thing to happen to me in the last year or so is the Steelers picking me off the streets of Cincinnati. They certainly owe me nothing, but I owe them a helluva lot and I want the chance to say thanks.

MORE PLAYERS UNREST IN NFL

While the fans were looking forward to seeing the Steelers play the Chargers in San Diego, doubt was cast over the season opener when Detroit, New England, both New York franchises and Washington united in voting to strike. The dispute is a carryover from the problems that disrupted the 1974 preseason, mainly the Rozelle Rule that was still being contested in court.

Pittsburgh voted against the strike, as had Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Minnesota, Buffalo, San Diego, Green Bay, New Orleans, Miami and Dallas.

With just three days left before the season started, the two sides agreed to a truce. It took an all-night session in New York to reach a “memorandum of agreement” that allowed the teams back in camp to prepare for the season.

OAKLAND SET THE AFC STANDARD?

The experts expected that Oakland and the Steelers would meet in the AFC Championship game to decide who would go to Super Bowl to represent the conference. The basis being that the teams would win the AFC Central and Western divisions and eventually meet in the Conference Championship game.

STEELERS FAVOURED

Heading into the new season, everyone including bookmaker Jimmy the Greek picked the Steelers to win their division again with Cincinnati in the second slot. The Bengals had been hit by injuries the previous season and were expected to be the team to challenge the black and gold.

The Steelers had a schedule that meant they only faced three teams with above .500 records. The omens were good for the Steelers to repeat and they had the bonus of facing the rebuilding Chargers in their season opener.


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