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STEELERS HEAD FOR MIAMI

The Steelers left snowy Pittsburgh on the Monday before Super Sunday to arrive in sunny, warm Miami.

“The men are in good shape,” confirmed coach Noll after the plane had landed. “All they have to do is loosen up a little to get physically set for the game.”

“We respect the Cowboys and don’t underrate them,” said Joe Greene, before adding with a smile, “But, we’re going to beat them.”

STEVE FURNESS TO SPLIT TIME WITH JOE GREENE

Steve Furness media photoFour days before the big game, coach Noll announced that Steve Furness (picture left) would split playing time at defensive tackle with Joe Greene against the Cowboys. It was such a surprise, suggested the Pittsburgh post-Gazette, that even Furness was sceptical.

“I’ll believe it when I see it,” said Furness, who had been disappointed not to have been on the field for the Championship game, even for one play. Greene had played the entire game after sitting out most of the second half of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck and a pulled groin muscle.

Noll suggested that the humid Miami weather would sap Greene’s strength and inhibit him from playing the entire game, although the suspicion remained that Noll thought Furness deserved his chance to play in the big game.

Furness practiced the week before last year’s Super Bowl and was expecting to start in place of Dwight White, who spent the week in a hospital bed. Defying the odds, White climbed out of his hospital bed to contribute to the Steelers’ victory.

“Nothing can ever be as frustrating as last year,” offered Furness. “I just hope that’s right,” Furness commented on Noll’s announcement.

Greene said he wouldn’t hesitate to come out of the game if he found himself getting tired. “I wouldn’t put Joe Greene ahead of winning. The goal is to win.”

Coach Noll also suggested there was a chance that Furness could give Dwight White, L.C. Greenwood and Fats Holmes a breather if necessary. “The fact he can play all four positions has helped and he has made a great contribution to our team,” Noll confirmed.

THE DALLAS VIEW

Tom Landry, the Dallas coach, labelled the mid-September acquisition of former Steeler running back Preston Pearson as the best thing to happen to the team all season.

In the NFC Championship game, Pearson scored three touchdowns and caught 7 passes for 123 yards in the defeat of the Rams.

Landry suggested that Pearson was more effective with the Cowboys than he was with the Steelers because of the different kinds of offense the teams use.

Pearson described his former teammates as tough. “Everybody asks me whether or not I’m really up for playing against Pittsburgh. I don’t think anybody likes to play against them. They’re a rugged ball club. They know what they are doing all the time.

But, if we play the kind of game against them as we did against the Rams, we’ll win.”

“We might get beat, but nobody is going to intimidate us,” said the Cowboys veteran linebacker Lee Roy Jordan. Nobody has so far. Why the Steelers?

The Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach is very respectful of Chuck Noll’s team. “The Steelers are the champions and they are here because they have excellent personnel and fine coaching,” Staubach said. “You don’t get to the Super Bowl only having one of those important items; you have to have both.”

“The key to our success is our defensive play,” commented coach Landry. “If we can stop them and not fall behind, we have a chance to do some of the things we plan.

If Franco runs well against us, we’ll be in real trouble.”

“Before you can win, you have to not lose it,” said coach Noll.

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Last updated September 28th 2014.

Byron White's 1938 season with the Pirates added July 2014.

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