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PITTSBURGH’S GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL

Three days after the Steelers won their second AFC Championship game, 12,000 Super Bowl tickets went on sale to season ticket holders at $20. 4 night packages in Miami, including flights and hotels, were advertised for $362.

Chuck Noll began watching tapes of their opponents, the Dallas Cowboys, the day after their win and two days later was due in Mobile Alabama to scout the college stars playing in the Senior Bowl.

The Steelers cut Preston Pearson preseason. He was picked up by the Cowboys and contributed to their regular season with 509 yards rushing, caught 27 passes for 351 yards, and gained another 391 yards on kickoff returns. In their defeat of the Rams in the NFC Championship game, Pearson scored three touchdowns and caught 7 passes for 123 yards.

HAMMING IT UP JACK?

Jack Ham media photoDespite being viewed as the best left linebacker in the business, Jack Ham is not too enthralled by it all. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested Ham is a low key guy who subtly avoids the limelight by putting himself down.

While he obviously enjoys playing pro ball, he can barely comprehend all the mystique attached to it. “It’s a crazy sport,” he told the Post-Gazette. “I can’t see why it’s such an obsession. But I guess we’re entertainers and it’s an outlet for a lot of people. But I don’t think that much of it.”

His early sports career was marked by the fact he was a bit slow and small. He was cut three straight years by the basketball coach in high school at Johnstown and insists he made the high school football team only because they didn’t cut anybody.

Ham was not even a starter and played in the shadow of his brother, who was the captain of the football team.  “I guess the only reason I didn’t quit  was that I didn’t want to quit anything,” he said. Football wasn’t one of his favourite activities. It wasn’t until he moved to linebacker in his senior year that he even found himself enjoying it.

He wasn’t overwhelmed with offers of college scholarships, but he was fortunate to obtain one for Penn state. “It was one of those last minute things. I didn’t get it until May. I think they had an extra one somebody had turned down,” he smiled.

It was in his first year that he first got the idea he was a player. “They had all those high school All-Americans and I could see that maybe I was as good as they were.”

Ham said it helped that he had nothing to live up to. “It was a lot easier for me because I hadn’t been successful before. The hardest times were for those guys who came in with big buildups and then it caught up with them. They might have been star running backs and then they became second string linemen,” he added.

The big lift for Ham came after the first day of spring football drills in his freshman year when Joe Paterno suddenly listed him as a first string linebacker. “Confidence was my big problem and I don’t know if Joe saw that or what, but it really gave me a big lift.”

His performances for Penn State saw the Steelers use their second round pick on him in the 1971 draft.

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUPER BOWL X

After a thrilling sixth game in the World Series, sports fans were looking for the same from the Super Bowl, a game that would reach the heights in excitement. The NFL image makers would be hoping for nothing less. When pressed on the question, coach Noll replied, “I am not the entertainment director.”

As a native Texan, Joe Greene thought the game against Dallas could be an exciting one. “Number ten might just be something special,” he volunteered. “It probably couldn’t have been a better matchup. It might be something to remember.”

Recalling the drama of the World Series, Greene added, “They had two dynamite teams playing exciting ball. It was really emotional.” He thought a Steelers-Cowboys match offered the same ingredients.

THE VIEW FROM DALLAS

Dallas folk thought that champion Pittsburgh will be going in with an inflated ego and the Cowboys will kick their tails in as they did Minnesota and Los Angeles in the playoffs.

Looking back to final game of the 1975 preseason when they knocked him out, the Dallas defense believe they can stop Franco Harris.

 

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