1968-It Could Have Been Worse Pittsburgh

In 1968,  the Pittsburgh Steelers were 2-11-1 only slightly better than the 2-12 Philadelphia Eagles.  The Steelers beat the Eagles in a dull 6 to 3 game at Pit. Stadium.  In the midst of all this mediocrity, there were two standout players for Pittsburgh.

Halfback Dick Hoak was the fourth leading rusher in the NFL  with 858 yards, a 4.9 average on each carry, and ran for three touchdowns.  Hoak had the entire NFL  longest run from scrimmage for the season-a 77 yard effort against the New Orleans Saints at Pitt Stadium.  Dick showed his versatility.    He caught 28 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown.  Hoak played both halfback and an occasional quarterback at Penn State.  Throughout his 10 years with Pittsburgh, he was a threat on  pass option play.   Hoak  threw for seven pass completions for 188 yards and a touchdown in 1968.

Three 100+ yard rushing games:

Game 5 at  Washington-carried 12 times for 115 yards-Steelers lost 16 to 13.

Game 6 at Pitt Stadium versus the New Orleans Saints-carried 16 times for 166 yards-Steelers lost 16 to 12.

Game 13 at Dallas-carried 17 times for 114 yards-Steelers lost 28 to 7.

Wide Receiver Roy Jefferson caught 58 passes for 1,074 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Four 100+ yards receiving

Game 1 at Pitt Stadium versus the New York Giants-caught five passes for 113 yards-Steelers lost 34 to 20.

Game 8 at Atlanta-caught 11 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns.   One of the best performances in Steeler history-Steelers won 41 to 21.

Game 11 at Pitt Stadium versus the San Francisco 49ers-caught 8 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns-Steelers lost 45 to 28.

Game 14 at New Orleans-caught six passes for 139 yards and a touchdown-Steelers lost 24 to 14.

How good would Dick Hoak and Roy Jefferson have been with a better team.  The Steelers might have lost every game without them.

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