John Stallworth

John Stallworth
No. 82
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1952-07-15) July 15, 1952
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama A&M
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 4 / Pick: 82
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 537
Receiving Yards: 8,723
Touchdowns: 63
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Johnny Lee Stallworth (born July 15, 1952) is a former American football wide receiver who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is considered to be one of the best wide receivers in NFL history. He played college football at Alabama A&M, and was the Steelers' fourth-round draft pick in 1974. Stallworth played in six AFC championships, and went to four Super Bowls. His career statistics included 537 receptions for 8,723 yards and 63 TDs. Stallworth's reception total was a franchise record until being surpassed by Hines Ward in 2005. Stallworth played in three Pro Bowls and was the Steelers' two-time MVP. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

College career

A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Stallworth was an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference receiver for Alabama A&M in 1972 and 1973. Stallworth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Alabama A&M University.

NFL career

Stallworth was the 82nd player taken in 1974, a part of a draft class that saw the Pittsburgh Steelers draft four future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (including Stallworth). After a rookie year as an understudy, he became a starter in his second season and held that job for the rest of his 165-game career. Stallworth battled a series of fibula, foot, ankle, knee and hamstring injuries that forced him to miss 44 regular-season games.


Super Bowl Champion
Bold Career high
YearTeamGamesReceptionsYardsYards per ReceptionTouchdowns
1974PIT 131626916.81
1975PIT 112042321.24
1976PIT 8911112.32
1977PIT 144478417.87
1978PIT 164179819.59
1979PIT 16701,18316.98
1980PIT 3919721.91
1981PIT 16631,09817.45
1982PIT 92744116.37
1983PIT 4810012.50
1984PIT 16801,39517.411
1985PIT 167593712.55
1986PIT 113443613.71
1987PIT 124152112.72


Super Bowls

In Super Bowl XIII, Stallworth caught a record-tying 75-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw that would later be a crucial touchdown in the 35-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys. He suffered leg cramps later and played sparingly in the second half, finishing with 3 receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

One year later at Super Bowl XIV with the Steelers trailing the Los Angeles Rams 19-17 early in the fourth quarter, Steelers' coach Chuck Noll called for "60-Prevent-Slot-Hook-And-Go," a play the Steelers failed in practice before the big game. With 12 minutes remaining, Bradshaw dropped back and threw it long to Stallworth, who caught it and beat Rod Perry to the end zone for a 73-yard touchdown that would pave the way for the Steelers' 31-19 win and their fourth world championship. Sports Illustrated considered the catch notable enough to put Stallworth on the cover of a subsequent issue. Overall, Stallworth recorded three receptions for 121 yards in the game.

Stallworth holds the Super Bowl records for career average per catch (24.4 yards) and single-game average, 40.33 yards in Super Bowl XIV. He has 12 touchdown receptions and a string of 17 straight games with a reception in post-season play.[2] Stallworth also scored touchdowns in eight straight playoff games at one point (1978–1983), an NFL record.

Other highlights

Stallworth led the AFC with a career-high 1,395 yards gained on 80 receptions in 1984, when he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He helped the Steelers defeat eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco for that team's only loss of the season, and led the Steelers in a playoff run that featured an upset win over the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoffs at Denver's Mile High Stadium.

Stallworth was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2002.

Business career

In 1986, he founded Madison Research Corporation (MRC), which specializes in providing engineering and information technology services to government and commercial clients. Under Stallworth's leadership, MRC grew to more than 650 employees and $69.5 million in revenues (FY03). MRC manages six regional offices: Huntsville, Alabama (headquarters); Warner Robins, Georgia; Orlando, Florida and Shalimar, Florida; Montgomery, Alabama; Houston, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio. In October 2006 the sale of MRC to Wireless Facilities Inc. was completed, and at that time it was announced that Stallworth would pursue other interests.[3]

Stallworth was announced as becoming part-owner of his former team on March 23, 2009, as part of the Rooney family restructuring ownership of the team.[4]


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