The center of production

07/30/2012

Dermontti Dawson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 1988 National Football League Draft to solidify their offensive line for the future. The team didn’t have to wait long for him to produce. He stepped in as a rookie and started five games at guard. The next season he took over the starting center position from Hall of Famer Mike Webster and the offense didn’t skip a beat.

By 1992 the Steelers ground attack, led by Dawson, produced the AFC’s leading rusher when Barry Foster set a franchise record with 1,690 rushing yards. Two seasons later, in 1994, Pittsburgh led the entire NFL in total rushing yards for the first of two times during Dawson’s tenure (1994, 1997). Eight times during Dermontti’s 13-year career the Steelers offense surpassed 2,000 total rushing yards and 11 times ended the season with double-digit team rushing touchdowns.

1988 2,228 17 Merril Hoge 705 3
1989 1,818 17 Tim Worley 770 5
1990 1,880 11 Merril Hoge 772 7
1991 1,627 8 Merril Hoge 610 2
1992 2,156 13 Barry Foster 1,690 11
1993 2,003 13 Leroy Thompson 763 3
1994 2,180 15 Barry Foster 851 5
1995 1,852 17 Erric Pegram 813 5
1996 2,299 11 Jerome Bettis 1,431 11
1997 2,479 19 Jerome Bettis 1,665 7
1998 2,034 8 Jerome Bettis 1,185 3
1999 1,991 14 Jerome Bettis 1,091 7
2000 2,248 19 Jerome Bettis 1,341 8

 


Dawson, Dermontti, Pittsburgh Steelers
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