MIKE WEBSTER

MIKE WEBSTER

Class of 1997
Center >>> 6-1, 255
(Wisconsin)
1974-1988 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1989-1990 Kansas City Chiefs

Michael Lewis Webster. . .Steelers’ fifth-round draft pick, 1974. . . Became full-time regular, third season. . .Played every game 10 consecutive years, 1976-1985. . .Durable, missed only four games first 16 seasons.. . .Started 150 consecutive games. . .Steelers’ captain nine seasons. . . Played in four Super Bowls, six AFC championship games. . . All-Pro seven years. . . All-AFC five times. . .Played in nine Pro Bowls. . .Born March 18, 1952, in Tomahawk, Wisconsin . . .Died September 24, 2002, at age of 50.

Mike Webster, a 6-1, 255-pound All-Big Ten center at Wisconsin, was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fifth-round selection and the 125th player taken in the 1974 NFL Draft. A three-year starter and honor student in college, Webster adapted to the pro game quickly.

For two years, he split time at center with veteran Ray Mansfield while seeing some service at guard and the special teams. However, with a start in the final game of the 1975 season, Webster began a string of 150 consecutive starts that lasted until 1986, when he missed the first four games with a dislocated elbow.

Webster, who was born March 18, 1952, at Tomahawk, Wisconsin, played more seasons (15) and more games (220) than any other player in Pittsburgh history. Webster, who was the team’s offensive captain for nine seasons, was considered to be the strongest Steeler and won the Ironman competition in 1980 to give credence to that belief.

Webster, who joined the team in the same year the Steelers won their first of four Super Bowls, also played in six AFC championship games. Pittsburgh won four of the six title games. Webster was an all-pro choice seven times and was selected to the All-AFC team five times from 1978 through 1982. He also played in nine Pro Bowls, the first five as a starter.

The Steelers made Webster a free agent in 1988 and he quickly signed on with the Kansas City Chiefs, first as an offensive line coach. But within a few weeks, Webster was back at his old center spot, starting all 16 games in 1989. He completed his 17-season, 245-game career after a final 1990 campaign with the Chiefs.

Year
Team
G
1974 Pittsburgh
14
1975 Pittsburgh
14
1976 Pittsburgh
14
1977 Pittsburgh
14
1978 Pittsburgh
16
1979 Pittsburgh
16
1980 Pittsburgh
16
1981 Pittsburgh
16
1982 Pittsburgh
9
1983 Pittsburgh
16
1984 Pittsburgh
16
1985 Pittsburgh
16
1986 Pittsburgh
12
1987 Pittsburgh
15
1988 Pittsburgh
16
1989 Kansas City
16
1990 Kansas City
9
Career Total
245

Championship Games

1974 AFCPittsburgh Steelers 24, Oakland Raiders 13
Webster backup center to Ray Mansfield

1975 AFCPittsburgh Steelers 16, Oakland Raiders 10
Webster backup center to Ray Mansfield

1976 AFC – Oakland Raiders 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 7
Webster starting center

1978 AFCPittsburgh Steelers 34, Houston Oilers 5
Webster starting center

1979 AFCPittsburgh Steelers 27, Houston Oilers 13
Webster starting center

1984 AFC – Miami Dolphins 45, Pittsburgh Steelers 28
Webster starting center

Super Bowls

Super Bowl IXPittsburgh Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6
Webster backup center to Ray Mansfield

Super Bowl XPittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
Webster backup center to Ray Mansfield

Super Bowl XIIIPittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
Webster starting center

Super Bowl XIVPittsburgh Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19
Webster starting center

All-Pro: (6) – 1978 (AP,NEA, PFWA); 1979 (AP, NEA, PFWA ); 1980 (AP, NEA, PFWA);
1981 (AP, NEA, PFWA); 1982 (PFWA); 1983 (AP)

All-AFC: (5) – 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982

All-Rookie: 1974 (PFWA)

(9) – 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987

 

Steelers records held by Webster
(Records through the 1988 season, Webster's last with Steelers)

• [1st] Most Seasons – 15
• [1st] Most Games, Career – 220
• [2nd] Most Consecutive Games Played, Career – 177

• Silver Anniversary Super Bowl Team (1990)
• NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team (1994)
• All-Decade Team of the 1970s
• All-Decade Team of the 1980s

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1974 Pittsburgh Steelers 10 3 1 (1st)
1975 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 2 0 (1st)
1976 Pittsburgh Steelers 10 4 0 (1st)
1977 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 5 0 (1st)
1978 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 2 0 (1st)
1979 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 4 0 (1st)
1980 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 (3rd)
1981 Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 (2nd)
1982 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 3 0 (4th Tie* )
1983 Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 (1st)
1984 Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 (1st)
1985 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 9 0 (2nd Tie)
1986 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 (3rd)
1987 Pittsburgh Steelers 8 7 0 (3rd)
1988 Pittsburgh Steelers 5 11 0 (4th)
1989 Kansas City Chiefs 8 7 1 (2nd)
1990 Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 (2nd)

* AFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season. 

Full Name: Michael Lewis Webster

Birthdate: March 18, 1952

Birthplace: Tomahawk, Wisconsin

High School: Rhinelander (Wisconsin)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 25, 1997

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 26, 1997

Presenter: Terry Bradshaw, former Steelers' teammate

Other Members of Class of 1997: Mike Haynes, Wellington Mara and Don Shula

Pro Career: 17 seasons, 245 games

Drafted: 5th Round (125th Overall) in 1974 by Pittsburgh Steelers

Uniform Number: #52 with Steelers; #53 with Chiefs

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