America's Game: The 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers | Super Bowl IX

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It was perhaps the finest collection of talent in NFL history - and in 1974 nearly no one knew it. For five seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll had meticulously built the team in his own image - tough and physical. In 1974, he added a draft class that included four future Hall of Famers. By the postseason, the team that would become the decade's best was ready to arrive. The Steelers rose to the top of the football world by upsetting the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. It would be the first of four world championships in six years. Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the '74 Steelers. America's Game uses exclusive interviews from Andy Russell, Franco Harris, and "Mean" Joe Greene to recount Pittsburgh's rise from obscurity to dynasty.
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Muffs 55mercury
Muffs 55mercury 3 日 前
41 years of waiting was finally over. 1972 & 1973 would be the turning point but they finally took it all in '74. Andy lived thru all the losing and I'm glad he survived Noll's purges of those who weren't good enough.
Dy2 Str33t-King
Dy2 Str33t-King 6 日 前
IF Miami would have won that game against the Raiders, they would have for sure won the Superbowl for a 3rd straight year. Kinda crazy how 1 wild play changes history. Like the fluke catch the Giants Tyree made to help them beat New England in the Superbowl. This is why everyone loves the NFL.
wraith1117 12 日 前
Even after all these years, I am still in awe at just how much talent there was on that D.
Crystal Glass
Crystal Glass 15 日 前
No team drafted better than the Steelers in Nolls early years.
filthyswit ヶ月 前
I think Pittsburgh, Miami, and Oakland were all equally great that year. Any would have beaten the Vikings.
Pete Kondolios
Pete Kondolios ヶ月 前
Franco and the 3 running backs against the saints 🤣
Andrae Coleman
Andrae Coleman ヶ月 前
John Madden made a big mistake giving Pittsburgh that bulletin board material!
W. Dearth
W. Dearth ヶ月 前
The Steelers are the f'n coolest. Sorry, it's true. Good shit.
Eva Kiner
Eva Kiner ヶ月 前
the 11-3 St.Louis Cardinals in 1975 was badass too, beat Dallas once and lost in overtime to them.
Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith ヶ月 前
Joe Greene was the anchor of the defense. Then came Ernie Holmes, L C Greenwood and Dwight White
Nolan Krause
Nolan Krause ヶ月 前
Steel Curtain is the best defensive run in the history of the NFL. 4 Super Bowls in 6 seasons easily could've won more.
hardtoexplain32 2 ヶ月 前
Not only did we draft 4 Hall Of Famers in 1974, we picked up an undrafted one, now that Donnie Shell has been inducted.
G V Cal
G V Cal ヶ月 前
hardtoexplain32 as I kid in the 70s, I was all Raiders. Grew up in the Bay Area. I hated the Steelers then but I still knew all their players. I’m 57 now. Today I have the utmost respect for the Steelers of the 70s. Pure disciplined greatness. I often look back to those days with pure admiration.. for many other teams during that decade as well. In my opinion, Jack Lambert was The best player I’ve ever seen on the field. His no nonsense approach to everything he did makes it very hard for me to watch the NFL of today. It’s so full of ridiculous hot dogging and stupid penalties. Unwatchable.
Mike Gike
Mike Gike 2 ヶ月 前
Cant believe I've been a Steeler fan fer almost 50 years. Still gives me chills. Greatest franchise....Period.
Greg Crane
Greg Crane 15 日 前
As a Broncos fan for 40 years and someone who's followed the NFL closely, I have to agree. The Steelers have an awesome history, incredibly talented players and staff, and great fans. Tip of the hat to the best.
killalltogepis991 ヶ月 前
will patriots have existed since 1960 and didn't start playing well until 2001. Steelers dominated in multiple eras. Once Bill Belichick retires Patriots will probably be a bad team again.
griff will
griff will ヶ月 前
Dude you are misrepresenting yourself cuz the Steelers are 6 of 8 over a 50 years span and just Tom Brady is 6 of 9, so you're crazy
Kool Dood
Kool Dood ヶ月 前
I was looking at the stats last night and there's seriously no arguing that. They've been to at LEAST AN AFC Championship game in every decade since the 1970's. No team in modern history comes close when you put all 50 years together. Not Green Bay, Not New England, Nobody has been good every decade like they have.
Mark Nethercutt
Mark Nethercutt 2 ヶ月 前
Pittsburgh Steelers rock.😎
cavy16262 Cavanaugh
cavy16262 Cavanaugh 2 ヶ月 前
I see the Finnleyville(?} Royal Crusaders in the background of one of the clips about Joe Green @05:54! Crazy
russelljohnson2008 2 ヶ月 前
And you can add Donnie Shell to the list of that 1974 Steelers draft class that made it into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Billy SteelerFan43
Billy SteelerFan43 2 ヶ月 前
Don't forget that Donnie Shell was a free agent pick up by the Steelers in 1974 as a safety. Out of 17 rounds, nobody drafted him and today he is a Hall of Famer. #31 !!! :)
Billy SteelerFan43
Billy SteelerFan43 ヶ月 前
@Chris Hensley He was great! The 4 year old me back then knew that too!! haha :))
Chris Hensley
Chris Hensley ヶ月 前
The TORPEDO could light UP some runners!
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson 2 ヶ月 前
If the referees would have done their job it might have turned out different. Linesman Ed Marion a Pennsylvania native made sure that Pittsburgh would win.
Jim Bob
Jim Bob ヶ月 前
Against the Oilers?
-- 2 ヶ月 前
Blame Bud Grant for not building a passing attack in 10 years.
Rich Barr
Rich Barr 2 ヶ月 前
Like some cheese with that whine?
Jim Fox
Jim Fox 2 ヶ月 前
I have been a Steeler Fan for many years and I can honestly say the Super bowl teams of the 70s IMO would beat the Super bowl 40 & 43 teams.
-- ヶ月 前
I think the 2008 Steelers is the best single season defense EVER. No O-line or running game that year. It was all that Defense and the magic of #7 and those receivers.
Jake Heckard
Jake Heckard ヶ月 前
filthyswit I think Pittsburgh wins due to their great offense, I’ll admit with Walter Payton the bears would do some damage but with Bradshaw, Harris, Swann and Stallworth I think Pittsburgh would be the first ones to score and i really don’t think the bears defense would score 1 time on them. Pittsburgh defense has a better chance of scoring on the bears offense.
filthyswit ヶ月 前
@Jake Heckard Nah. One of those defenses would score long before any OT.
Jake Heckard
Jake Heckard ヶ月 前
85 bears vs 70s Steelers would be 0-0 with about 20 overtime’s
Nala! 2 ヶ月 前
peter beltran nobody would beat the 85 Bears and I’m a Packers fan
A 4th Round Pick, Joe Green.
peter beltran
peter beltran 2 ヶ月 前
Not true.
Philip Ownes
Philip Ownes 2 ヶ月 前
4th overall pick!
When you're full of beer 🍻 after watching your team get beat, of course you're going to be a little salty. But after you get over it, you have to acknowledge greatness. And the 1970s belonged to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Just as the 1980s belongs to the San Francisco 49ers. Of course there's a few teams mixed in both decades because the Raiders were pretty good too in both decades. Though I'm 52 years old, I feel extremely fortunate to have lived through some of the best events in history. Sporting wise, human achievements, to include being in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down, going to the Moon several times. And though the world came close to killing itself, it's great to still be around in 2020
Jiltedin2007 2 ヶ月 前
The Los Angeles Rams also had A “Black Quarterback” In 1974 in James Harris.
Jiltedin2007 2 ヶ月 前
-- That Steeler Game at Los Angeles I have mentioned in 1975, that was the last I have ever seen of “Jefferson Street” Joe Gilliam.
-- 2 ヶ月 前
@Jiltedin2007 Ole Joe was young and thought he was bulletproof. Games like the one you mentioned may have broken his spirit. Clearly the Steelers players had bought into Bradshaw, so it's a tough spot to be in as a backup QB.
Jiltedin2007 2 ヶ月 前
-- Without a doubt! I remembered on a Special Saturday Night Game on the Final Weekend of 1975 when the Steelers was at Los Angeles and the Rams literally knocked out “Jefferson Street” Joe Gilliam from the game. After Gilliam was sacked by A Rams Defender, he just laid on the Coliseum Turf motionless.
-- 2 ヶ月 前
Better than Joe Gilliam.
Phil Michaels
Phil Michaels 2 ヶ月 前
Joe Greene would've been fined his entire salary and gotten a lifetime ban if he played today. Steelers fans call for Vontaze's head nowadays but seem to forget that the greatest player in Steelers history was 10x more dirty than Vontaze or Suh ever could be.
Steve Austin
Steve Austin 2 ヶ月 前
That's just the way the game was played back then....plenty of teams and players that were dirty...Conrad Dobler..Dick Butkus..Jack Tatum and the Oakland Raiders were worse than any team....
-- 2 ヶ月 前
So was every lineman ever back then, offense and defense. Linebackers would clobber QBs 3 seconds after the throw. No flag. Get your ass up. DBs would clothesline receivers right in the neck coming over the middle. No flag. 1970s football was a ridiculous combination of huge men and high speeds, and few rules limiting that physicality. The 80s were quite brutal as well, although the astro turf and looser passing rules limited a lot of the really nasty line fighting. It was more about freak edge rushers getting to the QB as quick as possible, making it easier for o-lineman to control the momentum of a more haphazard end or edge lb.
wraith1117 2 ヶ月 前
It was an entirely different game back then. VERY different set of rules. You really can't compare the two.
G V Cal
G V Cal 2 ヶ月 前
I was fortunate to attend the Championship game against the Raiders in Oakland as an 11 year old boy.
G V Cal
G V Cal ヶ月 前
david cosdesign wow.. it certainly would be
david cosdesign
david cosdesign ヶ月 前
@G V Cal I am so old school that I lament that the true team owners are Wayne Valley, Sr. and Ed McGah... I always found it ironic that Al Davis demanded loayalty when he in fact stabbed Valley in the back to take control of the franchise. If Valley never lost control, the NFL would be a lot different now. Colt would still be in Baltimore, etc.
G V Cal
G V Cal ヶ月 前
david cosdesign Good point. I think they might run into the problem of having too many opposing team fans in their home stadium. But honestly, I won’t feel sorry for the franchise. I’m so old school. To me the Raiders will always be Oakland.
david cosdesign
david cosdesign ヶ月 前
@G V Cal Yes, when the Raiders moved to Los Angeles, it permanently changed the franchise and culture. We were season ticket holders since the 1966 and everyone in the bleacher section knew each other and took care of one another. I remember in 1980, taking friends to the game Raiders-Cowboys game alone. Four 13 year old kids alone at a raiders game. In Los Angeles, they're followers were O.G. and thugs. Too, Al Davis started the trend of sports teams holding cities hostage for stadiums. Ironic he never got the stadium in Los Angeles. Don't know how they will do in Vegas because the residents likely cant afford psl packages and the Casinos will likely not comp too many ticks. Do you really want people away from the table for 5 + hours?
G V Cal
G V Cal ヶ月 前
david cosdesign yes!!! Branch also. It should be just stay baby! I’m not happy with their move to Las Vegas. But such is the new NFL.
David Claycomb
David Claycomb 2 ヶ月 前
Well done documentary......... thanks for the upload!
hardtoexplain32 2 ヶ月 前
This entire series is great, I also like that they did a couple of "missing rings" episodes for teams that came up short
GARY Spates
GARY Spates 2 ヶ月 前
B CNBC l bomb v:llbv:l viv: lllllllllllllllyyyull
Not a Steelers fan but I got a Chuck Noll football card. One of the best minds in Football
Ener Parzie
Ener Parzie 3 ヶ月 前
Can you please uplaod the 1979 Steelers. Thank you very much...
juanito mayor
juanito mayor 3 ヶ月 前
Thank you for the uploads. They're keeping me sane during our lockdown. Greetings from the Philippines.
Arthur Thomas
Arthur Thomas 3 ヶ月 前
Joe Gilliam would be good in today's football, because he was a gunslinger
Death Bredon
Death Bredon 3 ヶ月 前
Paul Z
Paul Z 3 ヶ月 前
Not many Steeler fans know this that Chuck Noll has a link to pro wrestling when Noll was in San Diego he developed Ernie Ladd Aka the Big Cat & Ernie Holmes used to wrestle in Houston
-- 2 ヶ月 前
Makes sense. Sammartino was the man at the time was a very proud Pittsburgher.
Icebreaker 29
Icebreaker 29 3 ヶ月 前
Great Point I Forgot that Ernie Holmes use to Wrestle. Of Course I know of the Big Cat Ernie Ladd a WWE Hall of Famer as well as a Pro Football Hall of Famer too!!!!
Hector Rodriguez
Hector Rodriguez 3 ヶ月 前
The start of a dynasty
Nala! 2 ヶ月 前
harold mccoy u sound like Howard Cosell
harold mccoy
harold mccoy 2 ヶ月 前
@peter beltran you and your comrade onthe above section aren't being practical in your biased opinion ,besides Walter Payton who else would even come close to capturing any distinct problem for the Steelers 70,s defense ? this 74 defense limited OJ to 49 yards rushing ,the raiders to 29, the Vikings to 17 ! If the 85 dolphins offense sliced up the vaunted bears defense just imagine utilizing objective rationale instead of emotional blind fandom tenent what Swann ,Stallworth ,Franco , Blier, Bradshaw and company would do ? Your bears team was a magnificent team ,but a organization that captured lightening in a bottle because the true NFC Titans the 49ers , Washington, and Giants were going through a minor restructure phase and the fortunate bears benifetted emmensely ,the validation being no more SB trips for that bears unit , with Washington and the 49ers twice clobbering the bears in post season ! Bradshaw vs McMahon ,Noll vs Ditka , dude please get real ,the coach and QB combination often is critical historically in deciding SB games which Pittsburgh was supperior at " with rare exceptions ", I would even seriously state that the 74 runner up Vikings with their quick short passing game and staunch defense great QB and coach combo would defeat the one season wonder 85 bears because the scheme and matchups benifetted the Vikings , furthermore answer me this question how many Hof QBs did that bears team actually defeat in their playoff appearances from 84 till 88 ???? Pittsburgh played 8 games in post season play against Hof QBs inthe 70,s winning 6 of those contest ,6 contest vs Hof coaches winning 4 , point being Pittsburgh was geared at any of their SB years to defeat the bears including this 74 assembly that hadn't devolped their astute Hof wr core yet ,who were the bears going to utilize to institute any mediocre passing offense with ? Mel Blount shuts down Gault ,so who else ? I hear nothing but crickets in the back ground my fellow NFL fan ? Please don't even contemplate disrespecting the audience by implying Payton was going to elevate the bears offense vs the steel curtain to astronomical heights , the bears were a extreme one diminsional offense ,even the 74 Steelers with a still devolping Swann and Stallworth provide more offensive production in key moments particularly ,finally with much respect intended towards you ,why are you on a Steelers season highlite trying to ostricize the Steelers ?? It obviously seems that envy ,which has then turned into overt jealousy has ingrained itself upon you ! This bears team although widely respected by me including the 2nd greatest rb of all time Walter Payton but this bears team simply dosent have enough octane offensively or a defensive scheme " too much all out blitzing" to contain the Steelers who's Hof Coach, QB ,RB, WRs ,OL/C ,would eventually exspose consistently , particularly the 75,78,79, edition ,the two other Roethlisberger led teams your bears had a chance I concur ! Your bears offense can forget it with the steel curtain with 5 Hofers and a strong possibility for a 6 with LC Greenwood ! The steel curtain is the only defense in NFL history that can objectively state that they have 5 players who could be considered the greatest of all time at their positions DT Joe Greene ,Ilb Jack Lambert , Olb in a 43 defense scheme Jack Ham ,CB Mel Blount SS Donnie Shell all time leader with 51 ints combined with fumble recoveries the all time leader in total turnovers at the strong safety position and dude has been retired for over two decades ,throw in LC ,Andy Russell, Ernie Holmes ,JT Thomas, Glenn Edwards, Mike Wagner, Robin Cole ,all made a probowl at least once ,some gentlemen all pro ,and you objectively get the point ! I state this with respect intended my fellow NFL fan !
peter beltran
peter beltran 2 ヶ月 前
85 bears would destroy any of teams of Pittsburgh Steelers .I mean all six
peter beltran
peter beltran 2 ヶ月 前
85 bears would destroy you
Jeffery Robertson
Jeffery Robertson 3 ヶ月 前
1974 Pittsburgh Steelers was magical year 10 - 3 - 1 clinched AFC Central Division AFC divisional playoffs Over Buffalo Bills AFC Championship over Raiders and last but not least Super Bowl IX over Minnesota Vikings 16 - 6 lead by head coach Chuck Noll quarterback Terry Bradshaw full back Rocky Bleier running back Franco Italian Harris tight end Randy Grossman wide receiver Lynn Swann and John Stallworth were rookie the Steel Curtain defense nose tackle Mean Joe Greene and linebacker Jack ham 🏈 to become dynasty team of the 70s
hardtoexplain32 2 ヶ月 前
I understand it was the 70's and times were different like rules being more favorable to the defense and what not, but to only allow 119 yards total in a Super Bowl is unreal, let alone to hold a team to 17 yards rushing which is just comical.
Jesse Remmel
Jesse Remmel 3 ヶ月 前
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