Let's remember Steelers QB Dick Shiner...
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06-23-2019, 04:25 AM

Good read and some good game clips of yesteryear....

As we have done for several years to bide our time during the offseason, we’re looking back on Pittsburgh Steelers you may have forgotten…or not remembered at all in the first place. Our “blast from the past” series, with a new, dumb name, highlighting players who have long hung up their cleats.

If you have a player you’d like to see profiled, leave it in the comments below.

Dick Shiner/QB (1968-1969)
Before late Steelers head coach Chuck Noll had quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Joe Gilliam in Pittsburgh, he had Dick Shiner, a Lebanon, Pennsylvania product who had played his college football at Maryland. In fact, a lot of fans might not know that Shiner was the Steelers starting quarterback the first game that Noll coached for Pittsburgh and he started most of the games during that 1969 season as well.

Shiner, who was originally drafted in the seventh-round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, was also selected that same year in the 20th round of the 1964 AFL Draft by the New York Jets. After only attempting 71 passes and starting once in his first three seasons with the Redskins as a backup to future Hall of Fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, Shiner was traded along with a 1968 third-round pick to the [b]Cleveland Browns[/b] in exchange for quarterback Jim Ninowski in August of 1967.

In his one season with the Browns, Shiner again barely saw the field on offense as he finished the season having completed just 3 of 9 total attempts for 34 yards and a touchdown. In May of 1968, Shiner was traded to the Steelers as part of a five player deal that included Pittsburgh sending quarterback Bill Nelsen and defensive back Jim Bradshaw to Cleveland in exchange for their new quarterback, tackle [b]Frank Parker[/b] and a 1969 draft pick.

Shiner initially served as the backup to quarterback Kent Nix during his first season in Pittsburgh but took over as the starter for good after the Steelers got off to an 0-3 start. Shiner finished the 1968 season having completed 148 of 304 pass attempts for 1,856 yards with 18 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. The Steelers, however, still only managed to go 2-8-1 in the 11 games that Shiner started during the 1968 season.

Shiner’s best game during the 1968 season came in Week 8 and on the road against the [b]Atlanta Falcons[/b]. In that contest, Shiner completed 15 of his 19 total pass attempts for 207 and 3 touchdowns, all of which went to wide receiver [b]Roy Jefferson[/b], who ended the game with 11 receptions for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns in 41-21 Pittsburgh win. You can see highlights of that game below.

Read more:  https://steelersdepot.com/2019/06/lets-r...ck-shiner/

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06-26-2019, 10:28 AM

Just asking while we are in this era, do we have anything on Kent Nix or Bill Nelson. From what I remember, Nelson was a pretty good QB who got the same treatment Tim Crouch got in Cleveland. Neither had an OL that could block worth a clump of farts, and Nelson spent a fair amount of time injured.
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