Andy Russell (American football)

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Andy Russell
No. 34
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1941-10-29) October 29, 1941 (age 80)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Ladue Horton Watkins
(Ladue, Missouri)
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 1963  / Round: 16 / Pick: 220
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions:18
Interception yards:238
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Charles Andrew Russell (born October 29, 1941) is a former American football linebacker who played his entire 12-year National Football League (NFL) career for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football for, and earned a degree in economics from, the University of Missouri.

As a freshman in high school, he moved from the New York area to St. Louis, attending Ladue High School. He graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1959. [1] Having never played football in the East, he became a starter as a sophomore, playing end. In his junior and senior year, he played fullback and linebacker, earning all-state honors in his senior year. Heavily recruited by out-state universities, he selected Missouri and began a tradition of St. Louis area football players attending their home-state university under Coach Dan Devine.

After playing for the Steelers his rookie season in 1963 and just missing out on playing the Chicago Bears for the NFL Championship, Russell temporarily left the team for the Army to fulfill ROTC commitments from Missouri. [2] He then returned to the Steelers in 1966, where he would spend the next 11 seasons.

He was an early member of Pittsburgh's famed Steel Curtain defense, and was named the Steelers' MVP in 1971. He made seven Pro Bowl appearances—in 1969 and from 1971 through 1976—and earned two Super Bowl rings in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X. On December 27, 1975, he set the NFL playoff record for a returned touchdown–93 yards in a Three Rivers Stadium victory over the Baltimore Colts. Some have claimed it as the longest football play from scrimmage in time duration. [3] In 2011, the Professional Football Researchers Association named Russell to the PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2011 [4]

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