Andy Russell

Team
Pittsburgh Steelers
Date Range
1963-1976
Position
Linebacker

Bio

  • A two-way star out of Ladue, Mo., for Coach Dan Devine, Andy Russell lettered on Tiger teams from 1960-62 that posted a combined record of 25-3-3.
  • He played in three bowl games, and intercepted two passes in MU’s Orange Bowl win over Navy in 1961.
  • He led the Tigers in rushing in 1961, and also returned a pass interception 47 yards for a TD in a tight 10-0 win over Oklahoma that season.
  • As a senior, he led MU with six pass interceptions.
  • He went on to a long and decorated NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1963-76 (except for two years when he was in the U.S. Army).
  • Russell played alongside Jack Ham and Jack Lambert in what is widely acknowledged to be the greatest linebacking unit of all time.
  • He made the NFL all-rookie team in 1963, and was the Steelers’ MVP in 1970.
  • Russell played on two Super Bowl championship teams, and in seven Pro Bowls, including six straight.
  • He was selected all-pro by the NFL writers for nine straight seasons, and was the 1973 winner of the Whizzer White Humanitarian Award for outstanding service to his team, community and country.
  • A true iron man, Russell never missed a game during his high school, college and professional careers.
  • His leadership qualities were evident, as he was MU’s team captain in 1962, and later served the Steelers in the same capacity from 1967-76.