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Pittsburgh Quarterback – Master List

I have compiled a master list of some of the important quarterbacks from the Pittsburgh area starting in the 1940′s. The list provides the name of the quarterback, the area they are from, and some interesting facts about their career. The list also highlights 49 quarterbacks that played in the NFL after 1946. In the upcoming months, many of these quarterbacks will be featured here at If you know of any quarterbacks that we have missed, please let us know, we would like to add them to this master list.


Last Name First Name High School/Town/Co College Highlights/Comments-
1940 Blanda George Youngwood/Westmoreland Kentucky Played in every AFL game, AFC MVP for 1971/Pro HOF
1940 Bonelli Ernie Aspinwald/Allegheny Pitt A HB/QB played in NFL in 45/46
1940 Brown Bill McKeesport/Allegheny Texas Tech Letterman 39/40 TT, Played QB/DB in NFL in 43 and 45
1940 Brumbaugh Boyd Springdale/Allegheny Duquesne 38-41 NFL 57 NFL passes,41 passes in 41 for Pitt Pirates,listed as HB/FB/QB
1940 Cecconni Lou Donora Pitt Bimbo wasQB for great 45 Donora team, 13thchoice of San Fran 49ers, no NFL,48&49 Pitt leading passer
1940 Filchock Frankie Greene County Indiana Univ Almost 5,000 NFL passing yards, MVP for NY Giants team that played in championship-bribery scandal
1940 Filipowicz Steve Donora/Washington Fordham Star at Fordham, Overall 6th choice NY Giants, 2 NFL passes, also played MLB
1940 Galiffa Arnold (Pope) Donora/Washington Army College Football HOF, Army star, limited NFL, Korean War
1940 Gasparella Joe Vandergrift/Westmoreland Notre Dame 6’4″, switched from center to QB at ND, considered accurate passer, played QB for Steelers 3 years
1940 Gnup Frank (Knute) Alliquippa/Beaver Manhattan a 30(s) HS player, who because of military commitment surfaced after war as player coach in CFL
1940    Gorinski Walter Mutual PA (Westmoreland LSU Appeared in the NFL five games in 1946
1940 Greene John Kiski Prep/Indiana Michigan Listed as QB/E/G, played in NFL 44-50, no passes, receiver
1940 Karrs John Har-Brack/Allegheny Duquesne Har-Brack bec Highlands, 6’1″ 210, 44 threw 10 passes for Rams, Son Tim HArBrack QB and NC 60
1940 Lujack Johnny (Luje) Connelsville/Westmorelan Notre Dame Heisman Trophy, 3 College Championships, NFL
1940 Mathews Ray McKeesport/Allegheny Clemson Multi-threat QB for Clemson in 47-50,51 NFL passes, Played in wing T offenses, 10 yr NFL, more HB
1940 McDonough Coley North Braddock NCState Forties Player-125 NFL passes
1940 Nixon Mike Masontown/Fayette Pitt Leading passer in 34′ for Pitt, two seasons NFL in 35,42 HB in wing offenses, 3 passes,NFL Coach
1940 Rickards Paul Wheeling, WV Pitt 44 completed 84 passes for 897 yards for Pitt, Played three games for Rams in 48
1940 Rooney Dan North Catholic/Allegheny Duquesne 2nd all-Catholic to Unitas, Duqesne dropped program,HOF owner, not QB
1940 Schroyer John ConnelsvilleWestmoreland Penn State All-Time HS QB list for Pa., Injured WWII-No college
1940 Sinkwich Frank (Fireball) Chaney/Youngstown Ohio Georgia Heisman Trophy, NFL Star, Early injury short NFL Career
1940 West Pat Burgettstown/Washington Pitt and USC Drafted by Rams in 45.A QB/FB in NFL from 45-48 no passes
1950 Bestwick Bob Shaler/Allegheny Pitt 50,51 leading pass, held Pitt record til 65, All-East, Blue-Gray, drafted by Steelers, Korean War
1950 Blanda Tom Hempfield/Westmoreland Army 2nd team AA, Army #3 58, remains top 10 in compl.%, chose Army not NFL,kicker, 92/164 1,119 8TD 1960
1950 Brodhead Bob Kittaning/Armstrong Duke Played quarterback for Buffalo Bills in 1960
1950 Curci Fran Born Pittsburgh/Allegheny Univ. of Miami 1959 All-American, AFL Texans draft/played, coached Miami, Kentucky, moved to Miami for HS
1950 D’Achille Lou Beaver Falls/Beaver Indiana 2nd team all-state HS PA, “Left handed Lujack,” Played in Blue-Gray game,good Soph 50″ year
1950 Davis Harold Youngstown, Ohio Westminster College HOF, Led Titans to 3 straight undefeated years, 3 time NAIA AA
1950 Doyle Richard Rocherster/Beaver Ohio State HS mate of Parilli, Led OSU to thrilling 50′ win over SMU and Rote with 180 yds. On 12-14 pass
1950 Faloney Bernie Clark/Allegheny Maryland NChamp QB, 4th in Heisman, #1 pick by 49ers chose CFLand became star, Clark=Char Valley
1950 Fichtner Ross McKeesport/Allegheny Purdue Played QB for Purdue for 2 seasons after Dawson, switch DB, intercepted 27 NFL passes
1950 Fisher Gerald (Gerry) Jeanette/Westmoreland WVU 4’11″ passer for 51 WVU, #1 attempts in one game at 51
1950 Ford Henry Schenley/Allegheny Pitt ist Pitt black QB, total offense/pass leaded 53, NFL as DB,HB/Returner
1950 Haley Dick Midway/Washington Pitt Solid 6 year NFL career as DB/HB
1950 Marchibroda Ted Franklin/Venango St. Bonaventure 5th overall choice of Steelers in 53, Famous NFL Coach
1950 Parilli Vito (Babe) Rochester/Beaver Kentucky UK star, NFL career and AFL star, long time coach
1950 Thrower Willie (The Pro) New Ken/Westmoreland Michigan State Ist black NFL QB, 8 NFL passes, played on MSU Champion
1950 Toncic Ivan (The Terrible Midland/Beaver Pitt 3rd team HS AA, 58 and 59 led Pitt in passing, drafted byBIlls in 60, 0 NFL, Akron Pros United Foot. League
1950 Trimarki Mickey Burgettstown/Washington WVU Made more than 200 pass attempts for WVU in 55 and 57, played CFL for Hamilton
1950 Unitas Johnny St. Justins/Allegheny Louisville NFL HOF, Four Championships, many consider the best
1950 Vereb Ed Central Cath/Allegheny Maryland 53-55 18 TDs at MD, 60 Redskins 1 pass, seemed to be more of a RB, ist round pick
1950 Yewcic Tom Conemaugh/Somerset Michigan State QB on MSU Champion, AAA Baseball, AFL Patriots Passer
1950 Madeya John West Mifflin/Allegheny Louisville Broke Unitas’ passing records at Louisville 70-72. Drafted by Falcons, spent time in Steeler’s camp on tryout.
1960 Betty Dale Butler/Butler Maryland All American Honorable Mention Football News in 60, Still #9 pass completion percentage for Terps
1960 Chlebek Ed Uniontown/Fayette Western Mich. All-Cent./HOF at WM, Led ist Bowl game ever, Aviation Bowl/ Dayton, Jets in 63, United F.L.,Coached
1960 Darraugh Dan South Hills Cath/Alleghen James Madison South Hills became Seton LaSalle, Led JM over Navy in huge upset, drafted Bills, played as rook
1960 Digon Tom California/Washington WVU In 3 WVU seasons completed 102 passes for 1,165 yards
1960 Eisaman Jerry Bethel Park/Allegheny Kentucky Joe Paturno recruited him, 58-60 KU, played lot 1959, 60 Blue-Gray, UMDCoach
1960 Hall Galen Altoona/Blair Penn State 60,61 PSU, led Lions to 15-6 record those years, 62 Redskins, 63 Jets, long time coach
1960 Hanratty Terry Butler/Butler Notre Dame College Champion 1966, one of Golden Boys, Steelers 1969 #2 Round
1960 Havern Dave Montour/Allegheny Pitt Leading Pitt passer in 68,71, Led Panthers to 36-35 win over WVU after trailing 35-8
1960 Havrilak Sam Monnessen/Westmore Bucknell Standout Bucknell QB, First to pass, rush, receive in Super Bowl V
1960 Hoak Richard (Dick) Jeanette/Westmoreland? Penn State MVP for Penn State in Liberty Bowl win, HB in NFL, did throw many passes, exceptional QB Rating
1960 Howe Art Shaler/Allegheny Wyoming Highly regarded QB, offered scholars to Miami and Nebraska, injured back in college, empahsized baseball
1960 Karrs Tim HarBrack/Allegheny North Carolina Star at HarBrack, now Highlands, son of John, Started at NC at QB, Successful coach at Highlands
1960 Johns Eddie Hempfield/Westmoreland Miami (Fl) Led Miami in passing and rushing in 1960/ Replaced by George Mira-No pro known
1960 Kemp Stan Charleroi/Washington Virginia Led Charleroi to a 16-3-1 record, all state as sr, some qb at Virg, also played safety 4 year CFL
1960 Lancaster Ron (Little Gen.) Clairton/Allegheny Wiittenburg 5’5″,Became a CFL star, and beloved coach, Grey Cup Champ, More than 50,000 CFL passing yards
1960 Lucas Richie (Riverboat Glassport/Allegheny Penn State College HOF, Maxwell Trophy, 2nd in Heisman, Gambler, Joe P called him best running QB he had
1960 Martha Paul Shadyside/Allegheny Pitt Played QB in HS and some in college, became good pro DB
1960 Matte Tom Pittsburgh/Cleveland Ohio State Running QB at OSU, RB in NFL, 65 Unitas/Cuozzo hurt, Instant Quarterback with plays on wristband, “1 win”
1960 Mazurek Fred Uniontown/Fayette Pitt QB for Pitt’s exceptional 63 “No Bowl” squad, NFL DB-No NFL passing
1960 Namath Joe (Broadway Beaver Falls/Beaver Alabama Pro HOF, Shocked world with guarantee, first big money player $400,000
1960 Naponic Bob Hampfield/Westmoreland Illinois Played QB for 1970 Houston Oilers
1960 Novak Rich South Union, Fayette Maryland Undersized, scrappy player for Maryland, played with Dale Betty; in Fayette County Hall of Fame
1960 Patrick Frank Derry/Westmoreland Nebraska A 6’7′ Started at Nebr 67, 12th leading national passer, Packers 70-72, Safety for only points in a 2-0 loss
1960 Salter Bryant South Hills Cath/Allegheny Pitt A 6’4″ QB for South Hills Catholic, he played at Pitt and then had a 6 year NFL career as DB
1960 Scrabis Bob Baldwin/Allegheny Penn State Played some QB at PSU during Lucas era, NY Titans QB 60-62,1 of 6 to play QB for Titans in 62
1960 Sherman Tom Union Joint/Clarion Penn State PSU 65-67, led them to 8-2-1 67, + @ Gator Bowl @ named MVP,Patriots,Bills,WFL
1960 Stephens Sandy Uniontown/Fayette Minnesota First black Big Ten/AA QB, Drafted no NFL, CFL, National Champion 1960
1960 Stofa John Bishop McCort/ Buffalo Johnstown area, 5yr NFL 66-70, 300+ passes,1,700+yds, Ist player to sign with expansion Bengals 67
1960 Theofiledes Harry Homestead/Allegheny Waynesburg 62-65 Waynesburg all-time total offense leader,Backup to Sonny Jurgensen Skins-20 passes in 68 NFL
1960 Traficant Jim Youngstown Pitt Leading Pitt passer 60-62, Became controversial political figure, folk hero, federal inmate/Steelers draft
1960 Vidmar Dick Hempfield/Westmoreland Michigan Remains in the top ten in three passing categories-no pro QB known,66 117-226,1611,10TD
1960 Zuger Joe Homestead/Allegheny Arizona State ASUHOF, HamiltonTigerCats10 yrs,3Grey Cups 63,65,67-I Grey MVP,ist game 572 pass 8 TDs,48,930 yds
1970 Cavanaugh Matt Chaney/Youngstown Pitt College Champion QB in 76, 2nd round choice of Patriots in 78?, ? Yr. NFL Super Bowls
1970 Clements Tom Canevin/Allegheny Notre Dame College Champion QB in 73, 4th Heisman, one of WPIAL best athletes ever, brief NFL, good CFL QB
1970 Demory Bill Indianola(Hampton) Arizona Born in Indianola, played HS in AZ, 73/74 filled in for Namath in 73 for 3 games
1970 Flynn Tom Penn Hills/Allegheny Pitt QB of exceptional Penn Hills nationally ranked team of 79, played DB at Pitt and NFL for 5 yrs
1970 Fiorante Chuck New Castle/Lawrence WVU 73 + 74 WVU passer, with 873 yards, including 211 against PSU in 74-no pro known
1970 Fusina Chuck Sto Rox/Allegheny (Mcke) Penn State QB 78 PSU squad to  #1 ranking before bowl loss, Maxwell Trophy, USFL star, some NFL,McKees Rock
1970 Galiffa Bernie Donora/Washington WVU Nephew of Arnold, 70-72 at WVU 310 completions, 4,426 yards, 341 vs. PSU in 72
1970 Grimm Russ Southmoreland/Westmor Pitt Played QB at Southmoreland in Scottsdale, OL at Pitt, 4 Super Bowl Rings, NFL Coach
1970 Haslett Jim Avonworth/Allegheny Indiana of Pa QB at Avalon, became best known as a linebacker for Buffalo Bills and a Head Coach in NFL
1970 Hufnagel John Montour/Allegheny Penn State A QB who was a winner, Part of McKees Rocks, 11-1 in 71 PSU, 6th Heisman 72, Broncos NFL and CFL
1970 Lewis Marvin Fort Cherry/Washington Idaho State QB at Fort Cherry, became best known as NFL coach, Fort Cherry/McDonald is half in Allegheny
1970 Montana Joe Ringgold/Washington Notre Dame College Champion QB in 77, NFL HOF, 3 time Super Bowl MVP, a great of the greats
1970 Rocco Frank Fox Chapel/Allegheny Penn State 78 HS AA, PSU a Liberty Bowl season/win, Joe P claimed Marino would not visit due Rocco
1970 Troup Bill Bethel Park/Allegheny Virginia/S. Carol Born 51, 6’5″, 5 NFL, Played extensively for Colts in 78, 154 completions, lost ist 2 games of 78 80-0
1970 Scanlon Kevin Beaver Falls/Beaver NC State/Arkan. Wait til Sr. year at Ark., set passing % record,#6 team, draft Rams, CFL, Mr. Irrelev. (McGriff went to CFL)
1970 Yewcic, Jr. Tom Conemaugh/Cambria Pitt Walkon Pitt QB, forced to save 76 NC season after Haygood and Cavanaugh injured
1980 Harris Major Brashear/Allegheny WVU College star, Became one of first to leave college early for pros, backfired no NFL, some CFL
1980 Hostetler Jeff Conemaugh/Somerset Penn State/WVU Led Giants to SB XXV win, Solid pro NFL career of  12 Yrs, 94 TD to 71 Int, Pro Bowl 94, Holsopple
1980 Ingold Rich Seton LaSalle/Allegheny South Car/IUP Led S.L> to consecutive 80/81 WPIAL Champs, NCAA II AA player, Champion Arena QB and coach
1980 Karcher Ken Shaler/Allegheny Notre Dame/Tul. Finished college career at Tulane, NFL time with Broncos, a strike replacement player, Liberty Univ.
1980 Kelly Jim East Brady/Clarion Miami (Fl) Pro HOF, Led Bills to 4 Super Bowls, USFL star, part of the revival of Miami football
1980 Knizer Matt Hempfield/Westmoreland Penn State Mainly a backup at Psu, threw big TD in ???, starter in 87, passing for 1,478
1980 Kosar Bernie Boardman/ Youngstown Miami (Fl) Parade AA, 83 Miami NC QB, 4th Heisman, Long time unorthodox Brown great, popular NFL
1980 Marino Dan Central Cath/Allegheny Pitt Pro and College HOF, Broke ? NFL pass records, 3 straigh #2 Pitt finishes, great draft mistake
1980 Strom Rick Fox Chapel/Allegheny Georgia Tech Started 16 games for GT in 86,87. NFL for 7 years, att. 22 passes, Steelers in 90 with Bubby Brister
1980 Taneyhill Steve Altoona/Blair South Carolina Left 2ndalltimeUSC passer, known as “crazy yankee quarterback”MVP of Carquest,World League, Jaguar
1980 Vlasic Mark (Pickle) Center/Beaver Iowa On 5 Iowa bowl teams, behind Chuck Long until Sr. All-Big 10, 4 NFL seasons mainly with Chargers
1980 Zolack Scott Ringgold/Washington Maryland Dad Paul coached Mont,Started MD sr, 2nd best passing yr,AFC POW, 7 yr NFL, caricatures, media
1990 Cawley Mike Mount Lebanon/Allegheny james Madison Arena football league and XFL pro experience, no NFL but was in round 7 by Colts
1990 Dinkins Darnell Schenley/Allegheny Pitt Older bro, city league MVP 95, played some QB at Pitt, swtiched to safety, long time NFL TE
1990 Dinkins David Schenley/Allegheny Morehead State IAA (Simms),98-00 set/tied 19 school records,ist IAA to pass 1K and rush 1k 3 straight yrs,
1990 Failla Paul North Allegheny/Alleghen Notre Dame/IUP 91 Post Gazette Male Athl of year, led NA to #1 ranking, played some at ND, Holtz mistake, AFL
1990 Frerrotte Gus Ford City/Armstrong Tulsa Left Tulsa 2nd all-time passer, played for 7 NFL teams,started 68 games, Pro Bowl 96,COCO Butt wall
1990 Milanovich Scott Butler/Butler maryland Starter 3 yrs at Mary, finished all-time passer, limited 4 yr NFL, NFL Europe, X FL player
1990 Van Pelt Alex Born Pittsburgh/San Anto Pitt Alltime Pitt passer with ? Yds, 2nd TD Palko,10 yr NFL car. played much in 2001 at 31 Bills
1990 Weaver Mike Blackhawk/Beaver Illinois 91 QB of WPIAL Champ Blackhawk, backup for 3 years at Ill, starter as sr.,remains a top 10 passer
1990 Zimmerman Tony Penn Trafford/Westmore Pitt/Duquesne Highly regarded recruit for Pitt, never completely panned out, Arena Football 2 Player of Yr.
2000 Batch Charlie Steel Valley/Allegheny Eastern Michig Sister Drive by almost quit football, started as rookie Lions, Super Bowl Steelers, Key games
2000 Breaston Steve Woodland Hills/Allegheny Michigan Multi-threat QB at Woody,Pa Gatorade POY in HS, Michigan switch to Receiver, NFL rec/Ret
2000 Bulger Marc Central Cath/Allegheny WVU WVU standout, NFL Pro Bowl MVP, Ram MVP, 6th QB Rating before 06, $65M, Fastest to 1,000 complet
2000 DiMichelle Adam Sto Rox/Allegheny Temple First team All-State basketball, baseball, football, starred as Temple Captain and Quarterback
2000 Doria Anthony Seton LaSalle/Allegheny St. Francis Played 42 gms for St. Fran and passed 46 TDs, 8,544 yds school and conf record, Arena Football
2000 Freedy Joe Bethel Park/Allegheny Buffalo Became 3rd all-time passer for Buffalo in completionsyds,tds, No pro known/became a Priest-Father Joe
2000 Getsy Luke Steel Valley/Allegheny Pitt/Akron Alltime WPIAL Passer, lost QB battle to Palko, 2 yr Akron starter more than 6K yds and 41 TDS
2000 Gradkowski Bruce Seton LaSalle/Allegheny Toledo Led Toledo to shocking Pitt upset, earned bowl MVP 2 broken bones, started as Buc rookie 06
2000 Howard Cecil McKeesport/Allegheny Syr/YSU/Northe Ended at Cal, Pa. #4 HS qin 01, big college bust, outstanding runner, dominant WPIAL playoff perform
2000 Levcik Tim Ford City/Armstrong Robert Morris 6’6″,strong arm bad legs,all-timeRMU yds +TD,league MVP2x,Dolphins/Steelers Camp
2000 Marshall Rasheed Brashear/Allegheny WVU Left WVU 2nd all-time passer, Big East Offensive POY, selecgted round 5 49ers, NFL practice
2000 McCabe Kevin Pine Richland/All/Butler Virginia/Cal. Pa 30-46 for 276 in 7 UVA games, Cal. Pa. Senior Season, Arena League Player
2000 McMahon Mike North Allegheny/Alleghen Rutgers Ist Rutgers QB drafted,played considerably in NFL seasons 01,02,05
2000 Morelli Anthony Penn Hills/Allegheny Penn State Many consider strongest cradle arm since Marino, ist PSU QB for back to back 2k+ years
2000 Mroz Jeff Greensburgh CC/West Yale All-St sr yr,team capt Yale, led Ivy Leag pass efficiency, time Dallas camp, Eagles,
2000 Nunes Troy Butler/Butler Syracuse Startied for Syracuse in all 4 years; ranked 4th in many QB areas upon graduation
2000 Palko Tyler West Allegheny/Allegheny Pitt All-Time WPIAL winningQB, 10 300 games at Pitt, 3 yr Capt, great preparation, 3 passes Chiefs 2010
2000 Pryor Terrelle Jeanette/Westmoreland Ohio State Dominated WPIAL football, considered top national recruit, MVP Army AA All-Star, OSU Star
2000 Rutherford Rod Perry/Allegheny Pitt Started 26 gms Pitt, All-Big East QB, NFL practice squ SB ring Steelers, Arena Football
2000 Salibury Chad Frazier/Fayette Buffalo Honorable men AA Football Gazette 97, Big Country 6’6″ Arena MVP 58 TDs
2000 Schaub Matt Born Pittsburgh Virginia His bio states he was born in Pittsburgh, then Eastern Pa., UVA QB, NFL Falcons and Texans
2000 Sunseri Tino Central Cath/Allegheny Pitt Starting quarterback for Pitt as a sophmore in 2010
Bolded and underlined names are players who played in the NFL in 1946 or later and primarily played the QB position and made pass attempts in a regaular season game
Total Players: 49

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One Response to "Pittsburgh Quarterback – Master List"

  1. chuck says:

    What a great creative idea! I’m stunned that no one has thought of this before. Prepare to be inundated by fans..especially if the lockout continues. We’ll need these kinds of gifts to get our “fix”.