HOF Spotlight: Ernie Stautner

06.27.2011

Ernie Stautner
Name: Ernie Stautner
Position: Defensive Tackle
Pro Career: 1950 – 1963
Team Affiliation(s): Pittsburgh Steelers
College: Boston College
Induction Class: 1969
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Brief Bio: Mildly undersized for an NFL lineman, Ernie Stautner had the will and determination of a giant and went down in history as one of the finest, toughest, and fiercest competitors in league history. Despite a plethora of bodily injuries, Stautner missed just six games in his entire professional career and was named to nine first- or second-team All-NFL squads and played in nine Pro Bowls. An anchor of the greatly feared Pittsburgh D, Stautner found his way into the NFL record books, a rare feat for a defensive lineman. His three career safeties were a then-best and his 23 recovered fumbles was third best at the time. After his retirement, the Steelers officially retired Stautner’s #70 jersey, an honor given to a very select view.

Career Stats: 173 games played; 23 fumble recoveries; 3 safeties; 2 INTs

1950 Topps Felt Backs #79

Featured Card: 1950 Topps Felt Backs #79. Ernie Stautner may have been a small and unproven player in 1950, but in hindsight, Topps (and the Steelers) can be proud of picking him up right out of college. The Topps Felt Backs are an interesting and fairly rare set to find. There are currently no copies of this card available on eBay. Stautner does, however, have several other vintage football cards as well as junk wax era HOF cards and more recent cut autographs – something for every collection style.

 

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