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Randy Grossman
No. 84
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-09-20) September 20, 1952 (age 63)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Haverford (PA)
College: Temple
Undrafted: 1974
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 118
Receiving yards: 1514
Yards per catch: 12.7
Touchdowns: 5
Games played: 118
Player stats at PFR

Curt Randy Grossman (born September 20, 1952) is a former professional American football player who played tight end for eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League.

Early life[edit]

Grossman was an All State performer at Haverford High School, in suburban Philadelphia, where from a young age he would reply to the question, "What will you do when you grow up?" with the certain retort: "I'm going to be a professional football player." He was a varsity letterman in both football and wrestling at Haverford Senior High School.[1][2] His father was a butcher.[1]

College career[edit]

Grossman was an outstanding tight end (and three-year starter) for the Temple Owls in the early 1970s. In 1972, he caught 23 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns and Temple had a record of 5–4–0. The following year, Grossman was named Associated Press All-America third team and Temple notched a record of 9–1–0. That year, Grossman led the team in receptions with 39 for 683 yards and 4 touchdowns;[3][4] Temple outscored its opponents 353-167. Grossman finished his career at Temple with 89 receptions for 1505 yards and 10 touchdowns. Grossman was also a member of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity's Pa Alpha Delta Chapter.

NFL career[edit]

Grossman joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1974,[5] wearing number 84. He showed his skill when he caught a crucial touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw early in Super Bowl X. In 1976, they drafted tight end Bennie Cunningham, behind whom Grossman played for two years, until the 1978 season when Cunningham was injured. Undersized and underweight, Grossman stepped up to the position and had a prolific season. In just 10 starts, Grossman had a career-high 37 receptions (the most by a Steeler tight end in 12 years)[6] for 448 yards and 1 touchdown, and contributed to the Steelers Super Bowl XIII win. Grossman would play 3 more years with the Steelers before retiring, earning 4 Super Bowl rings for Super Bowl IX, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XIII, and Super Bowl XIV. Grossman said that his nickname of "The Rabbi" referred to his Jewish ancestry and came from Dwight White, who was the authority for assigning such titles to the Steelers. He also said he never faced any anti-Semitism during his career, because “in sports -- in my era and currently -- it really is the great melting pot," he said. "If you ‘bring game,’ you’re fine. If you’re an imposter, then they’ll run you out regardless of what your religious preferences are or ethnic background is. It was obviously different in the ’60s, ’50s, ’40s, but from the time that I’ve been involved, it’s been completely open and purely performance-based acceptance or non-acceptance.”

Steelers President Dan Rooney said of Grossman: "Randy Grossman was one of those guys who was never viewed as one of the superstars, but he did everything you asked him. He caught the big touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. He was one of those guys who got you the first down when he would go in and play. He was just a real good competitor who really proved his value. He was just a good team man."[7]

Steelers Director of Personnel Art Rooney, Jr., said that Grossman's hands were "the best", and that "he caught whatever was near him".[8]

Personal career[edit]

Randy Grossman is not related to former Chicago Bears and former Washington Redskins Quarterback Rex Grossman. He is married to Barb with three children and has two grandchildren.

See also[edit]

Randy is currently an independent financial advisor, his firm's name is Wealth Management Strategies, Inc., http://www.mywealthmgmt.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pittsburgh Steelers: The Complete Illustrated History. Books.google.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Day by day in Jewish sports history. Books.google.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kaplan, Ron (February 1, 2011). "Former Steeler Randy ‘The Rabbi’ Grossman recalls his glory day". New Jersey Jewish News. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ College Football at Sports-Reference.com
  5. ^ The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: The Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the Fight for America's Soul. Books.google.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ Tales from Behind the Steel Curtain. Books.google.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ O'Brien, Jim (July 6, 2012). "Ex-Steeler Randy Grossman still playing for the money". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ The Super '70s. Books.google.com. March 6, 1998. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:56:15 -0800

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Steelers.com
Fri, 07 Nov 2008 23:52:30 -0800

Before the end of the quarter, Pittsburgh evened the score on a seven-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw to tight end Randy Grossman. Setting up the score was a 32-yard pass to Lynn Swann, whose health was questionable because of a concussion he had ...

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Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:22:30 -0800

Randy Grossman won all four that he played in for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Klecko won three championships with New England (2) and Indianapolis (1). Brock and James Parish were each in a couple. McManus will try to add to the 15 Super Bowl rings worn ...

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The Philadelphia Tribune
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:37:51 -0800

... defensive back, Washington Redskins, XXII, 1988; Steve Watson, wide receiver, Denver Broncos, XII, 1988; Anthony Anderson, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers, XIV, 1980; Randy Grossman, tight end, XIV, XIII, X, IX, 1980, 1979, 1976, 1975, respectively.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:00:00 -0800

#2 -At receiver you're great. At running back you'll be great again, but it may be time to get a tight end that can run after catch . . . Randy Grossman, Bennie Cunningham, Eric Green. Ring a bell? #1 -Last, but not least . . . bring back the same ...

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Steelers.com
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:48:45 -0800

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Pittsburgh Business Times
Fri, 06 Jul 2012 03:00:48 -0700

Randy Grossman played tight end for eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and made significant contributions to four Super Bowl wins. An undrafted rookie in 1974 from Temple University, he signed as a free agent for the minimum salary of $15,000.

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Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:09:20 -0700

On Friday night former Steelers' tight end Randy Grossman will be honored and roasted at the dinner, with Hall of Famer John Stallworth as the master of ceremonies, and he is looking forward spending time with friends and the stories that will be shared.
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