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 
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. His father was a butcher.
College career 
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; 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 
Grossman joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1974, 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) 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.”
NFL career statistics 
- Games: 118
- Receptions: 118
- Receiving yards: 1514
- Receiving average: 12.7
- Touchdowns: 5
- Fumbles: 1
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."
Steelers Director of Personnel Art Rooney, Jr., said that Grossman's hands were "the best", and that "he caught whatever was near him".
Personal career 
Randy Grossman is not related to former Chicago Bears and current Washington Redskins Quarterback Rex Grossman He is married to Barb with three children and has two grandchildren.
See also 
Randy is currently an independent financial advisor, his firm's name is Wealth Management Strategies, Inc., www.mywealthmgmt.com
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- ^ Day by day in Jewish sports history. Books.google.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- ^ Kaplan, Ron (February 1, 2011). "Former Steeler Randy ‘The Rabbi’ Grossman recalls his glory day". New Jersey Jewish News. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- ^ College Football at Sports-Reference.com
- ^ 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.
- ^ Tales from Behind the Steel Curtain. Books.google.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- ^ O'Brien, Jim (July 06, 2012). "Ex-Steeler Randy Grossman still playing for the money". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- ^ The Super '70s. Books.google.com. March 6, 1998. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
External links 
Wed, 22 May 2013 04:16:34 -0700
The 1974 draft not only produced four Hall of Famers, but undrafted free agents Donnie Shell (Hall of Fame finalist in 2002) and Randy Grossman were also found that year. When you can find nine Hall of Fame players in a span of six years (1969-74 ...
Pryor Daily Times
Sat, 18 May 2013 07:08:08 -0700
I think (councilman) Randy (Grossman) would be a great man for the job,” said Morgan. Key highlighted his plan to boost manpower which includes increasing paid staffing during the day, appreciating volunteers who offer to stay overnight, using all ...
Behind the Steel Curtain
Mon, 13 May 2013 05:38:06 -0700
Fellow Temple football alum and Steelers free agent signee Randy Grossman said to me that to make it in the league you had to be good, but you had to be lucky as well. Hal was good, he wasn't lucky. I don't know all the details, but I can figure some ...
Delaware County Daily Times
Tue, 07 May 2013 20:22:03 -0700
Well, that other guy was Randy Grossman. And he signed him to a scholarship that day.” Grossman went to Temple and later won four Super Bowl rings with the Steelers. Joachim went to Happy Valley and didn't smile when the run-first system did not best ...
Pryor Daily Times
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:55:12 -0700
After returning to open meeting, new board member Randy Grossman made a motion to take no action regarding Brandon, pending he submit an application for medical retirement. Grossman made a motion to take no action regarding Wishard. The remaining ...
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:27:22 -0700
Other indictees included Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl receiver Randy Grossman, college and amateur lacrosse star Bruce Cohen and 2008 Beijing Olympics U.S. gold medal swimmer Garrett Weber-Gale. Over the years, inductees to The National Jewish ...
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:30:17 -0700
... Hall of Fame & Museum, which is located in Commack, were David Mark Berger (a weightlifter murdered with 10 other members of the Israeli team at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany), Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl receiver Randy Grossman, ...
Nice Pick, Cowher
Wed, 01 May 2013 19:23:19 -0700
Former UDFA's like Randy Grossman, Donnie Shell, James Harrison, and Willie Parker are some of the most notable examples of Pittsburgh's success in the aforementioned area. Heck, the Steelers have more UDFA's on their roster from their 2009 UDFA ...
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