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.
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.
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.
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.”
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".
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.
Randy is currently an independent financial advisor, his firm's name is Wealth Management Strategies, Inc., http://www.mywealthmgmt.com
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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.
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.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Tue, 01 Feb 2011 11:45:53 -0800
WHIPPANY, N.J. (New Jersey Jewish News) — For ex-Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Randy Grossman, being nicknamed "The Rabbi" was inevitable. “The fellow who pretty much nicknamed everyone was Dwight White, who recently passed away," Grossman ...
Temple University Athletics
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:11:15 -0700
PHILADELPHIA – Former Temple tight end Randy Grossman (1971-73) has been selected for induction to the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, the organization announced on Friday. The induction ceremony will be held on April 21, 2013, ...
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:34:59 -0700
The Steelers are celebrating their 50th training camp at Saint. Vincent College this summer. As a part of that celebration, we will be sharing training camp memories from players, coaches, staff and fans, leading up to the start of the 2015 Steelers ...
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:35:24 -0700
Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 4.1.15. April 1, 2015 1:34 PM. Former Steeler Rocky Bleier From the archives: Getting a block from Randy Grossman, 84. Michael Chikiris/Post-Gazette Archives. From the archives: Getting a block from Randy ...
Behind the Steel Curtain (blog)
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:36:38 -0700
... Webster and fellow Canton enshrine in linebacker Jack Lambert, Steelers coach Chuck Noll, sports writer and scout Bill Nunn, Art Rooney Jr. and the rest of the Steelers brass acquired safety Donnie Shell and tight end Randy Grossman as unrestricted ...
Behind the Steel Curtain
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:07:30 -0700
One of the key role players on those 70's teams was tight end Randy Grossman, who was drated out of Temple in 1974. Despite only catching 24 passes in his first two years, Grossman caught the Steelers first touchdown in the Steelers 21-17 win over the ...
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