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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City of Champions
Tue, 26 May 2015 07:37:30 -0700
Randy Grossman: Playing alongside Bennie Cunningham, Grossman was everything Cunningham was not. He lacked the size, the aggressiveness, but not the ability to catch the ball. Grossman had some of the surest hands on the team while he was playing ...
Mon, 11 May 2015 10:32:43 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a long-lasting tradition of talented Tight Ends on their roster. Randy Grossman and Bennie Cunningham in the 1970's and '80's, Eric Green and Mark Bruener in the 1990's and early 2000's, and quite possibly their most famous ...
Behind the Steel Curtain (blog)
Fri, 15 May 2015 14:45:00 -0700
Pittsburgh responded on their ensuing possession, as a 32-yard reception by Lynn Swann set up Terry Bradshaw's seven-yard touchdown pass to Randy Grossman to tie the game. The Steelers defense, riled up after Jack Lambert's altercation against Cliff ...
Behind the Steel Curtain
Sat, 02 May 2015 07:16:51 -0700
The Steelers didn't get their punter in the 1974 draft, but they actually did get a tight end named Randy Grossman who today is the proud owner of four Super Bowlrings. The NFL Player Selection Meeting (draft) is sort of like Christmas, are we are all ...
Fri, 01 May 2015 12:25:30 -0700
... weight off his shoulders and he can figure out what to do next. Scherff decided to stay at Iowa for his senior season and ended up being a two-time all-American and won the Outland Trophy this last season. (Reporting by Randy Grossman , KDSN, Denison).
Behind the Steel Curtain (blog)
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:17:51 -0700
This list doesn't even include tight end Randy Grossman and safety Donnie "The Torpedo" Shell, two essential pieces of the Steelers dynasty that were picked up by Pittsburgh as unrestricted free agents after the '74 Draft. The Class of '74 was the meat ...
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.
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