Ernie Stautner



  • 9 × Pro Bowl selection (1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961)
  • 10 × All-Pro selection (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961)
  • 2 × Super Bowl winner (VI, XII )
  • 1x World Bowl winner
  • Pro Bowl MVP (1957 )
  • Pittsburgh Steelers shirt number locked
  • NFL 1950s All- Decade Team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame

Ernest Alfred Stautner ( born April 20, 1925 in Prienzing (now Willmering ), Bavaria, † 16 February 2006 in Carbondale, Colorado) was a football player and coach. He served from 1950 to 1963 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the position of defensive tackle.


Stautner was born in Bavaria, but he and his family left Germany when he was three years old, in the direction of America. There he served in the U.S. Marine Corps before he went to Boston College. During his four- year-long studies, he was, unusually for a college player, from the beginning a regular player for the Boston College Eagles.

Professional players

It was in 1950 in the 2nd round, elected at 22 out of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team from the NFL and played until his career end in 1963 only for this club. In 14 seasons ( only 12 per season or 14 games were in the 50s played in the regular season), he joined 168 times to the Steelers in the regular season.

Although he could never win a title, he was elected nine times in the taking place after the season each year Pro Bowl - the final game of the best players of the season. In 1957 he was elected MVP of the Pro Bowl. In 1969 he was finally taken into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


His coaching career began at the Dallas Cowboys where he worked as an assistant coach from 1966 to 1988. With the team the Cowboys twice he could win the Super Bowl, Super Bowl VI on January 16, 1972 against the Miami Dolphins with 24:3, Super Bowl XII on January 15, 1978 against the Denver Broncos with 27:10. In Super Bowl X, he failed with the cowboys 21:17 against his old team from Pittsburgh, and the Super Bowl V against the Baltimore Colts and the Super Bowl XIII again against the Steelers, were lost.

1993 Stautner had put to rest, however, was persuaded to take a coaching job in Europe. From 1995 to 1997 he worked as a trainer at the German NFL Europe team Frankfurt Galaxy. With this team he could win the 1995 World Bowl in Amsterdam against the Amsterdam Admirals 26:22 terraces in front of 10,000 fans in Frankfurt. In 1996 he failed in World Bowl against the Scottish Claymores.

After the career

1998, only a year after his final departure from the pro football, Alzheimer's disease was diagnosed with Ernie Stautner. He died in 2006 and is on the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rowlett, Texas, buried.


  • His number 70 will no longer be awarded by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • The only born in Germany a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Member of the National Football League 1950s All- Decade Team