Ray Pinney
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Ray Pinney
Ray Pinney
No. 53, 74, 65
Position:Offensive tackle, Guard
Personal information
Born: (1954-06-29) June 29, 1954 (age 65)
Seattle, Washington
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Shorecrest
(Shoreline, Washington)
College:Washington
NFL Draft:1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games:125
Games started:81
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Raymond Earl Pinney Jr. (born June 29, 1954) is a former NFL offensive tackle and guard who played seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft and started for them during their Super Bowl XIII victory. He also spent three seasons in the USFL.

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pinney was selected in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft (37th overall) by the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at the University of Washington in Seattle under head coaches Jim Owens and Don James and was a team captain for the Huskies in 1974

As a rookie in 1976, Pinney was a backup tackle and appeared in 14 regular season games. he played in 14 regular season games with two starts. Pinney earned the start at right tackle in Super Bowl XIII in January 1979 over Larry Brown, who had been the starter the majority of the season. He earned his first Super Bowl ring in the victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Pinney missed the entire 1979 season due to injuries. Although he was on the roster, he sat in the stands at the Rose Bowl during the Super Bowl XIV, a victory over the Los Angeles Rams.[1]

Pinney returned in 1980 but changed position as Brown had solidified himself as the starting right tackle in his absence; he started all 16 regular season games in 1980 at left guard. He began the 1981 season as the Pittsburgh's starting left tackle, winning the job over longtime starter Jon Kolb, and had 11 starts and appeared in all 16 games. During the 1982 season, Pinney started the first nine games at left tackle but missed the last seven due to injuries.[2]

Michigan Panthers

With the upstart USFL coming in fruition, Pinney was targeted along with other Steeler players. He signed with the Michigan Panthers after they had offered him twice his previous salary. He played offensive tackle for them and helped them win the USFL Championship

Oakland Invaders

After the 1983 season, the Michigan Panthers merged with the newly-founded Oakland Invaders. Pinney played the 1984 and 1985 seasons (spring) with the Invaders until the USFL ceased operations.[3]

Return to Pittsburgh Steelers

After the USFL folded, Pinney returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers; he cited he was brought back because the Steelers knew he could play and he wasn't a locker room distraction.[3] He resumed his starting left tackle duties from three years earlier and played in 15 games with 11 starts in 1985 and started fifteen games in 1986. In his last season in 1987 at age 33, Pinney played in six games and was hampered by injuries.[2] He had announced that he cleared out his locker at the end of the season, and Steelers' owner notified him by phone that his contract would not be renewed.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Dan Raley (January 27, 2006). "Where are they now? Ex-Steeler Pinney backs hometown Hawks". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Pro Football Reference: Ray Pinney stats". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "USFL: Ray Pinney". USFL.info.com. Retrieved 2017.

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