1988 Pittsburgh Steelers season

The 1988 Pittsburgh Steelers season was the franchise's 56th in the National Football League. Hall of Fame team founder and owner Art Rooney died at age 87 less than two weeks before the start of the season on August 25. The team wore AJR patches on the left shoulder the entire season in memory of "The Chief".

1988 Pittsburgh Steelers season
OwnerThe Rooney Family
General managerDick Haley
Head coachChuck Noll
Home fieldThree Rivers Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th AFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersOT Tunch Ilkin
AP All-ProsNone
Team MVPDavid Little
Rod Woodson
Team ROYWarren Williams

The team finished the season at 5–11 failing to improve on their 8-7 record from 1987, and had their worst record since finishing an NFL-worst 1–13 in 1969. As of 2020, the 5–11 mark remains the team's worst record since 1969, and they have only finished with ten losses twice since, in 1999 and 2003.

The Steelers got off to a disappointing start.[according to whom?] After winning their home opener against the Dallas Cowboys, the team lost six straight, their first six-game losing streak since 1969. The team never recovered after the skid, and at one point had a 2–10 record after a 27–7 loss to the Cleveland Browns. It was the Steelers worst start to a season since the merger. The Steelers did, however, finish the season on a positive note, winning 3 of their last 4 games to finish the season 5-11. To date, this represents the only time since the AFL-NFL merger the Steelers have finished the season last place in their division.


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