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Steelers “Sour 16” Bracket: 1980 Mark Malone vs. 1989 Tom Ricketts

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The first round bracket of Steeler first round blunders continues with a quarterback and a hometown OT.

Mark Malone calls the count Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images

The first matchup of the first round in Steelers "Sour 16" was a runaway for the final top pick of the Chuck Noll era.

  • 3% 1979 Greg Hawthorne (14 votes)
  • 97% 1991 Huey Richardson (389 votes)

403 votes total

Richardson moves on to face the leading vote-getter between a guy that looked like Tom Selleck and a local kid. You decide who advances.

1980 Round 1 Pick 28

QB Mark Malone-Arizona State

Mark Malone had very little success in Pittsburgh, but he did lead the Steelerz to the AFC Championshp Game following the 1984 season. In his career with the Steelers, Malone was 21-24 and had a completion percentage of 50.9%. In his eight, black and gold seasons, the Arizona Stater threw for 60 touchdowns, but was intercepted 81 times. He did have a (then record) 90-yard reception as a WR from Bradshaw as a rookie.

1989 Round 1 Pick 24

OT Tom Ricketts-Pittsburgh

The Steelers ended the 1988 season-long holdout of Mike Merriweather by trading him to Minnesota for another first-round pick. The local kid from Franklin Regional and Pitt was drafted by his hometown team, but it didn’t work out as well as all had hoped. Ricketts played three of his five NFL seasons with the Steelers at right guard, but only started 13 contests.

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Who should advance in BTSC's Steeler "Sour 16" bracket?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    1980's Mark Malone
    (115 votes)
  • 73%
    1989's Tom Ricketts
    (322 votes)
437 votes total Vote Now