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Former Steelers Coach, Jock Sutherland

Pittsburgh Steelers VP, Art Rooney, Jr. had me create this pencil drawing for a new book he is publishing. Mr. Rooney told me that my drawing of Jock really caught him as the “tough man he was.” Most artists I know need their ego’s stroked. I know this one does! Thanks ARJ!!

John Bain “Jock” Sutherland was an American football coach. He coached college football at Lafayette College (1919–1923) and the University of Pittsburgh (1924–1938) and professional football for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1940–1941) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1946–1947). He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. A native of Scotland, Sutherland got his start in football by playing at the University of Pittsburgh, under legendary coach Glen S. “Pop” Warner. Sutherland was named an All-American and played on Pitt’s national championship teams in 1915 and 1916. Sutherland also played on Pitt’s undefeated 1917 team. The 1917 team was known as “The Fighting Dentists” because on occasion every position was filled by dental students. Sutherland graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dentistry.

During WWII, Sutherland served in the United States Navy and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Upon returning to the United States, Sutherland landed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was head coach and team vice president. He led the Steelers to their first playoff appearance in 1947.

Sutherland died at the age of 59 in Pittsburgh on April 11, 1948, following surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor.

Write-up courtesy of Wikipedia

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