Clifford Lewis Stoudt



During the first several years of Cliff Stoudt’s NFL career, he was familiar as the guy with a clipboard in his hands charting plays on the Steelers’ sideline. That was because he played quarterback behind Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw and rarely got to step on the field. In fact, he took his first official snap during his fourth year in the league and finally got the opportunity to become Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback in 1983—his seventh NFL season—when Bradshaw was injured.

However, the following season there was considerable talk that Bradshaw would stage a comeback, and Stoudt decided to accept an offer to play for the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions. Even though he enjoyed moderate success the year he started for the Steelers, Stoudt recently said, “The way it worked out for me, I was much more popular as a backup.
Looking back, I wish I would have stuck around and made it work, taken a better shot at it in Pittsburgh. But after the year I started, everybody thought Terry was coming back, and we had a form of free agency, but it was so restrictive that there was no movement.  Three years after I left, Pittsburgh still owned my rights in the NFL. But I will always wonder. Things went very well in the USFL, so had I stuck around, I think I could have turned things around in Pittsburgh.”

Stoudt, 52, now lives in Dublin, Ohio, with his wife, Laura. For the past seven years, he’s worked for the investment firm K.W. Chambers Co. His son Zack, the top high school quarterback in Ohio in 2007, will play at the college level for coach Dave Wannstedt’s Pitt Panthers.

Here’s more from Pittsburgh magazine’s recent question-and-answer session with Cliff Stoudt:

PM: Coming out of Youngstown State, did you feel you had a legitimate shot at becoming the Steelers’ starting quarterback some day?
C.S.: It was an incredible experience making that jump from Youngstown State to Pittsburgh, but I always believed I had the ability to do it or they wouldn’t have drafted me. I believed my chance would come one day. I didn’t think it would take seven years though. I was excited when I first got drafted, because Terry Bradshaw had a history of getting hurt, so I thought, “Hey, I’m going to get a chance to play.” But it didn’t work out quite that way.

PM: What was the toughest part of following a quarterback as accomplished as Terry Bradshaw?
C.S.: Just the fact that he was such a legend. They had been to four Super Bowls during his reign, so trying to fill his shoes was a tough job. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as well as I would have hoped in Pittsburgh.  But I still have tremendous memories, and when I look back on it, my seven years there were the seven best years of my life.

PM: How far could you throw a football at the height of your career?
C.S.: The farthest I ever threw a ball in college was 85 yards. But that was a little different football. The NFL football—I could throw it about 75 yards.

PM: How far do you think you could throw one today?
C.S.: Pretty close to the same. I’ve done football camps and a lot of individual training with quarterbacks—including my own kids—so I still throw the ball quite a bit, and the arm doesn’t seem to weaken much. The legs probably have. But I guess it’s like riding a bike. It’s something you never forget.

PM: Now that your son Zack has committed to Pitt, what are you going to do with the money you saved for his college education?
C.S.: Well, I imagine a lot of that money will be spent going to football games.  It’s nice that Pittsburgh is only three hours away from our house. You’ve also got Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia in that conference that aren’t too far away. In fact, they’re closer for us than Pittsburgh. There won’t be too many long road trips, which works out great.

PM: What will it be like for you if Zack takes the field as the starting quarterback of the Pitt Panthers some day?
C.S.: Well, it will be very special. Even though my kids weren’t born in Pittsburgh, because of my career, Pittsburgh is very dear to their heart. A big part of Zack’s decision to commit to Pitt was just the city of Pittsburgh. He has a lot of pride in the fact that I played there, and now he has a chance to play in the same city. That means a lot to him, and that will add to our excitement if that day comes.


Full Name: Clifford Lewis Stoudt
Date of Birth: March 27, 1955
Position: Quarterback
Uniform Number: 18
Years as a Steeler: 1977-1983
Career Highlights: Selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 1977 draft out of Youngstown State University…Threw for 2,553 yards and 12 touchdowns as the Steelers’ starting quarterback in 1983 and helped the team to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth…Left Pittsburgh to sign with the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions and threw 62 touchdown passes in two seasons there (1984-1985)…Spent time with the NFL’s St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (1986-1988) and Miami Dolphins (1989)...Played the beginning of 1990 with Miami and finished the season with Dallas...Then played with Dallas through Sept. of 1991.

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in July

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in July

The month's best bets in The 'Burgh.
Best of the 'Burgh 2016

Best of the 'Burgh 2016

We scoured the region to bring you 53 items we’ve deemed this year’s “Best of the ’Burgh,” as well as 8 stellar local Instagram accounts you don’t want to miss.
See Yinz: PittGirl Says Goodbye

See Yinz: PittGirl Says Goodbye

After writing for seven years about the city for Pittsburgh Magazine and pittsburghmagazine.com, Virginia Montanez is discontinuing her blog and column.
Restaurant Review: Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Restaurant Review: Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

The restaurant at Ace Hotel in East Liberty hits some high notes as it finds itself.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

Brace Yourself Pittsburgh, It’s a Furry Frenzy!

Brace Yourself Pittsburgh, It’s a Furry Frenzy!

Where else but Pittsburgh would Anthrocon celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Pittsburgh-Area Fireworks 2016: When & Where to Watch Them

Pittsburgh-Area Fireworks 2016: When & Where to Watch Them

You can get your fill of fireworks all weekend long, if you know where and when to look.
Next Steps Taken in Restoration of Allegheny Landing

Next Steps Taken in Restoration of Allegheny Landing

Officials broke ground Thursday for the reconstruction of the sculpture park’s portion of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.
Meet The Thunderbirds, Pittsburgh’s Professional Frisbee Team

Meet The Thunderbirds, Pittsburgh’s Professional Frisbee Team

Part of The American Ultimate Disc League, the Thunderbirds' players have a passion for the game — and the fans to prove it.

Sign Up for the 412 e-Newsletter

 

Our new, daily e-newsletter is curated by the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine and is designed to give you the very best Pittsburgh has to offer -- delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign me up!
* Email
 First Name
 Last Name
  * = Required Field
 
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in July

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in July

The month's best bets in The 'Burgh.
Best of the 'Burgh 2016

Best of the 'Burgh 2016

We scoured the region to bring you 53 items we’ve deemed this year’s “Best of the ’Burgh,” as well as 8 stellar local Instagram accounts you don’t want to miss.
See Yinz: PittGirl Says Goodbye

See Yinz: PittGirl Says Goodbye

After writing for seven years about the city for Pittsburgh Magazine and pittsburghmagazine.com, Virginia Montanez is discontinuing her blog and column.
Restaurant Review: Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Restaurant Review: Whitfield at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

The restaurant at Ace Hotel in East Liberty hits some high notes as it finds itself.
Pride of McKeesport: WNBA Star Swin Cash

Pride of McKeesport: WNBA Star Swin Cash

During her final season of professional basketball, Cash remains ferocious on the court and selfless everywhere else.
Idol Find: Pittsburgh Rapper Teams Up with Dad Jimmy McNichol for New Show

Idol Find: Pittsburgh Rapper Teams Up with Dad Jimmy McNichol for New Show

Research led Kellee Maize to discover she is the daughter of the former teen singing sensation. Now she and McNichol are teaming up to develop a television series to help other parents and children find each other.
Edit Module

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Brace Yourself Pittsburgh, It’s a Furry Frenzy!

Brace Yourself Pittsburgh, It’s a Furry Frenzy!

Where else but Pittsburgh would Anthrocon celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Comments


Pittsburgh, only cooler
PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

Kennywood Park opens soon and new this season is the return of the famed whale at the entrance of Noah’s Ark. In the name of science, PittGirl paid an early visit to test the squishiness quotient of the whale's all-important tongue.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Root and Heart Farm: Winning Friends With Salad

Root and Heart Farm: Winning Friends With Salad

Jen Urich's Gibsonia farm is mixing it up in just the right way.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The Best 7 Spots in Pittsburgh to Watch the 2016 Euro Cup

The Best 7 Spots in Pittsburgh to Watch the 2016 Euro Cup

Grab your kits, scarfs and get ready to watch the Euro 2016 Pittsburgh-style. We'll show you where to go to get your fan on.

Comments


You Will Need to Use Your IQ to Make This Escape

You Will Need to Use Your IQ to Make This Escape

Perhaps the most impressive aspects of IQ Escape in Ross Township are the stagecraft and setting. The rooms are elegant, convincing and immersive.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Bucs' Biggest Problem Easier to Identify than Solve

Bucs' Biggest Problem Easier to Identify than Solve

As the Pirates try to climb out of a demoralizing slump, one factor has emerged as the team's biggest shortcoming.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
No Passport Required for Handmade Spanish Jewelry at Roberta Weissburg Leathers

No Passport Required for Handmade Spanish Jewelry at Roberta Weissburg Leathers

Uno de 50 is a jewelry brand utilizing high-end silver, leather and Swarovski crystals.

Comments


Sean Collier's Popcorn for Dinner

The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The New Tarzan Should've Been Purged

The New Tarzan Should've Been Purged

Reviews of "The Legend of Tarzan," "The Purge: Election Year" and "Swiss Army Man," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Noah’s Ark Nuptials: One Couple’s Kennywood Wedding

Noah’s Ark Nuptials: One Couple’s Kennywood Wedding

The restoration of the iconic Noah’s Ark whale entrance came just in time to be the backdrop for this Pittsburgh couple’s wedding.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
Purple Reign: PPG Paints Unveils 2017 Color of the Year

Purple Reign: PPG Paints Unveils 2017 Color of the Year

Violet Verbena’s grey-purple tones are playful, elegant and calming. Plus, get the history behind some of Pittsburgh's architectural wonders.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Pittsburgh Technical Institute Changes Its Name

Pittsburgh Technical Institute Changes Its Name

The school’s name change is reflective of its growth and evolution through the years.

Comments