Sandwiched between the careers of Franco Harris and Tim Worley was the probably forgotten career of Walter Abercrombie, the Steelers’ first round pick (No. 12 overall) in 1982 out of Baylor University. And while his career was never destined for the stardom you would like to see from a top-15 selection, he still managed to play six years for the Steelers and is, as of today, the ninth all-time leading rusher in franchise history, just behind Rocky Bleier and just ahead of Fran Rogel (1950′s) and our good friend (because he appeared on a podcast once) Merril Hoge.
Just because we don’t ever want you to forget about the players that helped make the Steelers over the years (good or bad, these are the people you watched), here’s a 1986 highlight clip that features Abercrombie scoring touchdowns. Just like that random Steve Bono-to-John Stallworth clip, I’m absolutely amazed this made its way to YouTube and that somebody felt the need to post it, but I absolutely love it.
The Steelers went 6-10 in 1986 after losing six of their first seven games. Mark Malone was the leading passer, Abercrombie led the team in receptions — but was actually second in rushing, trailing the 910 yards recorded by Earnest Jackson — and the best players on defense were Mike Merriweather and Keith Willis. The good news? The 6-10 record gave the Steelers a top-10 pick which they used to select Rod Woodson. He turned out to be a good one.
But what else was entertaining you in 1986? The better question is what WASN’T entertaining you in 1986?!
This guy made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates…
Sidney Crosby wasn’t born yet and Mario Lemieux was in his third season in the NHL.
Bill Bucker made Red Sox fans hate everything, even themselves, in Game 6 of the World Series.
Some of the top songs of 1986: “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (Wang Chung); “Walk Like An Egyptian” (The Bangles); “Walk Of Life” (Dire Straits); “Mad About You” (Belinda Carlisle); “Danger Zone” (Kenny Loggins); “Invisible Touch” (Genesis); “Papa Don’t Preach” (Madonna); “Sledgehammer” (Peter Gabriel)
Some of the top movies: Top Gun, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Pretty In Pink, Karate Kid 2, Police Academy 3, Crocodile Dundee
Perfect Strangers, which was the best sitcom ever made about a person from the fictional island of Mypos, made its debut on ABC. Perfect Strangers also featured what has scientifically proven to be the greatest television theme song ever.
1986, ladies and gentlemen.