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Cliff Stoudt

Updated: 2016-11-15T21:12Z
Cliff Stoudt
No. 18
Date of birth(1955-03-27) March 27, 1955 (age 61)
Place of birthOberlin, Ohio
Career information
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
CollegeYoungstown State
High schoolOberlin
NFL draft1977 / Round: 5 / Pick: 121
Career history
As player
19771983Pittsburgh Steelers
1984–1985Birmingham Stallions
19861988St. Louis Cardinals/Phoenix Cardinals
1989Miami Dolphins
19901991Dallas Cowboys *
*Offseason and/or practice roster only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Passing yards4,503
Pass attempts684
Pass completions359
Games played66

Clifford Lewis Stoudt (born March 27, 1955) is a former American football quarterback for Youngstown State University and the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. Drafted in the fifth round (121st overall) by the Steelers, Stoudt was the backup to Terry Bradshaw from 1977–1982 before taking over as starter during Bradshaw's injury-plagued and final season in 1983.

Stoudt led the Steelers to a 9–2 start, but the team melted down late in the season. Steeler fans, accustomed to Bradshaw's late game heroics, turned viciously on Stoudt. The Steelers managed to win the AFC Central with a 10–6 record and stumbled into the playoffs, but were quickly dispatched by the Los Angeles Raiders.

After the 1983 season, Stoudt left Pittsburgh, signing with the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL. During the season opener on March 11, 1984 against the Pittsburgh Maulers at Three Rivers Stadium, Stoudt was heckled and pelted with snowballs by the fans. It would turn out to be the only sellout in the one season history of the Maulers.

After two seasons in the USFL in which he was in the top five in passing with such stars as Jim Kelly, Bobby Hebert, and Chuck Fusina, Stoudt returned to the NFL. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and stayed with them through the 1988 season when they moved to Phoenix. He spent his final NFL season with the Miami Dolphins, appearing in three games and never attempting a pass. He currently lives in Dublin, Ohio. His son, Cole, is a former quarterback at Clemson and currently the quarterbacks coach at Jacksonville State.[1] Another son, Zack, played quarterback at Ole Miss.[2]

Preceded by
Bob Lane
Birmingham Stallions Starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by


  1. ^ "Cole Stoudt hired to coach QB's at JSU". TigerNet. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Zack Stoudt Bio". Ole Miss Sports. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
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