National Football League 1970-1975 (Irish Players and Personnel)

NFL 1970

AFC Eastern Division
*Baltimore Colts141121321234.846
*Miami Dolphins141040297228.714
New York Jets144100255286.286
Buffalo Bills143101204337.231
Boston Patriots142120149361.143
AFC Central Division
*Cincinnati Bengals14860312255.571
Cleveland Browns14770286265.500
Pittsburgh Steelers14590210272.357
Houston Oilers143101217352.231
AFC Western Division
*Oakland Raiders14842300293.667
Kansas City Chiefs14752272244.583
San Diego Chargers14563282278.455
Denver Broncos14591253264.385
NFC Eastern Division
*Dallas Cowboys141040299271.714
New York Giants14950301270.643
St. Louis Cardinals14851325228.615
Washington Redskins14680297314.429
Philadelphia Eagles143101241332.231
NFC Central Division
*Minnesota Vikings141220335143.857
*Detroit Lions141040347202.714
Green Bay Packers14680196293.429
Chicago Bears14680256261.429
NFC Western Division
*San Francisco 49ers141031352267.769
Los Angeles Rams14941325202.692
Atlanta Falcons14482206261.333
New Orleans Saints142111172347.154
National Football League Standings 1970 [Ref: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1970Baltimore Colts17Cincinnati Bengals0
1970Oakland Raiders21Miami Dolphins14
AFC Championship
1970Baltimore Colts27Oakland Raiders17
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1970Dallas Cowboys5Detroit Lions0
1970Minnesota Vikings14San Francisco 49ers17
NFC Championship
1970San Francisco 49ers10Dallas Cowboys17
Super Bowl VOrange Bowl, Miami, Florida
1970Baltimore Colts (AFC)16Dallas Cowboys (NFC)13
National Football League Playoffs 1970 [Ref: 1]

Adrian Young, LB, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, played Linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1970. [2]

NFL 1971

AFC Eastern Division
*Miami Dolphins141031315174.769
*Baltimore Colts141040313140.714
New England Patriots14680238325.429
New York Jets14680212299.429
Buffalo Bills141130184394.071
AFC Central Division
*Cleveland Browns14950285273.643
Pittsburgh Steelers14680246292.429
Houston Oilers14491251330.308
Cleveland Browns144100284265.286
AFC Western Division
*Kansas City Chiefs141031302208.789
Oakland Raiders14842344278.667
San Diego Chargers14680311341.429
Denver Broncos14491203275.308
NFC Eastern Division
*Dallas Cowboys141130406222.786
*Washington Redskins14941276190.692
Philadelphia Eagles14671221302.462
St. Louis Cardinals14491231279.308
New York Giants144100228362.286
NFC Central Division
*Minnesota Vikings141130245139.786
Detroit Lions14761341286.538
Chicago Bears14680185276.429
Green Bay Packers14482274298.333
NFC Western Division
*San Francisco 49ers14950300216.643
Los Angeles Rams14851313260.615
Atlanta Falcons14761274277.538
New Orleans Saints14482266347.333
National Football League Standings 1971 [Ref: 1]

Adrian Young, LB, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, played Linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1971. [2]

NFL 1972

AFC Eastern Division
*Miami Dolphins1414003851711.000
New York Jets14770367324.500
Baltimore Colts14590235252.357
Buffalo Bills14491257377.321
New England Patriots143110192446.214
AFC Central Division
*Pittsburgh Steelers141130343175.786
*Cleveland Browns141040268249.714
Cincinnati Bengals14860299229.571
Houston Oilers141130164380.071
AFC Western Division
*Oakland Raiders141031365248.750
Kansas City Chiefs14860287254.571
Denver Broncos14590325350.357
San Diego Chargers14491264344.321
NFC Eastern Division
*Washington Redskins141130336218.786
*Dallas Cowboys141040319240.714
New York Giants14860331247.571
St. Louis Cardinals14491193303.321
Philadelphia Eagles142111145352.179
NFC Central Division
*Green Bay Packers141040304226.714
Detroit Lions14851339290.607
Minnesota Vikings14770301252.500
Chicago Bears14491225275.321
NFC Western Division
*San Francisco 49ers14851353249.607
Atlanta Falcons14770269274.500
Los Angeles Rams14671291286.464
New Orleans Saints142111215361.179
National Football League Standings 1972 [Ref: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1972Pittsburgh Steelers13Oakland Raiders7
1972Miami Dolphins20Cleveland Browns14
AFC Championship
1972Pittsburgh Steelers17Miami Dolphins21
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1972San Francisco 49ers28Dallas Cowboys30
1972Washington Redskins16Green Bay Packers3
NFC Championship
1972Washington Redskins26Dallas Cowboys3
Super Bowl VIIMemorial Colisseum, LA, Ca.
1972Miami Dolphins (AFC)14Washington Redskins7
National Football League Playoffs 1972 [Ref: 1]

Adrian Young, LB, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, played Linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions in 1972. [2]

NFL 1973

AFC Eastern Division
*Miami Dolphins141220343150.857
Buffalo Bills14950259230.643
New England Patriots14590258300.357
New York Jets144100240306.286
Baltimore Colts144100226341.286
AFC Central Division
*Cincinnati Bengals141040286231.714
*Pittsburgh Steelers141040347210.714
Cleveland Browns14752234255.571
Houston Oilers141130199447.071
AFC Western Division
*Oakland Raiders14941292175.679
Kansas City Chiefs14752231192.571
Denver Broncos14752354296.571
San Diego Chargers142111188386.179
NFC Eastern Division
*Dallas Cowboys141040382203.714
*Washington Redskins141040325198.714
Philadelphia Eagles14581310393.393
St. Louis Cardinals14491286365.321
New York Giants142111226362.179
NFC Central Division
*Minnesota Vikings141220296168.857
Detroit Lions14671271247.464
Green Bay Packers14572202259.429
Chicago Bears143110195334.214
NFC Western Division
*Los Angeles Rams141220388178.857
Atlanta Falcons14950318224.643
San Francisco 49ers14590262319.357
New Orleans Saints14590163312.357
National Football League Standings 1973 [Ref: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1973Oakland Raiders33Pittsburgh Steelers14
1973Miani Dolphins34Cincinnati Bengals16
AFC Championship
1973Miami Dolphins27Oakland Raiders10
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1973Minnesota Vikings27Washington Redskins20
1973Dallas Cowboys27Los Angeles Rams16
NFC Championship
1973Dallas Cowboys10Minnesota Vikings27
Super Bowl VIIIRice Stadium, Houston, Texas
1973Miami (AFC)24Minnesota Vikings (NFC)7
National Football League Playoffs 1973 [Ref: 1]

Adrian Young, LB, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, played Linebacker for the Chicago Bears in 1973. [2]

NFL 1974

Eastern Division
*Miami Dolphins141130327216.786
*Buffalo Bills14950264244.643
New York Jets14770279300.500
New England Patriots14770348289.500
Baltimore Colts142120190329.143
Central Division
*Pittsburgh Steelers141031305189.750
Houston Oilers14770236282.500
Cincinnati Bengals14770283259.500
Cleveland Browns144100251344.286
Western Division
*Oakland Raiders141220355228.857
Denver Broncos14761302294.536
Kansas City Chiefs14590233293.357
San Diego Chargers14590212285.357
Eastern Division
*St. Louis Cardinals141040285218.714
*Washington Redskins141040320196.714
Dallas Cowboys14860297235.571
Philadelphia Eagles14770242217.500
New York Giants142120195299.143
Central Division
*Minnesota Vikings141040310195.714
Detroit Lions14770256270.500
Green Bay Packers14680210206.429
Chicago Bears144100152279.286
Western Division
*Los Angeles Rams141040263181.714
San Francisco 49ers14680226236.429
New Orleans Saints14590166263.357
Atlanta Falcons143110111271.214
National Football League Regular Season Standings 1974 [Ref: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1974Oakland Raiders28Miami Dolphins26
1974Pittsburgh Steelers32Buffalo Bills14
AFC Championship
1974Oakland Raiders13Pittsburgh Steelers24
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1974Minnesota Vikings30St. Louis Cardinals14
1974Los Angeles Rams19Washington Redskins10
NFC Championship
1974Minnesota Vikings14Los Angeles Rams10
Super Bowl IXTulane Stadium, New Orleans, La.
1974Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)16Minnesota Vikings (NFC)6
National Football League Playoffs 1974 [Ref: 1]

Fr. John Duggan, who was born in Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, was appointed Chaplain to the Pittsburgh Steelers for their first Super Bowl Championship winning team in 1974. [Ref: 6]

NFL 1975

Eastern Division
*Baltimore Colts141040395269.714
Miami Dolphins141040357222.714
Buffalo Bills14860420355.571
New York Jets143110258433.214
New England Patriots143110258358.214
Central Division
*Pittsburgh Steelers141220373162.857
*Cincinnati Bengals141130340246.786
Houston Oilers141040293226.714
Cleveland Browns143110218372.214
Western Division
*Oakland Raiders141130375255.786
Denver Broncos14680254307.429
Kansas City Chiefs14590282341.357
San Diego Chargers142120189345.143
Eastern Division
*St. Louis Cardinals141130356276.786
*Dallas Cowboys141040350268.714
Washington Redskins14860325276.571
New York Giants14590216306.357
Philadelphia Eagles144100225302.286
Central Division
*Minnesota Vikings141220377180.857
Detroit Lions14770245262.500
Chicago Bears144100191379.286
Green Bay Packers144100226285.286
Western Division
*Los Angeles Rams141220312135.857
San Francisco 49ers14590255286.357
Atlanta Falcons144100240278.286
New Orleans Saints142120165360.143
National Football League Regular Season Standings 1975 [Ref: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1975Pittsburgh Steelers28Baltimore Colts10
1975Oakland Raiders31Cincinnati Bengals28
AFC Championship
1975Pittsburgh Steelers16Oakland Raiders10
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1975Los Angeles Rams35St. Louis Cardinals23
1975Minnesota Vikings14Dallas Cowboys17
NFC Championship
1975Los Angeles Rams7Dallas Cowboys37
Super Bowl XOrange Bowl, Miami, Fl.
1975Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)21Dallas Cowboys (NFC)17
National Football League Playoffs 1975 [Ref: 1]

Adrian Young Report

Adrian Young, who was born in Dublin, played Linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1968 to 1972, when he was trade mid-season to the Detroit Lions. In 1973 he was traded again to the Chicago Bears, before finishing out his career at The Hawaiians of the World Football League, a AAA (2nd Level) Rival League to the National Football League from 1974 to 1975.

The National Football League had merged with the American Football League in 1970, after three years of playing the first Super Bowls between the two rival leagues. The Super Bowl continued to be played between the two Conferences, as the AFL and NFL were now known, and in 1970 was won by Baltimore Colts 16-13 over Dallas Cowboys. The 1971 title was won by Dallas Cowboys who defeated Miami Dolphins 24-3, and then the Dolphins completed a perfect season, going 14-0 during the Regular Season, before triumphing over Washington in the Super Bowl 14-7, thus becoming the only team in modern NFL history to go through a season undefeated. They repeated in 1973, beating Minnesota 24-7, before Pittsburgh Steelers, also won back-to-back Championships, winning their first Super Bowl in 1974 (16-6, Minnesota again the unlucky team), and in 1975 beating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17.

In 1976 the NFL expanded to 28 teams with the addition of the Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, prving themselves ahead of their time with the two new teams, making up for what was seen as being too slow to take advantage of colour TV and America’s expansion westwards in the 1960s: The NFL shunned the National Broadcasting Corporation in the early 1960s, awarding TV contracts to stations that continued to broadcast in black and white, while the American Football League put 6 of its tams in new markets also shunned by the NFL: Dallas and Houston in Texas, Kansas City and Denver in the “Wild West” and Oakland and San Diego in Califonia. Prior to this the NFL only had teams west of the Mississippi in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Adrian Young Career Statistics

1968Philadelphia EaglesNFL35LLB10
1970Philadelphia EaglesNFL35LLB14
1971Philadelphia EaglesNFL35RLB22
1972Philadelphia EaglesNFL35LB10
1972Detroit LionsNFL51LB100
1973Chicago BearsNFL54LB2
1974The HawaiiansWFL61RLB
1975The HawaiiansWFL65WLB
Adrian Young Career Record [Ref: 5]


1969Philadelphia EaglesNFL100.000
1970Philadelphia EaglesNFL2199.5130
1974The HawaiiansWFL11111.0110
1975The HawaiiansWFL23819.0190
Adrian Young Interceptions [Ref: 5]


1969Philadelphia EaglesNFL00123240
Adrian Young Fumbles [Ref: 5]

Fr. John Duggan Report


Fr. John Duggan, born in Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland and formerly of St. Kieran’s College in Kilkenny, went on study leave to the United States of America in 1972, where he came into contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was informally appointed Chaplain of the team and is credited with influencing them in their first ever Super Bowl win in 1974 when they defeated Minnesota Vikings of the NFC 16-6 in Super Bowl IX. The Pittsburgh Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl again in 1975, triumphing 21-17 versus the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. He returned to Johnstown some time before August 1977.

Adrian Young (35) Philadelphia Eagles v NY Giants Preseason 1971 [Ref: 7]



[1] National Football League (2014) “Past Standings 1970-1975” 2014 NFL Record & Fact Book. pp. 391-395.


[2] Bob Braunwart, The Coffin Corner, Pro Football Researchers Association (1988) WFL by Team Records [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 9 October 2018]

[3] Pro Football Archives (2019) Adrian Young [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 12 October 2019]

[4] O’Callaghan, Eoin (2020) “Hollywood, the NFL and OJ – the remarkable tale of the Dublin kid who lived the American dream” The 42 Sunday, February 2, 2020. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 5 February 2020]

[5] Pro Football Archives (2020) ADRIAN YOUNG [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 12 October 2019]


[6] Anon. (1977) “Johnstown Priest’s influence on American Team” Tipperary Star, Saturday, August 6, 1977. pg. 6


[10] NASL Jersey (2016) Adrian Young, Philadelphia Eagles 1972 [Internet] Available from:,%20Topps%202.jpg [Accessed 2 April 2020]

[11] NASL Jersey (2016) Adrian Young in action for the Philadelphia Eagles a versus the New York Giants Preseason 1971 [Internet] Available from:,%20Adrian%20Young%20(35),%20Giants.jpg [Accessed 9 April 2020]


Thanks to Tim Leadingham

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