On this date 92 years ago, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive and defensive tackle Willie McClung was born in Marion, Arkansas.
McClung joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M in 1955 and immediately joined the starting lineup. He played in 12 games as a rookie, making nine starts, while primarily playing defensive tackle.
McClung started all 12 games in 1956, but then moved to offensive tackle in 1957, starting seven games there. McClung was known as one of the strongest players on the team.
The Steelers traded McClung to the Cleveland Browns before the 1958 season. He played two seasons in Cleveland, two more with the Detroit Lions and one season in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before his retirement.
After his football days ended, McClung served on Pittsburgh’s Planning Commission and founded McClung Transportation in Lawrenceville, which operated a fleet of school buses. He and his wife, Joan, had three children. McClung died in 2002 at the age of 72.