Former Steelers running back Sidney Thorton, 68, dies

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Sidney Thornton passed away at 68-years-old the team announced on Wednesday.

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He was only in the league for six years but spent all of them with the Steelers.

The Steelers took him in the second-round of the 1977 draft from Northwestern, where he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1986.

Over his six seasons he had 356 carries for 1,512 with 18 touchdowns. He also added 46 receptions resulting in 6 touchdowns to his resume.

His longest career rush was for 75-yards against the Baltimore Colts in 1979.

Thorton was a member of the Steelers teams that won Super Bowl XIII and XIV iback to back in 1979 and 1980.

In the postseason, he had 26 carries with one touchdown over 7 games.

He came back to pro football for one year, after retiring form the NFL, in 1984 for the Oklahoma Outlaws.

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