Buddy Parker was named head coach in 1957 and over the next eight years he led the Steelers to five non-losing seasons. Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne quarterbacked the team through three of those campaigns, leading the Steelers to a 9-5 mark and a playoff game versus Detroit in 1962, which the Steelers lost 17-10. Parker completed his tenure with a 51-48-6 record and ranks fourth among all-time Steelers coaches for career wins.
On October 25, 1964, the Steelers made team history when they retired jersey No. 70 in honor of former defensive tackle Ernie Stautner. Stautner, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969, remains the only Steelers player to have his jersey retired.
Brief head coaching stints by Mike Nixon in 1965 and Bill Austin from 1966-68 preceded the hiring of 37-year- old Chuck Noll on January 27, 1969. Noll began to rebuild the Steelers through the draft, starting with the defense when he selected defensive tackle Joe Greene with his first choice in 1969. Today, Greene is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.