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Tuesday, June 4, 2002
Rogel led Steelers in rushing six times in '50s
Associated Press


GIBSONIA, Pa. -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fran Rogel, the team's leading rusher during the 1950s, died Monday. He was 74.

Rogel, ninth on the Steelers career rushing list with 3,271 yards, had suffered from Parkinson's disease and recently moved from his farm near Bakerstown to St. Barnabus Nursing Home in Gibsonia, north of Pittsburgh.

Rogel didn't miss a game during his seven seasons with the Steelers and led the team in rushing six times. When he retired in 1957, he was the Steelers' leading rusher.

Rogel led Penn State in rushing from 1947-49 and helped the Nittany Lions to the Cotton Bowl in 1948.

After retiring in 1957, Rogel coached at two Pittsburgh area high schools and tended his farm.

``He was very much loved in Pittsburgh,'' said Steelers vice president Art Rooney Jr. ``He was a blue-collar guy among blue-collar people.''