Former Steelers wide receiver Gilbert "Buddy" Dial died on Friday, Feb. 29, in Houston, Texas.
Dial was hospitalized in recent times while undergoing cancer treatment and for pneumonia.
Dial, 71, played for the Steelers from 1959-63.
Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney on the Death of Buddy Dial
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Buddy Dial. Buddy was a tremendous player for us and ranks among the best receivers in Steelers history.
Because Buddy did not play on any championship teams during his NFL career, he may not have received all of the publicity some that our more modern-day players receive, but he was as good.
Buddy was a star during his era and a real deep threat who averaged more than 20 yards per catch. He held the Steelers record for career touchdown receptions (42) and most receiving yards in a game (235) at the time of his retirement
Buddy was one of the great players to ever wear a Steelers uniform but he was also a real special person who we will deeply miss. Our prayers go out to Buddy and his entire family. His contributions to the team were an important part of Steelers history.